Ms. Roseanne Oppman, M.A.
Roseanne was elected to the Board of Directors and awarded a Robert J. Nejedlo Social Emphasis Grant from the Foundation in 2016 as a reflection and result of her professional accomplishments and continued goals. She earned her Bachelor’s degree in 1978 in education and special education from National College of Education. In 1998, she earned her Master’s degree in Human Service Counseling from National Louis University. Roseanne has twenty years of experience working as a special education teacher in grades three through high school, and fourteen years of experience as a professional school counselor in grades kindergarten through eighth grade.
Roseanne has worked with many diverse populations, and children with special needs and behavioral issues in both schools and in the community. In 2002, she was the recipient of the “Illinois Elementary School Counselor of the Year” award. In 2007, she was the recipient of the “Illinois Middle School Counselor of the Year” award. In 2019, she was the recipient of the In Her Shoes Foundation, “Women Who Change the World” award.
Her certifications include; Certified Teacher, Nationally Certified Counselor, Licensed Clinical Professional Counselor, and Clinically Certified Juvenile Treatment Specialist. Due to her strong belief in professional involvement, she serves on several professional organizational boards and committees at the local, state, and national level. She is a past-president of the Illinois Association for Child and Adolescent Counselors, past-president of the Illinois Association for Couple and Family Counseling, a liaison for the International Association for Marriage and Family Counseling, a past-president of the Illinois School Counselors Association, and the current vice-president of the Schultz Foundation for Advancing Counseling.
Roseanne is also the author of two children’s books, I Took My Mommy’s Heart To School, and In My Heart, First Day of School. She facilitates groups, parenting classes and workshops relating to behavioral issues and mental health and wellness. Roseanne works with children, adolescents, adults and families. Her strongest passion includes her work with children, adolescents, and adults who are on the autism spectrum, and children and adolescents with behavioral issues. She provides workshops in this area for parents, educators, mental health professionals, and other community organizations. She has become a recognized resource for educators, therapists, and doctors who have heard of her work with individuals on the Autism Spectrum. Roseanne works with her clients and their family members to empower and guide the entire family towards cohesiveness.
Roseanne believes that walking with her clients on their journey to wellness provides them with hope, encouragement, and empowerment for a healthy and productive future.