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Advisory Board

The CUE Advisory Board provides advice on strategic opportunities for community engagement in Chicago and other cities and by helping CUE to equip students with the experiences and skills necessary to live out their callings in and to our urban world. The CUE Advisory Board is a diverse group of advisors whose vocations have drawn them into significant ongoing engagement with cities and urban life.

 

Freddy Flores

thyssenkrupp Elevator

Freddy has over 24 years of experience in the Elevator Service Industry in P&L, sales, operations and management. Today, Freddy serves as Business Development Manager of thyssenkrupp Elevator. He enjoys helping others and giving back to the community. He is the Chair of the University of Illinois Children’s Hospital advisory board, a member of San Miguel School board, as well as a member of the Sanai Hospital community advisory board.

Freddy chose to join the CUE's CEC board because of its mission and vision “that we need to equip students with experiences and skills necessary to live out their callings in and to our urban world.” He believes that education is power and an opening to a whole new world.

He received his MBA from Keller Graduate School of Management. He enjoys playing golf and working out. Freddy lives with his family in the north side of Chicago and actively serves at Chicago Tabernacle.

 

Charity Fort '12

Mayer Brown

Charity is passionate about the development of urban areas. Born and raised in Detroit, Michigan, Charity has long sought out opportunities to foster economic growth and community development in urban spaces.

Charity is known for her desire to understand economic undercurrents and is currently applying her knowledge and curiosity as an Associate at Mayer Brown LLP, where she has chosen to join the Financial Services Regulatory and Enforcement (FSRE) practice. Her work with FSRE extends to drafting agreements for multi-million dollar corporate and financial transactions for various financial institutions. She also volunteers on a regular basis with various non-profits to provide urban development and immigration pro bono services to a variety of clients in the city of Chicago.

Charity earned her Bachelor of Arts in Business-Economics at Wheaton College in 2012 and her Juris Doctor at Harvard Law School in 2015. Charity has been invited to speak on a number of topics around the world and is dedicated to pouring into the lives of young Christians in business wherever she finds them.

 

Randy Heinig '93

NexTier

Randy is a Managing Director and General Counsel at the NexTier Companies in Chicago, a consulting firm focused on reducing risk and improving performance for institutional investment managers. Prior to NexTier, he held legal and compliance positions with Hewitt EnnisKnupp and worked at several law firms in the Loop. His daily commute takes him on the Green Line through Austin, Garfield Park, and ultimately to the Loop, and it makes him wonder how one city can best serve the needs of so many diverse constituencies while still bringing justice to those who most need it.

Randy earned a B.A. in History and Philosophy from Wheaton, an M.A. in American History from the University of Notre Dame, and a J.D. from Yale Law School, where his favorite class was Urban Legal History. He helped to found Wheaton’s Habitat for Humanity chapter and has served twice as the Chair of the Harvey Fellows Advisory Board for the Mustard Seed Foundation. Randy also currently serves as a senior advisor to New Moms in Chicago’s Austin neighborhood. 

 

Rebekah King Kikama '12

One on One

Rebekah is the Executive Director of One on One, located in the Woodlawn community on the Southside of Chicago. One on One's mission is to empower our neighbors to be active catalysts of and participants in a flourishing Southside of Chicago community. Through One on One, Rebekah is committed to creating opportunities for comprehensive growth in Chicago.

Rebekah received a B.A. in International Relations from Wheaton College in 2012. After Wheaton, Rebekah developed and launched asset development programming for recently arrived refugees in the Chicagoland area. Rebekah has worked with program design and implementation locally, nationally, and internationally within a variety of cultural contexts. Originally from Missoula, Montana, Rebekah enjoys outdoor adventuring, travel, and exploring the intricacies of Chicago.

 

Charles Moffett '68

Charlie retired as a Managing Director of JP Morgan Chase after serving 38 years in Chicago, Atlanta, Singapore, and Hong Kong, where he managed different segments of JP Morgan's business in real estate, corporate finance, and investment banking. He serves on the board and executive committee of Daystar School, a 300-student private Christian elementary school located in Chicago's South Loop, and is active in real estate, private investments, and Christian missions, both in the U.S. and overseas.

The son of medical missionaries, Charlie grew up in Shanghai, Nanking, Seoul and Daegu, South Korea, and has spent the majority of his life in high-density urban environments.  He earned his B.S. in Political Science at Wheaton and an MBA from the graduate school of business at Harvard University. Charlie and his wife, Joanna Spradley Moffett '80, attend Willow Creek Church Chicago, have lived in Chicago's South Loop neighborhood for the past 26 years, and have a particular interest in promoting the growth of inner-city schools, churches, and missions.

 

Arnold Sojourner 

Sunshine Gospel Ministries

Arnold serves as the Director of Work Life Program at Sunshine Gospel Ministries, located in Woodlawn on Chicago’s south side. Arnold has always been involved in youth mentoring through Christian camps, as well as a trainer for critical thinking and consultative selling during his corporate tenure. During his days in corporate America as a contract furniture sales executive, Arnold led sales teams and industry partners in the process of new business development. After the economic decline in 2009, Arnold felt called by God to return to his background in the grassroots of youth development and community discipleship. He came to Sunshine by way of CVPP (Criminal Violence Prevention Program), a state initiative to provide summer jobs and mentoring to teens in areas like Woodlawn. This year, Sojo (as he is called by the youth and staff) launched the Work Life program with Sunshine as a replacement for the CVPP due to a lack of state funding. The program supported the training and graduation of 20 teens at the conclusion of an eight-week program. Now, as a SGM staff member, Sojo is expanding Work Life to a year-round effort and works directly as a “Life Coach and Counselor” to the older youth who are either high school seniors or recent graduates within Woodlawn.

 

Adrian Talbott

Crown Family School of Social Work, Policy and Practice, The University of Chicago

Adrian is the Assistant Dean for Civic Engagement at the University of Chicago's Crown Family School of Social Work, Policy, and Practice. In this capacity, he collaborates with a broad range of civic leaders, community activists, elected officials, and national policymakers to develop and launch new strategic initiatives that help University partners more effectively deliver critical social services to marginalized communities in Chicago and beyond. Prior to this role, Adrian served as a director in the University's Office of Civic Engagement where he advanced urban research efforts to support the University's civic engagement initiatives. He began his career working on political campaigns and as a legislative aide on Capitol Hill. He then co-founded and served as executive director of Generation Engage, a nonpartisan youth civic engagement initiative. Thereafter, he directed CGI Lead, the Clinton Global Initiative's program for emerging global leaders. He chairs the board of Sunshine Enterprises, a local nonprofit that develops community entrepreneurs, and is a member of the State of Illinois Interagency Working Group on Poverty and Economic Insecurity, City of Chicago’s Fines, Fees and Access Collaborative, and Chicago City Clerk’s Civic Engagement Advisory Council. Adrian earned his Bachelor of Arts with summa cum laude and Phi Beta Kappa honors from Amherst College and an M.A. from the University of Chicago Divinity School.

 

Andres Villatoro '11

Academic and Research Specialist 

Andres is a Research and Academic Specialist for the University of Chicago’s Booth School of Business. He received his BA in Sociology from Wheaton College in 2011 and his MA in Social Sciences from the University of Chicago in 2016. He is also a Wheaton in Chicago Alum receiving his certificate in Urban Studies during his time at Wheaton.

Previously, Andres served three years as the multicultural and bilingual admissions counselor for Wheaton College. Tied to this has been his many years of involvement with the BRIDGE program at Wheaton aiming to increase college access to local first-generation and underrepresented student. Andres has specifically served in recruitment, admissions, and teaching roles for BRIDGE in addition to mentoring students, a passion he remains highly committed to.

Andres has also previously served research assistant roles with both the Chicago Council on Global Affairs and the Metropolitan Planning Council where he recently helped contribute to a report aimed at measuring the cost of segregation in the Chicago region. His past and future research interests lie in social mobility, class and racial inequality, education, and urban policy.