About The SEDOL Foundation

What is SEDOL?

The Special Education District of Lake County (SEDOL) is responsible for providing physically, mentally, and emotionally challenged children from age 3 to 22 with educational opportunities appropriate to each child’s needs. Conditions range from emotional and behavioral disorders to children who are deaf with normal cognitive ability, to children with Down Syndrome, Cerebral Palsy, or Autism.

Demographics: SEDOL serves 31 school districts in Lake County and over 2,200 students with special needs. Approximately 40% of the students come from single parent family homes and another 40% come from low socio-economic backgrounds.

What is the SEDOL Foundation?

The SEDOL Foundation is a 501(c)(3) organization that serves special needs children and young adults who are physically, mentally and emotionally disabled, and their families. Founded in 1991 by SEDOL, the Foundation is dedicated to helping these children, their parents and siblings with support and services that the district cannot provide because public funding falls short of the enormous needs.

The Foundation seeks funds and other resources for these special families, many of whom are stretched both financially and emotionally in ways most of us will never know.  For them, the list of needs is extremely long and growing. For a variety of reasons, all these students need our help.

The SEDOL Foundation was created to help fill the expanding gap between available tax dollars, children’s and family needs and emerging technology and other enabling resources that can improve and extend the lives of those with special needs.  Working closely with SEDOL to discover the special needs of children and their families, the SEDOL Foundation provides a broad variety of resources that would otherwise be unavailable to those in greatest need.

What is our Mission?

To generate and distribute resources that enrich educational, vocational, and social opportunities for children with disabilities in Lake County.

What are our Goals?

*To provide enhanced services/programs for students to:

  • improve learning skills and academic achievement
  • develop the ability to lead more independent and productive lives to include work related and employability skills
  • learn appropriate social skills and demonstrate more social confidence
  • to enrich the quality of their lives

*To provide technology and equipment where school districts and insurance companies cannot, for example, wheel chairs, assistive technology, strollers and communication devices

*To establish community awareness, interest and support around the mission and the needs of the SEDOL Foundation.

*To provide enhanced services/programs for families of special needs children including counseling, respite care and support services, for example sign language classes for family caregivers and advocates and summer camp scholarships

*To engage an active and effective Board of Directors that uses relevant data and established best practices in its fundraising and decision making.

How can you get involved?

Volunteers are a critical component to the success of the SEDOL Foundation. As the Foundation works to generate resources for children with disabilities, numerous opportunities are available for members of the community to help out.

Opportunities range in time commitment and skills offering a wide variety of activities to choose from. Whether your interest is in:

  • Board membership
  • Committee membership
  • Administrative tasks or
  • Special fundraising events . . . there’s something for everyone!

If volunteering your time doesn’t work for you, we always accept monetary donations or donations of goods or services.

Giving of your time, talent or financial resources can make a lot of difference in a child’s life and enrich your own life.

Board of Directors

Bob
Williams

Chair

Burns Entertainment

Dustin
Epstein

Vice Chair

Briggs Healthcare

Paul
Benjamin

Treasurer

Echales, Benjamin & Simkin

David
Raye

Secretary

The Goddard School

Thomas
Doherty

Executive Board

CIBC

David
Rutkowski

Executive Board

Horace Mann Insurance

Mary
Sowers

Executive Board

Retired SEDOL Principal

Thomas
Zengeler

Executive Board

Zengeler Cleaners

Members at Large

Carl
Abrahamson

Associated Bank

Anthony
Adams

Retired, Chicago Bears

Mike
Adams

Newmark Grubb Knight Frank

Terry
Babb

Takeda Pharmaceuticals Intl.

Sam
Bailor

Abbvie, Inc.

Melissa
Brunette

Hollister Incorporated

Joseph
Charneske

Goldberg, Mechales, Charneske & Schiffman

Dan
Clark
Member at Large

Pat
Corey

Corey Search Group

Richard
Daniels

Daniels, Long & Pinsel

Mike
Deney

Byline Bank

David
Facklam

CTI Clinical Trial & Consulting Services

Sue
Facklam
Member at Large

Stephanie
Felinczak

Shire

Mike
Frank

Zebra Technologies

Jody
Gleason
Member at Large

Peter
Graves

GravesDesignGroup

Gary
Hodge

Retired, Walgreens

Dr. Magdalene
Kalb
Member at Large

Kurt
Kreighbaum

Retired, Medline

Tim
McMahon

Retired, Abbott Laboratories

Joe
Oleksy

Discover Financial Services

Matt
Petersen

The Fitness Pursuit

Benji
Rubin

Rubin Law

Pam
Oster
Member at Large

Al
Scaletta

Comcast Business

Steve
Slaw

The Goddard School – Elgin

Tracy
Wasilewski

Abbott Laboratories

Roycealee
Wood

Lake County Regional Office of Education

Emeritus

Thomas
Aldrich

Emeritus Member

John
Burnett

The Goddard School – Round Lake

Thomas
Kibbe

Emeritus Member

Eric
Olson

Emeritus Member

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