Our Team Members

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Endla Thornton

Founder, Executive Director

Endla Thornton had to overcome many obstacles to establish a successful career that spans over 30 years. She did so with help along the way.

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Erika Callahan

Director

Erika currently serves as member of the Chicagoland Chamber of Commerce Emerging Leaders Program and serves on the board of directors for First2Finish – a K-12 college pipeline organization.

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Cleo Garner

Director

Change will not come if we wait for some other person or some other time. We are the ones we've been waiting for. We are the change that we seek. -Barack Obama

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Crystal M. Martin, PhD.

Director

Is an adolescent mental and behavioral health counselor with over 12 years experience in both educational and clinical settings. She is excited to be one of the founding members of The Girls Place and looks forward to the wealth of opportunities that will be rewarded to each participant.

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Granada Cartwright

Director

Granada has spent her life encouraging others, investing in their becoming and spurring them on in the areas of their gifts.