• About Us

    About Us


Search is a community-based nonprofit. Our programs serve more than 350 individuals and their families annually at locations stretching from the Lincoln Square neighborhood in Chicago to the northern suburbs of Evanston, Skokie, Morton Grove and Mount Prospect. Search has provided high-quality services and supports for individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities since 1968. Our services include supported living arrangements, adult learning and employment programs, as well as medical, behavioral, therapy and home-based services.


Search empowers people with intellectual and developmental disabilities to achieve their full potential, accept a valued role in their community and lead rich, rewarding lives.


Search’s vision is of a world where all people live, learn, work and play alongside one another, bringing their unique abilities to the community.


Search got its start in 1968 as a grassroots movement of parents in the Cabrini Green neighborhood of Chicago advocating for the inclusion of their children into the public school system. Standing up against the segregation of people with disabilities from their communities is core to our legacy.

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Board of Directors

Alan Nadolna, Chair
The Associates Group

Pete Petersen, Vice Chair

Tim Waryas, Treasurer

John Friedland, Secretary

Suzanne Averill
The Associates Group

Ray Covyeau
Real Estate Broker

Leo Durkacz

Ken Jenero
Holland & Knight

Kandace Lenti
Wintrust Bank

Thomas Nathan
Munday & Nathan

Paul Pappageorge
Ashland Capital Advisors

Katie Schmid
NorthShore University Health System

Karen Seabury
Aeris Insight Inc.

Cory Gumm
Chief Executive Officer, Search Inc.

Greg Petersen
President and Chief Executive Officer, Keystone Alliance
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Accreditation & Licensure

Search, Inc. is licensed by the Illinois Department of Human Services and is accredited by the Council on Quality and Leadership (CQL).

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Partnerships & Funders

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Our Alliance

The Keystone Alliance was founded in 2009 through a unique partnership between two like-minded nonprofits with similar missions, Glenkirk and Search, Inc. The Keystone Alliance was created in the interest of generating administrative efficiencies and sharing best practices. Today, Search’s administrative overhead is just 8.5% of its total expenses. Glenkirk and Search have benefited greatly from sharing innovations and best practices with one another.

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