State Director – Russell J. Bonanno, M.Ed.

Mr. Bonanno brings to TAP his extensive experience in child and family services, professional training, and teaching at the undergraduate and graduate levels, as well as corporate consulting.  Mr. Bonanno initially joined TAP as the Program Manager working closely with TAP Network Partners in the areas of Contract Management, Program Development, Evaluation, and Coordination. As Director he will be working with TAP partners to further development of a system of care for individuals with autism spectrum disorder (ASD) in Illinois.   Mr. Bonanno will represent the Network and collaborate with other organizations to address government policies impacting people with ASD and their families. Based in the  TAP Central Office in Springfield, he will travel around Illinois regularly throughout the year. Mr. Bonanno has a Bachelor’s in Business Administration with a focus in Healthcare Management and a Master’s in Education in Psychological Studies with a clinical focus. Before coming to TAP Mr. Bonanno was the Child Welfare Manager for two Colorado counties and the Director for a Community Mental Health Agency in two counties.

Regional Coordinator, IDHS Region 1 – Jose Luis Ovalle

Mr. Ovalle works to empower and represent families in the community and is the father identical twin adult males with Autism. Also, he is one of the directors of Grupo SALTO, a support group for families who have children with an ASD and whose principal language is Spanish. Mr. Ovalle is an AUCD-LEND 2009-2010 graduate in the family discipline and a member of the AUCD Act Early Illinois chapter. Additionally, he served an active role in Advancing Futures for Adults with Autism (AFAA). Mr. Ovalle is an appointed board member for the Illinois Council on Developmental Disabilities (ICDD).

Regional Coordinator, IDHS Region 3 – Sheila Fitzgerald Krein

Sheila works to empower and represent families in the community and works with schools, agencies, and organizations. She is the mother of an adult son with autism and has volunteered or worked in the autism community for more than 20 years. She was on the board of the Champaign-Urbana Autism Network for many years and also served as the Coordinator for a few years. Sheila was on the statewide stakeholder leadership team of the Illinois Autism Training & Technical Assistance Project (IATTAP). She is currently involved with local Transition Planning Committees and completed a course on transition planning sponsored by the Autism Research Institute (ARI). While TAP’s central office is in Springfield, Sheila’s lives in Champaign and will travel around east central Illinois. Previous to being with TAP, she worked in the area of financial planning and taught classes at the University of Illinois.

The Autism Program of Illinois (TAP) administrative offices are operated by The Hope Institute for Children and Families and are located in the Noll Medical Pavilion, 5220 S. 6th Street Rd., Suite 2200, Springfield, IL 62703. Telephone (217) 953-0227