May 2004 speakers





One goal of the T/MC Conference is to create a community of people who learn from each other, network, and collaborate to help volunteer-based tutor/mentor programs grow in all places where they are needed.  We encourage all workshop presenters, conference participants and interested supporters, including business and foundation leaders,  to visit the DISCUSSION Section at where you can join one or more groups in this community.

Workshops and presenters are subject to change without notice.  If you would like to do a workshop at this or future conferences, email the T/MC at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it   

Deborah Baker
Ms. Baker is Vice President of The Chicago Mentoring Institute of Big Brothers Big Sisters of Metropolitan Chicago. The Mentoring Institute develops partnerships with corporations and organizations to recruit, train and provide site support to employees who spend one hour per week mentoring a child in a school or work site setting. Additionally, the Institute provides training, technical assistance and consulting for other non-profit organizations, as well as an annual workshop series. Deborah has a BA in English Literature from Swarthmore College and a MS from the School of Education and Social Policy at Northwestern University.

Karina Ayala-Bermejo
Ms. Ayala-Bermejo is Executive Director, Abraham Lincoln Marovitz Lend A Hand Program of the Chicago Bar
Association (CBA).  She is also Director of Community Services, for the Chicago Bar Association (CBA). Prior to joining The CBA, Ms. Ayala-Bermejo was an assistant attorney with the Chicago Board of Education (CBOE). She has been active in a variety of community service activities in Chicago for over 10 years and received the Mayor's Leadership 2000 Award. She was selected to participate in the Leadership Greater Chicago Fellows Program in 2001-2002. In September of 2002, she was awarded the DePaul University College of Law Outstanding Service as Young Alumnus. In March 2003, she was awarded the Latino Law Student Association Distinguished Alumnus Award. Ms. Ayala-Bermejo is the President of the Hispanic Lawyers Association of Illinois and serves as secretary for the Our Children in the Courts Foundation. 

Daniel F. Bassill
Dr. Daniel F. Bassill is President of Cabrini Connections and the Tutor/Mentor Connection, organizer of the Leadership Conference series. Dr. Bassill. has spent more than 30 years, mostly as a volunteer, reaching out to children and youth living in Chicago's Cabrini-Green neighborhood. Bassill first became a tutor in 1973, then became the volunteer leader of the Montgomery Ward/Cabrini Green Tutoring program in 1975. More than 3,500 volunteers and 3,300 children have participated in programs Bassill has led.  Some volunteers have participated for more than 10 consecutive years and some students from first grade through high school.  With six other volunteers, Bassill  formed Cabrini Connections in 1992.  Learn more. Visit the About Cabrini Connections section of and read "The Tutor/Mentor Business" by Sara Caldwell.  Contact Dan at   This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it  

Sandra Beauford 
Ms. Beauford is the Public Relations Officer for Chicagoland District 30 Toastmasters. Toastmasters International is the leading movement devoted to making effective oral communication a worldwide reality. Through its member clubs, Toastmasters International helps men and women learn the arts of speaking, listening and thinking -- vital skills that prommote self-actualization, foster human understanding, and contribute to the betterment of mankind.  Contact Sandra at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it  

Minister Lorraine Bogan 
Dr. Lorraine Bogan began her ministry in 1978 implementing and directing a youth outreach ministry at Chatham Fields Lutheran Church. In the fall of 1992, The SAFE – SPORTS AFFECTING FUTURE EDUCATION – Haven was formed. Lorraine began to work in the “trenches” through sports, tutoring, mentoring, and counseling specifically for young people who display disruptive behaviors and or participated in gangs and selling of illegal drugs. Lorraine has endured many life threaten events, including eluding shootings from rebel gangs, single handling breaking up gang fights, rescuing youth and parents from stabbings and other domestic and community violence. For the past 25 years, Lorraine has personally worked and mentored over 500 “at-risk” children and youth.  Lorraine was featured on Channel 7 Harry Porterfield's “Someone You Should Know” Lorraine qualifications include a doctorate in practical counseling, certifications in conflict resolution, bereavement-counseling specialist, and a license Christian minister.

Tom Brainsford 
VP, The National Urban Technology Center, Inc.

Tom Bransford is a founding member of The National Urban Technology Center (Urban Tech). Urban Tech is a non-profit corporation that provides consulting services in the use of technology and telecommunications for education, employment and business development in underserved communities. For the past 9 years, Urban Tech has provided turn-key solutions for technology and Life Skills training to over 200 sites under contract with organizations such as the US Dept. Of Justice, the US Dept.of Education, The New York City Housing Authority, HUD, The Ford Foundation and the Kellog Foundation. Currently, Urban Tech is partnering with the Social Development Council of Milwaukee and Fighting Back, Inc. in Milwaukee to deliver Life Skills to reduce violence among teens.

Before joining UTC, Mr. Bransford was the IBM State Education Advisor for New York City, Westchester and Rockland Counties for four years. While in this position, Mr. Bransford was responsible for the marketing and installation of IBM¹s products to the public and private school systems in those locations. His focus was on classroom technology. He was involved in the marketing and installation of Writing to Read, an innovative program designed to improve reading skills for the K-1 segment of the schools. In addition, he supported the implementation of a significant school-to-work initiative at the New York Board of Education.

Charles Brooks 
Mr. Brooks is District Governor of the Chicagoland District 30 Toastmasters. Mr. Brooks  has been a Toastmaster for 9 years, joining the organization in April 1995. He is a member of South Suburban Toastmasters club #5534 and a Chartered member of MJM Speakers Circle Toastmasters club #6799. His Toastmasters experience has allow him to be a club member, club officers, club mentor, Area Governor, Division Governor, Lt. Governor of Marketing, Lt. Governor of Education & Training and the 2003-2004 District 30 Governor. It has also allowed him to present workshops at District Toastmasters Leadership Institutes, Fall & Spring Conferences and to compete in the Humorous, Evaluation and International Speech contest. These experiences have allowed him to improve his communication & leadership skills, giving him greater confidence when presenting to audiences of all sizes. At this time he is in the process of developing his Professional Public Speaking career.  

Emmy Bright
Ms.  Bright is the School Partnerships Program Manager for the Office of Community Arts Partnerships (OCAP) at Columbia College Chicago . She has worked with community based organizations and Chicago Public Schools to develop college readiness, youth development, arts and after school programs for youth, parents and teachers in North Lawndale, West Garfield Park, Washington Park and the Grand Boulevard Neighborhoods. 
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Rob Chambers 
Mr. Chambers (Executive Director for the Training Centers) has more than twenty years experience as an arts administrator and director. Most
recently, he served as Producer for The Second City Detroit. Prior to Second City, he was Marketing Director of Hartford Stage Company, League of Chicago Theatres and South Jersey Regional Theatre, and Managing Director of Melanie Stewart Dance. He has served as a consultant or advisor to the Canadian Consulate General, Chicago Department of Cultural Affairs, Arts and Business Council of Chicago, GayCo Productions, The Chicago Ensemble, Pennsylvania Council on the Arts, Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts, Greater Philadelphia Cultural Alliance, and Brandywine Graphic Workshop. Rob was one of the first recipients of an Arts Management Fellowship from the Pennsylvania Council on the Arts. He has directed productions at the Greenwich Street Theater in New York and at Park West, City Lit, Live Bait, Bailiwick, Ivanhoe, Donny's Skybox and Public Trust Theatres in Chicago, specializing in original productions of new plays and musicals. He holds a BA from Temple University and an MFA from DePaul University's Theatre School where he has taught and served on the Alumni Board. Email: Rob - This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it

Stanley Cole 
Mr. Stanley E. Cole is currently Assistant Director of Milwaukee Violence Free Zone Initiative for the National Center for Neighborhood Enterprise, and is a Certified Youth Worker by both Wisconsin Association of Child and Youth Care Professionals (WACYCP) and the County of Milwaukee. While Mr. Cole also serves as Vice-President of the Board for the WACYCP. Mr. Cole sits on the “Citizen Advisory Committee” for Executive County Supervisor Scott Walker, also has served over three years as board member for the “Spirit of the Men Coalition”. Mr. Cole has (4) four years of experience of youth court room advocacy in Milwaukee’s Municipal Courts working with young people. Mr. Cole has been a committed youth worker for over seventeen years, working with young people throughout the US. Mr. Cole is a trainer. Mr. Cole has trained (32) thirty two youth workers from all over the U.S. on Civic Engagement, while a program coordinator at REACH Youth Opportunity of the U.S. Department of Labor. Mr. Cole spoke to over 5000 MPS youth on issues from Gang prevention, Conflict Resolution and ATODA Prevention.  Mr. Cole was Milwaukee’s “September of 2001 V100 Peace Achiever” of the month, while also being named “Youth Worker of the Year for the State of Wisconsin” in 2002. Mr. Cole also received an award from OCI for “Outstanding Dedication to Youth Development and Positive Change” on December 13th of 2002, “National Award for best Youth Community Involved Entrepreneurship Project” while he is also a received an award from the “National Crime Victims Restorative Justice Program in April of 2004”.  Mr. Stanley Cole is a trainer in “Youth and Adult Partnership” and Gang Prevention, Intervention and Suppression.  Mr. Cole also is a trained producer and director in Media Broadcasting, in which he utilizes in a youth media literacy program to reach youth with media education. .  Mr. Cole has received extensive training in the areas of financial literacy, coalition building, and grant writing. Mr. Cole has done youth work from the City, State and National Programs throughout the country.  Mr. Cole received National Leadership training through the Gamila Foundation in Techy, Illinois, and this week long training involved many key components of community leadership development. 

While currently Mr. Cole is a student at Cardinal Stritch University’s Business Management Program with an Associate Degree in Business, he is scheduled for graduation in June of 2004 with his Bachelor’s Degree.

Paul Collins
Mr. Collins, of Jordan-Webb, Chicago, Illinois, has been an independent consultant since 1981.  Since 1989, his company has focused on facilitating collaborative work groups and helping clients deploy tools that support group facilitation, collaboration and decision making.  Mr. Collins facilitation style would be described as empowering and leading without directing, and making sessions highly productive and fun. 

Mr. Collins is active in a number of professional organizations, including the Midwest Facilitators' Network (MFN), where he is a co?founder, director and webmaster.  Mr. Collin's client experience in the corporate, government, academic and not-for-profit sectors, has included: National Aeronautic and Space Administration (NASA), GATX Corporation, Mc Donald's Corporation, Motorola, U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (US EPA), BP Amoco Corporation and Graduate Business Schools at the University of Chicago, Loyola University, De Paul University, Illinois Institute of Technology, Illinois Benedictine University and the University of Wisconsin (Madison). 

William R. Conrad, Jr  
Mr. Conrad is President of the Institute For Voluntary Organizations (IFVO). He founded IFVO in 1975. He has provided effective consultations and workshops throughout the United State and Canada. He has written 23 monographs on nonprofit Leadership and Management. Ohio University press has just published the 3rd edition of his popular book, "The Effective Voluntary Boards of Directors: What it is and How it works".

Eric Diamon
Mr. Diamon is a first-year corps member with City Year Chicago. After graduating from college in Maine last May, Eric chose to work in an urban education setting this year and is thoroughly enjoying tutoring his six second grade students in literacy at the Henry Suder School on Chicago's Near West Side. Next year, Eric will continue working in education as a teacher for the New York City Board of Education.

Latesha Dickerson 
Ms. Dickerson is a Middle School Math & Science teacher at the Academy of Communications and Technology Charter School (A.C.T.) where she has served on the school leadership team and as the Math/Science Department Chair. Having earned National Board Certification, she provides mentoring to new teachers and professional development for her colleagues at the school. She is the founder and Executive Director of "Akoma Educational Services" which provides schools with technical assistance and professional development in designing student centered educational programs. This organization also works directly with youth, allowing them to develop their voice and to foster relationships across social, cultural and economic lines.

Eliza Duenow

Ms. Duenow has served as the Director of Education at Hyde Park Art Center in Chicago since 2000. As an extension to her job managing the studio and outreach programs and fundraising for the Center’s arts-in-education initiatives, she maintains dozens of community partnerships across the South and West sides of the city and curates a youth-based art exhibit in the Center’s Ruth Horwich Gallery each year. Before joining the staff at HPAC, Eliza balanced contract work in youth arts programming, while conducting community market research through local advertising agencies. As a committee member at the Chicago Center for Arts Policy, she coordinated conference events and youth arts initiatives. She also has worked as an independent teaching artist and consultant in arts education programming and development for various Chicago organizations and schools. In the past she managed and served as the Creative Director for a commercial and fine arts photography studio. She holds a Master of Arts degree in the Social Sciences, focusing on Visual Culture Studies, from the University of Chicago, and a Bachelor of Arts in International Studies and Comparative Religion from Trinity University. Hyde Park Art Center.  Contact Eliza at HPAC at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it

Jan Fitzsimmons 
Ms. Fitzsimmons is the program administrator for the NCC Jr./Sr. Scholars Program, a college instructor and the curriculum coordinator for the ACI Bridge to College Readiness Program and the Urban Education Initiative. Email Jan at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .  Joining Ms. Fitzsimmons in presenting the workshop titled Enquiring Minds Want.."To Do" will be Rogelio Aguilar, Danielle Bank, Teri Marx, Analiz Molina, Mickey Resner and Aarin Young, teachers, tutors and team leaders in the NCC Jr./Sr. Scholars Program.  Students involved in presenting the workshop titled, Follow the Yellow "Book" Road, are Rachel Harden and Lara Levine.

Gary Goldman 
Mr. Goldman is a nationally recognized leader in education reform and youth empowerment, and he is the author of the book "Empowering Students to Transform Schools". As President and Founder of the non-profit International Quality Leadership Institute. Mr. Goldman has taken his message of harnessing the power of a generation of young people across the country. Mr. Goldman is currently involved in several city-wide youth/adult initiatives in Indian and Ohio and with empowering disabled students in workforce development in Chicago. He is also working on a national youth empowerment movement and youth/community development. Mr. Goldman has been featured in the media including CBS, NBC, ABC, WGN and hosted his own weekly Chicago radio show, Champions of our Children.

Steve Gustis
Mr. Gustis is the Director of the Community Services Center at North Central College.

Edward Gordon, Ph.D  (Keynote Speaker for Tuesday, May 18)
Dr. Gordon is President of Imperial Consulting Corporation in Chicago and Palm Desert, California.Gordon is a recognized international expert on the future of labor market development and many education reform issues. During his over thirty years of consulting experience, Ed has assisted many varied clients, such as: Microsoft, PriceWaterhouseCoopers, Sonnenschein, Nath, and Rosenthal, Motorola, the U.S. Department of Education, American Institute for Research, State of North Carolina, universities, school systems, and trade/professional organizations.

Ed Gordon is the author or co-author of 15 books including Skill Wars, Literacy in America, FutureWork, Closing the Literacy Gap in American Business, Tutor Quest, and Opportunities in Training and Development Careers. He has been quoted in or written over 200 articles in major newspapers, popular magazines, business publications, and education journals. His media experience includes the CBS Network's, "The Early Show," CNN, NBC, Bloomberg TV, WGN, NPR, USA Radio, and Yahoo. As a professional keynote and workshop speaker, he has delivered presentations to over 100,000 people.

Gordon has taught courses in business, education, and history for 20 years at three Chicago-area universities: DePaul, Loyola, and Northwestern. He currently serves on the board of directors of National Council for Business-Education Collaboration, the Better Business Bureau of Chicago and Northern Illinois, the Illinois Literacy Resource of Development Center, and the Association of Tutoring Professionals. He also is a member of the Quality Workforce Committee of the Chicagoland Chamber of Commerce and the Youth Policy Committee of the Chicago Workforce Board.

Sridhar V. Iyer, Ph.D
Dr. Iyler is CEO, Socratic Learning.  Dr. Iyer is a former professor from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign and has been working on creating collaborative e-learning environments for bringing students and mentors/tutors together. The e-tutoring project has brought high numbers of qualified instructors to where they are needed most.  This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it  

Annette Kelly
Ms. Kelly, President of FOUS Consulting Service, has a BA in Human Services. She is a Certified Youth Development Practitioner with over 20 years of experience in youth development programming. Her work is recognized in private, community-based and faith-based arenas. Other facets of Annette’s work includes, Site Reviewer and participant of the Youth Impact Council initiated by United Way of Chicago, and Consultant and Trainer for Chicago Area Project.  Annette was recognized by USA Today as a recipient of Bank of America’s Leadership Excellence in Neighborhood Development (LEND) award. In addition, she is a veteran trainer and acclaimed conference speaker. This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it

Gary Kosman
Mr. Kosman is founder and President of America Learns, based in Mission Hills, California.  America Learns is an organization ensuring that children served by literacy volunteers receive superior support.  Prior to America Learns, Gary served on the evaluation team for the City of Los Angeles' LA's BEST after-school program and co-authored A Compact for Reading, a guidebook widely used across Illinois.  He has worked with the LA Times' Reading by 9 initiative and the U.S. Department of Education.   This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it  

Rebekah Levin, Ph.D
Dr. Levin, Ph.D is Executive Director of the Center for Impact Research in Chicago. She is Director of CIR's Sweatshop Project, which documented the extent and severity of sweatshop working conditions in the Chicago Metropolitan area, and led to the establishment of the Sweatshop Task Force, the first integrated effort by the U.S. and State government agencies working collaboratively with community-based organizations to identify and eliminate sweatshop worksites. She has conducted a five-year evaluation of efforts to incorporate domestic violence services into welfare offices. She received her Ph.D. and M.A. from the University of Chicago and B.A. from Oberlin College. 

Mary Mahan-Deatherage
Ms. Mahan-Deatherage is the Director of Big Brothers Big Sisters of the Sauk Valley. Her role in BBBS is to publicize, promote and market the program to the community as well as direct the day to day operations of the program. Fundraising, workshops and community recruitment are all part of her role as well.  Mary's background is in the field of marketing and journalism. She has a BA in Journal/Advertising Graphic Design from Northern Illinois University and is currently working toward an MBA from the University of Iowa. She is currently on the Advisory Council for Community Coordinated Child Care in Dekalb, Illinois which is an advocacy organization for day care providers and families needing child care. She is also an Executive Director of the Dixon Area Pigtail League which organizes fastpitch softball teams for girls ages 6 to 16.  Mary lives in Dixon, Illinois with her husband and two children.

Lise McKean, Ph.D.
Dr. McKean is the Deputy Director of the Center for Impact Research. Her project areas at the Center include improving access to income supports for working families; integrating domestic violence services into job training programs; and community-based research and advocacy on alternatives to incarceration for non-violent offenses.  Findings from CIR's 2003 research were presented last October at a Legislative Hearing on service delivery in IDHS offices. Research conducted in 2001 and 2002 on barriers to accessing income supports was instrumental for prompting the Mayor's Office to undertake its Keeping Chicago Affordable campaign.  Dr. McKean received her B.A. from the University of Chicago, M.A. from the University of Hawaii, and Ph.D. in Social Anthropology from the University of Sydney. 

Ed Mulvaney
Mr. Mulvaney is currently the Mayor of Rock Falls, Illinois and Program Coordinator for Big Brothers Big Sisters of the Sauk Valley (serving Whiteside and Lee Counties).  He recently ( 2 years ago) retired from 32 years teaching high school English/Reading, first in suburban Cook County (Bremen HS - District 228) for 4 years and 28 years at Rock Falls High School, Rock Falls, IL.  Ed is a US Army, Vietnam veteran, member of local American Legion and VFW posts. Past president of Sauk Valley Reading Council, former member of the Illinois Rural Bond Bank. He has a BA and MA from DePaul University in English and a Masters in Pastoral Studies from Loyola University (New Orleans). He is also a charter member of the Rock Falls Community Development Corporation and Executive Board member. Ed has been married for 32 years, two grown children and one grandson.

Avital Rabin
Ms.  Rabin is a Literacy Coordinator with the Jane Addams North Side Family Literacy Program. She has a B.A. in Linguistics from the University
of Chicago and is currently working towards her M.A. in Speech-Language Pathology. She has volunteered as an ESL teacher at an elementary school in rural Ecuador and has tutored students in reading for over 5 years. This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it  

Alison Redman
Ms. Redman is with Long Beach BLAST.

Steve Roussos, Ph.D., Akouo, Inc.
Dr. Roussos is a research and evaluation scientist and trainer for community organizations and initiatives. He specializes in applied evaluation and research through which measurement and results are used to directly improve program performance and impact. His focus is on helping volunteer-based initiatives to improve community health and development. Mr. Roussos is the founder and a lead scientist of Akouo (, an organization that serves the research and knowledge management needs of community initiatives. Mr. Roussos has been providing workshops at the Tutor/Mentor Conference since 1998. 

Brian Schultz
Mr. Schultz currently teaches fifth grade at Richard E. Byrd Community Academy in the Cabrini Green area of Chicago. Brian has been working on creating mentor relationships between his elementary students and graduate students studying literacy. He has developed a mentoring partnership model that leverages online collaboration that drives situational feedback based on the particular needs and interests of his students. ( ). In addition to his role as a teacher, Brian is a board member of the Cabrini Green Tutoring Program ( ) as well as Art Therapy Connections in the Schools. He is pursuing a doctoral degree at University of Illinois at Chicago. His main research interests include practical inquiry and experiential learning. Contact Brian Schultz at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it

Sue Snyder Ross

Ms. Ross is President and Founder of Strategic Development Consulting (SDC), a mission-oriented practice that works with collaborations, associations, and nonprofits providing direct services, education, or advocacy, primarily for Chicago’s diverse communities.  Before establishing her practice in 1994, Sue held senior development positions with the University of Chicago, DePaul University, American Bar Association and Yale University, where she helped raise major gifts through five capital campaigns.  SDC provides philanthropic assessments, feasibility studies, campaign planning services, solicitation training (How to Ask for a Million Dollars ©) and major gifts consultation. 

Mary Scruggs
Ms. Scruggs (Head of Writing Program) has written The Fairy Trials, a series of nationally acclaimed plays for the Circuit Court of Cook County
which teach the public about their court system. The plays are based on classic fairy tales which are adapted as courtroom dramas. Initiated as live
theater for young audiences, the plays have also been adapted to film and video and have played for audiences of all ages throughout Cook County and beyond for the last thirteen years. Mary's other playwriting credits include What Every Girl Should Know, a co-adaptation with Susan Messing, produced by The Annoyance Theater; Karma, developed at the Lakeside Writing Studio and performed at Live Bait Theater; Bedtime Stories at the Skybox Theater, and Revelations, winner of the Agnes Nixon Playwriting Contest. While in Los Angeles, she sold a script for Designing Women, developed a sitcom for Hearst Entertainment and wrote a handful of jokes for Barry Manilow. Acting experience includes performing in "Hellcab" at Famous Door and playing
various battered women seeking justice for Circuit Court public service videos and training seminars. In the education field, she has written curriculum for The Fairy Trials and other court projects, and she served on a citywide panel to develop the Arts Education Standards for in the Chicago
Public Schools. Mary lives in Chicago with her husband and son. Email: This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it

Romeldia Salter
Ms. Salter has a Bachelor of Arts degree in Child Development from Spelman College in Atlanta, Georgia and a Master of Arts from Loyola University’s Erikson Institute for Advanced Studies in Early Childhood Development. In addition to teaching grades Pre-K, First and Third grades in the Chicago Public School System for ten years, she worked to develop and implement curriculum and recently served as a presenter for Brain Compatible Learning and Multiple Intelligence Theories. Currently, she is completing the Certificate for Advanced Studies in Administration and Supervision at National-Louis University. Romeldia is excited to join City Year Chicago, where she can ensure that quality service is given to make certain No Child is Left Behind.

Marcus Spencer 
Mr. Spencer has been working with the Cook County Juvenile Court for 10 years. He is a graduate of the University of Mississippi. Marcus began working with children as a case manager at Uhlich Children's Home. He then moved to the Cook County Juvenile Court's Probation Department where he has worked in many different units, such as Home Confinement/Electronic Monitoring, Intensive Probation Services, and currently, as a Probation Officer in the Mentoring Network for Juvenile Court Wards. He is responsible for volunteer recruitment.   Contact at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it

Beth Swanson 
Ms. Swanson is Director, Office of After School and Community School Programs, Chicago Public Schools

Janet Takehara 
Ms. Takehara is  the Program Manager for Pathways to Development, a program of the Youth Campus. She earned her M.Ed. in Community Counseling from Loyola University and she has worked in the mentoring field for 6 years.  Email: This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it   

Keith Topping (eConference only)
Dr. Topping is Professor of Educational and Social Research in the Faculty of Education and Social Work at the University of Dundee, Scotland, where he directs doctoral educational psychology. He develops and researches the effectiveness of methods for non-professionals (such as peers, parents, or adult volunteers) to tutor others - in core skills (e.g. literacy, numeracy, thinking), and across subject boundaries, in all sectors and contexts of education and lifelong learning. He also has interests in electronic literacy, computer assisted learning, social competence and behaviour dysfunction. He is the author of over 200 publications, including 17 books.

Renee Tucker 
Ms. Tucker is an Illinois Certified Social Worker. She received a Master's of Social Work from Jane Addams School of Social Work of the University of Illinois at Chicago, and a Bachelor's of Arts in Psychology from DePaul University.

Renee is the Program Director of The Associated Colleges of Illinois' College Readiness Program, a preparatory program for high school students throughout Illinois. In previous positions, Renee worked as the Program Director for the I Have a Dream Foundation of Chicago, a tutoring and mentoring program, and Program Manager for Big Brothers Big Sisters of Metropolitan Chicago.  Renee continues to be involved with Big Brothers Big Sisters as a member of the Program Committee of the Board of Directors.  She is also responsible for establishing the first school based mentoring program in Oak Park, Illinois, and has provide training at local conferences, health fairs and to individual organizations.

Practicing what she preaches, Renee is a tutor with High Sight scholarship program, is a volunteer dance instructor at Roosevelt High School in Chicago, and has mentored a "Little Sister" since 1994.  Renee is one of the veteran's of the Tutor/Mentor Leadership Conference, having attended and served as a volunteer leader and organizer since the 2nd conference in November of 1994.  Contact Renee at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it  

Lora Tyson
Ms. Tyson is Associate Professor of Education at North Central College with a doctorate in Curriculum and Instruction and a Reading Specialization.

Chris Wilczura
Ms. Wilczura is the founder of Crossector Solutions, LLC which  specializes in the delivery of philanthropic advisory and outsourced program management services for corporations, foundations and individuals that achieve organizational and personal goals while meeting community needs.   Chris has over two decades of experience in the field of corporate philanthropy and the non-profit sector.  She has a BA from DePaul University and an MBA in marketing and management strategy from Northwestern University's Kellogg Graduate School of Management.  

Nikkia Williams
Ms. Williams graduated from the Illinois Institute of Technology with a degree in Computer Science.  She is currently serving a year of service with City Year Chicago tutoring Kindergarten at Marquette Elementary School as well as participating in the Young Heroes Program for grades 5-8th.  After City Year Nikkia plans to continue her career with kids after gaining more had more experience in corporate environments. She is the creator of the Power point workshop presentation.

Cindy Yang
Ms. Yang is  Vice President of Development with the Associated Colleges of Illinois (ACI) responsible for ACI's fund raising
activities, program development, and program administration.

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