Meet Our Staff

Renee Makris

Renee Makris will be the Site Supervisor for Project TAPESTRY at East Leyden High School.  She has been awarded a  Master’s Degree in School Counseling from Lewis University and has also achieved a license as a Licensed Professional Counselor.  Renee has a diverse background working in various industries and with children of all ages and comprehension levels. Immediately prior to accepting this Site Supervisor role, she was working as a Student Advocate at the Morton Freshman Center. This experience offered her the opportunity to work with a variety of high needs students and support their learning and growth.  Renee’s passion is found empowering students to strive for constant improvement in their school, career, and beyond; this is accomplished only by involving school staff, parents and students working together to achieve this goal.

Matt Littlefield

Mr. Littlefield will begin his first year as a Student Advocate for the Project TAPESTRY at East Leyden. He is currently working towards his Master’s degree in Counseling at National Louis University (Lisle, IL), after graduating with a BA in Health & Physical Education from Gettysburg College (Gettysburg, PA). Mr. Littlefield spent over 20 years working in the sports world, he became drawn to this tremendous opportunity to help struggling young adults. His previous experience includes working with high school football players and their families looking to achieve college scholarships for NCSA Athletic Recruiting, coaching football at Lemont High School and at the University of Chicago, and volunteering at three local hospitals, and an elementary school.  He has also worked in scouting, football operations, public relations, and marketing and promotions for four teams in the National Football League over 14 years, including being a part of the 1999-00 St. Louis Rams Super Bowl XXXIV Championship team. He is excited about getting to know and working with the East Leyden students and staff!

Sophie Follenweider

Sophie Follenweider is looking forward to working as a Student Advocate at East Leyden High School. Her background as a school counselor, grade school teacher and aide,and special education aide has shaped and prepared her to work with students in the TAPESTRY Program. Sophie holds a Master’s Degree in School Counseling from Lewis University and is currently working to become a Licensed Practitioner of Counseling (LPC).
Sohpie’s goal is to help students achieve their best- academically, emotionally and socially. She does this by developing relationships with each student, working to understand what motivates their behavior and supports the students to work working through difficult situations.In her spare time, Sophie enjoys spending time with her 4 children, running, skiing, traveling to any place warm and trying new restaurants. But most importantly she enjoys making a difference in the lives of the teens she serves!