Speakers for Nov. 19 Tutor/Mentor Conference in Chicago
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Speakers for November 19, 2010 Conference:

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Visit http://www.tutormentorconference.org to register


Keynote Participants (see bios in alphabetical listing below):


Welcome Keynote Speaker: 9:00 am - 9:30 am

The State of Tutoring/Mentoring in the Chicago Region

Daniel F. Bassill, President & CEO of Tutor/Mentor Connection


Introductory Session: 9:30 am - 10:00 am

How to Maximize Networking at the Conference

Jordan Hestermann, Executive Director of Becoming We The People


Closing Keynote Panel: 4:10 pm - 5:00 pm

Discussion on "Waiting for Superman," Education Reform, and Non-School Programs

Andrew Broy, President of Illinois Network of Charter Schools

Wendy DuBoe, COO of United Way of Metropolitan Chicago

Mark Duhon, Founder & Executive Director of HighSight

Lisa Vahey, Founder of New Teacher Center's Chicago office

Moderator: Jim O'Connor, Project Director, Advance Illinois


Workshop and Panel Participants:


Daniel F. Bassill, President & CEO, Tutor/Mentor Connection
Dan Bassill has spent more than 30 years, mostly as a volunteer, leading organizations that connect workplace volunteers with youth living in  inner-city neighborhoods like Chicago's Cabrini-Green. He and six other volunteers formed Cabrini Connections in 1992 and the Tutor/Mentor Connection (T/MC) in 1993. Through the TMC, and the Internet, Bassill leads a global learning strategy  intended to draw needed resources to all volunteer-based tutor/mentor programs, including Cabrini Connections, in Chicago and other major cities. Bassill was a Commissioner on the Serve Illinois Commission on Volunteering and Community Service from 2001 - 2009. Visit http://www.tutormentorconnection.org ; http://www.cabriniconnections.net and http://tutormentor.blogspot.com


Ed Bates,  Director of Truancy Prevention, PASS (Positive Alternative Student Services) Lake    

    Country Regional Office of Education

Since November 1985, Ed Bates has worked for the Lake Country Regional Office of Education, PASS (Positive Alternative Student Services) to keep students in school. Bates provides student support services to the students and school districts in Lake County. In addition to writing and receiving special grants to assist at-risk students in schools, he has implemented an in-school Career Development Center, summer jobs, Violence Prevention, life skills training, and truancy prevention programs. Bates is active in community services such as the United Way of Lake County, the Illinois Association for Educating At Risk Youth (ICEARY), Illinois Juvenile Justice Council, and former President of Rho Tau Chapter of the Omega Psi Phi fraternity. He is also a 2005 recipient of the National Dropout Prevention Center's Crystal Star Award. For more information, go to: http://www.dropoutprevention.org/crystal-star-awards/2005-crystal-star-award-recipients


Chris Beebe, Principal, theVisionaryAgency, Inc.

Chris Beebe has extensive non- and for-profit, marketing,design, event planning, training, sales and fund raising experience. As a strategic marketing consultant Chris has inspired hundreds of small business and non-profit clients to create a transformational shift that enriches the buying experience and drives business. She challenges clients to understand their buying persona of their target market, utilize their differentiators to influence decisions and position themselves as the expert. In the non-profit sector Chris worked for the March of Dimes and the
Arthritis Foundation. During her tenure she collectively raised over $2 million for the organizations.


Christy Beighe-Byrne, Director of Mentor and Volunteer Services, Chicago Youth Centers

Christy Beighe-Byrne has been in the volunteer services and mentoring field for the last ten years, working with youth at the Safer Foundation, Big Brothers Big Sisters of Metropolitan Chicago, and presently at Chicago Youth Centers.  Christy has a Bachelors degree in Sociology from Post University and a Masters Degree from University of Chicago: School of Social Service Administration.  On a personal note: Christy is married and has one biological son, age 6, two foster daughters, ages 11 months and 3 years old, and one pet fish named Brian.


Andrew Broy, President, Illinois Network of Charter Schools

Andrew Broy has committed his career to the pursuit of educational opportunity.  He is the President of the Illinois Network of Charter Schools, a statewide charter school support organization serving 115 charter campuses in Illinois that collectively serve more than 36,000 public school students.  Prior to his appointment to INCS in 2010, Andrew was the Associate State Superintendent of Schools in Georgia and served as the Department of Education’s principal legislative liaison, working on education policy in collaboration with the General Assembly, the State’s multiple educational agencies, and the Governor’s office.  During his tenure, the number of charter schools in Georgia increased from 34 to 122 and the State was awarded several charter awards, including the inaugural policy award by the National Association of Charter School Authorizers.  In addition, Andrew was instrumental in preparing Georgia’s Race to the Top application and in drafting the Georgia Charter Schools Commission Act, which created a single-purpose statewide authorizer.  An attorney by training, Andrew was formerly a litigator in the Education, Civil Rights and Government practice in the Atlanta office of Sutherland Asbill & Brennan.  While at Sutherland, Andrew represented clients in a wide variety of litigation matters in state and federal courts, with a special emphasis on school finance disputes, desegregation cases, and charter school law.  In addition, Andrew has authored several amici briefs in United States Supreme Court cases, including cases challenging congressional authority to enact remedial civil rights statutes.  Andrew serves on the boards of several national and local organizations and began his career as a high school teacher with the Teach for America program.


Wendy DuBoe, COO, United Way of Metropolitan Chicago

Wendy DuBoe is chief operating officer for the United Way of Metropolitan Chicago, the largest private funder of health and human services in the Chicago region.  In this capacity, Ms. DuBoe plays a leadership role in working with staff, volunteers, donors, and community partners to maximize the impact of United Way’s $43 million in community investment across the territory.  She is responsible for overseeing the organization’s funding commitments, community partnerships, local offices as well as government affairs, labor relations and public policy work. Since joining United Way in 2003, Ms. DuBoe has lead the effort to target United Way’s community investment (700 programs region-wide) to greater impact in three critical areas:  Financial Stability, Health and Education.  Wendy has worked for more than two decades in the private and not-for-profit sectors and promoted resource sharing between the two. She began her career in 1988 as program officer with The Chicago Council on Foreign Relations, where she directed corporate programming for the largest international affairs organization in the Midwest.  In 1992, she joined Ameritech International as manager of research, and was later named director of business development. In 2000, Ms. DuBoe joined the Chicago office of Fleishman-Hilliard as vice president of investor relations and provided counsel to companies developing their investment strategies. In 2001, Wendy returned to the non-profit sector.  She joined the Aspen Institute to launch a new programming initiative and was later named vice president of the Seminars Program - the internationally acclaimed leadership program that fosters understanding of global policy implications in corporate decision making.  Wendy serves as a member of the Board of Directors of the Executive Service Corps in Chicago and chairs the board of FEMA’s Emergency Food and Shelter Program for Chicago and Cook County.  She sits on the Illinois Governing Board for 211.  She has collaborated on health and human service publications and authored telecommunications and development policy statements.  She is a member of the International MENSA Society.


Mark Duhon, Founder & Executive Director, HighSight

Mark Duhon is a founder of HighSight, an organization that provides scholarships for students to attend private high schools in Chicago. Since 1994, Duhon has served as executive director of HighSight, creating an organization that surrounds students with the appropriate support systems to be successful in high school and guides the scholars to the most selective college possible. He has coached hundreds of students to quality four-year colleges across the country. Duhon is a graduate of Ohio State University and lives with his wife and two children in Chicago.


Mary Gerace, Marketing and Publicity Consultant, Mary Gerace Enterprises
Mary Gerace is a local marketing and publicity consultant for self-employed persons, small businesses and small nonprofit organizations. A lifelong Chicagoan with a record of community activism, she has built her reputation on wide-ranging customized client services and outcome-driven affordability. Visit her at www.marygerace.net.


Toinette M. Gunn, Executive Director, Partnership to Educate and Advance Kids (PEAK)

Toinette McClellan Gunn is the current Executive Director for the Partnership to Educate & Advance Kids (PEAK), a non-profit scholarship and mentoring organization for at-risk Chicago high school students.  Toi has over 12 years experience in recruiting, training, and retaining volunteers within non profit organizations. Toi holds a Bachelor of Arts degree from Western Michigan University in Criminal Justice and Sociology, a Master of Arts degree in Counseling from Oakland University, is a candidate for a Ph.D. degree in Counseling Education from Oakland University, and is a Limited Licensed Professional Counselor in the State of Michigan with a specialization in Mental Health.She has worked in the Human Service field and non-profit sector for 15 years, working in foster care, substance abuse therapy, child and adolescent mental heath therapy, low-income housing, and mentoring. Toi states that her educational studies and professional endeavors are aligned with her goal of breaking negative intergenerational cycles through educating, mentoring, enhancing, empowering, and improving resources and the quality of life of at-risk youth and/or lower income families. 


Jordan Hestermann, Executive Director, Becoming We The People
Jordan Hestermann is the founder and executive director of Becoming We The People, a non-profit organization working toward ending poverty as a means of realizing equality, currently focusing on educating people. She received her bachelor's degree in management and marketing from DePaul University and is currently completing her MBA through California State University. She leads workshops and seminars regularly on leadership, networking, poverty, racism, communication, etc.


Terence Hodges, Outreach Specialist, PASS (Positive Alternative Student Services) Lake County

    Regional Office of Education

Terence has worked for the Lake County Regional Office of Education as an Outreach (truancy prevention) Specialist since April, 2009. Prior to working for the regional office he worked as a substance abuse prevention specialist and later as a medical social worker for Lake County Government. He has worked in the social service field for more than twelve years. He holds an undergraduate degree in psychology from Roosevelt University, a Master of Arts degree in human services from Concordia University of Chicago, and Master of Education degree in health education from Carroll University in Waukesha, Wisconsin.


Karina Kelly, City Director, Jumpstart

Karina has been with Jumpstart for seven years and has been dedicated to supporting the implementation of Jumpstart Chicago's programs for the last five. Karina has also supported growth activities in Chicago, helping to expand current programs and bring new partnerships to the Jumpstart network. As City Director, Karina is responsible for managing all programmatic activities in Chicago and surrounding areas, and supporting national programmatic efforts ranging from implementation of best practices to grant compliance activities. Prior to taking on her role in Chicago, Karina served as a Jumpstart Site Manager for two years at the Jumpstart Claremont program at Pitzer College in Southern California. Karina earned her B.A. from Occidental College in Los Angeles.

Rose Mabwa, Manager, Mercy Housing
Mabwa is a doctorial student with a  concentration in Organizational Leadership, and currently works as a Manager at Mercy Housing Inc Chicago, whose mission is to create stable, vibrant, and healthy communities by developing, financing, and operating affordable program-enriched housing for families, seniors and people with special needs who lack the economic resources to access quality safe-housing opportunities. Mabwa uses her strong skills and expertise in leveraging resources through partnerships and collaborative efforts to help mercy residents become sufficient and ultimately self-reliant. Mabwa has served on different boards, among them was CTC Net Chicago, and was among the first CTC National Board member formed in 2000, for Community Technology Centers around the country, and Garfield Conservatory Park. Currently, she is on the advisory committee for YWCA, West side of Chicago, Dominican University student community outreach for service connectors, and Illinois Technology Consortium In 2006. She was appointed to the young Women’s Leadership Council, an invitation that resulted from a proposal she had submitted to the Chicago Foundation for Women that addressed the needs of women and children suffering from poverty and HIV/AIDS. Mabwa is also a C3 advocate, facilitating workshops to educate the community on environmental issues such as recycling, worm casting, and urban gardening, and was nominated 2 years ago as the best gardener of the year. In the past, Rose has been recognized for her commitment to furthering technology and good health in disfranchised communities for instance, won 1st place in Mayor Daley’s Landscaping community award, recognized as a knowledgeable informative presenter for National Service Coordination Conference in 2001, helping further financial education in Mercy Housing Lakefront Chicago communities, and for being motivational speaker committed to good quality childcare programs in Illinois, and at the Mentor tutor annual conferences.


Brad Manilla, Director of Creative Development, let's dabble, LLC

By combining market analysis and critical thinking, Brad is able to identify, and subsequently fill, unarticulated user/market needs through design. At WdV, an International Branding & Design consultancy based in Chicago, Brad was Manager of Marketing & New Business Development. However, a lifetime love for video and a calling to work with nonprofits led him to co-found let's dabble, LLC, which teaches nonprofits how to make their own web videos and share their stories with the world.


Scott McFarland, Resource and Information Manager, Serve Illinois Commission

Scott hails from the Quad Cities area of Illinois and now lives with his wife, Amber, and daughter, Anastasia, in Springfield.  Scott earned his Bachelor of Arts in History with a Teacher's Certification from Western Illinois University in 2006 and his Master of Public Administration from the University of Illinois at Springfield in 2008. Scott has been a member of the Serve Illinois Commission on Volunteerism and Community Service staff for the past four years.  He currently serves as the Resources and Information Manager.  This position has him overseeing Serve Illinois' statewide volunteer programs, Illinois' National Service Disability Inclusion grant, Serve Illinois' AmeriCorps*VISTA program, the AmeriCorps LeaderCorps program, and www.Serve.Illinois.gov. An Eagle Scout and Scoutmaster, Scott takes great joy from camping, community service, and teaching.  In personal and professional life, he continues to live by his motto, "better yourself by serving others."


Abel Montoya, Director of Outreach Operations, Illinois Student Assistance Commission

Abel Montoya is the Director of Outreach Operations at the Illinois Student Assistance Commission (ISAC). ISAC is the financial aid agency in the state of Illinois that administers scholarship, grant and prepaid tuition programs.  The mission of the agency is to make college affordable and accessible to all Illinois students. Abel has worked for over 16 years in higher education, specifically in the fields of undergraduate admissions and financial aid.  At ISAC, Abel works with coordinating and quantifying ISAC's outreach efforts throughout the state of Illinois.


Joel Newman, Director of Community Partnerships, Big Brothers Big Sisters

Joel Newman is currently serving as Director of Community Partnerships for Big Brothers Big Sisters of the Mississippi Valley. In this position, he is in charge of all volunteer recruitment and training, as well as corporate and community relations. From 2006-2008, Newman served as a volunteer in the AmeriCorps program conducted by the Corporation for National and Community Service. Assigned to the Quad Cities chapter of Big Brothers Big Sisters, Newman introduced youth mentoring services into two new counties in the region. In 2007 & 2008, he served as the president of Illinois LeaderCorps, overseeing the activities of volunteers in twenty-two service programs throughout the state.


Jim O'Connor, Projector Director, Advance Illinois

Jim O’Connor, Advance Illinois’ Project Director, has been consulting with the Illinois State Board of Education (ISBE) on school turnaround since May.  In this role, Jim is helping ISBE administer a $146M federal grant aimed at maximizing student achievement at our state’s lowest performing schools.  Before joining Advance Illinois, Jim was the Executive Director of Student Services at School District U-46.  In 2003, Jim founded a successful charter school on Chicago’s West Side, called KIPP Ascend Charter School. He led the school for six years.  Jim has received management training from Cal-Berkeley’s Haas School of Business.  He has also taught math and science as a Teach for America corps member in rural Arkansas and at Noble Street Charter High School in Chicago.  He holds a bachelor's degree from the University of Notre Dame and a master's degree from the University of Chicago.


Jacquita Smith, Program Director, Camp of Dreams

Jacquita Smith is the Program Director at Camp of Dream, a youth development organization devoted to offering free educational and cultural enrichment programs to Chicago-area youths aged 8-18.  From her positions as a mentoring program founder, college admissions advisor, Upward Bound camp counselor, and substitute teacher, Jacquita has over 10 years of experience working with youth in non-profit and educational settings.  She earned a B.A. in Journalism and a B.A. in Geography/Urban Planning from The University of Alabama before pursuing graduate studies in Urban Policy Studies/Non-profit Management from the Andrew Young School of Public Policy at Georgia State University.  A native Southerner, Jacquita recently moved from Atlanta, GA, to Chicago in April 2010. In her spare time, she still runs a mentoring program in her native Mississippi, volunteers at various organizations, and tries to adjust to people saying "you guys"  instead of "y'all".

Alexandria Taylor, Program Officer, Director of College Access and Success, Associated Colleges of Illinois
Alexandria Taylor came to The Associated Colleges of Illinois from North Park University where she served as the Director of Africana Studies.  Ms. Taylor holds a masters degree in Multicultural Education from Columbia College/Chicago. She coordinates a retention initiative with ACI member colleges and universities.  Her duties include facilitating program development, organizing colloquia for Directors of Multicultural Student Affairs departments.  Ms. Taylor maintains communication with ACI's College Readiness Program Alumni to assist them in navigating the college system.

Mike Trakan, GIS Mapping Coordinator, Tutor/Mentor Connection
Mike joined the Tutor/Mentor Connection in January 2008, as a part time map maker, using his experience with Geographic Information Systems (GIS). Mike is also a substitute teacher and part time musician. Visit his blog to read map articles  he has created and learn more about his other interests: http://mappingforjustice.blogspot.com


Lisa Vahey, Founder, New Teacher Center's Chicago office

Lisa Vahey, a former classroom teacher and instructional coach, founded an induction program and then opened the New Teacher Center's Chicago office.  She grew program, staff and funding to support over 1000 new teachers across Chicago, while increasing the retention rate and efficacy of teachers in the city’s hardest-to-staff schools, while integrating state and district policy changes to support effective high-level decision making.  Lisa now works with clients on issues of nonprofit leadership and talent development, with a focus on organizations leading urban education reforms .  A graduate of Lesley University and Northwestern University, she lives on Chicago’s south side with her husband, an insurance executive, and her two school-aged children, who she tries to read with every night.


Ylonda Ware, Clinical Therapist, Naelewa Counseling Services

Ylonda is a Licensed Clinical Professional Counselor and a Certified Drug and Alcohol Counselor. She has more than 10 years of experience as a Clinical Therapist and has worked in the field of social services for over 15 years. Currently, she works as a Clinical Therapist for C.L.O. Psychological Services. Ylonda has a M.A. in Pastoral Counseling and is finishing a M.A. in Educational Leadership.

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