Meet Our Team at West 40
Steve Lehman has been working with West 40 since August of 2001. He obtained my BS in Education from Illinois State University and a MS in Education from Northern Illinois University. Prior to his time here he worked in Kendall County Health and Human Services. He began working as the Lead Counselor at the Regional Safe School. From there he became the TAPESTRY Site Coordinator at the Morton Freshman Center. In 2013 he was promoted to Assistant Director. In 2014 he became the Director of the TAPESTRY and Seniors Plus programs. He has worked very closely in the development of these programs and it has helped him to understand the unique needs of our students, yet still maintain the bigger picture of what our program works to accomplish.
His philosophy as the Director of TAPESTRY and Seniors Plus is the vision that all students can be successful in school if we create the right environment based on the individual needs. Through his years of experience in working with numerous families, one common theme is that they all want the best for their children. Building trusting relationships with our students and working closely with teachers and administrators is an imperative part that allows us to all reach out more effectively to our students and families. TAPESTRY and Seniors Plus creates a safe and nurturing environment for students to overcome difficulties and find success. It is the philosophy that makes all of our students a part of the TAPESTRY Plus family.
John Milosovic started with West 40 as a Student Advocate in 2011 at Proviso West and Morton Freshman Center. In the fall of 2014, he was given the opportunity to work with both Project TAPESTRY and the Seniors Plus program; which allows him to help more students in the Morton and Leyden school districts. Milosovic believes that the best part of being a Student Advocate is being able to work with the students and helping them succeed.
As the Assistant Director, he has had the opportunity to help more students and families. The best part of his job, knows that he can help make a positive difference in a student’s life and then seeing that student succeed. Also, he believes all students can succeed in school and in life. Prior to coming to West 40, he was a Business Teacher at Morton East H. S. for four years; as well as working in Retail and Manufacturing for over twenty years. Milosovic received his Bachelor’s Degree in Business Administration from Governor’s State University and a Master’s Degree in Educational Leadership from American College of Education. In addition, he holds a Teacher Certificate from Roosevelt University. He enjoys sports, history, traveling and spending time with his family.
Susana Luna is currently serving as a Parent Liaison and Interpreter for Project TAPESTRY and Seniors Plus. She conducts Parent outreach with Student Advocates through home visits, phone calls and mail. The Parent Liaison serves as an interpreter and facilitates communication between Student Advocates, Site Coordinators, Assistant Director and Program Director. She assists in the communication between students, parents and anyone involved in supporting student’s needs. Mrs. Luna communicates with Spanish speaking students and families in need of TAPESTRY program support, articulate student goals, student’s progress and school policies. She also attends school events to be able to participate in any parent meetings and present Project TAPESTRY support and services.
Susana Luna received a Bachelor of Arts (B.A) in Communication and Media with a Minor in Spanish from Northeastern Illinois University. She is currently working on a Masters of Arts in Counseling. Susana was given the opportunity to work with the Latino communities in the West suburbs. Her mission is to work with students who are at risk of dropping out of High School. Furthermore, as a Parent Liaison she is able to reach out to the parents and families with the goal of encouraging parents and families to be involved with the student’s academic success and graduate high school.