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Rebecca Levin, MPH
Director
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(312) 227-6948 

Rebecca (Becky) Levin, MPH, Director of Strengthening Chicago's Youth (SCY) has worked in the violence and injury prevention field for over 13 years. In addition to her role with SCY, Becky is also the Strategic Director of the Injury Prevention and Research Center and the Illinois Violent Death Reporting System (IVDRS) at Ann & Robert H. Lurie Children's Hospital of Chicago. IVDRS is operated by Lurie Children's as part of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention's National Violent Death Reporting System. Becky is on the Mayor's Commission for a Safer Chicago and the Board of Directors of the Illinois Council Against Handgun Violence and the Midwest Injury Prevention Alliance. Before coming to Lurie Children's in 2011, Becky worked at the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) for 12 years, overseeing all violence and injury prevention efforts. She was one of the lead staff on development of the AAP violence prevention program Connected Kids: Safe, Strong, Secure. At the AAP, Ms. Levin served as Project Director/Principal Investigator for numerous federally and privately funded injury and violence projects and held leadership positions on several federal expert groups addressing community-based violence prevention, injury prevention, and parenting. Becky received her bachelor's degree in Integrated Science and Biology from Northwestern University and her master's degree in Health Policy and Administration from the University of Illinois at Chicago. She is also a trained Peace Circle Keeper.

 


Karen Sheehan

Karen Sheehan, MD, MPH
Medical Director
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Karen Sheehan, MD, MPH is a Professor of Pediatrics and Preventive Medicine at Northwestern University's Feinberg School of Medicine. In addition to her role with SCY, she is also the founding Medical Director of the Injury Prevention and Research Center (IPRC) at Ann & Robert H. Lurie Children's Hospital of Chicago which focuses on unintentional and intentional (including child abuse) pediatric injury prevention. Dr. Sheehan's research and practice has been community engaged ranging from using community based participatory research to evaluate youth development programming as a strategy to prevent violence to applying policy-system-environmental change strategies in her work with the Chicago Park District to help inform the replacement of 350 playgrounds because of safety issues. Dr. Sheehan has held leadership positions in the Injury Free Coalition for Kids, Kids in Danger, and the American Academy of Pediatrics' former Section on Injury, Violence and Poison Prevention.

 


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Kelli Day
Operations Manager
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(312) 227-7077 

Kelli Day is SCY's Operations Manager overseeing all administrative, communication, and fiscal functions. Kelli has extensive experience developing administrative systems and operationalizing programmatic strategies. Her role with SCY includes managing grant and philanthropic funding and subawards; preparation of fiscal reports, budgets, budget justifications, and contracts/memorandum of understanding; database, tracking systems, and website management; coordination of monthly trainings, quarterly meetings, and other relevant events; partner communication, social media, newsletter, and SCY's blog; and general day-to-day operations. Kelli is also the Co-Chair of the Midwest Injury Prevention Alliance's (MIPA) Membership Committee and the Co-Chair of the Society for Advancement of Violence and Injury Research's (SAVIR) Communication Committee. Before Kelli joined SCY in 2012, she was the Fiscal Programs Coordinator with the Consortium to Lower Obesity in Chicago Children (CLOCC) managing the Healthy Places project funding and subawards sponsored by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Kelli received her Bachelor of Arts with a focus in Human Health Sciences from DePaul University and is currently working on her Masters of Public Health focused on Community Health and Social Justice at DePaul University.

 


Ed Boone

Edward Boone
Community Programs Coordinator
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(312) 227-7064

Edward Boone, Community Programs Coordinator with Strengthening Chicago's Youth is responsible for building relationships with key community organizations and institutions to cultivate support for and participation in community-based efforts. Ed also provides community-level coordination of SCY projects such as gathering information about community needs and resources, working with community-based partners to develop strategies, and providing training and support to community-based partners. In addition to his role with SCY, Ed is also the Vice Chair of the Kells Park Advisory Council in West Humboldt Park, working to promote safety and positive activities in the park, and serves on the Humboldt Park Safety Committee, a group committed to creating a safe environment for area youth. Before coming to SCY in December 2014, Ed worked as a Community Programs Coordinator with the Consortium to Lower Obesity in Chicago Children (CLOCC) for over with years where he spearheaded the Healthy Corner Stores campaign, initiated in West Humboldt Park then expanded into other communities to promote healthier alternatives in local stores. Ed attended Waller High school and continued on to Columbia College studying music. In 2011, Ed received the Neighborhood Housing Service's Neighborhood Leadership Award for his efforts to improve the quality of life in the West Humboldt Park community.

 


Kirstin Grabski editedKirstin Grabski
Operations Coordinator
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(312) 227-7086

Kirstin Grabski is the Operations Coordinator for Strengthening Chicago's Youth (SCY), responsible for various administrative and communication efforts. Kirstin's role with SCY involves preparation for trainings, meetings, partner collaboration, social media and the bi-monthly newsletter. Kirstin also works with the Consortium to Lower Obesity in Chicago Children (CLOCC) as administrative and fiscal support. Before coming to SCY in July 2016, Kirstin has spent time working with Tutoring Chicago, a free tutoring service for economically disadvantaged youth in Chicago as safe place for learning and mentoring. Kirstin attended the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign studying Communication with an interest in Health Communication.

 


Sana Yousuf
Data Specialist
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(312) 227-6696

 

 


Kate Spitzer-Cohn
Program Coordinator
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(312) 227-7074