Board Meeting Dates for 2018-19 School Year

Thursday, September 27, 2018
Thursday, December 13, 2018
Thursday, March 14, 2019
Thursday, June 13, 2019
Marvin Garcia

Marvin Garcia

M.A.Ed. – Executive Director

Marvin is the Executive Director of Dr. Pedro Albizu Campos High School and the Chair of the Chicago Public Schools Community Action Council of East Humboldt Park known as “Community as a Campus”. His duties include the coordination of support to 16 school Principals whose schools fall within the boundaries of the Roberto Clemente Community Academy. He also collaborates with seven nonprofits to provide wrap around services to the children and families attending “Community as a Campus” member schools.

Marvin has 38 years of service in alternative education working with the most under-resourced schools in communities that have seen disinvestment. He served 17 years as the Director of the Dr. Pedro Albizu Campos High School, including 15 years as the Board Chair. He worked 13 years as the director of the professional development arm of the Alternative Schools Network of Chicago where he facilitated the training of 52 alternative school Principals and administrators to obtain the Type -75 Principal’s certificate.

Currently Marvin serves on the Board of Trustees at Northeastern Illinois University and has served on the University Civil Service Merit Board, the National Latino Education Research and Policy Board, the Aspira Inc. Board of Directors and is an active member of the Puerto Rican Agenda of Humboldt Park Chicago. Marvin is a recipient of the Chicago Community Trust “Community Service Fellow” award in 2000, and holds two Master Degrees in Adult Education and Educational Leadership.

 

Milagros De La Rosa

Milagros De La Rosa

Board Member Since 2017

Milagros grew up in the Humboldt Park area, a few blocks away from where Dr. Pedro Albizu Campos High School is currently located. Milagros was part of the first graduating class of Roberto Clemente Community Academy. “An experience that taught me much about people and myself.) After graduating from high school, Milagros moved to Puerto Rico to continue her education in the field of Political Science and live on the island she loves.

Milagros has always been active in the Puerto Rican movement and its struggle while she was in high school in Chicago and in Puerto Rico. Milagros returned to Chicago in her late 20’s and found her way into advertising, where she made a career as a still and motion producer.  She currently works as a Senior Producer at Leo Burnett, one of the largest advertising companies in the world, with offices in almost every country. “I believe in our youth and the opportunities they should be receiving. Therefore, I am excited to participate and assist the students and staff of Dr. Pedro Albizu Campos High School.”

Wilma Valero

Wilma Valero

Board Member Since 2017

Wilma is the former Director of the ELL Program in School District U-46, the second largest ELL PreK-12 program in the state of Illinois. Under her leadership, the nationally renowned 80:20 Dual Language Program in School District U-46 was implemented, and in 2012, CABE awarded the district the notable title of the Promoting Bilingualism District of Distinction. This award is presented to individuals or organizations that have demonstrated a strong commitment to promoting bilingualism and multilingualism through their policy initiatives.  Including her former role as an ELL program director, Wilma Valero has over 25 years of experience as a bilingual teacher, reading coach, and ELL Program coordinator. Her experience includes the development and implementation of culturally and linguistically responsive standards-based instruction within the framework of bilingualism and illiteracy skills. Wilma has coauthored several chapters and articles related to the implementation of high-quality dual language programs. She is a firm believer that success occurs every day in our schools when teachers are valued with a relevant support infrastructure that sees students and families as their greatest strength.

Her longtime commitment to the field has been promoting teaching and learning processes that emphasize language and culture as a means of attaining social justice and equity for all students.  This continues to be her passion and what drives her to remain actively involved in this work.

 

Dr. Michael Staudenmaier

Dr. Michael Staudenmaier

Ph.D., Board Member Since 2017

Dr. Staudenmaier serves as the Board Treasurer; he is the Assistant Professor of History at Manchester University in Indiana, where he teaches courses on United States and Latin American history.  He has been connected to Dr. Pedro Albizu Campos High School for more than 25 years, serving as a grants writer, history teacher, and fiscal manager.  He regularly describes those years at PACHS as the most important and transformative educational experience in a lifetime of active learning.  He is a Certified Public Accountant (CPA) and brings an accountant’s skillset to his work as Board Treasurer.  He pursued his CPA credential largely because of his commitment to the High School and to educational alternatives in general.  He subsequently also worked for several years at the Alternative Schools Network, a major funder of PACHS.  In a similar vein, his passion for history emerged while teaching a World History course at the High School in the 1990s, leading him eventually to pursue a career as a university-level teacher.  His research focuses on the history of Chicago’s Puerto Rican community. He has published extensively on this and related topics, with articles appearing in multiple academic journals and chapters in a number of books.  He is currently revising his dissertation into a book manuscript.  He lives in Logan Square with his wife, a Chicago Public Schools teacher, and their three children.

Ida Roldán

Ida Roldán

Ph.D., Board Member Since 2015

Dr. Roldán is the Vice Chair of the board; she is the Academic Dean at the Institute for Clinical Social Work in Chicago. Dr. Roldán is a graduate of the Institute for Clinical Social Work, and of the National Training Program for Contemporary Psychoanalysis in New York.  She has a private practice in Chicago where she provides psychoanalytic treatment and consultation.  Dr. Roldán is active in professional and community organizations serving disenfranchised populations.  She is especially interested and committed to serving educational institutions that serve marginalized populations.

Evelyn Rivera-Swint

Evelyn Rivera-Swint

M.A.Ed., Board Member Since 2014

Evelyn is the Board Chair; she currently works at Community and Economic Development Association of Cook County (CEDA) as the Program Outreach Manager. Evelyn provides awareness and education about CEDA’s programs and services to underserved communities throughout Chicago and suburban Cook County. Prior to CEDA, Evelyn worked as the Registrar at PACHS and became an active member within the Humboldt Park and surrounding Latino communities.  She contributes her time to the Humboldt Park Youth and Safety Committee, Avondale Coalition, Humboldt Park CQC (IL Hunger Coalition), Cicero Community Collaborative and NBC/Telemundo Community Action Board, to name a few.  As a product of the Humboldt Park community, Evelyn’s passion is to ensure that every PACHS student is academically successful and has a plan for the future. Evelyn is a double alumnus of NEIU.