Jinette Williams holds a Social Work degree from the University of Illinois at Chicago and is currently working on a Masters in Ministry Leadership at Moody Bible Institute. She has been with InterVarsity since 2007 and officially joined the CUP staff team in 2014 but had been helping behind the scenes for several years before. She staffed Spring Break Chicago Urban Program (CUP) 5 times and Summer CUP twice, when she was a campus staff at Aurora University. After staffing Summer CUP, she moved to the Austin neighborhood and attended the Rock of Our Salvation Church. She met her husband, Tommy, at Rock Church and they were married in 2012. They have 2 kids, Joshua and Jordan River. They currently live in Aurora IL, a large diverse suburb of Chicago. Jinette’s gifts are in evangelism, prophecy, leadership and administration.
Jazzy Johnson earned her bachelor’s degree in Communication Studies with a minor in Sociology from Northwestern University. As a student, Jazzy dedicated much of her Northwestern career to constructing inclusive environments and building relationships across campus. Jazzy participated in Summer CUP and co-lead a Northwestern team through Spring Break CUP the following year. Jazzy’s gifts of discipleship, bridge-building across differences and conflict, and extensive training in constructive dialogue as well as her passion for loving and inviting college students to know God’s heart for His people led her to join CUP staff upon graduating.
Anthony Giron is a graduate from the University of Illinois and has worked for InterVarsity since 2007. Anthony came to faith in college where he began a journey of reconciling his newfound belief in Christ with his own ethnic identity and his passion to see change in the world. After 7 years working at the Illinois Institute of Technology, Anthony joined the CUP team in 2014 and focuses on his passions of teaching and training. He is a lifelong Chicago resident and lives in Humboldt Park with his wife and two children.
The CUP team is joined by other InterVarsity staff and volunteers who participate in the spring break and summer programs to shepherd and teach the students who commit to the program. Staff and volunteers often come from the campus fellowships that are sending students to the program. Other staff come from the greater Chicago area.
CUP staff work with students in various capacities over both spring break and summer CUP.