The HOME WORKS! Team

The HOME WORKS! team of professional educators, administrators, and advocates includes:

Laura Brock - Program Manager and Trainer

Program Manager & Trainer – Educator with 25+ years of experience as a teacher, principal, assistant superintendent, and education consultant; M.S. and Ph.D. in Education Administration, University of Iowa.

Kathy Coyle - Data Manager

Senior Finance/Accounting Professional with 18+ years of broad and deep experience in manufacturing and corporate environments; MIS Master’s Degree.

Lisa Dixon - Program Manager

Seasoned elementary school teacher and child and family development specialist with 10+ years of experience; B.A. in Elementary Education, Wittenberg University.

Larry Grieshaber - Chief Operating Officer

Former university administrator and professor, with 30+ years of experience in healthcare management, academia, and administration; Ph.D. in Administration, Purdue University.

Cindy Kalachek - Program Manager and Trainer

High school English teacher with 10+ years of experience in curriculum building and administration; M.S. in Education, Harvard University.

Karen Kalish - Founder and CEO

Serial social entrepreneur who has started three nonprofits and one program; former teacher, television reporter and business owner with 25+ years of community service focused on literacy, closing the achievement gap, and ending racial discrimination; M.A. in Public Administration, Harvard Kennedy School.

Julie Knopf - Administrative Assistant

20+ years in the financial and continuing education fields, specializing in social media marketing and business development; B.A. in Business Administration, Illinois State University.

Dr. Sandra Logan - Program Manager

Retired educator after 29 years as a teacher and administrator; M.S. in Educational Administration and Ed.D. in Educational Leadership and Policy Analysis, University of Missouri-Columbia.

Judy Perkins - Program Manager

Certified reading specialist and special education teacher for 17 years; M.S. in Elementary Education, Webster University.

Lizzy Petersen - Grants Manager

Experienced non-profit administrator for five years; M.F.A. in Writing, Purdue University.

Vickie Rogers - Program Manager

Former teacher with extensive administrative experience in education for 30+ years.

Betty Tobler - Program Manager

Teacher, curriculum developer, accreditation compliance specialist, and administrator with 40+ years of classroom and administrative experience.