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Parents Alliance Employment Project
PAEP employment services

Board of Directors

Parents Alliance Employment Project is governed by a Board of Directors representative of parents with children with disabilities, businesses that hire people with disabilities, financial and legal representatives and human service professionals. While the Board of Directors provides overall guidance and direction for the agency, Board and staff work cooperatively to carry out the mission, values and objectives of the agency.

Our Board of Directors:

Board Chairperson:
Gina Strafford-Ahmed, DuPage County Human Services

Board Vice-Chairperson:
Patricia Loy, Little Friends, Inc.

Laura Myers, Prairie State Legal Services

Board Members:

Kevin Bradley, Business Representative, Discover

Steve Gustis, College of DuPage

Michelle Hooper, Illinois Select Risk

Susan Paulson, Advanced Clinical Pharmacology

Rosalie Scrivo, Parent Representative

Sheryl von Westernhagen, SPHR, OfficeMax


Meet Our Staff

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 Tribe

Kristen Sheffield, M.A., CRC, Executive Director

(630) 955-2075

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 Cave

Roger Joseph B. Cave, Employment Coordinator

(630) 955-2076

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

Jenna Simpson, Vocational Liaison

(630) 955-2078

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

Krystina Siomos, Program Manager

(630) 955-2079

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

Hailey Paver, Employment Specialist

(630) 955-3629

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

Paul Shultz, Employment Specialist

(630) 955-2094

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

Rachel Wurster, Employment Specialist

(630) 955-2077

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.

Khushbu Jani

Khushbu Jani, Employment Specialist

(630) 955-2051

Ms. Jani joined the Parents Alliance Employment Project team in May of 2014. She holds a Bachelors Degree in Health and Human Sciences with an emphasis in Rehabilitation Services from Northern Illinois University. She is excited to continue following her dreams here at PAEP to serve and offer services to people with disabilities and making a difference in their lives.

Danielle Bouchard

Danielle Bouchard, Employment Specialist

(630) 955-2084

Ms. Bouchard holds a Bachelors Degree in Political Science and Community Leadership & Civic Engagement. She previously worked closely with the First Church of Lombard, which assisted her developing her awareness and determination to help the underrepresented. She joined the PAEP team in June 2014 and looks forward to putting her passion to work.

Brittany Grundlach

Brittany Gundlach, Job Coach / Project Search

Ms. Gundlach is very excited to be apart of the PAEP team. She earned her Bachelor's and Master's degree at Lewis University, obtaining degrees in Psychology and Guidance Counseling, respectively. Ms. Gundlach is a Certified Guidance Counselor, with experience working as a School and Career Counselor. She loves working with students and is very excited about PAEP's new Project Search program. She looks forward to working with the staff and making sure the individuals are discovering successful and satisfying career paths.


Contact Us:

Parents Alliance Employment Project
2525 Cabot Drive, Suite 302
Lisle, IL 60532



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CARF logoCARF (Commission on Accreditation of Rehabilitation Facilities) has accredited Parents Alliance Employment Project for its Employment Services: Community Employment Services in Job Development, Job Supports, and Job Site Training Programs.

Parents Alliance works in partnership with the workNet
DuPage Career Center.

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