Gus van den Brink, Executive Director
Executive Director of Sertoma Centre, Inc. since 1993. A graduate of Calvin College in Grand Rapids, Michigan, he has a master’s degree in social work from the University of Illinois at Chicago. He is a licensed clinical social worker. He holds professional memberships with the National Association of Social Workers and Illinois Association of Rehabilitation Facilities. In 2002, Mr. van den Brink was the chosen recipient of the Illinois Association of Rehabilitation Facilities, Inc’s Don Burke Award for Executive Excellence.
Paula Phillips, Assistant Executive Director
Assistant Executive Director of Sertoma Centre, Inc. since 1989. She has a bachelor’s degree in behavioral sciences and a master’s degree in management from National Louis University. She is responsible for managing all program services, including developmental training, school transition, mental health, seniors, Insite community employment services, residential, community integrated living arrangement (CILA), foster care, home-based services, and specialized services.
Michele Arthur, Associate Director Of Program Services
Michele has been at Sertoma Centre since February, 1996. She began as DT service coordinator and then moved to the PSR program as Mental Health Professional in 1998. She has been Mental Health Services coordinator, manager, director, and now Associate Director of Program Services. In this role, Ms. Arthur oversees all programs located at the Martha Polacek Facility.
Michele has a bachelor of arts in theology from University of St. Francis and a master of arts in counseling psychology from St. Xavier University. She is a licensed professional counselor (LCPC) and a certified psychiatric rehabilitation practitioner (CPRP).
Related employment on her resume includes teaching assistant with special ed students for seven years; teaching Abnormal Psychology at Prairie State College from Spring semester 2002 through Spring semester 2005; training in Internal Family Systems therapy in April 2003; Crisis Prevention staff trainer; led various psycho educational groups with inpatient/outpatient mental health consumers; and led consumer groups in a chemical dependency program. She also has taught adult education classes in parenting and domestic violence, and developed and presented in-service to staff, consumers, and community members on topics related to mental health.
Ray Benaitis, Associate Director Of Business/Support Services
Ray is a graduate of North Central College with a degree in Business Communications. As Associate Director of Business & Support Services, Ray is responsible for the direction of the Janitorial, Production, Transportation, & Maintenance Departments.
Laura Yanez, Associate Director of Finance & IT-Administration
Laura joined Sertoma Centre, Inc. in 2015 as Associate Director of Finance & Information Technology. She is a C.P.A. and is a graduate from the University of Illinois-Urbana Champaign with a Bachelors of Science degree in Accounting. Her prior work experience includes accounting and auditing positions in the Retail, Corporate Finance, and Public Accounting industries. Laura is responsible for all of the accounting and finance functions of Sertoma Centre and its computer network system.
Debra Marillo, Director Of Advancement and Communications
Debra Marillo is a fundraising professional with over 25 years of experience. She has successfully raised support and awareness as a Development and Communications Director for civic, healthcare, disability rights, domestic violence and child advocacy organizations. Debra holds a Bachelors degree in Psychology, a Masters degree in Corrections/Administration and an Associates degree in Le Cordon Bleu Culinary Arts.
Linda Renardo, Director Of Human Resources
Linda comes to us from Park Lawn School and Activity Center, where she spent 23 years in community services. She is responsible for all human resource issues pertaining to recruitment, wages and salary, benefits, safety training, employee relations and government compliance.