Our Management Team

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.

Reach Gus at gvandenbrink@sertomacentre.org

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.

Reach Paula at: pphillips@sertomacentre.org

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, she provides oversight to all day programs at all three facilities including CMHC and Employment Services. She is also a Licensed Clinical Professional Counselor (LCPC) and provides counseling at Sertoma’s Matteson site for community members with commercial insurance, Employee Assistance Programs or paying privately.


Reach Michelle at marthur@sertomacentre.org

Ray Benaitis, Associate Director Of Business/Support Services

Ray joined Sertoma Centre in 2006 as Associate Director of Business & Support Services. His experience has been in distribution logistics and operations with major communication’s corporations.

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.

Reach Ray at rbenaitis@sertomacentre.org

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.

Reach Laura at lyanez@sertomacentre.org

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.

Reach Debra at dmarillo@sertomacentre.org