Who We Are


Responding to an environment of dynamic and constantly changing socioeconomics continues to define and solidify Northwest Compass Inc.’s essential role in assisting people in meeting the challenges of having a safe environment for themselves and their families, from which they can create a path to a positive future.


We enhance our community by providing emergency services, education and empowerment which foster personal responsibility for those who are vulnerable or in crisis.


We will continue to be an effective provider to those in crisis in the Northwest suburbs through the delivery of comprehensive services that help people when they need it the most. This vision will be achieved through a consortium of integrated community partnerships.


Cultural competency. Diversity is a valuable reality in our community, therefore staff, interns, and volunteers demonstrate such in their work with participants.
Organizational partnerships. Collaborative relationships with the community, public, and private industry partners assist families in overcoming barriers through coordinated services.
Mutually-agreeable goals. Cooperation between personnel and participants are essential to providing emergency services, education, and empowerment in order to foster personal responsibility.
Program excellence. Designing, aligning and continuously improving realistic program outcomes allows for our participants to succeed.
Accountability. Responsible productivity of our participants and staff will work together towards an overall goal and healthy interdependence.
Suspending judgment and demonstrating empathy. Open mindedness with our participants is treasured because active listening creates transformation.
Solution focused-motivational interviewing. Trained staff providing short term intervention assists participants in overcoming their immediate crisis by meeting them where they are.

Edwin J. Connelly lll
Retired, Commercial Banking Officer, Peoples’ Bank of Arlington Heights
Board Treasurer, Executive Board
Chair, Operations and Finance Committee

​William Doucette, PhD.
Vice President, Human Resources, NES Rentals Holdings, Inc.
Chairman, Executive Board
Chair, Personnel Committee

​Rev. Colleen Norman
Senior Pastor, Trinity United Methodist Church
Member At-Large​

Wayne T. Lofthouse
Attorney, Wayne T. Lofthouse, P.C.
Board Secretary, Executive Board

Fredia J. Martin
Director of Alumni Relations and Special Events, Harper College
Member At-Large

​​Allen C. McClellan
Retired, IBM Corporation
Executive Board, At-Large

Marcy Traxler
AVP, Business Development, Alexian Brothers Health System
Executive Board, At-Large

LeRoy Messenger
Chief Executive Officer
​+1 847 637 0989
​​Email: lmessenger@northwestcompass.org

Pat McKay
Volunteer Coordinator, Giving Back Volunteer Program​
+1 847 392 2344, Option 5​
Email: givingback@northwestcompass.org

Donna Ballard-Roth
Program Director, Legacy Corps
+1 815 404 3673
Email: dballard@northwestcompass.org

Diane Blanks
Chicago Area Site Manager, Legacy Corps
+1 847 293 0728​​​
Email: dblanks@northwestcompass.org

Albert Romero
Program Officer, Legacy Corps
+1 224 201 5899
Email: aromero@northwestcompass.org​​​​

Barbara Naunheimer, CPA
​+1 847 305 2614
​Email: bnaunheimer@northwestcompass.org

Arthur McKay
IT Manager
+1 847 392 2344
Email: ITManager@northwestcompass.org

Wesley Tankson
Maintenance Technician I
+1 847 637 0974
Email: wtankson@northwestcompass.org

Sonia Ivanov
Managing Director, Program Delivery
​+1 847 305 2764
​Email: sivanov@northwestcompass.org

Anna Klimkowicz, LPC, MA
Program Manager, Housing Counseling & Assistance, & Transitional Living Program
​+1 847 305 2038 ​
​Email: aklimkowicz@northwestcompass.org

Jennie Cherry
Program Specialist, Housing Navigator
+1 847 637 0967
Email: jcherry@northwestcompass.org

(Maria) Rose Gomez
Program Specialist
​+1 847 637 0973
​​Email: mrgomez@northwestcompass.org

Molly Dubow
AmeriCorps VISTA – HYPE
+1 847 483 8716
Email: mdubow@northwestcompass.org​​​

Erik Nelson
Street Outreach/Maintenance Technician II
+1 847 305 3584
+1 847 754 1446 (call or text)
Email: enelson@northwestcompass.org​​​​​

Contact Hosted Program Staff Directly:
Andrea DeBerry
​+1 312 448 1861
Email: adeberry@cedaorg.net

Luz E. Avila
+1 312 285 6446
Email: lavila@cedaorg.net

Home Office
2010 Dewey Avenue, Evanston
​+1 847 328 5166 X5416

Woman, Infants, & Children (WIC)
​+1 224 324 3848


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