Eilleen Rollerson, currently serves as the Associate Director of Resilient. She earned a BS degree at Northeastern Illinois University through Board of Governors, with a concentration in Sociology. She received the Diversifying Higher Education Faculty in Illinois (DFI) Fellowship and attended Loyola University Chicago, earning both an MS and PhD in Sociology.
In addition to program development, Eilleen’s experience includes teaching, administration, grant writing, mentoring, pre-marital counseling, conference speaking, women’s and youth ministry, and life coaching. Eilleen currently serves on the board of Westlawn Youth Network and the Homan Square Advisory Committee of the School of the Art Institute of Chicago.
Eilleen and her husband Derrick have three grown children and five grandchildren. Together they have been involved in ministry in Chicago’s North Lawndale community for more than 37 years.
Her life goals are to live by justice, love with mercy, and serve God and others in humility.
Melissa Sandy serves as the Volunteer Coordinator at Resilient. She received her B.S. in Community Health from University of Illinois Champaign-Urbana and her Masters in Education in Health Promotion and Behavior from the University of Georgia. She has worked for several organizations in both the for-profit and not-for-profit sectors focusing on program development, implementation of training and education for individuals, companies and communities focused on healthy lifestyle and disease prevention.
Resilient Board Members:
Dagmar Porcelli, President
Dagmar was the Owner of ASG Staffing from 1995 to 2006. While owner she developed the company from inception to fruition. Hired in house personnel , trained, conducted sales and managed entire process from sale to fill to employee payroll. Dagmar along with her staff was able to grow the corporation from Zero sales to 26MM$ in sales Recently Dagmar worked mainly in the areas of Training and Strategic development to establish and implement 3,5 and 10 year strategic plans for growth and development. ASG Staffing currently enjoys 60 MM$ in Sales. Dagmar’s volunteer efforts have been as follows: CUSD203 – 1995-2006: volunteered in various areas of classroom, Secretary for Home and School coordinating enrichment programs for all students, General Home and School Secretary and President; instrumental in support for passing of District Referendum to improve the High Schools of CUSD203, conducted study showing the increased number of AT RISK STUDENTS for the district and was able to motivate action to provide after school tutoring, increased lunch offerings and after school support and breakfast options for elementary students. COMMON THREADS – 2010-2013: Introduced fitness through AmayaAdvantage to their after school diversity awareness programs at two CPS schools. WAY BACK INN/GRATEFUL HOUSE– 2012-Present: Executive board working alongside the Executive director providing leadership, direction and advocacy for substance abuse recovery. Focus is on increased funding from private and state sources. CASA of DuPage – 2014- Present: Advocate for children in the Foster Care system. Assuring the child’s rights and needs are taken care of, their safety and positive growth is of highest priority.
Doug Nelson, Treasurer
Doug Nelson has been an owner of Addison based ITE Distributing, a privately owned office equipment distributor for 25 years. ITE has received numerous growth awards from corporations such as Panasonic, Lexmark International, IBM and Canon. In addition Doug is a multi million dollar producing broker for RE/ MAX Enterprises in Downers Grove. Doug is a long time member of Christ Church of Oak Brook where he is an Elder and he has headed up the food pantry ministry since its inception in 2005. Doug and his wife Camille reside in Oak Brook, Il.
Kathy O’Neill, Co-Secretary and Marketing
Kathy enjoyed a career as a Marketing Director for Hartmarx Corporation where she grew the direct marketing business of its women’s apparel catalog division. She held responsibility for a five million dollar budget, the planning and production process, printing, hiring and management of creative agencies and talent. Born and raised in Minnesota, Kathy moved to Illinois to receive her undergraduate education at Northwestern University as well as a Master’s degree in Integrated Marketing. She’s been a member of Christ Church for 15 years and she and her husband, Dave, have raised their three boys in Clarendon Hills. She has served as an executive board member of the Infant Welfare Society and the Avery Coonley School PTO. She has hosted many children in her home from Safe Families for Children and mentored their parents, has enjoyed volunteering for her children’s schools, serving as photographer for youth sports teams, and chaperoning and participating in mission work with Young Life.
David O’Neill, Co-Secretary and Marketing
David has devoted 25 years to sales and marketing at Victor Envelope Company, generating 80 million dollars of revenue and gaining company partnership. He was raised in Champaign, studied business at Illinois Wesleyan, was captain of his college football team, and worked in banking at Commercial National Bank before moving to Chicago. Dave has been committed to volunteering for Young Life and Evan Scholars and as a coach to countless Little League and travel baseball teams as well as youth football teams. For ten years he has served on the board for Little League and the Hinsdale Central Baseball Club. For the past four years he has opened his home to children in need of temporary guardianship through Safe Families for Children. Dave places importance on raising his three sons, his role on the board of Resilient, his weekly bible study, and his steadfast relationships with family and friends.
G. Grant Dixon III is a trial lawyer and the founder of Dixon Law Office in La Grange Illinois. Grant joined the Resilient Board in 2018 and serves as a legal advisor. He is a member of Christ Church of Oak Brook where he has twice served as an Elder and currently serves on several committees.
Tom Dudgeon has served on the Resilient board of directors since 2018. He is a graduate of Willowbrook High School, Augustana College and Drake University Law School. Tom was a practicing trial attorney for 15 years, and served as an Associate Judge of the 18th Judicial Circuit, DuPage County, Illinois for 22 years before retiring from the bench in 2014. He is currently an adjunct professor of Political Science, teaching at a number of Chicago area colleges.
Tawana Edgeson-Steiner, PsyD
Tawana is a licensed clinical psychologist who has worked in the field of mental health for over 20 years; she currently works in DuPage County for a non-for-profit organization. Her experience expands across different areas including community mental health centers, nursing homes, private practice, hospitals, and schools. Providing therapy for children, adults, and families, as well as writing psychological evaluations, have afforded her an in depth understanding of human behavior and psychological functioning as well as factors that contribute to cognitive and socio-emotional wellness. Working as a clinical psychologist has also provided Tawana opportunities to witness growth and resilience of individuals when proper supports are put into place. She is an advocate for multi-systemic collaborations and frequently interfaces with school personnel, law enforcement, and medical treatment teams in effort to provide integrated care for individuals. Tawana’s passion for youth and mental health inspired her to develop a character development program, Becoming Authentically Me (B.A.M.), focusing on promoting emotional and mental resilience through verbal and artistic expression. She has been a guest presenter and choreographer for many organizations including schools, community organizations and churches. Tawana is committed to community outreach and living a purpose driven life for the betterment of society.
Erik Engel, LCSW, is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker who is the school social worker at Willowbrook High School. He also counsels in private practice with Comprehensive Clinical Services and contracts with the Department of Defense as a cadre speaker. He is an Air Force veteran, runs a homeless shelter, and co-founded Itasca Cares. Most importantly, he is a Christian man seeking to obediently serve his neighbor in his home and work communities in the model of the Good Samaritan--faithful that God provides him the opportunity on His path.
Bill Moucka joined the board of Resilient in 2019. His career has been in the investment management business, most notably as a founding partner of Blue Haven Capital in Geneva IL and recently as VP of Investments and Business Development at Covenant Trust Company in Chicago. His volunteer experience has included eight years as an elected school board member of elementary school District #181, 12 years as a trustee of the Hinsdale Police pension board, and in the past, as a local volunteer leader with Young Life. Bill and his wife Donna are long-time members of Christ Church of Oak Brook where Bill is a member of the Global Missions Committee.