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. 

Mandy Caverzasi

Mandy Caverzasi is passionate about writing for children and telling stories about motherhood and marriage. Her debut children’s book is under contract with Tiger Stripe Publishing. An active member of Society of Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators, Mandy is always up for a conversation about kidlit and storycraft. Learn more about Mandy at https://acaverzasi.com

Rajshree Char

Rajshree is a proud mom of two young adults who challenge her to go on new adventures, try new food and entertain new ideas. When she misses her kids, her Shetland sheepdog, Champ, is always there to bring a smile to her face. She holds a master's degree in computer science and loves being a woman in tech. From childhood vacations to trips around the world with her own family, travel has enriched her life. She just can't help falling in love with every place she visits, and she always leaves hoping to come back. She also loves to chat up locals on her travels. On her recent trip to the Swedish Riviera, she was drawn to the sight of a woman gathering lavender from a garden. After a little bit of friendly banter with her, she invited Rajshree and her daughter to see her beautiful garden. Such encounters on her trip make an ordinary moment into an extraordinary one for her. In her free time, Rajshree enjoys photography.

Jeannie Coe

I've spent most of my life in Naperville, with the exception of a few years in London and on a small island in Greece.  Every time someone tells me they moved here on purpose I'm always in awe because it's just my hometown. I am a wife and a mother with a full-time job, but I'm never too busy to have one too many cups of coffee with a good friend or be an overachiever baking, canning, knitting, or running.

Doug Dusik

Doug Dusik celebrates his 20th year in Naperville in October, longer than he's lived anywhere else. He always has enjoyed a good story, going all the way back to when he was first allowed to sit at the adult table and eavesdrop. He’s made a career out of communications for more than 30 years and is pleased to be able to share a story of his own with The People Tree audience. Doug hopes they will get a kick out of it but assumes no liability.

Karen Seymour Ells

Karen was an independent artist for 20 years before she decided to re-career and return to school to become an occupational therapist. Mother, sometimes activist, creator and volunteer, Karen enjoys crafting stories and hearing those of her fellow storytellers. 

Tom Klisiewicz

Tom Klisiewicz is a training and development professional who specializes in helping individuals leverage their minds to:

- Live healthier, happier lives- Perform at their best at whatever it is they love to do
- And reach their highest potential

His favorite job of all though is being a Dad to his three wonderful children who range in ages from 13 to 19......three teenagers, may God have mercy on his soul!

 

Frank Napoli

Frank, his wife Kimberly and their four- year- old daughter Sienna, have lived in Naperville for two years along with their bulldogs, Paulie, and Peaches. It is here he performs the job he loves most. Being Sienna’s Daddy. 

Dave Santori

This is David's fourth visit to The People Tree, coming after Going to Confession being scared by The Dead Man's Pants and escaping the Mob in Snubs. Stories range from The Day I Blew Up the Senior Partners Summer Home to A hallucinatory memory of meeting Eleanor Roosevelt at the 1964 Democratic National Convention (She had been dead for over a year) to the fun of representing country and western bar Johnnies 83 Club or Lincoln Towing.

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