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Crissy Mombela, MEd

Program Director

REACH Initiative


Crissy Mombela is the Program Director for the REACH Initiative. Her work allows her to be a thought partner and leader in the implementation and evaluation of the REACH Initiative, a strategic partnership with the Center for Childhood Resilience at Lurie Children’s Hospital and the support of the Illinois State Board of Education. She is involved in all aspects of implementation and leads the development of the business model for the REACH Communities of Practice (CoP). In collaboration with the Executive Director, Crissy works across all P4R programs to guide and support cross-program collaboration.

Crissy has over twenty-five years of experience as a special education teacher, coordinator, assistant principal, and director of public education at the Pre-K-8 level with a focus on developing systems that support connection, innovation, and belonging.  Crissy’s focus on empowerment has led to increased family and community partnerships, children with disabilities being provided an inclusive educational experience, and teams centering the whole child in their work.  A strong believer in community and the power of collaboration to bring about transformative change, Crissy continues to strive for all stakeholders to have a voice in the change process.

Crissy earned her B.S.Ed. with a concentration in special education from Northern Illinois University and her M.Ed. in Educational Administration from Loyola University.  Crissy currently holds an Illinois Professional Educator License for teaching and administration with a special education director endorsement.