West Side United Interns

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Meet our driven and qualified interns dedicated to building healthy, vibrant neighborhoods on Chicago’s West Side.

Elie Portnoy

WSU intern Elie PortnoyElie is a Psy.D (Doctor of Clinical Psychology) student at Adler University. She is working with West Side United as an intern through the Social Justice Practicum program at Adler. Elie is originally from Berkeley, CA and went to college at Willamette University in Salem, Oregon. At Willamette, Elie majored in Psychology and Religious Studies. While in college, After graduation, Elie joined Teach For America and taught special education in Tulsa, OK. While in Tulsa Elie also worked as a Court Appointed Special Advocate for children in the foster system, developed an after school tutoring program for her students, and worked with her school to improve their special education program.

Elie will be working on the school hub project while at West Side United and hopes to bring her experience as an educator and psychology student.

Amanda Santiago

WSU intern Amanda SantiagoAmanda is a first-year MA student in the Clinical Mental Health Counseling program at Adler University. She holds a B.S. in Biopsychology, Cognition, and Neuroscience from the University of Michigan, where she co-created a Latinx student organization (La Casa) and participated in various psychology research labs. She currently works as a Rehabilitation Aide for Athletico Physical Therapy while studying full-time.

Outside of work and school, Amanda enjoys writing blogs, reading poetry and memoirs, working out, and enjoying the outdoors.