As Vice President for Aspire Living, April is responsible for the oversight of Community Homes, Life Enrichment, Life on My Own and Clinical Supports offered to adults with disabilities across the metro Chicago area.
April is a talented leader with over 20 years of experience serving people with disabilities. She brings a wealth of knowledge and believes personal and professional development evolve when skills, tools and resources needed to succeed are provided in an enjoyable environment. She is passionate about providing opportunities, motivating others and empowering people to learn and grow.
April holds a Graduate Degree in Psychology from National Louis University and is a graduate from the Center for Creative Leadership, Ladder to Leadership program. In April’s time with Aspire, she has held several different roles. She began her career as a Case Manager and Coordinator for Community Homes, held the position as a Community Residential Services Administrator and became the Associate Director of Community Living prior to becoming the VP of Aspire Living.
What do you enjoy the most?
It brings me great joy to watch people learn and grow in any facet of their life. People work hard to acquire new skills and experience an array of emotions throughout the process. It’s that moment where peace overcomes the person and they feel a sense of success, it’s the expression of joy and relief that moves me. I was speechless the first time I saw my daughter crawl and it left me with a deep appreciation for her passion, dedication and triumph.
What is the most interesting fact of your bio?
My entire career has focused around working with people with disabilities. I spent time as a one on one aid with children in their school programs and worked shifts in group homes until I graduated college and came to Aspire. I am a firm believer that everything happens for a reason. My work life prepared me for my journey as a wife and a mother. When I was blessed with a daughter having significant cognitive and physical delays, my husband and I knew we were meant to be her parents.
What do you enjoy doing in your spare time?
I am an elected member of my community School Board, Chairperson of the Community Relations Committee and a member of the Meeting Unique Needs of Students Committee. I also sit on the Governance Board and Board of Control for a Special Education cooperative with 18 member districts. I enjoy spending time with my family, going to my son’s sports practices and games and watching my daughter beam with excitement when she accomplishes a skill she has been practicing in therapy.
One thing people wouldn’t know about you is…
I really enjoy cooking and eating new meals! I like to research recipes, shop for items, chop and prepare the ingredients (in my former life I believe I was a sous chef). Food brings people together; cooking is something my family and I enjoy doing together from beginning to end.
On my music playlist: Florence + The Machine, Dave Matthews Band, Diana Krall, Mumford and Sons, Florida Georgia Line, Christine & The Queens, Bob Marley