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


  • Carol Merrill

    Director, Operations

    312.243.7300, ext. 221 


  • Sonja Crum Knight

    VP, Programs and Impact

    312.243.7300, ext.243


  • Michelle Pitre-Young

    VP, Human Resources

    312.243.7300, ext. 256


  • Daniel Summins

    VP, Fundraising and Communications

    312.243.7300, ext. 226