Who We Are

Who We Are

Association of Horizon is a volunteer-led organization, comprised of a Board of Directors and other volunteers and local partners, who leverage their talent, network, and resources to advance the organization’s mission to empower and enrich the lives of adults with physical disabilities.

Executive Board

President

Sawsan Abuosbie

Has been involved with Horizon since high school. Inspired by a presentation she attended, Sheila began her involvement with Horizon as a camp volunteer. Each summer, Sheila would attend Horizon’s seven day camp and would serve as a one-on-one attendee to an adult camper. Throughout high school and college, Sheila began to take a more active role with the organization.

Dedicated to Horizon’s mission, in 2010, Sheila became a board member.  Since that time, she has dedicated countless hours as a camp volunteer, board member, vice president, and currently serves as Board President. Outside of Horizon, Sheila is a government relations manager at an education company.  Her hobbies include baking, planning parties, and vintage shopping.

Vice President

Sheila Caplis

Has been involved with Horizon since high school. Inspired by a presentation she attended, Sheila began her involvement with Horizon as a camp volunteer. Each summer, Sheila would attend Horizon’s seven day camp and would serve as a one-on-one attendee to an adult camper. Throughout high school and college, Sheila began to take a more active role with the organization.

Dedicated to Horizon’s mission, in 2010, Sheila became a board member.  Since that time, she has dedicated countless hours as a camp volunteer, board member, president, and currently serves as Board Vice President. Outside of Horizon, Sheila is a government relations manager at an education company.  Her hobbies include baking, planning parties, and vintage shopping.

Co-Treasurer

George Czerwionka

First learned about Horizon in 1995, through his aunt, who served as a volunteer nurse at camp.  He became very passionate about Horizon’s work and was quick to become an active volunteer with the organization.  

Throughout the years, George has volunteered with many of Horizon’s committees and has served in numerous capacities.  Every March, George and his family organize a March Madness fundraiser to benefit Horizon.  In addition, throughout the year George picks up in-kind donations of hospital beds and supplies for camp.  He has also submitted grant requests on behalf of Horizon.

George joined the Board of Directors about 10 years ago and currently serves as the board treasurer. He lives in Chicago with his wife and works as an accountant.  In his spare time, he enjoys spending time with his family.

Co-Treasurer

Justin Navarro

Began volunteering with Horizon’s summer camp in 1992 and joined the Board in 2014. In addition, Geoff has been involved with several of the organizations committees and supports many of Horizon’s fundraisers and events. Geoff is the newest member of the Executive Board and is serving as Secretary. He looks forward to the coming year and new role with Horizon.

Outside of Horizon, Geoff has been a police officer for the past 21 years in both Chicago and Indiana. He has been married to his wife, Mary, for 22 years. They have two daughters, Sara and Shannon, who also volunteer for Horizon. Geoff lives on the shores of Fish Lake with his family and their four dogs, three cats, and numerous chickens and ducks.

Secretary

Gerry Walsh

First attended Horizon Camp, in 2013, as an adult camper.  Soon after, he began to attend other events for adults with physical disabilities organized by Horizon.  Having experienced camp and all that Horizon has to offer, Gerry feels that, “Horizon Camp really reinforced my belief and desire to give back and help others in whatever way possible.”  Gerry has served on several of Horizon’s committees and has volunteered as a team leader at camp.  

In 2014, Gerry joined the Board of Directors and currently serves as Secretary.  Gerry lives with his wife, Jen, and their two cats and dog.  He works in marketing for a consulting firm.  When he’s not volunteering for Horizon or working, Gerry enjoys playing power soccer.  He is an active member of the GLASA Chicago Fire Power Soccer Club, an adaptive soccer organization for individuals with physical disabilities.  Gerry is also a huge sports fan and enjoys spending time with his family and friends.

Board Members

Maeghan Anderson
Erica Andres
Earlene Barnes
Brenda Bokowski
Frances Clair

Dave Davis
Woody Edwards
Donnie Flynn
Geoff Jania
Katy Landuyt

Anna Lopez
Lori Moore
Viki Peer
Mark Schreiner
Heather Somerville

Operations Manager

Michael Meyer

Local Partners

3eLove
Buster Creative
Hackney’s

Harbortown Industries
Jane’s Hallmark
Lincoln Park High School

Morton Grove Foundation
Park Ridge Community Fund
PNC Foundation

Association of Horizon is a tax exempt 501(c)3 nonprofit organization. Association of Horizon Tax ID number is: 36-3814090.