Euclid Williamson founded Target H.O.P.E. in 1994 after extensive experience in executive leadership, fundraising, and working with adolescents. He has held such leadership positions as Vice President of Development in Public Affairs at the Chicago Urban League, Director of Development and the Executive Director of the Foundation Board at Northeastern Illinois University, and Director of the Minority Engineering Program at the Illinois Institute of Technology. During his tenure, the Illinois Institute of Technology graduated the highest number of African American engineers in the nation and became a national model for minority engineering initiatives across the country. Mr. Williamson also served as a Project Manager at the United Negro College Fund. He received his bachelors degrees in political science and psychology at Chicago State University and a masters degree in public administration at Roosevelt University. Finally, he boasts a long list of awards and affiliations, such as his former position as the Regional Chairperson of the Jackie Robinson Foundation Chicago Selection Committee. In 2001, Target H.O.P.E. was awarded the BP Amoco Award of Excellence for “Best Practices in Pre-College Education”
In November of 2003, Euclid Williamson was inducted into the Hall of Fame at his alma mater, Harlan High School. Euclid Williamson received a Honorary Doctorate of Laws Degree from The University of Missouri-Columbia on May 12, 2012 and served as Commencement Speaker for the Honors class of 2012. Most recently, on May 18th, 2016, Euclid Williamson received a Doctorate of Humanities from Washington University in St. Louis. Back to Top
Professor Gregory Blair received his Bachelors degree in mathematics at Xavier University of Louisiana followed by a Masters degree in mathematics at Loyola University. Professor Blair has taught calculus, pre-calculus, advanced algebra/trigonometry and geometry at Target Hope since 1996.
Professor Blair has provided intense instruction which has resulted in 92% of his students scoring above the national norm in mathematics subject matter.
Dr. Eddie Kornegay, Jr. Faculty
Eddie Kornegay, Jr., a graduate of North Carolina A&T State University, is an English and Communications instructor for Target HOPE. He earned his masters of divinity from the McCormick Theological Seminary. He received his masters of sacred theology and has completed a PhD at the University of Illinois. Dr. Kornegay’s most recent publication in 2014 is A Queering Of Black Theology: James Baldwin’s Blues Project and Gospel Prose. Currently, Dr. Kornegay is serving as Dean of the College of Adult Education at a major university.
Dr. Chinonye Nnakwe Faculty
Dr. Nnakwe holds a bachelor of science in biochemistry from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, and PhD in pathology from the University of Chicago. She began teaching the STEM (science, technology, engineering and mathematics) curriculum at Target H.O.P.E. in spring of 2011, focusing on chemistry, physics and biochemistry. Dr. Nnakwe has inspired hundreds of students to pursue a STEM curriculum in colleges and universities across the nation.
Dr. Ebony McGee Faculty
Dr. McGee earned a bachelor of science in electrical engineering at North Carolina A&T State University, and a PhD at the University of Illinois-Chicago in mathematics education. Dr. McGee teaches the STEM curriculum at Target H.O.P.E., and is currently a postdoctoral fellow at Northwestern University Medical School. Dr. McGee is a faculty member at Vanderbilt University in Nashville, TN.
Brandi Snodgrass Senior Seminar Instructor
Brandi Snodgrass is a graduate of the University of Missouri-Columbia where she earned a degree in broadcast communications and recently graduated from Northwestern University where she attained an MS in Communication. She has been teaching the pre-college curriculum of the Senior Seminar at Target H.O.P.E. for seven years. Ms. Snodgrass is an alumna of the program, and also serves with the Target H.O.P.E. Alumni Association. Brandi currently serves as an Assistant Director of Admissions at the Northwestern Kellogg School of Management.
Dr. Natalie Morgan Faculty
Dr. Natalie Morgan graduated from the University of Illinois College of Dentistry in May 2013. She earned her undergraduate degree from Washington University as a Spanish and Biology major. She is an alumna of Target H.O.P.E. and is completing a university fellowship that involves exposing high school students to health disparities and career opportunities. Dr. Morgan is a practicing dentist in a prominent dental clinic in the south suburbs of Chicago and teaches dental hygiene, wellness, nutrition, and health disparities impacting children of color.
Efundunke Hughes is another Target H.O.P.E. alumna who commenced her affiliation with Target H.O.P.E. as a high school sophomore from Morgan Park High School. Efundunke received her Master of Arts degree in Education from Stanford University. She currently coaches first and second grade year teachers, grades pre-kindergarten through 8th through the academy for Urban School Leadership network. This organization encourages its community of scholars to stay connected because everyone has a story that can turn into a testimony and inspire others to have no excuse to fail. Efundunke started teaching the BP Amoco award winning Target H.O.P.E. Senior Seminar in September 2014.
Jacinta Wallace, Faculty
Jacinta Wallace teaches English/communications, poetry writing and reading comprehension. She earned her undergraduate degree from DePaul University and her Master’s degree in early childhood education from Columbia College. Jacinta is another outstanding alumna of Target H.O.P.E. who has incorporated poetry writing, African literature, and spoken word into the curriculum.
Alfreda Holloway Beth is a graduate of Lindblom Technical High School, now Lindblom Math & Science Academy (1998). In 1998, Alfreda Holloway was a leader of the first high school class of Target H.O.P.E. and represented the inaugural group of students to be admitted to the illustrious Washington University in St. Louis with a full scholarship. Also, Alfreda has studied abroad in Kenya (Nairobi, Lamu, Malindi, and Mombasa), and in the Republic of Palau as a high school teacher of English, mathematics and science. Since college, she has graduated with a master of science in epidemiology and her Ph.D in environmental and occupational health sciences at the University of Illinois at Chicago. Alfreda is married to Phillip Beth, a corporate attorney, and they have two children, Kahlil and Aliyah. Alfreda is currently on the faculty at Chicago State University. In March 2015, Alfreda Holloway-Beth joined the faculty at Target H.O.P.E. to teach epidemiology and other science related classes.
Tiffany Ford teaches algebra, trigonometry, and pre-calculus at Target HOPE. A Target HOPE alumna, Tiffany graduated with her Master of Public Health from the University of Illinois at Chicago and her Bachelor of Science double majoring in Human and Social Development and Economics from the University of Miami. Through policy and advocacy, she works as a policy analyst to address the social and structural determinants of health in Chicago and Illinois, with an ultimate goal of equal opportunities for health and positive well-being for all.
Daniel Ruiz is currently pursuing a PhD in Molecular Metabolism at the University of Chicago. He received his undergraduate degree in Environmental Sciences from U.C. Berkeley.
As a STEM instructor, Daniel covers subjects ranging from human and environmental biology, to socioeconomic determinants of health and disease.
Candace Armour, a Target H.O.P.E. alumna, received both her B.S. in Mechanical Engineering and Master of Business Administration degrees from Washington University in St. Louis. She is currently a Digital Marketing Consultant where she helps major brands position themselves to market to their customers more effectively in a Digital world. She’s also the founder of EpicFabGirl.com – a blog for ambitious women who desire to go after their dreams and lead remarkable lives through entrepreneurship – and FancyExtensions.com.
Michael Okoreeh, Faculty
Michael Okoreeh, is currently enrolled in the Growth, Development, and Disabilities Training MD/PhD Program at the University of Chicago Pritzker School of Medicine. Michael received his BS in Biochemistry (with honors) from the University of California – Riverside.
Quinn Rallins, Faculty
Quinn Rallins currently serves as a Community Justice Staff Attorney at the Sargent Shriver National Center on Poverty Law. Quinn is a Target HOPE Alum who attended Morehouse College where he studied International Business and Economics. In 2010, Quinn received his M.Sc in Comparative Social Policy from the University of Oxford, in England. Most recently Quinn completed his J.D. from Northeastern University School of Law and is currently an Attorney with Sargent Shriver National Center of Poverty Law.
Sully Fernandez, Faculty
Sully Fernandez is a recent PhD recipient in Bio-Chemistry from the University of Chicago and she specializes in cancer research. Sully teaches the science component for the STEM Initiative.
Kendra Allen is a Target HOPE Alum who attended the University of Wisconsin where she studied Biological Systems Engineering. In 2014, Kendra received Masters in Agricultural and Biological Systems Engineering from Iowa State University. She is currently a PhD student at Iowa State University.
Kia Benion , Faculty
Kia Benion is a Target HOPE Alum who attended the Georgia Institute of Technology where she studied Civil Engineering. Kia currently works as a Senior Consultant at Oracle.