Staff and Location

Robert Gilligan

Executive Director
Located in the Chicago office
gilligan@ilcatholic.org

Bob was named Executive Director in 2003, after serving as Associate Director for six years. He also is a past president of the National Association of State Catholic Conference Directors. He previously worked as chief of legislative services for the Arizona Department of Economic Security and at the political consulting firm of Jamieson and Guiterrez in Phoenix, AZ. He holds a bachelor’s degree from Marquette University and a master’s degree from Arizona State University. He and his wife, Colleen, are members of St. Juliana's Parish in Chicago.

Zachary Wichmann

Director of Government Relations
Located in the Springfield office
wichmann@ilcatholic.org

Zach serves as the primary liaison between the state and federal governments, in particular their legislative branches. He also is responsible for respect life, defense of marriage and education issues. He previously worked for former Illinois Attorney General Jim Ryan, and served four years in the United States Marine Corps. He earned his bachelor’s degree from Western Illinois University, and a master’s degree from the University of Illinois at Springfield. He and his wife, Casey, and their three daughters are members of the Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception in Springfield.

Marilou Gervacio

Director of Social Services/Social Justice
Located in the Chicago office
gervacio@ilcatholic.org

Marilou is responsible for public policy areas affecting Catholic Charities, as well as the issues of peace and social justice, prison and jail ministry, and immigration. She previously worked for former Illinois Attorney General Jim Ryan and as a research attorney for the National Conference of Commissioners of Uniform State Laws. She graduated from Northwestern University and Loyola University Chicago School of Law, and is a member of the Chicago Bar Association. She is a member of Holy Name Cathedral in Chicago.

Mary Massingale

Director of Communications
Located in the Chicago office
massingale@ilcatholic.org

Mary works with the media on public relations efforts and also serves as a liaison with the state’s six diocesan communications directors. She previously worked as a statehouse reporter for Copley Illinois Newspapers, winning national awards, and in communications for the health care and education professions. She earned a bachelor’s degree from Western Illinois University and a master’s degree from the University of Illinois at Springfield. She and her husband, Jim Hejl, are members of St. Ita Catholic Church in Chicago.

Kelsey Chisam

Administrative Assistant
Located in the Springfield office
chisam@ilcatholic.org

Kelsey serves as administrative assistant for both the Chicago and Springfield offices. She studied at the University of Illinois at Springfield, and has previously worked in customer service and human resources. In her spare time, she enjoys volunteering with special needs children. She and her husband, Johnathan Jr., have a son and a daughter, and are members of Little Flower Parish in Springfield.

Offices:

In Chicago:

65 E. Wacker Place, Suite 1620
Chicago, IL 60601
Phone: (312) 368-1066
Fax: (312) 368-1090

In Springfield:

108 E. Cook St.
Springfield, IL 62704
Phone: (217) 528-9200
Fax: (217) 528-7214