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Hi, my name is Diana and I was a member of Teens for Change and Operation Snowball for three years during high school from 1999-2001. It was one of the best things that ever happened to me. To this day, I still have all my materials I received during my years at Response Center and still use them on an ongoing basis. What an amazing time in my life it was to have somewhere like Response Center and the amazing staff as role models and mentors. Here we are 13 years later and what a wonderful place I am at with my life thanks to RC. I am happy to announce I am a licensed clinical social worker (LCSW) for medically fragile and medically complex pediatric patients right now. I was also a foster and foster adopt social worker for six years-something I vowed I would never do! Most special and close to my heart right now is the fact that I am also the VERY proud (and in love) foster parent of a premature 7 month old medically complex baby boy! He absolutely stole my heart.
From Elliott: I’m now in Philly at the Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia doing fellowship training in neonatology (sick newborns in the intensive care). I’m engaged to a lovely lady named Meridith, who is doing work in health care policy/consulting. Life is quite busy but things are great!
From Tameka, Executive Director of “I Grow Chicago:”
Response Center experience helped shape my views and perspectives on life early on. Since being a part of the group, I went on to study public policy with a focus on urban studies at DePaul University. I married my junior high school friend Christopher and we have three amazing children, Christopher 7, Joshua 4 and Ziya-Angeline 3. I have spent the last 7 years of my life working in different areas of public service, both here in Chicago as well as in Upstate New York ranging from teaching English as a Second Language to creating opportunities for parents and families to feel engaged within the public school system. I have also started a non-profit organization that educates high school students on the effects of domestic violence. Most recently, I have become the Executive Director of I Grow Chicago an organization that is working to provide programs to the families and youth of the Englewood community. All of my work both past and present brings me great joy. I am very thankful for the experience that Response Center brought me as I build of off those experiences everyday in my life, both within my family and my community service.
After finishing up my graduate and undergraduate work at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, I went to work for AT&T in a Leadership Rotation program, designed to give me a lot of experience and exposure to the company through a number of job rotations. I’ve had 6 different positions at AT&T and 7 different managers by now! I work in a very fun part of the company currently, researching and developing the future video game strategy for AT&T. That’s right, I get paid to think about games and gaming. More specifically, we are looking into streaming, on-demand games delivered to people’s homes via the internet. Think of it as “Netflix” but for games. I’m also very involved with what’s called “Employee Resource Groups” at AT&T. I’m president of AT&T oxyGEN Chicago – a group focused on building the future leaders at AT&T through attracting, developing and retaining top talent at our company. In addition, I am involved in my community and my faith group. As a Baha’i, I currently serve on the Local Spiritual Assembly for Chicago, a nine-person council that helps manage and coordinate the affairs of the Chicago Baha’i community. As a community member, Danika and I host bi-weekly interfaith musical devotional gatherings at our home. We usually have 7-15 people come any given night and we spend the evening praying, singing and socializing afterwards. Finally, when I have a chance, I try to participate in other interfaith work in the community. I’m currently on the Board of Directors for Treasures of Uptown, an interfaith coalition in the uptown area. And if I had more time, I would try to do more in that regards.