Our Team

Youth Crossroads Staff


 David Terrazino, MSHSA

 Executive Director  


Dave Terrazino has been in the youth services field for the past 33 years and has served as Executive Director of Youth Crossroads, Inc. since 2003. He has a Master’s of Science Degree in Human Services Administration and a bachelor’s degree in Psychology. Dave has served as Facilitator and Chair of numerous community coalitions including the Cicero Youth Task Force, Local Agency Network 57, Cicero Community Collaborative, and the Berwyn Community School Initiative. Dave has been a foster parent to more than 30 youth and a devoted mentor and role model to countless teens, young professionals, and community leaders over the years.


 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, is a Licensed Clinical Professional Counselor in the State of Illinois, and most recently a Certified Clinical Trauma Professional. She has 27 years of experience in the counseling profession, specializing in the areas of troubled youth and child abuse. Michelle currently oversees all Counseling Services at Youth Crossroads, including the Counseling Training Program.


 Joel Wallen, MNM

 Youth Development Programs Director  


For over a decade, Joel has worked with youth in Cicero and Berwyn.  He graduated from Cedarville University with a degree in Pastoral Studies, Master’s degree in Non-Profit Management from DePaul University, and two certificates from Notre Dame University in non-profit business. Joel serves as Youth Development Programs’ Director, overseeing the after school programs and leadership program.  Joel is involved in the Cicero Community Collaborative, on the Board of Berwyn Awake, is a Little League coach and is actively involved in his church.  Joel and his wife Jackie live in Cicero with their two sons, Deacon and Justus.


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

  Trauma Educator u0026amp; 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 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, LGBTQ youth, and training local police and school personnel on the effects of trauma. 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.

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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. Claudia completed the Advanced Standing Graduate Program from Dominican University, graduating in May 2017 with a Master’s degree in Social Work. 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 a passion for helping people and enjoys working with youth. Her personal experiences 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 earned her Bachelor’s Degree from Loyola University Chicago and Master’s Degree from The Chicago School of Professional Psychology. As a clinical intern, she counseled youth and their families with Youth Crossroads. After graduating, she began working as a child therapist at Mujeres Latinas En Accion providing therapeutic services to children and their families affected by Domestic Violence. She is now back at Youth Crossroads working as a school-based counselor at Morton Freshman Center.  Mary France has another passion — connecting with children, teens, and their families through dance. She teaches ballet, jazz and tap to children and teens at her dance studio in Berwyn.

Tayra Romo, MA

School Based Counselor


Tayra received her Bachelor’s in Sociology from North Park University Chicago (2008). She worked for JCFS as a Respite Worker (2008-2013), providing services to children with disabilities ages 2-16 yrs. Tayra worked for Chicago Public Schools for 6 years in Early Childhood Education, supporting low-income families. She graduated from Concordia University with a Masters in Clinical Mental Health Counseling. Tayra completed her internship at Youth Crossroads (2017-18), provided counseling services at Morton West High School and also served as a crisis counselor. She is now our bilingual school-based counselor at Lincoln Middle School, passionate and excited to continue working with youth at Youth Crossroads.

Elida Ortiz

Office Manager

Elida grew up in Rogers Park, attended Lane Tech High School and obtained a degree in Applied Sciences from Robert Morris University. Elida has worn many hats to reflect her passion for community work. These include being former Coordinator to the Cicero Community Collaborative – United Way Neighborhood Network; Parent Leader within the Cicero 99 School District; ESL Facilitator at Universidad Popular; Computer Instructor at Corazón Community Services; Ambassador/Coordinator for the NRI, CVPP and Innovations Zones/Escuelita Movil Parent programs. Of the varied experiences, the common thread throughout is the gratification of helping others grow personally and professionally.

Cecilia Rivera

Crisis Counselor

Cecilia Rivera attended University of St Francis where she attained her Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees of Social Work. She completed her clinical internship at Riveredge Hospital in 2016. Cece is currently a part of our team as one of our crisis counselors. Her greatest joys are working with youth and spending time with her two astonishing children. She sees great value in being of service to others and striving for social justice. Going to the gym, cooking and family time are what fill her spare time with joy.

Briani Shorter

Youth Leadership Program Coordinator

Briani Shorter is the Youth Leadership Program Coordinator at Youth Crossroads. She graduated from Western Illinois University with her Bachelor’s degree in Social Work. In 2018, she completed her undergraduate practicum at Youth Crossroads as a Youth Development Intern. Her experience at Youth Crossroads helped her realize her passion for youth development. In 2019, Briani received her Master’s in Social Work from the Jane Addams College of Social Work at the University of Illinois at Chicago, where her specialization was Organization and Community Practice (OCP). Briani is committed to being a trusted adult and a resource to youth.