Kindall studied Criminal Justice at Chicago State University and Joliet Junior College. As an Independent Living Advocate, Kindall brings 17 years of experience to empower people with disabilities to realize that no dream is too big or too small to achieve. Kindall works with our Fast Track and Joliet Junior College Transitions to Life program. When Kindall is not working, she enjoys relaxing and catching up with family and friends.
Maureen is our Personal Assistant Coordinator. Maureen attended Lewis University for her nursing education and later her Masters. Maureen came to DRC after 40 years in the nursing field. Maureen likes getting to know her Personal Assistants (PAs) as well as their consumers. “It is quite rewarding when a consumer finds the perfect Personal Assistant. Some of the consumers have been working with the same PA’s for many years”.
“DRC has the greatest staff with which to work. How many people get to say they love coming to work”?! Maureen lives in a quiet suburb in the Will County area near family and friends. Maureen has been married to her husband for 32 years and has one adult son living in the DC area. When not at work, Maureen likes to ride her bike, walk, read, sing, and relax outside with a cool lemonade.
Sam has been an Independent Living Advocate with Disability Resource Center for the past 8 years. Sam’s favorite thing about what he does within our organization is helping people with disabilities find affordable and accessible housing. When Sam is not working, he enjoys watching football and Cubs baseball.
Marie Malfatti has been at DRC for 19 years. Marie is the first face you see when entering our facility, and most of the time, the voice on the phone. One of Marie’s duties is working with hearing loss people; choose an amplified phone or cell phone amplifier. Disability Resource Center is a Selection Center for the Illinois Telecommunications Access Corporation (ITAC). Illinois residents who have hearing loss can select amplified phones at no charge. Marie enjoys this portion of her job very much because she comes in contact with many seniors (her age), and I know what an impact these phones will make on their lives to be able to hear people on the other end of the phone line. “I hope to be here at DRC for a few more years (God Willing).”
Missy began her career in 2012 when she was hired as the Administrative Assistant to the Executive Director. Within that same year, Missy was promoted to Program Manager. In December of 2017, she was promoted to Executive Director.
“As the Executive Director, it is a pleasure and a privilege to work alongside so many talented and dedicated people. My duties are many and varied, and no two days are the same! Whether it’s supervising our direct support staff, researching grants, implementing and administrating programs and new initiatives, completing reports, representing the Center at various policy meetings, and more, I am so pleased to be associated with an organization that works to empower people with disabilities to live self-sufficient lives. In my free time, I enjoy spending time with my husband and family and hope to do more traveling”.
Jerrod is the Transition Coordinator at DRC. Jerrod works with our Community Transition Service program, which helps consumers in nursing homes gather natural and physical support and helps them move into new permanent independent housing within the community. Jerrod is our Team Lead that provides outreach support within the community, and he also works with our Fast Track program. Jerrod implements new lesson plans in High Schools and Colleges within the Will and Grundy service areas. When Jerrod is not at work, he enjoys spending time with his wife, their 3 dogs, and cat Dexter. He also enjoys traveling and trying out new local restaurants.
Julee Opel received her associate's degree in art at Joliet Junior College and went on to receive her bachelor’s degree in interdisciplinary studies with a focus on social work and addiction studies. Julee has 20 years of experience working with people that have disabilities. Julee works with our Fast Track and SKILLS classes as well as hosting DRC’s Women’s Support Group. Julee also helps to provide Assistive Technology devices to those who have communication issues. Julee loves working with young adults and encouraging them to be the best that they can be. When Julee is not working she enjoys working out, reading books, listening to music, and spending time with her friends and family.
My name is Lorrie Purkart and I am so excited to be a part of this agency and amazing team at DRC! I have worked in the social services field since graduating from NIU in 2004 with my BA in Psychology. I have worked as a service facilitator and QIDP for adults with disabilities as well as a respite coordinator for children ages 3-21 with varying disabilities. I am passionate about helping those with disabilities achieve their goals and fulfill their potential. It is such a rewarding career to be able to serve others!
In my free time I enjoy traveling, spending time outdoors, trying new restaurants, and spending quality time with my family and friends. I am an animal lover and have three rescue pups.
Tammy Semmler is our Administrative Assistant at DRC. Tammy brings her 20 plus years of Administrative Assistant experience from past organizations such as The Plainfield Park District and SEASPAR in Downers Grove. “I have learned so much since starting at DRC last year. I am amazed every day at all of the hard work and dedication that everyone, from our Executive Director to our amazing staff, puts forth for its consumers. Everyone here works so well together. Our organization's goal is to help people with disabilities achieve independence, and every day my teammates go above and beyond that call of duty. I am very happy to be a part of this organization, and I cannot wait to see what the future holds for Disability Resource Center and its staff”.
Tammy is a huge animal lover, and she and her husband recently purchased their first home in Grundy County. In her free time, she likes to craft, knit, crochet, cook and bake.