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
As a parent of children with developmental disabilities, I served on the board in the 1990s. One of my sons attended UCP for 10 years. I am happy to rejoin the board to advocate for clients and their families based upon my personal experiences.
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.
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.
During my 23-year professional career, I provided services and support for individuals with disabilities and another seven years working with senior citizens. My first job was with UCP of Will County working in the employment and residential services departments. I am happy to join the board and use my experience to assist the agency.
Jennifer Johnson – member since 2016
Retired Elementary School Principal.
I enjoy being of service and staying active in the community.
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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.
Kim Tillotson – member since 2023
Retired engineer / part time professor
I am blessed to be the sister of Laura, who has special needs. I joined UCP-CDS because they work hard every day to help children and adults, like Laura, achieve their potential and live fulfilling lives - and I want to help. There is no greater joy than the privilege of making a connection with someone with special needs.