MEET THE OK TEAM

Opportunity Knocks is dedicated to enriching life and community. We exist to support people with intellectual and developmental disabilities as they live, work, learn, grow and connect within their community. We believe in a dynamic, person-centered, and community-based approach to programming that engages the voice of all Warriors, thrives on interdependent connections, encourages exploration, centers on holistic wellness and healthy relationships.

Be a part of the OK Mission

Interested in joining our team. Click below and learn more about open positions and how to apply.

Program Team

Where are you from? Oak Park,  Illinois

What are your hobbies/interests? Running, Meditation, & Gardening

What is your favorite food? Anything sweet potatoes, red beans and rice

Why did you want to be part of the OK family? It makes me feel young. 

EXECUTIVE LEADER

Mike Carmody

Where are you from? Hometown, IL

What are your hobbies/interests? Family fun, riding my bike & exercising, reading, listening to music, & being in nature

What is your favorite food? Tacos for sure

Why did you want to be part of the OK family? . I love the opportunity to work with a loving community and also to be as creative as my imagination allows.

PROGRAM DIRECTOR

Kim Meares-Surprenant

Where are you from? LaGrange Park, IL

What are your hobbies/interests? skin/hair/self care, painting, photography

What is your favorite food? pasta & thai food

Why did you want to be part of the OK family? I loved the environment and the fun that is/was always happening at the knocks

PROGRAM COORDINATOR

Sam Kehoe

Where are you from? Collinsville, IL

What are your hobbies/interests? Music, Art, & People

What is your favorite food? French Fries or Fruit

Why did you want to be part of the OK family? I love the mission & the people!

PROGRAM COORDINATOR

Anna Kellar

Where are you from? Stockton, Illinois

What are your hobbies/interests? Yoga, Painting, Reading, Trying New Things, Shopping

What is your favorite food? Potatoes

Why did you want to be part of the OK family? The overwhelming sense of community/family here and to be a part of something that makes other’s lives a little better

PROGRAM LEADER | VOLUNTEER COORDINATOR

Harlow Righetti

Where are you from? Oak Park,  Illinois

What are your hobbies/interests? Music, Nintendo Games, Board Games, Bike Riding, Hiking

What is your favorite food? Curry of all kinds, and french fries

Why did you want to be part of the OK family? I am passionate about working with people with disabilities, and I just love everything about OK!

PROGRAM LEADER

Shannon Kenny

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PROGRAM LEADER

Edie Anderson

Where are you from? Costa Rica

What are your hobbies/interests? I love coffee and painting and my newest one is that I am trying to learn the piano

What is your favorite food? Definitely Indian food- butter chicken

Why did you want to be part of the OK family? Cause I wanted to be a part of a community after moving from Costa Rica

PROGRAM LEADER

Susana Prestinary Alvarado

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PROGRAM LEADER

Serena Smith

Where are you from? Crestwood, Illinois

What are your hobbies/interests? I love to cook, do makeup, art, and anything involving music.

What is your favorite food? My favorite food is spaghetti!

Why did you want to be part of the OK family? I wanted to join this family because I love to see a group of people who show equal love and kindness to everyone no questions asked. 

PROGRAM LEADER

Kara Matys

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PROGRAM LEADER

Jon Druckmiller

Where are you from? Lombard, IL

What are your hobbies/interests? Skating, cooking, working out

What is your favorite food? French Fries

Why did you want to be part of the OK family? I wanted to work somewhere meaningful

PROGRAM LEADER

Johnathan Jenkins

Enterprise Team

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FARM COORDINATOR | PROGRAM LEADER

Aniki Coates

Where are you from? River Forest, Illinois

What are your hobbies/interests? Cooking, Basketball, Books

What is your favorite food? Tacos

Why did you want to be part of the OK family? Because I love to work with the warriors and get them involved in programs

PROGRAM LEADER | KO PICKLES COORDINATOR

Thomas Zaino

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PROGRAM LEADER | ENTERPRISE LEADER

Caroline Halperin

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ENTERPRISE LEADER - KOP

Melo Anderson

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CATERER - KCC

Rebecca McIntyre

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WARRIOR FARMER

Jonece Dansby

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WARRIOR CATERER

Madeleine Gancer

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WARRIOR CATERER

Georgia Hunter

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WARRIOR PICKLE PRODUCER

Katrina Jeffries

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WARRIOR PICKLE PRODUCER

Patrick O'Rourke

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WARRIOR PICKLE PRODUCER

Sonya Taylor

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WARRIOR CATERER

Charles O'Connor

Admin Team

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PRESIDENT

Phil Carmody

Where are you from? Chicago, IL

What are your hobbies/interests? Photography & Crafting

What is your favorite food? Lou Malnati’s Deep Dish pizza

Why did you want to be part of the OK family? The interconnectedness of the social enterprises was what piqued my interest, and from there I felt a deep commitment to the mission and vision.

DEVELOPMENT DIRECTOR

Claire Widseth

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ADMINISTRATIVE SPECIALIST

Mary Lio

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MARKETING SPECIALIST

Vincenzo Giampietro

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DEVELOPMENT SPECIALIST

Renee Rotatori

Where are you from? Madison, WI

What are your hobbies/interests? I love planning events/gatherings, being involved/assisting around communities/events, being involved in entire best buddies programs around Chicago, and much more

What is your favorite food? I really love the entire variety of foods & drinks. I mostly love going out to restaurants & fast food places.

Why did you want to be part of the OK family? I really seriously would like to direct & manage the entire Information Technology department by putting together projects on how to improve them, including upgrades & more

IT SUPPORT SPECIALIST

Topher Zheng

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MAINTENANCE SPECIALIST

Tommy McCahill