Andrea is a graduate of Judson University. She has been a Group Facilitator for CCWF since 2015. Andrea has an extensive background in working with children and adults alike who find themselves in need of community support and resources as well as group facilitation. She is trained in the ICDP, PAT and World Cafe' models and curriculum.
Andrea has efficient qualities which include the ability to communicate effectively, lead in crisis intervention, and is trained in trauma informed care. She possesses a unique ability to convey a message where each person that is listening walks away with an understanding of the presented material. Andrea enjoys singing and finding the humor in any situation.
She is a married mother of 4 children and is the lead Pastor at Community Center Christian Ministries.
I am originally from Aurora and have lived here most of my life. When I was a young child I moved to Mexico with my family for about five years. There, I became fluent in Spanish and was able to experience life from a different perspective. I learned to appreciate diversity, the effects of good education, and parent involvement. I now live in Aurora with my wife and three children.
I earned a double major in Early Childhood Education and Spanish at Millikin University in Decatur, IL. During my studies I traveled to Latin America to visit schools and to continue learning about different cultures. After graduating, I taught bilingual preschool for 6 years before transitioning to work in family engagement.
Throughout my career I have facilitated different parenting groups. I have also started several programs in the districts I have worked in which focus on engaging parents and strengthening the school and home connection. I am most passionate about seeking programs and opportunities for fathers to engage in their child's development. I work with Changing Children's Worlds Foundation in order to meet my goal of promoting parental involvement in education and supporting parents as they advocate for their children.
Ricky Rodgers, youth advocate, author, trainer and teacher. A native of Wilson City, Mo. Ricky is a professional educator with degrees in elementary and special education from Grand Canyon University in Arizona. He has served as a Special Education Teacher for Aurora Middle School Academy and Pathways Academy in School District 131. In 1999 he helped found the nonprofit African American Men of Unity organization and is currently its executive director. Under his leadership, in 2014, their Rites of passage program was featured in the Beacon News as a "mentoring model for the country" and recipient of the "Cultural Champion" award in 2016 from the Roots of Aurora for their heritage celebrations "Juneteenth and Kwanzaa."
Dahlia Roman, M.S.W., LCSW, LSW, CADC
Dahlia has over 20 years’ experience in social services and with a variety of needs. Dahlia has worked with diverse populations, persons with intellectual disabilities, child welfare experience, mental health and substance abuse needs. Dahlia provides Spanish speaking and culturally responsive services for individuals and families. She works with and as a team, building upon personal strengths in your journey to a healthier self and family. She can also help parents better understand how normal child/adolescent development, coupled with any complex traumas and experiences can impact their sense of self and family functioning.
With her experience working with substance related issues, in combination with her knowledge treating mental health needs, she is adept at understanding the ways in which each can impact the other. These skills further enhance her ability to create a plan for treatment that will assist with the greatest empowerment and life improvement.