BOARD OF DIRECTORS

Prashant Kolluri is an Assistant United States Attorney for the Northern District of Illinois.  Prior to that, he was an associate at the Chicago office of McDermott Will & Emery LLP where he specialized in complex commercial litigation and class actions.  Before law school, Prashant taught high school math for two years through the New York City Teaching Fellows program.  He holds a BS in Biomedical Engineering from Washington University in St. Louis, an MS in Mathematics Education from St. John’s University, and a JD from Washington University.

Susan Goldman received a BA from Barnard and a PhD from the University of Pittsburgh. Now in her work, Susan’s research interests are in learning and assessment in subject matter domains such as literacy, mathematics, history and science. She also is interested in roles for technologies in supporting assessment, instruction, and learning; digital literacy assessment; multiple source comprehension; technology supports for learning; educational change and teacher learning; and discourse analytic methodologies.

Leonidas Stellakis is a Principal an owner of ARCO/Murray, a full-service design/build general contractor. He has worked in the design and construction industry for 12 years and has helped ARCO/Murray expend and diversify their business. Lee and his wife Jordan are city of Chicago residents who enjoy keeping their three kids (Marie, Jack, and Frankie) out of trouble. Lee has been involved with a handful of initiatives to increase educational access including funding the Bike Ride for the Kids, Lego First, and Bottom Line. He earned a BA in Science in Civil Engineering from the University of Notre Dame and an MS in Structural Engineering from Stanford University.

Reggie Moore is a strategic sales and marketing leader with more than 20 years of experience in the food and beverage industry. He recently served as the Senior Vice President of sales, marketing & innovation at Land O’Frost. In this role, he was responsible for overseeing the development and implementation of strategies that support the company’s business goals and growth initiatives.  He now works for Newell Brands. Reggie holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in marketing from Morehouse College and a Master of Business Administration in Marketing and Strategy from Northwestern University Kellogg School of Management. Prior to joining Chicago Collegiate, Reggie served on the board of directors for Grace Lutheran School and Leap Empowers.

Anna Kucaj was recently an educational consultant focused on school reform initiatives involving the creation of new school models, including charter and federally-funded magnet schools. Her clients are school districts and state education agencies across the country seeking to provide high-quality school options for students and families. She now is back in the classroom, teaching. Prior to this work, Dr. Kucaj served as Charter Authorization and Special Projects Manager for the Tennessee Achievement School District (ASD) where she was responsible for the refinement and execution of the ASD’s annual charter authorization process, intended to turn around the lowest-performing schools across the state. Dr. Kucaj has held teaching positions in the Los Angeles and San Jose Unified School Districts. She earned a B.S. in Agricultural Science from Cal Poly, San Luis Obispo, an M.ED. from UCLA, and an Ed.D. in Educational Leadership and Policy from Vanderbilt University.

David Wales is a recently-retired executive, having spent 35 years in the financial services industry with GCM Grosvenor, a Chicago-based alternatives investment firm, and Bank of Montreal. David received his B.A. (Economics) from the University of British Columbia and holds both the Chartered Financial Analyst (C.F.A.) and Chartered Alternative Investment Analyst (C.A.I.A) designations.

Crystal Jones is a Founding Collegiate Parent. Crystal has three children attending Chicago Collegiate (Kennie A., Pride of 2022, Aiden T., Pride of 2025, Mariah J., Pride of 2021). Crystal was born and raised on the Southside of Chicago in the Roseland Community. Crystal is a Supervisor at PLS Financial and prior to PLS, Crystal worked as a Rail Operator for the CTA. She is very involved in her church where she serves on various Auxiliaries. Crystal goes by this quote every day: “The best way to get things done is to simply begin.”

Mary E. Townsend-Baldwin is a Finance Officer for the City of Chicago Department of Public Health. In her role with the city, she is responsible for monitoring $400M in local, state, and federal grants. Prior to this, she worked 19 years for a non-profit mental/behavioral health organization in the accounting department where she started as a clerk and worked her way up to Assistant Comptroller. Mary received her bachelor’s degree from Chicago State University and her MBA from Keller Graduate School of Management (DeVry). She is also a Collegiate parent.