Community Schools Development Director (7/2020-Present) | Birth-3rd Grade Coordinator (8/2018-7/2020)

Innovative school district serving over 1,900 children ages birth to 8th grade across three schools in one of Illinois’ most diverse communities with a significant refugee population, foreign-born residents, and growing rates of poverty.  Through the implementation of the Community Schools strategy, District schools are transformed into neighborhood hubs where students and their families access an array of programs and resources.  Promoted in 2020 to build a sustainable development department.  


Financial Growth


Program Development


Public Speaking and Thought Leadership

THE ALLIANCE FOR EARLY CHILDHOOD, Executive Director, Winnetka, IL • 8/2013-8/2018

Community collaborative not-for-profit providing educational programs, resources, and supports to parents, educators, and children. 

Leadership snapshot: $170K budget • $152K expenses • Transitioned from Board of Directors to leading the Executive Board to define and exceed annual programming, audience development, and fundraising goals.

Financial Growth

Program Development

Strategic Partnerships 

Thought Leadership

ERIKSON INSTITUTE, Assistant Director of Continuing Education, Chicago, IL • 1/2013-8/2013

The nation’s premier graduate school in child development, offering professionals new research, techniques, and continuing education credits.

Leadership snapshot: Designed quarterly and customized continuing education workshops, webinars, and training series for professionals in the field of early childhood care and education.

Financial Growth

KOHL CHILDREN'S MUSEUM, Interim Vice President of Programs, Glenview, IL • 10/2012-12/2012

Museum with 17 interactive, hands-on exhibits for children ages birth to 8 serving 330K+ people annually.

Leadership snapshot: Recruited from the Museum’s Program Advisory Council (PAC) to serve on the Museum’s Senior Team and supervise personnel in the Exhibits, Education, and Exhibit departments.  Remains a member of the PAC.

THROUGHPLAY, Co-Founder | Program Director, Chicago, IL • 1/2010-1/2013

A partnership offering workshops and consultation services on understanding and advocating children’s learning through play.

Leadership snapshot: Co-facilitated workshops at schools, libraries, and community centers, attended by 500+ educators and parents. Developed website and a collection of online resources, activity ideas, and area playspace maps.

Public Speaking and Influence

ERIKSON INSTITUTE, Adjunct Faculty Member, Chicago, IL • 10/2009-4/2011

Leadership snapshot: Led bi-weekly tutorial meetings with Master of Science in Child Development graduate students to establish and meet required goals for internship experiences. Coached students to exceed in their internship projects.

CHICAGO CHILDREN'S MUSEUM (CCM), Chicago, IL • 3/2006-1/2009 and 11/1999-11/2004

Associate Vice President of Education (2006-2009) | Director of Student and Educator Programs (2002-2004)

Manager of Student and Educator Programs (2001-2002) | Extended Learning Coordinator (1999-2001)

One of Chicago’s top cultural attractions and the nation’s second most visited children’s museum, serving 400K+ annually. 

Leadership snapshot: Contributed Income: $550K ∙ Earned Income: $230K ∙ Expenses: $270K ∙ Staff: 10FT, 45PT • Initially hired as Coordinator of Student and Educator Programs, then promoted twice, and after earning M.A. recruited back as Associate Vice President of Education. Supervised Guest Connections, Student and Educator, and Family Programs teams, serving 260K+ children and adults annually. Strategized with senior staff on operations, budget, and policies.


Program Development

Financial Growth


Master of Arts, Learning Sciences, School of Education and Social Policy, Northwestern University, Evanston, IL

Bachelor of Arts, Elementary Education and Psychology, The University of Iowa, Iowa City, IA


Early Childhood Alliance. Steering Committee Member (2019-Present). Raise awareness of the importance of early childhood education and increase enrollment in early childhood programs within the Niles Township so children enter kindergarten ready for success.

Family Action Network. Early Childhood Chair (2010-2018). Assisted in curation of free, high-quality human development speaker series hosted in downtown Chicago and North Shore suburbs. 

Kohl Children's Museum Program Advisory Council (2012-2018). Provided input into the development of on-site and traveling exhibits, onsite and outreach educational programs, and the capital campaign building expansion project.

The Alliance for Early Childhood. Board Member and Let’s Play Co-Chair (2009-2013). Established new initiative to support child-initiated free play on Chicago’s North Shore.

National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC). Member (2015-present).

North American Reggio Emilia Alliance. Participated in two weeklong study groups in Reggio Emilia, Italy, to tour and learn about its internationally lauded early childhood schools, and attended lectures on Reggio Emilia pedagogy and philosophy (2009 and 2013).

2012 Children & Nature Network Gathering of Grassroots Leaders. Invited to gathering in West Virginia of 140 leaders to share local, regional, and national strategies to connect children and nature.

KaBOOM! Volunteered for a national non-profit dedicated to bringing play into daily lives of all kids.