Nina D’Agostino, BA, BFA

Nina D’Agostino is a graphic designer and a participant of 6 previous service trips to New Orleans. Nina’s contributions as a board member offers the non­-educators’ perspective to why schools are important to children’s growth and development. Nina has a Fine Arts Degrees from Southern Illinois University, Carbondale and University of Illinois, Chicago. She is the graphic artist for the Evanston RoundTable Newspaper, designer and website administrator. Nina has been honored with more than 6 NINA’s (Northern Illinois Newspaper Awards). She is most proud of her service to the City of Evanston as the Community Garden Coordinator for the City of Evanston and responsible for the building of the ADA raised garden beds in McCormick and Twiggs Parks. Her service to the community extends far beyond the schools she partners with through her volunteer efforts with PIEs.

Karen Roth, MA

In her 30 years of teaching in higher education, Karen Roth collaborated on research ranging from rethinking student teaching practices to be more service focused, to the inclusion of adults with complex learning disabilities in service ­learning projects. In the recently published book, Defending Pubic Education from Corporate Takeover, her chapter, Recovering Schools and Classrooms in the Recovery School District, highlights the learning outcomes of her student participants on service-learning trips to reopen schools in post ­Katrina ravaged New Orleans. She is the recipient of a faculty award in service and education from National Louis University, and was a member of the 2011 International Association for Research in Service–Learning and Civic Engagement conference planning committee based in Chicago. She is co­chair of Illinois Campus Compacts Advisory Council and presents regularly at service ­learning & civic engagement conferences throughout the United States.

Adrienne M. Waller, MAT
Vice ­President

Adrienne M Waller has a Bachelor’s in Arts in Organizational Studies and Sociology from the University of Michigan, and a Master’s in the Art of Teaching, with middle school math and social studies endorsements, from National Louis University. After graduation from UM, Adrienne did a year of service with AmeriCorps*VISTA in Washington D.C., working with the DC Public School s through a non­profit. It was this experience that led her to a career In education, joining the Chicago Teaching Fellows in 2007, and ultimately a teaching position with CPS in second through fifth grade classrooms. After Adrienne’s first year teaching, she received grants to participate in service trips to rebuild schools in New Orleans and has led several service teams since 2008. She volunteers her time as a coach and in various capacities with her church—always focused on youth and community development. Adrienne is committed to educating youth and giving back to the community through 
service and service-­learning.

Sue Bolton, MAT

After seven years in the corporate world as a computer programmer, Sue Bolton left to raise her three children where she volunteered as a classroom helper and girl scout leader. As her children became independent students, she became a substitute teacher in the local school district. She then earned a Masters in the Art of Teaching from National­ Louis University with endorsements in Middle School, Mathematics, Computer Science and English Language Learners. She currently works as a Social Behavior Learning Aide in the western suburbs of Chicago.

Jennie Broadhurst - Passionate about community development and working with and in communities to maximize their capacity to raise the next generation of leaders.

Carol Burns - Educational Consultant; 30 years of experience teaching in higher education; specialist in post secondary education for students with disabilities, including leading curriculum and service projects within the university and community.

Brenda McKinney - Program Manager for the US Army for 24 years; member of several PIES service-learning trips, who enjoys project planning and execution, hosting gatherings, and helping others.

Kate Zilla, Ph.D. - Associate Professor at National-Louis University in the Teacher Preparation/Special Education program; member of several PIEs service learning teams since 2011; has an abiding interest in the full inclusion of those with differing abilities.

Tiffany Velazquez- Early Childhood Educator for 14 years and has worked as a classroom teacher and administrator.  She has joined PIES on several learning teams.  She is passionate about ensuring that early childhood educators are held accountable in a manner that is meaningful to the learning taking place.  

Board of Directors

Our Team

Erica Perez, MAT

After five years in the corporate world, Erica Perez realized that she wanted to be part of something more rewarding, serving a more global community. She obtained her Masters in Teaching and began her work toward serving those in need. In the process, Erica was a mentor at Erie Neighborhood House in Chicago for 4 years, worked as an aid in an autistic preschool classroom, and began her teaching career. She began her service with what is now PIEs. in 2010, in New Orleans. She knew then that she wanted to be a part of a group of inspiring volunteers by joining the future PIEs planning committees. Erica currently lives in New Orleans and teaches middle school math with ReNew Schools. She also serves as PIEs liaison to its NOLA School partnerships.

Advisory Council