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Anthony Alexander
Program Specialist
A south-side Chicago area native, Anthony joined CFL Workers Assistance committee in September 2014 as a Program Specialist who works closely with the Dislocated Worker program (DWP) and Business Services Team (BST). He graduated from DeVry University with a B.S. in Computer Networking and Communications Management. Outside of CFL, Anthony volunteers his time at various local organizations further pursuing his passion of helping others in any way possible. He loves to travel and also happens to be a die-hard Chicago Bears fan. Visit me on LinkedIn "There is no chance, no destiny, no fate, that can hinder or control the firm resolve of a determined soul."
Ella Wheeler Wilcox
Christopher Loverix
Program Coordinator, Chicago
Christpher Loverix grew up in Chicago primarily residing on the Northside of the city. Christopher spent the past fifteen years in the restaurant industry in operations and staff development. After a twenty year hiatus he recently completed his undergraduate degree in Sociology at North Park University, and made a career change from the corporate sector to the non-profit world. Christopher recently joined the staff of the CFL-WAC of which he is extremely proud. Christopher’s passion for people development and workforce advancement is a great fit for the principles of the CFL-WAC. Christopher has volunteered extensively with Chicago’s HIV/AIDS community, the GBLTQ community, the Greater Chicago Food Depository and the North Park Friendship Center food pantry. Visit me on LinkedIn If you can't fly, then run, if you can't run, then walk, if you can't walk, then crawl, but whatever you do, you have to keep moving forward.
Martin Luther King Jr.
David Preciado
Program Coordinator, Westchester
David joined CFL Workers Assistance Committee in September 2014 as a Program Coordinator focusing in the Dislocated Worker Program. He graduated with a B.A. in Latin American, Caribbean, and Iberian Studies from The University of Wisconsin-Madison. His areas of concentration are Latin American Policy, Political Theory, Chican@ Studies, and American Politics. In addition, he has volunteered to help better educate the Immigrant Latino community throughout the Chicagoland area. His mission is to help low-income working families become better educated. Visit me on LinkedIn Education is the most powerful weapon which you can use to change the world.
Nelson Mandela
Dwight E. Battles
Program Coordinator, Chicago
Dwight is the program coordinator for the Engaging Adults in Skills Training Program and Transitional Jobs Project. Prior to joining CFL Workers Assistance Committee,  Dwight worked in several community based organizations including the North Lawndale Employment Network, Faith Inc., and Deer Rehabilitative Services. Dwight earned a B.G.S. in Social Science and an M.B.A. from Roosevelt University (Chicago). Visit me on LinkedIn "I am motivated by the firm belief that a mind is a terrible thing to waste."
Eileen Vesey
Program Manager, Westchester
Eileen joined the agency in 2005 as a Program Coordinator at the Chicago office and now manages the Dislocated Worker Program at the Westchester office.  Prior to joining CFL Workers Assistance Committee, Eileen worked at Chicago Public Schools, Lakeshore Athletic Club, and coached youth soccer teams.
She began her career at the Livonia Family YMCA of Metro Detroit, where she managed the largest Sports & Recreational department in the YMCA Association, with more than 2,500 participants and 150 volunteers.  A native Chicagoan, Eileen earned a B.A. in International Relations from Michigan State University.  She volunteers with local organizations, including Chicago Cares.
Visit me on LinkedIn "Far away in the sunshine are my highest aspirations. I may not reach them, but I can look up and see their beauty, believe in them, and try to follow where they lead."
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Freddie Fisher
Fiscal & Operations Manager
Freddie is responsible for administration and human resources.  Prior to her current position, for 31 years, she worked for the largest Yellow Pages publisher (R.H. Donnelley; formerly DonTech) as the Accounts Payable and Telecommunications Manager.  Freddie brings more than 25 years of management and budgetary experience. She received the President’s, Chairman’s, and six MVP awards during her tenure at DonTech for innovative and cost savings initiatives she implemented. A native of Blytheville, Arkansas, Freddie attended Harold Washington College in Chicago. Visit me on LinkedIn "To be successful, we must neither underestimate nor overestimate our own abilities."
Joseph Costigan
Executive Director
Joe brings a great deal of experience in the labor movement as Executive Director of CFL-WAC. He has served in a variety of capacities for over thirty years, including as a delegate to the Chicago Federation of Labor and as Vice President of the Illinois AFL-CIO.

Former Gov. Pat Quinn appointed Joe as Director of the Illinois Department of Labor in April 2011. Prior to his appointment at the Illinois Department of Labor, Joe served as Secretary-Treasurer of the Chicago and Midwest Region of Workers United which represents over 20,000 members across the Midwest.

Joe was instrumental in many successful organizing and bargaining campaigns for his union, including the national campaign to save thousands of jobs at Hartmarx clothing company, which was threatened with closure as a result of the banking crisis and the deep economic downturn in 2008. Through his efforts, nearly 2,500 jobs were saved at the company’s operations throughout North America including over 600 jobs in Chicago.

Joe also led the fight to save the jobs of clothing workers at the Hugo Boss Apparel factory in Cleveland, Ohio in 2009, when Hugo Boss announced the closure of its Cleveland apparel manufacturing facility. Through his efforts and the campaign he led, the company reversed its decision and over 200 jobs of workers were spared.

Joe is married and the father of three children, and is a graduate of the University of Illinois in Champaign.
Visit me on LinkedIn For all those whose cares have been our concern, the work goes on, the cause endures, the hope still lives and the dream shall never die.
Edward M. Kennedy
Joselyn Rollerson
Program Coordinator, Westchester
Joselyn joined the CFLWAC team in September 2014 as a Program Coordinator for the Dislocated Workers Program. Joselyn graduated Cum Laude from Northeastern Illinois University with a B.A in Interdisciplinary Studies and a B.A in Sociology. She is a member of Alpha Kappa Delta, the International Sociology Honors Society. She has a strong desire to help people reach their goals and is excited to serve on the CFLWAC team. Visit me on LinkedIn In order to succeed, your desire for success should be greater than your fear of failure.
Bill Cosby
Tricia Hyland
Marketing & Development Manager
Tricia joined CFL Workers Assistance Committee in 2011 as Marketing and Development Coordinator. In launching an internal marketing department, she has worked to develop a social media strategy, develop partnerships with like-minded organizations, and strengthen media and communications efforts. Previously, she worked as a Communications Coordinator with a local Chicago trade association and also has extensive project management and freelance writing experience. Tricia earned her B.A. at the University of Wisconsin-Madison and spent a semester abroad in Budapest, Hungary. She is a volunteer with the Chicago Conservation Corps and Unicef. Visit me on LinkedIn "Those with the privilege to know, have a duty to act."
Albert Einstein
Vernon Williams
Assistant Coordinator
Vernon joined the team at the CFLWAC Chicago office in May of 2014. Starting out as a volunteer sponsored through the Ser/Scsep programs, a nationally based training program, he serves at reception and supportive administrative services for staff out of both Chicago and Westchester locations. He has an extensive business and educational background teaching on a collegiate level and training in the private sector as a manager in retail services. Aside from his volunteer work in the community, political advocacy, and family counseling; his personal interests include photography, automobile racing & restoration, and computer sciences. Visit me on LinkedIn The standards of some will always exceed the ability of others, so do the best you can do with what you have.
Vernon Williams Jr.