Meet Our Dream Team
President and Founder - Joni Downey-
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Joni Downey is the Founder and President of Characters of Character.
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Creator and Founder of Characters of Character. Joni has spent over 35 years in the schools bu volunteering in her three adult children's classrooms, volunteering as a Room Mom, the Lunch Lady, building bulletin boards for schools and music programs, spent five years on an elementary school Reading Team, was an inclusion teacher assistant and an elementary teaching assistant for many years. Joni also taught preschool for six years.
After Piloting the characters and earning a National Promising Practice Award, Joni decided to share her Ph.d. Passion, Heart and Determination to Make A Difference In The Life Of A Child.
Vice Chairman -Tina Kreischer-
Tina Kreischer is the Vice Chairman for Characters of Character.
I met Tina at a Chamber event and we immediately shared a passion for making the world a better place for our children and for others. A few years later I invited her to join the Board for Characters of Character as Vice Chairman. She has an abundance of experience and knowledge in business.
Tina is currently the President of Kreischer Optics, celebrating 70 years of manufacturing custom glass lenses used in medical equipment, entertainment, defense, etc. I am also an Executive Director for John Maxwell, certified to train the Maxwell Method of selling, leadership, coaching and speaking, as well as coaching, training and speaking, myself. I have certification in training the DISC style personality assessments, which I use in coaching and advising churches, families and business leaders. I’m most proud to be a Homeschool mom for 4 of 5 children (all now graduated). Read more about Tina's recent interview here.
Treasurer - Ann Knipp-
Ann Knipp is the Treasurer for Characters of Character.
I met Ann years ago through a friend who is an author and Ann and I immediately shared so many common interests, 'characters' people and making the world a better place to start with.
Ann Knipp is a CPA with 20 years of corporate tax experience. Over the last 10 years, she has served as Treasurer on several non-profit boards in the McHenry County area including Huntley High School Fine Arts, Huntley Grid Iron Club, and Huntley Community Radio. She is happy to join the board of directors for Characters of Character because she believes in programs that leverage the positive use of media to enhance the growth of a child's mind, heart and spirit.
Not to mention that Ann is a published children's book author, too!
Board Member - Jaimie Wright-
Jaimie Wright is a Board Member for Characters of Character.
I met Jaimie while teaching at a preschool. We also immediately bonded over the love of children!
Jaimie's interview questions can be found here.
As an educator, I have used all the Characters of Character resources in my preschool and kindergarten classrooms. As an education administrator, I have been impressed with the positive impact I have witnessed in so many children, teachers and families through Characters of Character. In an ever changing world I believe in introducing and teaching positive traits to our children early on to help shape their futures. Characters of Characters has helped me teach my own son since birth all about Do'er Duck and how he never gives up. Teaching my son perseverance in a fun age appropriate way has helped him to keep pushing through even when its hard in school, with friends, sports and family. With a background and bachelors in child psychology, a teaching certificate in Elementary and Middle School Education and a leader in Early Childhood I have been blessed to not only utilize the Characters myself, but witness the positive impact they have on our children.