The HOME WORKS! Team

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

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.

Todd Killgore - Chief Financial Officer

A financial executive with 25+ years in the business/finance industry that has been instrumental in the professional improvement and success of small businesses in and around St Louis; B.S. in Accounting, University of Missouri-St. Louis.

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 - Asst. Business Manager

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.

Anna Gardner-Andrews - Program Manager

Bio coming soon.

Lizzy Petersen - Grants Manager

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

Sonya Porter - Director of Program Operations

Educator with 34 years of administrative and teaching experience in the field of education including human resources, general education, adult education, and special education. Doctorate of Education and Master of Science degrees in Educational Administration from Southern Illinois University- Edwardsville

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.