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Our Team

Our Advisory Board

This experienced group of professionals have come together to support X-Time’s mission and serve as trusted advisers.

Our Advisory Board

This experienced group of professionals have come together to support X-Time’s mission and serve as trusted advisers.


Rick Brooks

Rick Brooks, was co-founder (now retired) of the Little Free Library movement, statewide and citywide newspapers by and for youth, and an outreach program developer with the University of Wisconsin-Madison for 25 years. He is now manager of Midwest Partners in Princeton, Illinois, a nonprofit which runs social enterprises ranging from a bike shop to civic education programs.  He has been chair of the board of the Wisconsin Positive Youth Development Initiative as well as health education instructor in grades K-12, undergraduate, graduate and professional education in the U.S. and abroad.


Eileen Chen

Eileen Chen, a native Mandarin Chinese speaker, is a highly esteemed K-12 Certified Chinese Language Teacher with dual certifications in Illinois and Colorado, complemented by a TESOL certification from the University of California, Irvine. With a diverse educational background, including a B.A. from Tamkang University in Taiwan, an M.S. in TESOL from Nazareth University in Rochester, NY, and advanced degrees from the University of Illinois and the University of Northern Colorado, Mrs. Chen brings a wealth of knowledge to her role.

Mrs. Chen's illustrious teaching career spans various schools in California, New York, and Illinois, where she taught Chinese and English as a foreign language in Taiwan. Recognized for her outstanding teaching methods, she has received two teaching awards from the Taipei Economic and Cultural Office. Beyond the classroom, Mrs. Chen is dedicated to fostering global perspectives. She organizes and leads international study tours, offering students valuable cross-cultural experiences, and plays a pivotal role in establishing and nurturing sister school relationships, promoting educational exchange programs and cultural understanding. Actively engaged in professional development, Mrs. Chen's commitment to education, cross-cultural engagement, and personal growth make her a valuable asset. In her leisure time, she volunteers, enjoys travel, practices yoga, studies Japanese, and explores international recipes.


Laura Paxton Hassner

Laura Hassner is Executive Director of the Berkeley Changemaker. She is also core contributing faculty for the Berkeley Changemaker gateway course. Her course, Berkeley Changemaker: Living with Agency, has been described by students as “my favorite and most valuable course”. Previously, Laura was a Lecturer on Leadership at Berkeley Haas in the Executive MBA and Evening & Weekend MBA Programs. An expert in turnarounds, she is a former Big Five consultant and financial advisor. She has also taught in a highly-challenged urban school and spent a decade innovating new products and programs for a national nonprofit.  She holds a BA, with honors, from Stanford University and an MBA, with honors, from Berkeley Haas. 

Our Advisory Board

This experienced group of professionals have come together to support X-Time’s mission and serve as trusted advisers.


Noah Isserman

Noah Isserman is a professor, strategist, and entrepreneur focused on the financing and future of social goods.  An award-winning researcher and educator, he builds systems that unearth and explore problems—and address them through entrepreneurial action. As a strategist, he works with organizations on the same questions.  Noah has worked with hundreds of startups, companies, nonprofits, and government organizations on mission and messaging—this work is generally at the board level, and has taken place on six continents.  As an entrepreneur and CEO, Noah has helped build and sell two profitable enterprises, WholeData LLC (acquired by the Upjohn Institute) and MAStorage, Inc, both of which deliberately generated social as well as commercial value.  

He has supported entrepreneurship and changemaking from several advisory boards and expert groups, including the Council of LAUNCH (an initiative of USAID, Nike, the US State Department, and NASA), the European Venture Philanthropy Association, the founding leadership team of the Community Solutions Incubator, and ventures including Loop HealthMakerGirl, and Dyad.  His work and research has been funded by the US State Department, VentureWell, numerous foundations and firms, and many fellowships and awards.


Angie Hatfield Marker

Angie Hatfield Marker is President of the Community Foundation of East Central Illinois and oversees the development, grant-making, expansion and leadership activities of the organization.  Born in Danville and raised in Champaign, Angie is a proud graduate of Centennial High School. She holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Speech Communication from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. She graduated with honors with her Master’s Degree in Nonprofit Management in 2020.  Angie has more than 20 years of sales, marketing and development experience. She is the Board Chair of the Association of Fundraising Professionals of East Central Illinois and serves as a member of the Board of Directors for the Alliance of Illinois Community Foundations. She is a former member of the Urbana Business Association Board and Crisis Nursery Board.  Outside of work, her interests are many and varied. She enjoys cooking (and eating!), gardening, reading, traveling and spending time with her family and friends. Angie and her husband, Dan, live in Champaign with their sons, Johnny (11) and Dean (10).

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