About

Our Staff

Directors

Simone Mitchell-Peterson
Chief Executive Officer

Simone Mitchell-Peterson joined Little Brothers – Friends of the Elderly in May 2004. Simone leads a team of 35 employees and 1,500 volunteers as the organization works to provide friendship and services to isolated elders. Simone came to Little Brothers – Friends of the Elderly from the Urban League in Chicago where she was group vice president. Simone is a Board member of the Industrial Council of Nearwest Chicago, a board member of the Urban CPE Consortium, and a charter member and former board member of TEMPO International. She is a past recipient of Business First’s “40 under 40” award. Simone has a BA degree in sociology and anthropology from York University, Toronto, Ontario; an MS in general education from Canisius College; and an MBA from State University of New York in Buffalo.


Cecilia Straney
Chief Development Officer

Cecilia Straney joined Little Brothers in September, 2010. She works with staff and volunteers to raise funds for the organization and is also responsible for overseeing public relations and marketing efforts. A past Campaign Director with the ADA Foundation, and Development Director at the YMCA, Cecilia has worked in resource development for more than 25 years. She has a BA in English from Michigan State University and is currently pursuing a MA in Philanthropy from the Center of Philanthropy at Indiana University.


Ann Wohlberg
Director of Program

Ann McCahill Wohlberg joined Little Brothers – Friends of the Elderly as Director of Program in 2011. Ann and her team lead Little Brothers’ full range of programs, including the visiting programs, Celebrations of Life, Food Pantry, Direct Assistance, Lloyd Walding Brain Fitness Center, social clubs, and citywide holiday celebrations on Thanksgiving and other holidays. Before joining Little Brothers, Wohlberg was the Executive Director of Sharing Connections Furniture Bank, and also led the Community Nurse Health Association and the Geriatric Education Center Network at the University of Illinois. Ann has a BA from Mundelein College, an M.A. with honors in Gerontology from the University of Michigan, a Management Certificate from the Kellogg Graduate School of Management at Northwestern University, and a Specialist in Aging from the University of Michigan Institute of Gerontology.


Daniel Gurgevich
Director of Finance

Daniel Gurgevich joined Little Brothers in September 2005. He is responsible for financial planning, record-keeping and financial reporting for the organization. A past Director of Finance for Little Brothers - Friends of the Elderly National Office and Director of Finance for the Emergency Nurses Association, Daniel has worked in non-profits for more than 21 years. He has a Bachelor of Science degree in Accounting from Indiana University.


Executive Office

Simone Mitchell-Peterson
Teresa Latuszek
Jennifer Medina
Blanca Moreno

Development

Cecilia Straney
Sherri Gorski
Heather Dudzinski
Shayna Courtney

Finance

Dan Gurgevich

Maintenance

Walter Atterberry

Program

Ann Wohlberg
Rhonda Nanevie                            
Barb Douin, LCSW
Liliana Avila
Susann Revolorio
John Silver
Michelle Dassinger

Program Coordinators

Sister Margie Craig
Ana Rosa Garcia
Mary Granados
Ronald James
Caroline Topolinski
Tornu Ngwayah
Evelyn Sanchez
Madeline Stonis 

Sonia Serrano
Adriana Molina
Vicky Vega
Morgan Richardson

Program Assistants

Anne King
Kim Vielmal
Delphine Rousseau
Mathilde Vandecasteele
Anna Guendouz
Pepa Miravet Vela

Volunteer Services

Tracey Abramowicz
Christine Bertrand
Angelina Márquez-Reyes

Northwest Indiana

Jacqueline Townsend

Our Mission

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Little Brothers - Friends of the Elderly is a national network of non-profit volunteer-based organizations committed to relieving isolation and loneliness among the elderly. We offer to people of goodwill the opportunity to join the elderly in friendship and celebration of life.

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