Meet Our Leadership Team

Administration

 

Elena Dwyre, DSW, MSW, LSW
CEO Campagna Academy

Ms. Dwyre has been the Chief Executive Officer of Campagna Academy since the fall of 2011, after serving as the Chief Operation Officer since April 2010. Prior to joining Campagna Academy Inc., Ms. Dwyre was Regional Vice President with The Providence Network, a community based social service provider. Ms. Dwyre has served the organization in several leadership roles for over 10 years. With more than 15 years in the human services field, Ms. Dwyre’s background includes extensive experience implementing and overseeing operations in children’s mental health, therapeutic foster care, I/DD waiver services, and home-based services across several states with for-profit and non-profit social service companies. Ms. Dwyre received a bachelor’s degree in psychology from Purdue University, a master’s degree in Social Work from Indiana University, and a DSW from St. Thomas School of Social Work.

Julie Jackson, MBA
CFO
 

Julie Jackson joined the Campagna team in 2018. She has been in nonprofit financial leadership for over 20 years, focused on all aspects of financial management, including tax-exempt bond financing, risk management, investment management, strategic planning, as well as traditional financial and accounting responsibilities.  Julie has a Master’s of Business Administration from Purdue and undergraduate degrees in Finance and Human Resource Management, also from Purdue.  Additionally, Julie has an Executive Scholar Certificate in Nonprofit Management from Northwestern University’s Kellogg School of Management. Julie is proud to support the mission of Campagna through her efforts in the finance office and her financial expertise.

 

Beth Szamatowicz
Director of Development

Beth has worked at Campagna Academy since October of 2007. She has served in serval roles including, Marketing Coordinator, Director of Public Relations & Volunteer Services and most recently the Development Director. In 2019 Beth was an Influential Women of the Year Finalist in Marketing/Media, she was also featured as one of the Times 20 Under 40 finalists in 2017 and was awarded the RSVP 2015 Volunteer Site Supervisor of the Year Award for Lake County. Beth currently volunteers her time as the Secretary for the RSVP (Retired Senior Volunteer Program) through United Way of Northwest Indiana.  She has been a volunteer council member since 2015. Beth earned her degree of Bachelor of Arts, with a major in Graphic Design from Indiana State University. Her favorite part of her position at Campagna is the support of the community. Campagna Academy is blessed to have so many community partners, donors and volunteers who support our kids and partner with us in our mission of Restoring Hope & Building Dreams.

 

Nancy Vinluan, BS, JD, RN
Chief Clinical Officer (CCO)

Nancy joined Campagna Academy in 2015, as the Director of Nursing, followed by an expanded role of Director of Health, Quality and Safety in 2019. Most recently, Nancy was named the Chief Clinical Officer, providing leadership for the programs of  Private Secure, Intellectually Developmentally Disabled, Pathways, Diagnostic and Evaluation, and the departments of Nursing, Compliance and Intake.  Nancy came to Campagna Academy with several years of leadership experience working in psychiatric healthcare including Director of Nursing and Chief of Performance Improvement for the State of Nevada. Additionally, she has experience providing case management and utilization review services for insurance, and risk management. Nancy obtained an Associate Degree in Nursing from Purdue University, a Bachelor of Science degree in Business Management from the University of Phoenix and a Juris Doctorate degree from Valparaiso University School of Law. She looks forward to using this blend of experience and knowledge to further the mission of Campagna and is grateful for the opportunity to improve the lives of the youth in our care.  

 

LeKeesha R. Edwards, MBA
Chief Operations Officer

LeKeesha joined Campagna in 2015 and she currently serves as Campagna’s Chief Operations Officer. During LeKeesha’s tenure at Campagna she has provided leadership support and oversight for Campagna’s Foster Care, Aftercare, Human Resources and Logistics Departments.  She is passionate about programming that benefit at-risk families and has successfully served in the Human and Social Service Industry for nearly 30 years. Notable leadership roles include; Executive Director for the Crisis Center, Inc.in Gary, IN; Assistant Executive Director & Human Resource Director for Metropolitan Oasis CDC, State Recruitment Manager for Indiana/Illinois MENTOR and most recently Campagna Director of Community Based Services.  LeKeesha also has extensive higher education teaching experience serving as adjunct faculty for Brown Mackie College, Calumet College of St. Joseph, Capella University and Indiana Wesleyan University.  LeKeesha Edwards earned her BS from South Carolina State University and an MBA from DeVry University/Keller Graduate School of Management. LeKeesha has several specialized Foster Care, Trauma Informed Care and Human Trafficking Training Certifications.  

 

 

Theresa Jacobs, Ed.S., Ed.D. (abd)
Director of Admissions and Academic Services

Theresa began her career at Campagna Academy in July 2014 as the Director of Alternative Day Treatment. In 2018, Theresa became the Headmaster/Dean of Academic Affairs for Howe Military Academy and returned to Campagna Academy in 2019 as an educational consultant. In August 2020, Theresa became the Director of Educational Services at Campagna Academy to service Campagna Academy’s clients campus wide as they continue on their educational career. Theresa earned her Master of Arts in Curriculum and Instruction from Defiance College, Educational Specialist and Doctorate of Education (abd) in Curriculum and Teaching for Northcentral University.

 

 

Megan Martin 
Executive Assistant to the CEO 

Megan joined Campagna Academy in January 2020 as the Executive Assistant to the CEO and Board Liaison.  Before joining Campagna, Megan worked at a non-profit university in Chicago for 13 years where she also earned her degree in Business Administration.  Megan is Co-Chair of the Employee Satisfaction Committee and enjoys planning employee appreciation events for the amazing staff who work so hard to restore hope and build dreams in our youth.

 

 

Compliance

 

Denise Farley
Compliance Officer

Denise began her career at Campagna Academy in 2004. She has worked closely with many different departments over the years including Administration, Development, Day Treatment, Residential Treatment, and our Foster Care Program. Her years of experience working with our at-risk youth at Campagna has led to her current position as the Compliance Officer.  As Campagna Academy’s Compliance Officer, she currently chairs the Risk Management, Safety and Quality Assurance Committees. She has facilitated the process of achieving and maintaining our COA and CARF accreditation. Denise feels very blessed to have the opportunity to work with such amazing staff and youth for the past 17 years.

 

Michael C. McLain
Compliance Coordinator

Michael has been the Compliance Coordinator for Campagna Academy since October of 2020. Over the course of his career, he has focused on community-based service programs funded through community grant, traumatic brain injury, and Medicaid programs with experience in both community-based case management and direct mental health and addiction care. Michael’s goals have had a strong focus on under-served populations across Northwest Indiana throughout his career. With over 15 years of experience in the social services and not-for-profit fields, his focus has been to improve the communities he serves and be an advocate for others in need.  Michael’s educational background includes an Associate’s of Psychology from Purdue University, and a Bachelor of Arts and Sciences in Sociology and Social Work from Indiana University.  Michael now brings his skills and knowledge of public policy and service to Campagna Academy.

 

Clinical Team 

 

Eric Robinson, QDDP, MA, MSW, LCAC
Director of Clinical Services 

Eric began his career at Campagna Academy in March 2013 as Clinical Manager of Secure Residential and SA-IOP Therapist.  In July 2018, Eric became the Director of Northlake Residential Treatment Program and SA-IOP Program.  He is also the Internship Field Instructor at Campagna Academy.  Eric has over 25 years of experience providing mental health and substance abuse treatment across four states to include, Indiana, Missouri, Oklahoma and Texas.  Eric served as the Owner and President of the Gateway to Success CDC in St. Louis, MO.  He is profiled in the 2004/2005 Edition of the National Register’s WHO’S WHO in Executive and Professionals.  He was inducted into the Institute for Innovative Leaders in August 2002 at IUN.  Eric Robinson earned a BA degree in Communications & Sociology and a MA degree in Human Relations from the University of Oklahoma.  He also received his MSW degree and Nonprofit Management Certification from Indiana University Northwest.  Eric is a member of the Masons and the Omega Psi Phi Fraternity, Inc.

 

Keisha Y. Cooper, M.A.
Clinical Manager

Keisha recently joined the Campagna Academy team as a Clinical Manager in the Oasis Program. Keisha brings to the team extensive experience working with the acute mental health needs of both children and adults, earned through her years of service while working at a psych ward on Chicago’s west side, various long term residential facilities for the mentally ill throughout the Chicagoland area, and most recently at St. Joseph’s Carmelite Home in East Chicago, IN. Keisha’s overall training and experience has consisted of social work, individual and family therapy services, as well as having held many clinical supervisory roles along the way. It is Keisha’s personal mission to use the knowledge and experience she has acquired over the years to continue to help as many individuals in need that she can reach. Keisha received a bachelor’s degree in Psychology from Northern Illinois University and a master’s degree in Clinical Professional Psychology from Roosevelt University.

 

Diagnostic and Evaluation (D & E)

 

Alex Maderas, MA, LCSW 
Clinical Care Coordinator, Diagnostic & Evaluation Program

Alex recently joined Campagna Academy as the Clinical Care Coordinator over our new Diagnostic and Evaluation Program.  Prior to joining Campagna Academy, Alex worked for Porter Starke Services for 10 years.  Alex began as a therapist working with children and adolescents with behavioral and emotional difficulties and was in this role for three years.  Alex spent several years at Porter Starke as their Intake Assessor, completing initial evaluations for new clients seeking services.  Alex has a strong background in diagnosing and treating individuals, which will serve invaluable as Alex spearheads the new D&E Program.  Alex is also a member of the National Association of Social Workers.  Alex received a bachelor’s degree in Religious Studies from Saint Xavier University, and received a Masters of Social Work Degree from University of Chicago.

 

Educational Services 

 

Patricia Passaro, BS
IL Skills Coordinator & Education Liaison

Pat has been with Campagna Academy (Hoosier Boys Town prior) for 23 years arriving February 1998. She has served as our Employment Specialist, Vocational Coordinator and Education Liaison. Prior to coming to Campagna, she worked for 3 years at IN-Pact in Crown Point as Supported Employment Manager and before that for 15 years at S.T.A.R. Inc in Norwalk, CT after college, advancing from positions of: Production Floor Supervisor, Functional Skills Program Supervisor, Case Manager, Program Manager. Pat received a bachelor’s degree in Sociology from Indiana State University & throughout the years received numerous certifications. Pat has devoted herself to a career in the Humanities Field that expands 41 years of working closely with families & youth & adults who are developmentally disabled, have mental health issues, and with our at-risk youth. Pat has most enjoyed seeing individuals & their families overcome their challenges & build a bright future. 

 

Logistics

 

Daniel Banaszak
Director of Logistics

Dan joined Campagna Academy in September of 2002 and has served as Director of Logistics since May 2010. Dan currently oversees Transportation, the Kitchen and Purchasing. Before Campagna, Dan previously worked industrial positions as an insulator, machine operator and metal fabricator (to name a few). Dan realized his most rewarding passion and achievements were working with youth while serving as a Production Coordinator for Moody Bible Institute as well as coaching Little League for harrowing eight years. Since joining Campagna Academy, Dan continues to strive to meet the needs of our youth and help provide the best possible services for our residents, their families and our staff.    

 

 

Maintenance

Charles Jones
Director of Maintenance

Charles has been Maintenance Director of Campagna Academy since 2013. Prior to Campagna Charles spent 38 years at USX, he attended classes at Louisiana State University for Hazardous Material Transportation and Purdue University NW for Safety, Environmental and AutoCad training. In supervision for his latter 20 years at USX, he was directed to manage contractors in the safe use of equipment and chemicals. He became a member of various safety teams in the corporation. Charles believes the daily maintenance, government regulations, community codes and protocols, are critical for our children to dwell in a safe living environment.