She holds a B.A. in Education, served as a case manager for a disabled sibling, and has 5 years of retail management experience. Responsible for directing all phases of Donka’s operation including administrative duties, overseeing instruction and curricula, fundraising and public relations, and acting as a liaison among students, staff, board members, the public, and the media.
As a former Donka student, he provides AT computer training to our Aurora computer lab. As an individual experiencing quadriplegia, he is a great inspiration and role model for our students. Prior to Donka, he worked for 4 years in advertising and created flyers, brochures and newsletters for businesses and churches.
This Donka graduate has extensive computer knowledge and experience with adaptive equipment and has been blind since birth. She has a degree in English, educated as a rehabilitation trainer, and 22 years of experience as a computer programmer.
She has a degree in math and computer science from the University of Illinois, and over 20 years of experience as a computer programmer and systems analyst, working for large banks and insurance companies. She spent several years balancing the demands of her job with caregiving for her mother, who had Parkinson’s disease, and father, who suffered from a couple of debilitating strokes. She began to work at Donka as a volunteer for 2 years, then joined the staff as a teacher.
He is working toward a degree in Computer Science at the University of Illinois at Chicago. Before being hired, Jared volunteered at Donka for 5 months. As a staff member, Jared primarily serves the residents of the DuPage Care Center training them to use iPads and Windows PCs along with troubleshooting problems they encounter while using their devices inside and outside of class. Jared is beginning to work with more private students and those referred to Donka via the Department of Rehabilitation Services.
Board of Directors
Rhonda Pavicich, President, Akorn Inc.
Robert Stewart, Vice President
Greg Kunkel, Treasurer, Wheaton Bank & Trust Company
Flory Hoving, Secretary
Janelle Chadwick, DuPage Care Center
Beth Hovious, Fox Valley Orthopedics
MaryBeth Marshall, Retired executive DuPage County
Kathleen Mueller, MA, CRC, LCPC, Vice President/Vocational Rehab Counselor at Independent Rehabilitation Services, Inc.
Victoria Muka, MSN, RN, Chamberlain University
Jennifer Ulmer, Tabor Hills Senior Living
Beth Welch, Retired executive DuPage County
John Westra, Johnson, Westra, Broecker, Whittaker & Newitt, P.C.
DuPage Care Center (DPCC)
DuPage Care Center provides in-kind donation of computer lab space (1,500 SqFt), utilities, housekeeping / physical maintenance, access to meeting rooms and parking.
Donka provides computer training and AT training for the residents of DPCC who qualify for the program to learn basic computer skills including social media and AT. Graduates (who are DPCC residents) of the program use Donka’s lab during open lab times-held afternoons, evenings and weekends. www.dupageco.org/convo/
Illinois Assistive Technology Project IATP – (Springfield, IL)
The purpose of IATP’s device loan program is to let potential AT users try-out devices prior to purchase, have access to a backup system when their device is in for repairs and/or have access to a device while waiting for their device to be delivered. IATP’s device loan program is FREE and easy to use. Donka can borrow assistive devices for Donka students and for use in our Train the Trainer workshops. This gives persons (with and without disabilities) an opportunity to try out and use equipment without having to invest in purchasing sometimes extensive equipment www.iltech.org
People’s Resource Center (PRC)
PRC offers refurbished computers to Donka Inc, students and graduates free of charge as well as ongoing computer maintenance for the useful life of each computer provided. Computers will be updated with Microsoft Office for students to use for study and personal use.
Donka serves as a referral source for donations of computer equipment for PRC. Donka students, many of whom are low income, will benefit from this valuable resource for additional support during their training at Donka and beyond. http://www.peoplesrc.org/
Center for Independence – Working Together Chicago
The mission of the Center for Independence is to help children and young adults with disabilities achieve their highest level of independence in the home, school, community and workforce. We do this by offering therapy programs that develop life skills and motor function in a manner that promotes positive self-direction, self-esteem and an “I Can!” attitude. Committed to breaking down barriers to the workforce, the Center also provides job training and placement for young adults with disabilities through our innovative program, Working Together Chicago. https://www.cfimove.org/
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