Staff

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

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 exploring 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

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

Christen White, Intake Coordinator

Christen's role as Intake Coordinator is to do an initial assessment of each person and family that comes through PADS.  She orients them to our system, and assigns them to a case manager/program based off her assessment.  Christen earned her Bachelor of Psychology from DePaul University and completed her Master of Psychology from The Chicago School of Professional Psychology in 2014.  Professionally, she started her career counseling survivors of sexual trauma and began at PADS as the Family Center Program Manager in 2013.  She is an avid Chicago sports fan and  loves to spend time with her large family and cat, Tyson.

847.604.0869 | cwhite@padslakecounty.org

Nicole Hunt

Nicole Hunt is the Development Associate with PADS, managing both grants and donations.  She has worked in the nonprofit sector for over 10 years with experience including case management, grant writing/reporting, program development, and volunteer management.  Her goal has always been to work to improve the communities where she lives and works. 

847.689.0641 | nhunt@padslakecounty.org

Allyce Doorey, Case Manager

Allyce is responsible for providing case management to clients. Through a professional and effective relationship with agency clients, Allyce provides clients with the basic support with targeted focus with specialization in mental health, intellectual developmental disabilities and substance abuse. She provides clients with individual, family and healthcare support. Allyce received her Bachelors in Counseling Psychology from North Park University in May 2014 and her Masters in Social Work from Dominican University in May 2017.

847.689.512.8472 | adoorey@padslakecounty.org

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