Dr. Evisha Ford-Sills, LCSW
Founder & Executive Director
Dr. Ford-Sills has a passion for marginalized youth which began at an early age. She earned a Masters of Social Work from the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign and began serving inner-city homeless youth providing therapeutic intervention and linkages to community resources. She worked with various community agencies to build their capacity to support the needs of vulnerable youth (via training, resource development and program evaluation). She was recruited by Chicago Public School (CPS); during her tenure within the Early Childhood Department she came to understand the complex needs of young children and the critical nature of early intervention.
Later she served as a Response to Intervention (RtI) Coach for the CPS Office of Specialized Services. Subsequently, she was appointed Director of Special Education in Bremen High School District. Dr. Ford-Sills completed her doctoral studies at Aurora University in Educational Leadership in 2010. Her research focus is students with disabilities, youth resiliency, and critical race theory. She supported the development of other professionals in her role as an Assistant Professor and Special Education Leadership Program Coordinator at Concordia University Chicago, in the Graduate College.
Dr. Ford-Sills and her husband (Rob) conceptualized and founded iCan Dream Center after recognizing the complex needs of families who have a child with special needs and the growing number of youth who become involved in the criminal justice system. iCan Dream Center provides a positive, affirming, and inclusive environment where all youth are encouraged to dream.
Dr. Ford-Sills has three amazing sons. She is a self-proclaimed “adventure junkie.” She meets her need for adventure by scuba-diving, participating on service trips with her church, and traveling with her family. Her favorite quote is “In a world where there is so much to be done…there must be something for me to do” (Dorthea Dix).