“Every great dream begins with a dreamer. Always remember, you have within you the strength, the patience, and the passion to reach for the stars to change the world.” – Harriet Tubman
Maryville announces the promotion of two longtime members of its leadership council. Nina Aliprandi and Evelyn Smith are promoted to new associate executive directors who, in addition to running their respective programs, will now take up new leadership responsibilities with the Maryville Board of Directors, with government agencies, and with community partners. They will also lead Maryville’s initiative to assess its current organizational culture and advance diversity, equity and inclusion.
Aliprandi began her ministry at Maryville in 1986, working with the children in the homes. From 1991 through 2005, she worked as a coordinator managing shelter, diagnostic and residential programs. In 2005, Aliprandi became director of what is now called the Family Services Division and will continue this work in her new role. She has received certifications for CPR, first aid, infection control, medication education and monitoring, and crisis prevention intervention.
She earned her Bachelor of Science in Law Enforcement Administration degree from Western Illinois University and her Master of Arts Community and Family Counseling degree from Northeastern Illinois University.
Evelyn Smith began her ministry at Maryville in 1991. Smith started as a family educator, then took up the increasing responsibilities as assistant program manager, case manager, program manager and program consultant. In 2005, Smith became director of what is now called the Residential Services Division. She, too, will continue this work.
Smith earned her Bachelor of Science in Business Management degree from Southern University and her Master’s in Applied Professional Studies degree from DePaul University and her Master’s in Bible Studies degree from Moody Bible Institute.
“Evelyn and Nina are two leaders who have a dream to change the world for our children and their families. Now they will continue to reach for the stars for our children in their new positions,” said Maryville Executive Director Sr. Catherine M. Ryan, O.S.F.
In addition to their new roles as associate executive directors, Aliprandi oversees the Children’s Healthcare Center, Casa Imani, St. Monica Home and the Catholic Youth Organization (CYO) programs while Smith supervises Casa Salama, St. Dominic Savio and St. Teresa of Calcutta programs.