Our Team

Equal Hope’s work is supported by a team of diverse, skilled professionals committed to our core mission of reducing women’s health disparities.

Our navigators provide highly valued frontline assistance to women in need of breast or cervical cancer services and to men in need of breast cancer services. Our outreach and community engagement staff work tirelessly to educate the public on these healthcare areas. Our advocacy staff empower community members to pursue change that will address health inequity and our research and quality improvement staff pursue innovative evidence based approaches to understanding our healthcare system and the root causes of health disparities so that we can take bold action to reverse structural racism in our healthcare system. Our work is led and supported by a governing board, and professionals’ expert advisory committees.

Anne Marie Murphy PhD

Co-Director of Research Action and Impact through Strategic Engagement (RAISE)
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Paris Thomas MS | MCHES | PhD

Co-Executive Director of Community Health Innovation and Health Equity Alliances (Chi-HEAL)
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Joyce Gaston MNM

Director of Finance and Business Operations
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John McIlwain

Senior Director of External Affairs
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Jiana Calixto MPH

Manager of Community Health Programs
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Carla Amato-Martz JD | LCSW

Associate Director, Consortium
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Melina Martinez

Bilingual Navigator
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Sherlene Branscomb

Development Assistant
Patient Navigator
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Sarah Lomahan MPH

Data Coordinator
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Leilani Lacson-Soltysiak MPH

Data and Communications Coordinator
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Veronica Sanchez Villa

Community Health Worker (Lake County)
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Nacary Arreola

Community Health Worker (IBCCP)
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John Tate

Community Health Worker (West Side Health Equity)
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Boards & Committees

  • Board Members
  • Advisory Board & Committees
Shelley F. Akanji MBA | CIA | CISA
    • Vice President, Global Audit/Risk Management
      Controls & Compliance
    • R.R. Donnelley
David Ansell MD | MPH
Judith S. Deutsch
    • Community Philanthropist
Summer Dewdney MD
Luisa Echevarria
Richard A. Goldberg
Rick Jasculca
Rochelle Kemp
Eileen Knightly MHA | BSN
Esther Leal
Nita Karnik Lee MD
    • Associate Professor
      Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology, Division of Gynecologic Oncology
    • UChicago Medicine
Teresita Macarol RT(R) (M) (QM) | CN-BI | FNCBC
Yamile Molina PhD
      • Associate Professor
        Community Health Sciences, School of Public Health
      • Associate Director of Community Engagement and Outreach
        University of Illinois Cancer Center
    • University of Illinois Chicago
Anne Marie Murphy PhD
    • Executive Director of Research Action and Impact through Strategic Engagement (RAISE)
    • Equal Hope
Mary Richardson-Lowry JD
Patricia Robinson MD
Shari E. Runner
Jonathan B. Strauss MD