Our Team


Our Team


We have spent time gathering the opinions and thoughts from local schools and organizations to help us better meet the needs of their district and students. We have and will add programming based on these conversations and are truly interested in developing partnerships with all districts and families.


We are committed to creating a well-rounded faculty and welcome input to help us reach our goal of creating a truly diverse community. Our Advisory Board reflects our efforts in this area, and we will recruit talented professionals from all ethnic and cultural backgrounds.


We are committed to creating a well-rounded faculty and welcome input to help us reach our goal of creating a truly diverse community.


We are committed to creating a well-rounded faculty and welcome input to help us reach our goal of creating a truly diverse community.

  • Mark McDonald, Ed.D

    Dr. Mark McDonald is Superintendent of Schools in Community High School District 99 in Downers Grove, Illinois, a position he has held since 2008.  Prior to his appointment in District 99, Dr. McDonald was a secondary teacher and coach, an assistant principal, principal of West Aurora and Downers Grove South High Schools, and Deputy Superintendent of the West Aurora District 129.  He is in his 34th year in education.  Dr. McDonald is a native of Elgin, Illinois and a graduate of Elgin High School. He earned his bachelor’s degree at the University of Illinois where he was also an Illini football player and wrestling letterman.  He earned his Master’s degree at Northern Illinois before returning to Champaign for a doctorate in Administration, Continuing, and Higher Education.  Dr. McDonald currently resides in Downers Grove and is the father of two grown sons:  Andy (Stephanie) of Crystal Lake, Illinois and Tony (Christina) of Madison, Wisconsin.

  • Kenneth Kozin, Ed.D

    Kenneth Kozin has over 40-years in education. He earned his undergraduate and Master's degrees in special education from Northeastern Illinois University, Masters in Administration from Concordia University, Guidance and Counseling from Northern Illinois University and Educational and Leadership from University of Illinois-Chicago. Prior to retirement, Mr. Kozin was a special education teacher, vocational adjustment counselor and special education consultant with Northwest Suburban Special Education organization, principal of an alternative school and associate superintendent of student services with Township High School District 214. Since retirement, he has been a Technical Assistant Coordinator and Vocational/Career Supervisor for NSSEO, a principal for a nonpublic school transition program and a special services coordinator for an elementary district.

  • Gwynne Kell, Ph.D

    Dr. Kell has been the superintendent in Winfield School District 34 in DuPage County since July 2009. Prior to becoming a superintendent, she served as the Assistant Superintendent of Student Support Services in Round Lake School District 116, Director of Special Services in East Maine School District 63, Coordinator of Special Services in Community Consolidated School District 59 and the Principal of New Horizon Center. She was a special education teacher for nineteen years before beginning her career as a school district administrator. During this time, for ten years she was also an adjunct faculty member at UIC in the Education Department. Gwynne received her Ph.D. from the University of IL at Chicago, her Ed.S. in Education Leadership from Northern IL University, Master's degree from Chicago State University and Bachelor's degree from NIU. Gwynne Kell lives with her husband and two very large dogs; Maggie, a Saint Bernard rescue and Riley, an Irish Wolfhound. Her two grown step-kids also live nearby.

  • David P. Pasulka, Ph.D

    David Pasulka is a renowned Illinois Family Law Attorney. For nearly 30 years, he has worked with families going through the divorce process.  For the same period, he has been a member of the Child Representative Screening Committee that determines if an applicant is qualified, in Cook County, to represent children whose parents are divorcing or otherwise litigating in Court.  For the past 15 years, David has been the chair of this committee.  David has represented hundreds of children who are caught in their parents’ conflicts.  Many of these children have issues such as bipolar, LD, ADD & ADHD as well as substance abuse issues.  David has participated in dozens of IEP hearings on behalf of the children he represents. He has been married to Barbara for over 25 years.  They have 2 girls (23 & 21) and 2 boys (19 & 15).  David was born and raised in the inner city of Chicago.  He received his BA from the University of Chicago and his J.D. from the University of San Diego.  David has been a leader in many Bar Association groups, has written several continuing education chapters and many articles and has given dozens of speeches on topics of Family Law and representing children.

  • David Carillo: MSW, CADC, DCSW, LCSW

    David is a psychotherapist, college professor and an educational consultant.  Prior to his work as a college professor and school consultant, he served as a school social worker in grades K-12 for 27 years.  A native of Mexico City and Blue Island, Illinois, he earned a bachelor’s degree at Southern Illinois University and a Master’s degree in clinical social work from Clark-Atlanta University located in Atlanta, Georgia.  David lives in Palatine with his family. His most recent passions are in the areas of training (in Life Space Crisis Intervention) and in consulting with schools.  His only regret is not having known what he knows today in terms of how to best work with children when he was starting in this field.

  • Elaine Nekritz, Esq.

    State Representative Nekritz has served in the Illinois House of Representatives from Illinois’ 57th District since 2003, and continues to represent this district.  She became an attorney after earning her law degree from University of Michigan. Her experience includes working as a real estate attorney, later becoming partner, with the law firm of Altheimer and Gray. As a community activist, she was the chairperson of the Village of Northbrook's Community Relations Commission from 1997 to 2002. Elaine is a member of the National Council of Jewish Women and serves as the Democratic Committeeman of Northfield Township. She resides in Northbrook with her husband, Barry.

  • Scott Gielow,  MA, CADC

    Scott began his career as a substance abuse counselor at Lutheran General Hospital.  After moving to the LGH Mundelein facility, he had opportunities to design programming for early intervention and specialty populations.  Later, while working for the Lake County Health Department, he became a Supervisor.  This role led Scott to opportunities to create programming for at-risk children and their mothers.  For the last 19 years Scott has held a position at Gateway Youth Care, counseling at-risk youth.  For the past fifteen years, Scott has also enjoyed mentoring mentally ill children and collaborating with their families in the process.

  • Diona Wilson, M.Ed., B.A.

    Diona Wilson is an Evanston native and Northwestern graduate.  She started her career at Oakton Elementary School in Evanston while finishing her Master's in Special Education at Northeastern Illinois University.  Mrs. Wilson taught special education at Nipper Career Education Center, a public therapeutic day school and then moved to Wheeling High School to teach cross categorical math and assume the position of girls' athletic director.  After completing her administrative certificate, Mrs. Wilson obtained her first administrative position.  Throughout her administrative career she has been a Coordinator, Assistant Principal, Director of Special Education, and an Assistant Superintendent.  Diona is currently completing her Doctorate of Education, writing her dissertation on programs in place in juvenile detention facilities to reduce recidivism for African-American males.  In her spare time, Mrs. Wilson enjoys traveling, photography, working out, and spending time with her husband.  She is very excited about Felicity School and the opportunities the school, staff, and facilities will provide for students.

About Us

Core Values

 Felicity School is designed to serve students who are eligible for special education services in the categories of Emotional Disability (ED), Learning Disability (LD), and Other Health Impaired (OHI).

Felicity School is a non-traditional, school environment with open and flexible spaces that ameliorates some of the negative feelings that students might associate with a more traditional school setting. Our student to staff ratio is a maximum of 10 students working with 2 staff members (one certified teacher and one paraprofessional).  Related Services staff are available as directed by each student’s Individual Education Plan.


  •  All students can achieve greatness.
  •  Education is a partnership with community, parents, school faculty, local businesses and more.
  •  Learning happens best in a safe, friendly, positive environment.
  •  The whole individual should be developed integrating the body, spirit, and mind.
  •  Experiential learning is critical for development and growth.
  • Developing social-emotional skills is crucial to a well-rounded education.
  • Behaviours are best developed with positive supports.
  • We value choice, independence, and accountability and will provide these to all our  students and staff.
  •  We value our diverse learners and diversity in our staff.
  •  Academic growth will occur as we utilize data, individualize instruction, teach to strengths, and remediate weaker areas.

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