Leadership Team




A native Southerner, Rich grew up in Gloster, Mississippi – a small town with a population of 960. After calling Alabama and Georgia home for seven years, Rich moved to Chicago in 2014 to work at Urban Village Church and is enjoying building roots in this great city. He feels called by God to create faith communities where all people are both truly welcome and invited to follow Jesus with all they've got. Rich holds a BA in Religion from Samford University in Birmingham, AL, and a Master of Divinity from Mercer University in Atlanta, GA. He has also completed intensive trainings in non-profit leadership through North Park University and in antiracism through Crossroads. Rich is a frequent retreat leader and speaker, has taught in the Theological Studies Program at Lee Arrendale State Prison, and also co-leads the Interfaith Religious Workers Association at the University of Illinois at Chicago. Rich is a big fan of: spending quality time with quality friends, drinking a good (or not so good) cup of coffee, and hitting the beach during the 2-3 months of summer we get in this tundra-like city.



Kaitlyn grew up in the great state of Texas! She moved to Chicago for graduate school, where she is pursuing a Master of Divinity. Her favorite things to do include spending time with good friends, watching Stranger Things, and nerding out on a good talk about God over coffee. She now lives in DeKalb (aka cornfields) where she is the site pastor of the Inclusive Collective at NIU. She loves getting to know the wonderful humans there and enjoys watching the sun set over the cornfield with her fiancé.


Leanette Pokuwaah, director of Worship

For Leanette Pokuwaah, Chicago certainly brings the scent of home for her. After being one of the first to take up leadership in the Inclusive Collective in its first year, she has seen it grow and supported this radically inclusive Christian community by facilitating an open, warm and healing worship experience. As Director of Worship, she will look forward to continuing to generate those worship experiences. She is passionate about curating communal healing spaces through faith, social justice initiatives, and community. She is a writer, teacher, coach and musician who is pursuing her Masters of Divinity and Social Work. She hopes to continue to bridge spirituality, mental health, and the Enneagram within communities of color.  To learn more check out her out at www.enneastories.com.


TITO PONCE, Director of Communications & Design

Suburbanite turned City boy, Tito has grown up and lived all around the Chicagoland area and currently calls the Northside of Chicago home. Tito studied applied psychology and graduated from UIC in 2017. He now works full-time as a Project Coordinator for a research lab at UIC, and loves making things look pretty and feel approachable. He is passionate about building meaningful communities that are spiritually fulfilling and hopes to incorporate principles of design and psychology in that formation. When not working, Tito enjoys trying out new Korean skin care products, running along the lake, or learning a new hobby on YouTube! When it comes to great Chicago pizza debate, it’s Giordano’s or bust. #SorryNotSorry



Born and raised in small-town Central Illinois, Zoie came to Chicago to attend UIC for undergrad and take part in big-city life. Recognizing that her entire life had been in a homogenous community, she hoped to engage with folks of all different backgrounds and experiences. Now, she has graduated from both UIC’s biological sciences program and gained her Masters of Public Health and will be continuing her education in the College of Medicine this fall. Her experiences at UIC and across Chicago have instilled a passion for ensuring spaces are inclusive and welcoming for every person and all of who they are. Zoie is particularly passionate about disability justice and the intersections between queerness and disability, in both faith spaces and medical settings. After spending the last few as an Inclusive Collective intern and fellow, she’s excited to be returning as the Director of Leadership Development! 




After growing up in the Milwaukee suburbs, Lily moved to Chicago almost three years ago to try her hand at the comedy scene Chicago offers and fulfill her fantasy of living in a big city. She found the Inclusive Collective when she started attending Urban Village Church, and it immediately started to feel like a home. She is passionate about creating communities in a way that she had never experienced before the Inclusive Collective, through shared doubts, deep conversations, and vulnerability. If not in class or working, you can find Lily at concerts, comedy shows, rollerblading the 606 trail, thrifting new looks, or trying to write all her feelings down and create a song or two. 



Davíd was born and raised in the small suburb of Zion, IL. He made the transition from high school, to the army, then to UIC. He's double majoring in psychology and sociology and minoring in gender and women's studies. Ultimately, Davíd's end goal is to become a high school social worker. He's most passionate about music. Music became his life at the age of 5. Ever since then, Davíd's been in almost every venue doing music. He wants to use his gifts for the good lord Jesus! He enjoys getting tattoos, sitting behind a drum set, or weightlifting. This school year, you can catch Davíd as an RA, the president of Pride, an active member of his fraternity, and as an intern for the IC.



Ian grew up in the northwest suburbs of Chicago. He is going into his sophomore year at UIC where he is studying Information and Decision Sciences and Anthropology. He is interested in people’s stories and how those stories contribute to the understanding of culture. Ian joined the IC last year and is excited to grow as a leader, but also to be able to help people more. Ian believes that deep conversations lead to a greater understanding of the self and others. Ian’s interests include folk music, a wide variety of books, tea, and nature.



Violet comes from a small town an hour away from Chicago, but since transferring to the University of Illinois at Chicago for undergrad, she has fallen in love with the city and has yet to leave. She graduated in 2017 with a Bachelor's in Psychology and Gender & Women's Studies and now works full-time as a Legal Advocate for domestic violence victims. Having gone through a "breakup" with both her previous church home and campus ministry, she joined the IC at a crucial moment in her life over two years ago. She is extremely passionate about the IC's mission, growing in community, and continuing to explore the intersections of her faith, Latinidad, and queerness. Her interests include going to the movies, reading fantasy books, and hanging out with her feisty tabby cat Mila.