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The Leadership Team develops the center's mission, including assembling a strong Advisory Committee of representatives from business, community organizations and higher education. The Committee forms sub-committees to guide the centers initiatives, each led by a Leadership Team member and supported by the center coordinator.

Leadership Team
Joseph Chen, PhD
Catherine Marienau, PhD

Mercedes Wurm

Advisory Committee Members
Marisa Alicea, PhD, DePaul University, Former Dean, SNL
Tom Barr, PhD, Enablon
Julie Benesh, PhD, Chicago School of Professional Psychology
Arthur W. Chickering, Pitkin Fellow/Goddard College (CAEA Community Engagement Network)
Cheryl Cornell-Powers, Corporate & Professional Training
Tiffany Dotson, Pfizer
Susanne Dumbleton, PhD, Former Dean, SNL (Emeritus CAEA Advisory Board)
Kelli McMiller, The Kaleidoscope Group
Pamela Meyer, PhD, DePaul University and Meyer Creativity Associates (Past Director)
Leodis Scott, PhD, DePaul University, College of Education
Carol Semrad, C. Semrad & Associates 
Gilliam Steele, DePaul University, Career Center
Carol Taylor, Metra
Roy Whitmore, University of Phoenix
Vincent Wiggins, City Colleges of Chicago
Gabi Zola, Council for Adult and Experiential Learning​​​​