Behavior Management Experts

Katie 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.

Michelle Sobon, Psy.D
Staff Psychologist
Michelle Sobon, Psy.D., has dedicated her career to prevention and treatment of learning and mental health disorders among children and their families. She earned her doctorate in Clinical Psychology at Wright State University, School of Professional Psychology; she then completed her American Psychological Association accredited doctoral internship and post-doctoral fellowship at Applewood Centers, Inc. where she specialized in clinical child psychology. Dr. Sobon has enjoyed working in community and educational settings providing therapy, program evaluation, behavior management consultation, and psychological evaluations to children, adolescents, families, and educators. She is passionate about supporting and equipping struggling children and families.

Jo 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.

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.

Rachel Surprenant, MSW
Program Director
Rachel earned her Master’s in Social Work from Loyola University of Chicago, specializing in Mental Health working with Children & Families. Through this degree, Rachel completed two clinical internships, first working as a Community Support Specialist for Thresholds, and second as a Primary Therapist at Ann & Robert H. Lurie Children’s Hospital in their Partial Hospitalization Program. Rachel also worked for Lurie Children’s as a Behavioral Therapist for 5 years on their inpatient unit, PHP program, and in outpatient groups before accepting this position as Program Director for Tuesday’s Child!

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.

Catalina Zamora
Bilingual Coordinator

Catalina  Zamora came to Tuesday’s Child Familias Felices desperately looking for help when her family went from 2 members to 7 members in the short span of 3 years. The newly blended family was a lot harder to manage than she could’ve imagined. Tuesday’s child was more than a helping hand. They quickly became a huge blessing for the Zamora – Montoya household. They gave her the tools and confidence she needed to become the best parent she could to each one of her children. She stayed on as a volunteer to train as a parent mentor in Familias Felices and later the Core Program. Later she was hired on to provide outreach workshops in Spanish and support  for Familia Felicies. Just recently after a lot of hard work and dedication she was honored with the  promotion to Bilingual Coordinator and she couldn’t have been more thrilled.

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. Fran currently works in our “Little Kids” classroom.

Amanda Scott
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.


Kristina Zatvornitsky
TC Scholars Social Worker
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 (equivalent to an MSW) 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 Core Behavior Intervention program and Summer Camp program, as well as the Social-Emotional Facilitator of Friendship Club. Kristy is excited to work in TC Scholars as the Preschool Social Worker and dedicated to providing the foundation for safe and positive learning to enhance students’ ability to succeed in and out of school.

Shantal Saldana
Prevention Initiative Home Visiting Program Manager 
Shantal Saldana began volunteering at Tuesday’s Child while she was an undergrad at Northeastern Illinois University. There she received a bachelor’s degree in Psychology. She began working at Tuesday’s child July 2013. She provides bilingual services to families in Chicago. Shantal is passionate about child development and working close with the community.

Catherine Ciganek
Early Childhood Educator
Catherine Ciganek joined Tuesday’s Child in 2016 when TC Scholars was just starting out. She attended National Louis University where she studied Early Childhood Education and Psychology. Cat has worked in various settings of early care for over 20 years. She is currently the Lead Teacher at TC Scholars and she believes that learning through play alongside differentiated instruction will allow a child to succeed in school.

Rosann Mazzanti
Parent Trainer


Gigi Granato


Paulina Razo
Teacher Assistant
Paulina came to Tuesday’s Child in September 2018. She earned her Bachelor’s Degree from Northeastern Illinois University where she studied Interdisciplinary Studies with a minor in Child Studies. Paulina works in TC Scholars assisting the lead teacher and social worker. She also is a parent educator scheduling home visits to help parents strengthen their parenting techniques and child development. Using learning through play, Paulina plays a role in guiding children towards social and cognitive skills and gain the self-confidence required to engage in new experience and environment.

Marissa Harrington
Marketing Assistant
Marissa Harrington came to Tuesday’s Child in 2019. She earned her Bachelor’s degree from Central Michigan University where she studied Broadcast and Cinematic Arts, Media Design and Advertising. As a marketing assistant, she promotes Tuesday’s Child to prospective and existing referral sources, and executes social media management and regular updates to blog posts, e-newsletters, and websites.

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