Meet The Team

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Kelly Thompson

Activities Coordinator

I have spent more than 30 years working with individuals with disabilities in a variety of roles, including 14 years as a teacher in the REACH Program at Minooka High School for the Grundy County Special Education Cooperative and the last 7 years as Executive Director for Special Connections of Grundy County. 

 

I am very excited to begin a new role in the organization as Activities Coordinator where I can focus on planning events and activities for our participants. As a founding member of Special Connections, providing social and leisure opportunities in the community for people with disabilities of all ages has long been a passion of mine, and I am blessed to be a part of an organization that is doing just that!

I have lived in Minooka for 10+ years with my husband Aaron and our two children, Anna and Ben, and enjoy family outings and staying active.  

Executive Director

We are hiring a part-time Executive Director to join our team! Details of the job are below. 

The Executive Director acts as the chief executive office of Special Connections of Grundy County.  Overall responsibilities include, but are not limited to: 

  • Generate financial support through grants, foundations, corporate donors, individuals, events, and fees

  • Develop relationships within the nonprofit community

  • Work with staff and volunteers to plan and execute fundraising events

  • Work with the board of directors to develop, implement and adjust the organization’s vision and direction

  • Oversee the Special Olympics programs, monthly social activities and the day-to-day financial operations including accounts receivable and payable

 

The Executive Director must also be efficient with all social media platforms, assist with and update the website, and be proficient in Google Workplace and Microsoft office.  This is a part time position with the ability to work from home and within the community as appropriate. 

 

Please call 815-230-1877 or email specialconnections1@gmail.com and ask for Kristie Witte to receive further information or to apply for this position.   

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Tina Nall

Special Olympics Program Coordinator

I am a mother to my son Dominic and daughter-in-law Bekah, and my son Marcus who is a special needs adult with multiple diagnoses. We have lived in Minooka since 2005. I have 15 years of experience driving a school bus for students of all abilities, and 14 years of management experience in food service retail settings. Besides spending time with my family and helping Marcus to learn and grow to be a valuable member of our community, I enjoy traveling, riding my motorcycle, and spending time with our dogs. 

 

Marcus has benefitted since 2011 from the Special Olympics sports and activities that Special Connections offers. His favorite sport is swimming! I have always enjoyed volunteering for various organizations, so it was natural for me to start helping as an assistant coach and to eventually become the head coach of Track and Field. In 2018 I became the Program Coordinator for Special Connections. My main purpose is to oversee all of the Special Olympics sports that we offer. I love working with and helping to provide social and fitness opportunities for those with special needs, as well as inviting community members to become involved whether by coaching or being a Special Olympics Unified Partner. 

 

I have big dreams and goals in mind as Special Connections continues to grow, and I'm honored to be a part of such exciting times in a wonderful organization!