Maureen McDonnell, MPH
For over 25 years, Maureen McDonnell has been a passionate advocate for the health, needs, and rights of vulnerable populations including people with mental illness and substance use disorders. She served as National Director for Health Care Initiatives for TASC, Inc. (Treatment Alternatives for Safe Communities), which advocates for alternatives to incarceration and community reentry services for people with substance use and mental health disorders, and serves more than 18,000 individuals and families in Illinois each year. Previously, she also served as TASC’s Director for Business & Health Care Strategy Development. Maureen is recognized as a national expert on building bridges between the behavioral health and justice systems, using Medicaid, Medicare and other public health care funding. Her work to align these systems has expanded opportunities for people to access these services instead of being incarcerated and to establish durable recovery in the community.
Christine McCall, MSW, LCSW, CADC
Christine McCall, CADC, holds a Master’s of Social Work degree from Loyola University Chicago School of Social Work and is a licensed clinical social worker. She developed and coordinates the HEALING CONNECTIONS Intensive Outpatient Program and Aftercare Program at PEER Services. She is the chair of the Coalition on Substance Use and Aging, as well as an active member of multiple community professional groups and leads presentations and training on substance use and aging, including most recently at the University of Chicago. Prior to her work with PEER Services, Christine provided clinical case management and therapy to individuals with dual diagnosis in a supportive housing program in addition to linking them with stable housing opportunities in Chicago.
Jahmillia Frye, LPN
Jahmillia is the Nursing Supervisor on our team. In addition to overseeing the nurses and medication dispensing for our programs, she works closely with the Medication-Assisted Treatment team to help clients understand medication safety and how to address their health needs. Prior to PEER Services, Jahmillia was a Unit Manager for the Renaissance of South Shore. She has experience in creating detailed client care plans as well as working with clients facing mental health and developmental challenges. Jahmillia is a Licensed Practical Nurse and also holds certifications in Pulmonary Resuscitation and Direct Support Aide.
Gretchen Igliori, MSW, LCSW
Medication-Assisted Treatment Services Coordinator
Gretchen is the Coordinator of PEER’s Joint Commission Accredited Adult Medication-Assisted Treatment Services. She is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker with more than ten years of experience in treating substance use disorders. Gretchen joined the PEER Services staff in 2001, after working in areas including domestic violence, grief and loss, HIV/AIDS care, homelessness, and mental health.
In addition to her Coordinator responsibilities, Gretchen manages intern recruitment and training for PEER Services’ highly successful Medication-Assisted Treatment internship program. She has a Master’s Degree in Social Work from Indiana University and an undergraduate degree in Sociology, along with certificates in Women’s Studies and Public and Environmental Affairs, from Indiana University. Gretchen received the Judy Miller Scholarship Award from the Illinois Alcoholism and Drug Dependence Association in 2010.
Sarah Anker, MSW, LCSW
Adult and Adolescent Treatment Coordinator
Sarah Anker is PEER Services’ Adult and Adolescent Treatment Coordinator. She launched the Young Adult Treatment program, including an Intensive Outpatient group in March 2016 that targets the specific needs of clients 18-29 years old. She is also involved with Prepared for Adult Life, a subcommittee of Evanston Cradle to Career.
Sarah has 4 years experience working with families, adults, and young adult clients. Sarah completed her Masters in Social Work in 2012 from Washington University in St. Louis with a concentration in children, youth, and families. She has a BA in Psychology and Sociology with emphasis in Criminal Justice. She is currently a Licensed Clinical Social Worker in the State of Illinois.
Prevention Program Coordinator
Cole Thompson is the Prevention Program Coordinator at PEER Services providing direct prevention services to Evanston and the surrounding communities. Cole has over nine years of experience in the field of social services in the Chicago area and has worked with youth, families and adults in a variety of capacities. Most recently, he managed two high end residential units for youth in care who were struggling with managing acute mental health needs and had experienced severe trauma. He has been a Therapeutic Crisis Intervention trainer for several years and recently became certified as a Mental Health First Aid instructor for Adults. Cole is a resident of Evanston.
Cole works closely with the Evanston and New Trier communities and provides consultation on best practices in youth substance abuse prevention to schools, community organizations and coalitions, collaborates with school social workers and educators and oversees agency program implementation and evaluations. He assists in collecting and analyzing data to measure effectiveness of programs, uses data to inform prevention programming and manages state and local grants.