Meet Our Team
Welcome, and thank you for visiting Opportunity Enterprises’ website. Whether you are considering services for yourself or a loved one, are a current or future staff member, supporter, donor, or customer of one of our business services, thank you for taking time to learn about our amazing people.
Opportunity Enterprises is a premier agency, providing educational, vocational, and residential services to more than 1,000 youth and adults with physical and developmental disabilities. We continue to provide services focused on goals and choices through a variety of day service programs, curricular activities, and enrichment programs like art and assistive technology.
With the care of our dedicated employees, amazing people are making grand strides towards self-sufficiency and independence every day.
Our services provide hope to not only a family, but a community. Our commitment is to uphold this hope daily because of the incredible support from community leaders, families, businesses, and sponsors who support our mission. We are an option for many families in our community, and we are honored to be promoting more purposeful and enriching lives for individuals with disabilities in Northwest Indiana.
I invite you to continue your journey with Opportunity Enterprises. Follow us on social media and invite your friends to do the same. Volunteer at one of our events or for one of our programs; the experience will change your life. Donate to our mission; you will change the lives of children and adults with disabilities right here in your community. Find your own unique way to become a part of our mission. Thank you for taking the time to learn about the amazing people we serve.
BOARD OF DIRECTORS
Marc Ruiz Chair Oak Partners
John Freyek Vice Chair First Merchants Bank
Rick AmRhein Secretary Valparaiso University
Michelle Gonzalez Treasurer Laciak CPA
Nicole Alcorn Teachers Credit Union
Jim Alex FirstLight Home Care
Alfredo Estrada Burke, Costanza, & Carberry
Rod Gayda Gayda Properties, Inc.
James Keilman Urschel Laboratories
Natalie Krivas Valparaiso Community Schools
Mary Liggett NIPSCO
Patrick Lyp City of Valparaiso
Rick Rondinelli In Touch Pharmaceuticals
Chris Runnion CATSI, Inc.
Kathleen Smith Portage Township School Corp.
Stephanie Swearington GreatNews.Life
Thomas Wisch Allstate Insurance
Neil Samahon Chief Executive Officer (CEO)
Stephanie Anderson Chief Human Resources Officer (CHRO)
Kacie Ensign Chief Development and Communications Officer (CDCO)
Mark Fisher Chief Financial Officer (CFO)
Valerie Thill Chief Program Officer (CPO)
Jodi Barnard Social Services Director
Lisa Barrios Daily Living Skills Director
Lisa Cole Senior Director of Day Programs
Dawn Crozier Group Home Director
Carol Dattolico Supported Living Director
LaShanta Downs TREND Director
Mickey Fajdich Enriching Possibilities Director
Jennifer Fine Retail Director
Amanda Geary Transportation Director
Joe Hogan Director of Business Services
Marie Kubina Curriculum Director
LaTosha Knight Financial Controller
Corey Marsee QUEST Director
Liz Metts Senior Director of Business Operations
Suja Pati Respite Director
Julie McKean Senior Director of Facilities, Safety, and Compliance
Kathleen Parks Senior Director of Employment Services and Transition
Kate Ramirez Agency Training Director
Rebecca Scott Senior Director of Residential
Cassie Stanley Renewed Horizons Director