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),  Kirsten Peterson (Not Pictured), Chris Bailey (Board Directors – Not Pictured), Lizanne Young (Vice-President – Board Directors)


Board of Directors

President   Dcn.Peter Cerneka
Vice-President   Open
Secretary   Louis F. Slapshak
Treasurer   Jesse P. Gurley III
Director   Rick Crosby
Director   Chris Bailey
Director   Julie M. Orlet
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
Program Director   Michael Schuette
Client Specialist/Building Security   Ernest Rice-Bey
Client Specialist/Community Outreach   Frederick James

OBK Volunteer Instructors

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
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, 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

Catholic Mobilizing Network

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

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

Office Phone: 618-271-7821

Agency Director:
Kirsten Marie Peterson

Program Director:
Mike Schuette

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