Challenge Unlimited (CU), a national nonprofit organization headquartered in Alton, Ill., has announced the appointment of two new members to its board of directors.
Alton resident Bruce Malone, a leader in education and the community, was appointed to the CU board of directors in March for a three-year term. A retired educator, his leadership experience includes a 10-year term as the vice president of the board of the Illinois Federation of Teachers and serving on the board of directors for Madison County and the Alton Housing Authority. Malone also served as president of the Staunton (Ill.) Federation of Teachers.
As a parent of a daughter with Down Syndrome, Malone has an affinity for Challenge Unlimited’s mission. “I certainly understand first-hand the struggles faced by people with disabilities,” Malone said. “I envision a period of growth for Challenge and am excited to be part of that process.”
Geri Lynn Arrindell, a licensed attorney in Illinois and Missouri with the law firm Mickes O’Toole, joined CU’s board of directors in May for a three-year term. A resident of University City, Mo., she is also general counsel for the organization. Her multi-faceted experience delivers an exceptional set of skills to CU.
Arrindell’s legal experience includes serving as litigation counsel to various entities including nonprofit organizations. Her background also includes arbitrations and administrative proceedings before the National Labor Relations Board and the Illinois Labor Relations Board. Prior to earning her law degree, Arrindell was a licensed clinical social worker with Hope, a nonprofit agency headquartered in Springfield, Ill. Hope educates, treats and cares for children with Autism and other developmental disabilities. In addition to being the intake coordinator and program director for community-based programs, she was also instrumental in acquiring and opening several group homes.
“It is an honor to serve on the board which allows me to combine my passion for supporting the disabled community with my extensive legal experience,” Arrindell said. “I plan to assist the organization with risk management, policies, procedures and any other area in which I can be a resource.”
Tom Morrissey, chairperson of CU’s board of directors, is looking forward to the contributions each new member will bring to the organization. “Bruce and Geri Lynn have tremendous depth of knowledge and will be invaluable assets to our team,” Morrissey noted. “Each is committed to furthering our mission of supporting people with all disabilities by providing pathways to independence through meaningful employment. We are delighted to have them join the board.”
About Challenge Unlimited
For more than 60 years, Challenge Unlimited has operated as a social enterprise, committed to serving individuals with disabilities, while earning a reputation as a trusted business partner to private commercial companies, federal and state government agencies by providing pathways to independence through meaningful employment for individuals with all abilities. As an accredited Community Rehabilitation Program (CRP) provider, Challenge Unlimited fulfills its mission through employment programs and services, skills training centers and community-integrated living options. For more information, visit www.cuinc.org.