Meet Our Team

Leadership at Clove Alliance

Clove Alliance’s directors motivate the team with a passion for the services provided.

Tracey Noe Slach, Executive Director/CEO

Tracey has served as Executive Director at Clove Alliance since July 2014.  She received her Bachelor of Science in Business Administration with majors in Marketing and Management from Olivet Nazarene University (ONU) in Bourbonnais, IL. In May of 2013, she completed the Executive Master’s in Business Administration from ONU. She brings over 14 years of non-profit knowledge to her work at Clove Alliance. Specifically, as Executive Director, she empowers her team to find the balance between caring for people, our community, and themselves.


Shlinda L. Trudeau, Director of Administration

Shlinda has been with Clove Alliance since September 2013. In her current role, she provides administrative & operational support, maintains effective relations with community partners and businesses, and plans & manages fundraising events. Shlinda is a native of Kankakee County and has worked in customer service for over 30 years. She is Vice-Chair of the Kankakee Head Start Program Policy Council, an Ambassador of the Kankakee County Chamber of Commerce, a member of the Kankakee County Branch NAACP, and serves on ICASA’s People of Color committee.


Carmen King, Clinical Director of Operations

Before being named Clinical Director in January 2021, Carmen was Clove Alliance Sexual Assault Therapist for three and a half years. Carmen earned a Master of Arts degree in Professional Counseling with an endorsement in School Counseling and a Bachelor of Science degree in Psychology with a minor in Sociology both from Olivet Nazarene University. Carmen is a member of the American Counseling Association, American School Counseling Association, and the local branch of the NAACP.


Janice Eriks, Director of Advocacy Services

Janice has worked with Clove Alliance since 2015 as a Medical/Legal Advocate. Janice has a Bachelor of Arts in Criminal Justice from Olivet Nazarene University. Through Janice’s role as Director of Advocacy services she assists survivors of sexual violence by leading the advocacy program, Kankakee County SART Team and case review, Human Trafficking Taskforce, and participates in the Child Advocacy Center’s Multi-Disciplinary team, Mental Health Council and ICASA’s Public Affairs committee.


Kerrie Blanton, Director of Case Management Services

With a professional background in Psychology, Kerrie has worked with a variety of populations in her 20+ years’ experience including adolescent psychiatric mental health patients, alongside individuals with developmental disabilities, those who struggle with substance abuse disorders, and female adolescent perpetrators of sexual crimes. In her current role she is working with survivors of all ages linking individuals to needed resources in the community, and promoting empowerment and personal development skills. She is secretary for the Mental Health Council of Kankakee, a member of the Kankakee County Community Crisis Response Team, a Manteno Chamber of Commerce Influencer as well as part of the Ford and Iroquois Provider Groups. She is also a trainer for the Training Institute at the Illinois Coalition Against Sexual Assault (ICASA) and is an expert witness on sexual assault and trauma through ICASA.


Kristin Giacchino, Director of Community Engagement

Kristin has worked at Clove Alliance since 2018. She received her Bachelor of Science in Education from Olivet Nazarene University and holds a Master of Arts in Reading. She is an active member of the Zonta Club of Kankakee and serves as the committee chair for Central/South Preventionists. Through her role as Director of Community Engagement, Kristin develops, organizes, and executes the agency’s primary prevention efforts and frequently collaborates with other agencies with shared goals.


Brittany Fry, Director of Volunteer Services

With a professional background in Behavior Analysis, Brittany has worked with several varying populations, including individuals with developmental disabilities, adolescents who struggle with mental health and psychiatric disorders, and the Autistic community. Brittany has been with Clove Alliance as the Director of Volunteer Services since January 2022. In this role, she organizes our volunteers and also leads our 40 Hour Training to develop new volunteers to serve with Clove Alliance.