Translating hope to reality

We are dedicated to empowering individuals with disabilities to lead

self-determined lives, fostering a sense of agency and choice.

Our Mission

At Esperanza Community Services, our mission is to empower people with developmental disabilities to reach their full potential and lead fulfilling, independent lives. We strive to achieve this through innovative education, effective advocacy, and compassionate support while fostering a supportive community where everyone can thrive.

Our History

  In 1969, a mother decided she wanted more for her son, Bobby, who was born with spinal meningitis. Guadalupe Reyes created Esperanza School, a place where students with developmental disabilities found a solid foundation of education and support. Today, the school has grown to serve both children and adults through five programs. 

Executive Leadership 

For more than 50 years, the Esperanza team has built a strong  reputation among our families as a trusted and caring service provider.

Jayne Drew

Jayne Drew

Chief Executive Officer

Mike Jersey

Mike Jersey

Chief Program Officer

Anne Hellmer

Anne Hellmer

School Principal

Prestin Cooke

Prestin Cooke

HR Director

Jess Lynk

Jess Lynk

Director of Marketing

Dave Walters

Dave Walters

Director of Facilities

Yamari Rodriguez

Yamari Rodriguez

Finance Director

Our Boards

Comprised of visionary leaders, industry experts, and diverse talents, our board plays a pivotal role in steering the course of organization. Together, we elevate possibilities, setting the stage for a future defined by groundbreaking accomplishments.

Interested in joining one of our boards? Fill out the application here. 

Executive Board

Aaron Mckay

Board Chair

Levy Restaurants

Bret Deyo


Gillian Nagler

Blair Hall LLC

Staci Yesner

Compass Chicago

Kent Richard

Finance Chair

Northern Trust

Kim Deeb


Leanne Price


Lauren Novak

Development Chair

Corrugated Supplies Company

Sean Gill

Jenner & Block

Nitin Ramachandra

CCC Intelligent Solutions

Ben Frey

Governance Chair


Brian Macias

KIPP Foundation

Stephen Scott

Savills, NA

Associate Board 

Sadie Salazar


Sage Therapy Chicago 

Whitley Pleas

Events Chair

Essence Mediacom

Jessica Young-Eleazar


Bennett Day School

Urooj Amir


Maria Ortiz


Chicago Public Schools

Christina Alvertos

Ursa Major Skincare

Marina Abdou

Engagement Chair

Bank of America

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