Our Staff Includes:
Mark W. Doyle
Mark Doyle currently owns and operates Everyone Is Welcome, Incorporated.
Established in January 1996, Everyone Is Welcome, Inc. a consulting
company that provides an array of support to increase the inclusion
of persons with disabilities in all areas of life and create communities
in which everyone is welcome. Mark is nationally known for his work
in the area of community integration and inclusion. His experiences
include: Program Specialist for Community Integration/Inclusion,
Education and Transition for the Illinois Planning Council on Developmental
Disabilities (IPCDD); several administrative and program positions
in community support agencies in Illinois; Behavioral/Training Specialist
in Wisconsin; and individual/family advocacy throughout Illinois
and surrounding states. Mark has supported both adults and children
with disabilities in early education, education, transition to adult
services, day/community employment/careers, residential/community
living, ! leisure/recreation, and services for the aging. Mark is
an invited speaker at many workshops, state/national conferences
and local parent groups. Mark currently teaches graduate level special
education courses as an Adjunct Instructor for National Louis University.
Janet M. Varchetto
Janet M. Varchetto has sixteen years experience advocating and providing
technical support for children with special needs and their families.
She is trained in several multisensory reading approaches including
Orton-Gillingham, Wilson Reading System, and Lindamood-Bell. Jan
has co-founded several parent support groups and assisted other
communities in forming their own groups. These groups have offered
support, education, networking, resources and advocacy to families.
She is currently an active member of The International Dyslexia
Society, L.D.A., The Magic Foundation, NAPVI, TASH, S.E.R.G., and
the Family Resource Center on Disabilities. Jan has served as a
board member for The West Suburban Special Recreation Association.
In addition, Jan serves on the Executive Committee for the Illinois
Branch of the International Dyslexia Association.
Chris Scherschel has eleven years experience in Physical Therapy
in schools working directly with children with a variety of multiple
disabilities in pro inclusion settings, seeing inclusion at its
best and worst. Chris has developed goals and intervention plan
for children from pre-school to junior high. She has worked to develop
modifications and adaptations in classrooms and written annual reviews
for children. Chris has attended numerous IEP meetings. She has
participated in a sensory-based communication program called "Every
Move Counts". Chris has worked with a variety of teams to help promote
the best possible programs for children with special needs.
Joe Creedon has been involved in the statewide Early Intervention
system for 6 years. He has served his L.I.C. in a variety of capacities
as Chair of various committees and as Co-Chair of that Council for
3 years. He is a founding member of V.O.I.C.E. of St Charles; a
local group of individuals dedicated to the ideals of inclusive
education and collaboration with our local schools. He has been
a member of our local special education co-operatives Extended School
Year committee. Most recently he was appointed to the Board of Directors
of the Giant Steps School, a school for children with autism and
related disorders, and was elected President of the Giant Steps
School Parent Board.
Debra Scouten has 13 years experience in advocating for children
with special needs. Her experience includes attention deficit disorder,
dyslexia, nonverbal learning disabilities, apraxia, auditory processing
and giftedness. Deb has knowledge of research based multi-sensory
reading approaches such as Lindamood-Bell, Wilson Reading Program
and Orton-Gillingham. She founded a support group in her community
which has worked with the schools administration to provide a more
appropriate and supportive atmosphere for LD, ADD, and at risk children.
Deb is currently a board member of the Scottish Rite Dyslexia Clinic,
board member and officer of the Illinois Branch of the International
Dyslexia Association and past board member of the Parent Resource
Center of DuPage.
Barb Chatman is a well-known advocate for individuals and families
in the central Illinois area. As the Parent Facilitator and Executive
Director of People for Inclusive Communities from 1989 through 1997,
she provided educational advocacy and support for families seeking
appropriate services and educational opportunities for children
and young adults with disabilities from early intervention through
transition to adulthood. Through advocacy efforts for her daughter,
Barb has experienced the transition from school-age services to
the adult service provider system. Her experience with vocational
assessments, personal assistance options, and the need for community
support provides her with first-hand knowledge of this process.