Preeti Veerlapati

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Preeti (pronounced pree-thee) Veerlapati joined the staff of the Reva and David Logan Foundation as the Grants Manager. She is responsible for reviewing grant proposals in all our funding categories, coordinating the implementation of grant awards, answering questions from grant seekers about the Foundation’s guidelines and funding strategies and much more.

Passionate about the arts, she was recently the Associate Artistic Director and Operations Manager for the Kalapriya Center of Indian Performing Arts where she taught, danced, choreographed, and where she instituted processes and procedures to assist the organization on its growth trajectory. She is also the co-founder/director at Ishti Dance Collaborative, an Indian classical-contemporary dance company.

 

Prior to that, Preeti worked for 9 years at Accenture as a Project Manager developing and implementing global IT solutions. She has degree in Business with an emphasis in Entrepreneurship and Computer Information Systems from Indiana University’s Kelley School of Business.

Crystal Logan

Crystal Logan has been a Board Director and a Program Officer at the Foundation since 2018.

 As a program officer in the area of investigative journalism, she is primarily responsible for reviewing grant proposals and communicating with prospective and existing grantees. She also supports other program staff in social justice and the arts.

As a board director, she is active in the planning and implementation of the strategic direction of the foundation, as well reviewing and voting on grant applications.

 Based in Lima, Peru, Crystal is passionate about this region of the world. She is an avid reader, world traveler, dog lover (with 4 giant dogs) and has a coffee farm in the Peruvian jungle.

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Jessie Mott

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Jessie Mott joined the staff of The Reva and David Logan Foundation as Program Officer in July 2018. She is primarily responsible for reviewing grant proposals and communicating with prospective and existing grantees, with a focus on social justice.

Jessie has substantial experience working in the non-profit arena in both development and direct service. Most recently, she worked for 8 years at Test Positive Aware Network (TPAN), an HIV-service organization in the Edgewater community that provides prevention, wraparound support, and advocacy for people living with and affected by HIV and related health conditions. She implemented an art therapy program, performed HIV and hepatitis C rapid testing, oversaw a treatment education program, and contributed administratively via grant writing and program evaluation.

 

Jessie has a Master’s in Fine Arts from Northwestern University’s Department of Art Theory & Practice, and will be completing a Master’s in Social Work degree in May 2019 from Loyola University of Chicago’s School of Social Work with a certificate in non-profit philanthropy.

Chris Huaracha

Chris Huaracha joined the Reva and David Logan Foundation in November 2018 as the Accounting Manager. Originally from the Cleveland and Houston areas, Chris attended Miami University in Oxford, Ohio, where he received his Bachelors degree. He initially began working for a biotech firm in Cincinnati, Ohio, where he began his career in accounting. Chris later relocated to Chicago because of his love of the city, and held positions in accounting, finance, and human resources.

After a short hiatus from the corporate world, Chris decided to focus and utilize his skills for nonprofits. This came after volunteering for organizations like the Lakeview Pantry, Human Rights Campaign, and Center on Halsted. His first experience was as a finance associate with a nonprofit that provided financial advisory services to the banking community in developing economies in Africa and Asia, to give access to capital to underserved segments of the population to help them get out of poverty. Chris then jumped on the opportunity to work at a LGBTQ advocacy and education organization for several years at Equality Illinois, fighting for marriage equality and social justice

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Chris’ career then took him to ArtCore, which was a non-merging collaborative comprised of the Arts & Business Council of Chicago, Chicago Cultural Alliance, and See Dance Chicago, as the Director of Finance & Operations. After his experiences in nonprofits, he realized that he wanted to get involved in philanthropic efforts that aligned with his own passions and causes within the arts and social justice, which led him to joining the Logan Foundation

Germán Castañeda

Germán is a program associate at The Reva & David Logan Foundation working in the areas of investigative journalism and litigation as well as helping administer the foundation's real estate properties.

Previously, he worked as a Board of Immigration Appeals accredited representative at Mobilization for Justice in New York City working to provide free legal services to individuals applying for immigration benefits. He also represented clients at administrative hearings regarding their Social Security benefits. Prior to that, he was sent to work at Catholic Migration Services in Queens through the Jesuit Volunteer Corps, also providing legal services to individuals applying for immigration benefits.

He was born and raised in Chicago and graduated from DePaul University in 2013 with a B.A. in History.

Lyle Allen

Lyle Allen joined the staff of the Reva and David Logan Foundation as Program Officer in January 2021. A native of St. Louis, Lyle was raised in the world of horticulture and farming managing the retail arm of his family's business, Allen's Garden Center and Wholesale Terra Cotta Pottery Distribution. From an early age, Lyle's family instilled in him the importance of giving back and making a difference.

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Lyle served as the Executive Director of The Talking Farm and, prior, as Executive Director of Care for Real, a beloved community not for profit located in Edgewater, that has been providing free programs and services to vulnerable, low-income households for 50 years and serving more than 55,000 annually.

Prior to Care for Real, Lyle was employed as Green City Market's first Executive Director. While at Green City, he established Chicago's very first year round farmer's market, developed a series of educational programs and instituted one of the country's first Link Card Acceptance Program for low income individuals and families to receive healthier food options.

Previous to Green City Market, Allen was employed as Managing Director for the League of Chicago Theatres implementing marketing and promotional programs increasing sales and visibility for over 200 theater companies in the Chicago area. Most notably, Lyle lead the creation of the very first online discount ticket program through the League's Hot Tix program.

Allen has received a number of Honors and Awards including Mayor Daley's 2010 GreenWorks Business Innovation Award; a Cystic Fibrosis Foundation 2010 Green Award Recipient; named one of Time Out Chicago's 2009 "Community Award Leaders"; received the 2009 Share Our Strength Sustainable Award; and was a 2009 Mindful Metropolis Community Award Recipient. Message websiteupdates

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Nyssa joined the Reva and David Logan Foundation in January of 2021 as the Grants Administrator. She is responsible for providing administrative, operational, and process support of the Grants Management team, and more.

Originally from Denver, Colorado, Nyssa found an early love for the arts through her family's involvement with the Denver theatre scene. This propelled her to go on to earn a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree in Acting from Northern Illinois University, as well as, obtain certificates from the Moscow Art Theatre School and Yale University.

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She has spent years learning, developing, and adjusting systemic and organizational practices at a wide range of renowned arts spaces throughout Illinois, such as Northern Illinois University, Writers Theatre, Walkabout Theater Company, Drury Lane, Organic Theater Company, and most recently with the QuaranStream Theatre Festival (a virtual week-long global festival that she co-produced at the start of the pandemic).

Since relocating to Chicago in 2017 she has kept busy working as both a theatre artist and arts administrator. Nyssa's time writing, directing, devising, producing and performing in pieces across the Midwest aids in her understanding of the needs and capabilities of the arts sector. Her dedication to equitable and safe standards aids her passion in discovering tangible ways the arts could become a vector for social change. Nyssa's work is imbued with a precedent of examining models of practice and implementing those that lead to a better industry.

Angelica joined the Foundation on a part-time basis in January 2021 as an Operations Associate. She will be supporting a variety of different departments in an operational and administrative capacity.

Angelica is based in the UK, and manages a small Sport Horse Breeding program from the family farm in Oxfordshire.

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