Welcome to our New Staff Members!

Julia Bonti

Julia PictureTeen Girls Group Mentor

Prior to joining Garden Quarter Neighborhood Resource Center, Julia worked for Big Brothers Big Sisters (BBBS) of McHenry County for a combined total of 4 years.  Throughout her time with BBBS, Julia worked in various areas of the organization, with her main focus being direct facilitation of after-school mentoring programs.  Julia has spent the last 2 years partnering teenager mentors with youth from Garden Quarter and as a result, has developed a professional, yet personal relationship with the teens at our center.
We are excited to have her working with us and our girls! The group (supported by the McHenry County Community Foundation) will consist of a variety of topics that range from healthy relationships to entrepreneurism. Sessions will be twice per month starting in September.

Patricia Wallin
Hello! My name is Patricia Wallin and I am the bilingual Parent Program Manager!

In the past I have worked within the social services field in McHenry County and Chicago assisting families by providing them with appropriate referrals and supporting them in accessing different resources in the community based on their needs.
I was born in Latin America and immigrated to McHenry County when I was a child.  I obtained my Bachelor’s degree in Social Work from Western Illinois University and I am currently working on my thesis to obtain a Master’s degree in International Social Work from the University of Stockholm, Sweden.
Some of my responsibilities at the center will include facilitating educational meetings for Spanish speaking parents on different topics based on their interests. I will also facilitate computer classes for Spanish-speaking parents. Aside from that, I will have parent-friendly office hours at the center for parents that would like to inquire about the resources and support available to them. In the near future I will be starting a training program for ‘Padres Activos’, a parenting curriculum, that I can share with all interested parents at the center.I am very excited to start working together with the families, the staff and the community that supports Garden Quarter. Thank you for allowing me to be part of this team to ensure a better quality of life for the residents of McHenry County!

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