Kandice is the Founder and Executive Director of the Alive Not-for-profit Center in Naperville, Illinois. The first organization of its kind, Alive aims to provide the community with an inclusive experience of learning, sharing, and discovery that enables people to connect with what makes them come alive. From the merger with NaperBridge in January of 2015, Alive will have an even stronger teen program.
Kandice is a Life Coach and Certified Yoga Teacher (CYT). After spending 25+ years as an executive in the corporate world at Accenture and IBM, she is now following her true passion – helping people to create the life they desire. Kandice is a graduate of Life Coaching school, Coach for Life. She also is a certified Heal Your Life Workshop Leader (Louise Hay’s work). She has her 200hr CYT from Moksha Yoga in Chicago and is currently obtaining her 500hr CYT through ParaYoga (Rod Stryker). She has a B.A. in Communications from the University of Illinois.
Community Engagement and Development Representative
Hanover Park Drop-in Supervisor
Alex has spent the past 17 years as a mental health professional helping serve at-risk youth, working with inner-city adolescents and DCFS wards of the state in Chicago and the western suburbs. He graduated from Illinois State University with a Bachelors in Psychology, specializing in adolescents with mental illness and behavior disorders. Alex has worn many hats over the years in the social work field, starting as an Recreational Therapist, to a Unit Supervisor for a Residential Group Home, to Treatment Team Coordinator and Milieu Treatment Manager. Alex enjoys being active and works in many different capacities in order to help foster resiliency in youth. He uses his musical skills, humor, passion for life, and listening/understanding for connecting with youth.
Special Projects Coordinator
Marketing & Events Lead
Becca joined the Alive Center in December of 2021 as the Marketing and Event Planning Lead. Becca is currently pursuing a Master of Business Administration degree, with an anticipated completion in December of 2022. With a Bachelors degree and background in music and creative arts management, she uses her ability of expression and keen attention to detail within her current role at Alive. Outside of Alive, you can find Becca teaching music lessons, working on homework, reading non-fiction books or exploring local restaurants with her husband Hunter.
Amy has a Master’s Degree in Teaching and a Bachelor’s in Speech Pathology. She has worked the past 10 years writing inspirational children’s books and traveling to schools across the U.S. empowering kids and adults to focus on the power of their everyday kindnesses. Prior to that, she was an Area Leader for a Direct Sales Company inspiring her team of over 100 consultants. She has worked in the schools teaching and mentoring students, and currently runs The Kindness Gala Foundation with her husband and Kindness Ambassadors. She loves being around kids and making sure they know how much they matter.
Administrative Assistant & Training Developer
Alive Aurora Manager
A long-time resident of Aurora, Ady Rubio is a young Latina woman who has a passion for working with youth. In 2016 she received her undergraduate degree in Psychology, 2019 a Master’s in Social work from Aurora University, and in 2020 became a licensed social worker. Ady was one of the first university students to intern at the Alive Center for teens in 2017. A non-profit that serves teens 5-12th grade and helps them find a sense of belonging, resiliency, discovery, and leadership. Alive was the internship she was hoping for, and it solidified her love of making meaningful connections with today’s youth. Seeing the impact a teen center such as Alive had on teens launched her dream of having an Alive Center in her city of Aurora one day. Today, Ady is continuing her journey with Alive, and she has joined the team as the drop-in Manager for Alive’s new downtown Aurora location. She inspires teens to take on leadership roles, be creative, and find a place of belonging.
Community Engagement and Development Representative – Hanover Park
Beth Stremel joined the Alive Center in December of 2021 as the Development Manager for the Hanover Park location. Beth brings over 25 years of nonprofit development and volunteer management experience from organizations such as CASA of DuPage, DuPage PADS, the American Liver Foundation, and Community Health Charities. She is dedicated to improving the community through her work in this field and uses her strong relationship and interpersonal skills to forward the important missions of these groups. In her spare time, she volunteers in various capacities at the First Presbyterian Church of Wheaton and as an Advisory Board Member of 100+ Women Who Care DuPage County. She has a BS in Sociology from Miami University in Oxford, OH, and currently resides in Winfield with her husband Matt.