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Illinois Arts Council Agency Staff

Staff names are hyperlinked to email addresses.  

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During COVID restrictions, IACA staff is working remotely.  While staff checks their phone messages, it is recommended to contact staff via email for quicker response time.  

Name Title Phone Number
Joshua Davis-Ruperto Executive Director

(312) 814-6758

Encarnacion Teruel Deputy Director (312) 814-4991
Faisal Akhunji Chief Fiscal Officer

(312) 814-6772

Teresa Davis Director of Strategic Partnerships (312) 814-6753
George Tarasuk Director of Communications (312) 814-3916


Erma Standley Executive Assistant

(312) 814-6794

Willie Lin Administrative Assistant (312) 814-6070
Margaret Gonzalez Communications Program Rep (312) 814-6755


Susan Dickson Director of Programs (312) 814-6740
Jerome Grand Program Director (312) 814-6766
Jackie Banks-Mahlum Program Director (312) 814-4990
Danielle Heal Program Director (312) 793-1060
John Gawlik Program Representative (312) 793-1043


Sandra Velazquez Accountant Supervisor

(312) 814-4993

Grants Office

Pius Zacharias  Director of Grants Management (312) 814-3300
Shaun Banks Office Specialist (312) 814-3111
Brian Lazzara Office Specialist (312) 814-6205


Contact Information