The Illinois Writing Project Advisory Board consists of the following outstanding Chicago-area educators, consultants, and non-profit and business leaders who provide guidance on our policies, services and organization.

  • George Bailey, Retired as Associate Prof. of English at Columbia College
  • Mitch Bryan, lawyer with Williams, Bax & Salzman
  • Lynn Cherkasky-Davis, Director of the Quest Center, Chicago Teachers Union (the Center provides prof. development for Chicago teachers)
  • Amy Ferraro, English Department Chair, Addison Trail HS
  • Adelfio Garcia, Principal Hedges School, Chicago
  • Adrienne Gibbs, award-winning freelance journalist, formerly an editor for Forbes Magazine
  • Anne Hallett, retired from directing the Grow Your Own Illinois program ( develops local citizens in poor communities to become teachers)
  • Marv Hoffman, retired from directing the Urban Teacher Prep Program at the U. of Chicago
  • Madeline Kobayashi, literacy coach, Chicago Public Schools
  • Susan Schaffrath, retired from National Geographic, now volunteer consultant for Executive Service Corps


  • Sandra Beyda-Lorie, Dean, College of Education, NEIU
  • Jan Booth, IWP Co-Director for Summer Institutes, retired from teaching in Elgin Dist. U46
  • Pat Braun, IWP Co-Director for Events, retired from teaching in River Forest
  • Rebecca D’Angelo, IWP Co-Director/Secretary, Teaching in Elmhurst Schools
  • Debra Gurvitz, IWP Co-Director for Events, teaching part-time at National Louis University
  • Ben Kuhlman, science and social studies teacher, middle school in Mt. Prospect
  • Dr. Katy Smith, IWP Director, Prof. of Education Northeastern IL U
  • Steve Zemelman, IWP Director
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