Meet Our Staff
Ms. Candice Reynolds
Candice Reynolds started with West 40 as an intern in 2013. The best part about working with TAPESTRY is seeing students accomplish their goals. She obtained her Bachelor’s of Science Degree in Applied Behavioral Sciences from Quincy University and holds a Master’s of Science Degree in Community Counseling from National Louis University. She is currently working to become a Licensed Practitioner of Counseling(LPC) and National Certification in counseling. She is excited to work as new the Site Coordinator at Morton West High School. Her goal is to help students succeed and ultimately reach their goals. In her free time Candice enjoys reading.
Mrs. Francisca Pike
Francisca Pike has been an Advocate at Morton West for five years. Her background and experience as administrative assistant for West 40 Regional Safe School has awarded her great success in working with TAPESTRY Students. “I love being an advocate because I am able to help student that are struggling with similar struggles that I had as a teenager. I am very passionate about what I do because I care about their future and situation. If I can help one kid at a time I believe we make a huge difference for everyone’s future and generations to come. I always say, ‘I see you in the future and you look much better than you do right now.’ Encouraging my kids and giving them a vision for their future is something they can dream about at this very moment.” Francisca was promoted to Student Advocate at Morton West High School in 2010. Francisca Pike is currently enrolled at the College of DuPage. She is certified in the navigating the American Educational System: The Hispanic Parental Involvement Program. As a Mustang alumni being a support to Morton is her pleasure!
Mr. Ricardo Martinez
Ricardo Martinez recently joined the Project TAPESTRY in September 2015. Mr. Martinez’s favorite component of his position as a advocate is helping students find their passion! He is motivated by the mission of the program to help students achieve. The energy found within the members of the TAPESTRY Team continue to allow Mr. Martinez to give back to the communities and cultures that have helped influenced his life and work. In 2014, Mr. Martinez graduated from Northeastern Illinois University with his Bachelor’s of Social Work. Prior to his arrival at the Tapestry Program, Mr. Martinez worked with the formerly incarcerated population and in the child welfare sector. Ricardo Martinez was born and raised in Chicago, IL. He enjoys playing sports, reading, and plays on a pool league team.
Ms. Brittney Chambers
Brittney Chambers joined Project TAPESTRY in the fall of 2015. She graduated with her Bachelor of Science in Public Health in 2012 and she is currently pursuing her Master Degree of Social Work from Liberty University. Her previous work experience is in DCFS Case Management. She is enthused about supporting and assisting students to encourage success both academically and emotionally. Brittney Chambers looks forward to meeting you all and collaborating to achieve student success.
Mr. Brian Raidt
Brian Raidt joined West 40 in August of 2012 as an intern with Credit Recovery. In February of 2102 he began working with Project TAPESTRY at Morton West. He graduated with his Bachelor of Arts in Psychology in 2011 from University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign and he earned his M.S. in Community Counseling from National Louis University. He recently became an LPC in July of 2016. His previous work experience is with children in a DCFS residential program. His favorite part about working with students in Project TAPESTRY is helping every student to understand that they can be successful and seeing the positive steps students are able to make. In his free time he enjoys spending time with his friends, family, and dogs. He also likes to play basketball and soccer, and cheer on Chicago sports teams.