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, a certification that establishes a high level of professional standards for professionals engaged in providing rehabilitation services to persons with disabilities. As Executive Director of Parents Alliance Employment Project, Ms. Sheffield manages all administrative functions of Parents Alliance Employment Project. Kristen was proudly awarded the 2013 NIU Outstanding Alumni Award from for the NIU College of Health and Human Sciences.
Roger Joseph B. Cave, Employment Coordinator
Mr. Cave holds a Bachelors Degree in Communicative Disorders from Northern Illinois University. As Employment Coordinator of Parents Alliance Employment Project, Mr. Cave provides direct supervision to Employment Specialists, manages multiple agency contracts and oversees the development of local high school program partnerships. He also serves as the financial and administrative assistant for the organization by coordinating, reporting and maintaining requirements for all funding sources. Mr. Cave is a member of the Inter Agency Para-transit Coordinating Council (IAPCC), a member of the Ride DuPage Sponsor/Operations Committee as well as other networking activities that enhance the quality of services provided to individuals with disabilities. Additionally, Mr. Cave is the proud younger brother of an individual with Down Syndrome and severe mental retardation.
Paul Engman, Employment Specialist II
Mr. Engman provides vocational skill development services to DuPage High School District 88 Transition Program students that contribute to their optimal vocational and career achievement as they move on from school to their chosen future in the community. He also assists PAEP clients with career exploration, job search and interview skills, job placement, and workplace support when employment is obtained. His experience in finance, retail and supported employment gives him insight into successful collaborations between businesses that hire for talent and jobseekers with disabilities. Paul holds a Bachelor of Arts in English literature and a minor in Education.
Jenna Simpson, Employment Specialist I
Ms. Simpson came to PAEP as an intern under the Summer Youth Employment Program in 2009 while completing her Bachelor’s Degree in Rehabilitation Services from Northern Illinois University. The summer youth employment program gave Ms. Simpson extensive experience in providing creative job coaching services to individuals with disabilities. Upon graduating, Ms. Simpson was hired to work as a lead Employment Specialist under the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act grant providing direct services to high school transition students with disabilities. Jenna currently fills multiple roles at PAEP, providing supported employment services to her individual clients, and working with high school students at local job training sites and developing those partnerships.
Krystina Siomos, Employment Specialist I
Krystina joined Parents Alliance Employment team in July of 2012. She earned a Bachelor’s of Arts degree in Organizational/Corporate Communications from Northern Illinois University. Krystina completed an internship with Big Brothers Big Sisters of DeKalb County in her final semester at NIU which has made an impact on her communication and partnership skills. She has a passion for helping individuals with disabilities and providing them with the help they need to succeed.
Hailey Paver, Employment Specialist I
Hailey joined Parents Alliance Employment team in June of 2013. She graduated in May with a Master’s Degree in Vocational Rehabilitation Counseling from Northern Illinois University. Prior to graduation, Ms. Paver completed an internship at the Ben Gordon Center in DeKalb. This experience gave Ms. Paver extensive knowledge regarding how to counsel individuals with severe mental health disabilities. This experience enhanced her communication, counseling, and networking skills that will benefit Parents Alliance Employment Project.
Paul Shultz, Employment Specialist I
Paul joined Parents Alliance Employment Project in September of 2013. He holds a Bachelors Degree in Psychology from Northern Illinois University. He has worked with Catholic Charities in his hometown of Chicago with the Learn & Earn program assisting in classroom activities and job development for teenagers. More recently, he has worked with Sycamore Child Care as a teacher for children with learning disabilities and autism. He is excited about the work being done at Parents Alliance and is very happy being part of the team.