Strong Voice. Family-Centered. Community-Driven.

Current Board Membership

Carter Culver

Danyell Dunning
Vice Chair, Parent Policy Council

Jessica Gaito
Vice Chair
Neurocrine Bioscience

Scott Ahlman

John Blasi

Christine Brambila
Alumni Representative
Illinois Children’s
Healthcare Foundation

Stefanie Kruse Curley

Paul Foley

Bela Moté
President & CEO, Ex-Officio
Carole Robertson Center for Learning

Cornelia Grumman

Larry Hightower
Hightower and Boler

Contessa Houston
Chair, Parent Policy Council

Maribel Lopez
Alumni Parent Representative
Cook County Health Systems

Larry Mages

Kelsey Malnati Howell
Mark and Jeanne Malnati Family Foundation

Kurt Mamon
Kurt Mamon Insurance Co, State Farm

Dave Robertson
PMC Treasury

John Smith
ACH Food Companies, Inc.

Joanne Steinback

Dianne Robertson Braddock
Honarary Robertson Family Representative

Jamellah Braddock Ellis
Honorary Robertson Family Representative

Rani Williams
University of Illinois Health

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

Learn More About How Sustainable Education Creates Stronger Communities

We’re proud to be part of North Lawndale, Little Village and Albany Park.

Find out more about how you can be part of our programs.

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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.