Board of Directors

Strong Voice. Maintain Focus. Family-Centered. Community-Driven.

Current Board Membership

Carter Culver
Chair, Community Representative
Exelon Corporation

Jessica Gaito
Vice President, Community Representative
Neurocrine Biosciences

Christine Brambila
Secretary, Constituent Representative
Governor’s Office of Early Childhood 

John Blasi
Treasurer, Community Representative

Dulce Dominguez
Chair, Parent Representative
Parent/Family Policy Council 

Tondra Hamlin
Director, Parent Representative
John H. Stroger Jr. Hospital

Stephanie Kruse Curley
Director, Community Representative

Naressa Jones
Director, Parent Representative
Hospice CNA

Maribel Lopez
Director, Alumni Parent Representative
Cook County Health and Hospital Systems

Lakesha Nelson
Director, Alumni Representative
Daniel Murphy Scholarship Fund

Larry Hightower
Director, Community Representative
Hightower & Bowler

Larry Mages
Director, Community Representative

Deborah Moroney
Director, Community Representative
American Institutes for Research

Dave Robertson
Director, Community Representative
PMC Treasury

Nick Scodro
Director, Community Representative
RBN Insurance Services

John Smith
Director, Community Representative
ACH Food Companies, Inc.

Joanne Steinback
Director, Community Representative

Jewerystine Tribble
Director, Alumni Parent Representative
Saint Anthony Hospital

Dianne Robertson Braddock
Honorary Robertson Family Representative

Jamellah Braddock Ellis
Honorary Robertson Family Representative

Bela Moté
Chief Executive Officer, Ex-Officio
Carole Robertson Center for Learning

Our Board Members Have First-Hand Experience with the Center’s Programs


The Carole Robertson Center for Learning has a unique governance structure that ensures those we serve have a strong voice in organization growth and development and that it maintains focus as a family-centered and community-driven organization.

Center by-laws require that the majority of the Board of Directors is comprised of constituent representatives, such as current or former parents of a Center participant or alumni of the Center’s programs.

These board members bring a deep understanding and the first-hand experience of the Center’s programs and the communities served.

In addition, the Board of Directors includes community representatives who bring a range of outside expertise and experiences along with a commitment to community-based work.

Board Responsibilities


  • Planning the long-range future of the Center
  • Assuring adequate financial support for the organization
  • Providing leadership in fundraising
  • Adopting policies to govern the affairs of the Center
  • Evaluating program and organizational effectiveness
  • Employing and supervising a qualified CEO to manage daily operations and implement the goals and objectives of the agency

Membership Terms


The Board of Directors elects Community Representatives when such vacancies arise.

  • Terms of membership are two years
  • Membership requires participation in at least one committee, fulfillment of an annual fundraising commitment
  • Attendance at meetings monthly, special events, and Board retreats

Want to Join?


We look for those with an interest in:

  • Community-based work
  • Early childhood education
  • Youth development
  • Parent leadership
  • Non-profit management

For more information on board responsibilities and membership, contact Juleigh Ruby at 312.243.7300 x222

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Since 1976, the Carole Robertson Center for Learning has been dedicated to educating, enriching, and empowering children and families through comprehensive child and family development programs.