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.


Lorena Duenez – Attorney
Managing Attorney at Duenez Law, LLC

Brian Freiman – Attorney
Freiman Law
Board Chair, Executive Board

Rebecca J. Froman Freiman, MA, MT-BC
Director, Greater Chicago Music Therapy Inc.

Steve Gootee
Vice President Village Bank
Fundraising Committee

Jennifer Hare
Speech-Language Pathologist
Alexian Brother Rehabilitation Hospital

Dustin Korbus
Project Designer
Revit Tech at WT Engineering
Vice Chair

Wayne T. Lofthouse – Attorney

Michele Petrie
President Village Bank & Trust and Wintrust Commercial
Fundraising Committee



Sonia Ivanov
Executive Director
​+1 847 305 2764
Email: [email protected]

Kathy Cortez
Accounting Manager
Email: [email protected]

Scot Devlin
Business Manager
+1 847 392 2344
Email: [email protected]​​​​​

Anna Klimkowicz, LPC, MA
Program Manager, Housing Counseling & Assistance & Transitional Living Program
+1 847 305 2038 ​
Email: [email protected]

Jennie Cherry
Program Specialist/Housing Navigator
+1 847 637 0967
Email: [email protected]

(Maria) Rose Gomez
Program Specialist/Housing Navigator
​+1 224 499 7000
​​Email: [email protected]

Erik Nelson
Street Outreach/Maintenance Technician II
+1 847 305 3584
+1 847 754 1446 (call or text)
Email: [email protected]​​​​​

Wesley Tankson
Maintenance Technician I
+1 847 637 0974
Email: [email protected]

Zlatina Kostov, PhD
Project Coordinator/Housing Specialist
Email: [email protected]

Monika Stajniak
Outreach Project Manager/Housing Specialist/Community Outreach
+1 773 406 5244 (call or text)
Email: [email protected]

Jennifer Rivera, MSW
Youth Program Specialist/Youth Outreach Coordinator – HYPE
Email: [email protected]

Christine Babico
Housing Specialist
Email: [email protected]

Virginia McAndrews
Grant Writer/Career Coach/Housing Specialist
Email: [email protected]

Michelle Kremsreiter
Housing Specialist
Email: [email protected]

Jasmine Mendez
Housing Specialist/Program Specialist
Email: [email protected]

Daniela Hernandez
Youth Program System Navigator – HYPE
Email: [email protected]

Audrey Burris

Food Pantry  Coordinator/Navigator

Email: [email protected]

Alison Pittas

Fund Development Coordinator/Grant Writer

Email: [email protected]



Ed Thommes

Volunteer Coordinator, Giving Back Volunteer
+1 847 392 2344, Option 3 or Extension 418
Email: [email protected]

Renjith Roy, Level4IT Company
IT Consultant
Email: [email protected]

Arthur McKay

Data/IT (volunteer)

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