Dr. Beth Purvis came to Chicago International Charter School in March 2003 with more than 15 years' experience working with children with disabilities and their families. After completing her doctoral degree in 1997, Dr. Purvis was a member of the faculty at the University of Illinois at Chicago where her work focused on research and personnel preparation in urban education.
Under the leadership of Dr. Purvis, CICS has added nine campuses and more than 5,000 students. In addition, the organization successfully designed and implemented a performance evaluation system that resulted in significantly improved student outcomes and continued financial efficiency. As of the 2011-2012 school year, the average student at a CICS elementary school open for three or more years are performing at or above the level of their more privileged peers. CICS high school campuses are among the top performing in the city in terms of student gains, graduation rate, and college placement.
Dr. Purvis currently serves on the boards of the Illinois Network of Charter School and the Illinois State Advisory Council to the Illinois State Board of Education. Previously she served on Charter Review and Evaluation committees for Chicago Public Schools; was President of the Illinois Division of Early Childhood, 2003-2004; and was an Executive Board Member of the Illinois Council for Exceptional Children. Dr. Purvis has served on the editorial review board of two peer-reviewed professional journals, has published and presented numerous papers, and been awarded various grants in her field.
Dr. Purvis earned her B.S. in educational research from Bucknell University, her M.A. in special education from Teachers College at Columbia University, and her EdD in special education from Peabody College at Vanderbilt University. She resides in Chicago with her husband and two children.
Dr. Purvis can be reached here.
Mike joins CICS through the Broad Residency Program and manages advocacy, internal strategy and cultural initiatives as the Chief of Staff for CICS. He was previously the Director of Strategic Projects at Sears in the fitness and sporting goods business. Before this position, he was a Surface Warfare Officer in the United States Navy. Mike received his Masters in Business Administration degree from MIT's Sloan School of Management.
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Kathleen joined the CICS team in October 2013 and brings over ten years of experience in the education sector to CICS, most recently from Namaste Charter School and Chicago Public Schools (CPS). As Director of Operations at Namaste, she oversaw financial, human resources, legal, information technology, office management, and facility operations. She was instrumental in the school’s expansion from serving 90 children to over 465 students in grades K – 8 by continuously developing and implementing strategic plans for growth in collaboration with its Board of Directors. During her eight years there, Kathleen directed a $7.5M facility improvement project, managed the annual budget process, and monitored Namaste’s financial status.
Kathleen’s work at CPS as Charter Schools Office Accountability Coordinator provides another perspective to inform her work with CICS. In that role, she supported the programs and operations of charter schools and managed all aspects of the charter school application and renewal process for the district. Most notably, she analyzed each charter school’s quarterly cash flow and financials to assess each school’s financial position.
Kathleen graduated from Grinnell College and earned her Masters of Public Policy from the University of Chicago, where she was a Levin Fellowship recipient. She also served as a director and member of the finance committee of the Illinois Network of Charter Schools (INCS).
Kathleen is responsible for finance and facilities management across the CICS network. She leads the accounting and facilities teams, contract negotiations, budget planning, and financial oversight that support the smooth operations of CICS and its network of 16 campuses across Chicago and in Rockford, Illinois.
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Maggie Morrison joined Chicago International Charter School in March 2012. Ms. Morrison is responsible for designing and managing the organization’s fundraising plan to raise the funds necessary to ensure that CICS schools are building the academic and emotional skills necessary for their students’ success in college and beyond.
Prior to joining the CICS team, Ms. Morrison served as the Director of Individual Giving at Chicago’s Museum of Science and Industry, where she was responsible for leading their $4MM annual fund effort and contributing to the successful conclusion of a $205MM campaign. At Northwestern University Law School, Ms. Morrison held the position of Interim Director of Alumni Relations and Development; prior to that she was the Associate Director of Major Gifts. Ms. Morrison also served in a fundraising and stewardship capacity at the University of Missouri – Rolla, where she was promoted from Development Officer to Assistant Director, Development Services.
Ms. Morrison has a Bachelor of Arts degree in American Studies with a minor in Chemistry from Wellesley College, where she graduated cum laude.
Maggie can be reached here.
Meghan Schmidt joined CICS in 2004. Ms. Schmidt has more than 10 years of experience as an educator in both public and private school settings. Most recently, her responsibilities were focused on middle-school curriculum and assessment. Ms. Schmidt works with the Education Management Organizations (EMO) and CICS campus personnel to coordinate special school programs and monitor needs as they relate to student performance. Currently, she facilitates community and family engagement at all 16 of Chicago International's campuses, coordinates more than 150 after-school and community-based programs across the network and facilitates the CICS Advisory Board. Ms. Schmidt is a graduate of the University of Illinois at Champaign-Urbana.
Meghan can be reached here.
Sharon N. Hughes, joined Chicago International Charter School (CICS) January 2014. Sharon is responsible for our overall brand management, internal and external communications to ensure that CICS’s unique brand and messaging are well understood by our key stakeholders. In addition, she supports all campuses with marketing and enrollment initiatives.
Prior to joining CICS, Sharon served as Branch Manager for Dress for Success Worldwide – Central (Chicago), where she was instrumental in developing the marketing strategy for programs, referral partners and the overall Chicago branch, in addition to developing corporate partnership collaborations to increase employment opportunities for under and unemployed women in Chicago. She has also held the position as Head of the Fashion Marketing and Management for Raffles Design Institute (Jakarta, Indonesia), as well as the Marketing Director for London Metropolitan University’s business incubator – The Accelerator.
Daniel Anello came to CICS as a Broad Resident, where he was challenged with designing and implementing an internal and external communications plan and creating a holistic marketing and advertising strategy for the CICS network. In addition, Mr. Anello is responsible for evaluating long-term strategic planning, identifying new school management partners (SMOs) and for identifying organizational growth opportunities.
Prior to joining CICS and The Broad Residency, Daniel Anello was an associate brand manager for Unilever, where he was responsible for the long-term innovation and strategic planning for the organization’s leading growth brand. Mr. Anello led the development of a $30MM innovation, from initial concept through final production, including the development of all key communication assets. Previously, Mr. Anello was an associate director of marketing for a medical start-up company.
Mr. Anello received a Bachelor of Arts degree in mathematics from Williams College, and a Masters in Business Administration degree from Chicago Booth.
Daniel can be reached here.
Natalie joined CICS after working within CPS for over ten years. Most recently, she served in the role of Instructional Support Leader in the Fulton Network and then as the Assistant Principal in the Burnham Park Network. Natalie is responsible for monitoring the organization and delivery of all curricular and instructional programs and services in order to ensure that they are based on best practices and aligned with district and state standards and assessments.
Natalie can be reached here.
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