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Hannah Bonifacius has been an ESL instructor for eight years. She discovered a passion for language learning as a teenager, learning Spanish in the home of a Puerto Rican friend in rural Indiana. She has taught English in a variety of contexts, working internationally in Poland, in a rural community college setting in central Illinois, and in the non-profit realm. For the past three years, she has called Chicago home. She resides with her husband in the highly diverse neighborhood of Albany Park, where she happily walks to work at the nearby World Relief Chicago office. While earning her Masters Degree in TESOL at Northeastern Illinois University, she applied her graduate thesis research to the subject of mental health in the ESL classroom. She continues to pore over this subject as it directly relates to the lives of the students in her classroom.

Yussuf Shafie MSW, LGSW a graduate of the University of MN. Yussuf is an active and well-respected member of the addiction recovery community. He is a licensed Drug and Alcohol Counselor (LADC) with the Board of Behavioral Health. He completed his internship with the Community University Health Care Center as a Social Work Triage Specialist, and he continued on as a Mental Health Practitioner with CUHCC. In 2015, Yussuf opened Alliance Wellness Center in Bloomington, MN, a DHS licensed Substance Abuse Outpatient and Inpatient Treatment Program. He is Board member of the Minnesota Trauma Project and Minnesota Recovery Connection. Yussuf’s passion is to bring wellness to those affected by addiction and mental health problems.