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Meet CRA’s Board of Directors

Helping to steer us on our way
The Chicago Recovery Alliance Board of Directors is made up from a group of our most passionate supporters.

Rachel Blumenthal

President

Rachel Blumenthal
Rachel has been a volunteer since January 2021 and joined the board in September 2021. She started volunteering at CRA after her late husband Mike had volunteered and raved about the successes of CRA. Rachel is honored to help the lives and rights of drug users and fight the stigma of addiction!

Michelle Duda

Board Secretary
Michelle Duda
Michelle became familiar with CRA through local non-profit work and serving people who use drugs. Michelle has experience developing and implementing harm reduction programs at various non-profit organizations. Michelle feels strongly decolonizing drug policy and advocating for the rights of PWUD. Michelle is committed to harm reduction work on a personal and professional level and shares its importance and impact with all around her.

Stephan Koruba

Stephan Koruba

Stephan Koruba is a Family Certified Nurse Practitioner, with nearly 20 years’ experience providing care in both traditional and non-traditional practice settings. For the past 5 years, Stephan has provided free advanced nursing care to Chicago’s unhoused community while serving as Clinical Supervisor of The Night Ministry’s Street Medicine Team.

Victoria Mendicino

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Victoria is the Government Affairs Director at Revolution Cannabis and has a deep passion for harm reduction. She is also currently completing her Juris Doctorate at DePaul University.

Veronica Shasheen

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Veronica Shaheen is a criminal defense attorney working in appeals with a background in harm reduction. From 2012-2015 she worked at the AIDS Resource Center of Wisconsin (now Vivent Health) as a prevention specialist, and later as an opiate overdose prevention specialist. Veronica moved to Chicago at the end of 2015 and worked as an HIV Testing Coordinator for The Night Ministry. In 2016 she began law school at John Marshall Law school (now UIC College of Law) and graduated with her JD in 2019. After graduating Veronica began her career in indigent defense at the Cook County Public Defender’s Office. She was a public defender for three years, and then started her current position as an assistant appellate defender. She provides appellate defense for folks appealing with convictions who cannot afford a lawyer.

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