Jason Schneider, of Naperville, says he is lucky he hasn’t needed the help of an organization like TriCity Family Services.
“I’ve never needed any of the services they provide, but I have family and friends who have needed them, and I can tell you they work,” the 28-year-old said.
His conviction will serve him well as the new board president of the organization that seeks to strengthen people and build a sense of community through a variety of services from youth crisis intervention to offering high-quality, affordable counseling.
Schneider replaces Jim Di Ciaula, of St. Charles, who led the organization since 2011.
Di Ciaula said his successor brings the necessary tools to the job, given his age and passion for the organization.
“Jason has been with the organization a few years and has shown leadership and engagement,” Di Ciaula said, who will continue on as vice president of the board. “I see him as being effective given that he is a member of the millennial generation, and he adds that perspective to the equation.”
Schneider is a personal injury lawyer whose practice includes automobile accident liability, premises liability, dog attacks, injuries to children, wrongful death to product liability, and negligence. His cases have taken him throughout Cook, DuPage, Kane and Will counties.
Schneider also has served on the young professional’s board for Rainbows, a grief support organization for children who have suffered emotional trauma, and also with Mutual Ground on their 5K run.
Schneider grew up in Batavia and went on to Illinois State University where he double majored in political science and economics. He graduated in 2011 from the John Marshall Law School in Chicago.
Schneider said the type of law he practices and his work with TriCity Family Service work in tandem.
“I wanted the opportunity to work these difficult personal injury cases, because once they are over and resolved, it’s very rewarding to see how you’ve helped these people,” Schneider said.
That mentality is in sync with his work at TriCity Family Services where he is dedicated to helping people gain access to the services they need.
While many seek to occupy positions with not-for-profit groups like TriCity at a much older age, Schneider said his interest is partly a product of his upbringing.
“My mom was the Christian education director when I was growing up, and I took lots of service trips with her in Minnesota and here in Illinois,” he said. “Doing something like this and helping others partly comes from how I was raised.”
Di Ciaula said he sees two major challenges his successor will face and feels he will be more than capable of meeting them.
“One of the keys for us is to grow our customer as well as our donor base in order to provide more services to more people,” Di Ciaula said. “The other is space in terms of our capacity here in the TriCity area, and Jason is willing to roll up his sleeves and do what needs to be done.”
Schneider says he was honored to be chosen by a nominating committee to head up the board and says working with his predecessor under him isn’t a surprise.
“It’s true that most people do something else after serving as president than go back to being vice president, but with Jim, it’s no surprise given how connected he is to the organization,” Schneider said.
Schneider’s goals for the program are to continue a family-based therapy eating-disorder program that he said is already showing signs of success as well as making sure high-quality services continue.
“We want the group to remain stable and want to make sure our donations are spent wisely by continuing to offer high-quality therapy,” he said. “Ensuring that mental health treatment is available is vital to the well-being of our community.”Tags: From the Top