Stephanie Minich is originally from the UK, and lived for 5 years in Dallas before moving to Chicago. Stephanie is a Bachelor of Arts graduate of French and Spanish from Hull University in the UK. She has lived in France, Spain and the Czech Republic, where she taught English, studied abroad, and immersed herself in new cultures. Stephanie has completed a Trinity Cert. TESOL course to teach English as a foreign language.
She has taught children and adults in a variety of settings, and also volunteers as an ESL tutor at a local community center. Stephanie has a passion for volunteering, and has worked with adults with disabilities, along with other projects through different non-profit organizations and through her local church. Stephanie loves the unique aspect of the No Boundaries program, where she can work with individuals to support them in ‘train for work, train for life’ skills for the real world, and enjoys developing new ways to best work with the participants.
Stephanie is passionate about health and fitness, and is also certified as a personal trainer and group fitness instructor. In her spare time Stephanie enjoys reading, writing, hiking, camping, swimming and running.
JJ combines twenty-five years of business experience and entrepreneurialism to lead the Search, Inc. No Boundaries team, which trains teens and adults with disabilities for the workplace and community life.
JJ founded jjslist.com, an on-line disability awareness resource for businesses and consumers. Under her direction, the jjslist.com team of professionals with and without disabilities credentials businesses and is the on-line resource for disability-aware customer service and employment information. JJ started the jjslist.com Disability Awareness Players to train businesses in disability awareness, and she wrote the Safe & Productive Internet Life and Literacy Skills Curriculum (SPILLS), which is integrated into No Boundaries and is used by schools throughout Illinois.
She produced the multiple award-winning PBS documentary Refrigerator Mothers, a film that was inspired by her experience of being blamed for her then 3-year-old son's autistic behaviors. Prior to her work in media and disability, JJ was Vice President for Bankers Trust in International Capital Markets. JJ is a graduate of Dartmouth College.
Sarah is a graduate of Loras College with a Bachelor's of Arts Degree in Sociology.
She began at JJ's List as a volunteer because she wanted to be involved with an organization that helps individuals with disabilities advocate for themselves and others. She now works as an office assistant at jjslist.com, and enjoys handling the responsibilities for website management, bookkeeping, coordinating the Disability-Awareness Trainings and organizing the Hop on the Bus to Independence Program. She is a dedicated mentor to volunteers and co-workers.
As a person with a disability, she is most proud of the unique insights she contributes to jjslist.com – which she's told are invaluable! She always looks forward to mentoring other adults with disabilities in No Boundaries –Train for Work, Train for Life.