Core Leadership Team
The Core Leadership Team and administration of UCYM guide the day-to-day work.
Oblate James Holzhauer-Chuckas, ObSB
James is an Oblate of the Order of St. Benedict with St. Scholastica Monastery in Chicago and a founding member of UCYM. James works full-time for the Archdiocese of Chicago as the Coordinator for Children and Youth Ministry. Prior to UCYM, James has worked for other nonprofit organizations such as the McGaw YMCA, Kids Playing Camps, and Evanston/Skokie School District 65. James is a sharp advocate for the marginalized in society and in the Church.
Associate Executive Director
Barbara has extensive background in ministry and has served as a liturgical and pastoral leader in parishes and as a Young Adult engagement leader with Maryknoll Fathers and Brothers. Barbara works full-time for the Art Institute of Chicago as Assoicate Director of Civic Relations and Partnerships.
Assistant Executive Director
Senior Director, Advancement
Sherley is a registered nurse and works full-time as a Neurosurgical ICU Nurse at UI Health. Sherley has a passion for community organizing and helping people feel a sense of belonging.
Senior Director, Mission Integration
Pat is an educator who has taught students in both the General Education and Special Education classrooms. She has worked in several Catholic High Schools, currently teaching theology part-time at Regina Dominican High School. Pat is a volunteer ministry leader in her parish of St. John XXIII in Evanston. Pat is an Associate with the Franciscan Sisters of the Sacred Heart and holds a passion for creation.
Senior Director, Digital Community Building
Jeff was among the first teen leaders at UCYM and has served in various leadership roles since being in high school, most notably being the co-leader of the podcast program. Jeff studied civil engineering at Bradley University and works full-time in construction management in Indianapolis. Jeff loves tech of all kinds and building PCs, playing guitar, and cooking.