Dwetri Addy (Board Adviser) is a Recruiter at Google who has a passion for connecting people with opportunities. She started her career as a High School English teacher and, before making the transition to Google, launched and ran Teach For America, Chicago's Community Partnership team. At that time she was also the Founding Board Chair at Chicago Collegiate. Dwetri also spent time in innovation and brand management at ConAgra Foods. Dwetri has a BA in Psychology from Princeton University, an MA in Special Education from Loyola Marymount University, and an MBA from Northwestern's Kellogg School of Management.
Kevin Holme has over 25 years of management experience in banking and financial markets at large firms including Bank of America, BP PLC, and Bank of Montreal. In his current role at MB Financial, he is responsible for developing a client-driven fixed income derivative and hedging solutions business for middle market clients at the mid-sized Chicago institution. Kevin has previously served as a member of the Board of Directors at KIPP Ascend in Chicago. Kevin earned a BA in Economics from Michigan State University and an MBA in Finance from the University of Chicago Booth School of Business.
Prashant Kolluri is an Assistant United States Attorney for the Northern District of Illinois. Prior to that, he was an associate at the Chicago office of McDermott Will & Emery LLP where he specialized in complex commercial litigation and class actions. Before law school, Prashanttaught high school math for two years through the New York City Teaching Fellows program. He holds a BS in Biomedical Engineering from Washington University in St. Louis, an MS in Mathematics Education from St. John's University, and a JD from Washington University.
Rachel Kramer is a freelance fundraising and communications consultant. Previously, she worked at the Noble Network of Charter Schools as Director of External Affairs. She supported the growth of Noble from one school to ten, and successfully met Noble’s growing annual fundraising goal, which increased from $250,000 annually in 2005 to more than $3,000,000 annually in 2010, exclusive of special campaign gifts. She was previously a grants manager for the Chicago Academy of Sciences/Peggy Notebaert Nature Museum. Rachel earned a BA from Washington University in St. Louis and MBA from DePaul University.
Keenya Lambert is the Major Gifts & Individual Giving Officer at the Sargent Shriver National Center on Poverty Law. which she joined in 2013. Through a five year national initiative, Keenya will help raise $3 million to support priority programming and long-term organizational needs. Keenya has more than 10 years of non-profit experience in fundraising, youth development, arts management and social services. Prior to joining the Shriver Center, she was Development Manager and Grant Writer for the Chicago Urban League and Development Manager for KIPP Ascend Charter School. Keenya's experience includes major gifts, annual appeals, grants administration, event management, prospect research and board development. Keenya earned a Bachelor's Degree in Christian Education with a concentration in youth development from Wheaton College and a Masters in Arts Management from Columbia College Chicago.
Shannon Nagy is the Executive Director at Lincoln Park Cooperative Nursery School. She has over fourteen years of experience in the field of early childhood education, including classroom teaching, school administration, college instruction, and program consultation. She is a past presenter for the National Association for the Education of Young Children’s annual conference and also presents on differentiated instruction. She holds a Master of Education in Early Childhood Instructional Leadership from the Universityof Illinois at Chicago and a Bachelor of Arts degree from Valparaiso University in English.
Jeanne Plunkett has spent her entire career connected to the field of education. She is an educational marketing consultant with more than twenty five years of experience in educational publishing. Her background includes senior sales and marketing positions for Holt McDougal, Pearson and Achieve3000. Most recently she was the National Director of Field Marketing for Achieve3000. She began her career as a special education teacher working with emotionally disturbed and learning disabled students. She earned a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology from Mundelein College and a Master of Education from Northern Illinois University.
Aylon Samouha is co-founder of Transcend, a new organization dedicated to the creation and proliferation of breakthrough school models. Most recently, Aylon has been designing and building two new “Greenfield” school models for the Achievement First Network to be launched in 2015. In 2013, Aylon pioneered the Chicago Breakthrough Schools Fellowship in conjunction with New Schools for Chicago, NGLC, and the Broad Foundation. Before that, Aylon served as Chief Schools Officer at Rocketship Education; leading the highest performing network of low-income schools in the state of California, designing the academic model and blended learning approach, and growing the network from 3 to 7 schools. Aylon also spent a few years as a Senior Vice President at Teach For America leading pre-service institutes and in-service support for corps members in their 2-year teaching commitments during a period of growth from 4,000 to 8,000 corps members. After graduating Columbia University with a BA in English, Aylon spent the first part of his career at Score Educational Centers working with families, leading K-8 learning centers and ultimately managing 60+ branches across the country. Aylon is a proud husband and father and an accomplished jazz guitarist with two released albums and regular performances throughout the Midwest.
Steve Torchen is a management consultant at PWC, in the Financial Services Advisory practice. He consults on projects for Fortune 500 companies in all elements of the business to ensure firms are meeting their operational, strategic, and profitability goals. Prior to that, he was Vice President at Citigroup Global Markets in the Institutional Clients Group, advising clients on trading strategy, portfolio risk management, and asset allocation. He has worked in the financial services industry for over 12 years, with experience in financial modeling and analysis, budget forecasting, and global markets strategy and trading. He earned a BBA from the University of Notre Dame in Finance and an MBA from the University of Chicago Booth School of Business, with concentrations in Finance and Accounting.