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College & Career Readiness

Team Chairs

Bridget French, Rockford Public Schools
Kari Neri, Rockford Public Schools
Donnette Nailor, Regional Office of Education

Team Focus

The vision of the Career Awareness Team is to create a K-12 system to increase student career awareness and knowledge by engaging and collaborating with the community.

Team Members

Jeremy Aldridge - Rockford Public Schools
Christopher Anderson Larson and Darby
Heidi Berardi - Rock Valley Federal Credit Union
Felicia Bohanon - Northern Illinois University
Dane Boudreau - Boy Scouts of America
Bif Buchan - Rock River Valley YMCA
Dave Byrnes - Midway Village Museum
Jared Carlin - Boy Scouts of America
Gina Caronna-Marvin - Rock Valley College
Jake Castanza - Project First Rate
Dr. Lori Fanello - Regional Office of Education
Bob Guirl - Process and Strategy Professional Services
Judy Gustafson - Rockford Public Schools
Cassie Hartje Rockford University
Amy Heilman - Rock Valley College
Keith Hoerth- SwedishAmerican Health System
Jason Johnson - Torch Barbershop
Michele Johnson - RAMP
Reid Jutras - Rockford Public Schools
Dr. Aimee Kasper - Rockford Public Schools
R.J. Kuligowski - Auburn High School
Chris Magee Rockford Public Schools
Jon Mladic - Rasmussen College
Carrie Mueller - Rockford Public Schools
Stacy Mullins - Rockford Chamber of Commerce
Steve Nelson - Larson and Darby
Zoe Norwood - Rockford Public Library
Chet Parker - Rockford Park District
Cheryl Rinker - Rock Valley College
Mike Rathbun - Discovery Center Museum
Andrew Reynolds- Thinknut
Melissa Ridgeway - Rockford Career College
Adrianne Robertson - Rockford Public Schools
William Rose Rockford Public Schools
David Schneider - Rock Valley College
Krystal Scroggins - Rockford Public Schools
John Strandin - The Workforce Connection
Jennifer Stitt -  KIP Training & Educational Programs
Christopher Weber - Morgan Stanley Smith Barney
Earl Wilsey - Schmeling Construction
Dr. Travis Woulfe - Rockford Public Schools

Alignment Rockford: Building a System of Change

Alignment Rockford's strategy for success is built on the following elements.

Alignment Rockford envisions all students graduating from high school with marketable employment skills or enrolling in post-secondary education. They are eager to live, work, learn, create, and play in the Rockford Region as contributing adults.


Alignment Rockford's mission is to align community resources in support of public school strategies to raise student
achievement, improve the health and happiness of our children, and advance the economic and social well-being of our community.
Collective Impact
Collective impact is a centralized infrastructure, a dedicated staff, and a structured process that leads to a common agenda, shared measurement, continuous communication and mutually reinforcing activities among all participants.

Operational Principles

  • Enable children to succeed
  • Align with the school district's strategic priorities
  • Design solutions focusing on high-yield challenges
  • Solve complex problems
  • Work of serving public schools is generational

All Alignment teams form in response to a request made by RPS205. All teams are chaired by a school district administrator and vice chaired by a community leader. Each team follows the same process cycle, and each phase is comprised of multiple steps.

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Are you interested in helping the Rockford Public Schools? Alignment Rockford strategically aligns community resources to RPS205 and we need you!

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