Lawrence Hall Team


Kara Teeple, MSW

Chief Executive Officer

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Devan Hughes, CPA

Chief Financial Officer

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Sean McGinnis, MSW

Chief Program Officer

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Melanie Krauss, MSHR

Vice President of People and Culture

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Breanna Hollie, LCSW

Vice President of Youth and Community Development

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Carly Jones, Ed.D.

Vice President of Foster Care

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Debbie Podmore, LSW

Vice President of Staff Development and Training

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Greg Meadors

Vice President of Facilities and Information Technologies

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Moira Tuffy

Vice President of Development

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Ron Howard

Vice President of Residential and Behavioral Health Services

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Tracey Silas-Patterson, MPA

Vice President of Transitional and Independent Living

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Victoria Hicks, MA

Vice President of Educational Services

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Jennifer Carroll

Director of Administrative Affairs

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Renee Lehocky, LCSW

Director of Strategic Initiatives

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Looking Five Years Ahead

Strategic planning is considered an essential management tool that drives Lawrence Hall to maintain, grow, and explore areas of service provision as well our operations. Our strategic plan guides our management team and board of directors with measurable metrics and tactics intended to result in ongoing growth and improvement.

Additionally, this document and process is essential for Council on Accreditation (COA) compliance. Quarterly, the strategic planning committee of the board reviews progress and assesses obstacles.  Our current strategic plan addresses four areas where we plan to develop and advance:

  • Create innovative programming to meet the needs of Chicago’s youth, families, and communities
  • Develop a sustainable business model that enables growth and optimizes technology
  • Build a stable workforce
  • Commit to diversity, equity, and inclusion within the agency


We Are All Lawrence Hall

Lawrence Hall is committed to principles of diversity, equity, and inclusion for all leadership, staff, youth, and families. Created in 2021, our DEI Committee promotes and supports five key areas:

  • Staff training and enrichment
  • Personal responsibility in helping tear down exclusionary attitudes
  • Open, non-judgmental communication across the agency
  • Policy change
  • Cross-departmental community building

Our DEI Committee has published Brave Conversations, a series of thought-provoking and educational blogs to inspire others to work DEI principles into their everyday lives.

Lawrence Hall does not permit or tolerate discrimination against those we serve, job applicants, or our staff on the basis of race, color, religion, national origin, sexual orientation, gender identity and/or expression, age, marital status, family responsibility, military status, or disability (except where the disability would prevent the performance of the essential requirements of the job with or without a reasonable accommodation).


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