Robin Dusek – President and Executive Director
Robin graduated from University of Notre Dame undergrad in 1995 and William & Mary School of Law in 1998. She is a partner at Freeborn & Peters LLP. She traveled to East Africa for the first time in 2005 for holiday. The people and landscape of the region captured her heart, and she has since returned four additional times for both holiday and work.
In September 2008, Robin visited Uganda and Rwanda. This trip opened her eyes to the woeful state of primary education in the region, particularly in the rural areas. Educating is taken for granted in the US, but is a luxury in many parts of the world. Seeing this first hand, Robin returned home determined to start a charity to support children’s education in Africa. Although education is Robin’s focus, she has also provided pro-bono legal services to an NGO working in East Africa.
Robin lives in Chicago with her dogs and cats. She is grateful to her family and friends for their support and belief in Educating Africa’s Children’s goals.
Kris McCoy – Vice President
Kris McCoy is a freelance copy editor, attorney, life-long student, and vice president of Educating Africa’s Children.
Kris graduated summa cum laude from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign and was named to the Bronze Tablet for ranking in the top 3% of all graduates. She earned her law degree from the University of Illinois College of Law, where she graduated with honors.
Kris worked as a practicing attorney for eight years, focusing primarily on insurance and reinsurance arbitration and litigation. Since leaving the practice of law, Kris has returned to school, studying topics across several disciplines, including editing, journalism, economics, and the history and politics of the Middle East. She also works as a freelance editor, providing editing and writing services to various law firms, businesses, graduate students, authors, and nonprofits.
Kris has traveled extensively, especially enjoying her time in the Middle East and Africa. She lives in Chicago with her husband, Nate, and their neurotic dog, Cali, in a house they designed and love.
Sophia Kamberos – Treasurer
Sophia Kamberos is Educating Africa’s Children’s treasurer.
She currently works in the central district office of the Chicago Publics Schools as a Fellow with Broad Residency in Urban Education. As part of her current role, Sophia is responsible for managing and structuring professional development programs for teachers which ultimately enhance student learning. Prior to joining The Broad Residency, Sophia was an assistant brand manager at Alberto Culver. Her most recent position was on the TRESemmé brand where she led the launch of a new line for styling products for the business.
In addition, Sophia was responsible for devising and implementing the online marketing strategy, financial forecasting and managing the media and public relations for the brand. Previously, she worked at LaSalle Investment Management as a financial analyst, where she invested money in commercial real estate on behalf of institutional investors. As part of her time with LaSalle, Kamberos spent 1.5 years working in Paris, France where she managed a European property fund.
Sophia holds a bachelor’s degree in political science from Northwestern University and a master’s degree in business administration from the Booth School of Business at the University of Chicago.
Rachael Blackburn – Secretary
Rachael Blackburn is Educating Africa’s Children’s secretary and is also a lawyer.
Rachael graduated magna cum laude with her law degree from the University of Wisconsin Law School in 2002 and received her B.A. in History from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign in 1999. Rachael has legal experience in both the public and private sector. Her legal practice currently focuses on commercial litigation and arbitration. Prior to this, Rachael was a trial lawyer with the US Department of Housing and Urban Development.
Rachael lives in Chicago with her husband, Ryan, and her little girl, Nora. Rachael volunteers mentoring students at Holy Trinity High School, but spends much of her free time chasing after her toddler.