Board of Directors

President   Dcn. Peter Cerneka
Vice-President   Lizanne K. Young
Secretary   Louis F. Slapshak
Treasurer   Jesse P. Gurley III
David W. Rands, JD    
John A. Laker   Manager of Operating and Property Units
Peter Michael Schuette   LSSI/OBK Reentry Program Coordinator


Advisory Board

Christie A. Billups, DMin, Lewis University   Alan S. Mills, JD, Uptown People’s Law Center
Bishop Edward K. Braxton, PhD, STD, Catholic Diocese of Belleville    Brian J. Nelson, Uptown People’s Law Center
Robert J. Dougherty, Prisoner Re-Entry Advocate   Pastor Norma J. Patterson, MA, Good Shepherd of Faith UCC
Victor A. Gaskins, St. Leonard’s Ministries   Kirsten M. Peterson, MSEd, Special Needs Educator
Marilou C. Gervacio, JD, Catholic Conference of Illinois   Bishop S. John Roth, PhD, ThM, Central/Southern Illinois Synod (ELCA)
Gerard F. Hasenstab, Catholic Urban Programs   Bishop Stanley G. Schlarman, DD, Catholic Diocese of Belleville (Retired)
Joseph P. Hubbard, St Vincent de Paul Society   Victoria Vasileff, JD, Mental Health Specialist
Nancy Huyck, PHD, Southern Illinois University Edwardsville   Hon. Milton S. Wharton, JD, Circuit Court Judge (Retired)
Sister Carol Lehmkuhl, OP, East Side Heart and Home   Ron Zeilinger, Dismas Ministry



Our Brothers’ Keepers of Southern Illinois is able to provide comprehensive, holistic services to returning citizens through active collaboration with many organizations including:

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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

Contact Us


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

Phone: 618-271-7821
Program Coordinator:
Mike Schuette (618) 920-8448

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