Executive Staff Bios

Marco E. Jacome has been working in the social services field for more than thirty-five years. He first joined H.A.S. in 1984 as a Program Director. In 1992 he became the organization’s Chief Executive Officer. In his capacity as CEO, Marco has grown the operating budget from $1.8 million to $8 million dollars, from four facilities in Chicago to 14 throughout Cook and DuPage counties. In 1999, Marco oversaw H.A.S.’ accreditation from the Commission on Accreditation of Rehabilitation Facilities (CARF), an international body that provides accreditation standards for organizations working in the human services field. As part of his involvement in the field, Marco continues to advocate state and federal government agencies for more support of behavioral health services. Throughout his extensive career, Marco has held board positions with the Norwegian American Hospital Foundation, the Illinois Association for Behavioral Health (formerly the Illinois Alcoholism Drug Dependency Association), the Northern Illinois Employee Assistance Professionals Association, and the Great Lakes Addiction Technology Transfer Center. His many awards include being named one of Hispanic Business magazine’s 100 most influential individuals, a yearly selection of Latinos who have made significant national contributions in government, business, academics, or the arts. Marco holds a bachelor’s degree in Psychology and Sociology from North Park University and a graduate degree in Family and Community Counseling from Northeastern University. He has also participated in fellowships through the School of Public Health at Boston University and Harvard University’s John F. Kennedy School of Government. Additionally, he is a Licensed Professional Counselor (LPC) through the State of Illinois, a Certified Employee Assistance Professional (CEAP), and an Illinois Certified Supervisor Addictions Counselor (CSADC).

Millie M. Adan is an accomplished HR professional with over 15 years of experience in the public and private sectors. In her current role, Millie is responsible for implementing human resource management strategies, including: recruitment, training, and retention initiatives. Millie also specializes in talent management, staffing, employee benefits, quality assurance, learning & development, and corporate compliance/ethics. Prior to joining H.A.S., Millie served as the Chief Human Resources Officer for SOS Children’s Villages of Illinois and as the Workforce Planning Supervisor for UPS. She holds a Master’s in Business Administration and a Master’s in Strategic Human Resource Management and Development from National Louis University. Millie is certified through the Society for Human Resource Management – Certified Professionals; the Human Capital Institute; and the Foundations of Nonprofit Management and Nonprofit Marketing Strategy through the Nonprofit Leadership Alliance. Additionally, Millie participates in the following boards: Lakeside Community Committee Board, ASI Board, Hamdard Community Health Center Inc., and the Employee Advisory Board for the College Career Consortium of Illinois.

Odalinda (Linda) Avila-Trivino is the Program Administrator of the Outpatient Substance Use Disorder Treatment at H.A.S. She oversees treatment sites, programming and staff. Linda has trained and worked across the spectrum of behavioral health services and substance use treatment from in-hospital acute care, school-based counseling, community mental health, private and the non-profit sector for over 18 years. Her clinical direct practice experience consists mostly of treating Latino families, children, and adolescents, intensive outpatient programming, group facilitation, in-home services, grief reactions, and bereavement, crisis intervention, intensive case management as well as outpatient individual therapy and couples counseling. Linda has also worked with adults and juveniles with substance use issues with criminological backgrounds. She holds a master’s degree in professional counseling from Illinois School of Professional Psychology -Argosy University of Chicago. She completed coursework in a doctoral program in Counselor Education at the Argosy University of Chicago. Linda is a Licensed Professional Counselor and a bilingual and bicultural (Spanish-speaking) therapist.

Chuck Benya has excelled in development and leadership positions for over 20 years. His passion for connecting donors to the causes they care about led him to Healthcare Alternative Systems. Chuck has served in senior development roles at Heartland Health Alliance, Vital Bridges, Illinois Alliance for Arts Education, Howard Brown Health, The Martin Luther King Center for the Performing and Cultural Arts and Thrive Counseling Center. As a consultant, he piloted several start-ups and reboots: Chuck served as an advisor to former First Lady Rosalynn Carter’s staff at her Institute for Caregiving. And, he was the architect of Howard Brown Health’s high profile, award winning emergency fundraising drive, The Lifeline Appeal, that raised nearly $1m in 75 days. He has volunteered for numerous arts, health and social service organizations. Collectively, Chuck has helped organizations raise over $50 million+. He holds a BA in English and History from Nazareth College and a Masters of Public Policy from the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor.

Michelle Duda has worked in the non-profit sector in substance abuse/mental health for more than six years. She has a wide variety of experience in various community-based settings, and has a thorough knowledge of the field. Michelle joined H.A.S. in 2014, first as an Addictions Counselor and advancing to the position of Program Manager, where she supervised H.A.S.’ outpatient substance abuse program. In her current role of Program Administrator, Michelle oversees H.A.S.’ Medication Assisted Treatment Program, Residential Treatment Program, and Transitional Housing Program. She received a B.S. in Psychology and an M.S. in Clinical Counseling Psychology, both from Illinois State University.

Melissa Fentress has an extensive career in the nonprofit sector. She served as the Business Manager for Providence St. Mel, a private school in Chicago’s Garfield Park neighborhood. In this role, Melissa oversaw all business functions of the organization including running accounts payable, managing and monitoring program budgets, and analyzing financial reports. Prior to joining H.A.S., Melissa was the Finance Coordinator at Deborah’s Place, where she helped plan and analyze budgets, support programs during audits, and monitor government contracts and financial models. Melissa has been at H.A.S. for two years helping oversee all aspects of the agency’s financial health, including budgets, audits, tax and accounting, grant administration, and financial forecasting.

Tom Hartmann is a graduate of Northern Illinois University. After 14 years running his family’s business, Tom transitioned into the healthcare field, where he has successfully launched four different electronic health record systems over the course of his career. In his role at H.A.S., Tom helps manage all program data as well as the agency’s technology systems.

Rigoberto Tapia, MD brings a wealth of experience from running run his own private practice, which was focused on preventative medicine, acute and chronic disease, and pediatric development, for 18 years. In addition to running a private practice, Dr. Tapia has experience working at large hospital groups both in the United States and in Mexico. As a bilingual, bicultural practitioner, Dr. Tapia brings important experience and cultural competency to his work.

Jesse Tejeda brings a wealth of experience to his role, managing all aspects of the agency’s day-to-day operations and providing key insights into the organization’s long-term strategic growth. During his tenure at H.A.S., Jesse has played an instrumental role in expanding our outpatient and intensive outpatient substance use treatment programs as well as our youth programming.

Jeremy Wright comes to H.A.S. with more than 15 years of experience in the social services field. Most recently, Jeremy was a therapist at Treatment Alternatives for Safe Communities, Inc. (TASC), where he provided clinical support to individuals with co-occurring substance use and mental health disorders. As Quality Assurance Manager at H.A.S., Jeremy is responsible for ensuring high-quality services across the agency, working closely with staff to develop trainings, track participant satisfaction, and evaluate performance.

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