Board of Directors
Leading from the front
Donna L. Allen-Sebok, CTRS
Founder and President
A graduate from the University of Illinois in Leisure Studies/Therapeutic Recreation, Donna has over 20 years as a professional Certified Therapeutic Recreation Specialist. She has developed, implemented and achieved national recognition for numerous programs serving people with disabilities.
Most recently, in combination with Northeast DuPage Special Recreation Association (NEDSRA), she has initiated Healthy Minds Healthy Bodies, a community wellness program for veterans who are ill, injured or wounded. Donna developed the HMHB continuing education program for professionals in fitness and other health related fields to work with veterans of all ages, eras and injuries. After creation of this inaugural program, through the partnerships with NEDSRA, Rehabilitation Institute of Chicago (RIC), National Center on Physical Activity and Disability (NCPAD), World Sport Chicago, Chicago Veteran Administration Hospitals, Vet Centers, and others, she has spearheaded a non-for-profit effort to serve veterans throughout the State of Illinois and the United States.
Covering all flanks
Lawrence S. Reiner, Ed. D.
Founder and Director
With a Doctorate in Counseling, Health and Adult Education, Dr. Reiner has served for 34 years as the Chief Executive Officer for the Northeast DuPage Special Recreation Association (NEDSRA), wherein he administered the creation and implementation of Healthy Minds Healthy Bodies and the development of NEDSRA as a Paralympic Sport Club.
Dr. Reiner has received numerous recognitions on the State and National level for his accomplishments developing services for people with disabilities and has played an instrumental role in the creation of local non-for-profits serving people with disabilities. In addition, Dr. Reiner is a Certified Parks and Recreation Professional who currently serves as the President of the Buffalo Grove Park District where he has served as a Commissioner for 25 years.
In these roles, Dr. Reiner has been active in establishing recreation programs for individuals with special needs. These include the establishment of the Rusty Reiner Veterans Memorial Fund for Active Duty Service Men and Women, which provides scholarships and fee assistance for active duty military personnel and their families for Buffalo Grove Park District programs. The fund also provides support to Veterans Park, which commemorates all our men and women in all eras and branches of the armed forces.