Executive Officers

Headshot of Donna Carpenter

Donna Carpenter

Co-President and Stepping Out of Poverty Campaign Co-Chair

Donna Carpenter, Co-President of POWER-PAC IL, is a lifelong Englewood resident who attended her first COFI training in 2006. She has been actively involved in the Stepping Out of Poverty Campaign (particularly within the Utilities Affordability sub-campaign) and Early Learning Campaign ever since. In 2021, Donna played a pivotal role in passing Senate Bill 265, which expanded access to a utility affordability program, and spoke at the press conference with Governor J.B. Pritzker. That same year, she was one of five COFI mother leaders selected to be part of a national women’s economic security fellowship. Donna has six adult children and three grandchildren.

Susana Salgado

Co-President and Chicago North/Northwest Branch Delegate

Susana Salgado is Co-President of POWER-PAC IL, a Delegate of the Northwest Chicago branch of POWER-PAC IL, and has been a parent leader since 2010. She has been the Co-Chair of the Early Learning Campaign, part of her school network’s Bilingual Parents Advisory Council and Parent Action Council, and is currently an Early Learning Ambassador, a Family Leader with Raising Illinois, and a member of the Local School Council at Otis Elementary School. She is a mother of three children and lives in West Town in Chicago. Susana enjoys advocating for changes for future generations and making sure that the voices of Latino and African American communities are heard. 

Chanelle Brown

Vice President (Out of Chicago) and Elementary Justice Campaign Co-Chair

Chanelle Brown is a Vice President of POWER-PAC IL, the Co-Chair of the Elementary Justice Campaign, and a member of the POWER-PAC IL Evanston Branch, PEACE-POM (Parents of Evanston Advocating for Children and Education – Parents on a Mission). She is also a member of Evanston’s Mental Health taskforce and a staff member at the YWCA. She is a proud single mother of a school district student.

Charlene Campbell

Vice President (Chicago) and Chicago Southside Branch Delegate

Charlene Campbell of Kenwood is a Vice President of POWER-PAC IL, a Delegate of SPUR (Southside Parents United Roundtable), and has been in POWER-PAC IL for 10 years. She has seven children and many grandchildren. She works as a nurse at Northwestern Hospital in labor and delivery and has helped welcome babies into the world for 25 years. She has served as Co-Chair of the Elementary Justice Campaign and was a Peace Keeper at Reavis Elementary, helping end the school-to-prison pipeline by limiting out of school suspensions. She has been a Head Start Ambassador with COFI for many summers, sharing her wisdom with her teammates. 

Marisol Luna

Vice President (Out of Chicago) and Aurora Branch Delegate

Marisol Luna is a Vice President of POWER-PAC IL, an Aurora Branch Delegate, and has been a member of POWER-PAC IL since 2017. Marisol is part of the Bilingual Parents Advisory Council representing her children’s school in SD131 Aurora. She is currently representing parents at the Raising IL Cross Systems Coalition. She is an active member of the Kane County Parent Council, supporting families and facilitating Parent Cafes. Originally from Durango, Mexico, she is married and has five children.

Delia Perez

Vice President (Chicago) and Stepping Out of Poverty Campaign Co-Chair

Delia Perez is a Vice President of POWER-PAC IL and the Co-Chair of the Stepping Out of Poverty Campaign. She is a proud mother and grandmother. Delia is a fierce advocate around economic security issues and the racial wealth gap, as well as access to early learning and removing police from schools. Delia was a team leader for the Early Learning Ambassador project in 2022 and has also been active as a vaccine outreach ambassador. She is a Survivor Moms Companion (SMC) tutor with POWER-PAC IL’s work around mental health on Chicago’s Westside and also serves as a Parent Leader with BRIDGES, a mental health advocacy group also on the Westside.

Campaign Co-Chairs

Valerie Carroll

Early Learning Campaign Co-Chair

Liliana Olayo

Health, Food and Recess Campaign Co-Chair

Liliana Olayo is the Co-Chair of the Health, Food and Recess Campaign and an active parent leader in Aurora with Padres Lideres Activos.  She also serves on the COFI Board of Trustees. Locally, Lili is also the President of the Oak Park School Neighbors group and President of the Bilingual Parents Advisory Council of District 131. In 2021, she joined four COFI mother leaders as part of a national fellowship focused on closing the women’s wealth gap. Originally from Mexico, she is a proud mother of three and recently became a grandmother.

Juan Rocha

Elementary Justice Campaign Co-Chair

Juan Rocha is the Co-Chair of the Elementary Justice Campaign and a member of the Southwest Branch of POWER-PAC IL. Juan has supported the growth of POWER-PAC IL as a parent trainer, ambassador, and Branch Delegate. A proud father of two sons, Juan cares deeply about supporting the community, informing parents, and ensuring a bright future for all kids. Juan is an immigrant from Mexico, and a lifelong participant and judge of charreadas (Mexican rodeo).

Rosalia Salgado

Early Learning Campaign Co-Chair

Rosalia Salgado is one of the four Vice Presidents of POWER-PAC IL and co-chair of the Early Learning Campaign. As the newly elected early learning co-chair, Rosalia hopes to continue to advocate to expand childcare access to every community and ensure high-quality early childhood services for all of Illinois. She has served as a parent ambassador, generating interest in her neighborhood in community solar projects and enrolling young children in Head Start. She has also advocated for making more mental health resources available to families. Originally from Mexico, she is a proud mother of two young girls. Photo credit: Esther Yoon-Ji Kang/WBEZ Chicago

Branch Delegates

Kekeisha Beasley

East St. Louis Branch Delegate

Kekeisha Beasley is a Delegate for the East St. Louis Branch of POWER-PAC IL, Parents United for Change, and has been an active parent leader for eight years. Locally she spreads the word in her community about enrolling young children in Head Start as an Early Learning Ambassador, and also works with school-age children for an after-school program. She is a proud mother of eight.

Patricia Holden

Patricia Bolden

East St. Louis Branch Delegate

Patricia Bolden is an East St. Louis Branch Delegate for POWER-PAC IL and an active parent leader in East St. Louis with Parents United for Change. She also serves on the Parents United for Change Board of Directors. Locally, she is on the executive committee for the Greater East St. Louis Early Learning Partnership and a member of Make Health Happen-ESTL. She is a proud mother of three and also recently became a grandmother.

Maralda Davis

Chicago Westside Branch Delegate

Maralda Davis is a Delegate of the Westside Branch of POWER-PAC IL. Maralda is an active early learning advocate and has served as an Early Learning Ambassador with POWER-PAC IL for many years. She is a proud mother and grandmother and a very active community member.

Gabriela Piceno

Chicago Southwest Branch Delegate

Gabriela Piceno is an active parent leader in Chicago and serves as one of the Southwest Branch Delegates. She is from Mexico. She has been a Head Start Ambassador for two years, and is always willing to learn and help communities. Married for 22 years, she has four children and one grandchild. 

Lisa Russell

Chicago Westside Branch Delegate

Lisa Russell, a proud mother and grandmother, is a Chicago Westside Branch Delegate. Previously a special needs teacher in a CPS school, Lisa is a dedicated advocate for educational justice for diverse learners. She is also an integral part of her neighborhood and church community. For six years, Channel 7 News chronicled the lives of her twin sons to document the challenges and triumphs of their childhood in Chicago’s Greater Westside community. Lisa sees this opportunity as a chance to encourage other parents who face similar challenges. Lisa also wants to honor her mom, Ms. Mable Rogers, who was a very active member of POWER-PAC IL. 

Maria Sanchez

Chicago Southwest Branch Delegate

Maria Sanchez, known as Doña Mari to many, is an active parent leader from Cicero and a Chicago Southwest Branch Delegate. She has been a part of POWER-PAC IL for over 25 years and has participated in many projects, starting with the Health, Food, and Recess Campaign. She has also been active in Head Start and COVID vaccine ambassador efforts. She’s a proud mother of eight grown children, 16 grandchildren, and seven great-grandchildren. She’s passionate about helping the community.

Claudia Serrano

Elgin Branch Delegate

Claudia Serrano is one of the Elgin Branch Delegates. Claudia is an active member of the Kane County Health Department Parent Council and represents her children’s school at the Community Advisory Council in U-46. She is an ESL student at Elgin Community College and a volunteer at her church and local public library. Claudia is originally from Leon Guanajuato, Mexico, where she got her bachelor’s degree in sciences of education and her master’s degree in organizational development. Claudia is married and a mother of two boys.

Stacey Simon

Chicago North/Northwest Branch Delegate