President and CEO
LEVON STONE, SR.,MA
LeVon Stone, Sr. is the Chief Executive Officer of Acclivus, Inc. a community health organization focused employing grassroots leaders from Chicago to support safety, well-being, and growth in vulnerable communities. LeVon has been an example of growth and development for individuals from communities across the social landscape.
In his violence prevention work, LeVon has risen through the ranks of the Cure Violence / CeaseFire program, beginning as a volunteer, then consistently promoted from Violence Interrupter to Hospital Responder to Case Manager to Hospital Program Director, and finally holding the highest title possible, Program Director for the state of Illinois. Read More
Chief Operating Officer
Sheila Regan is a certified health data analyst with expertise in public health interventions, specifically around violence prevention and with vulnerable populations. She has 10 years of direct experience analyzing population level health data for underserved populations in Chicago, Illinois and the nation.
Ms. Regan also worked with various government and medical institutions to improve understanding & analysis of inter-institutional trends, with the long-term goal of building cross-institutional data systems with trauma hospitals and healthcare systems on initiatives to improve care provider capacity and patient outcomes. Read More
Community Engagment Director
Unity, organization, discipline and sacrifice are the core beliefs that shape Bamani Obadele’s journey in life. He possesses over 25 years of expertise in community organizing especially when it relates to social economic and political issues. Bamani holds a vast understanding of Chicago’s culture, political history, and fundamental development.
Bamani is a born and raised Chicagoan. As a child he was resided in the Robert Taylor Homes a public housing project in the Bronzeville neighborhood on the South Side of Chicago. He is a product of Chicago Public Schooling graduating from Tilden Technical High School and currently studying Community Development at Northeastern University. Read More
Director, Strategic Partnerships
SHERI D. RUFFAI, PhD
As director of strategic partnerships, Dr. Ruffai supports individual and programmatic development for the unique staff and services provided by
Acclivus through community engagement and partnerships.
For the last 10 years Dr. Sheri D. Ruffai has worked diligently to create safe spaces and provide resources for individuals living in underserved communities. She started her journey by working with youth involved in the Juvenile Justice System, providing intensive in-home Multi-Systemic Therapy to juvenile offenders as well as their families.
JOHN HARDY, MA
As field director, John oversees training and program operations for close to 40 staff who provide violence prevention services to 5 level-one trauma centers and 7 high risk communities. Prior to this role, John served as Senior Program Manager for CeaseFire/Cure Violence Chicago, providing comparable programmatic oversight for program operations across 18 communities and 5 level-one trauma centers. Prior to this promotion in 2016, Mr. Hardy served for 5 years as case manager for patients injured by violence and treated at John H Stroger Hospital, Cook County’s public trauma center. In this role, John provided supportive aftercare to patients shot, stabbed, or beaten to ameliorate the impacts of trauma injury and direct at-risk individuals on a healthier trajectory.
Tomas oversees training and program operations for close to 40 staff who provide violence prevention services to 5 level-one trauma centers and 7 high risk communities. Prior to this role, Tomas served as Senior Program Manager for CeaseFire/Cure Violence Chicago, providing comparable programmatic oversight for program operations across 18 communities and 5 level-one trauma centers. Mr. Ortiz began his violence prevention career as a violence interrupter for the Latino team at CeaseFire. Recommended by the Latino team supervisor for Hospital response work, Tomas then served as bilingual case manager for patients injured by violence and treated at Mount Sinai Hospital in Chicago, following 5 years as Hospital Responder for John H Stroger Hospital, Cook County’s public trauma center.
Meet Our Dedicated Team of Proven Leaders
BOARD OF DIRECTORS
DR. RICHARD GARDNER, SR.
Licensed Social Worker,
United State Bowling Congress
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DR. ASHLEY WOLF
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After Work Member,
Jane Addams College Alumni Board