Our People

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ERICA AVANT

HOUSING MANAGER

A native of Chicago’s South Side, Erica has devoted her life to directly serving the communities in which she has lived—

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TANKA BRADFORD

OFFICE COORDINATOR AND YOUTH ADVOCATE

Tanka Bradford is a youth advocate who holds an abundance of knowledge and skill in navigating systems that impact young people experiencing poverty and homelessness.

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JEROME DAVIS, SR

CHIEF BUILDING ENGINEER

Jerome “The Captain” Davis, Sr. serves as Chief Building Engineer for LYTE Collective. Mr. Davis proudly served for 13 years as an engineer in the United States Army.

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CASEY HOLTSCHNEIDER, PHD, LCSW

EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR

Dr. Casey Holtschneider has over 20 years of experience leading housing and support programs for youth facing poverty and homelessness

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ANDREA KALTZ

CHIEF DEVELOPMENT OFFICER

Andrea (aka “Dre”) Kaltz got her professional start in youth work as a high school art teacher on Chicago’s south side,

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MEGAN WICKMAN, LCSW

CHIEF PROGRAM OFFICER

Megan Wickman is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker who has spent over 15 years working with youth in settings including schools, the foster care system, street and health outreach and housing programs,

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CARL WILEY, LSW

CHIEF INNOVATION OFFICER

For over a decade, Carl Wiley has been working with individuals experiencing homelessness and street involved youth in the City of Chicago and rural Illinois.

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WILL BULKA

VICE CHAIRPERSON

Will Bulka is a computer systems analyst at ComputerWorks of Chicago. He has over 15 years of experience in nonprofit organizations

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AMANDA DUNNAVANT

DIRECTOR

Amanda Dunnavant comes to LYTE Collective with over seven years of experience in finance including her current work as the accounting coordinator at NextGen Global Resources, LLC 

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DERRICK FISHER

DIRECTOR

Derrick Fisher comes to LYTE’s board of directors with nearly a decade of experience bringing media and technology services to Chicago through his current work with RCN and previous positions with AT&T and Comcast Corp.

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VLADIMIR LADOUCEUR

DIRECTOR

Vladimir Ladouceur joins LYTE Collective with over twelve years of experience in finance.

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PATRICIA POSEY

DIRECTOR

Patricia Posey currently works for Apple Inc. and has over 12 years of experience in sales, customer relations and information technology.

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DARRIN SHILLAIR, MBA

SECRETARY & ACTING TREASURER

Darrin Shillair joins LYTE Collective with over 12 years of experience in management consulting and project management. He is the President of Specialty Sales and founder and managing principal at Eagle Tower Capital.

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BONN WADE, MA

CHAIRPERSON

Bonn Wade, a clinical social worker and therapist with Beverly Therapists, has over 20 years of experience in social services providing, directing and designing housing and supportive services for LGBTQA youth within trauma informed frameworks.