Dr. Ravi Hansra is the founder and CEO of Hansra Consulting & Advisory Services (HCAS), and has over 18 years of experience in nonprofit. Her mission and that of her organization is focused on providing strategic supports to uplift the nonprofit, education, and small business sectors. She believes it essential to pull four key levers to elevate the quality and sustainability of these sectors: Visioning and Strategy, Professional Learning, Curriculum Design, and Evaluation. In addition, her person-centered and culturally competent approach is a distinct identifier in the field.
Dr. Hansra has extensive experience in guiding leaders through organizational culture-change, strategic planning, leadership development, mentoring, curriculum development, assessment, evaluation, fundraising, and scaling programs. Prior to focusing exclusively on consulting, Dr. Hansra was the Chief Program Impact Officer at the YMCA of Metro Chicago, overseeing multiple departments and initiatives including early learning programming (ages 0-5 years old), the Y’s Early Learning Demonstration Center, Youth Safety and Violence Prevention, Community Schools Initiative, and Signature Programming across the Y. Dr. Hansra also led the Learning, Evaluation, and Community Impact Department, focusing on strategy, curriculum development, program quality elevation, measurement and evaluation, and professional skill development. Prior to the Y, Dr. Hansra was also a Leadership Development Consultant at Rush, Visiting Professor at DePaul University, and a high school teacher.
Ravi Hansra, Ph.D.
Founder and CEO
Chiefly concerned with providing a process whereby individuals think deeply about how to construct cultures that promote agency, access and positive identity development for youth and adults, Dr. Colette Thélémaque-Collier leads the Learning and Community Engagement arm of HCAS. Utilizing over twenty years of experience across not-for-profit organizations, education, and community organizations, she engages leaders in complicating traditional programmatic and curricular approaches in favor of more transformative, socially-just systems, structures and outcomes. Dr. Thélémaque-Collier utilizes her expertise in building communities of practice, professional development and youth development to help organizations align their visioning to implementation. Her previous appointments include Vice President of School Age and Teen Programming at the YMCA of Metro Chicago, Assistant Director of College Readiness, a grant-based program at Northeastern Illinois University, and an adjunct professor at DePaul University in the College of Education. She holds a Doctorate of Philosophy from DePaul University's College of Education, and a Master in Counseling from Roosevelt University. Her research interests include Professional Learning Communities in out of school time spaces, Culturally Competent Teaching, and the role of curriculum and societal participation for people of color.
Colette Thelemaque-Collier, Ph.D.
Senior Learning Strategist
Katy Dobbins leads evaluation strategy at HCAS. She has 10 years of experience conducting “research in the real world” while working at academic institutions and non-profit organizations. Most recently, Dobbins was the Director of Evaluation at the YMCA of Metropolitan Chicago where she led evaluation initiatives to support organizational learning, measure mission impact, and to procure and sustain funding from private and public institutions. Dobbins is passionate about supporting program leaders at all levels to articulate their goals and strategy and designing and executing evaluation aligned to goals that provides authentic, accessible data to inform programming and demonstrate impact. Dobbins holds a Master in Measurement, Evaluation, Statistics and Assessment from the University of Illinois at Chicago where she studied program evaluation.
Katy Dobbins, M.Ed.
Senior Evaluation Strategist
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Jessica Vasquez holds a Master's degree in Human Resources Development from Northeastern Illinois University. She previously worked at Northeastern Illinois University's - Center for College Access and Success which focuses on increasing postsecondary awareness and attainment services for Chicago's youth. Jessica is also a member of the Obama Foundation's Community Leadership Corps where she collaborated on various projects geared towards addressing opportunities and challenges within various Chicago communities.