Deborah graduated from the University of Iowa with a Bachelor of Science in Psychology and from Governor's State University with a Master of Science in Communication Disorders.
She began her career as a speech pathologist and Brain Injury Team Leader on the Inpatient Rehabilitation Unit at Lutheran General Hospital. She transitioned to nonprofit work utilizing the Clubhouse Model in 2001.
Deborah is the founder and Executive Director of Synapse House, starting in 2014.
Megan graduated from Miami University in 2004 with a bachelor's degree in Exercise Science and from Cleveland State University in 2007 with a master’s degree in Occupational Therapy (OT).
Megan’s interest in neurology started during her internship at Johns Hopkins in Baltimore, MD and has grown throughout her career. Upon returning home to Illinois in 2007, Megan started working as an Occupational Therapist on the acute rehabilitation unit at Loyola University Medical Center then transitioned to the medical/surgical floors with her primary service lines being trauma and orthopedics. While spending days in the trauma intensive care unit, Megan became skilled in treating brain injuries during the acute stages. Megan has been working at Shirley Ryan Ability lab in the Day Rehab setting since 2014 and focuses there on improving daily living skills and work related tasks in order to optimize quality of life and achieve personal goals.
Megan's passion for brain injury recovery and OT background led her to Synapse House, where she joined in February 2020. Her goal in joining this community is to help members progress their physical and cognitive abilities through her OT expertise and to assist members gain greater independence at home, at work, and in the community as well as feel valued in their contributions to our organization.
Erika graduated from Eastern Illinois University in 2018 with her Bachelor of Science degree in Psychology and went on to get her Master of Science in Occupational Therapy degree in 2021 from Lewis University.
She enjoys cooking tasks with the Members in the culinary unit, leading group discussions to build cognitive skills and planning events for the Members in the Clubhouse.
She joined Synapse House in 2021 and is motivated to help our Members do the things that make them who they are and get them back to doing the things they love!
Kristina graduated from Northern Illinois University in August 2009 with a Bachelor’s degree in Education, and a Master’s degree in Science and Education in May 2011.
Kristina’s interest in exercise physiology began when she discovered “Exercise is Medicine” throughout her bachelor’s degree, and her internship in cardiac rehabilitation at Edward Heart Hospital, Naperville.
She joined Synapse House in 2020 to lead our Exercise Program and work with wounded veterans in our Community Support Service program.
Jill has a Bachelor's degree from the University of Illinois in Speech and Hearing Science, and also a Master's of Science degree from the University of Illinois in Speech Pathology.
Prior to joining Synapse House, Jill spent her professional career in special education serving students with multiple disabilities ages 3-21. She served as a Speech and Language Pathologist, Vocational/Transition Coordinator, and Special Education Department Chair before retiring in May of 2021.
Jill joined Synapse House in the Fall of 2022. As the Work Readiness Coordinator, Jill is passionate about building our members' employment skills through authentic practice and hopes to inspire our members to identify their unique strengths and interests.
Dustin graduated from the University of Illinois at Chicago in 2023 with his Bachelor of Arts degree in History and commissioned as a 2nd Lieutenant from the ROTC program at UIC.
Currently serving in the U.S. Army Reserves, he brings military experience and a strong work ethic to any task. Working with the Veteran members is a strong passion for him.
He joined Synapse House in 2023 and is motivated to help his brothers and sisters in arms and all our Members to surpass their goals for independence!
Wendy graduated from Fox College in 2022 as a Certified Occupational Therapy Assistant.
She returned to school after being a stay-at-home to pursue her passion for helping others.
She enjoys hiking, traveling, reading, and learning peoples’ stories. She especially enjoys small group therapy sessions assisting Members to connect with one another and reach their full potential.
She joined Synapse House in 2022 and works as a Work Unit Coordinator and Community Support Specialist.
Lashelle Morrow studied at Malcolm X College and Loyola University.
Lashelle has been in the field of Transportation for the school systems for about six years. Her interest was inspired by taking care of her parents.
Lashelle has been with Synapse House since March of 2022. Lashelle says that she loves transportation and the Clubhouse members.
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