Executive Leadership Council

Maryville takes great pride in its leadership team comprising of professionals who are passionate and committed to helping our children and families reach their fullest potential. They are highly-educated, accomplished, innovative and have extensive experience working with children and families. As leaders, they empower staff to be the best while encouraging communication and collaboration among departments and programs, our children and families, and the agencies and partners we work with.

Every day, our leaders together with our Maryville staff, work to make a difference to deliver long-lasting and positive changes in the lives of the children and families we are privileged to serve.

Nina Aliprandi, M.A.

Associate Executive Director

Joined Maryville on April 16, 1986 

Nina Aliprandi earned her Bachelor of Science in law enforcement administration degree, a minor in psychology and sociology, from Western Illinois University and her Master of Arts degree in community and family counseling from Northeastern Illinois University.

She has received certifications for CPR, first aid, infection control, medication education and monitoring, and crisis prevention intervention. She joined Maryville in 1986 and managed multiple residential homes for abused and neglected children, and coordinated the day-to-day operations for the shelter and residential programs.

Since 2005, Ms. Aliprandi has served as the director of Maryville’s family services which includes the Children’s Healthcare Center. She is a member of the Pathways Medical Round Table and serves on the Board of Be Strong Families.

Nina Aliprandi
Nina Aliprandi

Evelyn Smith, M.A.

Associate Executive Director

Joined Maryville on August 16, 1991 

Evelyn began her ministry at Maryville in 1991.  She began her Maryville service as a family educator, then took up the increasing responsibilities as assistant program manager, case manager, program manager, and program consultant. 

In 2005, Evelyn became director of what is now called our Residential Services Division.  Evelyn earned her B.S. in business management from Southern University, her Masters degree in Applied Professional Studies from DePaul University, and her Masters in Bible Studies from Moody Bible Institute.

Evelyn Smith
Evelyn Smith

Consuelo Cano

Administrator of the Jovenes Adelante Program
Joined Maryville in 2017

Consuelo Cano joined Maryville in 2017 as a case manager in the Jovenes Adelante program and was promoted to lead case manager in 2021. In 2022, Consuelo was promoted to program director of Casa Esperanza where she ably serves with teen girls. Consuelo will continue in this role until a new program director is appointed. In December, Consuelo became the administrator of the Jovenes Adelante Program,

Consuelo Cano

Anne M. Craig, M.S. Ed

Director of Educational Services

Joined Maryville in April of 2008

Anne Craig is an experienced director of services with a demonstrated track record and expertise in individual and family services. She is a skilled professional with extensive experience in education, nonprofit organizations, case management, instructional design, program development, and interdisciplinary teaching. She has two master’s degrees with a focus on educational leadership and administration from Aurora University.

She provides leadership, coordination and direction for educational services, specificaly Maryville’s Jen School, where she also serves as principal.

Her favorite quote is: What we are ethically called to do is create a safe space in our schools and classrooms where all students can walk in and, for that day or hour, take off the crushing weight of their armor, hang it on a rack, and open their heart to truly be seen.” – Brene Brown

And another favorite that she keeps a copy in her desk throughout her career is: “It is not the critic who counts; not the man who points out how the strong man stumbles, or where the doer of deeds could have done them better. The credit belongs to the man who is actually in the arena, whose face is marred by dust and sweat and blood; who strives valiantly; who errs, who comes short again and again, because there is no effort without error and shortcoming; but who does actually strive to do the deeds; who knows great enthusiasms, the great devotions; who spends himself in a worthy cause; who at the best knows in the end the triumph of high achievement, and who at the worst, if he fails, at least fails while daring greatly, so that his place shall never be with those cold and timid souls who neither know victory nor defeat.” – Theodore Roosevelt

Anne Craig
Anne Craig

Sister Maureen Jerkowski, OSF, LCSW

Clinical Director
Joined Maryville in 2017

Sr. Maureen Jerkowski, OSF, LCSW, has more than 40 years of experience working with migrant and refugee children and families.  She obtained her Bachelor of Science in psychology and special education from Ladycliff College (1979). She also holds a master’s degree in pastoral studies from Loyola University (1991) and a master’s in social work from Fordham University (2011).

Sr. Maureen has been with Maryville since 2017 where she began as lead clinician. She is now the clinical director and the coordinator for the Prevention of Sexual Abuse (PSA) and compliance manager of the Jovenes Adelante Program.

As a clinical director, she ensures quality trauma-informed mental health care of children in the Jovenes Adelante Program by training staff in treatment approaches, state licensing and ORR standards, and documented practices. In her role as PSA coordinator and compliance manager, she is responsible for managing implementation and ongoing compliance with the IFR (Interim Final Rule) on preventing, detecting and responding to sexual abuse and sexual harassment.

She is currently a peer reviewer for the Council on Accreditation. The COA accredits the full continuum of child welfare, behavioral health, and community-based human and social services for children, youth, adults, and families on best practice standards.

From 2006 to 2009 Sr. Maureen was the executive director of Centro Mujeres de la Esperanza in El Paso, Texas. She then moved to New York to continue her mission of making change. She had an MSW internship with Partnership for Global Justice at the United Nations. Before finding her place in Maryville, she was a social work supervisor at a prevention program in the Bronx for six years.

From 1995 to 2001, Sr. Maureen was on the founding Board of Directors for the Clinica Guadalupana, Agua Dulce Colonia in El Paso, Texas.  She has also held the position of treasurer of Diocesan Migrant & Refugee Services (1997 to 2009) as well as coordinator at the Justice for Immigrant Program Diocese of El Paso (2005 to 2009) while being a member of the New York Coalition of Religious to Stop Human Trafficking (2011 to 2017).

Sr Maureen Jerkowski, OSF, LCSW
Fred Smith

Sarah Melgarejo, LCPC

Clinical Director of Residential Programs

Joined Maryville in August of 2002 

Sarah Melgarejo earned her Bachelor of Arts in psychology, with a minor in Women’s  Studies, from the University of Wisconsin-Madison, and her Master of Arts in Counseling Psychology from Northwestern University.

Soon after graduating from Northwestern, she joined Maryville Academy in 2002 as a clinical therapist in one of our residential programs. Sarah worked in multiple different programs as a clinician over the next eight years, and gained experience working with youth involved in juvenile justice, in the inpatient psychiatric hospital setting, inpatient addiction and recovery, and youth with developmental disabilities.

In 2010 Sarah began an administrative role as program director over several residential youth homes, and in 2013 she became the clinical director for Maryville Academy. In this role, Sarah oversees all clinical services in our residential programs, as well as mental health services at the Family Behavioral Health Clinic. Sarah also leads training efforts and continued implementation of our trauma-informed model of care – ARC (Attachment Regulation & Competency).

Her areas of interest and expertise include group relations and dynamics, as well as complex childhood trauma. Sarah also serves on the board of North Center for Handicapped Children.

Sarah Melgarejo
Sarah Melgarejo

Frederick Smith, M.B.A., M.P.H.

Director of Community Services 
Joined Maryville in 1996

Frederick Smith, after high school, joined the United States Army and served in the 325th Airborne Infantry Paratrooper Unit during Desert Storm. He is a member of Veteran of Foreign Wars (VFW). 

Fred earned his B.A. in communications from Northeastern Illinois University and his Master’s degrees in Business Administration (MBA) and in Public Health (MPH) from Saint Xavier University.

He is described by colleagues as a great leader who provide direction, paid attention to every detail to make sure the job gets done correctly and an effective communicator.

In his down time, Fred spends time at the indoor/outdoor batting cages as a great way to relax. His favorite quote is “Peace if possible but justice at any rate” (Author Unknown). 

Fred Smith