In March of 2009, the Board of Directors was established and their work began to fortify the organization.
Committee(s): Strategic Planning
Background: Real Estate Development, Business Manager
Why OK?: The passion with which OK came together spills over into everything it has generated since inception. The
vitality of the Board President, Executive Director, Auxilliary Board and Staff motivates everyone involved. What they offer the Warriors and the Community is true partnership in the Circle of Real Life.
Favorite OK memory: At last year’s Gala, the Warriors were the rock stars, showing off their well-practiced dance
numbers in front of 400 people! Watching them shine and glow in front of such an audience is a testament to how
comfortable they are in their surroundings, and how the OP/RF/FP Community embraces their uniqueness.
Committee(s): Real Estate, Strategic Planning, Phase II Planning
Background: Banker, Senior Vice President/Division Head
Why OK?: I enjoy being a part of a dedicated and dynamic organization that wants to change the status quo in a powerful way and along the way, we have a lot of fun too.
Favorite OK memory: Marching in the St. Patricks parade each year with the OK entourage growing every year.
Background: Investment Consulting, Investment Consultant Director
Why OK?: I do what I do because Mike and Phil Carmody asked me. I continue to do what I do because of the Warriors!
Favorite OK memory: Seeing the OK Warriors playing a basketball game at Ascension gym. I was there for a meeting and peeked in the gym and there they were running up and down the court.
On left, with Tom McShane.
Committee(s): Development, Nominating
Background: Retired Journalist, Adjunct Professor
Why OK?: Mike Carmody told me early on about his plans for Opportunity Knocks, and I tried to help him think through some of the issues in forming a nonprofit. Also, the Browns and the Carmodys have been friends for many years, starting with Little League baseball through OPRF sports.
Favorite OK memory: There are many, but, to name a few: being a contestant at Family Feud night, seeing the Warriors dance at the Gala and stuffing hamburgers at the OK Classic where I also watched several of the Warriors play on a team.
Why OK?: I am a board member with OK because I want to see Opportunity Knocks funnel forward to realize it’s full potential. There is tremendous heart in this organization. Glad to be apart.
Favorite OK memory: I love to dance with the OK program participants at the Gala. I particularly enjoyed dancing with Johnny on his birthday; he’s quite the dancer!
On right, with Susan Finn.
Background: Podiatric Physician
Why OK?: My daughter has special needs. OK is a fantastic organization for services for those with special needs. I am
very honored to be a part of this group.
Favorite OK memory: The Gala and what it means to the warriors and our organization; Seeing Mike Carmondy’s wild
Background: Custon Training Development Company, President
Why OK?: To enable the OK staff to implement and grow programs for these exceptional young adults.
Favorite OK memory: I thoroughly enjoy volunteering as a referee for Special Olympics basketball at OPRF High School. It was my first connection to the OK Warriors. I gained a tremendous amount of respect for how they competed. In my opinion, it was the truest representation of sport that I have ever witnessed.
Background: Attorney; BA from Northern Illinois University, Juris Doctor from Loyola University in Chicago, Admitted to Illinois Bar in 1977
Why OK?: My son, Patrick, is a participant and benefits greatly from the OK programs. He and other individuals with disabilities need these services. Since Illinois has totally failed them, it is up to parents and others to step in and help. So, here I am, along with my wife, Carol, Patrick’s brother, James, and so many other good people.
Favorite OK memory: Attending a Wolve’s hockey game with OK Staff and participants in a private box. It was a great
experience seeing these kids have such a great time together.
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The Auxiliary Board is a group of 25-35 young adults who volunteer their supportive efforts to the planning, promotion and execution of the major fundraising events of Opportunity Knocks. These events are accountable for nearly 50% of the funding that supports the organization.