About Us - Team

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Our Team

Diane Burnham

Diane Burnham

Executive Director
Burnham holds a Master of Management in Nonprofit Administration from North Park University in Chicago and a Master of Science in Urban Studies from the University of Wisconsin. She has…
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Tiffany MIkell

Tiffany MIkell

Program Director
Tiffany Mikell is a mission driven business operator, creative technologist and community leader with over 12 years of professional experience. Tiffany began her career at Accenture as a software engineer…
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Rod Sawyer

Rod Sawyer

SSA #61 Program Manager
Rod Sawyer has more than 30 years of experience as a business and technology professional with strong connectivity to the Hyde Park Chicago community. He joined the Hyde Park Chamber…
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Raymonde Vance

Raymonde Vance

Office Administrator
Since 1995, Raymonde Vance has been the essential glue that keeps the South East Chicago Commission operating efficiently at all times.
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Kiara Hardin

Kiara Hardin

Program Coordinator
With a Master of Science in Public Service Management from DePaul University, Kiara focuses on the social determinants of health by closing gaps in community infrastructure. She has experience supporting…
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Board of Directors

Executive Board

  • Elvin E. Charity (Chair)
  • James R. Poueymirou (1st Vice President)
  • Danita Childers (2nd Vice President)
  • Maya Hodari (Treasurer)
  • Jourdan Sorrell (Assistant Treasurer)
  • JoAnn Newsome  (Secretary)
  • Ben Anderson (Assistant Secretary)

Advisory Board

  • Shirley Newsome

Board Members

  • Sandra Bivens
  • Andre Brumfield
  • Djenne Clayton
  • Susan S. Freehling
  • Elizabeth Gardner
  • Bernita Johnson-Gabriel
  • Monica Haslip
  • Phaedra Leslie
  • Brian R. Porter
  • Joann Cobb Tate