Peg Chaidez, Founder, dream build play experience and Hillcrest Parent

Peg’s experiences raising Owen taught her to never give up and to always find the good in people. Building this playground is the first step towards creating a more accessible world for Owen and children of all abilities. Peg shared her journey, Owen’s story, and the hope she found through the lives of others living with AMC in the 2013 documentary, The Sweetest Gift: Living with Arthrogryposis Multiplex Congenita. Peg and her husband Bob live in Downers Grove with their sons, Nolan, Colin, and Owen.

Owen Chaidez, Chief Inspiration Officer and Hillcrest Student

Owen was born with a rare condition called Arthrogryposis Multiplex Congenita (AMC). Owen uses a wheelchair and can walk short distances with long legged braces (KAFOs) and an arm crutch. A future paleontologist or President of the United States, Owen brings love and laughter to everyone he meets.

Bear Chaidez, Official Mascot and resident Goldendoodle

Owen’s service dog is fiercely loyal and a frequent furry face at Hillcrest. He is helping Owen become more independent by assisting him with daily tasks.

Genene Murphy, Chief Creative Officer and Hillcrest Parent
Lisa Schuh, Hillcrest PTA President and Hillcrest Parent
Erik Andrews, Hillcrest Teacher
Dr. Sharon Gregory Duncan, Abide in Me Founder and Director

Sharon completed her doctoral work at National -Louis University, Chicago, in the Disability and Equity in Education Program. She has spent over 30 years as an educator and administrator for students with disabilities in the city and suburbs of Chicago. She currently provides training to many schools and agencies in Illinois and Indiana in the areas of family support, goal writing, and curriculum implementation. She is the proud mom of three adult children and has three grandchildren. She and Dave, her husband of 35 years, love traveling, their dog Nellie, the Chicago White Sox, and hanging out with family and friends.