Member since 2013, currently serving as Board Chair.
I have always had an interest in special education, working as a special education teacher in the Joliet School District. I grew up in this neighborhood so it has come full circle to serve on the board.
Member since 1994 currently serving as Vice Chair
I have always enjoyed the spirit and culture of the agency. It is fulfilling to experience the joy the agency creates for the families it serves.
Member since 2021, currently serving as Treasurer
Supply Chain Manager
Reason for serving on the UCP-CDS Board of Directors: I wanted to give back to my community and I have grown up around Special Education for both children and adults, so it was a natural fit.
member since 2019 and is currently serving as Secretary.
Retired full-time, current adjunct Culinary Arts Instructor at Joliet Junior College, M.Ed, CEC, CCE
Reason for serving on the UCP-CDS Board of Directors: I have been working with people with disabilities in the food service industries. for most of my adult life.
I have been working with UCP and the board since 1995 when we started working on the first Great Chefs Tasting Party. When I retired in 2019 I knew that I had the time to devote to being an active board member.
Greg Bluhm – member since 2022
Justin Boyter member since 2021
I joined the UCP-CDS Board of Directors because UCP-CDS is a pillar in the community and serving on the board allows me a chance to give back and help our students and clients access the best resources in the area. As much as I hope that I am a small part of making UCP-CDS the best it can be, I get more joy from interacting with the staff, students and adults at the center. I know that we will continue to do great things here at UCP-CDS
Mike Brenczewski – member since 2021
Mike Brenczewski is a local attorney who joined the board after being invited by another member.
Wendy Briley – member since 2020.
Executive Secretary 3 for Chief of Investigations & Intelligence, IL Dept. of Corrections.
As a mother and grandmother, it is in my nature to help. I am honored to serve on this board and make a small difference in the lives of so many.
Paul Cabay - member since 2022
Patricia Desiderio – member since 1977
This agency, and all of its staff, is dedicated to helping individuals reach all their abilities. You only need to visit our building and see what a happy place it is to understand my commitment.
Jennifer Johnson – member since 2016
Retired Elementary School Principal.
I enjoy being of service and staying active in the community.
Sarah Palya - member since October 2022
Manager of Events & Programs
Joliet Region Chamber of Commerce & Industry
I joined the board to utilize my work background and skill-set to benefit a deserving organization and make a difference in the community. I am confident I can achieve those goals through board service with UCP-CDS.
Tanya Rand – member since October 2022
Real Estate Agent –Baird & Warner Plainfield
I am honored to have been asked to become a member of the board of directors which supports the dedicated employees and volunteers of UCP-CDS. I hope to carry the word to the community about the good work done here, and to help keep this program and these services meeting the needs of the clients and their families for a long, long time.
Kay Riley – member since 1992
Corporate Secretary / Treasurer Cardinal Transport Inc.
My daughter, Megan, started as a student in the three-year-old program. I wanted to be involved and help where I could. We were very happy with the teachers and aides that worked with Megan. She was our baby and it was very difficult for us to leave her. Everyone was wonderful and showed much love for Megan and all the students. My husband and I were very comfortable having Megan at UCP-CDS. I wanted to be part of this great organization.
Dave Rumsey – member since 2000
My wife is a special education teacher and I have a soft spot for those with special needs. I saw firsthand the Melvin J. Larson School during a United Way visit and was greatly moved. I am happy to help this incredible organization during my retirement.