As a Center alum and the youngest son of Sue Duncan, Owen has spent a lifetime working with inner-city children. His role as executive director began in January 2011 and includes maintaining and building upon Sue’s vision for comprehensive programming that creates a nurturing environment for learning and motivates children to succeed. He oversees operations, programs, expansion plans and overall execution of the Center’s mission. Owen holds a B.A. in Political Science and was a teacher in Pennsylvania before moving back to Chicago and rejoining the Center.
An alumni of the Center, Tina joined the staff in July of 2012. She is a 21-year veteran of the nonprofit and philanthropic sector with a background in fundraising and marketing. She was previously with Battlestar Communications where she worked with nonprofits as an independent consultant to help improve their fundraising and communication efforts. Tina served the Chicago Foundation for Women for eleven years as its Director of Communications and began her career in philanthropy as a student at the Field Foundation of Illinois. A graduate of Columbia College Chicago, her role at the Center is to develop a multi-year process for institutionalizing its fundraising and outreach functions as part its effort to open additional sites in other south side communities.
John started his work at the Center in the summer of 2010. As program director, he is responsible for designing programs that provide a creative approach to teaching and learning. He is an experienced literature and writing teacher, a visual artist and guitar instructor. In addition to his role at the Center, John is a music teacher at the Old Town School of Folk Music. He has a Ph.D. in American Literature and an M.F.A in painting.