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 Quality Assessment - City of Chicago
Chicago Campus
(312) 261-3717
Managing Director
Chicago Campus
(312) 261-3807
Executive Director, McCormick Institute for Early Childhood
Chicago Campus
(312) 261-3357
Director of Research & Evaluation
Lisle Campus
(847) 947-5698
Director of Quality Assessment – State of Illinois ExceleRate
Lisle Campus
(630) 874-4010
Michael W. Louis Chair and Senior Policy Advisor
Chicago Campus
(312) 261-3301
Director of Professional Learning
Wheeling Campus
(847) 947-5132

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
Consultant
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

Sayra Calderon
Project & Office Coordinator
Chicago Campus
(312) 261-3612
Marissa McCloy
Communication & Design Specialist
Chicago Campus
(312) 261-3352
Kathy Wildman
Business Manager
Wheeling Campus
(847) 947-5148

Instructional Design & Technology

Cassandra Ibarra
Professional eLearning Assistant
Wheeling Campus
(847) 947-5277
Heather Knapp
Research Associate
Wheeling Campus
(847) 707-1073
Julieta Muñoz
LMS Manager
Wheeling Campus
(847) 947-5266
Sabrina Resendiz
Professional eLearning Assistant
Chicago Campus
(312)261-3341
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

Marleen Barrett
Leadership Training Specialist
Wheeling Campus
(847) 947-5267
Iris Corral
Leadership Training Specialist
Wheeling Campus
(847) 947-5683

Research, Evaluation, and Quality Supports

Wendy Connell
Leadership Coach
Lisle Campus
(630) 874-4011
Isabel Landa
Quality Training Specialist
Lisle Campus
(630) 874-4621
Isabella Luca
Administrative Assistant IV
Lisle Campus
(630) 874-4039
Marina Magid
Research Associate
Wheeling Campus
(847) 947-5508
Shuntae Richardson
Quality Supports Specialist
Lisle Campus
(847) 947-5195
Paula Steffen
Quality Supports and Evaluation Manager
Lisle Campus
(630) 874-4177
Irina Tenis
Data and Evaluation Coordinator
Lisle Campus
(630) 874-4122
Yvonne Williams
Quality Training Specialist
Lisle Campus
(847) 947-5471

Quality Assessment

Natalia Ambrozek
Quality Assessment Coordinator
Chicago Campus
(312) 261-3722
Esmeralda Arroyo
Assessor & Training Specialist
Lisle Campus
(847) 947-5793
Kathy Bishop
Assessor & Training Specialist
Lisle Campus
(847) 947-4064
Ganelle Burnett
Assessor & Training Specialist
Lisle Campus
(847) 947-4065
Erin Cetera
Report Review and Certification Specialist
Chicago Campus
(312) 261-3688
Pamela Costakis
Quality Assessment Manager
Lisle Campus
(630) 874-4027
Patricia Delgado
Assessor & Training Specialist
Chicago Campus
(312) 261-3963
Michele Denton
Assessor & Training Specialist
Lisle Campus
(847) 947-5778
Nadeen Friend
Assessor & Training Specialist
Lisle
(630) 874-4757
Jessica Garcia
Assessor & Training Specialist
Lisle Campus
(847) 947-4066
Katie Gaul
Assessor & Training Specialist
Chicago Campus
(312) 261-3788
Paige Goshert
Assessor & Training Specialist
Chicago Campus
(312)261-3925
Maritza Guardado
Assessor & Training Specialist
Chicago Campus
(312) 261-3885
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
Erin Herr
Assessor & Training Specialist
Lisle Campus
(630) 874-4613
Hannah Heuft
Assessor & Training Specialist
Chicago Campus
(312) 261-3854
Marissa Javier
Quality Assessment Coordinator
Chicago Campus
(312) 261-3985
Marcy Lemasters
Assessor & Training Specialist
Lisle Campus
(630) 874-4612
Sharon Lewis
Assessor & Training Specialist
Lisle Campus
(847) 947-5264
Lindsay Miner
Assessor & Training Specialist
Lisle Campus
(630) 874-4071
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
Sharmeen Reyes
Assessor & Training Specialist
Chicago Campus
(312) 261-3209
Sherry Rocha
Assessor & Training Specialist
Lisle Campus
(847) 947-5607
Jasmine Ross
Assessor & Training Specialist
Chicago Campus
(312) 261-3746
Daria Rymarzak
Report Specialist
Lisle Campus
(630) 874-4034
Katherine Schmidt
Assessor & Training Specialist
Lisle Campus
(847) 947-5199
Kara Smith
Assessor & Training Specialist
Chicago Campus
(312) 261-3985
Jaclyn Stanton
Assessor & Training Specialist
Chicago Campus
(312) 261-3831
Cristina Valadez
Assessor & Training Specialist
Lisle Campus
(630) 874-4611
Nancy Vazquez-Caban
Assessor & Training Specialist
Lisle Campus
(847) 947-5463
Santa Villarreal
Assessor & Training Specialist
Chicago Campus
(312) 261-3418
Janet Villegas
Administrative Assistant IV
Chicago Campus
(312) 261-3081
Michelle West
Assessor & Training Specialist
Chicago Campus
(312) 261-3087
Ester Weston
Assessor & Training Specialist
Lisle Campus
(630) 874-4121
Migdalia Young
Quality Assessment Coordinator
Lisle Campus
(847) 947-5031
Melissa Zaragoza
Assessor & Training Specialist
Chicago Campus
(312) 261-3694

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