Our Staff

Beth Babbit Borst

Director of Organizational Support
Community Renewal Society

Beth Babbitt Borst first joined Community Renewal Society as Executive Assistant in 2006. Today, in addition to offering administrative support to the executive office and the Board, Beth works with the Receptionist and Database Coordinator to ensure that informational resources are available to...

Angela Caputo

Reporter
The Chicago Reporter

 

Angela Caputo joined The Chicago Reporter...

Rui Kaneya

Editor
The Chicago Reporter

Rui Kaneya is interim editor at The Chicago Reporter...

Toni Comer

Receptionist
Community Renewal Society

 

Toni joined CRS in 1980 first as a member of the Chicago Reporter staff, assisting in the circulation department. A year later she applied for and received the job of receptionist for...

Kristin Holm

Associate Director of Organizing
Organizing
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Christine Wachter

Presentation Editor
Catalyst Chicago and The Chicago Reporter

After receiving both her master's and bachelor's degrees from Northwestern's Medill School of Journalism, Christine joined the staff of ...

Lorraine Forte

Editor-in-Chief
Catalyst Chicago

Lorraine is the Editor-in-Chief of Catalyst Chicago. She first worked for Catalyst as managing editor from 1991 to 1996. She also is a former newswriter at WGN-TV and reporter at the Chicago Sun-Times and the Daily Southtown. She received a master’s degree in journalism from Northwestern...

Justin Richardson

Congregational Organizer
Organizing
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Maria Zamudio

Reporter
The Chicago Reporter

María Inés Zamudio joined The Chicago Reporter staff to cover immigration, labor and health in 2011. Before joining the Reporter, Zamudio spent three years in California working for daily...

Ryan Wallace

Congregational Organizer
Organizing

 

Ryan Wallace is the organizer for member congregations in Lake County and suburban Cook County. Before joining CRS, Ryan served as the Junior High Youth Director at the First Presbyterian Church of Nashville. During seminary, he completed fellowships with Grace Commons...

Laura Dean Friedrich

Director of Policy
Policy

 

Laura Dean Friedrich manages the new Policy and Advocacy Department at CRS. She engages people of faith in legislative advocacy and advocates with elected officials on issues of economic justice, criminal justice, and...

Alex Wiesendanger

Director of Organizing
Organizing

Alex Wiesendanger works as an organizer for the Community Renewal Society's Civic Action staff. Prior to joining CRS, he worked as the Associate Director for the Tennessee Coalition to Abolish State Killing. As the lead organizer and legislative director for TCASK, Alex led a grassroots campaign...

Lindsey Hammond

Associate Director of Policy
Policy
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Rebecca Harris

Associate Editor
Catalyst Chicago

 

She completed two stints as a ...

Victoria Jones

Database Coordinator
Community Renewal Society

 

Vicki joined CRS in 2008. She serves as primary administrator of the organization’s database, assisting program and support units in utilizing the constituent management system. In addition to maintaining the integrity of the database she processes subscriptions,...

Sarah Karp

Deputy Editor
Catalyst Chicago

She joined the staff in 2006 after writing for five years for Catalyst's...

Linda Lenz

Publisher and Founder
Catalyst-Chicago

Linda Lenz is the founder and publisher of Catalyst Chicago and she is publisher of the sister publication, Catalyst Cleveland. Before launching Catalyst in 1990, Lenz was the education writer for the Chicago Sun-Times and before that an...

Cassandra McClendon

Accountant
Community Renewal Society

Cassandra McClendon joined the Community Renewal Society in June 2003 as a Financial Secretary. Aside from performing the day to day accounting functions you may...

Kim Mongoven

Director of Development and Communications
Community Renewal Society

Kim Mongoven is the Director of Development and Communications for the Community Renewal Society. She is responsible for organizing the fundraising and Communications efforts of the Community Renewal Society, Catalyst Chicago, The Chicago Reporter and the organizing and policy programs of CRS...

Susan Smith Richardson

Editor & Publisher
The Chicago Reporter

Susan Smith Richardson is an award-winning journalist with more than 25 years of experience as a reporter, editor and columnist.  Her work has focused on race, poverty and social inequality,...

Kristine Scott

Development Officer, Corporate and Major Giving
Community Renewal Society

Kris joined Community Renewal Society in 2002.  As the Development Officer, of Corporate and Major Giving, she manages the corporate and major donor relationships and contributions, as well as our church and institutional...

Rev. Alexander Sharp

Acting Executive Director
Community Renewal Society

Prior to earning the Master of Divinity degree from the University of Chicago in 1996, Al Sharp served as the Vice President of Business and Finance at the University of Chicago from 1982 to...

Meghan Strell

Database Coordinator
Community Renewal Society

Meghan is a freelance database and web designer. She graduated from DePaul University with a BFA.

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Jim Trapp

Associate Director of Technology
Community Renewal Society
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Debra Williams

Community Editor
Catalyst Chicago

Former Associate Editor Debra Williams stepped into the new post of Community Editor in 2009. She came to ...

Jawania Williams

Director of Finance & Administration
Community Renewal Society

Jawania Williams joined Community Renewal Society in May 2003. As Director of Finance and Administration, Ms. Williams, among other things, manages the organization's budgeting process, prepares financial statements, provides ...