Marie Theodorescu, co-founder of Art & Culture SPOC's Art & Culture Chapter, Art & Culture Director; School District 204 Educational management professional in Naperville, Il, with a Master's degree in Management & Administration. In her free time, Marie paints landscapes and icons; to improve her painting technique she took painting classes in Bucharest and Wheaton. Besides her main activities within 204 School District - teaching & advocating as PD Advisory Council school liaison - she is actively involved in different local cultural projects. In the last couple of years she coordonated icon painting classes and Sunday School classes within local Christian Churches. Currently, Marie manages multicultural World Cafe projects, held periodically in District 204 schools & "Romanian Cultural Evening" events series, held at Naperville Public Library.
Ligia Grindeanu, chapter co-founder, Poetry & Creative Writing Director; Ligia is a pediatrician in Chicago, Il, and a poet. She is a member of the poetry workshop "ND Cocea Anotimpuri" from her hometown, Sighisoara, co-founder of the Romanian Cultural Organization from Iowa City, including the poetry workshop "Dor", and member of "Retro" cenacle of Chicago. Her poetry was published in several cultural publications such as: "Free word", "Fortress voice", "Ambassador", "Sighisorean Crenels", "Seasons", "The eternity of a second" etc. Ligia is involved in many cultural activities organized by the Romanian cultural community from Chicago area. In 2003 she published a poetry volume called "Beyong silence" and she is working on a her new volum called "Seasons of longing".