May 2006 speakers


to be held  at the Northwestern University Law School, 375 E. Chicago Ave, Chicago, Il 60610 in partnership with the Children & Family Justice Center at the Northwestern University Law School (CFJC).

This is a list of people who have already agreed to do workshops or who are in discussion with the Tutor/Mentor Connection about participating in the  May 2006 Conference or eConference.   All are volunteers!  We thank them for sharing their time and talent.  

NOTE: Workshops and workshop presenters are subject to change without notice.

If you would like to do a workshop at the May 2006 Conference, or in an 0n-line conference, email the T/MC at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it   


Jody Adler, Staff Attorney, The Community Economic Development Law Project (CEDLP) (Thursday, May 25)

Although Ms. Adley specializes in the law of exempt organizations, working with nonprofit organizations, she was instrumental in revising CEDLP's small business application and client eligibility criteria. Since 1997, Jody has provided pro bono assistance to well over 1000 nonprofit community based organizations.  She h as led educational seminars on the legal aspects of starting non profit community based organizations for numerous community organizations. She h as been an on-line lecturer for the UIC Great Cities Institute's Certificate in NonProfit Management program and a guest lecturer at North Park University's Masters in Community Development class.  Jody is currently an adjunct professor at Oakton Community College and adjunct faculty at Spertus College. Ms Adler is instrumental in developing the on-going seminar series offered to nonprofit organizations and micro-enterprises by CEDLP and the development of publications addressing topics of concern to CEDLP clients.

CDDLP provides a full scope of transactional representation and strategic legal advice to community organizations.  Until its founding in 1985, the issue of finding legal assistance for community development efforts was not addressed.  Since then, CEDLP's direction has been determined by the neighborhood economic and affordable housing development movements.  CEDLP volunteers have provided thousands of hours of free legal assistance working with nonprofit organizations to build affordable housing, to start community development corporations, to set-up job training programs, and to consult with self-employment projects.  CEDLP has represented many organizations that provide technical assistance to small businesses.  CEDLP volunteers have worked with these nonprofit groups to obtain tax exempt status, review contract arrangements, and prepare loan documents in a wide variety of real estate matters.

Karina Ayala, Executive Director, Abraham Lincoln Marovitz Lend-A-Hand Program ( will lead a panel A panel entitled "Building The Diversity Pipe Line Through Mentoring." Karina and Adewale Oduye will speak on the importance of mentoring as a way of increasing diversity in the legal profession. This discussion should be of  interest to lawyers, law students and Law School admissions leaders, as well as volunteer managers at tutor/mentor programs. .Karina can be contacted at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it  (Thursday, May 25)

Patrick Bader,  Project YES! AmeriCorps leader  (Thursday, May 25)

Daniel F. Bassill, Tutor/Mentor Connection 
Dr. Daniel F. Bassill is President of Cabrini Connections and the Tutor/Mentor Connection, organizer of the Leadership Conference series.  He is also a Commissioner on the Illinois Commission on Volunteerism and Community Service.  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.  Read Dan's Blog at   (Friday, May 26)

Rev. Lorraine Bogan, SAFE Mentoring (Thursday, May 25)

Carmen Scott Boria, BUILD
Carmen Scott Boria is from the Humboldt Park Community and was once a youth challenged by gang life. She is an AmeriCorps Public Ally Alumni where she went through several different trainings on civic participation, and strengthening communities and non profits. Currently she is working towards creating connections between parents in the Humboldt Park area schools and the non-profits and resources in the community. She is also working to create a youth committee comprised of youth from all around Chicago to plan the 40th anniversary of the Chicago Freedom Movement (Civil Rights in Chicago). (Thursday, May 25)

Paul Collins, Jordan-Webb, Inc. , 
Paul's web site contains links to many presentations presented by himself and by others who participate in quarterly meetings of the Midwest Facilitator's Network in Chicago. This is a valuable on-line resource. 

Joy Conway, Professional Development Coach, Leap Learning Systems 
Joy Conway is a graduate of DePauw University. She has a Liberal Arts degree in Sociology and Anthropology. (Friday, May 26)

Shea Coughlin
, Project YES! AmeriCorps Manager  (Thursday, May 25)

George Cox, Mentoring Network for Juvenile Court Wards, Circuit Court of Cook County, Juvenile Justice Department.   
George Cox has been a juvenile probation officer for the past 15 years. He has served in the following assignments; delinquent field unit, juvenile sex offender unit, and violence intervention specialist. His current assignment is in the Mentoring Network. George¹s current duties consist of recruitment of mentors/volunteers, public and community relations, speaking engagements, liaison between mentors/mentees and probation officers, training and orientation of volunteers, and community outreach. (Thursday, May 25)

Shawn Dalcour, Business Partner Territory Representative for Influencers, IBM (Thursday, May 25)

Eric Davis, Founder, Educational Endeavors,
Eric Davis founded and directs Educational Endeavors (EE). EE designs and implements workshops, academic tutoring, and youth development programs. Additionally, Eric founded and served as the director of the Camp of Dreams until October, 2005.  Camp of Dreams is an emerging Chicago non-profit organization devoted to bringing uplifting, engaging, free educational programs to young people who would otherwise go without. Most recently, Eric has channeled his leadership and consulting experience into a partnership with the organization, LEADING SCHOOL ( ) (Friday, May 26)

Diane C. Decker, Quality Transitions
Diane Decker is a workplace consultant with Quality Transitions ( ). Diane has a B.S. in Industrial Management from Purdue  University and an M.B.A. from Xavier University. Diane's work on the value of laughter and fun in the workplace has been profiled in newspapers across the country, including the Chicago Tribune and Wall Street Journal. She specializes in performance management and customer service training, and facilitation of meetings. Diane is an instructor of DePaul University's Continuing Education class, The Art and Science of Group Facilitation.  (Friday, May 26)

Jocelyn S. Dionisio, Director, Volunteer Resources, Community Resource Network, Chicago 
Jocelyn S. Dionisio manages , an online resource of volunteer opportunities. She refers individuals to opportunities at nonprofit organizations throughout metropolitan Chicago.  She also consults with organizations on volunteer programs and conducts training and presentations on volunteer management. Jocelyn has been in the non profit profession for over 10 years. She earned a BA degree from Loyola University Chicago.  Jocelyn has been a long time volunteer.  She enjoys helping the community through serving on the Illinois Commission on Volunteerism and Community Service, via special events, organizing toy drives for children, or as lector at Holy Ghost Church.  Contact: This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it   (Friday, May 26)

Mark Duhon, Executive Director, Highsight.    
A native of Akron, Ohio, Mr. Duhon graduated in 1988 from Ohio State University. He lived in New York City and worked in a soup kitchen before moving to Chicago to work for the University of Chicago. He began volunteering as a second grade tutor at St. Joseph's Elementary School and became chairman of its school board. In the spring of 1992, armed with a lot of heart and a few loft ideas about providing access to educational opportunities for the children of St. Joseph's and Chicago's inner-city, Mr. Duhon helped found HighSight. (Thursday, May 25)

Janis Fitzsimmons, North Central College, This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it   (Friday, May 26)

Everett Gutierrez, Community Outreach Specialist, BUILD (C)
Everett Gutierrez is currently attending Loyola University where he will be graduating with a double bachelors degree in Advertising/Public Relations and Organizational Leadership and Development in May 2006.  He is a very dedicated individual who has a passion for working with  youth and serving the community. Everett is currently involved with different community service agencies that promote the safety and well-being of the community and he serves as a liaison to connect resources to people in varying communities. (Thursday, May 25)

Gary Goldman, the founder and president of the International Quality Leadership Institute
Gary Goldman is  an author, radio show producer & host, and recognized leader in education reform.  Mr. Goldman is currently co-developing a new model, Whole Person Learning and Literacy, with Academics, Plus. It integrates academics, leadership, healthy lifestyles, community awareness and media.  (Thursday, May 25)

Professor Robert Halpern
Professor Robert Halpern is chair of the Research Council at the Erikson Institute, . He holds the position of faculty associate at the Chapin Center for Children at the University of Chicago. His current research focuses on the evaluation of after-school programs for poor children and their families. He writes extensively on the history of human services; his most recent books are Making Play Work, The Promise of After-School Programs for Low-Income Children (Teachers College Press, 2003), Fragile Families, Fragile Solutions: A History of Supportive Services for Families in Poverty (Columbia University Press, 1999), and Rebuilding the Inner-City: A History of the Neighborhood Initiatives to Address Poverty in the United States (Columbia University Press, 1995).  Read about Dr. Halpern's work with the Partnership for Afterschool Education in New York City at   (Thursday, May 25)

John Hamilton, PhD, Hamilton & Associates Consulting 
Dr. John Hamilton is a consultant and trainer in the area of change in education and mentoring. He also is a part-time instructor in the Education Department at Occidental College and National University. He prides himself in knowing that everyone has the propensity for change with guidance and nurturing.  In addition, Dr. Hamilton has a strong desire to assist African American students to excel in and outside of the classroom. He pays particular attention to African American males, in the efforts to dispel the myths and deficit perspective attitudes within and beyond the walls of education. Learn more at (Thursday, May 25)

Shellie Hartford, County Operations Team Leader, Big Brothers Big Sisters of Central Indiana, 
Shellie Hartford began working at Big Brothers on March 1, 1997.  She was hired as a casework associate and was promoted to case manager, soon thereafter.  Hartford manages a caseload of over 90 Big Brother/Big Sister core matches.  She is primarily responsible for supervision of matches in Johnson and Southern Marion County.  Hartford is promoting to County Operations Team Leader to facilitate growth in 7 counties for BBBSCI. 

Before joining BBBSCI, Hartford was a middle school teacher for five years in Shelbyville and Franklin, IN.  In Franklin, she taught 6th grade science and language arts.  In Shelbyville, she designed and implemented an alternative class for 6th-8th grade  “at risk” youth.   This position required her to work closely with social service agencies to assist her students in need. 

Hartford graduated summa cum laude from the University of Indianapolis in 1991 with BS in Elementary Education.  In addition, she has a middle school endorsement in Language Arts, Social Studies and Reading.  She recently graduated from the University of Indianapolis with a Master of Arts in Education Leadership, earning her license as a Principal. 

Shellie and her husband, Chet have been married since 1991 and have three children. (Friday, May 26))

Erica L. Harris, Program Manager, Supplemental Education Services, Chicago Public Schools 
Erica L. Harris was hired at Program Manager for Supplemental Educational Services for the Chicago Public Schools in June 2004.  In this role, she manages the relationships between private providers and the district, and works directly with school administrators, teachers and families to ensure that CPS students receive the quality after school programming they deserve.  As a former public school teacher in Washington, DC, Eridca is familiar with the challenges and frustrations that SES raises for schools, parents, and communities. In 2001, Erica earned a Masters in Public Policy from the University of Chicago.  She also has a Bachelor's in Political Science from Spelman College. Visit the CPS After School Web Site at   (Friday, May 26)

Kevin  Hogan, YMCA of Metropolitan Chicago 
Mr. Hogan is a human services professional with a Masters in Public Administration and broad experience providing direct services to individuals with disabilities; writing corporate, foundation, and government grants and development communications for a major non-profit organization; designing, implementing, and evaluating individual transition programs for high school youth; and collecting and analyzing data. He was been with the YMCA since 2001 and was with the U.S. Peace Corps, Tapa, Estonia from 1998 to 2000. Mr. Hogan was Rehabilitation Services Supervisor  with the Illinois Department of Human Services, Office of Rehabilitation Services, Champaign, from 1992 to 1998.  Kevin is also Editor, Chicago Area Peace Corps Association’s bi-monthly newsletter and has been a Tutor with East Village Youth Program since January 2004.   (Friday, May 26)

Tom Holub, PhD, Edgewood College, Madison, Wisconsin 
Dr. Tom Holub completed a portion of his dissertation in working with Cabrini youth. Since that time (1993), he has maintained a relationship with Cabrini Connections.  Dr. Holub is a professor at Edgewood College and works as a consultant to numerous school districts throughout the United States. Tom's most recent authorship is a book on high school completion. (Thursday, May 25)

Kenneth King, Ex. Director, New Concepts Tutor/Mentor Connection,  (Friday, May 26)

Sarah Kremer, Program Manager, Friends for Youth Mentoring Institute
Sarah Kremer received a B.A. in Visual Art from UC San Diego and M.A. in Art Therapy from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago. For the past 15 years, she has worked with youth in after-school programs, psychiatric units, community mental health centers, day treatment programs, and alternate school settings.  She served as a mentor, co-director, and consultant to First Exposures, a photography-based mentoring program in San Francisco. Five  years ago, she started at Friends for Youth, a community-based mentoring program in San Mateo County, first as a Program Coordinator, then Program Manager, and currently is Program Manager for Friends for Youth Mentoring Institute.  See  (Friday, May 26)

Cathy Lins, Development Plus, Inc.
Cathy Lins has done workshops for various nonprofits and the IL CNCS/Cross Stream Conference on Grant Writing, Fund
Development, and Volunteer Recruitment and Management.  (Friday, May 26)

Devon Lovell, Director, Community Tutoring Program (E-A), Family Matters  
Devon Lovell studied secondary education at Northwestern University with a concentration in Speech Education and English.  She taught high school English, theater and humanities for nine years.  In 2000, Devon came to Family Matters as the Tutoring Coordinator.   In recent years, Devon has pursued training in multi-sensory teaching techniques.  She has attended seminars with the Illinois Branch of the International Dyslexia Association and the North Chicago Chapter of the Learning Disabilities Association.  Devon completed a course in multi-sensory phonics instruction from the Reading and Language Arts Center (approved by the International Multi-Sensory Language Education Council).
(Thursday, May 25)

John Lybolt, Professional Development Coach, Leap Learning Systems 
 (Friday, May 26)

Rose Mawba, Mercy Housing Corporation (Friday, May 26)

Debra Brodsky Natenshon
Debra B. Natenshon is the CEO for the Center for What Works.  Since 2004, she has been actively building and managing the organizational infrastructure, research, strategy and relationships to ensure its success. Debra is a social entrepreneur who uses her skills in creative problem solving to advance the organizations she leads. She has extensive experience in organizational development, project management, sales and client services.

In addition to leading the Center for What Works, Debra is the founding leader of the Chicago professional chapter of Net Impact, a global nonprofit network that uses the power of business for positive social change. Prior to her current professional role, Debra worked in several international service industry businesses. Most recently, she helped launch GPSLink, a global relocation technology company, as the lead project manager. In that position, she developed full cycle plans and successfully implemented the first corporate client. Prior to that, Debra worked for IOR Global Services, an intercultural training and consulting company, where she designed and streamlined business processes for several Fortune 100 corporate clients.

Debra holds a Masters degree in Organizational Management with an emphasis on the nonprofit sector from the School for International Training. Her thesis focused on social entrepreneurs and their effective use of performance measurement strategies to improve performance. She received a Bachelor's degree from the University of Kansas, with honors in English. Debra has studied, lived and worked in England, Japan, India, Israel, and Argentina. She uses her evolving knowledge of the world to learn, leverage and contribute on a daily basis. This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it '; document.write( '' ); document.write( addy_text26147 ); document.write( '<\/a>' ); //--> This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it    Learn more about The Center’s work by visiting   (Thursday, May 25)

MENTOR, May 8-12 forum ( On-Line only
As part of the May 2006 Tutor/Mentor Leadership and Networking Conference, MENTOR will be hosting an online community forum, "Mentor Recruitment: Strategies to Increase the Effectiveness of Recruitment Campaigns," on May 8 - 12, 2006, which will discuss best practices, resources and strategies. Topics to be discussed include: developing targeted recruitment messages, recruiting male mentors and corporate volunteers and collaborating with business and government leaders.

For more information on this free event and the online community, visit MENTOR's Community Forum at or the Discussion Forum at 

Adewale A. Oduye, Esq., In Legal Color, Inc. 
Adewale Oduye is In Legal Color's Founder and Executive Director. Only twenty-six years old, Adewale has over 12 years of leadership experience within the not-for-profit sector. A graduate of Columbia University with a degree in African American studies and from Northwestern University School of Law, with a degree is law. While in law school, Adewale served as president of the Black Law Students Association and spearheading several initiatives including Opportunity Tours, whose goal was to expose local Chicago high school students to law school and the legal profession.

A native of Brooklyn, New York, Adewale now resides in the city of Chicago. He is currently a first-year associate at Bollinger, Ruberry & Garvey, a boutique law firm that specializes in medical malpractice and insurance litigation.

Over the years, Adewale has worked with numerous foundations and non-profit sectors including: Partnership for After School Education (PASE) as a Project Supervisor for YouthConnect! Initiative; The Wallace Foundation, SEO Philanthropy Intern for the Education Department; Philip Morris Management Corporation (PMCC), INROADS Intern for the External Affairs Department; International Youth Leadership Institute (IYLI), Assistant Director; Math/Science Upward Bound Program, Counselor/Advisor; Project Reach Youth (PRY), Peer Educator. Adewale has also facilitated workshops concerning teen issues and organized youth conferences in Istanbul, Turkey and Washington, DC. Visit to learn more.  (Thursday, May 25)

Kristen Palana, William Patterson University, This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it  (eConference only)
Kristen Palana, is an Assistant Professor of Art at William Paterson University in Wayne, NJ. In June, 2004 she started a website called Aura's House at to help a family in Guatemala get a safe, sturdy brick home. To date my students, friends, and volunteers have helped run the site and we have raised over $12,000 for needy familes in Guatemala, Honduras, and now India, and Zambia. Meet Kristen in the on-line portal at 

James Poindexter, academic coordinator for Operation Excel After School Program in Clarksville, Tennessee.
James is a first year doctoral student and has been doing private tutoring for the past 7 years. He also worked with Sylvan Learning Center for the past year and a half.  Several staff members from Operation Excel are planning to attend the T/MC  conference and James will be presenting a workshop on "MOTIVATING STUDENTS TO LEARN".  (Thursday and Friday, May 25 & 26)

Sylvia Puente, Director Metropolitan Chicago Initiative, Institute for Latino Studies, University of Notre Dame 
Sylvia Puente is a leading public policy analyst on issues impacting Latinos. In October of 2005, she was recognized as one of the "100 Most Influential Hispanics in the U.S." by Hispanic Business magazine.  Since 2001, Puente has worked as the director of the Metropolitan Chicago Initiative for the Institute of Latino Studies at the University of Notre Dame, where she directs community research, promotes community capacity-building, and speaks on issues that affect Latinos. Prior to this position, Puente worked for two Chicago-based organizations that played a leading role in addressing a range of Latino issues -- The Resurrection Project and the Latino Institute.  She served as the New Community Initiatives Director for The Resurrection Project, developing community programs in the areas of health, education, and economic development.

At the Latino Institute - a prominent think tank on Latino issues -- she served as director of research, public policy and advocacy, overseeing the development of 90 publications and analyses on issues such as immigration, workforce development, and education.  Before working for these organizations, Puente also gained broad experience in policy, legislative and decision-making processes in a variety of positions with the state of Illinois. (Thursday, May 25)

Kristene Ruddle,
Match Support and Development Team Leader for Big Brothers Big Sisters of Central Indiana (BBBSCI), Contact:   This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it
Kristene Ruddle joined the organization in July 1998 as a case manager and one year later promoted to the position of Core Program Coordinator for one–to-one matches. Before joining BBBSCI, Kristene was employed at Advanced Physical Therapy, PC where she worked as a medical secretary for the East Clinic and trained other secretaries for 8 clinics.  Her professional experience includes Senior Psychiatric Technician and Group Leader for CPC Valle Vista Psychiatric Hospital on the Child and Adolescent Unit.  She has had practicum experience with therapeutic foster care and domestic violence.  She has experience in leading groups for children of alcoholics and sexual abuse recovery work.

A graduate of University of Indianapolis, Kristene earned a Bachelor of Science Degree in Social Work in 1997, graduating Summa Cum Laude, and completed a Masters of Arts Degree program in Applied Sociology through the University of Indianapolis in May 2005.  As an undergraduate in the Bachelor of Social Work program she re-initiated the Social Work Association for social work students, serving as President from 1996-1997.  She is a member of Alpha Chi and Alpha Sigma Lambda and was named to Who’s Who in American Colleges in 1997.  She received recognition in 2001 for outstanding service to the University of Indianapolis Alumni Association.  In May 2005 Kristene received the Phylis Lan Lin Distinquished Alumni Award for recognition of her contribution to the community.  She received a United Way Personal Renewal Grant in 2004 which allowed her to take a month sabbatical to travel Europe, following the path her father’s army unit took in WWII.  She was invited to present at the International Symposium on “Mentoring and Service-Learning” at Stellenbosch University in South Africa in November 2005. 

She serves on the Advisory Board for Mentoring Children of Promise, the Ad Hoc Social Work committee for the BSW program at the University of Indianapolis, and the Basic Life Skills Planning Committee for Marion County Commission on Youth.  She recently became a Board Member for Stopover, Inc.

Kristene is the mother of two grown children, Brent and Scott, and the grandmother of seven.   (Friday, May 26)

Bernadette Sánchez is an Assistant Professor of Psychology at DePaul University.  
Bernadette Sánchez  earned her Ph.D. in Community and Prevention Research from the University of Illinois at Chicago (UIC).  During the last 10 years, her research has explored the informal mentoring relationships of Latino youth and how these relationships help them be academically successful.  She is also interested in volunteer mentoring relationships.  She helped design and implement a mentoring program for Latina adolescents and a peer mentoring program for African American high school students.  Currently, Bernadette is collaborating with researchers at UIC to examine an intervention targeting youth and their mentors in a local mentoring program.  (Thursday, May 25)

Kate Schrauth, Executive Director, (on-line only) 

Jim Smith, Program Administrator, Big Brothers Big Sisters of Berks County, PA (on-line only)
Hired in April 1999, Program Administrator Jim Smith originally served as the agency’s Youth Activities Coordinator…and in his first year of employment was directed by the agency Executive Director to spearhead the creation of a program designed specifically for teenaged clients (that program being the TEEN Program) with the goal of higher education, job training, and/or job placement for all clients.  Mr. Smith served as Youth Activities Coordinator for three years before being promoted to his current position.  

As Program Administrator, Mr. Smith is the lead grant writer for the agency while maintaining his duties as facilitator of the TEEN Program.  Mr. Smith also acts as the agency’s main liaison with other non-profit agencies/groups and governmental officials/agencies on all levels.

Besides his work with Big Brothers Big Sisters of Berks County, PA (BBBS of Berks), Mr. Smith is a retired Major in the Pennsylvania Army National Guard, most recently serving as Kandahar Base Executive Officer while deployed to Afghanistan where he earned the Bronze Star medal.  Prior to his employment at BBBS of Berks, Mr. Smith was a News Director for four radio stations under the Pottsville Broadcasting Company.  He has been a volunteer Big Brother in Schuylkill County since August 1999.  In addition, he is a current or past member of:  the Speakers Bureau for Healthy Communities/Healthy Youth (United Way of Berks County), Zero Tolerance Against Women and Children Of Schuylkill County Steering Committee, Pottsville Commission on Racial Harmony, and the Drug Free Pennsylvania Media Partnership.  He is also a past recipient of the Minersville Area School District Elementary Education Award, the Pottsville Area D.A.R.E. Bear Award, the Governor’s Highway Safety Award, and the Sterling Who’s Who National Registry of Business Leaders.  Mr. Smith is a May 1988 graduate of Pennsylvania State University.

Janet Takehara, Recruitment and Partnership Development Manager, Big Brothers Big Sisters of Metropolitan Chicago ( ) Janet received a Master's of Education degree in Community Counseling from Loyola University.  Prior to her current position, Janet served Big Brothers Big Sisters as a Case Manager, Outreach Coordinator, Vice President of Programs and a contract trainer for the Chicago Mentoring Institute.  She was previously Program Manager, Operations, for Pathways to Development.   (Thursday, May 25)

Renee Tucker Martinez, Director of College Readiness and Retention at The Associated Colleges of Illinois
Renee Tucker Martinez 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. She is the Director of College Readiness and Retention at The Associated Colleges of Illinois, where she oversees college preparatory and completion programming for students around the state. In previous positions, Renee worked as the Program Director for the "I Have A Dream" Foundation of Chicago and Program Manager for Big Brothers Big Sisters of Metropolitan Chicago. The Associated Colleges of Illinois (ACI) is a group of private colleges and universities rooted in the liberal arts tradition working with business, government, and community leaders to: 1)Enhance the strength of member institutions through collective action; 2) Help solve some of society's most pressing educational problems; and 3)Increase public understanding of the value and role of ACI colleges and universities.  This will be the 24th Tutor/Mentor Leadership and Networking Conference that Renee has helped organize since May 1994. (Thursday, May 25)

Taryn Walker, Omni Youth Services  (Thursday, May 25)

Rosemary Walter, Mosaic Marketing (Thursday, May 25)
Rosemary Walter, the founder and president of Mosaic Marketing Management, is a seasoned business-to-business marketing
consultant with over 20 years' experience in business and marketing management. She presently works with international Fortune 500 companies as well as regional and local businesses.

Graduating with a BS in Advertising from the University of Illinois (Honors) and an MS in Marketing Communications (Honors) from Roosevelt University, Rosemary has held progressively more responsible marketing positions with industrial and consumer goods manufacturers as well as marketing communications firms.

Prior to establishing Mosaic Marketing Management in July 1998, she was a Senior Marketing Manager at Illinois Tool Works (ITW) leading the business and marketing management function and new product development work on the core business of their $200+ million construction products division. At the Alberto-Culver Company, Rosemary worked as an Assistant Product Manager on the flagship product line. As an Account Executive at DDB Worldwide, Rosemary worked with McDonald's New Products Group to fieldtest new products' advertising and promotional tactics.

Major career accomplishments include:
*  Achieving record high market share and profitability for Paslode's framing business
*  Tripling Paslode's new product framing sales in a three-year period of time
*  Introducing Chicken McNuggets into test markets leading to national roll-out
*  Achieving record high market share with a reformulated VO5 Aerosal Hair Spray

Today Rosemary consults with industrial and business-to-business companies on marketing issues. She also writes and speaks on a variety of business-related topics. In addition, she is active on several not-for-profit organizations' and professional associations' boards of directors.

Rosemary is an active member of the American Marketing Association, the Midwest Society of Professional Consultants, The Greater O'Hare Association of Industry and Commerce, Greater O'Hare Networking Executives, and Toastmasters International. She is also an active consultant with River Chase Associates.

Sign up for MOSAIC's MONTHLY MARKETING TIPS at  Contact Rosemary at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it  

Helen A. Warren, Mentoring Network for Juvenile Court Wards, Chicago, Il. 
Helen Warren has been participating in Tutor/Mentor Leadership Conferences for many years. She is Supervising Probation Officer of the Mentoring Network for Juvenile Court Wards of the Circuit Court of Cook County.  Helen has been a family therapist, a group therapist, has worked with Chemical Dependent Clients and has been a volunteer mentor.  She received an undergraduate Bachelor of Arts in Sociology from Roosevelt University and a Masters of Science in Correctional Psychology from Chicago State University.  She is a resident of the Southside of Chicago. (Thursday, May 25)

Jack Wuest, Alternative Schools Network (Friday, May 26)

John Zeigler, MSW, Project Director, Community and Neighborhood Partnerships, Msgr. John Egan Urban Center, DePaul University  
John is the Project Director of Neighborhood and Community Partnerships for DePaul University’s Egan Urban Center. The Center’s focus is to build the capacities and empower Chicago organizations, coalitions and communities to help solve their problems and improve their future. One of the Center’s current projects is the development and implementation of Black and Latino Working Groups in four communities in Chicago. John also is the Coordinator of the Englewood Community Cultural Planning Council, which uses art and culture to address social issues in Chicago’s Englewood community. John is also the Executive Director of Connextions International which is a small non- profit that uses: education, cultural awareness, appropriate technology, and skill building to help support systems for self-help and social change in under-resourced communities. (Friday, May 26)


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