Our Leadership

Beacon Therapeutic’s leadership team consists of passionate and caring professionals who are dedicated to empowering Chicago’s children and families through innovative educational, mental health and social services.

Executive Team

Susan Reyna-Guerrero, LCSW
President and CEO

Cheryl Thompson
Deputy CEO
Chief Administrative Affairs Officer

Alice Merrifield, LCSW
Chief Clinical Operations Officer


Anita Carter
Director of Billing and Medical Records

Angela Hamberlin
Director of Homeless Outreach Services

Donald Walter
Director of Human Resources

Joan Gross, Ed.D.
Principal, Calumet Park Campus

Paul Morley
Director of Operations

Peggy Rourke
Director of Development

Lawrence A. Wyrobek
Principal, Longwood Campus

Bhaskar Sripada, M.D.
Medical Director

Board of Directors

Ryan Dargis
Vice President
C & IS Global Product & Strategy
The Northern Trust Company

Thomas A. Goldrick
Vice Char
Attorney, Vice President
Mahoney Crowe & Goldrick, P.C.

Joan Coffey
Tax Partner
Mulcahy, Pavritsch, Salvador & Co

Laura Shallow
Standard Bank and Trust Company

Nicole Bahena
Associate Director
Corporation for Supportive Housing (CSH)


Deborah B. Ford
Director of Business Development and Sales
American Red Cross of Greater Chicago

Michelle Griffith 
Area Sales Manager & Vice President
Fifth Third Securities

Dynikka Harris

Michael B. Johnstone 
Chief Executive Officer 
Beverly Bank & Trust

Sharnette Julkes-Brown 
Development Manager 
Chicago Housing Authority

Therese Naso
Community Volunteer

Jeanine O'Malley
Community Volunteer


Brian O'Shea
Partner, Construction Manager
Clune Construction

Kathleen Strand
Community Volunteer

Mary M. Tinajero
Zoetis, (formerly) Pfizer Animal Health

Honorary Board Members

William H. Kenan, Ex-Officio
Deputy Director, Street Operations 
City of Chicago Department of Finance
Chicago, IL

James Kerrigan, Ex-Officio 
Principal, Director – Data Center Group
Avison Young

Wayne Marshall, Ex-Officio

Darshan Patel, Ex-Officio
CEPA Consulting Inc.

Bridget Schager, Ex-Officio 
Account Executive
Crain’s Chicago Business

Darrell G. Schlange, OD, DOS, FAAO, Ex-Officio 
Associate Professor
Illinois College of Optometry
Illinois Eye Institute