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
Deborah L. Tillman 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. She began her career over a decade ago when she became frustrated with the lack of quality childcare her son was receiving and as a result, quit her very lucrative accounting job and started her very successful childcare center in 1994.
Dr. 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 also been seen on The View, Today Show, Katie Show, Wendy Williams, Great Day Washington and CNN to name a few.
Dr. Deborah is the author of Stepping out On Faith - How to Open a Quality Childcare Center, Parenting on Purpose: A Menu for Raising Children in Today’s Society and her new book Game Changers: Strategies for leading the family through conflicts will be released in July 2020. Dr. Deborah also created her own Preschool curriculum entitled “The Guiding Light:” for infants through five years old with an emphasis on self-awareness, African American history and relationship building. Dr. Deborah serves on the boards of Child Care Aware and Teachers Who Pray. In 2019, Dr. Deborah became the President of the John C. Maxwell Parenting and Family Certification Program which provides parents and families with the necessary strategies to thrive nationally and internationally.
Lifetime Television executives have called her “a miracle worker” but Deborah humbly states that she is “a proud mom” and humble servant doing the work of the Lord with a LIGHT shining bright for children and families everywhere.
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 is a senior financial analyst at one of the largest healthcare systems in the United States. She holds a bachelor’s degree in Accounting from Robert Morris University. A former chairperson of the Local School Council at a Chicago public school, Seletia was highly engaged in her children’s public education since they were in preschool. Seletia brings a strong belief in prayer, education advocacy, and financial structure to the Board.
Marilyn Anderson Rhames
Marilyn is an author, speaker, consultant, and education researcher specializing in the intersectionality of faith, race, and K-12 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 at the White House and giving two TEDx talks including “Why Faith Will Fix Education.” A former New York City reporter, Rhames taught in Chicago Public Schools for 14 years and penned popular blogs for Education Week and Education Post. She is a Pahara Institute Fellow and an alumna of the Surge Institute Fellowship and the Teach Plus Teaching Policy Fellowship. She holds a master’s degree in journalism from Columbia University, a master’s degree in education from National Louis University, and a bachelor’s degree in English from Dominican University. Marilyn is currently earning a Ph.D. in education policy at the University of Arkansas.
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.