Board of Directors

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Kelly Thompson

EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR

I have worked with people with disabilities for more than 20 years. I taught for 14 years in the REACH Program at Minooka High School for the Grundy County Special Education Cooperative, before becoming a full-time mom to twins, Anna and Ben.

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Kristie Witte

BOARD MEMBER

I am a Special Education teacher at LaSalle Peru Township High School. I have been in the teaching profession for 15 years and have been working with people with disabilities for 20 years.


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Karen Ferrero

BOARD MEMBER

I am originally from Coal City, attended Bradley University, and have now lived in Morris since 2004. My husband and I have two boys, Dominic (15) and Nicholas (14). Dominic was diagnosed with autism at the age of 2 and later diagnosed with IED at the age of 12.

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Rob Fisher

BOARD MEMBER

I am an attorney with Hanson & Fisher Law Offices and focus on giving social security disability clients the voice they so deserve in a process that can be difficult.

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Jennifer Price

PRESIDENT OF THE BOARD

I am the Director of Trinity Services- North Central Illinois and serve as the Board President for Special Connections. As one of the founding members of Special Connections and a parent of a child with special needs I knew that the services here in Grundy County and throughout Illinois were not sufficient.

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Jeff Rzasa

BOARD MEMBER

I am the Market President Busey Bank, overseeing Will/Grundy Counties. I have been a board member with Special Connections since 2011.

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Stephanie Kessler

BOARD MEMBER

I am a surveyor for the Commission on Accreditation of Rehabilitation Facilities and the Executive Director at Illinois Valley Industries... an organization that, like Special Connections, empowers individuals with developmental and intellectual disabilities.

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Megan Henze

BOARD MEMBER

Megan is entering her 14th year of teaching special education for Coal City Unit One District. She started the first self-contained, special education program for 4th and 5th grade, after a couple of years, began the life skills program for 9-12 year old's.

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Kelly Dransfeldt

BOARD MEMBER

Special Connections is an extremely important part of my life. I have an uncle and a niece that benefit from all the great activities and services that Special Connections has to offer.

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Jeremy McNabb

BOARD MEMBER

For the last 8 years I have coached Special Olympics. I have coached basketball, bowling, and bocce ball. I became involved with Special Connections because I love working with our special needs community.


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Valerie Frazier

BOARD MEMBER

Special Connections has helped to give me the opportunity to serve those in our community who are differently abled by letting me share my love of a healthy lifestyle and fitness training!

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Brent Newman

BOARD MEMBER

Brent is a passionate advocate of people with disabilities and has served on the Boards of Directors for numerous national, state and local non-profits, focusing his efforts in the areas of civil rights, economic empowerment, the alleviation of poverty, and the provision of social services.

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