Kay Villamin • Executive Director



Madeleine Polovick, Education Director

Madeleine (Maddie) is thrilled to bring her passion for the intersection of social justice and education to NRC where she will oversee efforts to enrich and expand education initiatives in the community, including the FORGE program and a partnership with Illinois State University’s Teacher Pipeline. A Michigan native and Albany Park resident, Madeleine studied sociology and education at the College of Wooster. She began her career in Chicago by intentionally committing two years to AmeriCorps service with City Year and College Possible, catalyzing her dedication to social impact work that uplifts systematically disadvantaged communities by connecting resources to areas of greatest need. Madeleine has worked closely with English Learner and immigrant students and communities across the state during her time with the Illinois State Board of Education, where she also oversaw Illinois’s Seal of Biliteracy program, and she looks forward to bringing that experience into her new role with NRC.

Outside of work, Madeleine spends lots of time in the kitchen baking all sorts of delicious treats! She is a lifelong musician and enjoys spending quality time in nature with her husband, often going on long bike rides, adventurous hikes, or having beach days at the lake.


Bianca Munguia • Youth and Family Specialist

Bianca is excited to work at North River Commission because she believes in the importance of building strong communities. Growing up first-generation, she has always been passionate about advancing immigrant and minoritized rights, health, and education. By learning with and from others, she hopes to improve the community she lives and works in. She graduated from the University of Chicago with a degree in Sociology and Gender and Sexaulity Studies. Bianca enjoys exploring local food spots, going for walks in the city’s nature trails, and crocheting. 

Bianca está emocionada de trabajar en North River Commission porque cree en la importancia de tener comunidades fuertes. Como ella fue criada en familia inmigrante, siempre le ha apasionado promover los derechos, la salud, y la educación de los inmigrantes y las comunidades minoritarias. Al aprender con y de los demás, espera mejorar la comunidad en la que vive y trabaja. Se graduó en la Universidad de Chicago con una licenciatura en Sociología y Estudios de Género y Sexualidad. En su tiempo libre, a Bianca le gusta explorar comida local, caminar por los caminos naturales de la ciudad, y tejer.


Eve Miller • Community Development Specialist

Eve is excited to join North River Commission team and work to support small businesses, provide access to public art, and assist in providing environmental justice in the community. Eve is passionate about the need for access to services, general support, and knowledge for every community, and seeks to use her variety of skills to ensure that the Northwest side is thriving in every capacity. She is a graduate of the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee, where she studied Library and Information Science, and Texas Woman's University, where she studied Social Work, both of which have enforced the drive to be a champion for communities in need. In her spare time, she enjoys reading, thrifting, and hanging out with her family.

Vanessa Valdovinos • Economic Development Director


Jackie Woodward • Economic Development Specialist & SSA Program Manager


FORGE School Site Coordinators

Parent Mentor Program School Site Coordinators

  • Haugen Elementary • Katherine Henriquez Johar
  • Hibbard Elementary • Luisa Burciaga