Key Staff

Chicago Leadership Team



TJ Crawford, Program Director

LaKeisha Gray-Sewell, Chair and Director of Mentor Recruitment and Training, Windy City CARES

Toussaint Werner, Co-Chair, Windy City CARES

Earl Lindsey, Secretary, Windy City CARES

Karen Taylor-Crawford, MD, Wellness Mentoring Circles Director

Shomari Dailey, Esq., Research and Information Specialist

National CARES Leadership Team


Susan L. Taylor, Founder and CEO

Cicley Gay, Director of National Initiatives

Tiffany Banks, Director of Affiliate Relations

Robert Charles Green, National Coordinator

asha bandele, Director of Communications




The National CARES Mentoring Movement is a community-engagement effort committed to closing the huge gap between the relatively few Black mentors and the many Black children in need of mentoring support. We recruit, train and deploy adults to serve as mentors in schools and youth-serving organizations that use the traditional one-to-one model; and we develop culturally grounded, evidence-based, group-mentoring programs so we will serve more of the multitudes of children in need of our mentoring support. Working through a growing national network of nearly 60 CARES Mentor-Recruitment Affiliates throughout the nation, National CARES has recruited more than 125,000 mentors who are serving more than 135,000 children.