Our Team

Meet Our Leadership Team

Carol Timms, President
Carol has experience in education, energy, grant writing and non-profit management. With initial experience teaching high school social studies, she moved to the State Energy Office where she managed federal grants, developed marketing and adult education campaigns, and began the state’s award-winning energy and environmental education program for K-12. She launched Educational Dividends in 1994 and has focused on developing project-based educational materials in the areas of energy, environment, workplace development and technology.

As a skilled grant writer and manager, Carol has raised millions of dollars for clients and has added The Grant Helpers, founded by Roland Garton, as a division of Educational Dividends to help non-profits, schools and municipalities achieve their goals.

Please contact Carol at Carol@EducationalDividends.com.

Christine Younger, Administrative Assistant

Excellent customer service is integral to the Educational Dividends’ experience. Christine brings a plethora of administrative experience and excellent communication and organizational skills. Her interaction with the clients, teachers and Educational Dividends’ team members instills an instant sense of competency and caring.

Please contact Christine at Christine@EducationalDividends.com.

Valerie Hardy, School Liaison
Valerie is a passionate educator with a reputation for instilling a love for learning and self-discovery in her students. She believes that collaborative innovation with the community is a key element to developing learning experiences. Valerie taught Science for 16 years in grades 3-8 for the Archdiocese of Chicago before moving to the Chicago Public Schools (CPS). As a CPS Science teacher, she was an active participant in Educational Dividends’ classroom programs. Valerie joined the Educational Dividends’ team when she retired from CPS. She enjoys encouraging teachers and providing dynamic training sessions.

Please contact Valerie at Valerie@EducationalDividends.com.

Ivy Bouillerce, School Liaison
Ivy has extensive experience as a teacher, administrator, and educational liaison to IIT’s Smart Grid Program. She is passionate about providing opportunities for teachers, counselors and administrators to utilize the workplace as an active learning environment.
Ivy has recruited employers and professional organizations to become active participants in the educational system. Since retiring Ivy has been working with Educational Dividends to support teachers. She is an enthusiastic, interactive trainer.

Please contact Ivy at Ivy@EducationalDividends.com.

Our Clients and Partners
Educational Dividends has worked with tens of thousands of students on behalf of government agencies, non-profits and businesses. Our goal is to add value to your relationships with your clients by providing our unique brand of educational services and to help you achieve your organization’s funding needs.

We have worked with the following organizations providing educational services:
 Association of Illinois Electric Cooperatives
 Champaign County Chamber of Commerce
 Champaign Downtown Association
 Chicago Children’s Museum
 Chicago Public Schools
 ComEd
 CTE Curriculum Revitalization Project
 Danville Area Community College
 Earth Day Illinois
 Eastern Illini Electric Cooperative
 Education for Employment
 Energy Systems Group
 Galvin Center for Electricity Innovation Smart Grid Education and Workforce Training at IIT
 Honeywell
 Illinois Association of School Boards
 Illinois Clean Energy Community Foundation
 Illinois Department of Commerce and Economic Opportunity
 Illinois Education Association
 Illinois Lt. Governor’s Office (Pat Quinn)
 Illinois Principals Association
 Illinois State Board of Education
 Illinois State Chamber of Commerce
 International Society of Arboriculture
 National Energy Education Development Program
 National Energy Foundation
 National 4H
 Parkland College
 Richland Community College
 Target Stores
 Tech 2000 Coalition
 U.S. Department of Energy
 University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign, Nano-CEMMS
 University of Illinois at Chicago, Energy Resources Center

Our grant professionals have decades of experience in grant writing, grant report
management and program management with scores of companies.

Here is a sampling of the organizations we’ve partnered with in the search for funding:

Colleges & Universities
• Danville Area Community College – Danville, IL
• Northern Illinois University – Dekalb, IL
• Medical University of South Carolina
• Mississippi State University – Mississippi State, MS
• Rush University Medical Center – Chicago, IL
• Sullivan University System, KY
• University of Illinois (7+ different departments)

Schools K-12
• Liberty School District – Liberty, MO
• Urbana School District #116 – Urbana, IL
• Vigo County School Corporation – Terre Haute, IN
• Waukegan Public School District 60, IL
• Metropolitan School District of Wayne Township, IN
• West Allis-West Milwaukee School District, WI
• Wilkes County Schools, NC

Health Care
• Carle Foundation Hospital – Champaign, IL

• Association for Computers in Education, DE
• Cunningham Children’s Home, Urbana, IL
• Don Moyer’s Boys & Girls Club, Champaign, IL
• Habitat for Humanity
• Indianapolis Performing Arts Center
• International Society for Technology in Education (ISTE), OR
• Marion County Food Bank
• National Forum for the Advancement of Middle-Grade Reform
• Paul’s Center of Caring, NJ
• Wildlife Prairie Park – Hanna, IL

• Active Seniors Options – Champaign, IL
• Computerized Medical Systems – Champaign, IL
• Edge Velocity Corporation – Salem, NH
• Giotto USA, KS
• Siemens International

Radio Interview on WDWS-AM
Carol was featured on the Central Illinois Business radio program with Alex Ruggieri on NewsTalk 1400 WDWS-AM. Click the play button on the audio player below to listen in.
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