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Michelle Dassinger - Staff, Executive Director

 

Michelle DassingerMichelle joined the CHPV staff January 1, 2019, as our half-time E.D. She is responsible for building operational systems and growing institutional memory that will lead to the long-term sustainability of CHPV.

Michelle has worked with older adults in various settings for over twenty years, primarily on the South Side of Chicago. Her experience includes pastoral care for older adults in residential and healthcare settings, including memory support facilities. She was a part of the the complementary and alternative medicine team of Horizon Hospice/JourneyCare for 14 years. Additionally, she has worked with Little Brothers - Friends of the Elderly in both direct service and administrative capacities. Her board & fiscal management experience includes homeowner’s board president, PTO treasurer for Ray School, and church vestry.

Michelle has an undergraduate degree from Rhodes College, Memphis, TN, and a master’s from the University of Chicago.  

Ava Salonis - SHARE Project Coordinator

Ava has major responsibility for planning and implementing programs that enhance health among residents on the South Side of Chicago, as part of the federally-funded South Side Healthy Aging Resource Experts program.