Joyce M. Coffee, Chief Executive Officer – Joyce is the agency’s leader and visionary. Under her leadership, the agency has grown from a shelter to a comprehensive domestic violence agency. She has a Master’s of Arts in psychology from the University of Michigan and has over 35 years of experience working with victims of domestic violence. In 1995, she received the coveted Victim’s Advocate Award from President Bill Clinton. Joyce is an Illinois Certified Domestic Violence Professional.
Latreece Sanders, Chief Operations Officer, Program Services Director – Latreece holds a bachelor’s degree in criminal justice from Saint Xavier University and a Master in Social Work and a Master of Jurisprudence in child and family law from Loyola University – Chicago. Latreece started her career in social services in 2008 and has experience in crisis intervention, sexual assault, residential treatment, domestic violence, and families impacted by DCFS. Latreece is an Illinois Certified Domestic Violence Professional.
Nicole Comer, Chief Financial Officer, Property Manager – She has over ten years of financial experience working with homeless families in Southern Cook County, Chicago, and Northwest Indiana. Nicole received her MBA from Roosevelt University with a concentration in accounting. Her passion for nonprofit advocacy began during her undergraduate studies. She received a Bachelor of Science in political science/ pre-law with a minor in economics from Indiana State University. Currently she serves as an Associate Board Member for Housing Opportunity for Women (HOW), and a Finance Ministry Volunteer for St. James Community Church. Previously, Nicole served as Chair for TUCC 20-Something Young Adult Ministry, Freedom School Servant Leader Intern for the Children’s Defense Fund, and as a Legislative Intern for the Indiana House of Representatives. Nicole’s lifelong goal is to provide financial and professional services to nonprofit organizations and continue working towards the quest to end homelessness.
Porche Mickle, Human Resources Manager/ Volunteer & Training Coordinator– Porche holds a Bachelor of Science in law enforcement and justice administration from Western Illinois University. In December 2017, she earned a Master of Arts in organizational leadership from Lewis University. Before becoming the Human Resources Manager, Porche was the Site Coordinator at the Area South Complex for Family Rescue’s Legal Advocacy Program. She has also worked for the Cook County State’s Attorney’s Office in the Grand Jury Unit, the Victim Witness Unit as a Courtroom Specialist, and as a Countywide Sexual Assault Specialist. Porche is an Illinois Certified Domestic Violence Professional.