Executive Director, Rodney C. Walker has been working in Chicago's non-profit community for 30 years in social services, community health and community development. Rodney is currently pursuing his Doctorate Degree from Northern Seminary and is the recipient of numerous community awards for his dedication and impact to improve the quality of life for residents in the greater Chicago neighborhoods. Rodney also serves as a local pastor with the Northern Illinois Conference of the United Methodist Church.
Rodney has a B.A. degree in Political Science from Chicago State University and a Master of Divinity from Chicago Theological Seminary.
Dina Evans, Senior Director of Children & Youth Programs
Dina Evans has worked in the field of early childhood care and education for more than 20 years. Before joining Albany Park Community Center, she taught in private children's programs and with at-risk children in a Head Start program in Michigan. Evans also spent a year abroad as a teacher and consultant in a preschool program in Taiwan. She has experience as a museum educator and contributing writer for the Museum of Science and Industry. She is currently a Community Fellow with the Center for Urban Research and Learning at Loyola as a member of the 'Child Care Policy and Standards' team.
Dina has received certificates from Loyola University's School of Business and Administrative Executive Education Programs in Leadership and Project Management. She received her Bachelor of Science degree from Michigan State University and her Masters of Education from Loyola University Erikson Institute.
Ewa Kulas, Senior Director of Adult Education Programs
Ewa Kulas has been involved in the field of education for over 25 years working as a teacher and administrator in the United States and abroad. Kulas has also been involved in numerous national and state projects such as Immigrants' Life-Skills Project, WWLP (What Works Literacy Partnership) Project and Retention Project. She also led the ESL/Vocational Curriculum Project, created/revised tests for ACT and has given a number of presentations on teaching topics at ITBE Convention (Illinois TESOL/Bilingual Education), Family Literacy Conference, and IACEA (Illinois Adult Education Association) Convention. For two years, she was also a Co-Chair of the Adult Education SIG (Special Interest Group) for ITBE.
Ewa attended a two year Ph.D. Program (with a concentration on Teaching Languages) at the University of Warsaw, Poland and holds an M.A. in Linguistics/TESL from the University of Poznan in Poland. She participated in the Executive Education Program at Kellogg School of Management/Northwestern University in Chicago.
Mary O'Reilly, Chief Liaison Officer
Mary O'Reilly has been with the Albany Park Community Center for over 20 years. Prior to becoming a full-time employee with the agency she worked for the Chicago Public Schools in the office of Casimir Pulaski Elementary School. She is currently the Director of Human Resources for the agency and in this capacity she manages payroll and benefits for the staff of 160 employees.