Staff

Allison Van Gerpen

Allison Van Gerpen is the Vice President of Executive Operations. In her role, Allison works directly with the Executive Leadership team to support Aunt Martha’s critical organizational initiatives. She has previously served as the Executive Assistant to the President & CEO for 4 years, prior to her previous role in the Behavior Health Operations as a Project Manager. Before joining Aunt Martha’s in 2016, she worked within the Presence Hospital System specializing in Children’s Behavioral Health serving as a mental Health Counselor. Allison is a graduate of Iowa State University where she earned her Bachelors of Science Degree in Child, Adult, and Family Services. Allison holds a Master of Science in Communication Degree from Northwestern University.

Allison would be happy to assist with any inquiries. She can be reached at (708) 821-4676.

Mia Collins

Mia Collins is Vice President of Child Wellness.  Mia has over 25 years of experience in child welfare, behavioral health and addiction.  In 2004, she joined Aunt Martha’s Health and Wellness.  She oversees Child Welfare Services (CWS) Northern region, Integrated Care Center (ICC) Stepdown, Parenting, LifeSet, Clinical Intervention for Placement Preservation (CIPP) and Countdown to 21 (C21).

Mia graduated from Chicago State University, earning a Bachelor of Science in Criminal Justice, Master of Science in Criminal Justice and a Master of Social Work.  She continues her education, pursuing a PhD in Organizational Development and Leadership.

Mia is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker (LCSW).  She believes in a holistic approach to service.  Individualized integrated care is essential to exceptional health and wellness.  She is a humanitarian, philanthropist, and advocate.  She is committed to community and improving the lives of children, adolescents, and adults she serves.

Philoniese Moore

Philoniese Moore has dedicated more than 30 years to her work in the social services and child welfare industries. In her role as the Senior Vice President of Operations of Aunt Martha’s Integrated Care Center (ICC) Philoniese oversees the multi-disciplinary, crisis stabilization teams, who handle the intervention and counseling of DCFS youth in care.

Prior to Aunt Martha’s, she supervised youth at Lawrence Hall Youth Services and the Maryville Academy, St. John of God boys’ shelter.

Philoniese has both a Master of Science in Counseling and a Bachelor of Science in Applied Behavior Sciences from National Lewis University. She is also a Certified Instructor for Therapeutic Crisis Intervention through Cornell University.

Iris Williams

Iris began her career as a case manager at Aunt Martha’s in 1995, and has held roles of increasing responsibility in the agency’s child welfare work, including Director of Foster Care (Cook County); Licensing Supervisor; Licensing Coordinator; Adoption Specialist, and Associate Administrator.

Iris is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker. She earned a Bachelor of Arts in Liberal Arts and Sociology from Northern Illinois University and a Master’s of Social Work from Governor’s State University.

Dr. Wanda Parker

Dr. Parker is the Vice President of Clinical & Therapeutic Services at Aunt Martha’s Health and Wellness. She has 20 years of experience in the behavioral health field and 10 years in higher education. Her experience spans from being a Director II at a social service organization that provided collaborative care, medical detoxification director, adjunct professor both in the addictions and psychology, hospital setting psychiatric care, managed care experience including consultant work for MCOs, and private practice work.

Dr. Parker has worked with many at-risk populations such as children/adolescent, pregnant women, veterans, addictions, the forensic and medically compromised populations.

She received her Bachelor’s degree in Psychology at Roosevelt University, a Master’s degree in Developmental Psychology with a post–graduate certificate in Psychological Assessments from National Louis University, and a Doctorate Degree in Counseling Psychology from Argosy University.

Dr. Parker is a certified addiction counselor in the state of Illinois, holds a national Master Addiction Counselor Certification, is a Certified Professional Patient Advocate, and holds a Clinical Professional Counselor license in the state of Illinois. In addition to her role at Aunt Martha’s, Dr. Parker works in a private practice and is an adjunct professor for graduate psychology and addictions.

Dr. Charles Barron

Dr. Charles K. Barron, Jr., is Aunt Martha’s first Chief Medical Officer. He is a 1994 graduate of the University of Iowa College of Medicine. He also holds a Master’s Degree in Business Administration, which he earned at Olivet Nazarene University.

Dr. Barron is Certified by the American Board of Family Medicine.  He earned a Certification as a Physician Executive from the American Association for Physician Leadership, as well as a Post-Masters Certification in Health Care Informatics from the University of Illinois-Chicago.

Before joining Aunt Martha’s in September 2016, Dr. Barron honed his clinical and administrative skills at Access Community Health Network. He served as an Associate Medical Director from 2000 to 2007, when he became a Regional Medical Director. Since 2013, he also served as the organization’s lead provider for Clinical Quality.

In addition to his academic and professional achievements, Dr. Barron maintains professional affiliations with the National Association of Healthcare Services, The American Board of Family Medicine and the American Medical Informatics Association.  He is an active member of Kappa Alpha Psi Fraternity, Inc.

Dr. Forrest Moore

Forrest Moore, Ph.D. is Aunt Martha’s Chief Strategy and Innovations Officer.

Before joining Aunt Martha’s, Dr. Moore was a Policy Fellow at Chapin Hall, where he provided strategic guidance on research and evidence use to youth-serving agencies across a multitude of issues, including the overrepresentation of children and young people of color and their families in child welfare and justice systems. Dr. Moore specializes in designing and implementing feasible action plans to improve delivery of and outcomes associated with youth development programming, especially highly vulnerable subgroups of youth and young adults. He is particularly interested in opportunity youth, homeless youth, and youth transitioning out of child welfare and juvenile justice.

In addition to his work at Chapin Hall, Dr. Moore was an independent consultant focused on research, strategic planning, and project management to Surge Institute, My Brother’s Keeper, SGA Chicago, Philanthropic Executive Alliance, and others. He also served as the Executive VP for America’s Promise Alliance, where he conceptualized and developed a new knowledge management department focused on creating and managing technical systems that improve the ability to effectively deliver resources and services. While at America’s Promise Alliance, he represented the organization as the Education Liaison to the U.S. Department of Education and served as a thought leader and advisor to this partnership on education-related issues. Moore also co-created the Research and Practice Summit, a partnership between the Center for Promise and Stanford University, where he developed the strategic vision for the alliance with the goal of enabling effective research and community practices.

He has a PhD in Research Methodology from Loyola University in Chicago, a Master of Business Administration in Organizational Behavior from Illinois State University, and a Bachelor of Science in Organizational Leadership from the Knoy School of Technology at Purdue University.

Jessica Cummings

Jessica L. Cummings is Chief Legal and Administrative Officer. She started at Aunt Martha’s in February 2016 as Chief Legal and Compliance Officer and was promoted to her current role in November 2019.  She most recently served as Corporate Counsel and Human Resources Officer for Pilsen Wellness Center.  Her previous experience includes work as the Director of Communications & Policy for the Chicago City Council’s 12th Ward, a Staff Attorney at the Illinois Department of Financial and Professional Regulation, and a Marketing Representative at Cessna Aircraft.

Jessica graduated magna cum laude from Wichita State University with a Bachelor’s in Business Administration, where she majored in Marketing and Entrepreneurship and was a member of the Phi Eta Sigma National Honor Society and the Beta Gamma Sigma International Business Honor Society.  She earned her Juris Doctor degree from Chicago-Kent College of Law, where she was a CALI Award winner in Privacy Law and was named to the Dean’s List multiple semesters.  An article co-authored by Jessica regarding unauthorized juror communications was published in the Illinois Bar Journal in 2011.

She is a member of the Illinois State Bar, Chicago Bar Association, and Illinois State Bar Association.

Mary Martin

Mary Martin, Chief Financial Officer.  Mary Martin joined Aunt Martha’s in 2006 and has served as the organization’s current Chief Financial Officer since April 2014. During her years of service at Aunt Martha’s, Ms. Martin has also served as Chief Compliance Officer, prior-Chief Financial Officer and Controller.

Ms. Martin has over 20 years of financial management experience. Before joining Aunt Martha’s she served as the Public Service Administrator at the Illinois Veterans Home at Manteno (IVHM), where she was responsible for all facets of the organization’s financial strategy, planning, management and accounting.  Prior to her time at IVHM, Ms. Martin practiced in public accounting where she led audit consulting engagement and financial advisory services for a wide range of for-profit industries, as well as governmental entities and not-for-profit organizations.

Ms. Martin is a Certified Public Accountant.  She holds a Bachelor of Science in Accounting from Governors State University and a Graduate Certificate in Healthcare Corporate Compliance from George Washington University.

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