Mark Holstein, Executive Director – Mark joined SRCA as Executive Director December 2015. He was working as a tool and dye maker’s apprentice in 1980 when he answered ad ad that changed his life. Shady Oaks Camp for People with Disabilities, Homer Glenn, IL, hired Mark as a camp counselor, and he soon realized that in giving of himself he received far more in return. He set out to earn a degree in special education while serving in various positions every summer at Shady Oaks. During the school year he was Director of Logan Square Youth Outreach, a church-based outreach program for lower income youth and their families.
In 1987 Mark and his family moved to Iowa City, Iowa where he served as Group Home Manager for Systems Unlimited, providing care for adolescents and adults with disabilities. In 1989 Mark was also hired as the Director of Shady Oaks Camp, managing homes for Systems during the school year and directing Shady Oaks Camp in the summer. Mark has worked as a summer camp director and administrator since that time, while continuing to manage residential and recreational programming during the school year.
In 1993 Mark began working for Glenwood Academy in Glenwood, IL, a residential school and summer camp for children from economically disadvantaged families, His job combined his camping and residential experiences and he served 15 years as the Director of Residential Services and Camp Administrator.
Since 2008, Mark worked in camping and residential services as Director of Camping for Easter Seals in Central Illinois and as Camp Director for The Girl Scouts of Northern Illinois. During the school year he worked in support of adolescents in the custody of DCFS residing in community-based group homes throughout Illinois.
Mark and his wife Kim, a school social worker and private therapist, live in Montgomery, IL and have five children – two who are married with families, and three at home ranging from grade school to high school! – and are grandparents to their 1-year-old grandson. Mark has enjoyed volunteering as a basketball coach for his son’s park district team, serving on several boards and committees at his church, and singing as a tenor soloist.
A Chicago native, Mark was born and raised in Chicago’s Bridgeport and Logan Square neighborhoods. He is one of eight children and while his older brothers’ allegiance is to the south side team, Mark is a lifelong, diehard Chicago Cubs fan. 2016 was a lifelong dream come true!
Karen Horning, Camp Director – At age 16, Karen started working summers at Shady Oaks Camp in Homer Glen, IL. She spent six seasons at Shady Oaks, supervising counselors in caring for campers with disabilities. While going to college, she worked five years at St. Colleta’s of Illinois in Palos Park as a direct care giver for children with disabilities. After moving to Rockford IL in 1991, Karen worked as a CILA Manager for the Janet Wattles Center and as a Service Coordinator at Access Services of Northern Illinois in Loves Park, IL. She has a bachelor’s degree in social work from St. Francis University in Joliet, IL. Karen’s husband, Tim, is an attorney in Rockford and they have three children. Karen works from Camp Seguin year round.
Melissa LoGiurato, Administrative Assistant – Melissa joined the SRCA Berwyn office in 2009. She said she enjoys working with families, agencies, volunteers and participants, and that she has learned so much about the community of individuals with developmental disabilities. She also talks about how much this community needs everyone’s help in providing these services.
Melissa especially enjoys getting participants signed up for camp and for the Berwyn-area SRCA activities. “The campers are all so eager,” she said. “They cannot wait to go. There are a lot of smiles and questions about what they will do. Or they’ll talk about their favorite thing from the year before. Or they just tell you they love you and ask if you were going to camp, too!”
Melissa has lived in Westmont for 25 years with her husband Jim and their three sons, Frank, Joe and Danny. Jim is in education, working with children with behavior and learning disabilities at Joseph Academy – an alternative school – for more than 30 years. Frank served in the US Navy and is a student at Northeastern University. Joe is a recent University of Illinois graduate. Danny is a senior at Aurora University and is on the football team.