For the past ten years, Nancy’s personal and professional focus has been helping underserved youth gain access to their full potential. She is formerly the Program Director of Evanston Scholars and College Counselor for both LINK Unlimited and Chicago Scholars. Nancy has eight years' experience as a high school English instructor and an additional twelve years as a marketing professional for Boca Burger, Inc., Kraft Foods, and Arthur Andersen. Nancy holds business and humanities degrees from Michigan State University and a M.Ed. from Loyola University. She is the founder of the Chicago Area College Access Counselors and currently serves on the board of ArtRapids!, an art and education organization in Northern Michigan, and the Farther Foundation, a program that funds educational travel for underserved students. She enjoys being a mentor, writing and performing short stories, travel, and putting a pastry chef certification to use for family and friends.
Natalie Joy, a native Evanstonian, received her B.A. in Political Science from the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign and is currently working towards a Master’s in Public Policy and Administration at Northwestern University. Prior to attending the University of Illinois, Natalie worked in youth development at the Evanston YMCA and the Fleetwood Jourdain Theater. During her time at UIUC, she was a member of Alpha Phi Omega National Service Fraternity where she enjoyed volunteering and participating in community service events.
Pat has been actively engaged with the Evanston community for over 40 years. She served as Executive Director of CEDA/Neighbors at Work and Township Supervisor for the Town of the City of Evanston. Her professional occupation was launched working with youth at CEDA/Neighbors at Work. She was employed as the Youth Employment Coordinator and helped to connect youth with career opportunities and training. She holds degrees in Sociology from Southern University A& M College (Baton Rouge, Louisiana) and Northwestern University (Evanston, Illinois). She has served on numerous boards. “I know that mentoring works, because I was mentored."
Laurie, originally from North Carolina, has been a 23-year resident of the North Shore. Most recently, she served as the Director of Development for Curt’s Café. In addition, she has done consulting work with ReBuilding Warehouse, and has recently completed the Leadership Evanston Program. Prior to Curt’s, Laurie co-chaired a foundation committee which focused giving in Northern Cook County, where she realized her passion for supporting nonprofits, particularly those helping young adults in workforce and educational initiatives. Laurie had a corporate marketing career as a VP of Corporate Sales before moving with her family to the Chicagoland area. Outside of these endeavors, Laurie enjoys travel, reading, writing, cooking and walking the beautiful lakefront in Evanston!