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Board of Directors

Tara Malven, Board President. Tara started her career as an intellectual property and transaction attorney at a large law firm in Chicago. After eight years in law, she felt called to make a difference as a teacher in Chicago Public Schools. She accepted a fellowship with the Academy for Urban School Leadership and earned a master’s degree in education from National Louis University. Now a mother and homemaker, Tara lives near Detroit, Michigan, and volunteers for a long list of ministries. She has served as financial secretary of a church that serves 500 families; facilitated countless Crown Financial bible studies and Financial Peace University study groups; led numerous small groups for Bible Study Fellowship and many other bible studies with a particular focus on women ministries and marriage enrichment. Tara also has an active prayer ministry, involving identity transformation, freedom, spiritual healing, and intercessory prayer.  Her desire is to see teachers living fearlessly in their God-given identity through their faith in Christ Jesus.

Dr. Deborah Tillman, Vice President. Deborah is a consultant, speaker, author, founder of Happy Home Christian Leadership Academy for Early Learners, Inc. and “America’s Supernanny” on Lifetime Television. Labeled “a force for good” by The Washington Post, Tillman has a deep passion for children. Deborah holds a master’s degree in Early Childhood Special Education from George Washington University and a Doctorate in Education from the Richmond Virginia Seminary. She has also studied at Oxford University, Magdalen College in England. Deborah is currently enrolled at the John Leland School of Theology receiving a master’s degree in Christian Leadership. Among her many accomplishments, she has been a recurring parenting expert on the HARRY and Steve Harvey daytime talk shows and contributed articles to Gospel Today, Essence, and Ebony Magazines. She has appeared on The View, Today Show, Katie Show, Wendy Williams, Great Day Washington, and CNN to name a few. Read more.

Katrina Murphy, Board Secretary. Katrina is a visual arts teacher at Christopher Elementary School, which serves a large population of special needs students on the Southwest Side of Chicago. During her 20 years in education, she has taught high school art, served as an admissions counselor and smaller learning communities coordinator, and earned a master’s degree in educational administration. Katrina finds daily joy in teaching her special needs and general education students and collaborating with colleagues in pursuit of her school’s mission to “Reach All, Teach All, and Include All.”

Seletia Catching, Board Treasurer. 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

Marilyn Anderson Rhames, Founder. Marilyn is an author, speaker, and education consultant specializing in the intersectionality of race, faith, and public education. Her book The Master Teacher: 12 Spiritual Lessons That Can Transform Schools and Revolutionize Public Education is studied in a course at the Harvard Graduate School of Education. Marilyn’s work has also led to her speaking in the Oval Office and giving two TEDx talks. After a career as a New York reporter, Rhames taught in Chicago Public Schools for 14 years, while also blogging for Education Week and Education Post. She holds a master’s degree in journalism from Columbia University and a master’s degree in education from National Louis University. She is currently earning a Ph.D. in education policy at the University of Arkansas.

Advisory Board

Mark Malven. Mark Malven is a partner and the leader of the Technology and Sourcing Transactions practice at law firm Dykema PLLC. He is a recognized expert in his field and is the lead author of the legal treatise Technology Transactions: A Practical Guide to Drafting and Negotiating Commercial Agreements. Mark has been married for 20 years and has a preteen daughter. He is a former Church Chair and Elder, and his current ministry focus is youth ministry, where he serves as a group leader for 7th grade boys.

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