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Simone Mitchell-Peterson

Simone Mitchell-Peterson

Chief Executive Officer

Simone Mitchell-Peterson joined Little Brothers – Friends of the Elderly in May 2004. Simone leads a team of 35 employees and more than 1,500 volunteers as the organization provides friendship and services to isolated elders.

Simone came to LBFE from the Urban League in Chicago where she was group vice president. Simone is a Board member of the Industrial Council of Nearwest Chicago, a board member of the Urban CPE Consortium, and a charter member and former board member of TEMPO International. She is a past recipient of Business First’s “40 under 40” award. Simone has a BA in sociology and anthropology from York University, Toronto, Ontario; an MS in general education from Canisius College; and an MBA from State University of New York in Buffalo.

Cecilia Straney

Cecilia Straney

Chief Development Officer

Cecilia Straney joined LBFE in September 2010. She works with staff and volunteers to raise funds for the organization and is also responsible for overseeing public relations and marketing efforts. A past Campaign Director with the ADA Foundation and Development Director at the YMCA, Cecilia has worked in resource development for more than 25 years. She has a BA in English from Michigan State University and an MA in Philanthropy from the Center of Philanthropy at Indiana University.

Daniel Gurgevich

Daniel Gurgevich

Director of Finance

Daniel Gurgevich joined LBFE in September 2005. He is responsible for financial planning, record-keeping and financial reporting for the organization. A past Director of Finance for Little Brothers – Friends of the Elderly National Office and Director of Finance for the Emergency Nurses Association, Daniel has worked with non-profits for more than 21 years. He has a Bachelor of Science degree in Accounting from Indiana University.

Ann Wohlberg

Ann Wohlberg

Director of Program

Ann McCahill Wohlberg joined LBFE in 2011. Ann and her team lead LBFE’s full range of programs, including the visiting programs, Celebrations of Life, Food Pantry, Direct Assistance, Lloyd Walding Brain Fitness Center, social clubs, and citywide holiday celebrations on Thanksgiving Day and other holidays.

Before joining LBFE, Ann was the Executive Director of Sharing Connections Furniture Bank and also led the Community Nurse Health Association and the Geriatric Education Center Network at the University of Illinois. Ann has a BA from Mundelein College, an MA with honors in Gerontology from the University of Michigan, a Management Certificate from the Kellogg Graduate School of Management at Northwestern University, and a Specialist in Aging certificate from the University of Michigan Institute of Gerontology.

Josh Chartier

Josh Chartier

Director of Volunteer Services & Community Engagement

Josh Chartier joined LBFE in October 2017. He and the Volunteer Services team oversee a volunteer corps of over 1,600 individuals and the support of over 100 organizations, along with the continued recruitment and recognition of volunteers. He also works to connect LBFE to corporations, nonprofits, community groups, and neighborhoods throughout Chicago.

Josh has worked in nonprofit operations and volunteer management for over 15 years, primarily in museums. He has a BA in History from Pace University in New York, a certificate in Nonprofit Management from Duke University, and an MA in Museum Studies from Johns Hopkins University.

Executive Office


Cecilia Straney
Sherri Gorski
Heather Dudzinski
Shayna Courtney Serpe
Araceli Nevarez


Dan Gurgevich
Sinai Ornelas


Andres Alpizar


Ann Wohlberg
Rhonda Nanevie
Liliana Rendon
Blanca Moreno
John Silver
Sonia Serrano, MSW

Program Coordinators

Ana Rosa Garcia
Mary Granados
Evelyn Sanchez
Adriana Molina
Maggie Murphy
Hannah Weitzman
Shakaiyra Reed
Jamesha Davis
Monica Hallahan

Volunteer Program Assistants

Emma Dempsey
Ella Lawson
Marine Paysan

Volunteer Services

Josh Chartier
Tracey Abramowicz
Angelina Márquez-Reyes
Anum Ahmed

Northwest Indiana

Jacqueline Townsend

DuPage & Kane Counties

Maria Stamos

Little Brothers - Friends of the Elderly Chicago Chapter

355 N Ashland Ave
Chicago, IL 60618

355 N Ashland Ave
Chicago, IL 60607-1016


P: 312-455-1000
F: 312-455-9674

Our Mission

Little Brothers – Friends of the Elderly is a national network of non-profit volunteer-based organizations committed to relieving isolation and loneliness among the elderly. We offer to people of goodwill the opportunity to join the elderly in friendship and celebration of life.

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