OBK Board of Directors

From left to right Our Board of Directors as of April 2024: Linda Meirink, Chris Bailey, Jesse Gurley, Rick Crosby, Marti Baricevic, Gary Mueller, Lou Slapshak, Pete Cerneka (Julie Orlet not pictured)


Board of Directors

President Dcn.Peter Cerneka
Vice-President Marti Baricevic
Secretary Louis F. Slapshak
Treasurer Jesse P. Gurley III
Director Rick Crosby
Director Chris Bailey
Director Julie M. Orlet
Director Linda Meirink
Director Gary Mueller
AgencyDirector Kirsten Marie Peterson


OBK Staff

Kirsten Marie Peterson – OBK Program Director, Frederick “Rikkathon” James, Client Specialist/Community Outreach, Ernest Brice-Bey, Client Specialist/Building Security

Agency Director Kirsten Marie Peterson
Client Specialist/Office Assistant Isabella Peterson
Client Specialist/Building Security Ernest Rice-Bey
Client Specialist/Community Outreach Frederick James


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, Client Specialist/Building Security, Frederick “Rikkathon” James, Client Specialist/Community Outreach, Nautica Young, ISU Intern, Mike Schuette – OBK Program Director

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Helpful Links

Illinois Prison Project

Catholic Prison Ministries Coalition

Waysidecross Prison Ministry/

Catholic Conference of Illinois: Prison and Jail Ministry

Disciple Bible Outreach of IL

St. Leonard's Ministry

Southern Illinois District Prison Ministry

Dismas Ministry

Contact Us

Email: kpeterson@obkministry.org

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

Office Phone: 618-271-7821

Agency Director:
Kirsten Marie Peterson

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