Deon Brown
Director, Talent Search

Deon Brown, director of Chicago's Talent Search program, began his association with TRIO in 1991 as a Project Coordinator with the Triton College Educational Talent Search Program in 1991 and has been director of the Northeastern Illinois University Upward Bound Program since 1992 and became director of Talent Search in 1997. He is an adjunct professor in the Educational Leadership and Development Department at Northeastern, teaching School Law and the Law of Higher Education. Deon is also an adjunct instructor of economics at Triton College, receiving the Outstanding Faculty Award in the Social Science Department for 2004.

Deon has been recognized as an Emerging Leader by the Mid-America Association of Educational Opportunity Program Personnel (MAEOPP) and served as President of the Illinois Association of Educational Opportunity Program Personnel for 2000-01. He has earned a B.A. in Economics with High Honor from DePaul University, a M.S. in Economics (Dean's Fellowship) from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, and a J.D. from Loyola University Chicago School of Law. Contact Deon Brown via email

Danny Gordon
Assistant Director, Talent Search

Danny has been a member of the NEIU Talent Search staff for seven years, supervising a team of tutor/mentors at four Chicago Public Schools. He has also planned and facilitated an annual Tutor Training Seminar at the CTC. Mr. Gordon has also served as the English Instructor for the NEIU Upward Bound Program since 1998, developing an extensive grammar and writing curriculum. He also has worked as a GED instructor for Latino Youth, Inc in Chicago. Mr Gordon holds a B.A. in English from the University of Illinois at Chicago. He also holds a MSW from Governors State University.

Alfred Miller
Program Associate, Talent Search

Alfred Miller, program associate of Chicago's Talent Search program, has worked with the NEIU Talent Search program since 1998. He started as a computer advisor for the summer program, where he instructed students, grade levels 8th through 12th, in the fundamental use of IBM and Mac applications. In 2003 he became a Program Associate working at Crane H.S. Mr. Miller has also worked as a Program Assistant at Ada S. McKinley-Lakeside Alternative High School and as a Tutor/Web Design Instructor at ACT Charter School in Chicago. He has a BA in Film/Video with a concentration in Computer Animation from Columbia College. Contact Alfred Miller via email


Barbara Hall
Program Associate, Talent Search

Barbara Hall began her work with the NEIU Talent Search Program as a Program Associate in 1994. She has worked as an administrator, teacher, and choreographer at Abbott Elementary School. She became the Attendance Coordinator at Dunbar High School in 1995 and its Principal in 2002. The organizational structure of her after school Talent Search tutoring program became the model for the other Talent Search project schools. She has a B.S. in Education from Chicago State University, a M.A. in Education (Summa Cum Laude) from NEIU, a PhD in Health and Nutrition from American College of Holistic Health. Ms. Hall also possesses a Certification in Professional Education, as a Deer Creek Fellow, from the Harvard University Graduate School of Education.