Community Renewal Society

Cassandra McClendon

Professional Title: 
Accountant
Organization: 
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 also find her performing other tasks such as office services, reception duty, and some HR related tasks.

Prior to coming to CRS Cassandra worked for Neomedica Inc./Fresenius Medical Care NA a Nephrology Practice and Dialysis Clinic network where she gained worked experience in the areas of Office Services, Medical Billing, Purchasing, Administration, Accounting and Human Resources all promotions within the company.

Jessica Hollie

Professional Title: 
Human Resources Administrator
Organization: 
Community Renewal Society

Jessica Hollie joined Community Renewal Society in May 2017. As the Human Resources Administrator, Ms. Hollie, among other things, manages employee relations, administers employee benefits, and oversees the company's policies and procedures. Prior to Community Renewal Society, Ms. Hollie worked for several not-for-profit organizations; she brings more than 15 years of human resources management experience to the organization. Ms. Hollie received her Master of Science in Human Resources Management from Roosevelt University.

Lindsey Hammond

Professional Title: 
Associate Director of State Policy
Organization: 
Community Renewal Society

Lindsey Hammond, Associate Director of State Policy is passionate about mobilizing people of faith to advocate for economic and criminal justice policy changes.  As part of the policy team, she collaborates with organizing staff and CRS membership issue teams to explore community problems, research potential solutions, develop policy proposals, and build strategies for legislative and community campaigns.

Andrea (Drea) Hall

Professional Title: 
Director of Organizing

Andrea  (Drea) Hall comes to Community Renewal Society with over ten years of organizing experience in the city of Chicago and a track record of building teams and coalitions for racial and economic justice, most recently as a senior manager at the Chicago Public Schools within the Office of Family and Community Engagement. Drea has always had a passion for working with people, especially those who she can help empower to help themselves and lead.

Luis Carrizales

Professional Title: 
Associate Director of City and County Policy
Organization: 
Community Renewal Society

Luis Carrizales, Associate Director of City and County Policy is passionate about working with community leaders to advocate for progressive criminal justice and education reform. Previously he worked at Enlace Chicago, a community-based organization in Chicago’s Southwest Side, where he convened the neighborhood-based Violence Prevention Collaborative.

Kalyn Belsha

Professional Title: 
Reporter
Organization: 
The Chicago Reporter

Kalyn Belsha writes about education for The Chicago Reporter — the same beat she covered at Catalyst Chicago before the two publications merged in 2016. Prior to that, Kalyn reported on schools in Chicago’s western suburbs for the Aurora Beacon-News and had a brief stint as a deputy press secretary for Chicago Public Schools. She received a master’s degree in journalism from Northwestern University and teaches at Loyola University Chicago.

Beth Babbitt Borst

Professional Title: 
Executive Coordinator
Organization: 
Community Renewal Society

Beth Babbitt Borst joined the staff of Community Renewal Society in 2006. As Executive Coordinator, Beth supports the Executive Director and the Board of Directors, in addition to working closely with the Finance and Administration unit. Prior to joining CRS, Beth served as the Director of Statistics for the General Council of Finance and Administration of the United Methodist Church.

Mary Bowmann Arents

Professional Title: 
Individual Giving Officer
Organization: 
Community Renewal Society
Congregation: 
Urban Village Church

Mary joined Community Renewal Society in June 2016. In her role as Individual Giving Officer, she seeks to merge issues of fundraising and faith. Mary has served as Development Director for Center for Independent Futures in Evanston, IL. She has also supported several organizations as a development consultant. She holds a Bachelor of Arts in Sociology from Northwestern University and a Master of Divinity from Garrett-Evangelical Theological Seminary. Mary hails from Minneapolis and now calls Chicago home. Mary and her family are members of Urban Village Church.

 

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