Chris received his bachelor's degree in sociology from Eastern Illinois University and his master's degree in rehabilitation administration and services from Southern Illinois University.  Chris has approximately 30 years of diverse and pertinent experience in the field of developmental disabilities. The primary focus of his career has been in residential services. Among his experiences in not-for-profit agencies, Chris has taught people who are developmentally disabled; designed and implemented a Developmental Training program; provided case management services; managed and operated an intermittent residential program; and wrote and implemented one of the original grants for the State of Illinois’ Medicaid waiver initiative known as Community Integrated Living Arrangements (CILAs).   Additionally, Chris has worked for the State of Illinois as a surveyor and as a provider of technical assistance, giving him access and broad exposure to all categories of residential settings for persons with intellectual/developmental disabilities living throughout Illinois.  Chris was afforded first hand experiences with the systemic problems which confront the State’s delivery of services to people who are intellectually/developmentally disabled. 

Chris has managed the operations of thirteen 16 bed ICFs/DD and seventeen 8-bed CILA homes which generated approximately $15,500,000.00 in gross revenue, and he personally devised and implemented a significant restructuring plan for a for-profit entity.  Chris has also managed the operations of 34 Medicaid waiver homes for persons with intellectual/developmental disabilities spread over much of central and east-central Illinois. In his capacity as Director of Operations for both not-for-profit and for-profit entities, Chris was personally involved in and responsible for having opened 29 Medicaid waiver homes serving 5 to 8 people each within a four year time span.  Chris has indeed acquired the skills to specialize in new development, aggressive growth and takeover projects.

Chris' formal education has actual pertinence and correlation to his position as CEO of COF Training Services, Inc.   "I consider myself very fortunate," states Chris, "to have had an education and career path that has afforded me continuous opportunities to grow and develop as a person while being allowed to impact favorably upon the lives of many other people."  

 

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