WHO WE ARE

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BETHANY LITTLE

Founder & Executive Director

Bethany Britton graduated in December 2018, from the University of Illinois Master’s MSW Program with a concentration in Clinical Mental Health. 

In 2017, she received her bachelor’s in communication from the University of Illinois.  She was awarded the YMCA Bailey’s Fellowship, for her service in creativity passion, and commitment through community organization.  The 2017 Fred H. Turner Leadership Award was awarded as she proceeded to complete her bachelor degree.  

In 2018 she was awarded Roxie A. Watson Student Leadership Award for succeeding in academic pursuit despite encountering her person obstacles. While working toward her MSW, she founded the non-profit organization “Women in Need Recovery”. 

Bethany was inspired to make a change due to her own experience of despair with homeless and involvement with the justice system.  She began to pursue transitional housing for women and LGBTQ population who are being discharged from treatment or released from Jail and/or prison. 

WIN Staff

Jessica Lake

Dana McMahon

House Coordinator

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Rick Landry

Jenny Paul

Development Assistant

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Jessica Lake

Jessica Lake

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Board of Directors

Roxanne Grantham

Addiction Counselor, Carle Addiction Recovery Center

Roxanne Grantham has earned a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology from Southern University in 1984.  Roxanne is currently an addiction counselor at Carle Addiction Recovery Center for 9 years.  She has experience in providing addiction counseling services.  She provides individual, group counseling to adults, children, adolescents, and families.  She manages caseloads to community referral sources.  Roxanne has experience facilitating Intensive Outpatient Programs, Inpatient Programs, and Outpatient Programs

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Marla Elmore

Champaign County Juvenile Detention Center

Marla Elmore has earned a 1992 Bachelor of Arts in Teaching University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign, IL. In 1995 she received her Master of Education Degree University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign.  Marla currently works at the Champaign County Juvenile Detention Center, as Assistant Superintendent for the past 10 years.  She has experience working with people that are struggling with substance abuse, mental health issues, crisis resolutions, domestic violence and abuse and neglect criminal thinking, individuals in the justice system (adult and juvenile), individual and group therapy.  Marla is experienced in taking assessment, diagnosis, case management, crisis intervention, conflict resolution, and verbal de-escalation.

Carol Ammons

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State Representative of Illinois, 103rd District

Carol Ammons is serving her third term as the full-time state representative of the 103rd District, which includes Champaign-Urbana. Ammons looks to bring her experiences as a grassroots community organizer for equality in education, media and technology access and civil rights to her work as a public servant in the House of Representatives.

Bridging the gap between grassroots movements and elected representatives, Carol Ammons is an experienced, independent Democrat who is effectively working for the citizens of Champaign-Urbana. She has a combined twelve years of service in elected office, at the county, city and state level. Since she was elected as State Representative in 2014, Carol has worked to end the economic “race to the bottom” for Illinois families, reform the criminal justice system, defend union members and their right to bargain collectively, and protect our environment.In the last five years, Carol has passed multiple pieces of legislation with bipartisan support including legislation to stop the dumping of toxic chemicals in the landfill above the Mahomet Aquifer, lowering the cost of phone calls from Illinois prisons to ensure families can stay connected, stronger police accountability measures, and implementing protections for temporary workers. During the budget crisis, Carol has fought to restore funding to our domestic violence shelters, voted for seven appropriations bills, and was a member of the budget negotiation team.

In this current session, Carol has passed several important pieces of legislation. The Responsible Jobs Creation Act provides new protections and opportunities for Illinois’ 800,000 temporary workers. HB 2378, limits the cost of video calling, as well as protects access to in-person visitation, in Illinois Department of Corrections facilities. She continues to express her support in proposed legislation around issues such as protections against digital surveillance, the environment, and diversity and equity in our education systems.

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Rebecca Ginsburg

Director, Education of Justice, University of Illinois

Rebecca received her Bachelor’s degree in English from Loyola Marymount University in Los Angeles, her JD from the University of Michigan Law School, and a PhD in Architectural History from the University of California at Berkeley. It was while she was a graduate student at Berkeley that she first became involved in prison education.   Rebecca Ginsburg is a faculty member at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign and a co-founder and current director of the Education Justice Project (EJP), a unit of the College of Education. EJP offers for-credit courses and a range of extracurricular activities to men incarcerated at Danville Correctional Center, a medium-security state prison. EJP also does outreach with family members and friends of incarcerated people and promotes critical discussion of issues related to incarceration and criminal justice on campus and in the community. Almost one hundred faculty, graduate students, and staff from across campus are involved in delivering these programs. They, along with incarcerated EJP students, also produce scholarship on higher education in prison and related topics.

Bryan Vayr

Attorney, Heyl Royster

University of Illinois College of Law

Bryan focuses his practice on civil litigation, with a focus on complex civil rights, governmental defense, and professional liability. Much of his practice entails defending government, law enforcement, and educational institutions in cases alleging violations of civil rights in state and federal court. Bryan also represents counties and municipalities in tort litigation and contract disputes, including employment, infrastructure, and construction disputes.

Bryan joined Heyl Royster in 2017 after receiving his J.D., summa cum laude, Order of the Coif, from the University of Illinois College of Law and B.S., magna cum laude, from the University of Illinois-Springfield. While in law school, Bryan was Managing Articles Editor for the University of Illinois Law Review, and was recognized by the Clinical Legal Education Association for his work in the College’s Civil Litigation Clinic. Prior to joining Heyl Royster, Bryan worked at the Champaign County States Attorney’s Office, a Chicago-based firm specializing in complex litigation, and the Land of Lincoln Legal Assistance Foundation.

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Paul Thornhill

Web Application Development Manager, Secretary

Paul Thornhill has earned a B.A.S Business at Depaul University.  He is U of I ITLW Program graduate, completed the University MGRDev Program with honors.   Paul currently works as a Web Application Development Manager, Extension. University of Illinois.  Paul has 20 years of work in technical and systems development. He has 6 years of project and strategic technical leadership, and 7 years of team supervision. He is skilled influencer of complex strategies across many subject areas and organizational structure. Effective hands-on leadership with success implementing innovative, strategic initiatives in a multidisciplinary environment. Strong, intuitive and perceptive business analyst and team leader creating strategies, timelines, modeling solutions, scheduling production, budgeting, and allocating resources. Tenacious and collaborative leader who is able to create teams, identify and remove impediments, and provide guidance to the best possible solutions providing the highest standards of quality.

Emily Cross-Vayr

Emily Cross Vayr

Development Director Champaign County, President

Emily Cross Vayr is the Development Director for Champaign County Court Appointed Special Advocates and believes all women deserve a chance at a healthy and productive life. She is the President-Elect of Junior League of CU and serves on Champaign West Rotary and the Association of Fundraising Professionals. She has her Master’s from University of Illinois-Springfield.

Melissa Keeble

Melissa Keeble

Chaplin Carle Foundation Hospital

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Our History

WIN Recovery was founded in 2015 by Bethany Little, a formerly incarcerated person in recovery who was eager to support other women returning from prison. In 2019, WIN Recovery opened its first home and became part of the SAFE Housing Network, created by A New Way of Life Reentry Project and dedicated to supporting the replication of its innovative, internationally acclaimed reentry model. In 2020, WIN Recovery opened its second home and began planning to create a statewide network. Through two homes that serve up to 30 women annually, WIN Recovery provides housing, access to comprehensive community-based support services, and trauma-informed, gender-responsive programming to create a safe, stable recovery and reentry environment.