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Vaughn Bryant | Executive Director
Vaughn Bryant, as Executive Director, coordinates a cross-agency effort involving community-based organizations who are delivering a comprehensive community outreach and engagement model with the goal of reducing gun violence in the city’s highest-risk neighborhoods.
Vaughn’s bio


Vanessa DeReef
Director of Training, Metropolitan Peace Academy
Committed to adding value to those she encounters; Vanessa is currently the Director of Training at the Metropolitan Peace Academy, charged with creating a professional pathway for the street outreach community. With twenty years of experience with The Chicago Public Schools, Vanessa has served in the capacities of teacher, counselor, and building administrator.
Vanessa’s bio


Kanu Iheukumere
Director of Program Operations
Kanu Iheukumere has more than 20 years of community development leadership in the public and private sectors, related to program development, capacity building, policy and research, and legislative advocacy.
Kanu’s bio


Rachel Johnston
Director of Program Evaluation
Rachel Johnston is a scholar and practitioner with expertise in policing, violence prevention, and criminal justice systems reform.  Rachel works with public and private organizations, using institutional data and policy analysis in order to support better outcomes for the most vulnerable members of our communities. 
Rachel’s bio


Domonique F. McCord, A.M., LCSW
Director of Behavioral Health Services
For the last fifteen years Domonique F. McCord has created space for mental health and healing through her continued work in therapy and wellness. Driven by her passion to help others realize their own potential, Domonique believes that partnerships can build bridges and offer healing for mind, body and spirit.
Domonique’s bio


Steve Perkins
Director of Field Instruction, Metropolitan Peace Academy
Increasing public safety and helping the most disenfranchised residents, primarily the formerly incarcerated and those most prone to gun violence are passions of Steven Perkins. Steven is responsible for managing the Field Managers, who provide technical support and assistance in street outreach to over 20 community areas/sites.
Steve’s bio