Kelly Thompson - Executive Director
I have worked with people with disabilities for more than 20 years. I taught for 14 years in the REACH Program at Minooka High School for the Grundy County Special Education Cooperative, before becoming a full-time mom to twins, Anna and Ben.
I have coached Special Olympics for the last 16 years and am a founding member of Special Connections. Providing social and leisure opportunities in the community for people with disabilities of all ages has been a goal of mine for many years and I am blessed to be a part of an organization that is doing just that!
I enjoy spending time with my husband, Aaron, our children and family.
Kelly Dransfeldt - Board Member
I am currently a Financial Advisor for Grundy Investments which is located at Grundy Bank in Morris IL.
I enjoy spending time with my wife Erin and my three kids Kameron, Kennedy, and Karson. Special Connections is an extremely important part of my life.
I have an uncle and a niece that benefit from all the great activities and services that Special Connections has to offer.
Kristie Witte - Board Member
I am a Special Education teacher at LaSalle Peru Township High School. I have been in the teaching profession for 15 years and have been working with people with disabilities for 20 years. My family resides in the rural area of Seneca. My husband is a teacher at Seneca and we have two children.
I currently serve as a board member, the head track and field coach and assistant golf coach for our Special Connections Special Olympic teams. I am grateful to have been one of the founding members of Special Connections and believe in this organization for what it has and will continue to bring to our community.
Jeff Rzasa - Board Member
I am currently Senior Vice President for Standard Bank & Trust Co. in Morris. I have been a board member with Special Connections since 2011 and also serve as a board member with the Grundy Economic Development Council, Immaculate Conception School and the University of St. Francis Academic Advisory Board.
I enjoy running, golfing, playing basketball, coaching youth baseball and basketball, and spending time with my wife, Ann, and our children, TJ and Katie.
Jeremy McNabb - Board Member
I live in Morris with my daughter, Grace (10), and son, Lane (7) and I am a mechanic for Exelon’s Braidwood Generating Station.
For the last 8 years I have coached Special Olympics. I have coached basketball, bowling, and bocce ball. I became involved with Special Connections because I love working with our special needs community. I want to see them succeed and be more involved in their community. There is no comparison to seeing the smiles on their faces when they accomplish something.