Faces of Alignment Rockford

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Keri Nelson
Executive Director
Rockford Area Habitat for Humanity 


André Anthony
Executive Director 
Youth Achievement YMCA 
AR College Readiness Team

Jake Castanza
Executive Director 
Project First Rate
AR Operating Board
AR Career Awareness Team
AR Pathways Team
Heidi Dettman
Executive Director
K-12 Curriculum,
Rockford Public Schools

Chair, AR Career
Awareness Team
Zalihta Pegeese
Alignment Team Coordinator 
Alignment Rockford
Jacob Bradt
Founder & CEO, Rockford Buzz 
BAMIT Academy
Support Team member, 

East High School
Dave Carson
Executive Director
College and Career 
Rockford Public Schools 
Chair, AR Career Awareness Team

Chair, AR College Readiness Team
Ray Beckmann
Electrical Engineer
UTC Aerospace Systems
Kennedy Middle School Math Tutor,
College Readiness Team Pilot
Chet Parker
Northeast Zone Coordinator
Rockford Park District
AR Pathways Team
Nik Butenhoff
Director, Career and
Technical Education
Rockford Public Schools 205 
Chair, AR Academy Expo Team

Chair, AR Pathways Team
Chris Weber
Financial Advisor,
The PCMW Group  
Morgan Stanley
AR Pathways Team
Jessica Koltz
Career Services Advisor, Rasmussen 
College-Rockford Campus
AR Career Awareness Team
Charaine Boyd, MA
MIECHV Community Systems
Development Coordinator, Winnebago
County Health Department
AR Healthy Starts Team
Stephen Nelson, LEED AP
Director of Educational Architecture
Larson & Darby Group
Co-Founder, BluePoint
Alert Systems
Co-Chair, AR College Readiness Team
Chad Moe
Fire Inspector, Rockford Fire Dept.
EMS Instructor, SwedishAmerican
Health System
Chair, Jefferson High School HPS AST

Amy Heilman

Program Director,
Refugee and Immigrant Services
and Elevate

Rock Valley College
AR Academy Expo Team


We are making positive changes in the school system, which means we are making positive changes in the lives of our students.- Chad Moe

As a Rockford native, I have seen first-hand the negative perception of education in my city. I am a graduate of Rockford East High School, a product of the public school district. It is up to me (and everyone else in the community) to support positive changes of Rockford Public Schools District #205. - Jessica Koltz

If we want to affect real change and improvement in RPS205 and the overall Rockford Community, then we all need to step up and participate at any and all levels that we are able. This is not an overnight fix or change, this is really affecting generational change which takes time and long term commitment. - Stephen Nelson