Beverly A. Normand, Ph.D., Founder and President, is a consultant for public and private schools in Illinois, and is lecturer and adjunct professor for several universities. She recently retired from the Office of Specialized Services, Chicago Public Schools, after thirty-four years of service as Special Education Teacher, Citywide Instructional Specialist, and Facilitator for School Based Problem Solving/Response to Intervention programs in Psychology and Special Education. She earned degrees from Roosevelt University, DePaul University and Chicago State University. She was a contributing writer for several publications of Chicago Public Schools, is the recipient of numerous educational awards, special recognitions, and various grants. She has written and hosted several educational television programs, has been published in numerous journals and magazines and has participated in various research projects.
A poet, designer, lyricist and patron of the arts, she has collaborated with artists and musicians on special projects and has planned and coordinated cultural programs and art exhibitions for school children, churches and other institutions throughout her adult life.
Serving as Commissioner of Religion and Race for the United Methodist Church in the South Shore Community of Chicago for twenty years, Normand developed activities and programs to support African American history and culture, while also planning activities and programs to strengthen multi-cultural exchange and diversity training. She served as editor for the Nimbus publication for many years.
Normand has helped thousands of pupils, parents, teachers, ancillary teams and school administrators, and is highly respected for her integrity, creativity and skills. "I believe in interdisciplinary instruction and all curricula that stimulate the imagination and lead us away from mediocrity and complacency. The mission of Rald Institute is to reduce the at-risk population, support children and individuals with special needs in a manner which leads to self-actualization, support as many parents and teachers as we can, and help twenty-first century educational leaders maintain integrity and democratic forms of leadership, while problem solving."
Board of Directors:
Beverly A. Normand, Ph.D., President
Davida Miriam Markham, QMRP, Vice President
Beverly Dukes Hines, M.S., Financial Secretary
Sharon Alexander, B.A., Treasurer
Anthony Cole, M.A.
Kehinde Hattisburg, CCC-SLP
Rosalind Henderson Mustafa, M.B.A.
Geneva M. Oatman, Ph.D.
Beatrice Peter, M.A., M.Ed.
Eva Z.Posey, M.A., ED, RN, BSN
Terry Michael Ross
Sandra Sanford, M. Ed., M.Div.
Robert Abbott Sengstacke
Marianne C. Stallworth, Ph.D.
Judith E. Stanton, LCSW
Abena Tukes, RN
Wayne Tukes, Ph.D.
Larry Turner, PSYD., RN
Davida Miriam Markham, Vice President, began her career of working with disabled children in the speech and language department of a high school for trainable, mentally disabled teens in Chicago. She assisted speech pathologists while studying for her bachelors degree in psychology at Chicago State University, and obtained her license in Child Endangerment and Risk Assessment. Simultaneously, she undertook independent studies in reading and special education and began volunteering and advocating for children with severe cognitive deficiencies. Her dedication and skill as a Child Welfare Specialist earned citywide recognition for her in schools, state and city agencies and Juvenile Courts. She is well known and respected for her exemplary work, integrity, and services for children in the foster care system in Illinois. She was recently honored for exemplary work with CARC, Chicago Association for Disabled Citizens. Davida assists the CEO of Rald Institute with development and administrative tasks and facilitates capital campaign activities.
Casaundra Ross, trained extensively in youth advocacy, brings to Rald Institute her unique ability to assess organizational needs, focus attention on the most critical issues, and to facilitate responses to change. As a Marketing Consultant, Casaundra has over 17 years of highly successful experience in providing strategic planning, organizational development, and marketing services to non-profit organizations, public agencies and businesses. Casaundra holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Communications from the University of Wisconsin, Stevens Point, and has been a Rald Institute board member for several years.
"Character is Power." ~ Booker T. Washington
Anthony A. Cole
Anthony A. Cole, M.A., is a retired executive who brings to Rald Institute 25 years of executive experience in Human Services. He served 18 years as the Vice President of Haymarket Center, the largest provider of addictions healthcare services in Metropolitan Chicago and Cook County, serving some 18,000 clients annually.
In addition, he served as Chair of the Illinois Alcoholism and Drug Dependency Association (IADDA), a trade association representing over 50 agencies. Also, he served as the Chair of the Chicago Committee on Urban Opportunity (CCUO) which provides oversight for the third largest Head Start grantee in the country and the City of Chicago Department of Family and Support Services.
Currently, he is a member of the Board of Governors for the City Club of Chicago, the premier public policy forum in Illinois. He was most recently appointed as an Advisory Board Member of the Kroc Community Center, which offers a diverse array of recreational and arts programs in a state of the art facility and outdoor arenas.
Anthony's career accomplishments along with his rich and varied experiences in funding procurement, public policy advocacy, program development and implementation, project management, and strategic planning, demonstrate the dynamic leadership and expertise that makes him a tremendous asset to the Rald Institute as a member of the Board of Directors.
Judith Muwwakkil Stanton
Judith Muwwakkil Stanton is a founding Board Member of Rald Institute, and assists with Board development and research. She earned degrees from the University of California at Berkeley and the Jane Adams College of Social Work in Chicago, Illinois. She has a long history of dedicated social work service, first in Chicago, and in recent years in the Harbor Country area of Michigan.
Judith was the first African American female Ombudsman for the Cook County Department of Corrections, Chicago, Illinois in 1975. She was the spokesperson for the inmate populace on institutional grievances and worked as the Liason between inmates, Board of Directors and Sheriff Richard Elrod. Prior to that, she worked as a Job Development Counselor for the Safer Foundation for ex-offenders and Program Director for research sponsored by the Department of Mental Health in Chicago.
She was a Clinical Social Worker at Rush-Presbyterian St. Luke Medical Center in Chicago, where she supervised graduate students, assessed patients, worked on the crisis intervention team and trained staff in program development, research and evaluation, quality assurance process and review. She has been Manager of Education for the Better Boys Foundation, Program Director for the Blue Gargoyle Youth Service Center, and Executive Director for Chicago Youth Centers in Chicago.
She served as Executive Director of the Boys and Girls Club of Benton Harbor, Michigan from 2001 to 2005, and is currently the Executive Director of Camping Services for Chicago Youth Centers' Camp Rosenthal in Dowagiac, Michigan. She is also an independent consultant. She has received numerous awards including, Outstanding Young Women of America, Better Boys Foundation Service Awards, National Association of Business, Distinguished Women Award of WCA of Berrien County, Michigan and many other awards.
Elva Z. Posey
Elva Z. Posey, formerly a Nurse Administrator for Chicago Public Schools for forty years, has been a key supporter and advocate for Rald Institute since its inception. Elva helps parents identify appropriate college programs and helps with fund raising activities for the Institute.