The Vocational Training Team

Matt Jannings

Matt Jannings
Chief Program Officer, Employment Services

Matt joined BCI in 2020 with a diverse background in employment services, recruitment, and nonprofit leadership. With a demonstrated track record of building programs and relationships that create opportunities for people with disabilities, he is passionate about empowering people to realize their potential and articulate their value. Matt has a bachelor’s degree in Organizational Communication and a master’s degree in Nonprofit Leadership.

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Jeremy Sutton
Director of Program Quality and Integrity

Jeremy joined BCI in 2018 following an impressive 18-year tenure at Ranken Technical College. As a founding member of the Skills Center team, he now serves as the Director of Program Quality and Integrity. In this capacity, Jeremy oversees outcomes reporting and various facets concerning the quality and funding of all BCI programs. He finds immense fulfillment in witnessing the successes of individuals served by BCI in their careers. Jeremy holds a Bachelor of Science in Communications and a master’s degree in Counselor Education.

 

Darcell Fleeman
Director of Vocational Instruction and Youth Programs

Darcell joined BCI in 2020 as a Vocational Instructor and in 2021, assumed responsibility for coordinating our summer employment program for young adults. With a Bachelor’s degree in Education from Lindenwood University, she has a long history of diligently preparing people with disabilities for competitive employment. Previously, she worked for the Center for Specialized Services and the St. Charles School District. Darcell feels privileged to teach and cherishes the expressions of pride and accomplishment from her students and their families.

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Phil McRaven
Transitional Employment Manager

It was our lucky day when Phil returned to BCI in 2021. Having worked as a Production Manager under our organizational employment program from 2016 to 2020, he became well-versed in leading adults with disabilities. Today, as Transitional Employment Manager, he will continue to support these men and women as they explore competitive work in the community. Phil has a Bachelor of Science in Communications from Bradley University.

Lisa Vergiza
Vocational Instructor

Lisa joined the Skills Center full-time in July 2022 after moonlighting with us summers and weekends for one year as a seasonal Job Coach. Previously, she worked for the Center for Head Injury Services and Special School District. Five years into what she calls her “second career,” Lisa couldn’t imagine a more fulfilling line of work and takes great satisfaction in the growth and success of her clients. She holds a Bachelor of Science in Journalism from the University of Missouri.

Crystal Peterson
Vocational Instructor

Crystal joined BCI in 2007 as Regional Coordinator for Show Me Shine, a commercial cleaning subsidiary founded to create competitive jobs at a time when not many existed. In 2020, when Show Me Shine transitioned into the Skills Center’s Hospitality Housekeeping program, Crystal was perfectly suited to be the program’s first vocational instructor.

Sandy Weitkamp, BCI

Sandy Weitkamp
Benefits Case Manager

Sandy Weitkamp joined BCI in 2018 after working as a Vocational Rehabilitation Counselor in St. Charles and St. Louis counties for over 25 years. She has worked directly with Social Security, Medicaid, Medicare, and Ticket to Work programs and is one of the leading disability benefits experts in our region. In 2022, she earned her certification as a Work Incentives Practitioner (WIP-C). Knowing that work incentives pave the way to work and financial independence for those receiving public benefits, Sandy is available to anyone living with a disability who would like to start or return to work. Appointments are free and can be booked at calendly.com/bcibenefitsplanning.