Meet the HHH Staff
Co-Executive Director, Amanda Longe-Asque
Participants know Amanda Longe-Asque, a lifelong Chicagoan, as someone who can take the panic out of any situation. Her favorite challenge is accompanying individuals who are on the search for their authentic self. She loves to use the power of music to help others understand and craft their own stories.
Amanda Longe-Asque has been a faithful and vital member of Harmony, Hope & Healing (HHH) for the past fourteen years. Her initial introduction to the organization started as a resident at St. Martin de Porres House of Hope. In 2008, she became an intern for HHH. Through the years she has worked part-time as a music program facilitator and a member of the choir while working a full-time job and pursuing her educational goals. In February of 2019 Amanda began full-time employment at Harmony, Hope & Healing as Program Manager. In that role, Amanda worked with the Director of Programming to implement and manage the programming. She facilitated music programs for preschool, school-age, adolescent, parent/child, and adult populations as well as supervised and trained community leaders and co-facilitators.
Amanda’s previous employers include A-SafeHaven, St. Martin De Porres, Above and Beyond Family Recovery Center, and Ignatian Spirituality Project. She graduated from DePaul University, Chicago in 2019 with a B.A in Community Wellness and Social Change and is currently pursuing an M.A. in Educating Adult Learners from DePaul University
Co-Executive Director, Sophie Wingland
Sophie Wingland is a musician, facilitator and yoga instructor, originally from California. She is a classically trained singer and plays ukulele, hang drum, cello, slide whistle, and toy accordion and enjoys creating instruments out of found objects. Rooted in the belief that everyone is a musician, her work explores the nature of collaboration, playfulness and healing.
She has a Bachelors in Music from Oberlin Conservatory, a Masters in Music in Vocal Arts from University of Southern California Thornton School, graduating with honors. Sophie also has a Masters in New Audiences and Innovative Practice from The Royal Conservatory in the Hague, where she studied community building through music.
She has performed across the US and Europe, singing opera, jazz, contemporary and folk music. Sophie has over ten years of experience teaching private and group music classes to students ages 0-85. She has taught at the Abrons Center for the Arts in New York City, Old Town School of Folk Music, Lyric Opera of Chicago, and Ravinia Music Festival’s Reach, Teach, Play program in Chicago. She has been a yoga instructor for over ten years, and, before coming to Harmony, Hope & Healing, worked for Mindful Practices teaching SEL (social and emotional learning) and yoga in Chicago Public Schools.
Sophie was first introduced to Harmony, Hope & Healing through her work at the Lyric Opera of Chicago: Chicago Voices Project. She began as Program Manager in January 2017 and then transitioned to Community Engagement Director in January 2019.
Director of Programming, Tina Villapando
Since graduating from Loyola University Chicago in 2009 with a B.S. in Psychology and a Minor in Voice Performance, Tina has been employed in both administrative and programming aspects of the music field.
Her previous employers have included the acclaimed Chicago Children’s Choir and Old St. Patrick’s Church.
Since becoming the full time Assistant Director of HHH in May 2011, Tina facilitates the music programs for the preschool, school age, adolescent and parent/child populations and supervises the program assistants and volunteers.
Tina assists Executive Director, Marge Nykaza, in curriculum development, program evaluation and coordination of outreach programs for high schools, colleges and community groups.
Staff Teacher, Zahra G. Baker
Zahra is currently teaching in our Children's & Family program at Believe Shelter of Margaret's Village and the Primo Center for Women and Children.
Zahra has worked as a drama and vocal music Teaching Artist in several Chicago Public Schools for the past 25 years. She began her teaching career working as an early childhood music instructor in the Wiggleworms’ program at Old Town School of Folk Music in 1987, where she also developed and implemented a Chicago Public School music residency highlighting African American acapella vocal traditions.
She has specialized in arts integration and finds sharing music to be invigorating and inspiring. Other residencies include Chicago Lights, Ravinia Music Festival, The Chicago Park District, Albany Park Theater Project, About Face Theater, Steppenwolf Theatre, Highwire City Learning Centre in London, England and eta Creative Arts Foundation.
Zahra is also an accomplished performer recognized for her work as a folk and jazz vocalist, dramatic actor and an engaging storyteller. Her performance history includes “In the Spirit,” (Storytelling duo of African American stories and songs); Freedom Song Leaders (Co-founder), David Boykin’s Outet (Jazz Vocal Improvisation), Othello at Shakespeare Repertory Theater (Vocalist/Actor), Classic Black (Jazz and Storytelling Ensemble), Sitarsys (Creative Music featuring Shanta Nurullah on sitar). She has performed at venues such as The Old Town School of Folk Music Field Trip Series, The Chicago Jazz Festival, The National Association of Black Storytellers Conference and Festival, The Guild Complex, The Chicago Cultural Center, Jonesborough National Storytelling Festival, Rhode Island Black Storytelling Festival, Reva and David Logan Center for the Arts, and countless Schools, Museums and Festivals.
Director of Programming
Vincennes Senior Center Music Director
Founder & Mentor
Zahra G. Baker
Kathy Pittman (intern)
Performers & Speakers
Resource Development Committee Members
Sr. Pat Borchardt, CSJ
Old St. Patrick's Volunteer Coordinators
Jim & Sheila Holbrook
Marketing and Communications Consultants
Courtney Beasley, Virginia Mann
2020 Americorps VISTA Volunteers
Volunteer with us!
Volunteers join us in singing at Old St. Pat's and other engagements, as well as helping out behind the scenes.