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.

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.

Cheryl L. Kaplan, MS, MFA
Director of Parent Education

Cheryl first came to Tuesday’s Child as a parent in 2018 with her 2 young boys and truly believes the program changed their lives for the better in every way possible. Passionate about Tuesday’s Child mission, and wanting to stay connected, she continued as a volunteer peer mentor and is now Director of Parent Education overseeing the parenting component of our Behavioral Intervention program. She holds an MS in Disability and Human Development, and an MFA in Directing for the Theatre. She is currently pursuing her Ph.D. in Curriculum and Instruction from University of Illinois at Chicago.

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.

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!

Loretta Rode
Education Coordinator

Loretta came to Tuesday’s Child in 2016 with her family after her son was struggling with preschool.  Going through the core program made such a difference in her son’s behavior and impacted her entire family, that she continued on with Tuesday’s Child becoming a peer mentor and helping over  30+ families going through the same struggles she experienced as a new mother. Now Loretta has been given the opportunity to be a part of the TC family on an even larger scale and she plans to continue working with families and giving them the tools to succeed in an ever changing world. 

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 recently attained her Bachelor’s Degree in Public Relations and Advertising at DePaul University. Her future goal is to be the Director of Communications and Public Relations at a non-profit organization.

Our Summer Camp Staff

Anika Arora
Teaching Assistant

Anika began as intern  January 2022  helping out in both TC Scholars and the Saturday’s behavior intervention classroom. She then joined our Summer Camp as a teaching assistant!  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!!!

Angel Kellark
Teaching Assistant

Angel was an intern who joined us in the fall of 2021.  She  helped out in the TC Scholars classroom, and the Behavioral Intervention room. She has now joined our Summer Camp Team!  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
Teaching Assistant

Noor started her journey at Tuesday’s Child as an intern in the Fall of 2021.  She assisted the team in the TC Scholars Classroom and has now joined our Summer Camp Team!  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.

Hana Holman
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 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!

Jessica Deering
Teaching Assistant

Jessica was an undergraduate intern with us here at Tuesday’s Child for the Fall of 2021, and was hired to join our 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. 


Our Summer Interns

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!!!

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!!!

Kennon Moon- Undergraduate Intern 

School: University of Pennsylvania

Major/Degree: Psychology

Kennon is a new intern who will be joining us in the summer of 2022.  She is from Alexandria, Virginia and is an only child. Her future plans are to go to Graduate School for Children’s Psychology. Kennon’s hobbies include Lacrosse, Reading, Running, Cooking and planting. One of Kennons favorite experiences working with children is when she was a nanny for a seven year old and loved making fun and engaging lessons for the child to help get her through school. A few of her favorite things include the color Gray, Wild Berry Skittles, plain penne pasta with Olive oil and Parmesan Cheese and Cats. Her favorite movie is Ferris Bueller’s Day Off, and her favorite book is Peter Pan. As a child she like playing with Thomas the Tank Engine, stuffed animals, and building blocks.  She would love for us to know that she has a life-threatening peanut/tree nut allergy. She is a huge Harry Potter fan and love being outside. Welcome to the Team Kennon!!!

Lauren Alexander- Graduate Intern 

School: Loyola University of Chicago

Major/Degree: Master’s in Social Work

Lauren is a new intern who will be helping us out in the summer of 2022.  She is from Bethesda, Maryland and has one older brother and a dog who her parents treat as their own child.  Lauren’s hobbies include doing pilates and barre. She loves to take walks along the water and would love to get a puppy soon. She also loves to read on the beach. Her future plans are to become an elementary school social worker then shift into lobbying. Educational reform is her long-term career goal. A favorite experience with children is watching and experiencing kids achieve their goals.  She worked at an early childhood center for two years and loved being in the infant room. A few of Lauren’s favorite things include the color pink, red vines candy, Sushi and Lions.  Her favorite movie is Pirates of the Caribbean and her favorite book is The Great Gatsby. This is her first internship experience as a social worker and would love any advice, tips, on how to balance work/life. Welcome to the team Lauren!!!

Taylor Colony – Undergraduate Intern 

School: Wake Forest University

Major/Degree: Psychology

Taylor is a new intern who will be helping us out in the summer of 2022.  She is from Lexington, Kentucky and has a younger brother and sister.  Her future career goals is to complete her masters or PsyD and then pursue a career in pediatric or adolescent clinical psychology.  In her free time, Taylor enjoys hiking, swimming, and walking her dogs.  A favorite memory of Taylor’s is when she was in high school and during the summer she taught swim lessons to children of all ages and abilities. She loved watching them grow as friends and swimmers and become more confident in the water.  A few of Taylor’s favorite things include the color Blue, Twix candy, and cows.  Her favorite movie is Encanto, and favorite book is Harry Potter.  She is also a Taco fan.  As a child, Taylor played with Littlest Pet Shop. Welcome to the team Taylor!!

Alex Reyes – Undergraduate Intern 

School: Northwestern University

Major/Degree: Psychology with Chemistry and Neuroscience Minors

Alex is a new intern that will be helping out in the Dolphins summer camp room.  His future plans include pursuing a MA or PhD. in psychology. Alex is from Chicago Illinois, and has three brothers, one older and two younger. In his free time, Alex enjoys going to the gym, dancing, guitar, and fitness. His favorite experience working with children is at Erie Community Center and helping out in their fun projects.  Plus all of his cousins and siblings during family events. A few of Alex’s favorite things include the color blue and red, chocolate, and Tamales. His favorite movie is all Marvel movies. He loves Dogs!! As a child Alex had a mouse plushie that he loved to play with. Welcome to the team Alex!!!

Madeline Phillips – Undergraduate Intern 

School: Notre Dame

Major/Degree: Psychology with Business Economics and Compassionate Care in Medicine Minors

Madeline is a new intern who is helping out in the Dolphins classroom.  Her future career goal is to be a clinical psychologist.  Madeline is from Wilmette Illinois and she is the second oldest of five; 3 brothers and 1 sister.  In her free time Madeline enjoys running, traveling, fashion, reading, and watching sports.  A favorite memory of working with children was being a nanny for ten years for different families with different ages.  She worked with a 11 year old that is on the Autism Spectrum Disorder, she bounded with her as they enjoyed bowling, roller-skating and playing games.  A few of her favorite things included the color blue, Reese’s cups, and Sushi.  Her favorite movie is Peanut Butter Falcon and her favorite book is Greenlights.  Welcome to the team Madeline!!

Winnie Chui – Undergraduate Intern 

School: Northwestern University 

Major/Degree: Psychology and Neuroscience

Winnie is a new intern that will be helping out in the Geckos summer camp room.  Her future goals are to go to graduate school and potentially become a clinical psychologist.  In her free time Winnie likes to draw, play video games, listen to K-pop and various arts and crafts activities Winnie is from Chicago, Illinois and she is an only child.  Winnie used to work at a summer educational program as their teacher aid in the toddler room.  She. has a great experience with one child and watching her grow. A few of Winnie’s favorite things include Lavender and Mint Green, Reese’s cups, gummy worms. Sushi, ramen, boba tea, bibimbap, and savory oatmeal.  She loves cats but unfortunately she is allergic to them.  Winnie wants to work on her communication skills during her time at Tuesday’s Child. Welcome to the team Winnie!!!

Nicole Houde – Undergraduate Intern 

School: Loyola University Chicago

Major/Degree: Psychology, Criminal Justice and Criminology

Nicole is a new intern that will be helping out in both the Geckos and Dolphins classroom.  Her future goals are to attend graduate school for clinical psychology and later become a license psychologist. Nicole is from San Jose, California and has one older brother. In her free time Nicole likes to cook, bake, and play roller hockey. A favorite experience of Nicole’s with working with children is as a ride operator at a children’s theme park during high school. She enjoyed talking with kids while they waited in line and watching how excited and happy they were.  A few of Nicole’s favorite things are the color pink, kit kat, Macaroni and cheese, and Elephants. Her favorite movie is Logan Lucky and her favorite book is The Spectacular Now. Welcome to the team Nicole!!!

Kate Robbins – Undergraduate Intern 

School: Haverford College 

Major/Degree: Neuroscience major with disability studies minor

Kate is a new intern who will be helping out in the behavioral classroom and red pandas.  Kate’s future plans are to work in a mental health setting but is not 100% sure.  Kate is from Chicago and has two younger twin brothers and a step-brother that is the same age as her.  In her free time Kate likes to cook, bake, sail and hike. A favorite memory working with children is in high school she worked at a cooking and baking camp and she loved watching the kids get the hang of making food independently and being creative. A few of Kate’s favorite things are the color yellow, Your peppermint patties, bagels and Elephants. Her favorite movie is The French Dispatch and her favorite book is The Alchemist. Kate loves playing with Legos. Welcome to the team Kate!!

Brenda Guerrero – Undergraduate Intern 

School: University of Illinois Chicago

Major/Degree: Neuroscience 

Brenda is a new intern who will be helping out in the Geckos classroom. Brenda is from Crystal Lake Illinois and has one younger sister. Brenda enjoys reading and walking in her free time.  Her future career goals are to be an Occupational Therapist. Brenda’s favorite experience with working with children is with her ABA therapy client, when she learned how to blow bubbles with gum!  A few of Brenda’s favorite things are the color green, twizzlers, Thai food and elephants.  Brenda’s favorite movie is Forrest Gump, and her favorite book is The Bean Trees by Barbara Kingsolver. Brenda enjoys playing with legos. She is ready to participate in any games the kids want to play. She also speaks Spanish. Welcome to the team Brenda!!!