Our Host

Matt Jones has been telling stories his whole life. One of four boys in a family of talkers, storytelling was a competition and an outlet. As high school history teacher and football coach, he used this ability to bring the events of the past and the present to life for his students and players. Today as a father of four himself, an active Scout leader, PTA president, coach and friend he's still using that power to communicate with wit, humor and an ability tap into those human emotions that connect us all, to keep those around him active and engaged. 

A resident of Naperville for over ten years Matt has never forgotten his Virginia roots, his family, and the places he came from. 

Tiffani Desrosiers

Tiffani Desrosiers is an energetic mom of three who lives in Warrenville, Illinois. She graduated with a Broadcasting degree from Seton Hall University in New Jersey (where she met her husband), rounding out over 17 years of Catholic School education! After college, she spent a couple of years working in New York City at NBC Studios for The Rosie O'Donnell Show, Saturday Night Live and The Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade. "It was the best job ever!" She is currently the Assistant Director of Wesley Kids Day Out in Naperville and loves working with all the kids. Tiffani has performed stand-up and improv comedy locally since 2010 and started storytelling in 2017. She began teaching Improv right here in Naperville in 2019 and considers herself to be #napervillefamous. Her stories are always comedic and full of energy!

http://www.warrenvilleparks.org

Stephanie Duesing

Stephanie Duesing discovered, documented, and diagnosed the first ever case of  a  unique neuroplastic adaptation to a common but poorly understood disability in her genius artist son, Sebastian. She is an author and speaker with a unique understanding of neuroplasticity that has impact for tens of thousands of people here in the U.S. Stephanie’s book, EYELESS MIND: A Tragicomic Zen Dystopian Singspiel, will be available this summer. Stephanie Duesing is a bel canto trained voice and music teacher with many years of experience teaching in both public and private settings. Stephanie's hobbies include stress eating, cooking, and sneaking animals into the house when her husband isn't looking. So far, she's managed one pomeranian, nine guinea pigs, two parakeets, a dusky conure named Mimi, and a goldfish too big to flush. She is not divorced. When she's not cleaning cages, Stephanie is a self-taught expert in the science of neuroplasticity and also homemade marshmallows. By necessity, she is bringing awareness to the public health crisis surrounding the tens of thousands of people in the U.S. that share her son’s disability.  She hopes to do so with some much needed laughter. Through her writing and speaking, Stephanie brings hope to the thousands of parents of children affected by her son’s condition, that they too can take steps to improve outcomes for their children. A passionate advocate for the arts in education, Stephanie provides a unique insight into the necessity for art and music education for all children.

https://stephanieduesing.com

Jitesh Jaggi

Jitesh Jaggi is a recent immigrant from India, currently living in Chicago. He ended his seven-years-long career in Finance one day when he lost all his data that he forgot to save on an Excel sheet, and realized that he just didn't care. That tipping point led to him becoming a writer and he is currently working on a book of essays. Storytelling is his passion and his profession. He helps clients tell their professional stories in their work environment. He loves writing bios because he can refer to himself in the third person. Jitesh can be easily bribed with chocolates and books.

http://www.iamthepundit.com

Simi Krishnan

Born and raised a Londoner Simi moved to the US 12 years ago. She lived a pretty nomadic life here stateside, moving across the country, where work took her, but she finally settled down in Naperville around 6 years ago. When she isn’t neck deep in data with her day job at RR Donnelley she loves to spend time with her feisty 9 and 4 year olds and even feistier husband. She is a gym junkie and loves boxing, and after a day of data, boxing is a fantastic vent zone. Being an immigrant to this country Simi has had to navigate stormy waters to get to calmer times and her outlook on life is formed by this philosophy. Work hard, play harder and nurture your soul with all the goodness around you!

Patti Minglin

With a degree in English and Communications, Patti Minglin graduated from Ball State University in 1992 being able to do two things really well:  write and talk.  Those two skills fed into Patti’s passion for storytelling and not only helped her move up the corporate ladder in the newspaper industry, but also led her to launch her own content marketing company, Go Girl Communications. As the CEO of Go Girl Communications, Patti helps small- to medium-sized businesses discover their brand stories and create innovative ways to tell that story to others.  Patti believes knowing your story—whether as a business or as an individual—is what fuels innovation and growth and she has made it her mission to share the power of storytelling with others. It’s no surprise that Patti is an avid reader and writer, contributing regularly to publications and blogs including sharing her voice every month as one of the co-hosts of the Naperville Mom’s Network talk show on NCTV17 and appearing in the 2015 cast of Listen to Your Mother Chicago. Patti resides outside of Chicago with her husband and three children. 

https://www.gogirlcommunications.com

Sarmi Parida

Sarmi has more than 19 years experience within Digital transformation, Customer experience/CRM, Business innovation, Program and Product Management at an Enterprise Level.She has extensive knowledge regarding all aspects of customer experience, both from a strategic, tactical and technology perspective.She has the ability to work in a technical environment in order to find technical solutions for operative challenges. Her role is best used for strategic, analytical and operative customer experience, digital transformation, business innovation and product management. Sarmi is very creative and uses deep marketing, sales and service experience as a base for business innovation. As a team member, Sarmi, creates a good atmosphere, and secures a progressive climate.

Dave Santori

Dave Santori studied improv and storytelling at the Second City Training Center - Chicago.  

His stories include "The Day I Blew Up the Senior Partner's Summer Home"  "Chased by Chicago Bear Hall of Famer Doug Atkins" "You Did What? - What Were You Thinking?" and - "The Dead Man's Pants" 

Karen Seymour

Karen spent the first 20 years of her career as a fine artist, a few years back she decided to follow a different path and returned to college to become an Occupational Therapist. Working with seniors and children to help them live their best lives has become a new adventure that she hopes will give her plenty of rich stories going forward.

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