Our team is passionate about improving the whole leadership skills of the early childhood workforce.

Our collective experience in early childhood leadership spans decades and continues to grow, as our reach and team expand.

Leadership Team

Director of eLearning & Technology
Chicago Campus
(847) 947-5315
Executive Director
Chicago Campus
(312) 261-3295
Senior Director of Quality Assessment
Lisle Campus
(630) 874-4010
Michael W. Louis Chair and Senior Policy Advisor
Chicago Campus
(312) 261-3301

Advisory Council

DeCarla Burton
Founder, Supporting Professionals Network Association (S.P.N.A.)
Marica Cox Mitchell
Senior Director, Early Childhood, Bainum Family Foundation
Geania Dickey
Consultant, Arkansas State University Childhood Services
Lynette M. Fraga
Chief Executive Officer, Child Care Aware® of America
Luis Hernandez
ECE Specialist, T/TAS, Western Kentucky University
Kristie Kauerz
Director, National P-3 Center, School of Education and Human Development, University of Colorado Denver
M.-A. Lucas
Principal, Lucas and Associates
Debi Mathias
Director of Early Childhood Education Quality Improvement Systems, BUILD Initiative
Bela Moté
President and Chief Executive Officer, Carole Robertson Center for Learning
Karen Ponder
Distinguished Fellow, The BUILD Initiative
Cindy Rojas-Rodriguez
Executive Director, Together4Children
Kathleen Villano
Project Director, The Center: Resources for Teaching and Learning
Cass Wolfe
Chief Strategy Officer, Child Care Services Association

Executive Support & Marketing

Katherine Agle
Events & Communications Manager
Chicago Campus
(312) 261-3815
Marleen Barrett
Events Coordinator
Wheeling Campus
(847) 947-5267
Sayra Calderon
Project & Office Coordinator
Chicago Campus
(312) 261-3612
Marina Magid
Research Associate
Wheeling Campus
(847) 947-5508
Marissa McCloy
Communication & Design Specialist
Chicago Campus
(312) 261-3352
Kathy Wildman
Business Manager
Wheeling Campus
(847) 947-5148

Instructional Design & Technology

Heather Knapp
Research Associate
Wheeling Campus
(847) 707-1073
Julieta Muñoz
LMS Manager
Wheeling Campus
(847) 947-5266
Patrick Small
eLearning & Technology Manager
Chicago Campus
(847) 947-5268
Jose M. Zavala
Technical Support Specialist
Chicago Campus
(312) 261-3350

Aim4Excellence

Jane Humphries
Aim4Excellence Specialist
Wheeling Campus
(847) 947-5468
Lorena Rodriguez
Aim4Excellence Manager
Wheeling Campus
(847) 947-5054

Professional Learning

Wendy Connell
Leadership Coach
Lisle Campus
(630) 874-4011
Iris Corral
Leadership Training Specialist
Wheeling Campus
(847) 947-5683
Robyn Kelton
Quality Supports Manager
Lisle Campus
(847) 947-5698
Shuntae Richardson
Administrative Assistant IV
Wheeling Campus
(847) 947-5195
Paula Steffen
Quality Training Specialist
Lisle Campus
(847) 947-5136
Barbara Volpe
Leadership Academy Manager
Wheeling Campus
(847) 947-5132

Quality Assessment

Natalia Ambrozek
Assessor & Training Specialist
Chicago Campus
(312) 261-3722
Esmeralda Arroyo
Assessor & Training Specialist
Lisle Campus
(847) 947-5793
Erin Cetera
Assessor & Training Specialist
Chicago Campus
(312) 261-3688
Maria Chavez
Assessor & Training Specialist
Chicago Campus
(312) 261-3428
Pamela Costakis
Quality Assessment Manager
Lisle Campus
(630) 874-4027
Michele Denton
Assessor & Training Specialist
Lisle Campus
(847) 947-5778
Jeannine Ernst
Quality Assessment Coordinator
Chicago Campus
(312) 261-3394
Katie Gaul
Assessor & Training Specialist
Chicago Campus
(312) 261-3788
Wendy Guerrero-Rivera
Assessor & Training Specialist
Lisle Campus
(847) 947-5748
Emma Hardy
Assessor & Training Specialist
Lisle Campus
(847) 947-5329
Sarah Hasan
Scheduling Coordinator
Lisle Campus
(630) 874-4033
Angela Hendricks
Assessor & Training Specialist
Lisle Campus
(847) 947-5776
Jo Ann Hermanek
Assessor & Training Specialist
Lisle Campus
(847) 947-5183
Winonah LaGrande
Assessor & Training Specialist
Chicago Campus
(312) 261-3419
Isabel Landa
Assessor & Training Specialist
Lisle Campus
(630) 874-4621
Sharon Lewis
Assessor & Training Specialist
Lisle Campus
(847) 947-5264
Margaret Martin
Assessor & Training Specialist
Chicago Campus
(312) 261-3768
Shannon Meyer
Assessor & Training Specialist
Lisle Campus
(312) 261-3746
Phillis Mills
Assessor & Training Specialist
Lisle Campus
(847) 947-5708
Cara Murdoch
Assessor & Training Specialist
Lisle Campus
(847) 947-5648
Samantha Parker
Report Review Specialist
Chicago Campus
(312) 261-3730
Merlin Pero Soto
Report Specialist
Chicago Campus
(312) 261-3331
Catherine Rader
Quality Assessment Coordinator
Lisle Campus
(847) 947-5764
Sherry Rocha
Assessor & Training Specialist
Lisle Campus
(847) 947-5607
Daria Rymarzak
Report Specialist
Lisle Campus
(630) 874-4034
Katherine Schmidt
Assessor & Training Specialist
Lisle Campus
(847) 947-5199
Susan Schulhof
Assessor & Training Specialist
Lisle Campus
(847) 947-5472
Jaclyn Stanton
Assessor & Training Specialist
Chicago Campus
(312) 261-3831
Ja'Re Thorn
Quality Assessment Coordinator
Chicago Campus
(312) 261-3814
Nancy Vazquez-Caban
Assessor & Training Specialist
Lisle Campus
(847) 947-5463
Janet Villegas
Administrative Assistant IV
Chicago Campus
(312) 261-3081
Yvonne Williams
Assessor & Training Specialist
Lisle Campus
(847) 947-5471
Migdalia Young
Quality Assessment Coordinator
Lisle Campus
(847) 947-5031
Melinda Young
Assessor & Training Specialist
Chicago Campus
(312) 261-3895

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