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CROYA Staff

CROYA adult staff are trained professionals, always on site, who guide and assist young adults. CROYA adult staff are trained and experienced in guiding young adults in learning valuable life skills including accountability, ethics, values, civility, and service; teaching Peer Training to equip young adults to manage complex social-emotional issues; assisting young adults in managing their lives while developing coping skills for the future; fostering the importance of respect for selves, peers and adults; facilitating the development of leadership skills through team building, decision-making, and group processing; and helping young adults bring their creative ideas to life in realistic and appropriate ways.

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Todd Nahigian

CROYA Manager

Todd grew up in Northfield and attended Glenbrook South High School. He studied Psychology at Miami University (Ohio), and earned his Master’s Degree in Clinical Psychology at the Illinois School of Professional Psychology, now Argosy University. Todd began working at CROYA as the High School Youth Worker in 1995, and became the Assistant Director of CROYA in 2000. Todd and his wife Amy have twin daughters (Addison & Brooke). Todd is an avid Cubs fan and still plays on a men's baseball team in Chicago. On working at CROYA, Todd says he “most enjoys working with youth to provide them with opportunities where they can feel good about themselves as a person. Adolescence is a challenging time. Anything I can do to help kids in their social-emotional development is rewarding to me."

P: 847-810-3982 E: nahigiat@cityoflakeforest.com


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Joanne Yorro

CROYA Program Manager

Joanne grew up in Lake Forest and attended Lake Forest Country Day School and Lake Forest High School where she was a member of CROYA. She received her BS in Psychology from Syracuse University and was in medical school for three years before realizing her true passion was working with kids.

Joanne has been working at CROYA since 2000, coordinating all the community service projects, retreats, peer training, faciliating the partnership with Lake Forest College, and managing court mandated community service. She also hires, trains, and manages the part-time CROYA staff. Joanne enjoys working at CROYA because, "I have become the person I am today because of the skills I have learned from being a part of CROYA during my youth. I want to make sure that I provide that opportunity for others. It is incredible to know that I can be a part of helping the youth build self-esteem and leadership."

P: 847-810-3984 E: yorroj@cityoflakeforest.com


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Meghan Gayter

CROYA Middle School Youth Worker

Meghan grew up in Lake Bluff and attended Lake Bluff Middle School and Lake Forest High School, where she was an active member of CROYA. She received her degree in Restaurants, Hotel and Tourism with a minor in Business Administration from Ohio University. Before becoming the Middle School Youth Worker at CROYA, Meghan worked at a catering company in Chicago, helping plan various events. As the Middle School Youth Worker, Meghan hopes to connect with 7th and 8th graders and help to bring their ideas to life. Meghan loves CROYA because “It was a place where I discovered my voice and love for leadership, and I love watching the youth of Lake Forest and Lake Bluff do the same.”

P: 847-810-3985 E: Gayterm@cityoflakeforest.com


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Leslie Walton

CROYA Student Union Youth Worker

Leslie grew up in Bushnell, Illinois and attended Wayland Academy in Beaver Dam, Wisconsin for high school. She received her degree in Communications from Lake Forest College in 2015. Before becoming the Student Union Youth Worker at CROYA, Leslie worked in the athletic department at her alma mater, Wayland Academy, a boarding school in Wisconsin. Leslie is an avid tennis player and tries to play as much as she can.  As the Student Union Youth Worker, Leslie hopes to plan after school programs and weekend activities that all the kids will enjoy and want to participate in.

P: 847-810-3999 E: waltonl@cityoflakeforest.com


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Marilynn Bruns

CROYA Administrative Assistant

Marilynn grew up in Lake Forest and attended St. Mary's Grade School and Woodlands Academy. After graduating from Loyola University with a BS in Education in 1988, she became the CROYA Middle School Youth Worker from 1988 to 1990 before moving to Charleston, South Carolina. She currently lives in Libertyville.

P: 847-810-3980 E: brunsm@cityoflakeforest.com


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Nick Cvijovic

Program Director

Nick Cvijovic is the current Program Director of Activator Music Academy. Nick is a DePaul Graduate and has been teaching at Activator since 2008. He plays in bands that play all over the Midwest and in a variety of musical styles from punk rock and heavy metal, to indie. Nick is able to share music with young people in a fun way that makes the learning process progress quickly. Nick also leads our High School Open Mic Nights and various other classes and events at the music school and CROYA.

P: 847-810-3988 E: cvijovin@cityoflakeforest.com