Accion Serving Illinois & Northwest 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.

Our Impact

  • 5,000+

    Loans Made

  • $40M

    Dollars Disbursed

  • $1,800

    Cost to Create/Retain One Job

  • 94.6%

    Repayment Rate

Our Community Partners

Our Staff

Brad McConnell


Jill Aldridge

Vice President, Credit

Kyle Barrettsmith


Regina Brown

Senior Staff Accountant

Tierra Bradford

Community Lender

Frank Davis

Staff Accountant

Yessenia Diaz De Leon

Community Lender

Jackie Etchingham

Senior Development Officer

Zoe Fullem

Community Lender

Robin Lee Greiner

Chief Operating Officer

Marilyn Huebel

Executive Administrator

Jonathan Jackson

Program Compliance Associate

David Johnson

Community Lender

Kyle Johnson

Director of Microlending

Mano Kamaleson

Chief Program Officer

Brian Keogh

Operations Associate

Jill Kozeluh

Senior Development Officer

Suneet Lad

Director, Incubator Development

Teresa Liu

Team Leader, Program Compliance & Analytics

Haley Marceau Taylor

Director, Development & Communications

Joe Neri


Kip Read

Senior Vice President, MB Financial Bank

Andrea Smith

Director, Deloitte Tax LLP

Vicky Arroyo

President, MB Community Development Corporation

R Carson

Financial Advisor, Edward Jones

Clay Cochran

Principal, Bishop Madison, LLC

Shaina Doar

Director of Policy, Sidewalk Labs

Richard Leverett

Director, External Affairs, AT&T

Mike McCracken

Executive Vice President, First Midwest Bank

Greg Pike

Managing Director, BMO Harris Bank

Randy Rivera

Senior Vice President, BBVA

Andy Salk

President & CEO, First Eagle Bank

Adrianne Spivey

IT Audit Manager, Kemper Corporation

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

Managing Director & Operations Chief, Talmer Bank and Trust (retired)

John Gillett

President, Barrington Mortgage Company

Mary Laraia

Jon Maul

Senior Vice President, JPMorgan Chase

Bina Patel

President, Saathi Impact Consulting
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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