What is CCRx?

Our Team

Macus Alonso
Macus Alonso

Fabrication + Fabric

Mrs. gG
Mrs. gG

Inventory + Shipping

Kathryn T. Fimreite
Kathryn T. Fimreite

Development

Monika Thomas
Monika Thomas

Arts + Fabrication

Barbara Koenen
Barbara Koenen

Founder, Executive Director

Our Team

Barbara Koenen is the founder and executive director of CCRx. She previously worked for the City of Chicago, as Director of Artists Resources. She is committed to providing access to materials for artists and underfunded educators, while improving Chicago's system of sustainability. 

Kathryn T. Fimreite oversees development, grant writing, strategic planning, bookkeeping as well as developing CCRx Products and DIY Kits.   A visual and teaching artist, her teaching activities include virtual classes with Hyde Park Art Center and Arts Integration programs with elementary students at multiple Chicago Public Schools.  Learn more about her art practice at www.ktfworks.com.

LaSandra Glass-Gibson "Mrs. Gg" is Chicago Public School PF teacher who enjoys crafting, dancing, sewing and finding unique materials to use for her fitness classes.  She is a proud product of CPS and after high school went on to graduate from both Governors State University and DePaul University.  At CCRx, she oversees Warehouse activities including donation sorting, volunteer management, fulfillment of products and kits along with community outreach.

Macus Alonso  serves as liaison with Envision Unlimited, coordinating projects with their members and staff.  works with Envision artists  and is a workshop teacher.   An interdisciplinary artist from Vigo, Spain, she is currently focusing on process and fiber art.  Extensive traveling influenced her work with jewelry and textiles.    A graduate of University of Illinois at Chicago, she is an artist resident at Chicago Art Department, with exhibition history at SOFA, Oliva Gallery, Woman Made Gallery, Bridgeport Art Center,  Hyde Park Art Center, and others.  Her art can be viewed at  https://www.macusalonsotextiles.com/

Liz Libby handles press and media relations.

Craig Schmidt, CCRx Donation Pickup + Packup Coordinator,  is a true Chicagoan who likes to run, collect matchbooks and works for the good of the the city.  His art practice involves printmaking, drawing and painting and images can be seen at www.pataphorpressafterdark.com

Monika Thomas runs our artisan studio and is the Artistic Director for Envision Unlimited.

We work with many members of Envision Unlmited, who create beautiful things and help sort, test, teach and greet, among many valuable contributions.

Our Board

Cheryl Hughes (President) was senior director of civic engagement at The Chicago Community Trust and the driving force behind partnerships with Chicago Ideas Week, the Chicago Humanities Festival, the Chicago Public Library’s “One Book One Chicago” and StoryCorps. She was executive director of Science Chicago at the Museum of Science and Industry; program manager for the Chicago Mayor’s Office of Special Events and executive director of Gallery 37, now After School Matters.

 

William Cosper (Treasurer) is Director of Resource & Program Development at Smart Love Family Services.  He was Vice President for Institutional Relations at the Executive Service Corps and Donors Forum / Forefront, director of Development & communications at Strategic Learning Initiatives, and Manager of Corporate & Foundation Relations at The Joffrey Ballet.

Lauren M. Pacheco (Secretary) is Director of Arts Programming and Engagement at Indiana University Northwest and co-founding Director of Chicago Urban Art Society and the Chicago’s Low-Rider Festival and a former aide to Alderman Daniel Solis.

Kathryn T. Fimreite (Director) is an artist and educator with a background in marketing and client services for Ogilvy & Mather, DDB Needham and Marcoa DR Group.

Barbara Koenen (Founder, Executive Director) is an artist and arts administrator who served as a program director for the Chicago Department of Cultural Affairs and Special Events for 20+ years. 

Elizabeth Libby (Director) is Marketing Specialist at Blue Cross / Blue Shield Illinois.  Prior she was marketing for Lake Forest College.

Timothy Samuelson (Director) was the Cultural Historian for the City of Chicago. 

Julia Talbot (Director) is Senior Policy Analyst for the Chicago Department of Family and Support Services.

Our Volunteers

Volunteers fuel CCRx.  During events and providing regular support in the office, on social media, working with teachers, artists and donors, our volunteers are an integral component of CCRx's success.     Join us!