A native Chicagoan, Craig continues to enjoy living in the city’s South Shore neighbor where he is active in the community. Craig attended classes at City Colleges of Chicago and Chicago State University, graduated cum laude from the College of Automation in Chicago, and holds a myriad of certifications in the field of Information Technology (IT).

As an IT specialist/consultant, Craig had the unique opportunity of traveling extensively both domestically and internationally, including long term work assignments in Australia, Malaysia and South America (Brazil).


  • Minister / Licensed Teacher, Universal Foundation for Better Living
  • Published Writer/Author
  • Facilitator / Speaker, International Information Technology (IT) conferences
  • President, 7600 Euclid/Jeffery Block Club
  • Treasurer, Doral South Condominium Board (1999-2001)

Vernon F. Ward, Jr.

Co-Founder and Chief Operating Officer

Born and raised on Chicago's south side,  Vernon, the son of a nuclear medicine technologist, pianist and a nationally noted artist, Vernon, Sr. and his mother Helen, a founding member of the Chicago MusArts Club, was exposed to the multi-cultural scene of metropolitan Chicago at an early age. At six years old, he began music lessons and chose piano as his principle instrument. For over thirty years, he has played keyboards with many R&B, jazz and blues bands and in religious venues.

Vernon has extensive experience in marketing, graphic design, and corporate finance. In the past, he has held the following positions of:  regional director,CDB3, Inc.; vice president, Chicago Chapter of the National Association of Marketing Developers; and senior director,Chicago Youth Council Organization.

He is currently a teacher of life skills, metaphysics and an avid student of ancient eastern history and holds the position of artistic director for Paradise 360 Productions, Inc.

Vernon is an ordained minister and has a deep love for all people.

Robbin B. Johnson

A west side native of Chicago, specifically East Garfield Park area.  Robbin attended classes at Roosevelt University and Chicago State University.  She holds a Bachelor of Arts in Education and a Master of Arts in Education Administration.  She also holds two Illinois professional licenses (Type 04 and 75) as well.

Robbin has trained and supported classroom staff in implementing a variety of literacy curriculums.  She has supported and coached classroom staff in classroom management, reflective and intentional teaching.  Robbin has monitored classrooms for NAEYC accreditation and has modeled effective teaching strategies and techniques for classroom staff.  


Professional Activities

Presenter, Technology in the Classroom, NAEYC 2007 Conference Chicago

Common Core Standards, Creative Curriculum GOLD, ELLCO, CLASS Training

Craig Narcisse

Co-Founder and Chief Executive Officer