Chicago Gifted
Community Center 
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Board of Directors

 

 

Newenka DuMont, President and West Suburban Coordinator

Hinsdale

newenkadumont@chicagogiftedcommunity.org

 

Newenka has two gifted daughters who are now in college and beyond!  She became active in the gifted community in order to be a better advocate for her girls and now looks for opportunities such as CGCC to pass on what she has learned.  She founded a parent support and advocacy group in her area, she is working with the Illinois Association for Gifted Children (IAGC) as a member of their board promoting parent inclusion, and she is the Illinois liaison for the Social and Emotional Needs of the Gifted (SENG) organization and a trained SENG Parent Group facilitator. Before children, Newenka was an associate partner with Andersen Consulting (now Accenture) focusing on the technical and change management needs of her telecommunications clients.



Amy Weaver, Vice President, Volunteer Coordinator

Hinsdale

amyweaver@chicagogiftedcommunity.org


Amy is homeschooling her two gifted children in the near western suburbs.  






Linda Zanieski, Treasurer

Riverside

lindazanieski@chicagogiftedcommunity.org

 

Linda is the mother of one son.  Prior to becoming a mother, she was a consultant with Cap Gemini. She is the quiet driving force behind the scenes; she keeps the calendar full of area events, updates the summer programs information, pays the bills . . . and is in a constant search for enrichment activities for her son.




Courtney Bledsoe, Board Member at Large

Chicago

courtneybledsoe@chicagogiftedcommunity.org


Courtney is raising two young sons in Oak Park. Prior to becoming a parent, Courtney worked in Psychiatry at Lurie Children's Hospital. It was there that she developed a passion for parent education. Courtney hopes to bring back the popular parenting gifted talks!





Archana Lal-Tabak M.D., Board Member at Large

Evanston

archanalal-tabak@chicagogiftedcommunity.org


Archana is an Integrative Physician, Child & Family Psychiatrist and mother of one gifted son who along with her many clients has opened up her world to the social, emotional and physical/medical needs of the gifted and twice exceptional of all ages.  She is a trained SENG facilitator and co-leads reading and discussion groups with the SENG Parent Model and the MisDiagnosis & Dual Diagnosis of the Gifted.  She is passionate about advocating for these children, teens and adults in the school setting and in society. She is involved in the deschooling, unschooling, home schooling, private schooling and public schooling communities as she led her son through all these settings in an effective way to allow his neurodiversity to manifest in a transformative and ideal fashion using mindfulness, nutrition and epigenetics.  She is currently writing and making a documentary to bring these issues to light to assist many more people.


Rhonda Stern, Board Member at Large

Chicago

rhondastern@chicagogiftedcommunity.org

 

Rhonda has been in the field of gifted and talented education since 2000. She is also a certified mediator and an attorney. Rhonda, a doctoral student in Curriculum Studies at DePaul University, works with gifted, talented, and twice exceptional students privately. Stern sits on the Social and Emotional Committee of the Illinois Association for Gifted Children and is a lecturer and writer on gifted and talented issues.


and a big welcome to our newest board member, 


Sarah Alexander, Board Member at Large

Skokie

SarahAlexander@chicagogiftedcommunity.org


Sarah is homeschooling her two gifted children in the northern suburbs. Before she realized that being gifted is also a special need, she worked full-time as a Hazzan. She now has a part-time pulpit but is somehow busier than ever as she co-coordinates (and teaches some of) the classes for LOGYC Gifted Coop and tries to stay at least one step ahead of her children. Homeschooled herself, Sarah always swore that she would never homeschool – while she loved it, it was so much work for her mother. Now she has come to realize that it is not only extremely rewarding, it is also much easier than when she was a kid, thanks to resources like the CGCC.




Additional Volunteers: 



 Heather Nicholson, Spark Editor in Chief

 heathernicholson@chicagogiftedcommunity.org


Heather is an advocate for the balanced development of gifted individuals and families, supported by an informed and supportive community. She is interested in the interaction between educational environments and social and affective development, family and personality types, neuroplasticity, and neurodiversity. Heather graduated from Mary Baldwin College’s Program for the Exceptionally Gifted and taught English at the Virginia School for the Deaf and Blind, creating an individualized program for gifted students. She is a SENG Model Parent Group facilitator and holds a master’s of science in Educational Psychology with an emphasis in Gifted Education from the University of North Texas.






 

Leslie is the mother of a highly gifted teen whose needs often were not met by existing resources.  She is currently an associate psychotherapist at Mosaic Therapy, and runs parent support groups and kid clubs for CGCC. She has presented at IAGC, IMSA, and a variety of state counseling conferences; and is finishing up her master's in counseling and applying to doctoral programs in the hopes of better serving our gifted and homeschooling communities.  Leslie understands that giftedness is an element of diversity which is frequently overlooked. 
Leslie is the mother of a highly gifted teen whose needs often were not met by existing resources.  She is currently an associate psychotherapist at Mosaic Therapy, and runs parent support groups and kid clubs for CGCC. She has presented at IAGC, IMSA, and a variety of state counseling conferences; and is finishing up her master's in counseling and applying to doctoral programs in the hopes of better serving our gifted and homeschooling communities.  Leslie understands that giftedness is an element of diversity which is frequently overlooked. 
Leslie is the mother of a highly gifted teen whose needs often were not met by existing resources.  She is currently an associate psychotherapist at Mosaic Therapy, and runs parent support groups and kid clubs for CGCC. She has presented at IAGC, IMSA, and a variety of state counseling conferences; and is finishing up her master's in counseling and applying to doctoral programs in the hopes of better serving our gifted and homeschooling communities.  Leslie understands that giftedness is an element of diversity which is frequently overlooked. 
Leslie is the mother of a highly gifted teen whose needs often were not met by existing resources.  She is currently an associate psychotherapist at Mosaic Therapy, and runs parent support groups and kid clubs for CGCC. She has presented at IAGC, IMSA, and a variety of state counseling conferences; and is finishing up her master's in counseling and applying to doctoral programs in the hopes of better serving our gifted and homeschooling communities.  Leslie understands that giftedness is an element of diversity which is frequently overlooked. 
Leslie is the mother of a highly gifted teen whose needs often were not met by existing resources.  She is currently an associate psychotherapist at Mosaic Therapy, and runs parent support groups and kid clubs for CGCC. She has presented at IAGC, IMSA, and a variety of state counseling conferences; and is finishing up her master's in counseling and applying to doctoral programs in the hopes of better serving our gifted and homeschooling communities.  Leslie understands that giftedness is an element of diversity which is frequently overlooked. 
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