She has a B.A. in Education, served as a case manager for a disabled sibling, and has 5 years retail management experience. Responsible for directing all phases of Donka’s operation including administrative duties, overseeing instruction & curricula, fundraising & public relations, and acting as liaison among students, staff, Board members, the public, and the media.
A former graduate of the Donka program, having quadriplegia, provides instruction in curriculum and assistive technology. 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 yrs. 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.