Our Team


Our staff members bring diversity in experience and skills, but share two qualities. They have a genuine appreciation for the unique personalities of our participants and a commitment to helping them succeed every day, and throughout their lives. 


Lisa D'Angelo
Executive Director

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Lisa D’Angelo is new to Our Place, coming from the nonprofit consulting world where she advised local organizations in fundraising and marketing.  After working in the corporate world, Lisa transitioned into nonprofit work, finding a passion for building relationships and raising funds to support the many amazing organizations in the Chicagoland area.  Lisa has a BS (Fordham University) and an MBA in finance (New York University), attended the International University of Japan, and received a nonprofit management certificate from Northwestern’s Center for Nonprofit Management. Lisa lives in Wilmette with her family.

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Aidan Guimond
Program Leader


Aidan started as a volunteer for Our Place in the winter of 2016.  When a part time position opened at the beginning of 2017, Aidan jumped at the opportunity and soon his part time job became a full time one.  He is a graduate of the University of Iowa and majored in psychology and minored in educational psychology and human relations.  

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Catherine Hattendorf
Program Leader


Catherine has 10 years of experience in Special Education. She has volunteered with individuals with disabilities since high school and has worked for NSSRA. She received her BS in Special Education from Northern Illinois University after which she worked in Virginia at an adult day program as a counselor. Catherine recently moved back to the northern suburbs and is very excited to be part of the Our Place team.

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Sterling Humphrey
Program Leader


Sterling has been working with young adults with developmental disabilities for over 15 years. Before coming to Our Place in 2011, he worked as a teacher’s aide at New Trier High School. He attended Loyola Academy High School where he played football and basketball and received an Associate’s Degree from Grand Canyon University.

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Brittany Mussen
Program Leader


Brittany is a recent graduate of Illinois State University where she studied Human Development and Family Science with a minor in Children’s Studies.  She also has a background in event development including  ISU's Up ‘till Dawn, which benefits St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital.  A former intern for Autism Speaks, Brittany worked with individuals with developmental disabilities in both high school and college and is excited to be part of Our Place. 

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Cindy O'Donnell
Program Manager

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Cindy O’Donnell has extensive experience in special education.  She was the Chairperson of the Special Education Department at Schaumburg High School, where she worked for over 30 years.  She has a BS in Special Education and an MS in Educational Administration.  She retired from teaching a year ago and Our Place is thrilled that Cindy has chosen to return to work with us

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Sara O'Keefe
Program Leader


Sara joined Our Place in October 2016.  She has an MSW and BSW from Loyola and James Madison University, respectively.  Sara brings a wealth of experience to her job at Our Place. She has worked in camps for children with autism, managed community relations and even helped with fundraisers in previous positions and internships.  

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Therese O'Toole
Program Leader


Therese has her BA in Psychology from the University of Illinois at Urbana and her MSW from Loyola University.  She has extensive experience working with individuals with developmental disabilities and mental illnesses, as a case worker and counselor.  She is certified as a QIPD, TCI and SBIRT.

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Michelle Patzke
Administration Manager

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Michelle joined the Our Place staff in 2013 after spending over 10 years working as a lawyer before beginning a career for a hedge fund in Chicago. That work did not satisfy her soul and after a brief stint on the Our Place Board she joined the staff as a Job Coach and Administration Manager.

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Emily Stern
Senior Program Leader


Emily has been with Our Place from the beginning. She was inspired to become a volunteer in 2010 by her brother, Josh—a participant. Since she was young, Emily has known that her dream when she grew up would be to work with people with developmental and intellectual disabilities. She is thrilled to have the opportunity to live her dream at Our Place. Emily is currently completing her studies to become a  speech-language pathologist.

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Jamie Weller
Program Leader


Jamie began as a volunteer at our Place in the winter of 2013 and eventually became a full time staff member.  Jamie received is BA in psychology from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. He is interested in psychology because he loves understanding how people’s minds function. He finds working with individuals with developmental disabilities incredibly rewarding. 

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Our Board

Camille De Frank

Camille De Frank is a Founding board member, and Officer, Women’s Advisory Board, Misericordia. Member of Impact 100 Chicago.

Robin Downe

Robin has a degree in education and specialized in teaching children with developmental delays in Toronto Canada. After moving to Chicago, she worked as a substitute teacher and resource for students with learning disabilities.

Jane A. Gallery

Jane Gallery is the founder of Our Place and serves as President of the Board of Directors. She is also the Treasurer and Director of The Lowe Syndrome Association and a member of Impact 100 Chicago.

Matt Cohen

Matt Cohen is the founder of Matt Cohen & Associates and is well known for his work in special education law.   He has served on boards at both the national and local levels and has lectured nationally on a wide variety of special education topics, as well as on mental health and confidentiality law and has authored numerous articles on these subjects.

Ellen Hayden

Ellen Hayden is a designer and also serves as an officer of the Woman’s Club of Evanston, fundraiser for Life Span, and is an Auxiliary Board Member of The Ted Fund.

Pamela Sheridan Pappano

Pamela Sheridan Pappano is a practicing lawyer and also serves as Arbitrator, Cook County Board of Arbitration and as a Substitute Teacher at Loyola Academy.

Barbara Saavedra

Barbara Saavedra is a legal assistant and is involved in Special Olympics and special recreation projects.

Avidan Stern

Avi is a founding board member. He is Associate General Counsel of The Society of Thoracic Surgeons and serves as secretary for the Board of Directors of Our Place.

Employment at Our Place

Please see open job listings below. If you're interested in working with Our Place,
but don't see an option that fits your skills, please reach out!

On my first visit to Our Place I knew I wanted to be part of this unique place. There were no openings, so I started volunteering. Now, roughly eight months after I first felt the love of Our Place, I’m a full-time program leader. I couldn’t be happier with the friendships I’ve made with the participants and the sense of community I experience every day.
— Aidan Guimond, Our Place Program Leader

Open Positions

Program Leader 
About the position:

Join the Our Place team in an exciting and fulfilling position as you make connections with teens and young adults with developmental disabilities. Lead and design a variety of programs that engage and meet the individual needs of our participants. Contribute to the development and assessment of participant goals. Work directly with the Program Manager and the OP team in planning and leading group activities, community outings, and special events. Build supportive and respectful relationships with participants with an emphasis on serving as a role model. Act in a professional manner.

Job Type: Full-time


Please email us at info@ourplaceofnewtrier.org with your resume.