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

  • $40M

    Dollars Disbursed

  • $1,800

    Cost to Create/Retain One Job

  • 94.6%

    Repayment Rate

Our Community Partners

Our Staff

Brad McConnell


Cesar Pulido

Community Lender

Joan Galaviz

Loan Processor

Marlena Ortiz

Community Lender

Kyle Barrettsmith

Senior Underwriter

Tierra Bradford

Community Lender

Regina Brown

Senior Accountant

Frank Davis

Staff Accountant

Clarissa Diaz De Leon

Community Lender

Yessenia Diaz De Leon

Manager, Community Lending

Jackie Etchingham

Manager of Development

Elizabeth Glaser

Manager of Human Resources

Marilyn Huebel

Director of Administration

Jonathan Jackson

Compliance Officer

David Johnson

Manager, Community Lending

Kyle Johnson

Director 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

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

S. Michael McCracken

Executive Vice President, First Midwest Bank

Joe Neri


Greg Pike

Managing Director, BMO Harris Bank

Kip Read

Senior Vice President, MB Financial Bank

Randy Rivera

Senior Vice President, BBVA

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

Andy Salk

President & CEO, First Eagle Bank
Join Our Team
featured testimonial image
01 / 03

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

featured testimonial image
02 / 03

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.

featured testimonial image
03 / 03

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.

Our Location

Stay in Touch! Sign Up for Our Email Updates.

Read about clients, stay up-to-date on events, and get the latest information about our work in Illinois & Northwest Indiana.

  • This field is for validation purposes and should be left unchanged.