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Alexia Guzman (she/her/ella)
Bilingual Business Advisor | Asesora Empresarial Bilingüe, Illinois Small Business Development Center at RPBA
Alexia Guzman joined Rogers Park Business Alliance in January of 2021. She received her undergraduate degree in Advertising and Public Relations and earned her Masters in Marketing at Loyola University Chicago in 2021. She appreciates the opportunity to make her education, resources and insights accessible to local businesses and empower them through the Business Accessibility Toolkit (BAT) program. In her free time, she likes to play Sudoku, learn new vocabulary words, study astrology, and dabble in arts and crafts.
Ana Bermúdez (she/her/ella)
Marketing and Communications Manager
Ana Bermúdez joined Rogers Park Business Alliance in 2009. Originally from Guatemala, she earned a bachelor’s degree in Sociology from Northeastern Illinois University, graduated from the LISC Businesses District Leadership Program and received a Marketing for Non-profit Certificate from North Park University. She manages the marketing, communications, public relations and social media for RPBA’s events, programs, initiatives and staffs RPBA’s Membership & Communications Committee. She manages the organization’s Public Art initiatives including the Mile of Murals program. Ana has worked with nonprofits for the last 17 years and has owned a fair trade business. In addition to her commitment to community service and the celebration and elevation of diverse cultural communities, Ana enjoys knitting, a good sci-fi show, traveling the world and supporting the arts.
Brandon Harding joined Rogers Park Business Alliance in 2005 and has been the Maintenance Director since 2009. With a background in landscaping, he applies his years of experience to improve the beauty and vibrancy of the community. Brandon supervises the Department of Human Services, EarnFare program. Participants provide snow and litter removal, landscaping and beautification services, as well as support to the Glenwood Sunday Market and other special events in the neighborhood. Brandon’s strong program administration has been recognized by the Heartland Human Care Services for the “Put Illinois to Work” job initiative.
Business District Manager
Carolina Juarez joined Rogers Park Business Alliance in 2012. She has a background in organizational leadership and administrative management. Carolina manages the Clark/Morse/Glenwood Special Service Area #24 and is a liaison for the Spanish-speaking residents and businesses in Rogers Park. As an SSA #24 manager she serves in the Vision Clark Street Master Plan, Glenwood Avenue Arts Festival committees, Glenwood Sunday Market council and staffs RPBA’s Business Attraction committee. Her previous non-profit experience and deep commitment to diversity and balanced growth, make her a great asset.
Cindy Plante (she/her)
Economic Development Manager
Cindy Plante joined Rogers Park Business Alliance in 2019. Cindy is the Special Service Area manager for Howard Street and Jarvis Square SSA #19, Devon Avenue SSA #43 and Sheridan Road SSA #54. She also staffs RPBAs Planning & Development Committee. Before joining RPBA she worked several years in economic development at the City of Evanston and Village of Winnetka. Cindy has a Master’s in Public Administration from NC State University and a Bachelor’s in Communications and Political Science from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. A Rogers Park resident since 2013, Cindy lives with her husband Scott and two cats – Ginsburg and Waffles.
Director – Illinois SBDC at RPBA
Curt Roeschley joined Rogers Park Business Alliance in 2020. Curt worked in the small business development field for over 30 years and as a Small Business Development Center (SBDC) Director for more than 20 years. He has an MBA degree from Eastern University in Pennsylvania and an undergraduate degree in Business and Accounting from Bluffton University. Combining his faith with a passion for social equity and racial justice, Curt has spent most of his career working with community organizations on the north, south, and west sides of the city to support local entrepreneurs. Curt believes that for any entrepreneur to thrive it is critical that they have access to a wide range of business resources to effectively compete, grow and develop their business ventures. Curt grew up on a farm in central Illinois and had 38 students in his high school senior class. He has been married for 37 years to his wife Renee, has two adult children and welcomed his first grandchild in early July 2021. Curt was a singer/songwriter in a music band for over 15 years and more recently has pursued his hobby of making pottery on a throwing wheel (as his therapy, not a business). One of Curt’s special memories was being on the team that won the first-ever state high school football championship in Illinois.
Rachel Bowen (she/her)
Member Services & Market Manager
Rachel Bowen joined Rogers Park Business Alliance in 2016. Rachel oversees all membership services and benefits and manages the Glenwood Sunday Market. She staffs the Membership & Communications Committee and supports the office administration. Rachel spent her early years in retail customer service, before spending 7 years in early childhood education. She is currently working towards finishing her BA at Loyola for Business and Communication. She comes to us from the sunny shores of Southern California. With deep Midwest roots, she has found her home here in Rogers Park. She strives to help others and loves working with the RPBA team to build a great community. When she isn’t working or gallivanting over the world, she is volunteering all over the northside of Chicago with her fellow chamber friends.
Sandi Price joined Rogers Park Business Alliance in 2002. Sandi graduated from Northeastern Illinois University with Business Administration and Marketing degrees and has been in the nonprofit sector since 1996 and RPBA’s fearless leader since 2012. As a champion for Rogers Park, she has received numerous recognitions and awards including the 24th Police District Community Builder award and the Spirit of Rogers Park award from the Rogers Park Community Council. Sandi staffs RPBA’s Executive, Finance & Fundraising and Nominating & Governance Committees. She also serves as a member of the Rogers Park Builders Group and Alden Village North’s Advisory Board. Sandi received a certificate of Nonprofit Management from Kellogg School of Management at Northwestern University. Sandi is an avid reader and multi-tasker extraordinaire. She has lived in Chicago her whole life where she and her husband Jim raised their 2 wonderful children. Sandi currently resides in West Ridge with Jim and their dog Maddie.
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Sheree Moratto joined Rogers Park business Alliance in 2011. She coordinates GROW/PROGRESANDO entrepreneurial training program, manages RPBA Help Desk, leads RPBA’s Capital Access Initiative, is an Advisor to Illinois Small Business Development Center, assists with organizational fundraising initiatives and is the founder and director of RPBA’s farmers market, Glenwood Sunday Market. Sheree has more than 30 years of experience in nonprofit management and specializes in program development and project management. She studied English Literature as an undergraduate at Knox College and holds a certificate in Adult Learning and Biographical Counseling from Sunbridge College. In her spare time, Sheree likes to start new things. For example, in 2018, she started the Chicago Farmers Market Collective, an all-volunteer initiative of Independent Farmers Markets operating in Chicago, IL focused on working together to assure a sustainable local food shed for the farmers and consumers in the Chicagoland region. She is a great chef and can really tell a great story.