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Michael Schack

Michael E. Schack was born in 1945 at Patuxent River NAS, Maryland, graduated from Quigley Seminary in 1963, DePaul University (BA) in 1968, Northeastern Illinois (MA) in 1972, and the University of Notre Dame (MBA) in 2004.  

Mr. Schack served as a Commissioned Naval Flight Officer in Pensacola, Florida in 1968. His career of more than 40 years includes teaching and administering special education and alternative programs for severally challenged children.  

He is the Founder and CEO of the Joseph Academy Corporation, an Illinois Non-Profit special educational organization serving seriously marginalized children from the Chicago area. Mr. Schack has served as the President of NAPSEC, the National Association of Private Special Education Centers in Washington D.C., and Chairperson of a national outcomes committee in collaboration with 180 special education centers.  

As a member of the Illinois Funding Task Force, Mr. Schack co-authored a Financial Report for the education of disabled children, which included a $3.5 billion budget. He received the Thomas Jefferson Award from NBC Channel 5 in Chicago for distinguished service. Michael is delighted to be working for and contributing to the mission of the Jesuit Refugee Service/USA Board.