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

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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.

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Director of Programming, Alex Sullivan

Alex Sullivan is a facilitator, poet, editor, and educator who grew up in Tampa, Florida. Their work often reflects on how the physical self is presented in a virtual space and focuses on making education around digital literacy and digital citizenship accessible.

They are a graduate of New York University’s Experimental Humanities Program (previously known as the Draper Program), and they are a scholar of religion and anthropology. Their academic work focuses on theories of digital culture, diaspora studies, and the intersection of African American identity and queer theory. In Florida, they obtained a Bachelor of Arts in both Religious Studies and Social Science from Stetson University. While in New York, they also worked for NYU’s Global Spiritual Life Center as a Graduate Assistant, helping to connect over 50 chaplains to different minority populations in the student body.

Alex has been working as a facilitator since the age of 19, beginning at the Boys and Girls Club of Spring Hill as part of the Stetson Bonner Program. There, they worked with teen girls aged 12-17 to create a curriculum that strived to address all the twists and turns of adulthood. This work continued at New York University, where Alex helped to teach and refine the Faith Zone training given at multiple universities across the country. Now, they work as a freelance consultant on curriculum that addresses issues of diversity on college campuses, in interpersonal relationships, and more. 

They first began working at Harmony, Hope & Healing as an Americorps VISTA, serving as first Outreach Coordinator in August 2020 before transitioning to this position.

Consultants

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. 

Administrative Staff
Programming Staff

Co-Executive Director

Amanda Longue-Asque

Co-Executive Director

Sophie Wingland

Vincennes Senior Center Music Director

Marcia Berry

Founder & Mentor

Marge Nykaza

Facilitators

Zahra G. Baker

Jolie Griffin

Kathy Pittman 

Javier Rodriguez

Angelia Holman

Dennis Smith

Performers & Speakers

Edi Boone

Charles Davis

Isaiah Evans

Jolie Griffin

Ellen McNett

Robert Mitchell 

Scott Newman

Jacqueline Safford

Kathy Pittman

Ron Yokely

Business Manager

Susan Yant

Program and Grant Administrator

Lou Marek

Volunteers

Development Committee Members

Tom Fineis

Colleen Gorman

Stan Jaworski

Pat O'Connell

Kate Ogonek

Old St. Patrick's Volunteer Coordinators

Jim & Sheila Holbrook

 

Marketing and Communications Consultants

Courtney Beasley, Virginia Mann

 

IT Consultant

Neal Wimbiscus

Accountant

Eileen VanHaren

 

Auditor

Mike Newton

2020 Americorps VISTA Volunteers 

Francieska Boyko

Michael Rivera

Volunteer with us!

Volunteers join us in singing at Old St. Pat's and other engagements, as well as helping out behind the scenes. 

If you are interested in volunteering, please email our Volunteer Coordinator (volunteer@harmonyhopeandhealing.org) or call the office (312-466-0267) to leave your contact information.