Demetrius Amparan, Director of Recruitment and External Relations

Demetrius is a marketing and communications professional with eight years of experience creating opportunity for young people who come from inequitable environments. His upbringing in South Chicago inspired his belief in better life outcomes through a quality education. Prior to joining Epic Academy, Demetrius served as the director of publications and marketing communications for Young Chicago Authors, and as communications manager for A Better Chicago. Earlier in his career, he led the undergraduate division of Valparaiso University’s integrated marketing and communications department. Demetrius has a BA in communications and public relations and sociology from Valparaiso University. 


Christian Feaman, Senior Director of Finance and Administration

Christian Feaman is a Chicago native and South-sider who played little league baseball not far from EPIC on 83rd and Yates.  He attended Northwestern University and graduated with a degree in Economics.  After college, he worked as an equity trader at the Chicago Stock Exchange for over 15 years trading and managing the trade desks for 2 different CHX firms.  After the CHX he moved to the CBOT as an agricultural options trader while earning his MBA in Finance, Economics, and Statistics from the University of Chicago Booth School.  He comes to us eager to apply his skills in finance to education and help make a difference in the Chicago communities in which he grew up.


Yani Mason, Director of Development and Marketing

Yani has spent nearly a decade in the education and nonprofit sectors in a variety of roles including digital communications, social media, public relations, and grant writing. Throughout her career, she has helped nonprofit organizations receive competitive grant funding and create and maintain engaged partnerships. Yani holds a bachelor of arts degree from Fisk University, a master’s degree from Vanderbilt University, and a doctorate in Interdisciplinary Leadership from Governors State University. She also recently completed the Integrated Marketing certificate program at the University of Chicago Graham School.