Staff

Who is employed at Progress CIL, and what they do.

  Photo of Progress Center 2013 Staff

It should be said that while we follow job descriptions, everyone does a little bit of everything when necessary.

Independent Living Team
Anne Gunter
Independent Living Advocate – Information and Referral
The Information and Referral Advocate provides answers to your disability related questions. If we do not know the answer off hand, we will likely know where to find the answers for you.
Kim Liddell – Independent Living Advocate – Information and Referral (South Satellite)
The Information and Referral Advocate provides answers to your disability related questions. If we do not know the answer off hand, we will likely know where to find the answers for you. This part-time advocate works at our South Satellite office in Blue Island.
Anne Gunter – Independent Living Advocate – The Benefits Advocacy Coordinator
Works directly with consumers as they are applying for and/or renewing state and federal entitlement programs and services, with a focus on prescription drug assistance programs. The Benefits Advocate makes presentations to community groups and professionals regarding programs and services. The Benefits Advocacy Coordinator recruits, trains, and supervises Senior Health Insurance Program (SHIP) volunteers.

Sara Capetillo

Independent Living Advocate – Employment
The Employment advocate recruits and interviews applicants referred to the VR110 Program by a DHS/DRS Counselor. She trains VR110 interns on the philosophy, history and values of Independent Living and also provides job specific training, employment readiness services, and peer counseling to other DRS consumers who request employment related training and support.
Home Services Team

Art Johnson
Home Services Team Coordinator
The Home Services Team Coordinator overviews everything happening in the Home Services Team, as well as providing direct services to consumers and participating in long term systems advocacy projects.
 – Independent Living Advocate – Community Reintegration
The Community Reintegration Advocate assists consumers that qualify for our program in leaving nursing homes (or other similar institutions) and return living in their own communities, if they so desire. As there are several areas of assistance needed for a successful “escape”, this advocate coordinates between all PCIL employees involved, along with other providers, as appropriate.
Miltonya Covington
Independent Living Advocate – Community Reintegration
The Community Reintegration Advocate assists consumers that qualify for our program in leaving nursing homes (or other similar institutions) and return living in their own communities, if they so desire. As there are several areas of assistance needed for a successful “escape”, this advocate coordinates between all PCIL employees involved, along with other providers, as appropriate.
Rhychell Barnes
Independent Living Advocate – Personal Assistance
The PA Advocate works with consumers so they learn PA Management skills. They also do recruitment of PA’s and maintain a list of potential PA’s for referral.
Advocacy Team

Larry Biondi
Advocacy Coordinator
The Advocacy Coordinator will directly assist staff members in working with consumers on individual advocacy issues. The Coordinator also works under the supervision of the Director on systems advocacy efforts, including interacting with local municipalities and business to ensure compliance with the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA).
Clark A. Craig
Community Organizing Advocate
Our Community Organizer is responsible for leadership development and organizing people with disabilities and their supporters to create systemic changes in the areas of housing and other community based services in suburban Cook County. He is a lead member of Progress Center’s Membership and Outreach Committee. He also helps consumers advocate on a local, state, and national level on issues critical to the disability community.
Deaf Services

 

Carol Nemecek
Deaf Services Coordinator
The Deaf Services Coordinator provides services to the Deaf and Hard of Hearing community, whether directly or by assisting other Progress CIL staff. She also is in charge of the ITAC TTY distribution program at our Center.
Administration

Horacio Esparza

Executive Director
The Executive Director is at the helm of our office. He is in charge of everything that goes on, focusing particularly on administrative areas such as contract management, Center’s direction and philosophy, etc.
Rebecca Thompson – Program Director
This person directly supervises all direct service staff members and also prepares and submits activity reports to our funders.
Don Albrecht
Finance Director
This person is in charge of paying the bills, managing contracts, supervising payroll and making sure the office has what it needs to function without a hitch.
Marie Mister – Front desk / Administrative Assistant
This person welcomes people to the office, answers the phone, and provides support to the Exectuive Director.
Patrick Hartmann
Program Assistant
The Program Assistant is in charge of maintaining the actual paper files kept for consumers. He also assists with data entry and minding the phone.
Raul Castron
Program Assistant
The Program Assistant is in charge of maintaining the actual paper files kept for consumers. He also assists with data entry and minding the phone.
Other
Marvin Mcclure, Ebonique Lofton – Center Personal Assistants
The Center Personal Assistants are in the office to assist staff members and visitors with tasks that they would do for themselves if they didn’t have a disability. The Center PA also assists with general maintenance and upkeep of the premises.