Brandon M. Combs, MNA
Brandon completed his Master’s in Nonprofit Administration from North Park University in 2009. He joined Tuesday’s Child in 2011 – bringing with him over 15 years of nonprofit experience in fundraising, financial management and programming. His primary focus is growing the program through strategic partnerships, marketing, outreach and building a strong referral network.
Margaret “Meg” M. Kincaid, Ph.D.
Dr. Meg Kincaid is a licensed Clinical Psychologist who joined Tuesday’s Child in October, 2012. Dr. Kincaid earned her Ph.D. in Clinical and School Psychology from Hofstra University in New York. She worked as a school psychologist for many years in Port Washington, New York and more recently for a north shore district near Chicago. Dr. Kincaid also works in clinical settings, serving as a cognitive behavioral psychologist for pediatric and adult patients in private practice and in hospital settings.
Rich Arend, Ph.D
Clinical Child Psychologist
Richard A. Arend, Ph.D., is a clinical child psychologist who began at Tuesday’s Child in 1987. Dr. Arend supports our Behavioral Intervention services on Saturdays. Dr. Arend obtained his doctorate at the University of Minnesota, Institute of Child Development, where he did ground breaking research on the mother-infant attachment relationship and how it relates to children’s later competence. He has clinical experience in individual and family psychotherapy, consultation to schools, crisis intervention, and parent education.
Jo Anne Loper
Director of Parent Education
JoAnne Loper has been actively involved in Tuesday’s Child for over twenty years. As the Director of Parent Education, she coordinates the activities of Tuesday’s Child onsite and offsite bilingual parenting and staff training programs. She presents workshops and training’s to parent groups, community agencies and schools throughout the Chicagoland area. Her 20+ of active engagement in the parenting program initially as a participant, along with parenting four sons, has provided her with the insight and understanding of the day-to-day development of the child within the family and the surrounding community.
Katie Heenan Conklin, M.Ed
Katie came to Tuesday’s Child as a master level intern in 2006. She was completing her degree in Human Services and Counseling with a concentration in family and young children. After completing her degree, Katie was licensed has a developmental therapist and professional counselor. Currently she supervises the classrooms and home visiting program at Tuesday’s Child. Additionally, she provides school advocacy support to parents and teachers.
Gary has been in development for the last 25-30 years. Being the Director of Development at various social service organizations, he has raised funds specifically for children’s causes. Gary is responsible for the fundraising efforts at Tuesday’s Child concentrating on Donor Relationship Building as well as Foundation and Corporate Relations.
Curriculum Coordinator/ Parent Liaison
Juanita came to Tuesday’s Child in 1985 as a parent participant with her three children. After completing the program Juanita volunteered for Tuesday’s Child and was shortly after hired to work in our classrooms. After completing her degree in Early Childhood she became the Curriculum Coordinator – designing and implementing Child Center activities, screenings and supporting individual learning styles. She works directly with our “Big Kids” classroom – working with children ages 4-6.
Bilingual Parent Coordinator
Maria is a native of Puerto Rico and has been residing in Chicago for over 25 years. She originally came to Tuesday’s Child in 1991 as a parent of a two-year old with special needs, a four year old and an eleven year old. Maria completed the Behavioral Intervention program and continued as a peer mentor prior to beginning the spanish language component of our Behavioral Intervention program – Familias Felices.
Fran holds a bachelor’s degree from the University of Illinois – Chicago and has continued her professional development in special education from Northeastern Illinois University. She spent 2 years in the Peace Corps in an Infant Survival Program and also worked in the Chicago Public Schools as a special education assistant. Fran has been involved with Tuesday’s Child since 1982. Fran originally came as a community volunteer and with time she became a member of the teaching staff. Fran currently works in our “Little Kids” classroom.
Amanda came through Tuesday’s Child as a difficult child over 25 years ago. As she became older Amanda began volunteering in the classroom. She joined the staff five years ago as a Classroom Teacher. She is a proud mother of two and believes that working at Tuesday’s Child has made her a better parent.
Jessica Broniarczyk, MA, LPC
Home Visiting Program Coordinator