Our Staff


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.

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 with non-profits for more than 21 years. He has a Bachelor of Science degree in Accounting from 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.

Josh Chartier
Director of Volunteer Services & Community Engagement

Josh Chartier joined Little Brothers in October of 2017. He and the Volunteer Services team oversee a volunteer corps of over 1,600 individuals and the support of over 100 organizations, along with the continued recruitment and recognition of volunteers. He also works to connect Little Brothers to corporations, nonprofits, community groups, and neighborhoods throughout Chicago. Josh has worked in nonprofit operations and volunteer management for over 15 years, primarily in museums. He has a B.A. in History from Pace University in New York, a Certificat in Nonprofit Management from Duke University, and an M.A. in Museum Studies from Johns Hopkins University.  

Executive Office

Simone Mitchell-Peterson
Teresa Latuszek
Marisol Canizales


Cecilia Straney
Sherri Gorski
Heather Dudzinski
Shayna Courtney
Amber Woodruff


Dan Gurgevich
Sinai Ornelas


Walter Atterberry


Ann Wohlberg
Rhonda Nanevie                            
Barb Douin, LCSW
Liliana Avila
Blanca Moreno

John Silver

Program Coordinators

Sister Margie Craig
Ana Rosa Garcia
Mary Granados
Caroline Mnookin
Tornu Ngwayah
Evelyn Sanchez
Adriana Molina
Vicky Vega
Megan Mzenga
Titianna Watts
Rachel Verbanac
Susie Strange

Volunteer Program Assistants

Coralie Doye
Eliana Herman
Jackson Lamping
Max Luedicke
Amy Martin
Laura Mendes
KC Weathers
Annie Disselkoen
Fabian Soosaithasan
Romane Lacroix
Agnes Filiatreau

Volunteer Services

Josh Chartier
Tracey Abramowicz
Christine Bertrand
Angelina Márquez-Reyes
Hailey Justes

Northwest Indiana

Jacqueline Townsend

Our Mission


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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