Alecia S. Person

I am a full-time staff member in the College of Liberal Arts and Social Sciences at DePaul University. I am also a triple Blue Demon, with a BA (Art History and Art Education), MA (Urban Educational Policy and Research), and MS (Early Childhood Education Research/Teaching & Learning); and currently pursuing a PhD in Educational Leadership and Policy (concentration in Higher Education) in DePaul’s College of Education. I enjoy working with students, and mentor/coach first-generation, low-income community college students in the One Million Degrees (OMD) program in Chicago. I love to meditate, read, visit museums, and garden in my spare time. It has been a pleasure working with and learning about the CCHE, and I am excited to be able to continue to assist as the center develops and expands outreach in local communities and beyond.


Michelle S. Gorrell

Hello! I am full time grad student in the MPH/MBA dual degree program at DePaul University. My favorite hobbies to indulge in when I’m not being consumed by studying are traveling, listening to music, and reading. I’m also a foodie as I LOVE to eat and try new restaurants. I look forward to meeting everyone and working with you all. 🙂



Paulina Pinzon

I’m currently in DePaul’s Public Health Graduate program with a concentration in community health practice and global health certification. At Western Illinois University, I completed my Bachelor of Arts with a major in youth development. I have been at the American Medical Association (AMA) for six years as the Credentialing Products Support Coordinator. As the community outreach chair for the Latinx AMA employee resource group, I have collaborated and partnered with local non-profits. In 2021, I organized eight volunteer events with non-profits like Youth Crossroads, Latinos Progressando, and the Pilsen food discrepancy. The AMA was awarded the 2021 Community Investment Award, by Erie Neighborhood House, with my guidance in employee donations. In my spare time, I like to run, cook, and travel.


Jack Knott

I am an undergraduate at the University of Notre Dame majoring in Biology with minors in Health, Humanities, and Society and Poverty Studies. Contemplating human experience and the way in which our health is affected by our sociopolitical institutions sets my heart and mind ablaze. My time as an Assistant House Manager at Viator House of Hospitality, a home for young men seeking asylum in the U.S., shaped my life-long calling to walk in solidarity with other human beings and use research and policy to alleviate health disparities. I am grateful to be a part of the center and excited to use my previous experiences to motivate my collaborative work in this community.