Community Advisory Council

Ombudsman Chicago engages with the community to support our students, families and the communities we serve through addressing their needs and providing access to services.  A key component to our community engagement is the Community Advisory Council.

Advisory Council Mission

The Council is made up of community leaders who have a shared mission to serve the community through lending their time, expertise and resources to better the opportunities for students in Chicago.  The Advisory Council meets quarterly with Ombudsman Chicago leadership to discuss current initiatives, school and community needs, access to resources and share insight to improve our effectiveness.

Advisory Council Focus

The Community Advisory Council is currently focused on five key areas of Education, Employment, Career/Occupational Training, Health/Wellness and Social Services and Recruitment and Retention.

We truly appreciate the work of these individuals, their organizations and the community for supporting our efforts.

Council Officers

Jennifer Hayden

Universal Family Connections, Council Chair

Chez Smith

Gyrls In The H.O.O.D. Foundation, Vice Chair

Meghan Ursetta

Catholic Charities, Secretary

Sub Committees

Barbara Abrajano

East West University

Tyrone Anderson

Youth Outreach Services

Holly Blahunka

Catholic Charities

Tyson Everett

Bridging The Tys To Jordan

Reba Graham

Metropolitan Family Services

Michele Grimes


Dionysios Hal

Chicago Urban League

LaShanda Hayes


Charlene Johnson

A Knock At Midnight

David A. Sanders

City Colleges of Chicago Malcolm X College

Karen Suarez