Leadership

Vicki Hadaway, Interim Executive Director

In 2018, Vicki Hadaway, LCSW became the Interim Executive Director of La Casa Norte (LCN), a community-based organization whose mission is to serve youth and families confronting homelessness. Since opening its doors, LCN has helped more than 20,000 homeless and at-risk individuals. By offering access to stable housing and delivering comprehensive services, LCN acts as a catalyst to transform lives and neighborhoods.

With Vicki’s energy, compassion, knowledge of human dynamics and social service structures, she will lead LCN into reshaping the physical infrastructure of the Humboldt Park neighborhood and rebuilding broken lives to foster hope, stable homes, and healthy communities.

Vicki was born and raised in Iowa. Her family worked as tenant farmers and taught her deep values of social justice, contributing to the community around you and caring for others. Vicki has a long history of work in marginalized communities throughout the City of Chicago and has built her competence of creating Social Services that function to provide quality service and dedicated staff. Her 35 years of experience has let her understand that the voiceless need a voice and those separated by difference need to be included.

Vicki is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker who received her masters at Loyola University.

She currently serves on the board of directors of El Circulo.

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Tom Eagan, Vice President of Strategy & Programs

Tom joined La Casa Norte’s Leadership Team in 2016 as Vice President of Strategy & Programs. As such, Tom serves as a strategic advisor, provides vision and direction to the development of La Casa Norte’s programs, and ensures that programs perform at high levels of quality and client satisfaction while maintaining a strong culture aligned with La Casa Norte’s Acuerdos/Core Values.

Tom has more than 30 years of experience working in a variety of human service settings including community mental health, private practice, residential treatment for children and adolescents with complex trauma, adult rehabilitation and child welfare. Tom has performed in many capacities including psychotherapist, counselor, Director of Social Services, Director of Behavioral Health and Associate Director.

Tom developed and implemented specialized mental health and housing programs for the homeless. He also implemented one of the first permanent supportive housing programs for homeless individuals and families in Will County, IL. Tom has ensured that programs under his purview have met national accreditation standards in child welfare and behavioral health.

Tom received a BA in Psychology from the University of Colorado. He received his Master of Social Work from the University of Illinois at Chicago. Tom is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker and a member of the National Association of Social Workers. Tom served as a Board member for the Illinois Council on Training and St. Joseph’s Center for Childhood Trauma.

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Patricia Fuentes, Director of Operations

Patricia joined La Casa Norte’s Leadership Team in 2019 as Director of Operations. Patricia oversees the day to day operations of facilities, departments and building conditions. Ensuring quality standards, policies and procedures are compliant and enforced; supporting staff, programs and departments; while simultaneously driving the mission forward and upholding La Casa Norte’s Core Values.

Patricia has seven-plus years’ experience in the nonprofit sector. Serving across a variety of human care services; spanning healthcare, homelessness, housing, mental health, behavioral health and orphanages. Developing and implementing systems elevating programs resulting in meeting and exceeding the needs of vulnerable populations being served. Leading in numerous capacities including medical credentialing, organizational restructuring, crafting and implementing systems directly increasing revenue, facility management and driving teams of change.

Patricia has enjoyed volunteering since her childhood and as an adult, her family joins her in serving their surrounding communities. She stands on one of her favorite Nelson Mandela quotes: “It always seems impossible until it’s done” and so we get it done together!

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Jessica Rodriguez, Director of Development

As Associate Director of Development at La Casa Norte (LCN), Jessica Rodriguez brings over nine years of grass root nonprofit fundraising and development to the table. In her current role, she oversees aspects of fundraising, special events, communications and grant writing. She’s worked to increase LCN’s public and private grants portfolio and has a current focus to increase individual and corporate giving.

Responsible for managing the organization’s $5.2M budget, Rodriguez was a strategic partner in closing LCN’s largest capital campaign, helping raise $6M, and resulting in the build of a new $20M facility to accommodate the organization’s growing service to the community. She’s developed LCN’s volunteer program from the ground up and has seen an exponential increase of volunteers as a result. With her project management skill set, you can see her at the helm of the organization’s annual signature gala, it’s largest revenue generating fundraiser. She’s co-launched the Next Generation Board at La Casa Norte, helping raise more than $15K in new revenue and provides mentorship for other young professionals. Rodriguez and the board’s aim is to help young professionals gain involvement experience while developing an advocacy voice for youth homelessness.

Jessica received a B.S. in Business Administration from DePaul University. She was a Fellow of the Association of Fundraising Professionals in 2013 as well as a member of the 2013 Cohort of the Latino Policy Forum’s IL Latino Nonprofit Leadership Academy, now known as the Multicultural Leadership Academy. Jessica currently serves on the Associate Board for the National Runaway Safeline (NRS) and the Young Women’s Giving Council, an extension of the Chicago Foundation for Women.

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Larry McKay, Director of Finance

Larry joined La Casa Norte’s Leadership Team in 2018 as Director of Finance. Larry oversees the fiscal oversight of all programs and the organization as a whole. In conjunction with the Executive Director & other members of the leadership team, he assists in the day-to-day managing LCN’s overall fiscal health and position, which includes developing & implementing risk mitigation strategies, cash flow and position, and providing guidance and information to the Executive Director and Board Finance Committee.

Larry has 18 years of experience in the nonprofit sector. 14 years of experience in an accounting and finance capacity and 4 years in a program capacity. Job duties include: End of month and end of year closings, financial statement preparation, and analysis, internal control monitoring, budgeting, audit preparation, ensure that financial activity is tracked, recorded and reported according to GAAP and according to city, state and federal contract guidelines, A-133 audits, and stock portfolio management.
Larry has enjoyed volunteering as a coach for a middle school girls basketball team, he considers himself a Sci-fi nerd with his favorite movie being Avatar and TV show Lost in Space. He also enjoys listening to the complexity of music across all genres.


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