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847-991-0772 or Christy.Moore@nsa-il.org

2020-2021 NSA Illinois Officers and Directors

Allie Pleiter, President

allie@alliepleiter.com | www.alliepleiter.com

Allie Pleiter is an award-winning bestselling author of fiction and non-fiction. She teaches creative people to be consistently, dependably productive, while helping high-performing professionals to develop vital content. The author of over 40 published titles, Allie has spent a decade in the publishing profession, with over 1.4 million books sold worldwide. Allie also maintains an active writing productivity coaching practice and speaks regularly on faith, the creative process, women’s issues, and her favorite topic: The Chunky Method of time management.

Jeannie Walters, Incoming President


Jeannie Walters is the CEO/Founder of Experience Investigators™ by 360Connext, a global Customer Experience consulting firm. She has 20 years of experience helping companies improve loyalty and retention, employee engagement, and overall customer experience.

Jeannie is a Certified Customer Experience Professional (CCXP,) a charter member of the Customer Experience Professionals Association (CXPA,) a Professional Member of the National Speakers Association, a Forbes Coaches Council Member, a C-Suite Network Advisor, a LinkedIn Learning and Lynda.com instructor, and a TEDx speaker.

Cindy Tschosik, Vice President


CEO and Founder of SoConnected LLC, Cindy Tschosik connects the dots between mental diseases and mental health, including depression, anxiety, and suicide ideations.

Audiences see and feel a spark of light and hope when Cindy teaches the attendees how to recognize the symptoms of mental disease, practices how to ask for help or offer help, and builds a toolkit to prepare for rough days. Cindy has been hailed for sharing different perspectives and thanked for saving lives and hearts. Audiences enjoy her supportive and inspirational approach with intimate storytelling and humorous anecdotes.

When she is not “on stage,” Cindy ghostwrites and publishes non-fiction self-help books about psychology, disease, mindfulness, alternative therapies, energy work, paranormal experiences, and mindset in business. Her varied career history in legal, IT, corporate, construction, nonprofit, marketing, and consulting affords her a wide breadth of knowledge. Additionally, along with elevated emotional intelligence, abilities as an empath with intuitive gifts, and an awareness of spiritual energy, authors find her to be extremely valuable for their own benefit and to the benefit of their readers.

Rob Biesenbach, Treasurer

(773) 669-4606

Rob Biesenbach helps organizations and their leaders communicate with purpose, power and impact so they can achieve their business goals and enjoy more success. As an in-demand keynote speaker and corporate trainer, he delivers programs on storytelling, presentation and communication skills to help leaders become more persuasive, confident communicators. Rob is also the author of three fun, practical books that apply the best lessons from the world of show business to help people succeed in their business. Finally, Rob is a Second City trained actor who brings a performer's sensibility to keynotes and training so audiences are not just informed but entertained.

Before all that he was: a vice president at Ogilvy PR Worldwide, where he co-founded the global employee communications practice; press secretary to a state attorney general; and a nonprofit and association executive in Washington, DC.

Bill Guertin,  Immediate Past President 


Pro sports teams hire Bill to help them fill their stands with fans… and he can improve YOUR sales, too! Bill brings his unique experience of training the ticket sales departments of professional sports sales teams to companies of all sizes and industries. His dynamic presentations on peak performance in sales are based on the successful practices of pro sports teams throughout North America, including the NFL, NBA and Major League Baseball. Bring their secrets to success to your next sales meeting or conference!

Shanita Akintonde,  Director 

(773) 416-0744
shanitaspeaks@sbcglobal.net | shanitaspeaks.com

Shanita Baraka Akintonde, MBA, M.Ed., is an award-winning professor, author and firecracker communicator propelled by love. She draws on over 20 years of experience in business, media and international experience when engaging audiences around the globe. Whether in her role as a tenured professor or traveling the speaker circuit, Shanita has transitioned thousands of students from the classroom to the boardroom and has helped scores of professionals achieve success in their work and personal lives as well.

Kevin O'Connor, CSP, Director


Kevin O'Connor is a CSP (Certified Speaking Professional), and he holds three masters degrees (Education, Counseling Psychology, and Pastoral Studies). So, not only is he one of 550 persons in the world to hold the highest, earned speaking designation, but-most importantly to you-Kevin knows how teams think and how to help their leadership help them think beyond. His distinctive, interactive presentations exceed the expectations of today's ever-more demanding, skeptical professional audiences way more than just the typical PowerPoint program or U-shaped meeting. Your audience can learn, engage, and collaborate in a whole new way.

Christine Moore, Executive Director

(847) 991-0772

Christy Moore is a Certified Meeting Professional (CMP) with extensive experience managing associations and meetings throughout the United States. She brings over 35 years of experience to her role as Executive Director of NSA Illinois.

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Our Vision

National Speakers Association Illinois is the recognized community for professional speakers and presenters. Our members have expertise in content, platform excellence and business knowledge. This allows them to connect with audiences on subjects that promote growth potential and inspiration for success.

Our Mission

National Speakers Association Illinois is dedicated to advancing the art and value of those who speak professionally. We seek to create a professional and supportive environment where speakers can develop their speaking business, improve their skills, and network with peers who are interested in everyone’s mutual success.

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National Speakers Association Illinois Chapter
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