Key People

Beverly A. Normand, Ph.D., Founder and President, is a consultant for public and private schools in Illinois, and has been a lecturer and adjunct professor for several universities.  She recently retired from the Office of Specialized Services, Chicago Public Schools, after thirty-four years of service as Special Education Teacher, Citywide Instructional Specialist, and Facilitator for School Based Problem Solving/Response to Intervention programs in Psychology and Special Education.  She earned degrees from Roosevelt University, DePaul University and Chicago State University.  She was a contributing writer for several publications of Chicago Public Schools, is the recipient of numerous educational awards, special recognitions, and various grants.  She has written and hosted several educational television programs, has been published in numerous journals and magazines and has participated in various research projects.

A poet, designer, lyricist and patron of the arts, she has collaborated with artists and musicians on special projects and has planned and coordinated cultural programs and art exhibitions for school children, churches and other institutions throughout her adult life.

Serving as Commissioner of Religion and Race for the United Methodist Church in the South Shore Community of Chicago for twenty years, Normand developed activities and programs to support African American history and culture, while also planning activities and programs to strengthen multi-cultural exchange and diversity training.  She served as editor for the Nimbus publication for many years.
Normand has helped thousands of pupils, parents, teachers, ancillary teams and school administrators, and is highly respected for her integrity, creativity and skills.  "I believe in interdisciplinary instruction and all curricula that stimulate the imagination and lead us away from mediocrity and complacency.  The mission of Rald Institute is to reduce the at-risk population, support children and individuals with special needs in a manner which leads to self-actualization, support as many parents and teachers as we can, and help twenty-first century educational leaders maintain integrity and democratic forms of leadership, while problem solving."


Board of Directors:

Beverly A. Normand, Ph.D., President

Davida Miriam Markham, QMRP, Vice President

Beverly Dukes Hines, M.S., Financial Secretary

Kehinde Hattisburg, CCC-SLP

Terry Michael Ross

Gerald Sanders

Sandra Sanford, M. Ed., M.Div.

Judith E. Stanton, LCSW

Abena Tukes, RN

Wayne Tukes, Ph.D.

Larry Turner, PSYD., RN

Davida Miriam Markham, Vice President, began her career of working with disabled children in the speech and language department of a high school for trainable, mentally disabled teens in Chicago.  She assisted speech pathologists while studying for her bachelors degree in psychology at Chicago State University, and obtained her license in Child Endangerment and Risk Assessment.  Simultaneously, she undertook independent studies in reading and special education and began volunteering and advocating for children with severe cognitive deficiencies.  Her dedication and skill as a Child Welfare Specialist earned citywide recognition for her in schools, state and city agencies and Juvenile Courts.  She is well known and respected for her exemplary work, integrity, and services for children in the foster care system in Illinois.  She was recently honored for exemplary work with CARC, Chicago Association for Disabled Citizens.  Davida assists the CEO of Rald Institute with development and administrative tasks and facilitates capital campaign activities. In recent years, she has been a dedicated Child Endangerment Specialist in Arizona..

Yvonne S. Bennett, Treasurer

Yvonne S. Bennett is Treasurer of Rald Institute. Yvonne joined the Board of Directors recently and began serving as Treasurer in 2018 She advises on spending and helps with fund raising events.

She retired from Chicago Public Schools after 36 years of service. She served as Principal of Bryn Mawr Academy; Consultant with the School Achievement Structure; Barbara Sizemore Program at DePaul University; Assistant Director of Parents as Teachers First; Community Training Academy, CPS Citywide; and Teacher of Gifted at Martha Ruggles School. Yvonne worked as IBM Systems Engineer before beginning her career in Education. She obtained the Bachelor of Arts in Math from Roosevelt University, the Master of Arts in Administration, and the Illinois Type 75 endorsement. She is past President of Chicago Northern District Association of Clubwomen & Girls, Vice Prsident of EnVerite Charity, and member of Scholarship Aide/Business Professional Clubs and Combined Choirs at Liberty Baptist Church.

Janus Thomas

Janus Thomas earned her B.A. from Roosevelt University, her Masters from the University of Chicago, and her MSW from the University of Illinois Jane Adams School of Social Work. She retired from Chicago Public Schools after 35 years of service as a Social Worker for the Deaf and Hard of Hearing and for students with special needs. She is registered and licensed with the ACL, Illinois, and her languages include Spanish and American Sign Language. She has volunteered for the Museum of Science and Industry, City of Chicago Office of Special Events, and Our Lady of Peace Catholic Church. She serves as Treasurer of her Block Club in South Shore. Janus is a valuable new member of the Board of Directors who enjoys assisting with development and fund raising events.

Doris Gould

Doris Gould provides valuable direct service to children and technical assistance for schools in her role as volunteer for Raldd Institute. She retired from Chicago Public Schools after many years as Assistant Principal, Counselor-Case Manager and Special Needs Specialists. Doris earned two master's degrees in School Administration and Special Education from Governor's State University. She earned her Bachelor's degree from Chicago State University. She is considered one of America's most capable professionals.

Larry Turner

Larry Turner is a clinical psychologist who has provided counseling for Rald Institute’s children in schools and other settings over a period of years. He also plans and coordinates workshops on behavior management and substance abuse, and helps with supervision of psychology interns for Rald Institute.

Dr. Turner retired from the University of Illinois Medical Center, Department of Psychology, and has also been in private practice in Chicago many years. He has served as a volunteer in The Community of Men in Chicago for many years, and in recent years has volunteered in Africa in the Ebola Crises. He is currently working with incarcerated youth in Chicago, and continues to inspire and support educators, clinicians, and medical leaders locally, nationally and internationally.

Beverly Dukes Hines

Beverly Dukes Hines finished high school early in Chicago and graduated from Bethune Cookman College in Daytona Beach, Florida.She returned to Chicago and worked briefly as a pharmaceutical representative. She studied for her Masters at the University of Illinois at Chicago and opened Priority Ring Answering Service, a successful business with clients such as the University of Chicago, Accounting and other businesses. She and her husband are both ordained Ministers with individual prayer and bible study groups in Chicago and Michigan.

Beverly serves as financial secretary and provides secretarial services for Rald Institute. She helps with student transportation for field trips, serves as a mentor, and helps with fund raising efforts.

Terry Michael Ross

Terry Michael Ross, a Founding Board member, is a Chicago percussionist who began performing as a teenager at Robert’s Show Lounge in Chicago with the Martin Yaurbrouges Band in 1959. From that point on he has worked with many local jazz Artists too numerous to name. However, on the national scene, he has worked with Nancy Wilson, Oscar Brown Jr., Donny Hathaway, Brook Benton, Jimmy McGriff, Rufus Reid, and Jack De Johnette. In addition, while working with The Gene Miller/Nate Williams “Ink Spots,” he recorded with the late Jerry Daniels who was the only original living Ink Spot in 1987. Recently he recorded Ray Bailey and Friends Tracking the Sly Fox, with Ray on Soprano-Flute & Tenor Sax, Harold Buddy Brooks on Trumpet, flugelhorn; Jimmy Willis-Fender and Acoustic Bass, Joe Rendon- Bongos & Conga Drums and Leandro Adrian Lopez Varady- Piano. Terry also played recently at the University of Chicago’s Logan Center.

Terry Michael Ross organizes musicians to benefit Rald Institute and recently coordinated a benefit with musicians, Brian Smith, Willie Pickens, Marlene Rosenberg, Julius Reid, Thaddeus Tukes, Anthony Normand, Theophilus Reed, Morris Jennings, Kirk Brown, and Ari Brown.Vocalist Sennebella performed, too.

Terry also worked for many years with Real Estate companies, F.J. Williams and Betts Realty in Chicago.

Judith Muwwakkil Stanton

Judith Muwwakkil Stanton is a founding Board Member of Rald Institute, and assists with Board development and research.  She earned degrees from the University of California at Berkeley and the Jane Adams College of Social Work in Chicago, Illinois.  She has a long history of dedicated social work service, first in Chicago, and in recent years in the Harbor Country area of Michigan.

Judith was the first African American female Ombudsman for the Cook County Department of Corrections, Chicago, Illinois in 1975.  She was the spokesperson for the  inmate populace on institutional grievances and worked as the Liason between inmates, Board of Directors and Sheriff Richard Elrod.  Prior to that, she worked as a Job Development Counselor for the Safer Foundation for ex-offenders and Program Director for research sponsored by the Department of Mental Health in Chicago.

She was a Clinical Social Worker at Rush-Presbyterian St. Luke Medical Center in Chicago, where she supervised graduate students, assessed patients, worked on the crisis intervention team and trained staff in program development, research and evaluation, quality assurance process and review.  She has been Manager of Education for the Better Boys Foundation, Program Director for the Blue Gargoyle Youth Service Center, and Executive Director for Chicago Youth Centers in Chicago.

She served as Executive Director of the Boys and Girls Club of Benton Harbor, Michigan from 2001 to 2005, and is currently the Executive Director of Camping Services for Chicago Youth Centers' Camp Rosenthal in Dowagiac, Michigan.  She is also an independent consultant.  She has received numerous awards including, Outstanding Young Women of America, Better Boys Foundation Service Awards, National Association of Business, Distinguished Women Award of WCA of Berrien County, Michigan and many other awards.

Gerald Sanders

Gerald Sanders, a gifted Contemporary Realist, started drawing at the age of six and by the age of seventeen had clients such as Rose Kennedy, Senator Edward Kennedy, and the Sears Foundation. He won awards and was the subject of many newspaper and magazine articles while at Dunbar Vocational High School in Chicago.

After graduating from High School, Gerald was drafted into the military and became Arts and Crafts Instructor in the Special Services in Arizona. There he taught drawing, painting, photography and ceramics. He further developed his special teaching techniques, and became a phenomenal, master teacher with successful students from all ages and walks of life.

During his tenure as Director of the Southside Community Art Center in Chicago, Gerald met Beverly Normand and became a volunteer art teacher for Rald Institute’s Children’s Art Workshop. He helped weekly for nearly twenty years before joining Rald Institute’s Board of Directors. He has worked both as teacher and Art Director for Rald, and has helped to expand the Rald Art Gallery and promote the organization. He was featured with Beverly Normand when Harry Porterfield and WLS Chicago Channel 7 Television recognized the Rald Institute’s work and website.

Elva Z. Posey

Elva Z. Posey, formerly a Nurse Administrator for Chicago Public Schools for forty years, has been a key supporter and advocate for Rald Institute since its inception. Elva helps parents identify appropriate college programs and helps with fund raising activities for the Institute.