In The Loop Guest Bios
FOUNDER & CEO
SERAFIN & ASSOCIATES
Thom Serafin is the founder and CEO of Serafin & Associates, Inc. He has created a unique space in the world of public affairs in Chicago and across Illinois where his counsel, strategic planning and crisis management skills are widely sought by businesses, government agencies, non-profits and the news media.
“We don’t use the word ‘can’t’ at our firm,” says Serafin. “Our attitude is no client goal is out of reach of our fields of expertise.”
Because of his deep knowledge of the political landscape and his understanding of contemporary media, Thom appears regularly as an analyst on television and radio news; his high profile is an asset to his clients and the media alike. Thom is widely respected for his own journalism background and many years as a political consultant.
His expertise comes from years of hands-on experience, first as a network radio correspondent covering the Illinois capital, and later in the role of press secretary for several U.S. Senate campaigns and a presidential campaign. Thom has served on the staffs of U.S. Sen. Alan Dixon and U.S. Rep. Dan Rostenkowski in Chicago and Washington, D.C., and has advised some of the highest-profile policy makers in Illinois and the nation. As a contributing author, he was featured in the book Crisis Communication- Practical PR Strategies for Reputation Management and Company Survival.
Thom earned a Bachelor of Arts in Communications with a minor in Film Making from the University of Illinois/Springfield (UIS) where, as an undergraduate, he helped launch the prestigious Public Affairs Reporting (PAR) program with then-professor Paul Simon. He has endowed a yearly PAR scholarship at the university. Continuing on at UIS, Thom went on to earn a Masters in Public Affairs Reporting. Simon, who later became an iconic Congressman and U.S. Senator from Illinois, was a longtime friend and mentor to Thom who chose him as Media Director for his humanitarian mission to Cuba in 2001.
Thom serves on the University of Illinois Alumni Board. He is also active in the West Suburban Chamber of Commerce, where he is a past board member; and has performed onstage and volunteered with the Theatre of Western Springs. A passionate fan of the Chicago White Sox, Thom spent many years coaching youth baseball and also served on the La Grange Little League Board.
LICENSED PSYCHOLOGIST / OWNER
SANDERS & ASSOCIATES
Dr. Tiffany D. Sanders, PhD is a business psychologist, consultant and owner of Diverse Business Solutions, a boutique Human Resource Firm that specializes in executive business coaching, employee engagement and retention, talent management, and organizational and leadership training and development.
She also owns Sanders & Associates, a clinical mental health practice providing quality mental health counseling and psychological evaluation services to children, adolescents, couples and families.
As a highly regarded and sought after expert, she has been featured as a guest expert on Fox’s Good Day Chicago, ABC 7 Morning News, WGN TV's Morning News and People to People show, local and nationally syndicated radio shows including Sirius XM. Her advice or knowledge has been featured in newspapers and magazines from coast to coast including The Chicago Tribune, Scholastic Parent. Huffington Post, Essence and Black Enterprise Magazine.
She has spoken to groups, companies and school districts of all sizes about how to hire the right people, leadership, diversity and innovation, entrepreneurial success, stress management, employee wellness and employee engagement.
Dr. Sanders earned her PhD in Psychology from The University of Florida, and she is a member of American Psychological Association and the Society for Human Resource Management.
SVENSON LAW OFFICES
Christine Svenson, a fourth generation lawyer, is a highly experienced civil litigator who has successfully represented her clients before federal and state tribunals and agencies. She represents employers and individual defendants in all types of workplace litigation, including sexual harassment, discrimination on the basis of sex, race, age, religion, disability and retaliation, wrongful termination, and workers’ compensation. She also provides advice and counsel to small and medium sized businesses related to employment issues.
In addition, Ms. Svenson represents both women and men in family law and divorce matters. When handling issues of a highly sensitive nature, she is always mindful of the “intangibles” while formulating litigation strategies. In addition to being a formidable advocate in the courtroom, she is a compassionate supporter and friend to her client through the difficult ordeal and beyond.
Finally, Christine is well-known for her political law expertise. She regularly represents candidates, campaign committees, and PACs before local, state and federal boards of election. Common issues include ballot access and accompanying litigation, political strategies, and compliance with campaign finance disclosure laws.