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.

rarendDr. 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.

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.  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 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 the surrounding community.

Gary KoenigGary 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.

Paulina Razo, M.S. Child Development 
Prevention Initiative Home Visitor
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 is a parent educator scheduling home visits to help parents strengthen their parenting techniques and child development. Using learning through play, Paulina guides children towards social and cognitive skills and to gain the self-confidence required to engage in new experience and environment.

Jessica Adamusik, BA
Behavior Intervention Teacher Assistant
Jessica began her path at Tuesday’s Child as an intern in the Fall of 2019. She returned as a full time summer camp staff in 2020 and was recently promoted to the position of full-time teacher’s assistant in our Behavioral Intervention Program. Jesse also runs our Friendship Club social skills program! Her future plans are to pursue art therapy and occupational therapy with children ages 2-4.


Jessica Deering, BA – Teaching Assistant TC Scholars 

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, BA 

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, BA

TC Scholars Teaching Assistant 

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 Theif 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 

Angel Kellark – Graduate Social Work Intern 

School: Loyola University Chicago 

Major/Degree: Social work and minor in Sociology

Angel is a new intern who will join us in the fall of 2021.  She will be helping out in the TC Scholars classroom, and the Behavioral Intervention room.  Angel’s goal is to complete her masters degree in Social work and work with the youth of the world. Angel is from Macomb, Michigan and has four siblings, one younger and three older. In her free time, she enjoys reading and watching movies.  A few favorites of Angel include the color purple, peanut M&M’s, Monkeys eating Lobster. She likes the movie The Martian, and the book Graceling by Kristen Cashore.  As a child her favorite thing was a cd player.  Angel’s has a lot of experiences working with children from ages 6 to 18. Welcome to the team Angel!!

Noor Arja – Undergraduate Intern 

School: Loyola University 

Major/Degree: Cognitive and behavioral Neuroscience and Psychology

Noor is a new intern that will be joining us in the Fall of 2021.  She will be helping out in theTC Scholars Classroom.  Noor’s future career goals include attending a clinical psychology graduate program and becoming a clinical neuropsychologist, where she can participate in research. Noor is from Rochester Michigan and has one younger sister named Zaynah.  In her free time Noor enjoys going on walks/runs outside, getting coffee or food with friends, singing and listening to music, and cooking. A few of Noor’s favorite things include the color yellow, sour patch Watermelons, Mac n Cheese, and Monkeys.  Noor likes to watch the movie 50 first dates and the book The Baron in the Trees by Italo Calvino.  Her favorite experience with kids comes from a volunteer camp she did where the children put on a play/musical and get to see their progress and excitement after each day of camp.  Noor’s favorite toys as a kid were Barbies and Webkinz.  Welcome to the team Noor. 

Malia Dunlap – Undergraduate Intern 

School: Elmhurst University 

Major/Degree: Psychology and dance studies

Malia is a new intern that will be joining us in the Fall of 2021.  She will be helping out in the TC Scholars classroom and behavioral Interventionist room.  Malia’s future goal is to become a clinical psychologist.  Malia is from Chicago, Illinois and has five siblings. During her free time Maila enjoys dancing, writing and photography. Malia’s favorite experiences with children include creating a safe and friendly atmosphere for children and bonding with them. Going on field trips with them and doing small fun activities. A few of Malia’s favorite things include the color blue, Skittles, pizza, tacos, dogs and Guinea pigs.  Her favorite movie is Clueless and her favorite book is The lovely bones.  As a child she enjoyed playing with barbie’s and teddybears.  Welcome to the team Malia!!!

Briza Romero – Undergraduate Intern 

School: Depaul University 

Major/Degree: Psychology major and a double minor in Spanish Women and Gender Studies

Briza is a new intern that will be joining us in the Fall of 2021. She will be helping out in the behavioral classroom.  Briza’s goals are aiming to get an MSW and my licensure in order to become a therapist. Briza is from Berwyn Illinois and has three younger siblings. In her free time Briza enjoys playing the  guitar and keyboard and painting. I am usually always listening to music, too. A few of Briza’s favorite things include the color blue, pozole, airheads and bunnies.  Her favorite movie is Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind and her favorite book is Beloved by Toni Morrison.  Briza’s favorite experience with kids is engaging in the fantasy worlds that children create! For the past few months, her and her 8-year-old cousin have been interacting with each other as if we are Witch-Vampire allies and have powers.  When Briza was a little kids she enjoyed playing with Winne the pooh.  Fun fact about Briza is that she is a leap year baby.  Welcome to the team Briza!!!

Julia Yaccarino – Graduate Social Work Intern

School: Loyola University

Major/Degree: Social work with a minor in Political Science

Julia is a new intern who will join us in the fall of 2021.  She will be helping out on Tuesdays and Thursdays.  Julia’s future goals are to become a social worker specializing in children and families.  Julia is from Los Angeles California and has one younger brother.  A few of Julia’s favorite things include the color Blue, Peanut M&M’s, Otters, and she likes anything that has chocolate in it.  Her favorite movie is Forrest Gump, and favorite Fahrenheit 451. Her favorite memory working with kids is when she could not beat a 3rd grader, that she tutors in checkers.  She finally won once and it made the child very happy that she was able to beat him. Child? Julia’s favorite toys as a child are Webkinz, Bratz dolls, and snowglobes!  Welcome to the team Julia!!!!

Grace Justic – Undergraduate Intern 

School: DePaul University

Major/Degree: Psychology

 Grace is a new intern who will join us in the fall of 2021. She will be helping out in the TC Scholars classroom and Behavioral Intervention room on Saturdays.  Grace’s future plan is to graduate after undergrad, and to become a licensed clinical counselor.  Grace is from Frankfort Illinois and has a younger sister.  Grace enjoys singing, playing the bass and keyboard, and writing music.  Her favorite experience with kids when she was teaching vocal lessons, and watching them progress in their skills and abilities.  A few of Grace’s favorite things include the color green, Peanut Butter M&M’s, Tacos and Elephants.  Her favorite movie is Uncut Gems, and her favorite book is Ninth House.  As a child Grace enjoyed playing with stuffed animals, barbies, bratz dolls and pet shops.  Welcome to the team Grace!!

Maya Trinka – Graduate Social Work Intern 

School: Crown School of Social work, Policy and Practice

Major/Degree: Social Work

 Maya is a new intern who will join us in the fall of 2021. She will be helping out in the Behavioral Intervention classroom.  Maya’s future goals are to be a school social worker.  She is from Oak Park Illinois and has three siblings.  Maya’s favorite experience working with children is at the Hephzibah CHildren’s Association for three years.  That is where she realized she loves working with children.  A few of Maya’s favorite things include the color blue, reese’s, Ice cream and elephants.  Her favorite movie is The Dark Knight, and her favorite book is Educated.  When Maya was younger she enjoyed playing with Polly pockets and legos.  Maya would like the staff to know that this will be her first time working with kids under six years.  Welcome to the team Maya!!!!

Rosie Hankes – Graduate Social Work Intern 

School: University of Chicago. Crown School of Social work 

Major/Degree: Clinical social work especially in school social work

 Rosie is a new intern who will join us in the fall of 2021. They will be helping out in the TC Scholars classroom.  Rosie is from Skokie Illinois and has one younger sister.  Rosie’s future plans are to be a middle/high school social worker, possibly private practice.  Rosie enjoys reading, crocheting/embroidery and hanging with friends.  A few of Rosie’s favorite things include the color green, Reese’s Peanut Butter Cup, Sushi, and Otters. She likes the book All about Love by Bell Hooks and the movie Knives Out.  One of Rosie’s favorite memories with kids is when she was a camp counselor at a nature center. She loves being able to teach the kids about the importance of caring for the earth through experiential learning.  They named the bugs all Bob.  When she was little she played with Littlest Pet Shop, Webkinz, and her teddy bear Teddy.  She is excited to learn from Tuesday’s Child.  Welcome to the team Rosie!

Vanessa Aguirre – Undergraduate Intern 

School: Loyola University Chicago  

Major/Degree: Cognitive Neuroscience and a minor in Spanish

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!!  

Sophia Dunn – Undergraduate Intern 

School: Loyola University Chicago  

Major/Degree: BS in Psychology and a Biology Minor

Sophia 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 a MA in Pharmacology or Psychology. Sophia is from Wolverine Lake, Michigan and has two siblings. She loves to watch kids grow and learn and listen to the kids’ imaginative conversations. She enjoys reading, writing, running and yoga.  A few of Sophia’s favorite things include the color blue, kit kats, potatoes, and otters.  Her favorite movie is Hairspray, and favorite book is The Silent Patient.  As a child Sophia liked to play with Elmos stuffed animals, and Barbies. Welcome to the team Sophia!!


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!!!

Saavaiz Durrani – Undergraduate Intern 

 (preferred name Savi)

School: Loyola University Chicago  

Major/Degree: Cognitive Neuroscience & Psychology

Savi 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 getting her MD/PHD in Neuroscience. Savi is from Toledo, Ohio and has one older sister and a brother who is 11 months older than her.  Savi enjoys pilates, outdoor walks, and dancing.  She loves being around her big family and loves to do yoga, baking and playing outside.  A few of Savi’s favorite things include the color Blue, Blue sour patch, grilled Chicken, and Dolphins.  Her favorite movie is Lord of The Rings, and her favorite book is Atonement. As a child Savi enjoyed playing with Barbies.  Savie would like everyone to know that she loves to dance and be on her feet.  She loves to dress up and help others find their style.  Welcome to the team Savi!!!