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

Christopher Karsten
Consultant and Supply Chain Professional
VP Digital Supply Chain
Co-Chair, Finance Committee

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

George M. Sachs – Attorney
Law Office George M Sachs, P.C.



Sonia Ivanov
Executive Director
​+1 847 305 2764
Email: sivanov@northwestcompass.org

Scott Devlin
Business Manager
+1 847 392 2344
Email: sdevlin@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

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

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

Zlatina Kostov
Project Coordinator/Housing Specialist
Email: zkostov@northwestcompass.org

Monika Stajniak
Housing Specialist/Community Outreach
Email: mstajniak@northwestcompass.org

Jennifer Rivera, MSW
Youth Outreach Coordinator
Email: jrivera@northwestcompass.org

Michael McAndrews
Youth Program/System Navigator/Outreach
Email: mcandrews@northwestcompass.org

Christine Babico
Housing Specialist
Email: cbabico@northwestcompass.org

Ayah Jaber
Homelessness Prevention/Program Specialist
Email: ajaber@northwestcompass.org

Virginia McAndrews
Housing/Career Coach/Grants
Email: vmcandrews@northwestcompass.org

Michelle Kremsreiter
Housing Specialist
Email: mkremsreiter@northwestcompass.org

Jazmine Mendez
Housing Specialist/Program Specialist
Email: jmendez@northwestcompass.org

Jacki Kaiser
Housing Specialist
Email: jkaiser@northwestcompass.org

Daniela Hernandez

Youth Program Coordinator – HYPE

Email: dhernandez@northwestcompass.org



Ed Thommes

Volunteer Coordinator, Giving Back Volunteer
+1 847 392 2344, Option 3 or Extension 418
Email: givingback@northwestcompass.org

Patty Bannon

Volunteer Coordinator, Giving Back Volunteer
+1 847 392 2344, Extension 418
+ 1 224 324 3236
Email: givingback@northwestcompass.org

Renjith Roy, L4IT Company

IT Consultant
Email:rroy@l4it.netArthur McKay
Data/IT (volunteer)


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