The Englewood Back To School Parade Committee  

“Talent wins games, but teamwork and intelligence wins championships.”  ~Michael Jordan


Nicole Vaughn
Parade Chairman
Nicole Vaughn, is a proud lifelong Englewood resident, homeowner, and single mother of two beautiful daughters. Besides being a community activist, Nicole is also involved in restorative justice issues. In 2012, Nicole co-founded and became the Executive Director of We R Englewood, a recognized 501 (c) 3, serving youth and families in the Englewood community. Nicole is most proud of restoring the historic Englewood Back to School Parade in 2014. The Parade is truly a gem and has been a part of the community for 54 years. Through her leadership, the parade in 2014, 2015 and 2016 had over 6,000 attendees. Nicole is the recipient of several prestigious awards. She serves as the President of Ogden Park Advisory Council. Nicole holds a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Sociology from DePaul University and a Master’s Degree in Human Resource Management with a concentration in Health Services from Keller Graduate School of Management.
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Sandra Streeter
Parade Co-Chairman
Sandra L. Streeter is a former Englewood resident. Currently she is a full-time employee at Northwestern University where she has proven to be trustworthy, accountable and holds a record for longevity. She has analyzed budgets as high as 20 million dollars. Sandra is known for her keen eye to detail and organization, she is known to be an encourager, an esteem builder, a pusher and she is passionate about individuals obtaining proper instruction and training to be productive contributors in all facets of their lives. Through volunteering Sandra assists powerful leaders and lend her skills where needed. She is the Director of Administration for We “R” Englewood, the Vice-President of the Ogden Park Advisory Council, and she is a board member of various organizations whose goals are to uplift, encourage and provide various needed human resources.
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Rashanah Baldwin
Social Media & PR Committee Coordinator
Leading public policy influencer and experienced multimedia expert Rashanah Baldwin is Ms. American Elegance Woman 2016-17. Born within the Englewood Community of Chicago, Ms. Baldwin’s love for both pageantry and for the importance of education for young women led to numerous accolades throughout her young career. Her first official national title, Ms. American Elegance Woman has positioned this intrepid and entrepreneurial young woman to national renown and is an inspiration to those young women whom she supports through educational initiatives. Ms. Baldwin’s story of resiliency and self-determination deeply resonates with her core audience as she both passionately speaks and passionately writes on the issues relative to the needs of the Englewood community. Through her strategic insight and wanting to change the narrative surrounding the way her community was presented to outsiders, Ms. Baldwin created her own weekly talk radio show, airing Tuesdays at 10:15am CST entitled, “What’s Good in Englewood” on WKKC 89.3FM. To learn more about Rashanah Baldwin and to follow her reign as Ms. American Elegance Woman 2016-17 please click on her picture to visit her webpage.
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Geraldine Bates
Entertainment Committee Coordinator
Geraldine Bates is a former Englewood resident. She is the founder and CEO of the Southside Neighborhood Gospel Festival, which was located in the heart of Chicago’s Englewood community and earned the recognition of being the largest neighborhood gospel festival. The festival has featured various gospel artist such as Albertina Walker, Donald Lawrence, Richard Smallwood, Karen Clark Sheard, Byron Cage, Marvin Sapp and Avery Sunshine (R&B artist) and many more national and local artist. She has worked in the community through the gospel music industry, Christian churches, organizations, and a handful of other genres for over 15 years. Multi-talented, vision oriented producer, organizer, stage manager, entertainment and event coordinator. Currently, assist in producing the Choir Competition for Cook County Commissioner Richard Boykin. Has served as the Entertainment Coordinator for the Great Migration Picnic and Stage manager for the Great Migration Award Ceremony.
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Kari Steele
Political Committee Coordinator
Commissioner Kari K. Steele was elected November 6, 2012 to her first term as a Commissioner at the Metropolitan Water Reclamation District of Greater Chicago (MWRD). Commissioner Steele is currently serving as the Chairman for the Budget and Employment Committee and the Information Technology Committee, and Chairman of the MWRD Employees Credit Union. She also is the Vice Chairman for the Monitoring and Research and the Stormwater Management Committee. Commissioner Steele is a member of various prestigious organizations and has been honored by prominent organizations nation wide. Commissioner Steele has more than 11 years of experience working as a chemist and has a Pre-med degree in Chemistry from Xavier University of Louisiana.
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Darrin Cotton
Book Bag & Supplies Committee Coordinator
Darrin Cotton is a native of Chicago and a former resident of the Englewood community. Darrin is currently employed at White Castle as a Regional District Supervisor. As a Regional District Supervisor for White Castle, Darrin is responsible for 10 White Castle restaurants, roughly $15 million in company assets and over 300 employees. In his 19 years with White Castle, Darrin has consistently delivered outstanding results, demonstrating thought leadership, initiative, and creative problem solving abilities. Darrin has had the opportunity to receive 5 promotions since he started his career at the age of 16, he became the youngest team member in White Castle's history to serve as a GM at the age of 18 and he also became a Regional District Supervisor at the young age of 27. Darrin was named District Supervisor of the Year in 2015 and in 2016. Darrin understands and knows what works and what doesn’t in the urban neighborhoods where his restaurants form an important part of the fabric of local community.
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Jennipher Adkins
School Engagement Committee Coordinator
As an Englewood resident, Jennipher is passionate about creating a highly functional work, learn and live environment within the community. As the Chief Operating Officer of the Greater Englewood Community Development Corporation, Jennipher has over twenty years experience in starting, managing and growing businesses. Using her passion and experience to innovate, she has successfully created partnerships with corporations, community organizations, civic leaders and residents for the betterment of all. Her professional experience comprises a host of skill sets including ; Marketing and creative, website creation, supply chain management and manufacturing process for garment production. As the inventor of two United States Patents, Jennipher has successfully transitioned several of her own patented products from concept to being sold in retail stores nationwide and online. These diverse professional skills allow Jennipher to conceive, develop and implement a host of projects that are now executed in Chicago.
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Erika Robinson
Parade Logistics & Vendor Committee Coordinator
Erika Robinson has been working as a 21st Century Community Learning Center Resource Coordinator for Family Focus for the last four years in the Englewood Community. Erika's approach to working with community members is to tap into the knowledge and wisdom they already possess to help them build bright futures for their children. She graduated from Eastern Illinois University with a bachelor in Business Management.
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Tamika Ball
Line-Up & Volunteers Committee Coordinator
Tamika Ball has worked for Chicago Public Schools for 13 years in Elementary Education and Administration. She is a Chicago Public School graduate that graduated from Lindblom High School. She obtained a Bachelors of Arts in Elementary Education from National-Louis University and a Master of Arts in Administration and Organizational Change from Roosevelt University earning her a Professional Educators License with an endorsement in Administration. Currently she is a Resident Principal and is part of the Chicago Leadership Collaborative through New Leaders. Ms. Ball has held various leadership roles that include Lead Teacher, Instructional Leader, as well as a Corps Member Advisor for Teach for America. She believes in the importance of volunteering, non-for-profits, and giving back to the community. Her core values are embedded in children receiving a high quality public education and to remain being a change catalyst, a transformer in any situation or organization to increase student achievement for all children particularly in low social economic communities. She has and will continue to serve, lead, and act as a resource to underprivileged communities in the Chicagoland area.
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Demetrius "Meechie" Adger
Parade's Official Announcer/Emcee
Meechie’s professionalism, poise and bubbly personality has provided endless opportunities for her to host concerts, fashion shows, youth programs, fund-raisers, school events, city sponsored functions and work-related gatherings. Recognized for her outgoing personality and high energy appeal, Meechie’s genuine personality and infectious spirit, has earned her respect from peers all over. She has traveled to the country of Haiti on a mission’s trip and she has served the Englewood Community by offering homemade chicken noodle soup, water and crackers accompanied by a hug to those in need as part of Church for Everyday People’s Community Connection. Meechie is a national member of the SAG-AFTRA and is currently acting for various TV shows including Empire, Chicago PD, Chicago Med (just to name a few), short films, commercials, independent projects and Meechie’s Used News. Her motto: LOVE IS NO GOOD UNLESS YOU GIVE IT AWAY!!
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