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City Announces Health & Human Services Department Promotions

Post Date:01/16/2020 12:30 PM

Health & Human Services Director Ike Ogbo today announced the appointment of two key leaders in the City of Evanston’s Health & Human Services Department.

Thompson Appointed Community Services Manager

AudreyThompsonAudrey Thompson, regional ombudsman and program manager for the City’s Long-Term Care Ombudsman Program, has been appointed community services manager.

In her new role, Thompson will oversee the City’s senior services and youth and young adult programs and staff, including the Mayor's Summer Youth Employment Program (MSYEP) and Long-Term Care Ombudsman Program. These programs, along with family advocate services, were moved to the Health & Human Services Department from the City’s Parks, Recreation and Community Services Department in 2020 following a comprehensive review of the City’s social services programs.

Thompson has 28 years of experience in social services, and began her career with the City as regional ombudsman and program manager in 2010. In that position, she led the creation of the Age-Friendly Business Initiative and the Evanston Benefit Card program, which provides seniors with one-step access to City programs, such as the Subsidized Transportation Program, Wheel Tax Discount, and Recreation Program Fee Assistance, as well as discounts at local businesses. Prior to her service to the City, Thompson dedicated 18 years to MS Children’s Home Services in Jackson, Mississippi, rising to the position of central region director for Community-Based Services. 

“Audrey has a strong track record of providing innovative and impactful services to the Evanston community and beyond,” said Ogbo. “Her steadfast commitment to our city’s residents along with her extensive experience connecting both seniors and youth with services and opportunities will be a tremendous asset to the City. I look forward to working with Audrey in her new position.”

Thompson is a licensed Master Social Worker and serves as an adjunct professor in the Social Work Department of Northeastern Illinois University. She earned a master’s degree in social work from Jackson State University and a Bachelor of Arts in English from Tougaloo College. She is chair of the Evanston Rebuilding Warehouse Board of Directors, and serves as a member of the advisory boards for North Shore Senior Center and WiseUp: Aging with Attitude. Thompson is a member of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc. and was the recipient of the 2017 Evanston/North Shore NAACP Community Service Award.

Olsen Appointed Public Health Manager

Greg OlsenInterim Public Health Manager Greg Olsen has been appointed public health manager.

As public health manager, Olsen will be responsible for managing the department’s public and environmental health programs and staff, including restaurant inspections, food safety, lead poisoning prevention, vector and rodent control, beach water safety, tobacco cessation, emergency response, and health and wellness initiatives.

Olsen began his career with the City of Evanston in 2014 as a licensed environmental health practitioner, and was promoted to senior environmental health practitioner in 2015. Since April 2019, he has served as senior management analyst and interim public health manager, filling the position of Ike Ogbo, who was appointed Health and Human Services director.

“Protecting the health and well-being of our community is of the utmost importance, and Greg has done an outstanding job as the City’s interim public health manager,” said Ogbo. “With more than a decade of experience in the public and environmental health field, Greg is an excellent choice to lead the City's efforts in the years to come."

Prior to his service with the City of Evanston, Olsen held public and environmental health positions at Cook, Kane and Lake Counties. He obtained a master's degree in public health and a graduate certificate in epidemiology from the University of Illinois in Springfield, and a Bachelor of Science in public health from Northern Illinois University. 

Both Olsen and Thompson will begin their new positions on January 20, 2020. For more information, please call/text 847-448-4311. For convenience, residents may simply dial 311 in Evanston.

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