Our Team


Youth Crossroads Staff


 David Terrazino, MSHSA

 Executive Director  


Dave has been in the non-profit sector for 27 years and has dedicated his entire professional career to the positive development and well-being of local children and youth. Serving as Executive Director of Youth Crossroads, Inc. for the past ten years, Dave has led the YC team in development of new programs reaching more than 3,200 youth annually. Prior to YC, Dave served as Executive Director of the La Grange, Illinois non-profit agency Community Extension Project for 12 years. While there he helped the agency develop an array of cutting-edge youth development programs resulting in a 500% growth rate of annual youth participation. Dave holds a Master’s of Science degree in Human Services Administration from Spertus College, a Bachelor of Science degree in Psychology from University of Illinois (Champaign), and Certifications in Non-Profit Management from the University of Notre Dame and University of Illinois (Chicago). He received the 2003 Executive Director of the Year award from the United Way of Suburban Chicago; was awarded a Ten Outstanding Young Americans Award from the Illinois Jaycees; served as President of the Brookfield Rotary Club; Vice-President of the La Grange Kiwanis Club; chairman of the Cicero Youth Task Force (2008-2011); co-facilitator for the Local Agency Network #58 (2003-2013); and has been a foster parent to more than 40 children and teens since 1992.


 Michelle Desideri, MA, LCPC

 Director of Clinical Services  


Michelle is a former resident of Cicero and graduate of the local school districts. She obtained her Master of Arts degree in Counseling Psychology from Lewis University and is a Licensed Clinical Professional Counselor in the State of Illinois. In addition, Michelle has two certifications: a certificate in Child and Adolescent Mental Health from the University of Illinois College of Medicine and a certificate for Non-Profit Business Excellence from the University of Notre Dame Mendoza College of Business. Michelle has also received additional training from the staff at Laurie Children’s Hospital on treating adolescents with trauma and is a trainer on the affects of trauma in the schools and the community. She has more than 20 years of experience in the counseling profession, specializing in the areas of troubled youth and child abuse and has experience working with young children, adolescents and adults. Michelle currently oversees all clinical services at Youth Crossroads and is the primary supervisor and trainer for our Clinical Training Program.


 Joel Wallen, MNM

 Youth Development Programs Director  


Youth have endless potential but so often have limited opportunity. During his teenage years, many adults invested in Joel and allowed him to take on a wide variety of challenging responsibilities. Now his life mission is to provide at-risk, urban youth with similar opportunities for growth and development. Joel graduated from Cedarville University with a degree in Theology and has a Master’s degree in Non-Profit Management from DePaul University. Joel, his wife, and two young sons live in Cicero and love investing in the lives of youth in our community. Through his position as Director of Youth Development at Youth Crossroads, Inc., his involvement with the Cicero Youth Task Force, church, and community outreach, he is able to see youth reach their fullest potential.


 Teri Terrazino, CMP

 Donor Relations


 After volunteering for Youth Crossroads events for several years, Teri officially joined the YC staff in 2012. As a Certified Meeting Professional, she brings a wealth of knowledge and experience to the organization and was the driving force behind YC’s and YLP’s logo rebranding, website redesign and printed material update. Teri has extensive experience in  all aspects of meeting and event planning, production, and marketing, having worked in the corporate sector for over 25 years.


  Jaclyn Wallen, MA, LCPC

  School-Based Counselor & CCBYS Coordinator


Jaclyn Wallen is a Licensed  Clinical Professional Counselor. She received her Bachelor’s degree in Psychology with Minors in Sociology and Bible from Cedarville University in 2006 and her Master’s degree in Clinical Mental Health Counseling from Chicago State University in 2010. After graduation Jackie became a counselor at Youth Crossroads and since then has worked in YC’s school-based counseling programs at Morton Freshman Center and Morton West High School, the Juvenile Delinquency Diversion Program, after-school programs at Heritage and Freedom Middle Schools, and YC’s general counseling services. She is also responsible for the crisis services that Youth Crossroads provides. Jackie specializes in counseling youth who have experienced trauma and/or have reactive aggression. As a resident of Cicero, she is personally and professionally committed to the community and its residents. She and her husband, Joel, are members of the Cicero Youth Task Force, active in  their local church, and are parents of two adorable sons.


 Natalia Linares, MSW

 CSI After School Program Site Manager  


Natalia Linares volunteered with Youth Crossroads, Inc. during her middle school years and completed her first level placement as an intern on the Youth Development side of Youth Crossroads.  Natalia is now the After School Program Manager at Freedom Middle School in Berwyn. She graduated from Loyola University Chicago in 2013 with a dual degree in Social Work and Business Management.  She then received her Master’s of Social Work from Loyola in 2014. In her spare time, Natalia loves to bake, spend time with her family, and enjoy the outdoors. She is bilingual in English/Spanish. 

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Sandra Gonzalez, BSW

CSI After School Program Site Manager


Sandra Gonzalez graduated in the spring of 2015 with a BA in Social Work from Northeastern Illinois University. She joined organizations such as Latinas In Power and Sigma Lambda Gamma sorority, among other student organizations geared towards women empowerment and community outreach. Sandra continues her membership with these organizations as an alumni member. She discovered a passion for working with communities, youth, and young women through her personal college experience, internship opportunities and volunteer work. Sandra was born and raised in the city of Chicago, and she wants to continue working in multicultural environments advocating on issues that make a difference in the daily lives of youth.

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Daniel Sandoval, BSW

Youth Development Specialist


Daniel interned with Youth Crossroads in the spring of 2017. He graduated from Western Illinois University with his Bachelor’s degree in Social Work. He is now officially one of our Youth Development Specialists, working at Heritage Middle School in the after school program. Daniel grew up in Cicero and enjoys giving back to his community. In his spare time, he enjoys playing basketball, exercising, and spending time with friends and family. He also enjoys walking his dog, Eevee. Daniel is also bilingual in English/Spanish.


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Claudia Campos, MSW

School Based Counselor


Claudia Campos graduated from Northeastern Illinois University in May 2016 with a Bachelor’s degree in Social Work. She completed an internship with Corazon Community Services, providing services to neighborhood residents of Cicero and Morton East High School. Claudia completed the Advanced Standing Graduate Program from Dominican University, graduating in May 2017 with a Master’s degree in Social Work and a specialization in child welfare. She interned at Youth Crossroads in 2016-17  at Morton East High School and is now a full-time bilingual school based counselor. Claudia has always had a passion for helping people and enjoys working with youth and giving back to the community. Her personal experience living in Little Village, attending high school in Pilsen and working in Cicero allow her to relate culturally, academically and socially with community members that Youth Crossroads serves.

Mary France Bazan, MA

School Based Counselor


Mary France Bazan attended Loyola University Chicago where she received her Bachelor’s of Science degree in Biology. In 2014, she completed her clinical internship at Youth Crossroads during which she counseled youth and their families. Since receiving her Master’s degree in Forensic Psychology from The Chicago School of Professional Psychology, Mary France worked as a child therapist providing therapeutic services at Mujeres Latinas En Accion. She provided interventions to clients affected by domestic violence through emotional support and guidance. Youth Crossroads recently hired Mary France as a school-based counselor at the Morton Freshman Center where she continues to advocate for teens and their families. Mary France has another passion — connecting with children, teens, and their families through dance. She teaches ballet, jazz and tap to children and teens in both Little Village and at her dance studio in Berwyn.