Dr. Griselle Torres, Gautam Kumar, and Stephen Gilbert join Noble Schools' board
Published On: February 15th, 2022Categories: 2022, Noble Updates

Over the past few years, Noble Schools has focused on ensuring our board matches the incredible diversity of our broader Noble Schools community. We are excited to announce three new board members:

Dr. Griselle Torres

Griselle Torres currently serves as the Deputy Director for the Office of Disease Control and Laboratories with Illinois Department of Public Health (IDPH) with statewide oversight areas in 1) infectious diseases; 2) COVID-19 response; 3) testing; 4) contact tracing; 5) HIV; 6) STIs; 7) TB; 8) Hepatitis; and 9) Chicago’s flagship, Springfield, and Carbondale laboratories.

Dr. Torres obtained both her Master of Social Work (MSW) and Master of Public Health (MPH) from the UIC’s Jane Addams School of Social Work and School of Public Health, respectively. Additionally, she holds a certificate in non-profit management from Roosevelt University. In 2014, she obtained her Doctorate in Public Health (DrPH) degree from the UIC’s SPH.

Born in Puerto Rico, Dr. Torres is bilingual (native speaking), bicultural, first generation to come to the U.S. and graduate from college. She spends most of her spare time “raising wildlife”—young homo sapiens of the Y chromosome 😊!

Gautam Kumar

Gautam Kumar is currently the CFO of Rocketmiles, a vacation technology company, and has also held positions at OptionsHouse, McKinsey and IllinoisVentures. Gautam holds a B.S. and M.S. in Computer Science from the University of Illinois and hails from the South Side of Chicago. Gautam is passionate about coding and wants to figure out how we can empower more students from under-resourced communities with the ability to code.

Stephen Gilbert

Stephen Gilbert is in his tenth year as a Health and Fitness teacher at Johnson College Prep. Stephen was born and raised on Chicago’s South Side and is honored to serve his young brothers and sisters in the Englewood community. As a result of his effective pedagogical methods, he was selected as a Distinguished Teacher in 2020.

Prior to working at Noble Schools, Stephen began his career in the non-profit sector as he found his passion being a program director for a college enrichment and after-school program. He strongly believes in the power of Black and Brown people to lead the fight for their own liberation.

Stephen is a proud alumnus of Chicago State University, where he graduated with a Bachelor of Arts and Science in 2007 and graduated with a Master’s of Social Work in 2013. In 2021, he completed his second master’s degree in public policy and administration at Northwestern University. Outside of work, he is the proud father of four dynamic boys.

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