Will Bulka is a computer scientist with over 16 years’ experience in social work. He is the former director of supportive services for an organization serving homeless youth on Chicago’s south side and for nine years worked with young people and a range of community stakeholders to improve education, employment and recreation opportunities for youth experiencing homeless across the city. Before his work with homeless youth, Will managed programs for Alzhemier and dementia patients as well as children with autism. He holds a degree in Computer Science from the University of Iowa and a degree in Liberal Studies from Viterbo University. Will, a beard grower from the 90’s, is currently unable to shave due to the adverse reaction of loved ones to his actual face. He suffers the same fate of his father, a mustached man, forced to hide his true identity for the comfort of those around him.
Amanda Dunnavant is currently a purchasing analyst at Leo Burnett. For over five years, Amanda has been a fierce advocate for youth facing social and economic injustice, helping to shape services within both housing and employment programs for young people in Chicago. Amanda, an accomplished musician and vocalist, is a champion for the power of music and arts-based programming to transform lives. She is an incredible singer, songwriter, painter and social change thought leader. And if you think that’s impressive, just wait until you see what she can do with a spreadsheet.
Derrick Fisher comes to LYTE’s board of directors with over 8 years of experience bringing media and technology services to Chicago through his current work at Comcast Corporation and previous positions with AT&T Inc. For over fifteen years, Derrick has devoted his life to advocating for the needs of young people experiencing poverty and homelessness, serving as an advisor for several youth organizations in Chicago, a mentor for countless young people, and previously holding an elected position on the National Network for Youth’s advisory council. Derrick believes that all young people deserve to live in communities that protect and invest in them and he is a champion for the power of sports, music and education to transform lives. Although he holds great expertise when it comes to youth work, Derrick admits he remains perplexed as to how to get his own children to clean their rooms and is open to suggestions. When not bringing technology to the masses or uplifting young people of Chicago, Derrick can generally be found engrossed in a debate about hip hop while devotedly cheering on (most) Chicago professional sports clubs but yes, also…the Yankees.
Vladimir Ladouceur joins LYTE Collective with over ten years of experience in finance. He is currently part of the institutional investor reporting team at Guggenheim Partners and previously was an auditor with Deloitte. Vlad is passionate about investment in young people and ensuring that all youth have opportunities to discover the world and themselves. He has been active for many years with several community organizations on Chicago’s south side including the Boys and Girls Club and Big Brothers Big Sisters. Vlad also helped lead Passport Carriers, a collaborative project with the Rebuild Foundation where youth from the south side of Chicago participated in a cross-cultural training and exchange, traveling to Germany for an international arts festival. Vlad graduated from the University of Illinois with degrees in Accounting and Finance.
Patricia Posey currently works for Apple Inc. and has over has over 11 years of experience in sales, customer relations and information technology. For over a decade, Posey has helped guide the mission and services of multiple organizations serving youth experiencing homelessness. In 2004, she was elected the GLBTQ chair of the National Network for Youth policy board where she served for two years before her advancement to the National Network’s executive board. Posey has also served on the advisory councils of UCAN’s LGBT Host Home Project as well as Teen Living Programs in Chicago, Illinois. In 2008, in recognition of her activism on behalf of the rights of young people, Posey was honored as one of the Windy City Times 30 under 30. While we are grateful that Posey chose to spend her days making the world a better place for all of us through technology and the advancement of human rights, as the funniest person we have ever met in our lives, we can’t help but wonder what would have become of her stand-up career.
Darrin Shillair, MBA
Darrin Shillair joins the LYTE Collective with over 11 years of experience in management consulting and project management. He currently leads the strategic initiatives team at Guggenheim Partners, and previously was a consultant with PriceWaterhouse Coopers. Darrin received his MBA from the University of Chicago Booth School of Business and holds a Bachelor’s degree in Industrial and Operations Engineering from the University of Michigan – Ann Arbor. In his free time, he enjoys bike-riding (slowly), pretending he has a jump shot, and living his truth through 2 dozen hot wings at a time.
Bonn Wade, MA
Bonn Wade has 20 years of experience in social services providing, directing and designing housing and supportive services for LGBTQA youth within trauma informed frameworks. In addition to direct service, they are the co-founder and former associate director of UCAN’s LGBTQ Host Home Program, an appointee on Cyndi Lauper’s Forty To None Project advisory board, and also serves as a board member of Task Force and Community Services and Youth Empowerment Performance Project. Bonn holds the vision that every youth in Chicago deserves a safe and stable home to not only survive but also thrive. Bonn holds a master’s degree from The University of Chicago’s School of Social Service Administration. When not building community and youth programs, Bonn is busy planning their annual block party and is in charge of the pet parade this year!