Dr. Dominica McBride has conducted program development and evaluation projects with many diverse communities, both in the United States and Tanzania. She also conducts training for communities, coalitions, and organizations nationally. She has received awards from the American Evaluation Association, ARK of St. Sabina, and Bright Promises Foundation for her work in evaluation and community development. She has published articles and chapters on various topics, including culturally responsive evaluation, cultural competence, and prevention. She has a PhD in Counseling Psychology with a specialization in Consultation from Arizona State University.
Bryan Johnson is Project Director at Become. He has extensive experience in conducting program research, development, and evaluation for nonprofit organizations (NPOs). Through his work, Bryan helped to lay the groundwork that led to the creation of a wraparound network that holistically addresses the legal and life needs of victims of crime, a program he later directed during implementation. Additionally, he has used various research methods to guide strategic planning efforts at several Chicago-based NPOs. Bryan has guest lectured for Loyola University and University of Illinois at Chicago presenting topics relating to social work, research methods, and evaluation. He also serves as an IRB chair member with the Institute for Clinical Social Work reviewing research proposals determining if conflict of interest for the investigator or the institution is present. Bryan earned an AM (MSW equivalent) from the School of Social Service Administration at the University of Chicago.
She has 24 years of experience in the public and private human service field. Beginning work in employee assistance programs, she then joined the Mayor’s Office of Substance Abuse Policy as development director before taking the lead of a child welfare residential facility. Ms. Smith joined Community Mental Health Council’s Institute for Managerial and Clinical Consultation team in January of 2008. She holds an MSW from the University of Illinois and is working toward a doctorate in Community Psychology from National Louis University.
Dr. Keisha Farmer-Smith has partnered with organizations dedicated to supporting safe, healthy spaces for youth for 18 years. Her past youth development experience includes: supervising program outcomes and impact at Boys and Girls Clubs of Chicago; serving as director of programs at Family Focus Inc.; managing gender specific after school programs at Alternatives, Inc.; and coordinating educational and vocational services for Illinois Department of Child and Family Services youth at Uhlich Children’s Advantage Network. Her research and evaluation focus is primarily around youth development programs. She has graduate degrees in Counseling and Urban Planning, and a Ph.D. in Public Policy Analysis from the University of Illinois and has won awards for her Outstanding Service to Children.
Dr. Kachovska is an internationally known Change Agent who has been devoting her career in advancing the long-term vision of organizations from clients, to markets, and relationships. Her background encompasses leadership, team building, planning, organizing, and problem solving, all of which have realized significant growth results. She holds a PhD and an MBA in International Business and Management and is currently pursuing a PhD in Organizational Leadership and Business Psychology. Her passion of bringing people together by maximizing human worth and drawing on the talents of diversity emanates in her research focus on evaluating the socio-cultural adaptation of people from diverse backgrounds, cultures and professional levels within new environments.
Brent Pereira is the 2016-2017 Community Partnerships Leader Fellow with Become Inc. He is currently a doctoral student in Counselor Education and Supervision at The Chicago School of Professional Psychology. With experience in public, private and international mental health settings Brent has a passion for working with diverse populations and helping people be the best version of themselves.
Rev. Ficca serves as our Organizational Development Consultant. He has 30 years of experience in grassroots and global community organizing. He served as pastor of the First Presbyterian Church of Benton Harbor, Michigan, an interracial congregation, for 11 years. From 1992 to 2012, Rev. Ficca worked in various capacities with the Council for a Parliament of the World’s Religions, including Executive Director for the last 15 years. Under his leadership, the Council promoted interreligious dialogue, grassroots organizing, and global networking in cities around the world. He currently directs the Interreligious Initiative for Middle East Peace for the Presbytery of Chicago.
Dr. Janice Walker is our Fundraising Consultant. She has more than 20 years of experience in education and health care. Her background includes working as a labor and delivery nurse in Saudi Arabia and directing a community-based residential and outpatient substance abuse treatment center in New York City. She was the director of programs at the Children of Alcoholics Foundation and held other leadership positions in which she was responsible for capital budgets, evaluation, and fundraising. For the past 12 years, she has concentrated on working with community-based organizations in building capacity of their organization through the design and execution of process, outcome evaluation and quality improvement/assurance projects. In addition to her professional work she has served on numerous boards and organizations including National Association of Youth Service Consultants, Women in Health Management, Inc. and Alliance for Nonprofit Management.
Mr. MacInnes is an internationally known advocate on issues of homelessness and social change. Having been homeless himself, he is using his real life experience to help to bring Become’s model of a culturally responsive practice to the fight to end homelessness. He has managed multi-million dollar corporations and grassroots campaigns for organizations like Greenpeace and the Sierra Club. He has also served as Campaign Director for the Ohio Public Interest Research Group. He is a past member of the Illinois Attorney Generals Automobile Advertising Advisory Board. Previously he was the President and Chief Operating Officer at Become.
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