Meet the team working for you.

The Partnership is comprised of workforce development, fiscal and administrative professionals whose experience and dedication improve services, reduce costs and support job creation and economic development across the county-wide workforce system.

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The Partnership’s Leader – Karin M. Norington-Reaves

CEO, Public Servant, Philanthropist

Karin M. Norington-Reaves is a lifelong public servant with 30 years of experience in education, law, advocacy, community and workforce development. In 2012, Karin became the founding Chief Executive Officer of the Chicago Cook Workforce Partnership (The Partnership) upon her appointment by Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel and Cook County Board President Toni Preckwinkle.

As CEO and change agent, she led the merger and re-structuring of three diverse workforce systems into what is now the nation’s most extensive publicly funded workforce development system. Karin leads The Partnership’s mission to ensure that “every person has the skills to build a career and every business has the talent it needs to compete in a global economy.”

She oversees the administration of federal, state and philanthropic funds and the creation of effective programs that assure alignment between the skills demanded by a changing economy and those offered by the region’s labor force. She also works to generate both private and public funding to expand the services available throughout Chicagoland. Under her leadership, The Partnership has raised more than $128 million in diverse funds, including a $10.9 million grant awarded by the Walmart Foundation—the most significant gift in the history of the foundation.

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Team Leaders


Al-Khatib, DenaCareer Connect AdministratorEmail Dena
Anderson, TerryExecutive AssistantEmail Terry
Balcsik, MichaelDirector of AccountabilityEmail Michael
Batey, MarionBusiness Relations SpecialistEmail Marion
Brannigan, KathleenBusiness Relations SpecialistEmail Kathleen
Brooks, LaTonyaProgram ManagerEmail LaTonya
Bustamante, TheresaFiscal Executive AssistantEmail Theresa
Caldwell, TinaProgram CoordinatorEmail Tina
Camargo, MariaProgram MonitorEmail Maria
Cannon, MichaelReentry Navigator Email Michael
Carlson, DannyProgram MonitorEmail Danny
Cattouse, Claudia COVID-19 Response Program DirectorEmail Claudia
Chevali, KristenProgram CoordinatorEmail Kristen
Chrisman, SherriBack to Work 50+ Career CoachEmail Sherri
Cody-Robinson, TonyaBusiness Relations SpecialistEmail Tonya
Cody-Turner, AudreyAdministrative Assistant/ ReceptionistEmail Audrey
Combs, PatrickChief Program OfficerEmail Patrick
De Luna, OscarFiscal AccountantEmail Oscar
Elliott, ThadiusFiscal MonitorEmail Thadius
Francis, ReneeFiscal MonitorEmail Renee
Garcia, AbramProgram ManagerEmail Abram
Gee, TommyIT/ Network AdministratorEmail Tommy
Gonzalez, AwildaBack to Work 50+ Career CoachEmail Awilda
Gonzalez, PedroNetwork/Database TechnicanEmail Pedro
Gonzalez, SergioDigitial Literacy TrainerEmail Sergio
Gonzalez-Chaidez, ZaidaProgram CoordinatorEmail Zaida
Gordon, SheilaDirector of Organization DevelopmentEmail Sheila
Griggs, ToninetteFiscal MonitorEmail Toninette
Haag, JosephProgram MonitorEmail Joseph
Hall, AntoinittaCareer CoachEmail Antoinitta
Hall, GladysCompliance Monitor/ Equal Opportunity OfficerEmail Gladys
Healy, ClareCOVID-19 Response Program Coordinator
Email Clare
Herrera, GloriaProgram CoordinatorEmail Gloria
Herron, KaLeighStaff AccountantEmail KaLeigh
Hogan, AnneOccupational Training ManagerEmail Anne
Horn, EricCareer CoachEmail Eric
Huerta, TaniaVoucher CoordinatorEmail Tania
Ko, CaroleProgram MonitorEmail Carole
Kozak, RenataAdministrative AssistantEmail Renata
Lewis, MarisaBoard Liaison and Chief of PolicyEmail Marisa
Lewis-Weaver, SarahProgram MonitorEmail Sarah
Luyengi, SarahCommunications SpecialistEmail Sarah
Marshall, DannyCOVID-19 Response Program CoordinatorEmail Danny
Martin, CarrieContract SpecialistEmail Carrie
Martinez, GregDirector of Community InnovationsEmail Greg
Massel, SusanChief of Communications and External AffairsEmail Susan
McCorkle, Stephanie Executive AssistantEmail Stephanie
McPherson, DaltonVoucher CoordinatorEmail Dalton
Moore, PatriciaBusiness Relations SpecialistEmail Patricia
Mota, JoseControllerEmail Jose
Muldoon, CoryChief of StaffEmail Cory
Ore, GabrielaOccupational Training CoordinatorEmail Gabriela
Ortega, IreneProgram MonitorEmail Irene
Ortiz-Rivera, SylviaLegal/Executive AssistantEmail Sylvia
Perez, FranciscoReentry NavigatorEmail Francisco
Prado, PattiRegional ManagerEmail Patti
Ramirez, Jesus Graphic Design & Visual Content SpecialistEmail Jesus
Randle, DoraRegional ManagerEmail Dora
Revilla, RosarioFiscal Grants DirectorEmail Rosario
Robertson, DonProgram MonitorEmail Don
Santacaterina, AmyDirector of Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act ProgramsEmail Amy
Sheffey Rawlings, IllonaCAO/ General CounselEmail Illona
Shields, ShoshiwaManager of Construction InitiativesEmail Shoshiwa
Spencer, SallieDigitial Literacy TrainerEmail Sallie
Strom, ChrisFiscal MonitorEmail Chris
Swanson, DavidBusiness Relations SpecialistEmail David
Syed, MalihaSystem Integration AdministratorEmail Maliha
Terry, JanExecutive AssistantEmail Jan
Tirado, EfrenAccountantEmail Efren
Trejo, PilarRegional ManagerEmail Pilar
Valentin, CarlosCOVID-19 Response Program CoordinatorEmail Carlos
Vinson, NatashaConstruction Initiatives Program CoordinatorEmail Natasha
Vizueta, VictorBusiness Relations SpecialistEmail Victor
Volz, LoraineHuman Resource ManagerEmail Loraine
Walton, MichaelField Operations ManagerEmail Michael
Whatley, TrinaRegional ManagerEmail Trina
White, KitSenior Policy AnalystEmail Kit
Williams, JasmineSenior Policy AnalystEmail Jasmine