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Ra Joy and Janine Lewis, both Evanston Township High School graduates, are two of the eight leaders selected as 2015 Fellows of the Chicago Community Trust. The eight 2015 Fellows are leaders working in the nonprofit sector and were selected for their demonstrated leadership and commitment in fields including cultural arts, social service, policy and health.
Mr. Joy is executive director of Arts Alliance Illinois, and Ms. Lewis is executive director of EverThrive Illinois (formerly the Illinois Maternal and Child Health Coalition), which works to improve the health of women, children and families over the lifespan through community engagement, partnerships, policy analysis, education and advocacy.
Mr. Joy will focus on identifying innovative strategies to strengthen partnerships across public, private and civic boundaries. Ms. Lewis will be developing a business model to incorporate behavior change and mobile technologies to improve health outcomes for parents and infants.
“The Trust Fellowship is designed to recognize and elevate the careers of Chicago leaders and the nonprofit organizations they serve – increasing their future impact on the region,” said Terry Mazany, president and CEO of The Chicago Community Trust. “Our investment in their professional development is an investment in the future of our community.”
The other Fellows are Maricela Garcia, chief executive officer of Gads Hill Center; Jess Kane, director of Chicago Women’s Health Center; Sandee Kastrul, president and co-founder of i.c. stars; Juan Carlos Linares, executive director of Latin United Community Housing Association; Maria Pesqueria, president and CEO of Mujeres Latinas en Accion, one of the longest-standing Latina human service organizations in the nation; and David Sinski, executive director of Heartland Human Care Services.