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Dr. Marcus Belin named first black president
of the Illinois Principals Association


FOR IMMEDIATE PUBLICATION
June 30, 2021
Alison Maley, government and public relations director
217-299-3122
alison@ilprincipals.org

 

SPRINGFIELD — The Illinois Principals Association is proud to announce Dr. Marcus Belin, principal of Huntley High School in Huntley as association president for the 2021-2022 school term. Dr. Belin also becomes the first Black president of the Illinois Principals Association.

During Dr. Belin’s term of office, the Illinois Principals Association will celebrate its 50th anniversary, culminating with the organization’s annual conference Oct. 24-26 in Peoria.

“For the past 50 years, the Illinois Principals Association has developed a legacy in the state to support school leaders,” Dr. Belin said. “As we enter a year to celebrate a Legacy of Leaders, I am excited to see the continued focus on furthering the organization's focus on diversity, advocacy, and leadership at the local and national levels. This organization has developed a system of support to develop school leaders and will continue to be an integral part of strengthening the pipeline for school leadership. I am humbled to serve as the president of this organization.”

Dr. Jason Leahy, executive director for the Illinois Principals Association, adds, “Dr. Marcus Belin is an exceptional, student focused school leader. He possesses a contagious passion for creating an organizational environment, both in his school and the IPA, where everyone is provided the support and encouragement they need to thrive. As the IPA celebrates its 50th anniversary and our schools come out of the pandemic, the Association is fortunate to have Dr. Belin at the helm.”

Dr. Belin has most recently been recognized as one of three Digital Principals of the Year by the National Association of Secondary School Principals (NASSP). At Huntley High School, Belin has overseen three years of Huntley’s blended competency-based learning program for in-person and online learning to enable students to master competencies in core subject areas. The school has also used technology to engage students in social-emotional learning lessons in topics such as anxiety and mental health.

Dr. Belin has been a member of the Illinois Principals Association since 2013. During this time, he has served as state legislative chairperson, Kishwaukee Region Membership chair, and Central Illinois Valley Region Membership chair. He began his career in education in 2010 as a fifth- and sixth-grade social studies teacher at Quest Charter Academy Middle School in Peoria and continued at Quest Charter Academy High School as dean of students/assistant principal through 2015. Dr. Belin later served as assistant principal of Dunlap High School in Dunlap and became principal of Huntley High School in 2018.

Dr. Marcus Belin resides in Huntley with his wife, Monique Belin, an elementary instructional coach in Huntley District #158, and their three children, Maliyah, Makenzie, and Mekhi. Dr. Belin received his Bachelor of Arts in Elementary Education and master’s degree in Education Administration from Bradley University, and his Doctoral degree from National Lewis University.

The Illinois Principals Association is a leadership organization which serves more than 6,000 educational leaders throughout the state of Illinois and whose mission is to develop, support, and advocate for innovative educational leaders. For more information about the IPA, please visit www.ilprincipals.org.
 

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Illinois Principals Association names new executive board and board members


FOR IMMEDIATE PUBLICATION
June 30, 2021
Alison Maley, government and public relations director
217-299-3122
alison@ilprincipals.org

 

SPRINGFIELD — The Illinois Principals Association, which serves more than 6,000 educational leaders throughout Illinois, announces the following school leaders to serve as the executive board for the IPA, effective July 1, 2021.

President – Dr. Marcus Belin, Huntley High School, Huntley

Immediate Past-President – Dr. Amy Dixon, Jefferson & Lincoln Attendance Centers, Carmi

President-Elect – Raúl Gastón, Jefferson Middle School, Villa Park

Treasurer – Craig Beals, Nuttall Middle School, Robinson

Secretary – Mandy Ellis, Dunlap Grade School, Dunlap

Other new board members include:

Marty Adams, principal of Hawthorn Elementary School, Salem, as state director for the Kaskaskia Region.

Dr. Bridget Belcastro, principal at Johnsburg Elementary School, Johnsburg, continues her service on the Board of Directors as Illinois representative for the National Association of Elementary School Principals (NAESP). Dr. Belcastro previously served as state director for the Kishwaukee Region.

Lori Bilbrey, Alternative/Safe Schools and Truancy Program administrator for Regional Office of Education #26, Macomb, as state director for the Western Region.

Michelle Chavers, principal at Limestone Middle School, Kankakee, as state director for the Three Rivers Region. Chavers previously served as region director for the Three Rivers Region.

Courtney DeMent, principal of Downers Grove North High School, Downers Grove, as state director for the DuPage Region. DeMent previously served as region director for the DuPage Region.

Terica Doyle, assistant principal at Carbondale Community High School, Carbondale, joins the Board of Directors as membership chair. Doyle was previously recognized as IPA Shawnee Region Assistant Principal of the Year in 2017.

Sean German, principal at Argenta-Oreana High School, Oreana, continues his service as Illinois coordinator for the National Association of Secondary School Principals (NASSP). German previously served as president of the association (2015-2016) and state director for the Abe Lincoln Region.

Heidi Lensing, principal at Eagle Ridge School, Silvis, continues her service on the Board of Directors as legislative chair. Lensing previously served as state director for the Blackhawk Region.

Chris Rice, principal of Meade Park Elementary School, Danville, as state director for the Illini Region.

Arturo Senteno, associate principal of instruction at Elk Grove High School, Elk Grove Village, as representative to the State Educator Preparation and Licensure Board (SEPLB).

The Illinois Principals Association is a leadership organization which serves more than 6,000 educational leaders throughout the state of Illinois and whose mission is to develop, support, and advocate for innovative educational leaders. For more information about the IPA, please visit www.ilprincipals.org.

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Principals from across the nation to gather in Chicago for NAESP's 100th anniversary celebration and Pre-K-8 principals conference

After a year of uncertainty, principals will come together in person
to prepare for post-pandemic leadership
 


MEDIA ADVISORY
June 28, 2021
Kaylen Tucker, NAESP
703-518-6257
ktucker@naesp.org

 

ALEXANDRIA, Virginia — Elementary and middle-level principals from across the nation will gather July 8-10 in Chicago for the National Association of Elementary School Principals (NAESP) Pre-K–8 Principals Conference. The conference is a significant one in the history of public education — marking 100 years of service for the association and a return to relative normalcy after a year of school closures due to COVID-19. Learn more at www.naespconference.org.

#NAESP21 is the largest national conference for elementary and middle-level principals. With a laser focus on Pre-K through grade 8 school leaders, the conference will address topics aligned to the Professional Standards for Education Leaders, such as equity, engagement, and building professional capacity.

Preconference activities begin July 7 with sessions geared toward assistant principals, early career principals, and veteran principals. Visit the conference website for a full list of sessions. Highlights of this year’s conference will include:

Insight from Education Experts. Some of the brightest minds in education will share fresh thinking and innovative strategies to return to in-person learning this fall. Keynote speakers are Baruti Kafele, a highly regarded urban educator who has distinguished himself as a master teacher and a transformational school leader; Ruby Payne, an educator and author best known for her work on the culture of poverty and its relation to education; and Dan Heath, who is an innovative business thought leader and The New York Times best-selling author.

A Century of NAESP. In 2021, NAESP celebrates 100 years as a member association — and launches into its next century as the largest community for elementary and middle-level principals. On this landmark occasion, we embrace our rich history and generate momentum toward our exciting future. Learn more about NAESP history.

Honoring the Nation’s Best Principals and Assistant Principals. NAESP is pleased to honor the 2020 class of NAESP National Distinguished Principals as well as the 2020 and 2021 classes of National Outstanding Assistant Principals.

The Centers for Advancing Leadership. Learn about the Centers for Diversity Leadership, Innovative Leadership, Women in Leadership, and Middle-Level Leadership through highly energetic sessions led by the center fellows. These sessions will enable conference attendees to expand their principal networks and share innovative ideas they have used to move their leadership and their schools well beyond the status quo.

The conference experience will also feature an Exhibit Hall, which includes industry-leading vendors with innovative services and products for schools.

Conference attendees will share their experiences on social media using the hashtag #NAESP21.

For more information on NAESP’s annual conference, visit www.naespconference.org. Contact Kaylen Tucker (ktucker@naesp.org) for press credentials or interviews.

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Principals are the primary catalysts for creating lasting foundations for learning. Since 1921, the National Association of Elementary School Principals (NAESP) has been the leading advocate for elementary and middle-level principals in the U.S.and worldwide. NAESP advances the profession by developing policy, advancing advocacy, and providing professional learning and resources for instructional leadership, including specialized support and mentoring for early career principals. Key focus areas include pre-K–3 education, school safety, technology and digital learning, and effective educator evaluation. For more information about NAESP, please visit www.naesp.org.


 

 

 
 

 

 

C. Lynn Mason, President and CEO, Broadstep Behavioral Health

 
 

Broadstep acquires Bethesda residential and support programs in Illinois, Indiana, Wisconsin
 


June 23, 2021
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
 

RALEIGH, North Carolina – Broadstep Behavioral Health, serving individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities (I/DD) and severe persistent mental illness (SPMI), acquired Bethesda Lutheran Communities’ residential and support programs in Illinois, Indiana, and Wisconsin. Broadstep is a portfolio company of Bain Capital’s Double Impact fund.
 
“We are pleased to welcome Bethesda team members and the individuals they serve into the Broadstep family,” said Lynn Mason, Broadstep’s president and CEO. “Together, we look forward to addressing the many challenges facing behavioral health care and continuing to improve the lives of people with intellectual and developmental disabilities – a mission established by Bethesda almost 120 years ago.”
 
Bethesda Lutheran Communities (BLC) provides services and support for those diagnosed with I/DD through community-based homes, day programs, at-home life skills development, job placement, and behavioral support. By acquiring BLC homes in Illinois, Indiana and Wisconsin, Broadstep continues its expansion of residential services in the Midwest, following on the heels of the acquisition of Good Hope Manor in Wisconsin in December.
 
The Case for Inclusion, released annually by the Ancor Foundation and United Cerebral Palsy, reveals a waiting list for housing and services of more than 26,000 people in Illinois, Indiana, and Wisconsin ­– and more than 470,000 people nationwide. Rising costs, low medical reimbursements, reduced revenue from other sources, and the COVID-19 pandemic have adversely impacted programs for individuals with I/DD.
 
According to a report by the KUNI Foundation published by Spectrum Life Magazine, “People with intellectual and developmental disabilities face a housing crisis.” Supply is not meeting demand in the United States.
 
“There are so many individuals that need help,” said Mason, named president and CEO of Broadstep in 2019. “Behavioral health is still a segment of the population that is largely forgotten. That’s not where they should be. Individuals with low IQs are not only challenged with their learning disability, many also struggle with behavioral health disorders that have never been addressed. At Broadstep, I believe we can build the right continuum of care and align with great community partners, health systems, and payers to help address these needs.”
 
According to Dr. Scott Huntington, Ph.D., Broadstep’s chief clinical officer and former corrections system psychologist, undiagnosed and untreated behavioral health disabilities weigh heavily on the judicial system, with many individuals in prison. “Putting their quality of life in jail aside for a moment, the cost to keep and treat individuals in prison is three times the amount of those not incarcerated. This person, this child, this adult, is struggling, and we believe we have the opportunity within this health care system and with our partners to tackle these challenges. We want to make sure they can live a good quality, productive life and be an additive back to their communities.”
 
When access to care is provided to this population, the positive impact is undeniable. According to a recent study by the American Journal on Public Health, Americans living with disabilities with no home support system receive less preventive care, have a higher incidence of chronic conditions, and visit the hospital and emergency department more often — leading to much higher health care spending than for the average adult.
 
About Broadstep Behavioral Health
Founded in Wisconsin in 1972, Broadstep Behavioral Health provides a continuum of physical, emotional, and mental support for children and adults with intellectual and developmental disabilities, mental illness, and co-occurring disorders. Broadstep offers a range of support programs, including residential group homes, specialized schools for children, and vocational and day programs that help foster life skills development and realize social and professional potential. Broadstep Behavioral Health operates in seven states (Illinois, Indiana, New Jersey, Nebraska, North Carolina, South Carolina, and Wisconsin).  Visit www.broadstep.com to learn more.
 
About Bain Capital Double Impact (BCDI)
Bain Capital Double Impact is the impact investing strategy of Bain Capital, a leading global private investment firm. Applying Bain Capital’s value-added approach to impact investing, BCDI partners with companies to scale their growth and impact to solve critical social problems alongside a financial return. BCDI’s areas of focus are health and wellness, sustainability, and education and workforce development. BCDI was named 2020’s Global Impact Investment Fund of the Year by London-based Private Equity International.
Visit www.BainCapitalDoubleImpact.com to learn more.

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Contact:
John Tote, VP of Business Development
Broadstep Behavioral Health
jtote@broadstep.com
919-219-3944
 
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National Migraine and Headache Awareness Month spotlights new advancements and greater understanding

By Thomas Daberton, MBA


June 1, 2021
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
 

More than 40 million people in the United States are living with migraine disease and headache disorders. Nearly 1 in 4 U.S. households includes someone with migraine disease. I had my first migraine in my teens, and it was one of the reasons that motivated me to lead the National Headache Foundation.

June is National Migraine and Headache Awareness Month; our time on the national stage, and I hope you will join me in finding a way to help yourself, a loved one, friend or co-worker better understand migraine disease and headache disorders.

It is important to know and share how emerging treatments, pharmaceuticals and proactive physician-guided action can reduce missed workdays and increase time with your family. Our fundraising for research and programs are paying huge dividends and offering much-needed relief.

While we are serious about migraine and headache disorders, we are also having some fun while calling attention to our key messages and calls to action.

Today and throughout the month of June, we are wearing purple T-shirts and neckties, and planting purple flamingos to “put our foot down” to address migraine disease and headache disorders

In 1990, the National Headache Foundation secured a week dedicated to awareness on migraine disease and headache disorders, and that has now grown into a month of activities and action items for patients, physicians, policymakers and communicators to share the latest research, drug breakthroughs, treatments, support activities and ways to better understand and tackle headaches and migraine attacks.

At the NHF, we offer meaningful, proactive and cutting-edge programs, including:

  • Primary Care Initiative- training for primary care providers including physicians, nurse practitioners, physician assistants and pharmacists on the latest prevention, diagnosis, and medications. These are the health professionals that are often first called upon when an individual has symptoms of migraine, and now these professionals will receive continuing medical education (CME) credits and the latest information in prevention and treatment measures.
  • Migraine University – mobilizing students and campus health and wellness staff to be aware of signs of migraine disease that can be exacerbated by long hours of study and stress. Fifty colleges and universities are rolling out the program this fall.
  • WorkMigraine – online workplace wellness programs that help employees and their managers understand migraine disease and how to reduce the costly impacts such as reduced productivity and increased absenteeism. Studies show our program can reduce both the incidents of migraine as well as lost workdays caused by them. 
  • Certificate of Added Qualification in Headache Medicine (AQH) - created in 2000 to recognize medical practitioners with an advanced level of expertise in headache medicine. Almost 250 healthcare providers have earned this valued certification.
  • NHF Annual Gala – our major fundraising event of the year allows us to celebrate Headache Heroes who are making a difference in the migraine and headache community.  We also pay tribute to healthcare providers and researchers who have moved the field forward and contributed to our important mission. The NHF’s Annual Gala has raised millions of dollars to go towards migraine and headache research, education, awareness and advocacy.

 
We encourage you to discuss migraine and headache issues with your primary care physician or seek out a headache expert from our provider finder page. Stay up to date on the latest news by signing up for NHF’s free e-newsletter at www.headaches.org.

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Thomas Dabertin, MBA, is executive director and chief executive officer of the National Headache Foundation based in Chicago. He is also the chairman and co-founder of Pierogi Fest, one of Chicagoland’s and the state of Indiana’s largest annual festivals. Tom can be reached at info@Headaches.org.

 
 
 
 

 

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