Staff

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Cari Levin, LCSW
Founding Executive Director

Cari Levin is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker with over 30 years of experience (first as a child and family therapist, and now as a special education advocate) working with families whose children and teens have emotional, behavioral and learning disabilities.  She earned her Bachelor’s Degree in Psychology from Lawrence University and her Master’s Degree in Social Work from the University of Chicago School of Social Service Administration (SSA). Ms. Levin also completed post-graduate training and certification in family therapy at the University of Illinois at Chicago Institute for Juvenile Research, and completed School Social Work courses at Loyola University.

Cari is the parent of a young adult son who has a disability.  He attended Evanston/Skokie School District 65 Kingsley Elementary School K-5th, a therapeutic day school 6th-12th grade and graduated from Evanston Township High School. She knows first-hand the relentless effort and creativity it requires to parent a child with a disability, and that navigating the special education system is particularly challenging. Motivated by this experience, she dedicated her professional efforts toward supporting and advocating for families whose children are impacted by disability.  Cari has been a special education advocate since 2006.