Dr. Ravi Hansra is the founder and CEO of HCAS and has over 16 years of experience in education and related fields. 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 Department, 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 a Leadership Development Consultant at Rush University Medical Center, an adjunct professor of English Education at DePaul University, and a high school English teacher. During her tenure at the high school level, Dr. Hansra also served as a Technology Integration Specialist for the school, serving 3800 students and 500 staff members. She led other initiatives such as leading a district of 23 schools (K-12) in professional development on the topics of diversity and inclusion and multicultural education. Dr. Hansra has extensive experience in guiding leaders through organizational culture-change, visioning and strategy, leadership development, mentoring, curriculum development, assessment, evaluation, differentiated instruction, and literacy integration across content areas.
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
Christie Landry is the Executive Assistant at HCAS, serving as an enthusiastic and passionate support to Dr. Hansra and her team. Landry comes to HCAS with 15 years of knowledge and professional experience, supporting high level leaders with an added gift in event planning. Prior to joining the HCAS Team, Landry worked as Dr. Hansra’s Executive Assistant at the YMCA of Metropolitan Chicago, where she managed purchasing for a 1.5 million dollar grant and supported the planning and execution of professional learning events with external stakeholders. Landry earned a Bachelor's Degree in Child Development from Michigan State University where she also played Division I volleyball. Subsequently, she traveled all over the world as a player and coach, having deep roots in the most elite programs from high school through the professional space, including interning for the USA Volleyball team. Landry’s passion and personal mission of serving as a positive source of support to young people is contagious and makes her an amazing addition to our HCAS Team.