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Tina (Gulley) Augustus is a published author, minister, community leader, and founder of Elevate Services, Inc.  With more than 15 years of experience, she works with churches, and non-profit organizations to provide community and resource development.

Since a young teenager her life has been dedicated toward service to the community. Some of her service to the community involved volunteering from 1995 to 2010 as board member at Chicago West Side Christian School, and from 2000 – 2001 on the Local School Council at Chicago Public Schools, Cregier Multiplex. She coordinated a major coat drive that benefited many children who were students or foster children with Centers for New Horizons, a social service helping families to become self-reliant in Chicago’s Bronzeville community.

She developed a tutoring program, The Barnabas Educational Resource Center, for elementary and high school students in the Austin, and neighboring communities. Volunteers were recruited, trained, and managed to offer quality services to students, and their families. Provided reading assessments to identify proper level of tutoring, workshops to prepare students for the ACT and SAT exams.

Tina holds a B.A. from Roosevelt University, Chicago, IL, in English Literature and Black Studies, and an A.A., from Harold Washington College, Chicago, IL.  She received her Community Leadership & Organizing certificate from Lugenia Burns Hope Center, Chicago, IL, and Non-profit certifications from the Donors Forum, Association of Fundraising Professional, and Foundation Center.

Tina is married, has four children, five grandchildren; and resides with her family in Chicago, Illinois.

Her work experience includes:

Author:  The author of “God’s Holy Spirit: Maturing Believers for the Building of His Kingdom,” available on Amazon.com, and other outlets beginning January 2013. Other items include flashcards with biblical scriptures, a work-study guide for “God’s Holy Spirit: Maturing Believers for the Building of His Kingdom.”

Wilbur Wright College, Chicago, IL: 11/08 – 10/11
Recently wrote proposals for multiple government and private funds, created and coordinated educational programs and identified resources that over the past three years successfully strengthened the community school partnership with Wilbur Wright College, one of the City Colleges of Chicago, and Chicago Academy (elementary and high school), CPS schools, both located at Wilbur Wright College (south building).

Arranged college visits to Wright College and access to on-campus resources to ensure students’ college success. Worked with students in the Senior Seminar program helping them to explore interests in and plan for college and career success, develop professional skills that will foster college and career success, as they fulfill the required 60 hours of internship being mentored by a professional in the field they choose. Provided youth and adult programs, through Wright College’s Continuing Education department, to meet the needs of families and the community.

Provided youth and adult programs, through Wright College’s Department of Continuing Education to meet the needs of families and the community. Developed in-school and out-of-school programs geared toward college-readiness; expanding the range of choices and opportunities that enable, empower and encourage youth to achieve positive growth and development, improve expectations and capacities for future success.

Implemented effective tools that support the school’s effort with engaging students, parents and the community; recruited, trained and managed staff and volunteers to ensure the success of all programs, activities, events and projects held during and after school at the Chicago Academy Campus.

The Friends of the Oak Park Conservatory, Oak Park, IL: 07/06 – 11/08
Effectively recruited and managed more than 100 volunteers and Master Gardeners for The Friends of the Oak Park Conservatory, providing training and recognizing volunteers. Scheduled school tours and assigned docents to lead tours, maintained volunteer database. Worked with board committee members.

The Salvation Army, Chicago/Evanston, IL: 07/04 – 03/06
Managed the volunteer efforts for The Salvation Army’s Metropolitan Division that includes the Divisional Headquarters and more than 30 Corps and Institutions in Illinois, Indiana and Wisconsin. Conducted volunteer and fundraising needs assessments for each Corps and supported Foundation Relations by providing resources through research, grant writing and reviewing proposals submitted by the Corps.

Centers for New Horizons, Chicago, IL: 12/00 – 07/04
Supported fundraising efforts for Centers for New Horizons, a $10 million community educational and social service organization. Conducted prospect and grant research, and prepared proposals for Youth and Family Development programs, worked with board chairman, launched a Junior Executive Board – a first for the organization – with the goal of developing the into mentors and philanthropic supporters of Centers. Created a community resource directory for Centers that was used as a model for a citywide directory. Highly experienced with Raiser’s Edge software. Participated in focus groups to enhance this software.

The Field Museum, Chicago, IL: 03/85 – 12/00
Highly efficient office manager at The Field Museum, administrator for million-dollar budget, overseeing budgets for five departments under the office of Public Services, coordinated security in-house staff payroll and budgets for exhibits, and special projects, trained personnel to support the operations of Public Services.