Leadership and Staff

The Carole Robertson Center for Learning’s staff is comprised of professionals from a range of disciplines, which include education, child development, social work, and youth development. Our staff works collaboratively through an interdisciplinary approach to relation-based practice to best meet the needs of those we serve. Preschool teachers hold Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees in early childhood education or child development and Illinois Professional Educator Licenses with Bilingual or English as a Second Language endorsement. Infant and toddler teachers hold Bachelor’s degrees in early childhood education or child development and the Infant Toddler Credential. Family Support Specialists hold Bachelor’s or Master’s degrees in Social Work or Human Services. The Carole Robertson Center’s programs are delivered by a workforce representative of those served. This workforce, at all levels within the organization, includes community residents and former program parents and program alumni.

For more information about employment opportunities, please visit our Employment page.

Executive Leadership Team

  • Bela Moté

    Chief Executive Officer

    312.243.7300, ext. 219


  • Stefan Bell

    Director, Continuous Quality Improvement

    312.243.7300, ext. 227


  • Jennifer Simpson Leigh

    Chief of Staff

    312.243.7300, ext. 228


  • Larry McKay

    Director, Finance

    312.243.7300, ext. 220


  • Carol Merrill

    Director, Operations

    312.243.7300, ext. 221 


  • Wendy Mitchell Gill

    VP, External Relations

    312.243.7300, ext. 226


  • Michelle Pitre-Young

    Interim VP, Human Resources

    312.243.7300, ext. 256


  • Tracey Young

    VP, Programs

    312.243.7300, ext.250