Tuesday's Child
Tuesday's Child equips families with the skills to manage children's challenging behavior.

Our Staff
The Behavior Management Experts at Tuesday's Child strive to ensure every family is treated with dignity and supported throughout the program. Our staff average over 20 years of experience in helping your family manage challenging behaviors.
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Behavior Management Experts


197Katie Heenan Conklin, M.Ed
Executive Director
Katie came to Tuesday’s Child as a master level intern in 2006. She completed her degree in Human Services and Counseling with a concentration in family and young children. After attaining her degree, Katie was licensed as a developmental therapist and professional counselor. She will continue to provide school advocacy and professional development to parents, teachers, and professionals throughout Chicago-land.


rarendRich 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.


253Jo Anne Loper
Director of Parent Education
Jo Anne 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.


197Gary Koenig
Development Director
Gary has been in Development for the last 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.


191Juanita Tullis
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.


050Maria Cruz
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.


134Fran Smith
Teacher
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.


158Amanda Scott
Teacher
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 in 2007 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.


 017Shantal Saldana
Parent Educator

 


206Rosann Mazzanti
Parent Trainer

 


202Gigi Granato
Bookkeeper

 


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Kristy Mueller
Behavioral Interventionist/Friendship Club Facilitator

 


Behavioral Intervention

This evidence-based program helps families address behavioral issues in young children through an individualized approach that enables our team to address each family’s specific situation.

Family Fun Day

Join Tuesday’s Child for an event raising funds for our exceptional services. The event will feature a 5K Walk & Fun Run followed by a Family Carnival!