Dionna Latimer-Hearn

Founder & Director

Dionna Latimer-Hearn is originally from Middletown, OH and received her Bachelor of Science Degree in Communication Sciences and Disorders with a minor in French Studies from Northwestern University in Evanston, IL. Following the completion of her degree she worked for the French Embassy as an English Language Instructor in Montargis, France. She completed her Master of Arts Degree in Speech-Language Pathology at The George Washington University in Washington, D.C. She has served as a multilingual speech-language pathologist and educational consultant since 2002, holding positions in Illinois, Japan, Maryland and Texas.  She currently works as an educational consultant and continuing education provider for organizations in the US and abroad.

 

Dr. Latimer-Hearn received her Doctor of Philosophy Degree with distinction in Instructional Leadership for Changing Populations at Notre Dame of Maryland University in Baltimore, MD.  She is a recipient of the American Educational Research Association (AERA) Minority Dissertation Fellowship Award, the World Education Research Association (WERA) Innovative Poster Award and the CREATE Doctoral Scholarship.  She has presented her research on African American English at more than a dozen conferences including:  the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association, World Education Research Association World Congress, and American Educational Research Association Conference.  Dr. Latimer-Hearn is also the author of the book Unexpected Places.

Amy DeLuca

Dual Language Educator

Amy DeLuca is a dual language (English/Spanish) educator in the northwest suburbs of Chicago. A 20-year veteran in a Title I classroom setting, she understands the need for equity in education. As a lifelong learner, Mrs. DeLuca continually seeks out networks and resources to improve her knowledge base and pedagogy. When not in the classroom, Mrs. DeLuca enjoys reading, cooking, and spending time with her family.

 

Vivian "Enyo" Dzata

Nurse Practitioner & Independent Consultant

Enyo Dzata competed her undergraduate studies at Northwestern University.  In 2007, she graduated with a Master of Science in Nursing from Yale University.  During her studies at Yale, she served on the Hunger and Homelessness Committee and the Diversity Action Committee.  She is a Nationally Certified Nurse Practitioner and has held positions at the California Pacific Medical Center and Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia.  She currently serves as a Pediatric Nurse Practitioner at the Community Health Centers of Lane County in Oregon.  She speaks conversational Spanish and is a recipient of the PENS Scholarship Award. 

Murielle Kambou

Speech-Language Pathology Assistant and Bilingual Facilitator (French/English) ​

Murielle Kambou is an experienced speech-language pathology assistant and one-on-one specialist.  She has worked in the educational setting and home health for monolingual and bilingual learners and individuals with a variety of special needs including Down Syndrome, Autism Spectrum Disorder, Learning Disabilities, and Emotional/Behavioral concerns.  Ms. Kambou has experience facilitating client navigation and use of community resources, supporting self-care, collecting data, and facilitating communication among clients and service providerss.  At REACT Initiative, Inc., Ms. Kambou supports international clients and offers translation and interpretation services on an as-needed basis.  

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Alexandra Lelis

Online Media Assistant Volunteer ​

Alexandra Lelis is currently an undergraduate student studying Communication Sciences & Disorders and Psychology at CUNY Queens College in New York City.  Her areas of interest include early intervention, children's mental health and education, and public policy.  Being from such a culturally diverse city gave Alexandra the ability to recognize racial and social injustices happening in marginalized communities.  She looks forward to continuing her education by applying for her Masters degree in Speech-Language Pathology and hopes to become a clinician who can hep children become better communicators while advocating for equity in education and social justice and continue to raise awareness amongst other SLPs and educators.  During her free time, Alexandra enjoys reading, baking, and bingeing Netflix.  

Joy Lennon

Speech-Language Pathologist & Independent Consultant

Joy Lennon graduated with a Master of Arts in Speech and Hearing Science from Ohio State University in 2005. After graduation, she completed research with the Carolina Communication Project at the Frank Porter Graham Child Development Institute at the University of North Carolina—Chapel Hill. Clinically, Joy has worked as a speech-language pathologist, serving children Birth through 21 in preschool, private/non-public schools, public schools, and in private practice. The majority of her clinical experiences have taken place in schools in large, urban metropolitan settings. Joy is the owner of a speech-language therapy private practice, and she continues to mentor colleagues, students, and prospective speech and hearing science students, as well as supervise clinical fellows in the school setting. In addition to training in various clinical techniques and programs specific to communication and speech-language pathology, Joy also has training in cultural diversity and sensitivity, childhood trauma, LGBTQ+ populations, collaborative problem solving process, teacher classroom management, Growth Mindset, and teaching youth yoga and mindfulness.

Mandy Ross

Licensed Clinical Social Worker & Independent Consultant

Mandy Ross is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker and currently works in a public school outside of Chicago. She ran a private alternative high school for 12 years that offered a non-traditional approach to education for students who were unsuccessful in the Chicago Public School system. Upon graduating with a Masters degree in Social Work, she moved to Mexico where she lived in a residential home for adolescent girls as a supervisor for the home school program. Mandy has had a passion for working with underserved communities her entire life and believes education is a crucial vehicle for social justice. Her work has centered around building relationships and attending to the social and emotional needs of her students in order for them to be able to access academics even in the midst of inequitable resources, abilities, and environments. She has been a foster parent and is a proud daughter, aunt, and sister from a large, diverse family.

Chastidy Russell

Special Educator & Independent Consultant

Ms. Russell is an educator with over 15 years of experience serving students from three to 21 years of age.  She was appointed to the position of Special Education Department Chair for her elementary school and has served in the role since 2017.  She is dedicated to serving students and families from economically disadvantaged communities.  Her areas of focus include student mental health, student and family engagement, educational technology, and differentiation of instruction.  She also serves as her school’s dance club sponsor and instructor. 

Ms. Russell completed her Bachelor of Science degree in Rehabilitation and Disability at the University of North Texas where she was also a member of the Women’s Track and Field Team.  During her time as a student-athlete, the team won two Conference Championships.  She is currently pursuing her Master of Science degree in Counseling at LeTourneau University.  Ms. Russell is an avid traveling and life-long learner who resides in the Dallas area with her son, Quentin.

Meet Our Team