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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.