Meet Our Staff
Ms. Moniet Holloway
Moniet Holloway holds a Master Degree in Social Work from George William College at Aurora University and a Bachelor of Art Degree in Psychology with a Mental Health Concentration. She has 15 plus years experience working with children, adolescents and families. Moniet has considerable experience in dealing with adolescents, as well as, adults dealing with the transitional phases of their lives. She is a firm believer of taking a holistic approach by ensuring support to children and their families emotionally, mentally, and behaviorally to make them more productive. She has provided crisis intervention, developed programs (example: Anger Management Group and Parenting Classes) and assumed the leadership role during various points in her career. Moniet has worked with children in a variety of different settings from Child Welfare Agencies to Chicago Public School in leadership roles. Her years of experience include providing clinical counseling, academic advisement, and program development, coordinating with community-based agencies and working with various interest groups.
Mr. Juan Pescador
Juan Pescador holds a Masters of Arts Degree in Teaching and endorsements for middle school and high school math from Dominican University and also a Bachelor’s Degree in Actuary from Universidad Nacional Autonoma de Mexico. He comes from a background of working with students at the elementary level with special educational needs (autism, learning disabilities, and cerebral palsy). He has also tutored students from high school through collage age in math and English as a second language. He has three years of experience working with students on building their habits of educational and social responsibility and respect. He helps students foster human values. By collaborating with staff and teachers, he also empowers students by identifying their needs, encouraging them, and tutoring them in math and Spanish in order to improve academic performance. He also works closely with students’ families and provides assistance as needed.
Ms. Yadira Toro
Yadira Toro has a Master’s Degree in Social Work from Dominican University and a Bachelor Degree in Social Work from Northeastern Illinois University. She has over six years of experience working with youth and their families in areas such as, SEL (Social Emotional Learning), life skills, anger management, goal setting and therapy. She believes in working on the strengths of the student while including the involvement of the community and family. While working with Middle School, as well as, High School students, her message continues to be, that giving up is not an option, as there is always an opportunity to try again.
Mr. Alex Lopez
Alexander Lopez holds a Master Degree in Community Counseling from National-Louis University and a Bachelor of Arts in Applied Behavior Sciences. He is recognized by the state of Illinois as a Licensed Professional Counselor (LPC), also, is certified by the National Board for Certified Counselors, Inc. as a National Certified Counselor (NCC). Alexander has over 10 years of experience working in the behavioral and social-emotional setting with adolescents and their families. He is adamant believer on forming strong relationships between the youth, their families, and their communities as he considers community’s play a major role in one’s development. In previous positions held (i.e. youth mentor, assistant dean, and prevention-intervention counselor.). Alexander enjoys using strength-based and holistic approaches that foster social emotional growth. He is also knowledgeable and experienced in restorative practices, individual counseling, and group counseling.
Ms. Jenna Lehman
Jenna Lehman grew up in a family and environment where it was important to help others in need. At a young age she observed the challenges of at risk youth, which is where she found her desire to be a Social Worker. Jenna is a two-time graduate from Aurora University, where she received her Masters in Social Work, as well a Bachelors in Social Work with a Minor in Substance Abuse. Between volunteering, training, internships, and work she has over 7 years experience. Jenna has a well-rounded range of experience including; working with vulnerable children and adults ranging from mental illness to substance abuse. She has provided services such as anger management, substance abuse education, cognitive behavioral therapy, family nights, intensive play therapy and more. Jenna uses a variety of techniques to suit each individual to meet the student’s needs; where they work together to meet their personal goals.