Luke Chitwood – Manager of Programs

Luke Chitwood – Program Manager

Luke Chitwood comes to Illinois Tech Global Leaders Program by way of New York, where he taught high school special education, physics and biology in Brooklyn and the Bronx. Most recently, he served as the college counselor for KAPPA International High School. Luke is heading up College Programming and Scholar Recruitment for the Global Leaders Program. He’s thrilled to work with such a diverse, talented and innovative group of students, as well as to be part of the broader community of educators at Illinois Tech. When he’s not talking about or working for college access for all students, expect to find Luke drinking coffee. His mom introduced him to it at the age of 1; his life been much better ever since.

Please feel free to contact Luke Chitwood at 312.254.6532 or with any questions you may have about the Illinois Tech Global Leaders Program.

College & Career Programs

Charlie Lindquist – College Access Advisor

Charlie Lindquist – College Access Advisor

Charlie Lindquist joined the Illinois Tech Global Leaders Program in November 2014 as an AmeriCorps VISTA. As a VISTA he planned academic enrichment events for GLP and developed programming for Illinois Tech’s Student Center for Diversity and Inclusion. Charlie transitioned into his role as Program Coordinator for Community Innovation Projects in June 2015. He is very passionate about service-learning and is excited to support Scholars as they work to positively impact their communities. Charlie received his Bachelor’s degrees in Political Science and Sociology from the University of Wisconsin-Madison, where he worked for the Office of Disability Services and peer facilitated a social work course on gender-based violence prevention. Outside of work he enjoys volunteering, watching Badger football, and exploring Chicago’s many diverse communities. Charlie is thrilled to be working with the bright and inspirational Illinois Tech Global Leaders!

Please feel free to contact Charlie Lindquist at 312.350.5591 or with any questions you may have about the Illinois Tech Global Leaders Program.

Community Innovation & Design Programs

Annie Littrell Senior – Community Innovation Projects Liasion

Annie Senior – Community Innovation Projects Liasion

Annie Senior joined the Illinois Tech Global Leaders Program in July 2014, and was immediately struck by the Scholars’ ability to articulate innovative and inspirational ideas. Previously, Annie has worked to increase higher education access through research, program development, and mentorship. While pursuing her graduate degree at Northwestern University, she received a prestigious STEM Education graduate research fellowship from the National Science Foundation to study STEM learning in out-of-school settings. She served as an AmeriCorps VISTA upon receiving her masters, playing a central role in developing a service-based fellowship program for first generation and low-income college students in Chicago. Annie has volunteered as a mentor for teens through several organizations, and believes that Chicago teens have power to impact their communities and the world. Outside of work, Annie loves Middle-Eastern, Latin, and goofy dancing. She is nerdy about literature, and enjoys looking at stars in her Colorado hometown. She thinks Illinois Tech Global Leaders are destined to do incredible things with their lives.

Please feel free to contact Annie Senior at 312.502.3509 or with any questions you may have about the Illinois Tech Global Leaders Program.

STEM Enrichment & Engagement Programs

Desmend Jetton – STEM Access Specialist/AmeriCorps VISTA

Desmend Jetton, STEM Access Specialist/AmeriCorps VISTA

Desmend Jetton is excited to be apart of Illinois Tech’s Global Leaders Program as an Americorp VISTA. Born in Las Vegas, Desmend comes to Illinois Tech from sunny Los Angeles, where he proudly served as a City Year corp member and worked with at his alma mater Occidental College.In his free time, Desmend loved seeing students succeed in STEM as a volunteer at Clfford STEM Magnet Elementary and Teens Exploring Technology in South LA will. Desmend will be this year’s STEM Access Specialist, helping to reach the program to new heights. New to the midwest, Desmend is honored to be working with such innovative and community minded scholars.

On the weekends, you can find Desmend walking on the beach, reading a book, or playing rugby.

Please feel free to contact Desmend Jetton at 702.813.2820 or with any questions you may have about the Illinois Tech Global Leaders Program.

Melanie Standish – Program Operations Assistant

Melanie is a fourth year Psychology Major with a minor in Business Administration and Leadership at the Illinois Institute of Technology. Melanie is preparing for graduate school  and looking to broaden her understanding of leadership theory and concepts through research in applied settings.  She has worked with several professors across Illinois Tech supporting psychology research in areas such as social and health psychology, organizational identification, and leadership and social networks. At Illinois Tech, Melanie has served in multiple leadership positions and has a passion for not only leadership, but leading itself. In the Fall of 2016, Melanie studied at the University College Cork in Ireland.  She appreciates diversity in leadership and collaboration to achieve well-rounded solutions to everyday problems. As a data-driven strategic thinker, and strong communicator, she enjoys generating new ideas and building strategies to improve the future among today’s youth and tomorrow’s leaders.

Manoj Varma Penmathsa – Communications Assistant

Manoj Varma - Student Communications Assistant
Manoj Varma Penmathsa – Communications Assistant

Manoj Varma Penmathsa is an undergraduate student at IIT pursuing Bachelors degree in Electrical Engineering with a minor in Psychology. He is a member of IEEE (Institute of Electrical and Electronic Engineers), a professional engineering organization. He worked as a leader for Quadcopter project sponsored by IEEE, and as IPRO coordinator at Ufarm IIT in the past. Manoj was also a student life leader at IIT working as a peer mentor with Office of Campus Life for the past two years, where he helped first year students with their transition to life at IIT. He recently (September 2016) joined the Career Services team at IIT as a Peer Career Coach, where he provides students with resume, cover letter, Linkedin, and other professional advice. Apart from his passion in Engineering, he is also an avid rock climber and a photographer. He likes going on adventures, rock climbing, camping, travelling to new places. In his free time, you can find him climbing mountains or training in the gym. Manoj joined the team in February of 2015 as Communications Assistant for the Global Leaders Program.

Gerald P. Doyle – Vice Provost for Student Access, Success, and Diversity Initiatives

Gerald P. Doyle - Vice Provost for Student Access, Success, and Diversity Initiatives
Gerald P. Doyle – Vice Provost for Student Access, Success, and Diversity Initiatives

Educated at the University of Chicago (Economics) and at the Harvard Graduate School of Education, Jerry Doyle has spent over 30 years thinking about issues related to access, attainment, achievement, and advanced degrees, with a strong focus on developing pipeline initiatives for underserved communities. Professionally, Jerry has worked in admissions at the University of Chicago, the Tuck School of Business (Dartmouth College), and at Emerson College before joining Illinois Institute of Technology in July 2006. While at Harvard University and the University of Chicago, Jerry and his family served as Resident Tutors/Heads in the residence halls. In addition, Jerry has worked at the University of Brunei and taught A-Level Economics and Mathematics at Usa Seminary in Tanzania.

While at IIT, Jerry has found that the combination of outstanding faculty and staff and resolute commitment to community and innovation in STEM fields provides an extraordinary context in which to develop partnerships and collaborative projects with the Chicago Public Schools and the City Colleges of Chicago, as well as with various secondary schools throughout Illinois, across the US, and around the globe. Upon (re)reading the essays of the inaugural 2011 class of Illinois Tech Global Leaders, Jerry is reminded of Margaret Mead’s quote: “Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, committed citizens can change the world. Indeed, it is the only thing that ever has.” Jerry welcomes this most extraordinary set of young people to the program and to IIT, along with their families, schools, and community members who have provided and will continue to provide the foundation for their future.