As we work hard every day to serve over 100 individuals with disabilities who seek our assistance each year, we rely on amazing and dedicated staff to make our employment outcomes a successful reality! Meet and learn about our committed staff below.
If you have interest in completing an internship or learning about job opportunities with Parents Alliance Employment Project, please contact our Executive Director.
Kristen Sheffield, M.A., CRC, Executive Director
Ms. Sheffield holds a Masters Degree in Rehabilitation Counseling from Northern Illinois University and is a Certified Rehabilitation Counselor. As Executive Director of Parents Alliance Employment Project, she manages all functions of the agency. In 2013, Ms. Sheffield was proudly awarded the 2013 NIU Outstanding Alumni Award from the College of Health and Human Sciences.
Roger Joseph B. Cave, Employment Coordinator
As Employment Coordinator of Parents Alliance Employment Project, Mr. Cave provides supervision to PAEP staff, oversees high school program partnerships, and serves as the financial/administrative assistant for the agency. Mr. Cave is a regular contributor of the Inter Agency Para-transit Coordinating Council (IAPCC) and the Ride DuPage Sponsor/Operations Committee. He holds his Bachelors Degree from NIU and is the proud younger brother of an individual with Down syndrome and severe mental retardation.
Jenna Simpson, Vocational Liaison
Ms. Simpson began her career as an intern with Parents Alliance Employment Project in 2009 and holds a Bachelors Degree in Rehabilitation Services from Northern Illinois University. Ms. Simpson manages PAEP’s partnership with Glenbard District 87’s Transition Program, assisting students with disabilities find employment and ensuring they are connected to the necessary resources to begin their lives as adults contributing to the community.
Krystina Siomos, Employment Specialist II
Ms. Siomos holds a Bachelors Degree from Northern Illinois University and has been with Parents Alliance Employment Project since July of 2012. Ms. Siomos lends her talents in various roles at PAEP as needed and is currently serving as the coordinator of a new in-school youth program that was awarded to PAEP. “I love being part of the Parents Alliance team and making a difference in the lives of each of my clients!”
Hailey Paver, Employment Specialist I
Ms. Paver joined the Parents Alliance Employment Project team in June of 2013. She holds her Masters Degree in Vocational Rehabilitation Counseling from Northern Illinois University and is a Certified Rehabilitation Counselor. Ms. Paver brings her positive attitude, communication, counseling, networking and passion to work with her everyday to fulfill her mission in life- helping people with disabilities live satisfying and fulfilling lives.
Paul Shultz, Employment Specialist I
Mr. Shultz holds a Bachelors Degree in Psychology from Northern Illinois University. He previously worked with Catholic Charities in his hometown of Chicago with the Learn & Earn program where he assisted in classroom activities and job development for teenagers. Mr. Shultz joined PAEP in September 2013 and is excited about the work being done and very happy being part of the team.
Rachel Wurster, Employment Specialist
Ms. Wurster joined the Parents Alliance Employment Project team in January of 2014. She graduated from Northern Illinois University with a Bachelors Degree in Health Sciences with an emphasis in Physical Therapy. She is very excited to fulfill her passion of enhancing the lives of others through providing supported employment services to individuals with disabilities served through PAEP.
Jessica Stahl, Employment Specialist
Ms. Stahl came to Parents Alliance Employment Project in February 2014, with a Bachelors Degree in Sociology from Ashford University. Additionally, she holds an Associates Degree in Business which she is eager to apply to place individuals with disabilities into community employment. Some words to live by … "The best way to find yourself is to lose yourself in the service of others." – Quote by Gandhi.