WESTCARE ILLINOIS LEADERSHIP



Stacy Munroe, Regional Vice President
Stacy Munroe is a 20-year veteran of local government with a strong background in grants and development, human resources, and project management. Ms. Munroe is responsible for the supervision of all WestCare Illinois programming. In her prior position as the WestCare Central Region Grant Development Specialist, she built relationships with funders to advance the WestCare mission and successfully funded million dollar projects with competitive grants. She has provided high level planning to support regional program strategies and has been responsible for managing strategic relationships with business, community, and government partners. She is a results-oriented professional with extensive knowledge about budget processes, government, labor, and community relations. Ms. Munroe possesses a Bachelor’s and a Master's Degree from the University of Illinois at Urbana.





Maruwa Ferrell, M.S.W./C.A.D.C./MISA, Program Manager
Maruwa Ferrell, Program Manager for WestCare's Get In Chicago Program, provides support to Adult ReDeploy. Formerly, Mr. Ferrell functioned as the Director of the WestCare Day Reporting Center at Cook County Jail, from February 2014 until November 2015. He has functioned as a liaison to the Cook County Department of Corrections and coordinated with external groups and agencies in promoting inter-organizational collaboration and facilitating placement of program clients and graduates. He ensures that all shift duties are completed in a timely manner and in accordance with WestCare procedures. He coordinates staff development, education and training activities, and implements Quality Assurance and Utilization Review systems that monitor the effectiveness of the program services. Prior to working for WestCare, Mr. Ferrell worked for five years in progressively responsible positions for Gateway Foundation culminating in providing clinical supervision to staff that delivered treatment to individuals with substance abuse and/or mental health disorders. As Clinical Supervisor, Mr. Ferrell oversaw client services and ensured compliance with established program standards and service delivery objectives, including auditing client records. Mr. Ferrell possesses an MSW and BA from Chicago State University and is a Licensed Social Worker in the State of Illinois.





John Zidek, Program Director
John Zidek, Program Director for Sheridan Correctional Center, works in partnership with the Illinois Department of Corrections as a leading specialist in the management and implementation of a Therapeutic Community model in a correctional setting; monitors compliance with Illinois Department of Human Service's Division of Alcoholism and Substance abuse licensing requirements; and is responsible for providing the overall leadership, supervision and over sight for Sheridan Correctional Center. Mr. Zidek is a graduate of the Clinical training Program for Addictions Counselors, has over 23 years in the substance abuse field, and has spent 17 years in a leadership role. He earned his certificate in Alcohol and Other Drug Counseling (CADC) in 1996.





Willie Hall, Program Director
Willie Hall, Director of WestCare's Adult Transition Center Program at the State of Illinois Correctional Center, is an experienced manager, supervisor, and clinician. His areas of specialty are substance abuse, program development and start-up, domestic violence, drug court, and probation programs. Mr. Hall is adept at scheduling, training, and leading a team of counselors and overseeing in-custody treatment programs. He conducts therapy sessions, monitors caseloads, and performs utilization reviews. His experience includes working with youth who are wards of the state and incarcerated men of various ages. Mr. Hall holds a BS in Human Service Programs from the University of Phoenix and a Master's degree in Addiction Studies from Governors State University. He is a Certified Addictions Counselor (CADC) and has applied for Mental Illness Substance Abuse I (MISA) certification. Mr. Hall is currently pursuing certification as a licensed professional counselor (LPC).





Amy Hancock, Assistant Program Director
Amy Hancock has over 11 years of experience providing substance abuse treatment. One year of this was in a community-based setting, and ten years is in a correctional setting. This includes eight years of supervising substance abuse programs in the correctional setting. Ms. Hancock has worked as a DUI evaluator in the community for over six years. She earned a BA in Criminal Justice from the University of Illinois at Springfield. She is also certified as an Alcohol and Other Drug Counselor (CADC) with a gender competency endorsement (GCE). Ms. Hancock is currently working toward an MA in Human Services with a concentration in Social Service Administration.





Heather Wright, Program Coordinator
Heather Wright, Program Coordinator for the Impact Incarceration Programs at the Du Quoin/Dixon Springs facilities, is an experienced manager, supervisor, and substance abuse and mental health counselor. She oversees staff and evidence-based curriculum of the in-custody substance abuse services and conducts therapy sessions for men ages 17-35. Ms. Wright serves as a liaison between the Illinois Department of Corrections and WestCare's program staff to ensure quality services are provided and meet the needs of program participants. She also mentors non-certified staff seeking to obtain certification/licensure. Ms. Wright earned a BA in Psychology and a Master of Science in Education and Community Counseling from Southern Illinois University, Carbondale. She is a Licensed Professional Counselor in Illinois and Missouri. She also holds National Counselor Certification, Moral Reconation Therapy (MRT) Certification, and Static 99R/Stable-2007 Acute Assessment Certification.





Ronald Harris, Program Manager
Ronald Harris is a Program Manager for WestCare's Impact program at the Cook County Department of Corrections in Chicago, IL. The program provides psycho-education and counseling services to men currently awaiting Adjudication in the Cook County Court system. Areas of specialization include: addiction counseling, recovery support, stress management, trauma, mental health, anger management, relapse prevention, communication, self-esteem, coping skills, expressive therapy, empowerment, community re-entry, and resolving family issues. Mr. Harris earned an AAS in Mental Health – Addiction Studies at Harold Washington Community College, a BA in Behavioral Science from National Lewis University, and is currently pursuing a Master's Degree in Psychology at National Lewis University. He has multiple years' of experience in addiction/behavioral health and corrections. He is certified in Mental Illness Substance Abuse I (MISA) and as an Alcohol and Other Drug Counselor (CADC). Mr. Harris is also a graduate of WestCare's Leadership Academy Class of 2015.





Sixto Garcia, Program Manager
Sixto Garcia is a Program Manager for WestCare's Impact program at the Cook County Department of Corrections in Chicago, IL. Mr. Garcia has worked at three different WestCare sites and was instrumental in opening four start-up programs including the Adult Transition Center in 2013. His WestCare assignments have mainly been in corrections facilities that focus on the Therapeutic Community treatment model. Mr. Garcia provides program participants with addiction counseling, anger management skills, and relapse prevention skills. He also helps them prepare for community re-entry. Mr. Garcia is bilingual English/Spanish. Mr. Garcia earned a BA in Sociology from Northern Illinois University. He is a certified Alcohol and Other Drug Counselor (CADC) and DUI Counselor. Mr. Garcia is a graduate of Westcare's Leadership Academy Class of 2013.





Gwendolyn Maxwell, Director of Community Programs
Gwendolyn Maxwell has over 20 years of experience working within public & behavioral healthcare systems. She is respected in the fields of Mental Health, Substance Abuse, Department of Children and Family Services (DCFS), and Criminal Justice. She has been successful in strategic planning, design, development, and implementation of six community programs for WestCare Illinois. Ms. Maxwell has broad experience in managing and treating adults with both mental health and substance use issues. She worked for Chicago's largest mental health organization for 15 years. She has managed a DCFS subcontract in Cook County South Region for the Intact Family Recovery program overseeing mental health and substance abuse service provisions for 300 clients and their families. Ms. Maxwell has 5 years of experience working in Medication Assisted Treatment (MAT) programs and several years in Substance Abuse Residential programs. Ms. Maxwell is passionate about social justice issues and disparities. She is proactive in promoting team progress and utilizes an interdisciplinary approach in building collaborations. She firmly believes in professional development and desires to help each person grow and develop to fulfill their own unique potential. Ms. Maxwell believes as individuals grow, they become more effective and valuable employees. Ms. Maxwell received her BA in Interdisciplinary Studies and graduated with a Distinguished Honor from Governor's State University (GSU) with a Master's Degree in Social Work. While at GSU, she served on the committee for Social Workers with Criminal Past. She is a certified alcohol and other drug abuse counselor (CADC) and certified in Child Endangerment Risk Assessment Protocol (CERAP). She has conducted two national trainings at the University of California-Berkley on Building a Strong Collaboration. She has received Recognition of Performance and Training by the Office of the Inspector General.





Yolanda Bradley, Business Manager
Yolanda Bradley has over 15 years of experience in business administration and 17 years of experience as a Certified Nursing Assistant. She has worked in the areas of corrections, healthcare, and childcare. She has strong organizational and technical skills including human resources, payroll, accounts payable/receivable, and conducting research. Ms. Bradley earned her AA in Business Administration from American InterContinental University and her Certified Nursing Assistant designation through Malcolm X College. She also serves as a Notary for the State of Illinois.