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   Rick Crosby
Director   Chris Bailey
Director   Julie M. Orlet


OBK Staff

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

Program Director   Michael Schuette
Program Coordinator   Ernest Rice-Bey
Jobs Coordinator   Frederick James

OBK Instructors

Literacy Class   Michael Berens
Job Skill Class   Rick Crosby
Life Skills Class   Bill Bailey
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
Literacy Class   Colleen West

OBK Welcomes Nautica Young as Indiana State University Intern

The OBK reentry program for men and women coming out of prisons and jails welcomed Nautica Young to work during the winter semester doing research on traumas, conducting new client INTAKE’S, and working with both men and women in the Life Skill classes. Nautica also wrote articles on: “Why Reentry Programs are Important” and also a power point presentation on “Restorative Justice” and how the process was beneficial to the victim, offender and the community. Since it is very difficult to gather all the parties together it was suggested that some of the interface could be on ZOOM to avoid direct contact at the beginning of the process.

Nautica was also able to work with the staff and make recommendation about program additions and improvements based on her studies on Criminology and Criminal Justice (Major) and also Corrections and Psychology (Minor) at Indiana State University.

OBK was approved as an internship site by Indiana State University and looks forward to having other undergraduates and graduates to continue their on-site education dealing with the reentry process for returning citizens in the Metro-East area.

Ernest Rice-Bey, OBK Program Coordinator, Frederick “Rikkathon” James, OBK Jobs Coordinator, Nautica Young, ISU Intern, Mike Schuette – OBK Program Director

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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 Director:
Mike Schuette

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