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Clifford Nellis, Executive Director/Lead Attorney
When Cliff returned to Illinois, he enrolled at Trinity Evangelical Divinity School (“Trinity”) and received a Master of Divinity. It was at Trinity that Cliff met the wonderful people at Lawndale Community Church, as well as at the Christian Community Development Association. Through these relationships, Cliff was given a broader vision for what ministry to court-involved youth could look like. In 2009, Cliff Nellis put his degrees from The University of Chicago Law School and Trinity to use when he helped found the Lawndale Christian Legal Center, with the mission of providing integrated legal and social services to court-involved youth.
Today, Cliff lives in Lawndale with his wife Venessa and their three children.
Danae Kovac, Deputy Director
Danae received her B.A. from Wheaton College in Wheaton, IL. Prior to joining LCLC, she worked for five years in marketing and operations at the Women’s Business Development Center, the oldest and largest women’s business assistance center in the U.S.
Anthony Brown, Diversion Program Case Manager
Cathryn Crawford, Litigation Director
Rosa Espinoza, After School Program Assistant
Kelvin Hampton, Case Manager
Kelvin received his B.A. and M.P.A. from Roosevelt University. Previously, Kelvin worked as LCLC After School Program Adult Leader, and prior to joining LCLC, he worked as a case manager at Sinai Community Institute and a family educator at Kids Hope United.
Maurice Harris, After School Program Director
Maurice has earned credits at Taylor Business Institute and Chicago State University, and prior to LCLC, he worked as a security officer, custodial manager, and UPS package handler. A resident of North Lawndale, Maurice can relate to many of the experiences of LCLC youth and is skilled at developing rapport and building relationships with them.
Maggie Lamb, Volunteer Coordinator
Maggie graduated from Villanova University with degrees in Political Science, Global Interdisciplinary Studies, and Arab and Islamic Studies. She has held internships at the Forum for African Women Educationalists in Zanzibar, Tanzania, the Middle East Children’s Institute in Amman, Jordan, and congressional and Pennsylvania senate campaigns.
Cristina Law, Attorney
Onie Riley, RJCC Project Manager
Coretta Rivers, Case Manager
Kim Rueter, Case Management Supervisor
Kim has been attending Lawndale Community Church since 2008 and has been volunteering as a consultant at the Firehouse Community Arts Center for the past year. Kim is thrilled to have the opportunity to become more involved in the North Lawndale community through her position with LCLC.
Heather Saunders, Case Manager
Heather was born and raised on the beautiful shores of Lake Michigan in Sheboygan, Wisconsin. She received her Masters and Bachelors of Social Work from the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee. When Heather is not working with amazing young people, she can be found practicing or teaching yoga, cooking up a storm in the kitchen, or traveling the world!