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 Chicagoland.

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 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.

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 Behavioral Intervention Program. Later she was hired 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
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
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
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 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.

Shantal Saldana
Prevention Initiative Home Visiting Program Manager 
Shantal 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.

Paulina Razo
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
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. Her future plans are to pursue art therapy and occupational therapy with children ages 2-4.

Jackie Gunchick
TC Scholars Teacher Assistant
Jackie is a recent graduate from Loyola University Chicago where she earned her Bachelor’s Degree in Psychology and a Minor in Spanish Language. Jackie was an intern in the Tuesday’s Child Summer Camp program and was recently promoted to the position of full-time teacher assistant in our TC Scholars Preschool. Jackie’s future plans are to pursue a Master’s Degree in Child Development so that she can further excel in serving the complex needs of children and their families.

Rosann Mazzanti
Parent Trainer


Gigi Granato


Jamie DeCaria
Marketing Manager
Jamie earned her MBA at Northwestern University, Kellogg School of Management and began her marketing career in the consumer packaged goods industry. As a parent of three, she is happy to be making a difference in other parents’ lives by promoting Tuesday’s Child’s services.

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