Staff Members

Thom has dedicated his career to serving others, working both in direct-service & administrative roles in a variety of nonprofit or...

Rico Bryant

Recruitment Manager
i.c.stars
My name is Rico A. Bryant, I grew up on the south side of Chicago as a ward of the state, so basically I was fortunate to live with a relati...

Arlene Chandler

Workforce Development Manager
i.c.stars
Arlene is excited to work with i.c stars connecting top talent with Chicago employers to address workforce needs.
Udayan is delighted to be part of i.c.stars since his role as a Technology Training Manager brings together his passions for education and f...

Gillian Downey

COO
i.c.stars
Gillian Downey is passionate about technology and mentoring with more than 15 years of experience in digital product development, business l...

Elizabeth Ferruelo

Grants and Marketing Manager
i.c.stars
Inspired by its mission and community of change-makers, Elizabeth is delighted to be part of i.c.stars.
Tandelaya received her B.A in Sociology and African American Studies from Eastern Illinois University.
Amanda Hogan is excited to work with i.c.stars donors, mentors, sponsors, and employers as Development Manager.
Sandee Kastrul is president and co-founder of i.c.stars, an innovative nonprofit leadership and technology training program founded in 1999...
Tasha has over 15 years experience in recruitment and project management.
I’m Saul, graphic designer, working in print media and attempting to learn web development/design.

Finley Winters

Research Coordinator
i.c.stars
I’m Finley Winters, I grew up in Chicago, Illinois.

Tina Wyder

Program Director
Tina is excited to continue her association with i.c.stars in a permanent role as Program Director.

A Measurable Impact

Initial placement rate:
90%
Industry retention rate:
81%
College attendance rate:
55%
Alumni actively engaged in their communities:
72%
Average 12-month earnings before program:
$10,790
Average 12-month earnings after program:
$44,010