The CPELL staff coordinate numerous activities funded through the federal National Professional Development Grant.  The CPELL staff, along with other Loyola faculty, are also engaged in a variety of community events, and research presentations and conferences


Dr. Marla Israel Co-Principal Investigator--Administrative Support
Dr. Elizabeth Vera Co-Principal Investigator--Parental Support
Dr. Amy Heineke Teaching Support
Dr. Kristin Davin Teaching Support
Nancy Goldberger Project Director
Bernasha Anderson Graduate Assistant
Kimberly Hook Graduate Assistant


Dr. Marla Israel--Co-Principal investigator and Administrative Support   

Marla Susman Israel, Ed.D. is an Associate Professor at Loyola University Chicago, teaching courses such as School Administration, School Human Resources, School Improvement and Ethics in Human Resources.  Before joining Loyola University Chicago in 2003, Marla was a public school administrator and consultant specializing in minority and poverty education for fifteen years.  As an administrator, under her direction, the Joseph E. Hill Center was designed and created serving Evanston/Skokie SD 65’s Early Childhood and administrative services.  As a scholar-practitioner, her current research interests include school improvement and organizational change, human resources, ethics in education, and leadership preparation.  She has published numerous articles that can be found in The Educational Forum, Planning and Changing, and The NCPEA Yearbook.  

Dr. Israel's Curriculum Vitae

Dr. Elizabeth Vera--Co-Principal Investigator and Parental Support   

Elizabeth Vera is a Professor in Counseling Psychology at Loyola University Chicago in the School of Education. She received her Ph.D. in 1993 from The Ohio State University.  For 15 years, Dr. Vera has worked extensively with parents of urban adolescents and children in both clinical settings and in school-based parent-child support programs.  In 2002, Dr. Vera received the Early Career Scientist-Practitioner Award from Division 17 of the American Psychological Association. Dr. Vera’s recent publications are in the areas of prevention, urban adolescents, and social justice issues in psychology.  She teaches classes in Prevention, Human Development, Adolescence, Family Therapy, and Multicultural Issues.

Dr. Vera's Curriculum Vitae

Dr. Amy Heineke--ELL Content Specialist and Teacher Professional Development

Amy Heineke, Ph.D., is an Assistant Professor of Bilingual and Bicultural Education at Loyola University Chicago. Her research focuses on teacher preparation for English language learners, linguistically responsive pedagogy and practice, and language policy. Her pursuits in teacher education are guided by her prior work as an elementary teacher in Phoenix, Arizona.

Dr. Kristin Davin--ELL Content Specialist and Teacher Professional Development

Kristin Davin, Ph.D., is an Assistant Professor of Foreign and Second Language Education at Loyola University Chicago. Her research focuses on second language proficiency assessment, Dynamic Assessment, Vygotskian approaches to language pedagogy, and foreign language teacher preparation. Her work has recently appeared in Canadian Modern Language Review, Foreign Language Annals, and Language Teaching Research.

Dr. Davin's Curriculum Vitae

Nancy Goldberger--Project Director

Nancy Goldberger is the CPELL Project Director. Beginning in 2009, she has served on both CPELL grant programs. Nancy received her M.A. in Women Studies & Gender Studies in 2015 and her M.Ed. in Higher Education Administration from Loyola University Chicago. Before joining Loyola's CPELL program, Nancy has built her career in education and publishing. Serving as an elementary educator after graduating from Concordia College, Nancy also has 15 years in the field of publishing, highlighted by 40 awards for her work as senior editor of Lutheran Woman Today magazine and creator of CAFÉ e-zine for the Women of the ELCA.

Nancy Goldberger's Curriculum Vitae

Bernasha Anderson--Graduate Assistant 

Bernasha Anderson is a doctoral student in the Counseling Psychology program at Loyola University Chicago. She received her M.Ed. in 2011 from the University of Houston and her B.S. in 2006 from Florida State University. Before pursuing her doctorate degree, she served as a school-based family counselor for culturally diverse and historically underserved high school students in the greater Houston area. Family therapy, and preventative and outreach interventions with youth in urban school settings are among her clinical interests. Her research interests include identity development of minority youth, and stereotypes of minority women. ‌

Bernasha Anderson's Curriculum Vitae

Kimberly Hook--Graduate Assistant 

Kimberly Hook joined the CPELL team in Fall 2015 as a graduate assistant. Currently, she is pursuing doctoral-level education in the Counseling Psychology program at Loyola. She obtained her B.S. in Health Education and Behavior at the University of Florida and received her M.A. in Clinical Psychology at Wheaton College. After living abroad, Kimberly is interested in global mental health efforts. She is looking forward to incorporating these interests into work with the CPELL community.

Kimberly Hook's Curriculum Vitae