Rowe Team

Program Team


Ron Manderschied
President of Northwestern Settlement

Ron Manderschied became President of Northwestern Settlement in 1981. During his tenure as president, the Settlement’s annual budget has grown from $200,000 to $14 million. He has overseen the founding of many of the Settlement’s largest programs including Rowe Elementary charter school, the internationally-recognized Adventure Stage Chicago theatre, AmeriCorps Project YES!, and a nationally-accredited preschool. He also grew the Settlement’s food pantry and after-school programs, and instituted year-round STEM programming at its House In The Wood summer camp in Delevan, Wisconsin. Northwestern Settlement serves over 12,000 individuals each year through education, social services, and arts programs, and another 25,000 through community use of the Settlement’s facilities and 299-seat Vittum Theater.

In 1999 the Settlement co-founded Noble Street Charter School with Mr. Manderschied assuming the role of President and CEO. As Noble Street replicated, he became the President of the Noble Network of Charter Schools in 2005, where he was responsible for administration, fundraising, governance, and financial oversight for this $55 million organization. In 2009, Mr. Manderschied stepped down from leadership of the Noble Network to found Rowe Elementary School. Rowe Elementary will serve over 900 youth in grades K-8 in 2016-17 and has a Level 1+ quality rating from CPS.

Mr. Manderschied currently serves as a board member and Treasurer of the Alliance for Strong Families and Communities, a national membership organization of over 500 child welfare and community based organizations. He is the past Board Chair of the United Neighborhood Centers of America (former National Federation of Settlements) which had 160 member agencies across the country. He is a board member of the Neighborhood Capital Institute, a Chicago based not-for-profit that creates comprehensive development plans which are community-driven and economically viable by merging the expertise of stakeholders, development experts and planning professionals. Community development frameworks are created that encourage private investment in sites ranging from a few city blocks to thousands of acres, from Chicago to Gary to Moline.

In addition, Mr. Manderschied serves on the Higher Learning Commission’s Institutional Actions Counsel. The Higher Learning Commission accredits degree-granting post-secondary educational institutions in the North Central region. He also devotes time to the American Camp Association to do field accreditations of children’s summer residential camps across Illinois and Wisconsin with a concentration on religious and special needs camps.

He and his wife are residents of Chicago.

Tony-Sutton-225x300Mr. Tony Sutton

Born in Chicago, IL, Tony Sutton has worked in the education field since his graduation from Hampton University in 2005. After completing his commitment to Teach for America in Charlotte, NC, he spent time recruiting talent for Teach for America in the mid-Atlantic region. After marrying the most amazing woman in the land, Tony moved to Washington, D.C. where he continued his impact in the education sector as a Dean of School Culture at Potomac Lighthouse Public Charter School. Utilizing his experience in school culture, Tony transitioned to DC Prep as a Dean of Student Support and Founding Assistant Principal. Tony is thrilled to be back in Chicago with his wife and two daughters to continue to impact scholars and families as a grateful, second-year Rowe Elementary School team member.

image005Ms. Bohannon
Assistant Principal

Ms. Bohannon grew up in Neenah, Wisconsin and moved to Evanston for college at Northwestern University. At Northwestern, Ms. Bohannon studied child development and psychological services and decided to join Teach for America in New York after graduation. During her time in New York, Ms. Bohannon taught second and third grade in the South Bronx. Wanting to move closer to home and her family, Ms. Bohannon decided to move back to Chicago and become a founding kindergarten teacher at Rowe in 2009. After her fourth year teaching kindergarten, Ms. Bohannon decided to take on a new role as the Dean of Academics K-2. After 4 years as a Dean, Ms. Bohannon has stepped into the Assistant Principal role to support teachers and scholars K-8!

Ashley Cooper
Ms. Ashley Cooper
Dean of Academics (6-8)

Ms. Cooper was born in Des Moines, Iowa but calls Charlotte, North Carolina home. She graduated from Winston Salem State University with a Bachelor’s degree in education, and later received a Master’s degree in Curriculum and Instruction from NC State University. Throughout her teaching career, Ms. Cooper has taught kindergarten, as well as grades 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, and 8! Ms. Cooper is very excited to take on her new role as Dean of Academics and to continue to be a part of Rowe’s success!

Ms. Nisaini Rivera
Dean of SEL & Culture (6-8)

Ms. Rivera grew up in the Humboldt Park Community of Chicago, IL. She attended Lehigh University. Ms. Rivera has taught for 5 years, grades 4th, 9th, and 10th. This is Ms. Rivera's first year at Rowe Middle School!



Ms. Nicole Gibbs-Ruelas
Dean of Academics (3-5)

Krebs_Mary Lindsay.jpgMs. Mary Lindsay Krebs
Dean of SEL & Culture (3-5)

Ms. Krebs grew up in Nashville, Tennessee. She graduated from Washington University in St. Louis, Missouri, where she studied philosophy-neuroscience-psychology and painting. After graduating, Ms. Krebs joined Teach for America - Chicago to teach fourth grade in the southwest side. In 2013, Ms. Krebs came to Rowe where she has taught both fourth and fifth grade. Last year, Ms. Krebs decided to become a Dean of SEL and Culture for grades three through five. She loves building strong classroom culture and is excited to work with such amazing teachers, families, and scholars here at Rowe!

Josh Rodgers

Mr. Josh Rodgers
Dean of SEL & Culture (K-2)

Mr. Rodgers was born in Pennsylvania but was raised in North Carolina. He completed his undergraduate degree in Minnesota with a major in Social Sciences. After graduation, Mr. Rodgers taught 1st grade as a 2012 TFA corps member in the Mississippi Delta region. During his time in the classroom, social emotional learning became a passion that would shape his future. Mr. Rodgers, then, earned his master’s degree in Educational Psychology at The University of Texas at Austin. Mr. Rodgers is extremely excited to be a part of the Rowe team and to help scholars achieve their fullest potential.

Ms. Beth Rich
Director of Special Education (K-8)




Ms. Sara Watkins
Case Manager (K-8)

McHenry_Allison.jpgMs. Allison McHenry
English Language Coordinator (K-8)

Ms. McHenry was born in Massachusetts but was raised in North Carolina.  She graduated from East Carolina University, where she studied communications and dance.  She later earned a Master’s degree in Teaching English as a Second Language from NC State University.  Shortly after starting her teaching career, Ms. McHenry taught 7th and 11th grade ESL in Beijing, China.  Upon returning to the United States, Ms. McHenry started teaching ESL at the elementary school level and found it to be very rewarding.  In 2014, Ms. McHenry moved to Chicago and founded the ESL department at Rowe.  She is excited to continue to support Rowe’s bilingual students and families.

Ms. Christine McCracken
Director of Operations 

Ms. McCracken


LoShonne SeguraMs. LeShonne Segura
Director of Family & Community Engagement

Ms. Segura  grew up in Chicago, IL and attended Amherst College (Massachusetts) and Relay Graduate School of Education (Chicago, IL). She started her career in education at a middle school in North Lawndale. There, she co-taught 6th-8th grade ELA and ran an after school reading group. After two years, she became the founding Director of College Counseling at Chicago Bulls College Prep, and taught College Seminar where she helped seniors write college essays, apply to four year institutions, apply for financial aid, and enroll in college.

Lisa VandervoortMs. Lisa VanderVoort
High School Readiness Counselor

Ms. VanderVoort grew up in Clifton Park, NY.  She moved to Canton, NY to attend St. Lawrence University where she studied psychology, math, and education. After graduating she moved to Chicago to join Teach For America and taught high school math. After teaching high school math, Ms. VanderVoort realized her passion was working with younger scholars. In 2014 she came to Rowe where she has taught 6-8th grade math and science. Ms. VanderVoort is super excited to continue working with Rowe scholars and families as the High School Readiness Counselor this year!

John Lopez

Mr. John Lopez
School Operations Manager

Mr. Lopez was born and raised on the south side of Chicago. After graduating from Morgan Park High School, he attended the University of Illinois-Urbana Champaign. He graduated in 2005 with a degree in political science. After graduation, he started his own successful trivia company throughout the city of Chicago. His first experience at Rowe was when he began helping in the Michigan classroom in 2012. He truly enjoyed spending each day at Rowe and is so excited to officially be a part of it!

image007Mrs. Diana Morquecho
Middle School Office Clerk

Mrs. Morquecho grew up on the northwest side of Chicago. She went to high school in Atlanta before moving back to Chicago. Mrs. Morquecho’s daughters have attended Rowe since kindergarten! In 2013, she joined the Rowe Operations Team as the Recruitment and Enrollment Manager and has transitioned into the role of Office Clerk at our new middle school building.

image009Mrs. Roselia Velasco
Elementary School Office Clerk

Mrs. Velasco grew up in the north side of Chicago. She joined Rowe Elementary as a proud parent in 2010. She joined the Operations Team in 2012. Her favorite thing to do is spending time with her children! She loves to volunteer and encourages others to share their time for a good cause.

K-2 Teachers


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Ms. Croghan -

Ms. Taylor -


Ms. Kinsella -

Ms. Stillwell


Ms. Hellige -

Ms. Krause -


Ms. Heaphy -

Ms. Kaplan -

1st Grade

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Ms. Wambach-


Ms. Horn-


Ms. Lavoie-


Ms. Rooth -


Ms. Alt-

2nd Grade

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Ms. Ellis -


Ms. Wilson-


Ms. Max-


Ms. Watrach-


Ms. Max-

3-5 Teachers

3rd Grade

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Ms. Heidtke -


Ms. Garber-


Ms. Voigts-


Ms. Despot-


Ms. Marang-

4th Grade


Ms. Mostovoy -


Ms. Hutchinson-


Ms. Nicolas -


Ms. Magad-Weiss-

5th Grade


Ms. Conroy -


Mr. Knudson -


Mr. Perlman -



Ms. Kruchniewicz -

2-5 Science Teachers


Ms. Walker - (Stanford, Northwestern, UIC, Minnesota)
Ms. Kulpa - (Denver, UCONN, Penn, ISU)
Ms. Immer - (Illinois, Duke, Georgetown, Williams)

6-8 Teachers

6th Grade

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DartmouthMs. Goldberg -



Mr. Humilier (Social Studies)-


Ms. Leonard (Science) -

7th Grade

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HamptonMr. Dickerson -


Ms. O'Brien (Science) -



Ms. Rizza -
Mr. Methling (ELA) -

8th Grade

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Mr. Dickerson (Math) -

Ms. Neiman (Social Studies) -

Enrichment Teachers

Elementary Enrichments

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Mr. Hector Rodriguez -


Ms. Alyssa Colletti -


Mr. Molitor-


Mr. Hofacker-

Middle School Enrichments

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Ms. Malik (PE) -

Student Support Teachers


English Language Teachers (K-5)
Ms. Ahern -

Ms. Eckburg -

Special Education Teachers & Aids


Mr. Pena -
Ms. Canniff -


Mr. Krolikiewicz -
Ms. Russi -
Ms. Siegel -

Social Workers

Social Work

Mr. Heidel (K-5 Communities in Schools) -
Ms. Feldman (6-8) -



Ron R. Manderschied, President

Anthony Perry, Chairman

Robert J. Best, Vice-Chairman

Kurt Mueller, Treasurer

Carol Golder, Assistant Treasurer

William Welnhofer, Assistant Treasurer

Connie Magnuson, Secretary

Anna Atkinson, Assistant Secretary

Amy O’Donnell, Assistant Secretary


Margaret J. Barr

Alderman Walter Burnett, Jr.

Ginny Burnstine

Julie W. Coffman

Sami El Saden

Kathy Elliott

Dania Leemputte

Michael Martinez

Leon Oks

Marc E. Peters

John Relias

John W. Rowe

Alice Schaff

Holly Sunshine

Dennis Van Mieghem

Auxiliary Board Presidents

Zoe Barron - Evanston Woman’s Board

John Conneely - Adventure Stage Chicago Board

Alexandra Considine - Chicago Board

Margaret Herrmann - Winnetka Board

Francis Horvath - Park Ridge Board

Amy O'Donnell - North Shore Board