Meet the EEC team!
Since 2001, Educational Equity Consultants has worked with approximately 1,400 district leaders and school faculties through the Leadership & Racism Program (formerly call the Teaching and Leading as Social Justice Advocacy Program).
The Leadership & Racism Program (LRP) explores how our own attitudes about race and racism might be limiting students’ capability to achieve. Through a process of challenging introspection and reflection, educators learn to identify behaviors and policies that adversely affect how students see themselves and their potential to succeed in school. Most importantly, participants develop ways to alter or eliminate those behaviors, and build positive strategies for their schools and districts to adopt.
EEC Mission Statement
Educational Equity Consultants (EEC) creates a safe environment for people of color and whites to heal from the hurts of racism. EEC builds the capacity of individuals, schools and other organizations to address racism in ways that enable ALL people to reclaim their inherent intelligence and nobility.
Tony Neal is currently President/CEO of Educational Equity Consultants. He served as Director of Southern Illinois University East St. Louis Charter School for eleven years. In addition to this full time position, Tony is adjunct professor for Webster University where he teaches in the Communications department. He is also a senior partner with Educational Equity Consultants. Tony has served as faculty and trainer for numerous Dismantling Racism Institutes of the National Conference for Community and Justice and has trained for the Anti-Defamation League/ A World of Difference and for the Coro Midwestern Leadership Center. In 1991, Tony received a United States Court Appointment to the Educational Monitoring Advisory Committee, St. Louis Desegregation Program. Canada. Tony has presented at that International Principals’ conference in London, England and Toronto, Canada. Tony holds a B.A. degree from Morehouse College and a M.A. degree from Washington University. He is a 2000 graduate of the Focus St. Louis Leadership program, a 2003 graduate of the Harvard University Urban Principals’ Institute, a 2006 graduate of the Vanderbilt University/ Peabody College Summer Fellows program, and a 2007 graduate of the National School Leaders Network Facilitator’s training at Wellesley College. He currently is regional facilitator for the St. Louis Metropolitan School Leaders Network. Tony is the proud parent of two wonderful children, Amber and Anthony II.
Billie Mayo formerly served as the Assistant to the Chief Academic Office of the St. Louis Public Schools and the Director of the Saint Louis Urban Educational Leadership Cohort at Saint Louis University. Billie spent 23 years as a middle school teacher before moving to into Administration. She has also been responsible for training St. Louis Public Schools personnel on a number of topics including learning styles, effective communication, improving discipline with dignity, conflict mediation and stress management. Billie has offered her insight on building multicultural alliances in workshops in the Virgin Islands, Portland Oregon, Wichita and Winfield Kansas, University City, Riverview Gardens, Saint Louis Public Schools and a number of places too numerous to mention. She has been a facilitator for the World of Difference Program, NCCJ’s Dismantling Racism Institutes, the Teaching and Leading for Social Justice Advocacy Project, and the Leadership and Racism Retreats and Institutes. Mrs. Mayo, a graduate of Harris Stowe State Teachers College, has completed two Masters Degrees at Webster University and a Doctorate in Educational Administration at Saint Louis University. Some of Billie’s achievements are the 1998 Ford Foundation “Heroes and Sheroes” award for Human Rights, the Sammy Davis, Jr. “Yes I Can” award in 1996, the Saint Louis American’s 2002 Salute to Excellence Award for Educators, the 2003 University City School System’s Martin Luther King Spirit Award for Social Justice, and the University of Missouri-St. Louis 2007 Dean’s award for contributions to Social Justice.
Phil Hunsberger was formerly the Executive Director of the Metro East Consortium for Child Advocacy (MECCA), which is a partnership of six Illinois School Districts that include East St. Louis, Cahokia, Madison, Dupo, Venice and Brooklyn. MECCA provides professional development for these districts in the areas of literacy, school leadership, mentoring, and social justice advocacy for teaching and leading. He also served as the Coordinator an Illinois State Board of Education RESPRO Region V grant. This initiative provides professional development for schools not reaching their adequately yearly progress (AYP) in a sixteen county area of southern Illinois. From 1971 until the 1998 assignment, Phil served as a teacher, principal and central office administrator in the Sterling Unit #5 School District. He received his Bachelor of Science in Education and his Master in Science in Educational Administration from Northern Illinois University. His doctorate in Educational Leadership was from National-Louis University, Wheaton Campus. In 1994, the National Association of Elementary School Principals selected Phil as the National Distinguished Principal from Illinois. Most recently Phil served on the faculty for the National Conference for Community and Justice: Dismantling Racism from 2002-2006. He is the Director of the International Network of Principals’ Centers and has presented for school districts and leadership centers in the Chicago, Denver, New Orleans, Atlanta, Rochester, New York, Little Rock and Columbus, Ohio area.
- Mary Ferguson
- Deb Holmes
- Linda Holtzman
- Charlotte Ijei
- Rudy Nickens
- Russell Vanecek
- Leon Sharpe
- Reggie Williams