John Laker (Mgr. OBK Operating Unit), Rick Crosby (Board Directors, IT & Job Skill Class Instructor), Pete Cerneka (President – Board Directors), Lou Slapshak (Secretary – Board Directors), Jesse Gurley III (Treasurer-Board Directors), Mike Schuette (OBK Program Director), Julie Orlet (Like Skills Class Instructor),  Chris Bailey (Board Directors – Not Pictured), Lizanne Young (Vice-President – Board Directors)


Board of Directors

President   Dcn.Peter Cerneka
Vice-President   Lizanne K. Young
Secretary   Louis F. Slapshak
Treasurer   Jesse P. Gurley III
Director   Chris Bailey
Director   Julie M. Orlet


Mike Schuette – OBK Program Director, Frederick “Rikkathon” James, OBK Jobs Coordinator, Ernest Brice-Bey, OBK Program Coordinator

OBK Staff

Program Director   Michael Schuette
Program Coordinator   Ernest Rice-Bey
Outreach Facilitator   Frederick James
Manager Operations
& Property
  John A. Laker

OBK Instructors

Literacy Class   Michael Berens
Job Skill Class   Rick Crosby
Life Skill Class   Kevin Green
Office Assistant   Robert Kirchgessner
Clothing Manager   Linda Meirink
Clothing Manager   Dan Meirink
Life Skill Class   Julie Orlet
Computer Class   Linda Schuette
Office Assistant   Sue Taylor
Life Skill Class   Pierre Tucker
Literacy Class   Colleen West

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Helpful Links

Catholic Prison Ministries Coalition

Catholic Mobilizing Network

Diocese of Belleville Prison Ministry

Catholic Conference of Illinois: Prison and Jail Ministry

St. Leonard's Ministry

Dismas Ministry

National Association of Catholic Chaplains

Contact Us


OBK Reentry Office:
614 N. 7th Street,
East St. Louis, IL

Office Phone: 618-271-7821
Program Coordinator:
Mike Schuette

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