JPA is headed by a management team focused on building compassionate practices and policies that support the social and emotional well-being of vulnerable children. For more information on our management team, please see our management biographical sketches.

Karen G. Foley, MBA
President and CEO
Full Bio

Stephen Budde PhD, LCSW

Executive Vice President

Full Bio

Derrick Buckingham
Chief Development Officer

Katie Gleason, MS, LCSW
Director, Connect 2 Kindergarten/
Staff Therapist & Consultant
Full Bio

Katy Hinsdale
Director, Events & Media

Jenna Kraft, MA, LCSW
Director, New Light/Staff Therapist
Full Bio

Michele Lansing Palter, MS Ed., LCSW
Director of Clinical Operations/
Therapist & Consultant
Full Bio

Erin Vanden Brook, LCSW
Staff Therapist/Director, 9th Gear
Full Bio

Selma Walker
Senior Director, School Programs
Full Bio

JPA Team

Francesca Cole-Barnes, LCPC

Staff Therapist
Full Bio

Willard M. Dix
Grants Manager

Courtney Fischer, LCSW
Staff Therapist
Full Bio

Annie Grossman, MPH, LCSW
Permanency Planning Evaluation
Social Worker

Rochelle Jackson
Administrative Specialist
Full Bio

Akadia Kacha-Ochana, MPH
Research & Quality Improvement Specialist
Full Bio

Prarthana Khullar, MS, LCSW
Staff Therapist
Full Bio

Marilyn Marshall
Administrative Assistant

Rameya Shanmugavelayutham, LCSW
Mental Health Consultant, Connect 2 Kindergarten/ Staff Therapist

Juvenile Protective Association
1707 N. Halsted St.
Chicago, IL 60614

Tel: 312.440.1203
Fax: 312.698.6931