On Sept. 2, Lisa became the new Special Events Manager at Sertoma Centre.

Lisa shared this about herself:  
I come from a development and fundraising background and have worked at John G. Shedd Aquarium and Brookfield Zoo, as well as a private college prep high school. I have helped to create Wines in the Wild, a Women’s Board fundraising event at BZ and also started SheddVentures, a unique travel program at the aquarium. I have worked with Trustee boards, Women’s boards and Auxiliary (Junior) boards during my time in non-profits and have run special events from kids sleepovers to grand galas. My favorite part of fundraising and development is interacting with others who have a passion for our heartfelt cause and show it by investing their time, sharing personal experiences with the people involved, and helping further the mission by donating money.

I have spent the last 5 years as a consultant in PR, media and marketing special events and projects. I also have freelanced as a journalist and have experience as an editor/art director. I hope to share everything I’ve learned over my years in non-profit and my passion for our cause with our consumers, as well as our constituents.

During the weekends I love to spend time with my family and enjoy the outdoors. We like to get out into the woods and hike the trails or go sledding when it snows. On rare occasions we still get to travel to Disney World (a family favorite) and someday I vow to fly to an exotic destination and return to scuba diving.

Copier Business Welcomes New Employee From Sertoma’s Job Training Services
Everyone has something to offer if given the right opportunity!

Alsip, IL July 22, 2013: Advantage Business Systems hosted an open house and luncheon at their office in Alsip on July 17 to welcome their newest employee, Patricia Brown, and allow her the opportunity to demonstrate to her former job coaches how she was succeeding at her new job.
Patricia works part time at Advantage Business Systems in business development.
Patricia works part-time at Advantage Business Systems in business development. She spends her days making calls to potential customers to help grow the business for this company that specializes in copiers and printers.
It is the opportunity which Patricia had been looking to find. It is the job that allows her to showcase her interpersonal and telephone skills. She found this perfect match with the help of Sertoma Centre’s employment services division known as Insite. Sertoma Centre provides various programs and services for individuals with disabilities as well as opportunities to help them achieve personal success. Patricia is one such success story.
Patricia came to Insite about two years ago after leaving college. As Patricia said she was trying to find herself and a place where she belonged. At Insite, she began working with her job coach performing clerical duties through volunteer work at a local hospital. She thought perhaps she would find a job as a receptionist.
“Before Insite, I did not know where to start or where I would fit in,” Patricia said. “I have limitations, but I knew I could flourish if given the right opportunity. It only takes one to make a difference.” She sent out resumes and letters with the help of Insite staff, but it was through word of mouth that she found the job at Advantage Business Systems.
“I feel so great and could not ask for more,” Patricia said. “Everything is falling into place. Carol and John (the owners) have been flexible and welcoming.”
Advantage Business Systems is owned by Carol McGill and John Catalano. They have operated the business in Alsip for 3 years. Carol and John bring more than thirty years of copier/printer know-how to their business.
Advantage Business Systems is owned by Carol McGill and John Catalano.
To make it easier and faster for Patricia to type, she uses a headset and Dragon software to help her input orders and notes into her computer. Patricia calls the software a true blessing that makes her job easier and allows her to meet her goals.
“The staff at Insite gave me the confidence, guidance and knowledge to highlight my skills and show employers what I have to offer,” Patricia said. “Sometimes people are more than what appears on paper in a resume. It can be hard to convey all you have to offer. Once John and Carol met me and talked to me, I was hired on the spot.”
Patricia is spending her days helping the business grow its customer base. She has her own business cards which she is quick to hand out and remind you to call her to learn about meeting your printing, scanning and copying needs. She has personalized her desk to make her space feel like her own. “I know I have found a place that I belong,” she said. “Everyone has something to offer if given the right opportunity.” Advantage Business Systems is located at 12644 S. Holiday Drive, in Alsip, Illinois. To learn more about Sertoma Centre’s Insite Employment Services and how they can help find the perfect candidate for a job opening, call 708-371-9790.
Sertoma Centre, Inc. is a nationally-accredited, not-for-profit agency that provides services for more than 725 individuals with developmental, physical and emotional disabilities, and/or mental illness. For more information, to schedule a tour, volunteer or to make a donation, please contact Amy Chmura, Director of Advancement and Communications, Sertoma Centre, 4343 West 123rd Street, Alsip, IL 60803. (708) 730-6206, or For additional resources visit
Sertoma’s IN THE KNOW Interview – Amy Chmura

ABC7 Disabilities Segment on Sertoma Centre

Sertoma Centre, Inc. was featured with Karen Meyer from ABC 7 News in the Disabilities Segment which aired on May 31, 2012

The segment  featured Sertoma’s Seniors who participate in the Bridge Program. Click this link to see the video:

We are extremely proud of our Seniors and Staff who participated in this segment.  We thank everyone who contributed to its success.

Jason Clark, Director of Employment Services is a guest on Tinley Park Chamber of Commerce Cable TV Show

On Wednesday, February 1st, 2012, Jason Clark, Sertoma Centre’s Director of Employment Services sat down and spoke with  cable show host,  Joseph Ficaro, JR. about Insite Training Systems which is the community employment division of Sertoma Centre. 

Workers benefit, business benefits, and the community benefits

The goal of Insite is to support adults with disabilities to achieve success within the community and workplace.  We train, place and supervise hard working adults in local businesses, providing valuable resources to these companies and the communities in which they work. 

We appreciate Joseph Ficaro and the Tinley Park Chamber Cable TV Show for offering Sertoma Centre the opportunity to explain how the employment services  offered can benefit individuals with disabilities and the community.

The Tinley Park Chamber  of Commerce Cable show airs on channel 19 on Tuesdays at 6:30 pm. the segment featuring Jason should air some time in March. We will update this post when we have the air date.

ABC7 Chicago’s Karen Meyer Coming to Sertoma

On February 28, 2012,  Karen Meyer and her film crew will be visiting Sertoma Centre, Inc.  The reporter responsible for the weekly disabilities segment will be here to learn more about the programs and services offered seniors with disabilities.   Staff and Consumers are are thrilled to have Karen visit Sertoma Centre and look forward to the opportunity to tell her all about what we do here and how we can make a difference in the lives of individuals with disabilities from 16 to 80+.

Karen Meyer, ABC7 Chicago and Motesem Mansur

Motesem Mansur, who attends programs at Sertoma Centre was featured in a Disabilities Segment last October.  Karen and her crew filmed Motesem while he was reading one of his books for a group of children at Woodgate School in Matteson, IL.  He is a published author of several children’s books and a gifted artist.

Interviews coming soon!

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