Cindy is the Director of Policy and Strategic Initiatives at the Center, nationally recognized for her role in building local movements to end mass criminalization and improve the daily lives of individuals targeted by the criminal justice system. She organizes from the principle that the communities most affected by criminalization should lead the movement for change. Her leadership has produced bold, brave, and visionary efforts to rethink justice and center the inherent dignity of every person. Through her work with Generative Somatics, Cindy recognizes the many impacts of individual and systemic trauma and believes that centering peoples’ healing and transformation are integral for our movements to succeed. Cindy has organized in Boston, Chicago, New York, Texas and the United Kingdom and has focused both at the state and national level. She holds a graduate degree in Social Work and Community Organizing from the University of Chicago. Her family is from Venezuela, and Cindy is fluent in Spanish.
Dr. Nathaniel Gilham
Nate is a clinician a the Center, providing individual and family therapy. Nate has been a Licensed Clinical Professional Counselor since 1996 and maintains a private practice in the south suburban area of Chicago. He is also the Director of Training of Clinical Mental Health Counseling program at Argosy University’s Chicago campus, teaching several courses at the masters and doctoral level. He is annual presenter at state conferences and focuses on issues that impact the quality of life for African American families. Nate earned a Masters of Arts at Northeastern Illinois University and a doctorate in Counseling Psychology at Argosy-Chicago.
Christine Haley is the founding Executive Director of the Chicago Torture Justice Center (CTJC). Christine provides executive leadership to CTJC and leads the implementation of the strategic vision of the Center. In the early 2000s, Christine was an organizer with the Campaign to End the Death Penalty which sought to expose the Burge Torture cases. Christine has over 18 years of experience within the nonprofit and public sectors. Prior to CTJC, Christine spent six years as the Associate Director of the Corporation for Supportive Housing (CSH) Illinois Program. She managed projects related to “Moving On” from supportive housing, coordinated access with homeless populations and served as a liaison with the Child Welfare & Supportive Housing Resource Center. Before CSH, Christine served as the Associate Director of Supportive Housing Programs for Heartland Alliance. Christine spent five years in the public sector with the City of Cleveland and Commonwealth of Massachusetts. Christine earned a Bachelor of Arts from the University of Notre Dame and a Master of Science in Social Administration from Case Western Reserve University.
Kreszentia is a clinician at the Center, providing individual and family therapy. Kresznetia was born and raised on the south side of Chicago and is a mother of three. She received her Bachelor’s Degree from the Illinois School of Professional Psychology in Psychology. She majored in Clinical Psychology with a concentration in Forensic Psychology during her Masters and Doctoral work at Argosy University. Kreszentia currently has a private practice located in South Holland and Hyde Park, where she works with African American clients in the areas of relationships, family conflict, trauma, depression, and phases of life. She currently sits on the Board of UCLA as a Parent Member. Kreszentia enjoys skating, traveling, and spending time with her family.
Rodney assumed the role of the Program Director for CTJC in November 2017. Prior to joining CTJC Rodney served within a Restorative Justice Campaign to embed restorative justice practices throughout the City of Chicago, has led neighborhood nonprofit community centers as an senior executive and has a long history of social service program designed and implementation experiences. In addition, Rodney serves as the senior pastor of St. Matthew United Methodist Church which mission field includes the Near North neighborhood of Chicago and Co – Host a bi- monthly gospel radio program on WYCA 102.3 FM. Rodney has earned a B.A Political Science from Chicago State University, Masters of Divinity from Chicago Theological Seminary and Doctors of Ministry from Northern Baptist Seminary.