Marilyn Anderson Rhames is the Founder/CEO of Teachers Who Pray. She taught in Chicago Public Schools for 14 years and is authoring a book entitled, “The Master Teacher: 12 Spiritual Lesson That Can Transform Schools and Revolutionize Public Education.” Once a New York City reporter for PEOPLE, TIME, Newsday, and The Journal News, Marilyn now weds her education and journalism skills by blogging for likes of Huffington Post, Education Week, Education Post, The New York Times and others. Marilyn speaks widely on issues relating to education, race, writing and faith. She is a wife and mother of three.
Claire Miller has been an urban teacher and school leader since 2009. She has been a verbal behavior therapist for students with autism; a middle and high school humanities teacher; an instructional coach; the founder of a restorative practices teacher training program; and an adjunct professor at Lehigh University’s College of Education. Claire believes deeply in the positive power within each student and helps teachers cultivate transformative levels of student voice, empowerment, and success in schools. Claire’s life verse is “Let us not grow weary in doing good, for in due time we will reap if we do not lose heart,” Galatians 6:9.
Marcia Wade Talbert is a communications expert and award-winning journalist with experience probing a host of topics from business to sports to fashion to technology—for some of the top brands in publishing, including Prepared Foods, Black Enterprise, and JET Magazine. As a multimedia content producer her focus has been to educate niche consumer audiences and businesses about social media, digital integration, gadgets, apps and software.
Diane Miller is a wife, mom and neighbor in Chicago’s diverse Logan Square neighborhood. She retired from the business world to follow her declared passion as a CCD Mama ~ a gal committed to live and love with God’s heart for justice and empowerment through Christian Community Development practices. God poked her heart for Chicago’s children in 1990, while working in a Logan Square kids club. She has been an active parent in her school communities, still mentors high school teens, and works for education justice in her city through various advocacy organizations.
Renee Jackson has worked in the accounting department for one of the nation’s largest healthcare organizations since 2010. She earned her MBA in accounting at DeVry University’s Keller Graduate School of Management and holds a bachelor’s degree in Accounting from Governors State University. Renee is committed to the mission of bringing excellence, inspiration, and equity to schools that serve underprivileged children.
Bridgette Mahan is a Certified Public Accountant (CPA) and an holds an MBA in Finance from Rutgers University and a Bachelors in Commerce from the University of Virginia. She is a full-time faculty member at the City Colleges of Chicago and is Chair of the Business Department. Prior to moving into education, Bridgette was a First Vice President, Manager of the Corporate Staff Audit unit at First Chicago NBD Bank (Bank One). She has twenty years of internal and external accounting/auditing and management experience.
Arnie Klemm has more than 25 years of experience in business, specifically supply chain management and information technology. He holds an MBA from the University of Chicago-Booth School of Business and Bachelors in Computer Science from Illinois Institute of Technology. Arne is also a ordained minister in the Church of God, Cleveland, TN, and brings the aroma of Christ to the marketplace. His passion for helping children in the city of Chicago is evident as part the The Mayor’s Commission for a Safer Chicago and Advisory Board Member of Teachers Who Pray, where he brings a unique perspective as a father and grandfather.
Seletia Catching is a senior staff accountant at a large healthcare company. She holds a bachelor’s degree in Accounting from Robert Morris University. A wife and mother of two teenage sons, Seletia has been highly engaged in her children’s public education since they were in preschool. She is the former chairperson of the Local School Council at a Chicago public school, and she recently ran for a position on the School Board of her suburban district. Seletia brings a strong belief in prayer, education advocacy, and financial structure to the Advisory Board.
Michael Jebb oversees the development and implementation of The Strategic Prayer Initiative (SPI) at Harvest Prayer Ministries. SPI is designed to help large numbers of American Christians to be more effective in prayer and spiritual warfare. Prior to joining Harvest Prayer Ministries in 2003, Mike spent 14 years in the business world, mostly as the director of human resources for a mid-sized smoked meats company. Mike is a graduate of the Moody Bible Institute in Chicago. He also holds degrees in finance and communications from the University of Illinois at Champaign-Urbana and an MBA from the Keller Graduate School of Management in Chicago.
Kevin Rhames comes with a background in the music industry where he produced tracks for for legendary rap artists, including Tupac Shakur. After giving his life to Christ, Kevin became a minister of the Gospel and now gives motivational speeches at schools, churches, and community events around the country. Kevin returned to school and is currently earning a degree in information technology. He has found success in merging his love for music, technology, and ministry to impact youth today.