Biography of Randi Gillespie, Director Special Needs Services
At Oak Wealth Advisors, Randi counsels families with special needs members and develops the materials that are used to assist them in maximizing their opportunities. Her passion, training, and experience provide her with a unique set of skills for connecting with our clients and delivering strategies.In April of 2014, the Northern Suburban Special Recreation Association honored Randi and her family as their 2014 Family of the Year. That same month, Parents.com sought out Randi’s expertise for their article on babies born with special needs. Later in 2014, Randi penned an op-ed that was published in the Chicago Tribune titled, “A boy, his sister and Down syndrome.” Randi and her family continue to be featured in the Northbrook papers as community leaders and advocates for those within the disability community.
Randi’s background includes a variety of roles supporting and leading organizations that serve disadvantaged members of the community. Among her accomplishments is her rapid rise to the role of Executive Director of Alliance Human Services which provides services to at-risk youth in the foster care system. She has also served on the Board of Directors of the National Association for Down Syndrome (NADS) and was a founding member of GIGI’s Chicago Board of Directors. As the mother of three children, including a daughter with Down syndrome, Randi has first-hand experience raising a special needs child and navigating the support network.
She earned her undergraduate degree in psychology and communications from Bradley University and her Master’s degree in counseling services from Rider University. Randi, her husband, and their three children live in Northbrook.