HOlsten Team



Israel Vargas

Israel Vargas is our Executive Director. Mr. Vargas comes to us with over 14 year of experience in social services working on key initiatives such as workforce, community development, homelessness, and organizing with 6 years’ experience as the Executive Director for San Jose Obrero Mission. Mr. Vargas holds a Master in Training and Development from Roosevelt University.


Juliette Davis

Juliette Davis is our Associate Director for Family Works. Mrs. Davis relevant experience includes real estate, government and community economic development. Mrs. Davis’ career in real estate was launched while employed as a real estate paralegal by some of Chicago’s prominent large law firms, and by a private practice attorney who specialized in developing grant applications for HUD Section 202/811 and other funding programs. Mrs. Davis holds a Bachelor of General Studies with a concentration and certification in Paralegal Studies from Roosevelt University.

Steve Zupin II

Steve Zupin II is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker (LCSW). He earned his Bachelor of Science degree in Psychology from Michigan State University and his Master’s in Social Work from Western Michigan University. He has dedicated over 18 years working in the social services field. He has a wide range of experience from working with juveniles involved in criminal activity, people experiencing homelessness, and mental illness. Steve is experience in running treatment groups and providing individual therapy. Steve is the Program Manager: Case Management and Clinical Services. He supervises the Holsten Human Capital Development’s Family Works and ROSS program and provides counseling to residents of the Chicago Housing Authority.


Alvena Clark

Alvena Clark, Program Manager. Mrs. Clark has over 25 years of experience in Social Services with a focus on programming, grant management, homelessness, mental health, and team building. Mrs. Clark is a Licensed Social Worker, and holds a Master degree in Social Work. 


Kenya Taylor

Kenya Taylor is our Program Manager at Lawson. Miss Taylor has 15 years’ experience in the social service sector. Miss Taylor holds a Master’s degree in Social Work.


Donna Clayborn

Donna Clayborn is our Resident Service Coordinator at North Town Village. Mrs. Clayborn has 5 years’ experience in the Social Service sector with a focus on Human Resource/Workforce, Organizing and Training.  Mrs. Clayborn holds a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration with a Concentration on Human Resource Management.

Anisa Kennedy

Anisia Kennedy our Resident Services Coordinator at the Hilliard Apartments. Ms. Kennedy has 18 years of experience in the Social Service field with 12 of those years working with Holsten Human Capital Development with a focus on helping residents with the services they need to lead to self-sufficiency. Ms. Kennedy has a great relationship with the youth all while teaching and preparing them to become productive young adults.


Antischa Smith

Antischa Smith is our Resident Service Coordinator with a focus of Workforce Development at Parkside. Ms. Smith has been is social services for the last 7 years as a resident participant and an employee. She gained a great deal of experience working with Centers for New Horizons as a Youth Participant, a Youth Coordinator and a Program Assistant. Antischa graduated from St. Xavier University completing her Bachelors of Arts for Business Administration.

Trina Hill

Trina Hill is our Resident Service Coordinator at Parkside. Mrs. Hill has 17 years of experience in the addictions and social service field. Mrs. Hill holds a Masters of Social Work (MSW) and is a Certified Addictions Counselor (CADC).


Monica L. Corley

Monica L. Corley is our Resident Services Coordinator at Wilson Yards. Ms. Corley has 15 years of experience working in the Human Services in Counseling and Client Centered Consolation, Intake Assessments, Referrals. Ms. Corley’s specific experience has been working with individuals experiencing substance abuse, homelessness, HIV/AIDS, domestic violence, PTSD and mental health issues.  Ms. Corley holds a Master of Arts (M.A.), Psychology, Psychological Assessment, Degree Certificate, Bachelor of Social Work and Advanced Certificate in Addiction Counseling.

Mitchel Gene Scholar

Mitchel Gene Scholar is our Resident Services Coordinator for Lawndale/Hamlin/Strand/ and Riverdale. Mr. Scholar comes to us with experience in social services addressing permanent supportive housing residents through Housing Opportunity for Women and youth programing in the Lawndale neighborhood through the Lawndale AMACHI program. Mr. Scholar holds a B.A. in Business Administration.


Eduardo Galvez

Eduardo Galvez joined Holsten Human Capital Development in spring of 2017. Mr. Galvez previously served as the DCFS Housing Advocacy Program Coordinator for La Casa Norte. In his current role, Mr. Galvez is responsible for managing the Ross Program and staff, leading resource connections between residents and community-based service providers. Mr. Galvez holds a Master’s degree from the University of Illinois at Champaign-Urbana, School of Social Work, Leadership and Social Change.

Iesha Muro

Iesha Muro is our Resident Services Coordinator at Lawson House. Ms. Muro has 9 years of experience in the social service sector. Ms. Muro holds a Bachelor of Science in Psychology from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.


Kenyon S. Ward

Kenyon S. Ward a Resident Service Coordinator at Holsten Human Capital Development.  Mr. Ward his 11 years of experience in Social Services with a background in Mental Health, Shelter Care, Employment Training, Housing and Case Management.  Mr. Ward holds a Master of Arts in Education as well as CERAP and CWEL Licensure and Certification through the Department of Children and Family Services.

Gloria Bass-Chapton

Gloria Bass-Chapton, Program Assistant/Administrative to Holsten Human Capital Development Family works program. Mrs. Bass-Chapton has over 20 years’ experience in social service and 7 years’ experience in Early Childhood Development; she also has the focus area and or the sector of Family development, Community development, Family Self-Sufficient. Mrs. Bass-Chapton holds a Associate Degree in Early Childhood Development and a Para profession in Education, also she NAEYC accredited. 

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Elizabeth Protich is our Resident Service Coordinator at Riverwalk Homes.  Ms. Protich has over 30 years of experience in the educational, social service and workforce development fields. Ms. Protich has worked in both Educational Institutions and Non-for-Profit Agencies with an emphasis on GED attainment, workforce skills/placement and re-entry programming for returning citizens.  Ms. Protich possesses a broad knowledge of local, state and federally funded grant programming and management.  Her professional experience base allows for both insight and experience in working within a variety of educational and social settings and the ability to work with a wide range of client populations.  Ms. Protich holds a Master of Science (M.S.) in Criminal Justice and a Bachelor of Arts (B.A.) in Psychology. Ms. Protich is currently completing her Internship to become a Certified Addictions Counselor (CADC) and is also in the process of obtaining her Doctorate of Education (Ed.D).       

Maner Jean Wiley

Maner Jean Wiley is our Community Outreach Liaison. Ms. Wiley 20 plus years working in the social service sector and represents public housing residence.  Ms. Wiley has worked on the transition plan at Hilliard and has been a crossing guard for the City Of Chicago for 30 years.


               Bernice Li

Bernice studied Business at University of Illinois at Chicago. She is a former youth social worker at Chinese American Service League. She performed a wide range of youth In-School program such as providing related core services to individuals’ youth clients and their parents within the agency policies and programs. She coordinated program events according to youth customers’ needs.  Bernice is fluent in Chinese including both written and verbal. She interfaces with residents and responsible for responding to inquiries in a timely manner at Senior Housing. She assisted with Account Payable and Account Receivable functions.

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Tiffany K. Kennedy

Tiffany K. Kennedy, is an Empowerment Life & Business Coach who holds a Masters in Social Work from Dominican University and gains her Licensure in Social Work (LSW) this year.  As a leadership expert she has over 10 years of management skills & professional therapist experience specializing in consulting the personal development and spiritual empowerment of women globally, strengthening & unifying families. Tiffany has extensive experience working with all at- risk individuals ranging from pediatrics to geriatrics in the hospital, school and non-profit sectors within the populations of: traumatic stress and mental health providing therapeutic services and educating the individual on the resources that are available to them within their community upon successful discharge.   She enjoys & has experience facilitating psychoeducational groups.  Tiffany is the ROSS Program Coordinator at Holsten Human Capital Development.  At HHCD she provides assistance to families ranging in a variety of areas such as: employment, physical and mental health, family functioning, childcare, and the ability to maintain the household. 


Board of Directors


Jackie Taylor Holsten | Chair

Fitz Miller | Vice Chair


Dora Parks | Secretary


Brian K. Ellison
Candace Jennings
Carolyn Nelson
Charles Boye-Doe

Yolanda Deen

Charles Scaife II
Erma Magdesey
Jacqueline Hayes
Stan Nitzberg