Jeremy Round

Title: Chief Imagination Officer

Childhood Dream: To either become Superman or a Dog - it was a complicated time

Superpower: I can read my own mind and can jump over lego buildings in a single bound

My Gather Mission: To create a special place that builds community and lifelong friendships

Quote: "Watching children grow and thrive and new friendships blossom is the real product of what we do at Gather. I am awestruck by the opportunity afforded to me as a community builder, and am thrilled I get to keep doing this work!"


Briana Kirkwood

Title: Gather Guide

Childhood Dream: Going to Disney World

Superpowers: Helping others and making people happy 

Gather mission: To develop and expand programming at Gather. 

Loves Kids 

Has 3 nieces and 3 nephews 

No kids yet, but thinks she’ll be a great mom someday

Quotes: Seeing a child smile and wave at you is beyond beautiful. The innocence they hold makes anything heartwarming.


Samantha Arce

Title: Gather Guide

Childhood Dream: To own all the barbies in the world! 

Superpower: Making people laugh either with a bad joke or a great story 

Gather Mission: to go beyond the rules of art. 

Quote: Be the weirdest person you can be, don’t let the world tell you who you are. 

Mother of two amazing children

Enjoys art

Always trying to help others

Pursuing a degree in physical therapy

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Nicole Rodin Jaworski

Title: Head of Gather4Music

Childhood Dream: To either be a jockey or Dorothy from The Wizard of Oz

Superpower: I can sing super loud!

Gather Mission: To instill a love of music in our little ones and help us all realize the amazing potential music has to help us learn and connect to others

Mother to a 3-year-old and a 1-year-old (and they're awesome)

Used to sing opera professionally

Loves to run

Can juggle!

Quote: I am always amazed by the way children are able to absorb, express and connect through music even before they can use words.


Ariel James

Title: Director of Magical Experiences

Childhood Dream: To have magic powers

Superpower: Helping others discover their superpowers and bring them to life

Gather Mission: To create a special place that builds community and lifelong friendships

Mother of fraternal twins


Co-founder of a non-profit health and wellness community center

English Literature degree from Northwestern University

Over 10 years experience in the child-care industry

Taught English in a small town in Northern Thailand

Quote: I’m always amazed by the unique and beautiful way that children perceive the world around them.

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Carolie Guerin

Name: Caroline Guérin

Title: Program Director Gather4Language

Childhood Dream: I wanted to marry Prince Charming. I'm lucky ... I did!

Superpower: Good at solving problems (and sometimes creating additional ones). I also get people very enthused and energized with my positive and funny outlook.

Gather Mission: To develop the Gather4Language program by creating a talented and strong teaching team that works in harmony with Gather's employees and with other locations where we are providing classes.

Proud French Canadian

Mother of 3 big girls

Loves playing the piano, singing, and drawing

I have a University degree in education and teaching for pre-elementary and elementary.

I have 18 years of experience as a teacher in Elementary schools and 3 years with a game-based program

I'm a sugar eater and lover.

Quotes: Learning another language is not only learning different words for the same things but learning another way to think about things.


Charles Greengoss

Name: Charlie Greengoss 

Title: Gather Guide

Childhood Dream: To be a journalist for Rolling Stone like Cameron Crowe in 'Almost Famous'.

Superpower: He is a tremendous listener.

Gather Mission: Empowering kids with creativity to lead lives rich in discovery friendships, and connection.

Quote: Treat people the way you'd like to be treated.

With his bachelors in arts with a focus on Communication Arts from University of Wisconsin-Madison, Charlie is a creator. He loves to travel and learn about local music wherever he goes. He's passionate about cooking, writing short stories and poetry, and spending time with his wife Annie and their dog Benny.

Charlie Greengoss is an Evanstonian with lifelong passions for education, music, and social justice. His work out of college includes producing advertising content for radio, television, and streaming platforms. He is focused on community building, and is the co-founder ofVinyl For A Cause, a start-up record label that presses 45 rpm records with local Chicago artists. He plans to move into early childhood education in the coming years, with his goal to teach at the 0-3 level.

Charlie hosts a drop in story time at 10:30 on Thursday in our main playspace. Come join us and say hi!




Angela Lyonsmith

Angela Lyonsmith, ATR-BC, LCPC, is a mother of three, an artist, art therapist, Adjunct Assistant Professor in the graduate art therapy program at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago and an instructor and doctoral student at Mount Mary University. Angela has served as a therapist, administrator and consultant for several agencies in Chicago. She provides art therapy services for children and families and clinical supervision for art therapy clinicians. Angela also collaborated with Global Alliance for Africa to provide therapeutic arts paraprofessional trainings in Tanzania and Kenya for artists and cultural workers reaching vulnerable children in their communities.

 We are ALWAYS interested in finding new great talent for our team.  If you are interested in joining us please email us at!  We look forward to hearing from you.