About Us

 

Our Mission

We are dedicated to providing customized seminars and consulting on a variety of topics for self-improvement and to improve interpersonal relationships and communication. All seminars are designed to assist members of your organization to work together better, to work more effectively, and to increase productivity. Each customized seminar, workshop and program utilizes interactive, hands-on approaches to practical solutions.

 Meet Our Associates

Anna M. Weselak

Anna Weselak - CEO

As an educator and a teacher with a Masters Degree in Education, Anna Weselak brings to the training field her experience from education, business, and non-profits.  Her love of teaching has offered her the opportunity of teaching the very young, as well as the young at heart.  Doing sales and marketing for a small business in a very highly competitive market allowed Anna to become acquainted with the business community.  Through leading an active life in community and volunteer organizations for over thirty years, Anna strengthened her leadership skills and knows the importance of interpersonal relationships, teamwork and effective communication.

Ms. Weselak runs her own consulting business, Weselak & Associates, is an instructor for International Renewal Institute, Inc. and an Associate Trainer with the Center for Teacher Effectiveness.  She has held seminars, classes, and workshops for a variety of businesses, agencies, and organizations. She serves on the faculty of College of DuPage and St. Xavier University.  Her professional memberships include the Lombard Chamber of Commerce and the Oak Brook Area Association of Commerce and Industry.  She is a past chairman of the board of directors of The Oak Brook Association of Commerce and Industry.  Weselak served a two year appointment on the McDonald’s Global Mom’s Advisory Panel and served as an examiner for the Lincoln Foundation.  She serves on the board of Three Fires Council of the Boy Scouts of America and is president of the Zonta International Oak Brook Club.  She is holds membership in the National Association of Women Business Owners Chicago Chapter, the American Society for Training and Development, the Association for Supervision and Curriculum and Development, and the National Association of Parliamentarians.

Ms. Weselak has been recognized for many of her accomplishments including:  a National and over 25 State PTA Honorary Life Memberships, Lombard Woman of the Year, listed in six editions of Who’s Who, 1996 edition of 2000 Notable Women in the U.S., 1997 international edition of 500 Notable Women, a recipient of an Illinois School Board Association Those Who Excel Merit Award, the International Communication Award of Excellence, Illinois Association of School Administrators DuPage Citizen of the Year, and by The Business Ledger 2003 Annual Achievement Award and their 2004 Most Influential Woman in Business Award.  For six years, she served on the state board the Illinois Federation of Woman’s Clubs and was a member of the Board of Directors of the North Central Regional Educational Laboratory (NCREL). Weselak has been a member of the PTA for over 30 years as a teacher and as a parent.  She is a past president of the Illinois PTA and past president of the National PTA.  In 2009 she was named an Outstanding Alumni of Northern Illinois University from the College of Education. Weselak was recently named as a 2014 Woman of Distinction by the Suburban Life Magazine.

As the CEO of Weselak & Associates, Anna prides herself on leading a nation-wide company servicing a diverse client base by customizing seminars, workshops, and classes to meet the individual needs of each client while being focused on each participant in every class and seminar. She is a Certified Professional Behavioral Analyst, Certified Professional Motivators Analyst and Certified Professional Emotional Intelligence Analyst.

Peggy Killian

Peggy Killian is the Director of Career Education, in the Center for Professional Excellence at Elmhurst College and a private Life and Career Coach. She is an alumna of Elmhurst College, receiving her undergraduate degree in Psychology, with an emphasis on Leadership. She received her Masters in Education Organizational Leadership from the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign, as well as coaching certification coursework from the Coaches Training Institute, San Rafael, CA.

Peggy’s passion centers on leadership and professional development. She is a Lead facilitator for the LeaderShape Institute, and has facilitated workshops for the DuPage Education to Careers Student Leadership Academy. She also produces professional development workshops for the Elmhurst College Student Government Association Leadership Conferences, Elmhurst College Administrative Directors and the Orientation Student Leaders, on an annual basis. Other for-profit and not- for-profit organizations have engaged Peggy to assist them in developing an understanding of the organizational needs for leadership and to recognize the value their individuals bring as leaders.

Peggy endorses a mission that helps people, one at a time, define and refine their purpose, through awareness of professional skills, interests, and talents culminating in a clear leadership vision and direction.

Kristin M. Klis

Kristin Klis is dual certified in elementary education and special education, in addition to advanced reading certification from the SLANT System®.

Kristin has taught in a variety of school and classroom settings which includes public, private, elementary school, middle school, paraprofessional, substitute teacher, general education teacher, and special education teacher.

Kristin brings her passion for teaching and wealth of experiences to life in each course she teaches.

Betty Staerk

Betty Staerk from Staerk Consulting Group is an instructional designer with over 20 years of experience in the field of performance improvement and training. She specializes in the design, development, and implementation of custom performance improvement/training solutions for organizations. She has created training programs for participants ranging from front-line employees to senior management and executives. These programs include end-user software applications and systems training, leadership and management skills, consultative selling skills, customer service skills, strategic planning workshops, and conflict management strategies.

Betty is committed to helping people improve their physical performance and quality of life. As an ACE certified personal trainer Betty strives to help individuals achieve a healthy, balanced lifestyle. Betty has a Bachelor of Arts in English Education and Master of Arts in Human Resource Development/Instructional Design. Betty is currently working toward becoming an ICF certified life coach.

Betty is a member of the International Society for Performance Improvement (ISPI).

Diane M. Simonaitis

Diane M. Simonaitis has had a successful 20 year career in Education in private, public, Chicago Public, Charter, and Career and Technical schools, both as a teacher and administrator. Ms. Simonaitis has many notable attributes, some of which are her strong written and verbal communication skills; her clear understanding of pedagogy and curriculum, both in the development and implementation of them; as well as her passion and commitment to helping others learn and thus grow to be top performers within the organization.

Ms. Simonaitis has an impressive track record in employee motivation and large group professional development activities. Her ability to present to large groups while keeping their interest for 7+ hours and leave them wanting more, is something she takes great pride in. She is able to identify areas in need of support within a school/business and proceed to build programs to strengthen those areas, while supporting each person’s feeling of self-worth and value to the institution.

Ms. Simonaitis is friendly and outgoing in nature and supports and encourages personal growth for those people she works with.