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Housing Options appoints new executive director

The board of Housing Options for the Mentally Ill in Evanston has named Mary Ellen Poole as the group's new executive director.

Poole, who will start her new role immediately, has served as chief operating officer of the agency since July.

She previously had been a housing planner for the City of Evanston since 2010 and has also worked for the Illinois Housing Authority.

Poole holds a master's degree from the Harris School of Public Policy at the University of Chicago.

Catharine Hamrick, president of the Housing Options board, said, "We are fortunate to have someone with Mary Ellen's background and experience leading Housing Options. Her professional skills combined with her commitment to our participants and Evanston make her an ideal fit."

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