Management Team

Gretchen Slusser, Executive Director
Beth Johnson, Director of Legal Programs
Steve Hartley, Development Manager

CGLA is proud to employ a diverse, caring staff committed to serving each client with professionalism and dignity.

Darryl Apperton, Director of Family Law
Kasey Baldwin, Staff Attorney, Criminal Records
Cynthia Cornelius, Equal Justice Works Fellow
Aisha Edwards, Staff Attorney, Criminal Defense
Susannah Glick, Criminal Records Intake Specialist (Avodah Volunteer)
Peter Hamann, Northwestern University Fellow
Brisseida Hernandez, Receptionist
JaShawn Hill, Client Specialist
Dierdre Johnson, Business Manager
Courtney Kelledes, APBCo Fellow, Criminal Records
Emily Kirschbaum, Social Worker
Eve Kleinerman, Staff Attorney, Criminal Records
Shannon McDonnell, Legal Services Coordinator
Ryann Moran, Staff Attorney, Housing Law
Casey Potter, Skadden Fellow, Family Law & Criminal Records
Chris Provost, Volunteer & Intake Specialist (Amate House Volunteer)
Jill Roberts, Staff Attorney, Housing Law
Tyla Rucks, Part Time Criminal Records Attorney
Chanta Williams, Development Coordinator


Gretchen Slusser, Executive Director
Gretchen comes to CGLA from thredpartners, a Chicago-based management consulting firm she co-founded in 2004.  She first became involved with CGLA as a volunteer and a donor, and has a long history of volunteerism and service both locally and internationally.  Gretchen graduated from the University of Wisconsin-La Crosse with a degree in Marketing and minor in Political Science.  She also earned her Project Management Professional (PMP) certification from the Project Management Institute.

Gretchen has over 18 years of experience in designing and implementing project-based, technology and business solutions.  Her industry focus has been education, financial services and high-tech.  A subject matter expert with a passion for developing creative solutions that drive change has contributed to her success in the Management Consulting arena.

A passion for community and people and the desire to provide opportunities for the people of Chicago is what drives Gretchen today.  She believes that CGLA is making a difference in the lives of those they serve and she is thrilled to be a part of the organization.

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Beth Johnson, Program Director
Beth has been an attorney with CGLA since 2005 and serves as Director of the Criminal Records Program.  She is engaged in community outreach, education and advocacy work, and partnering with community based organizations throughout the Chicagoland area.  Through the Illinois Institute of Continuing Legal Education, she provides trainings on criminal records related issues and recently authored an article on Expungement and Sealing (“Expungement and Sealing:  A Lawyer’s Guide).  She has worked successfully with other advocacy groups to pass expansions and clarifications to criminal records laws in the General Assembly. 

Beth has been recognized for her public interest work, receiving Loan Repayment Assistance Awards through the Chicago Bar Foundation Sun-Times Fellowship and DePaul University’s Center for Public Interest Law.  She has received an award for her work from former State Representative Constance Howard and was one of the 2010 recipients of the Safer Foundation’s Visionary Award.  She was recently recognized by the Cook County Clerk of the Circuit Court as one of the 2011 Outstanding Women in Non-Profits.  She is a 2005 graduate of DePaul University’s College of Law, receiving a Certificate in Public Interest Law. 

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