Behavior Management Experts

Dr. Beverly A. Echols, EdD
Executive Director
Dr. Echols’ joined Tuesday’s Child in 2021 with a depth of experience to incorporate into Tuesday’s Child’s mission and vision. With more than 25 years of teaching and administrative experience, Dr. Echols’ areas of expertise include: urban diversity, diverse learners with a focus on autism, professional development, and academic excellence. Beverly realized that to educate our students successfully, it was essential to first address their social and emotional needs. Prior to Tuesday’s Child, Beverly served as Executive Director of Early Learning Innovation at the YWCA Metropolitan Chicago. Before that, she was the Principal of Lighthouse Academies Charter School. Beverly’s educational background includes a Doctor of Education, Educational Leadership, from Nova Southeastern University; a Masters of Science, Early Childhood Education, Grambling State University; and a Bachelor of Science, Social Work and Child Welfare, George Williams College of Aurora University.


Dr. 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. He 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.

Dr. Connie Weil, Ph.D.
Clinical Psychologist
Dr. Weil is a licensed clinical psychologist who obtained her doctorate degree from Michigan State University with a specialty in child and family psychology. She has extensive experience in cognitive, behavioral, and emotional assessment of children and in individual and family psychotherapy. Dr. Weil joined the Tuesday’s Child program after spending much of her career at Ann & Robert H. Lurie Children’s Hospital of Chicago. While at Lurie Children’s Hospital, Dr. Weil specialized in the evaluation and treatment of families and young children with a variety of concerns, including children with both internalizing and externalizing mood and behavioral concerns, children with severe food allergies and other chronic medical concerns, and children who graduated from the NICU. This work has also included consultation with schools and other community groups in the Chicago area.

Jo Anne Loper
Director of Parent Education
Jo Anne Loper has been actively involved in Tuesday’s Child for over twenty years. She coordinates the activities of Tuesday’s Child onsite and offsite bilingual parenting and staff training programs. She presents workshops and trainings to parent groups, community agencies and schools throughout the Chicagoland area. Her 20+ years 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 surrounding community.

Gary Koenig

Gary 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.

Juanita 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.

Fran Smith
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. 

Amanda Scott
TC Scholars Lead 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 and then joined the staff in 2007 as a Classroom Teacher. She is now the Lead Teacher at TC Scholars and Tuesdays Child summer camp. Amanda is currently pursuing a degree in early childhood education and brings her unique behavioral perspective to her academic lessons. She is a proud mother of three and believes that working at Tuesday’s Child has made her a better parent.

Jasmina Ejupovic, MSW 
TC Scholars Social Worker
Jasmina joined Tuesday’s Child as an intern and has since been a member of our team in many classrooms, including a regular in our summer camp program. Jasmina has recently attained her Master’s degree in Social Work from the University of Illinois Chicago, and we are so excited for her to bring her behavior management skills and thoughtful social emotional curriculum to our preschool program!


Kristina Zatvornitsky, LCSW 
Graduate Social Work Intern Supervisor 
Kristy began working at Tuesday’s Child as an intern in 2014 while obtaining her Bachelor’s degree in Applied Psychology and Sociology at the University of Illinois at Chicago. In June of 2017, Kristy attained her Master’s degree from the University of Chicago – School of Social Service Administration with a concentration in School Social Work. Kristy currently holds a Professional Educator License with an endorsement in School Social Work. In her years at Tuesday’s Child, she has worked as a behavior interventionist in the Behavioral Intervention program and Summer Camp program, as the Social-Emotional Facilitator of Friendship Club, and as the Preschool Social Worker in TC Scholars. Kristy is dedicated to providing the foundation for safe and positive learning to enhance students’ ability to succeed in and out of school.

Letty Perez
Bilingual Coordinator
Letty started at Tuesday’s Child in December 2021. She earned her Bachelor’s degree from Northeastern Illinois University where she earned a Major in Psychology and a Minor in Spanish. In July 2021, she completed her Masters  of  Arts in Counseling with a concentration in Art Therapy. Letty is a Bilingual Coordinator at Tuesday’s Child, where she coordinates our Familias Felices bilingual program. Letty works directly with our Spanish speaking families by providing them with parenting support and advocacy. She also does outreach to present workshops to the Spanish-speaking populations that could benefit from our Familias Felices Program. Her future plans are to have her own clinical practice and advocate for mental health awareness.

Jessica Deering
Teaching Assistant- TC Scholars Jessica was an undergraduate intern with us here at Tuesday’s Child for the Fall of 2021, and was hired to join our TCS and Summer Camp teams upon her graduation from Loyola University of Chicago!  Jessica’s future goal is to obtain a masters in Clinical Mental Health Counseling.  One of her favorite experiences with kids is when she was a swim instructor, she was able to build connections with the same children and got to see them develop not only as swimmers but also as people.  Welcome to Jessica!!

Dannae Cadenas
Marketing/Development Assistant Dannae was an intern on our development team for the fall of 2021, and is joining our development team in 2022! She will be assisting Gary with events, non-profit fundraising, and marketing.  Dannae’s future goal is to be the Director of Communications and Public Relations at a non-profit organization.  She enjoys how kids are brutally honest.  She likes Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire and the book The Odyssey.  Her favorite toys as a kid were her Barbie Dreamhouse and Bratz dolls.  Welcome to the team Dannae!

Hana Holman
Teaching Assistant- TC Scholars Hana began her Tuesday’s Child career as an undergraduate intern for the 2019 -2020 academic year in our TC Scholars and Behavior Intervention programs. She then joined our Summer Camp team as a teaching assistant and has since begun her graduate career as a Master’s in Social Work at Loyola University of Chicago. Hana remains on our team has a teaching assistant in our TC Scholars program to this day! Hana is from Gurnee, Illinois and is the only child.  A few of her favorite things are the color yellow, Milky way’s, chewy sweetarts, Sushi and Giraffes.  Her favorite movie is Mamma Mia, and her favorite book is The Book Thief and The Secret Life of Bees.  A fun fact about Hana is that she has a green stuffed bear that she names “Smee Smee” that she had since she was two!

Gigi Granato
Office Administrator/Bookkeeper


Our Interns

Vanessa Aguirre – Undergraduate Intern 

School: Loyola University Chicago

Major/Degree: Cognitive Neuroscience and Spanish Minor

Vanessa is a new intern starting in January 2022.  She will be helping out in both TC Scholars and the Saturday’s behavior intervention classroom.  Her future plans include becoming a professor at an University and to open her own non profit.  Vanessa is from Roscoe Illinois and has six siblings.  Vanessa likes to read, watch tv and work out. She enjoys teaching and watching children learn and get excited about learning something new since education is a big part of her life.  A few of Vanessa’s favorite things include the color Pink, Sour Patch Kids, Pad Thai, and Elephants.  She enjoys the movie Grease and the Rocky Movies, and the book Pride and Prejudice. As a child she played with nerf guns, hot wheels and barbies . Welcome to the team Vanessa!

Chloe Gordon – Undergraduate Intern 

School: Loyola University Chicago

Major/Degree: Cognitive/ Behavioral Neuroscience and Psychology

Chloe is a new intern starting in January 2022.  She will be helping out in both TC Scholars and the Saturday’s behavior intervention classroom.  Her future plans include attending graduate school to pursue Clinical Psychology.  She hopes to take a year abroad or go to school overseas!  She is also interested in forensic psychology, or working as a psychologist in schools or juvenile detention centers.  Chloe is from Annapolis Maryland, but spends a lot of time in Northern Michigan.  She has a younger brother and a younger sister.  Chloe was also a sailing instructor.  A few of Chloe’s favorite things include the colors Sage Green and Burgundy, Peanut M&Ms, Junior mints, Sushi and Capybara.  She likes the movie Amelie, and her favorite book is Never Let Me Go by Kazuo Ishiguro.  A fun fact about Chloe is that she is a music encyclopedia, she knows the lyrics to songs.  Welcome to the team Chloe!!  

Anika Arora – Undergraduate Intern 

School: Northwestern University

Major/Degree: Psychology 

Anika is a new intern starting in January 2022.  She will be helping out in both TC Scholars and the Saturday’s behavior intervention classroom.  Her future plans include graduate school for clinical Psychology. Anika is from Scarsdale, New York and has one sister. Anika enjoys playing soccer and hiking.  On Tuesdays morning Anika tutors and plays games with elementary students, and finds the experience to be fun and rewarding.  A few of Anika’s favorite things include the color Blue, Twizzlers, Sushi and dogs.  Her favorite book is Minor Feelings and her favorite movie is Edge of Seventeen. As a child Anika enjoyed playing with dolls. Welcome to the team Anika!!!

Sydney Goldstein- Undergraduate Intern 

School: Northwestern University

Major/Degree: Double Major in Psychology & Learning and Organizational Change

Sydney is a new intern who will be joining us in April 2022.  Her future career plans is to graduate school for psychology.  She is from Mount Laurel, New Jersey and has an older brother named Josh.  A few favorite things include the color Red, Reese’s candy, Fried rice and sushi.  Her favorite movie is Titanic and her favorite book is The Catcher in the Rye.  Her favorite animal is Bunnies.  As a child Sydney loved to play with stuffed animals and dolls. Sydney enjoys watching tv, baking, golfing and knitting.  Welcome to the team Sydney!!!

Angel Lee- Undergraduate Intern 

School: Northwestern University

Major/Degree: Psychology and African-American Studies Minor

Angel is a new intern that will be joining us in March 2022.  Angel’s future plans in their career is to become a (pediatric) neuropsychologist.  Angel is from Bolingbrook Illinois and has an older sister, a younger brother, and a younger sister.  A few of their favorite things include the color pastel yellow, lavender, olive green, Reese’s, Reese’s Take 5, Hershey’s Cookies and Cream, Sour Patch Kids.  Their favorite movie is the marvel movies.  They love Sushi and soul food.  Their favorite animal in Monkeys.  When they were younger Angel loved to play with Bratz Dolls and Refrigerator Magnets.  Welcome to the Team Angel!!

Dayna Gallet- Undergraduate Intern 

School: Loyola University of Chicago

Major/Degree: Psychology and Criminal Justice Minor

Dayna is a new intern starting in May of 2022.  She will be helping out Gary in the office.  Dayna’s future career goals are to work with the youth.  She is from Lemont Illinois and has one older sister.  Her favorite experience working with children is at Lifetime, building relationships with the kids and being able to help them come out of their shells.  A few of her favorite things are the color purple, the book The Silent Patient and the movie Booksmart.  As a child her favorite toys were legos.  Welcome to the team Dayna!!!

Hannah Goettsch- Undergraduate Intern 

School: University of Wisconsin- Madison

Major/Degree: Psychology and Entrepreneurship

Hannah is a new intern starting in May of 2022.  She will be helping out Gary in the office on Mondays and Wednesdays.  Hannah’s future career goals is to attend graduate school after college and hoping to study either Internal Organizational Psychology or Clinical Psychology.  Hannah is from a suburb outside of Kansas City and has an 18 year old brother and 15 year old sister.   A favorite memory of Hannah working with children is being a nanny, and being a swim coach.  She worked with over 200 kids ages ranging from 8 to 18.  She also has experience in projects such as The Children’s Place Kansas City and A Chance to Dance.  A few of Hannah’s favorite things include the color Blue, Dark Chocolate, Pizza or Sushi, and Dogs.  Her favorite book is The Help and her favorite movie is The Blind Side.  As a child Hannah loved playing with Dolls and Musical toys.  This is her first internship in Chicago and she is very excited to learn from all of us.  Welcome to the team Hannah!!!