Accion Serving Illinois & Indiana

Who We Are

As a member of Accion’s nationwide network of nonprofit lenders, we help communities grow by investing in people who build businesses and generate jobs in their neighborhoods. We provide customized capital solutions and one-on-one coaching to underserved entrepreneurs in Illinois and Northwest Indiana.

Read our Strategic Plan

Our Impact

  • 5,000+

    Loans Made

  • $48M

    Dollars Disbursed

  • $1,800

    Cost to Create/Retain One Job

  • 94.6%

    Repayment Rate

Our Community Partners

Our Staff

Tierra Bradford

Community Lender

Regina Brown

Senior Accountant

Frank Davis

Staff Accountant

Clarissa Diaz De Leon

Community Lender

Yessenia Diaz De Leon

Manager of Community Lending

Joan Galaviz

Loan Processor

Patrice Hudson

Portfolio Lead

Marilyn Huebel

Director of Administration

David Johnson

Manager of Community Lending

Jill Kozeluh

Manager of Development

Eric Mazelis

Manager of Community Lending

Marion Moore

Director of Finance

Jennie Motto Mesterharm

Director of Risk & Loan Operations

Sam Muneton

Community Lender

Jael Olivares

Development Specialist

Marlena Ortiz

Business Coach

Vicky Arroyo

EVP of Commercial Real Estate, BankFinancial

R Carson

Financial Advisor, Edward Jones

Clay Cochran

Director of IT, Cressey & Company

Shaina Doar

Director of Policy, Sidewalk Labs

Patrice Dziire

Executive Director, Public Allies Chicago

James Gilliam

VP of Community & Economic Development, Fifth Third Bank

S. Michael McCracken

SVP, Business Banking Team Lead, Wintrust Bank

Joe Neri


Greg Pike

Managing Director, BMO Harris Bank

Adrianne Spivey

Assistant Vice President Compliance, Kemper Corporate Services

Michelle Thom

Vice President, JPMorgan Chase Bank

Antony Waller

Owner, Catering Out the Box

George Wright

Director, Citi Community Development

Linda Darragh

Executive Director, Kellogg Innovation & Entrepreneurship Initiative, Kellogg School of Management

Tommie Fitzgibbon

Independent Consultant

John Gillett

President, Barrington Mortgage Division, Cornerstone National Bank & Trust Company

Mary Laraia

ML Consulting

Jon Maul

Senior Vice President, JPMorgan Chase

Bina Patel

President, Saathi Impact Consulting

Kip Read Jr.

Senior Vice President, Fifth Third Bank

Andy Salk

President & CEO, First Eagle Bank
Join Our Team
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Refer a Small Business

Our reciprocal Referral Partnerships support small business owners on the path to growing their businesses. Rather than turning these applicants away, you can refer them to Accion for the capital and coaching they need to succeed

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Get CRA Credit

Accion promotes community development through small business activities for low-income individuals or geographies that qualify for all three aspects of CRA examinations: Lending, Investment and Service.

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Become a Coach

Join us as an “industry expert” at a Small Business Coaching event! By volunteering, you can sit down one-on-one with clients and answer all their small business questions.

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