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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.

Heather Dudzinski

Heather Dudzinski

Director of Program

Photo and bio coming soon!

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

Simone Mitchell-Peterson
Rosa Torres
Tina Mei


Cecilia Straney
Sherri Gorski
Shayna Courtney Serpe
Araceli Nevarez


Dan Gurgevich
Sinai Ornelas


Andres Alpizar


Heather Dudzinski
Liliana Rendon
Blanca Moreno
John Silver

Program Coordinators

Ana Rosa Garcia
Mary Granados
Evelyn Sanchez
Adriana Molina
Shakaiyra Reed
Jamesha (J.) Davis
Emma Dempsey

Volunteer Program Assistants

Marine Paysan
Margaret McGrath
Nora Wandel
Marine Camus
Mehdi Bouhadjeb
Yllka Shehu

Volunteer Services

Josh Chartier
Tracey Abramowicz
Angelina Márquez-Reyes
Anum Ahmed
Amy Lambert

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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