Interim Executive Director
Director of Construction
Susan Green, Education Services
Susan earned her Bachelor of Arts from Lewis University and a Master’s Degree in Education from Loyola University, Chicago. She worked for the Archdiocese of Chicago for nineteen years as a teacher and principal. During her years as a stay at home mom, Susan was a volunteer for the Girl Scouts as a Leader, Unit Registrar, and Unit Cookie Partner. Starting in March 2015 Susan became the GED Instructor at YCC.
Tom Berry, Director of Construction
Tom Berry grew up in Waukegan and attended East High School where he developed an interest in carpentry from shop class. He also developed a passion for building while attending LCAVC in 1988. After high school, he enlisted in the United States Marine Corps, serving in California. Upon returning, he married and began building houses in 1993. Working with youth on mission trips from church had him wanting to give back, and found great reward from helping youth in the lake county area attain skills to be successful. Tom has been working in YCC’s construction department for years and was recently promoted to Construction Director.
Judy Payne, Finance Director
Judy has been the Accounting Manager at Youth Conservation Corps since November, 2014. Her previous experience in the Non-Profit sector was with Illinois Growth Enterprises, a sheltered workshop in Loves Park, IL where she worked as Staff Accountant for 5 years. Judy says working in the non-profit world is very rewarding, seeing the pride on the faces of the people we work with lets you know what you’re doing is good thing. Judy obtained an Associate’s Degree in Accounting from Cabot College of Applied Arts in St. John’s, Newfoundland, Canada.
Trisha Blythe, Grants Administrator
Trisha earned her Bachelor of Arts in Political Science and a Minor in Spanish from The University of Iowa. She completed her Master’s Degree in Secondary Education at National-Louis University, in Wheeling, IL. She then taught fifth grade for several years before starting her own private tutoring business in the north and west suburbs of Chicago. In the summer of 2018, Trisha began working as the Grants Administrator for YCC and has really enjoyed the experience of working for a non-profit organization.
Bill Foltz, Program Coordinator
Bill Foltz received a Bachelor of Science in Mass Communication from Illinois State University, and has been a member of the YCC staff since 2012. He started out at YCC serving two terms as an Americorps VISTA as the Bridge to College Specialist. He then served one year as an Americorps member in the role of Program Coordinator, and has been in charge of keeping member files up to date and in compliance with government regulations. Bill has been the full time Program Coordinator at YCC since 2015.
Tyrone McGee, Construction Supervisor
Tyrone is a graduate from Zion Benton High School. After high school he attended Youth Conservation Corps (YCC), and was a member in the YouthBuild program. Tyrone relocated to Springs, Texas to expand his career in carpentry by starting a family business in construction. Tyrone now serves as Construction Supervisor and helps teach members at Youth Conservation Corps. Tyrone also serves as YCC’s Mentor Coordinator.
April Decker, HVAC/R Supervisor
April attended Youngstown State University in Ohio where she received a Bachelor of Science in Earth Science, and a Bachelor of Arts in Geography.
April previously served a term as an AmeriCorps VISTA with Youth Conservation Corps as the GED Curriculum Developer. Most recently, April held a position at Eastern Gateway Community College, in Steubenville, Ohio as a multi-site GED instructor and multi-site lead.
As the HVAC Supervisor, April oversees fifteen student apprentices, offers guidance throughout their time at the College of Lake County, helps develop both relationships and partnerships with local HVAC professionals, and will serve as Case Manager for two additional years. During those years, April’s goal will be to ensure that all the HVAC apprentices will maintain some type of employment.
Brandon Barnhouse, Information Technology, AmeriCorps VISTA
Brandon Barnhouse graduated from the University of DePaul University, class of 2010. He studied Game Development and received his Bachelor of Science in Computer Game Development, with a focus on Design and Production. Brandon formerly worked as a Ticket Agent for GrayLine Tours in Chicago, which is a company that provides tours on double decker buses. Brandon is currently an IT AmeriCorps VISTA at YCC. He takes care of any issues good or bad technology related, i.e. phones, computers, printers, internet, data servers, and software.
Destiny Davis, Career Development, AmeriCorps VISTA
Destiny was formerly a Member at YouthBuild, Lake County. There, she obtained her High School Diploma and received extensive training in preparation for the workforce. While serving as a member at YouthBuild Lake County, Destiny engaged in several service-based projects, as well as earning various construction skills and certifications. Destiny is currently serving as YCC’s Alumni Coordinator through our AmeriCorps VISTA program.
Kevin Espinoza, Construction Assistant
Kevin earned his GED while enrolled in the YouthBuild program, here at YCC. Previously, Kevin worked at Pure Food Specialities, Incorporated as a mixer/scaler. Currently, Kevin is a full time AmeriCorps member, and works as the Construction Assistant at YCC. As the Construction Assistant, Kevin helps our construction team with any project they need assistance with, or is sometimes assigned his own construction task for the day. He primarily helps with projects on location at YCC, but does assist on our construction sites as well.
Rachael Barbour, Program Assistant, Full-Time AmeriCorps Member
Rachel is a recent high school graduate, and she graduated Valedictorian of her homeschool class. She then enrolled as a member in YCC’s YouthBuild program, and completed the program in 2018. She then started working as a full time AmeriCorps member as an assistant to our program director, and performs tasks such as coordinative speaker series events, basic office duties, and reaches out to former alumni on a regular basis.