Christine Westerlund is the director of professional development for the Illinois Association of Community Action Agencies. Additionally, she manages the association’s Professional Development Institute (PDI), a multi-disciplined catalog of training and learning opportunities for the Illinois Community Action Network. Christine has over 30 years of experience working with governmental entities and nonprofit organizations as a researcher, grant writer, facilitator, and trainer. She holds professional certifications in: ROMA (Results Oriented Management and Accountability), Family and Community Development Specialist, Community Action Professional (CCAP), Scenario Planning, Poverty Coaching, and Beegle Gold Star Speaker, and is a national trainer for “A Framework for Understanding Poverty.” Christine has facilitated World Cafe, an Appreciative Inquiry process, for many groups and organizations in the state of Illinois and is a member of the Illinois Art of Hosting Community of Practice. She is a graduate of Eastern Illinois University, president of the Chatham Area Public Library District Board of Trustees, and an active volunteer in the Springfield community.