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Meghan Powell-Filler, LCPC, CADC, Executive Director

Meghan Powell-Filler is the Executive Director at PADS Lake County.  Meghan is a Licensed Clinical Professional Counselor and has a vast array of experience working with individuals who are homeless, experiencing mental health concerns, or individuals diagnosed with a developmental disability.  She has worked in the field for over 10 years with diverse populations and a focus on the underserved. Meghan has shown her passion and dedication to this field in every position has held whether it was at the local crisis center, CTI case manager, therapist, managing group homes and in charge of an entire homeless shelter. Meghan is also a Certified Alcohol and Drug Counselor, Certified Anger Management Specialist III, Mental Health First Aid Trainer, and a Trauma Informed Care trainer.

847.689.0548 | mpowell-filler@padslakecounty.org

Eric Foote, MBA, Deputy Executive Director

Eric Foote serves as PADS' Deputy Executive Director.  Before coming to PADS Eric spent four years managing grants and various special projects for the Lake County government.  Before his work with the government, Eric spent 14 years in the nonprofit sector in both a direct care and management capacity serving individuals with intellectual disabilities.  While doing this work Eric was able to obtain an MBA from North Park University. 

847.689.0597 | efoote@padslakecounty.org

Suzanne Christensen, Director of Shelters

Suzanne has been with PADS since 1996, and currently serves as the Director of Shelters. She also has served as a volunteer in Wauconda.

847.689.0541 | schristensen@padslakecounty.org

Jamie Roberts, MA, Director of Development & Communications

Jamie is responsible for raising funds, creating awareness, and fostering community engagement & support for PADS. She believes that philanthropy makes incredible things possible and has spent her career garnering support for a wide range of social justice organizations and causes. Outside of PADS, Jamie can be found tooling around Chicago by bike, snapping photos (much to the chagrin of her friends & family), and searching for the world’s best cup of coffee.

847.616.2686 | jroberts@padslakecounty.org

Melvin Ford, Outreach Program Manager

Melvin serves as the Outreach Program Manager, going out into the community to find persons experiencing homelessness in the streets and other places.  He works to engage them in the system, providing case management and other services to them on site, and building rapport to encourage them to enter the shelter system and get off the streets.

847.689.0598 | mford@padslakecounty.org

Sara Hollis, LPC, Housing Program Manager

Sara's role as a Program Manager is to oversee our permanent supportive housing programs that provide long-term housing support to the chronically homeless.  She works both with our fixed site and scattered site program.  Sara has over ten years’ experience working with individuals with severe mental illness. Sara holds a Master's Degree in Clinical Community Mental Health is a Licensed Professional Counselor.  Sara is also certified as a Trauma Informed Care trainer as well as received training in the Housing First model and Harm Reduction.

847.805.1060 | shollis@padslakecounty.org

Christine Jabeneau, LCPC, PADS Program Manager

Christine joined PADS in 2015 as the Program Manager.  She provides oversight and supervision for the daytime services including case management, groups, classes, and others.

847.689.0529 | cjabeneau@padslakecounty.org

Louis Richardson, Client Service Aide Supervisor

Louis oversees the Client Service Aides, who help clients of PADS find how to access services and provides general assistance in routine, day-to-day matters that we all take for granted.  A "jack of all trades," Louis ensures that everyone in the building gets what they need or where they need to be.

847.689.0504 | lrichardson@padslakecounty.org

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