Instructor Spotlight

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Cynthia Aaronson

Cindy holds a degree in Psychology from Indiana University and a Masters in Organization Development from Loyola University. With over 20 years of experience teaching, her approach is highly skill based, and focuses on agreed-upon outcomes to ensure the greatest success for both the individual and the organization. Widely acknowledged as a first-class group facilitator, Cindy likes to focus her talents in three major areas of leadership development: Communication, Management & Supervision, and Teambuilding.

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Sean Bailey

Dr. Bailey has a Doctorate in Education and is a highly respected senior researcher, trainer, leadership coach, author, and keynote speaker in private and public sectors. A Certified Professional in Learning Performance (CPLP), with leadership, project management, and strategic planning expertise that values the process of learning and helping others exceed professional expectations. Known for taking complex issues and designing simplified strategic solutions to help others be more productive.

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Judy Beaver

Judy Beaver has more than 20 years of professional business experience in management and her students give her a 5 star rating. She teaches business communication and software application classes. Author of the article, “Have Your Way with Word,” for OfficePro, the magazine for administrative professionals, she is also the founder of National Proofreading Day. A true advocate for professional advancement opportunities, Judy also serves on the board of directors at the Community Center in Naperville, Illinois. 

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Jack Belford

Jack believes that when leaders, business owners, and salespeople are at their best, their business and quality of life is at its best. As an entrepreneur and small business owner with more than two decades of senior-level leadership at $100M+ companies, Jack offers instructional expertise in developing top performing business leaders. He brings a wealth of sales, service, strategic planning, operations, team building, and leadership experience to his role as a business coach and customized training facilitator.

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Celines Colon

Celines is an entrepreneurial bilingual and bicultural leader who envisions prosperity, transformation, and service for her clients. Her passion has always been to support individuals and organizations in developing their leadership skills, realizing their purpose, managing the best use of their time and energy, as well as assessing the effectivity of external influences. She has a great passion and ability towards empowering people to break through barriers, fully reach their potential, and finding the leader within.

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Chad Eaves

Chad focuses on work in leadership and business coaching, team performance, process engineering, and change management. He holds MBA and engineering degrees. Additionally, he works with veterans transitioning out of the service. He’s written three books, numerous articles and he blogs. Chad is also an accomplished and award-winning speaker on topics including leadership, general business and entrepreneurship, multicultural issues and other topics for companies from small to Fortune 500, in Illinois and around the world.

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Timothy Gaffney

Tim’s Industrial Engineering education served him well in his 35-year career in the Engineering and Telecommunications industries. Throughout his career in Project Management, IT, Customer Service, and Operations, he strove to learn how to implement and improve processes to deliver exceptional customer service. Tim enjoys the opportunity to provide training that is helpful to his students and clients in order to enhance, advance, and support business goals and future successes.

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Cathy Horwitz

Cathy is a high-energy trainer with a flair for connecting with adult learners. She received her master's in Business Administration from Loyola University as well as a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology from Northern Illinois University. Along with her broad professional background, she has 30 years of classroom training experience and takes pride in customizing classes by providing realistic business examples that complement training and boost learning.

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Ilia Jakel

Ilia Jakel is business professional with 20+ years of expertise leading business development and mentoring rising professionals to develop a pipeline of leaders. A bi-lingual leader in communication with fluency in English and Spanish she has a knack for connecting with people at all levels. A proven customer relationship management expert Ilia’s areas of training expertise include: sales strategies, customer relationship management, process improvement, event management and business analysis and leadership training.

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Jennie Johns

Jennie is a widely sought-after instructor with skills in layout design, end user experience, and extensive knowledge of web programming which she brings to every customized training class she teaches. Proficient in both Mac and Windows platforms, Jennie teaches 11 different software programs and 8 different computer languages at last count. In addition to teaching, she’s always working on something new to share with her students.

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Darrell Katz

Darrell has been working with management, government, technology and health care sectors for more than 30 years, creating and delivering custom-designed training solutions that align with organizational needs and performance objectives.  He is a highly sought-after, skilled facilitator, presenter and meeting manager who holds certifications from DDI, MBTI, DiSC and Achieve Forum.

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Stephen Kohler

Stephen Kohler, is a University of Chicago MBA-trained executive who also holds a BA form Northwestern. With P&L experience he’s led global marketing and strategy departments for several blue chip and industry-leading brands. He designs his sessions to help people find clarity, direction and purpose in their work. Stephen knows what magic can happen when people are all listening and contributing.

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Laura Lewis-Barr

Laura Lewis-Barr is an Emotional Intelligence certified trainer through 6 seconds (, a certified DDI leadership trainer (Development Dimensions International) and also trains using AchieveForum. Working with manufacturing, non-profits, marketing/advertising groups, and educational institutions in a variety of sectors and levels of personnel, Laura utilizes her graduate training in facilitation to create the most engaging experience possible for her students.

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Dee Reinhardt

Right-brained. That’s a good description of Dee Reinhardt. When social media advanced into the marketplace, Dee embraced it with great creative passion too. Energetic and gregarious, Dee is a certified social media strategist specializing in digital marketing and LinkedIn for Businesses. If you are looking to plan, create, implement, maintain and/or train staff to market on social media platforms for your business, you’ll want to work with this gifted instructor.

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Steven Ritch

A seasoned instructor and business owner, Steve Ritch combines 25+ years’ of expertise interpreting and understanding manufacturing print reading. With a degree in Industrial Engineering from the University of Illinois, Steve brings a warm and knowledgeable approach to the classroom. He understands the current manufacturing environment and the importance of improving the skills of employees. Steve also teaches as part of the Harper College Manufacturing Program team.

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Chip Rose

With more than 25 years of teaching experience, Chip has authored a wide range of curricula for standard and proprietary software. Personable and compassionate, he makes students feel comfortable enough to participate and interact. His great sense of humor also makes classes comprised of mixed skill levels fun and entertaining. Knowledgeable in Windows and Macintosh environments, he teaches in traditional, instructor-led classroom training, one-on-one coaching and via remote connection as needed.

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Marianne Rowe

Marianne is an expert trainer who helps employees at all levels improve their business communication skills. She’s a former corporate vice president and the published author of a business book, in addition to penning several articles for Training Today magazine. Certified to deliver both DDI and Achieve training programs on a wide range of topics including leadership, customer service, and communication skills, she has also developed her own programs for business writing, presentation skills, and effective listening.

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Dave Rudin

Dave has dedicated his life to adding value to others through the application of proven leadership principles, believing that when you train and develop leaders, you give hope to that individual, business, and community. He has trained internationally with The John Maxwell Team, is a certified Behavioral Analysis Trainer, is the former Executive Director at the Algonquin-Lake in the Hills Chamber of Commerce, is President of Advance Leadership LLC, and has served as board chairman and/or director for several organizations.

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Bob Squires

Bob Squires has over 30 years of progressive experience in both staff and management positions within electronics, assembly, molding, machining and stamping manufacturing environments. With a B.S. in Management, and technical degrees in Electronics and Quality he has successfully assisted manufacturers in the implementation of: 

  • Quality Systems including ISO and QS 9000
  • Safety Programs
  • Project Management Programs for new product introduction
  • Continuous Improvement Programs, including Kaizen and Lean Manufacturing

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Angela Valentine

Angela Valentine is a Google Certified trainer who holds a B.A. in Management and HR as well as an MBA. With Computer Information Systems and business management in her background, she was a corporate trainer for a global telecommunications company for 15+ years. A G-Suite trainer and an expert in developing, customizing and delivering training, she is also a conference speaker and author passionate about technology and sharing her knowledge.

Last Updated: 8/19/21