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Brian Gordon

Executive Director

Brian Gordon has been the System Director for TREES since 2010. With 30 years of experience in education and a background in business, he passionately champions Career and Technical Education (CTE). Brian has shared his expertise at various state and national conferences, including ACTE Career Tech Vision and IACTE. He serves as a legislative liaison for EFE System Directors, advocating for education policies. Brian has testified in the Capitol on budget and policy matters and contributed to ISBE advisory groups. He emphasizes continuous professional development and believes in the transformative power of CTE for all students.


Michelle Stephenson

Bookkeeper & Administrative Assistant

Michelle joined TREES in October 2022 after earning an Associate's degree from Ball State University in 2019. Before joining TREES, she served as the executive administrative assistant and communications coordinator at Ball Brothers Foundation. In her role at TREES, Michelle handles office bookkeeping, supports the director and board, submits monthly reports to ISBE, and manages daily office operations.

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