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OCI Board of Directors

Todd Kooperman, President

Todd Kooperman became a founding member of Our Community of Illinois (OCI) in 2005, and he has served on the OCI board in various capacities since then.  Todd also worked as a lawyer and advocate for children in foster care from 2005 – 2014.  Since 2014, Todd has worked with the Adult Guardianship Division of the Cook County Office of the Public Guardian.  Although Todd now works to protect the rights of adults with disabilities, he remains dedicated to the cause of defending the rights of, and advancing the interests of children in foster care.  With the fiscal problems facing the State of Illinois, and with ever increasing cuts to essential services, Todd is concerned about the ever widening gap between what children in foster care need, and what they have access to.  Todd believes it will take a coordinated effort of non-profit organizations, volunteers, and the donations of generous individuals and corporations to fill in the gaps to services left by budget cuts.  Todd took over as President of OCI in June of 2015.

Carrie Fung, Board Member

Carrie Fung has served as an attorney in various divisions for the Cook County Public Guardian’s Office since 2001.  As attorney, she has advocated on behalf of disabled adults and children in foster care.  Carrie was a Child Law Fellow at Loyola University of Chicago School of Law and graduated in 2001 with a Certificate in Child and Family Law. Prior to law school, Carrie completed her master’s and bachelor’s degrees in social work from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.  She was a Research Associate for the Foster Youth Project at the University of Illinois and evaluated national and state laws and programs on independent living and aftercare services for foster adolescents.   She has published articles and presented nationally in various areas regarding foster adolescents and their transition to adulthood.  Carrie donates her time to creating and maintaining OCI’s website.

 

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Alan Kooperman, Board Member

Alan Kooperman is a retired public high school social studies and industrial arts teacher, with a Masters Degree in Vocational Education & Work Evaluation. Throughout his career he has helped high school students gain a better understanding of how our government works by sponsoring student programs, including trips to Washington, D.C.  Alan has taught valuable vocational skills to students in auto mechanics class and has always been an advocate for vocational programs for youth.  OCI has utilized Alan’s mechanical knowledge in refurbishing bicycles as part of our bicycle donation program.  He believes every person who wants a bicycle should have one, as riding bicycles is fun, good exercise, and an inexpensive and environmentally-friendly form of transportation.  Alan joined the board of OCI in 2008.  In addition to his work for OCI, Alan works part time as a real-estate agent helping his beautiful wife with her thriving business.

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Celeste Jones, Board Member

 

Celeste Jones is a Supervising Attorney with the Office of the Cook County Public Guardian. She has dedicated her legal career to advocating for the most vulnerable in our community: abused and neglected children and disabled adults. Celeste received her undergraduate degree from Northern Illinois University and her Juris Doctorate from Loyola University Chicago School of Law. Celeste is an avid world traveler and enjoys paper crafts and cardmaking.