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The Spark Team

We are a passionate, innovative and collaborative team focused on celebrating students and promoting possibility.

Michelle Stearn
Hannah Wheeler
Josh Keller
Jazmine Sanders

Michelle Stearn
Program Lead

Michelle graduated from Georgetown University’s School of Foreign Service in 2015. Michelle got her start in education while in college by becoming a mentor and coordinator for D.C. Reads, a literacy intervention program that serves underserved youth in Washington, D.C. She then combined her passions for environmental education and community development by creating a youth urban agriculture summer and after school program in Ward 7 of D.C. More recently, Michelle pursued a Fulbright interdisciplinary research scholarship in Chile, where she created a pilot program to help youth understand and design their own renewable energy systems. Michelle is super excited to be returning to her hometown of Chicago to continue inspiring students and working with schools as a Spark Program Lead.

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Hannah Wheeler
Corporate Partnerships Coordinator

Hannah graduated from Vanderbilt University’s Peabody College with a B.S. in Human and Organizational Development. She moved to Chicago with one goal in mind: tackling inequality in education. Serving as a Math Tutoring Fellow with SAGA Innovations, Hannah saw the impact one-on-one relationships can have on students' lives. After working with high schoolers at Wendell Phillips Academy and seeing their lack of opportunities, she is excited to be able to show Middle Schoolers their potential through Spark and watch them succeed in high school and beyond!

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Josh Keller
Development Director

Josh comes to Spark with nearly a decade of experience in the education and youth development space. He began his career serving two years as an AmeriCorps member with City Year Los Angeles at a middle school in the Boyle Heights neighborhood. Josh then joined their development team where he spent three years managing foundation relations and corporate partnerships. A native of Chicago's northern suburbs, Josh then returned home to run Camp for All Kids, a camp scholarship program, where under his leadership the organization increased its students served by 40% over two years and partner camps by 20. Josh most recently worked as a Director of Development at KIPP Chicago Schools.

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Jazmine Sanders
Program Fellow

Jazmine Sanders is the new program fellow, she is currently finishing her B.A in Communication from Loyola University Chicago. She has a strong passion to empower young people of color to reach beyond the daily barriers and help them use their communities as support. Before joining Spark she worked at City Year Chicago as a team leader, where she was a support system for students to realize their full potential and plans to continue within Spark.

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Chicago Board Members

Executive Board
Brad Wynn, Head of Client Strategy (East Region), LGIM America Britton Picciolini, Board Chair, Regional Manager, Google for Education, Google Carolyn Jones, Principal, Perkins Bass Elementary School Charles Calloway, Partner, Chapman & Cutler LLP David Furlin, Private Client Advisor, Senior Vice President, Bank of America Griffin Gordon, Head of Growth, Heyday Jonathan Brown, Executive Director, Real Estate Banking (Central Region), JP Morgan Chase Karen Davis, Senior Director, HR Connect, US Foods Katharine Patch, Director- Family Offices, Foundations, and Endowments, BlackRock Krystin Hernandez, Senior Counsel, McDonald’s Corporation Nayan Shah, Principal, Global Supply Chain Optimization, Deloitte Sara Wasserteil, Managing Director of Expansion and Integration, Cara Chicago Tamara Roberts, Director, Program Portfolio Management, Gogo Commercial Air Tiffany Bristol, Senior Account Manager, Google Tony Alejo, Management Consulting Managing Director, KPMG
Advisory Board
Allison Toussaint, Office Manager, Schneider Blair Sucher, Vice Board Chair, Associate Director, Business Development and Sales Enablement, ExecOnline Collin Starkweather, Founder and President, Starkweather Economics Daniel Kogan, Senior Associate, Strategy, KPMG Faheem Tapia, Strategy & Analytics Consultant, Deloitte Jaime Rehm, Portfolio Manager, Fixed Income Solutions, LGIMA Jennifer DeCilles, Account Manager, Epsilon Digital Jenny McNicholas, Officer, Portfolio Manager, Bank of America Jessie Schreier, Consultant, Bain & Company Kristina Choo, Business Analytics & Strategy Consultant, IBM Mark Doose, Consultant, West Monroe Partners Paul Warkins, Board Chair, Director, Strategy and Transactions, Ernst & Young Pratik Shah, FP&A Manager- Corporate Functions, Varian Medical Systems, a Siemens Company
Board of Directors
Britton Picciolini, Board Chair, Regional Manager, Google for Education, Google Charles Calloway, Partner, Chapman & Cutler LLP Griffin Gordon, Head of Growth, Heyday

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