Board of Directors

The Carole Robertson Center for Learning has a unique governance structure that ensures those we serve have a strong voice in agency growth and development and that it maintains focus as a family-centered and community-driven agency. Agency by-laws require that the majority of the Board of Directors is comprised of constituent representatives, such as current or former parents of a Center participant or alumni of the Center’s programs. These board members bring a deep understanding and first-hand experience of the Center’s programs and the communities served. In addition, the Board of Directors includes community representatives who bring a range of outside expertise and experiences along with a commitment to community-based work.


Responsibilities of the Board of Directors include: planning the long range future of the Center, assuring adequate financial support for the organization, providing leadership in fundraising, adopting policies to govern the affairs of the Center, evaluating program and organizational effectiveness, and employing and supervising a qualified Chief Executive Officer to manage daily operations and implement the goals and objectives of the agency.


The Board of Directors elects Community Representatives when such vacancies arise. Terms of membership are two years. Membership requires participation in at least one committee, fulfillment of an annual fundraising commitment, and attendance at meetings monthly, special events, and Board retreats. We look for those with an interest in community-based work, early childhood education, youth development, parent leadership, and non-profit management.

For more information on board responsibilities and board membership, contact Jennifer Leigh, Executive Project Specialist, at 312.243.7300 or

2017-2018 Board of Directors

  • Dave Robertson

    Dave Robertson

    Community Representative, President
    Deluxe Corporation

  • Jewerystine Tribble

    Constituent Representative, Vice President
    Saint Anthony Hospital

  • Christine Brambila

    Constituent Representative, Secretary
    University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
    School of Social Work

  • Carter Culver

    Community Representative, Treasurer
    Exelon Corporation 

  • John Blasi

    Community Representative, Member

  • Mellodie Brown

    Constituent Representative, Member
    Sherman School of Excellence

  • Jessica Gaito

    Community Representative, Member
    Neurocrine Biosciences

  • Tondra Hamlin

    Constituent Representative, Member
    John H. Stroger Jr. Hospital

  • Naressa Jones

    Constituent Representative, Member

  • Margaret Kibaya

    Constituent Representative, Member

  • Maribel Lopez

    Constituent Representative, Member
    Lawndale Christian Health Center

  • Lakesha Nelson

    Constituent Representative, Member
    Neighborhood Housing Services of Chicago

  • John Smith

    Community Representative, Member
    ACH Food Companies, Inc.

  • Dianne Robertson Braddock

    Robertson Family Representative, Honorary

  • Jamellah Braddock Ellis

    Robertson Family Representative, Honorary
    Owner, Curl Theory

  • Bela Moté

    Chief Executive Officer, Ex-Officio
    Carole Robertson Center for Learning