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About Us

listening, patience,
& respect for all

Our History

Opportunities Unlimited of Erie (OU) is a registered 501(c)(3) nonprofit corporation formed in July of 2006 by the board of Stairways Behavioral Health in order to provide job training and employment opportunities for people with mental illness.

Today, Opportunities Unlimited of Erie is now under new management – including Executive and Associate Directors that bring a wealth of industry knowledge & experience. OU’s overall goal is to assist those individuals who participate in the Occupational and Vocational Rehabilitation program (OVR) to match each individual and their skills set, with each potential employer’s specific need to fulfill everyone’s greatest expectations.

Opportunities Unlimited Client steaming dress pants

What Sets Us Apart

Our values make us different from the rest! We’re not just a job placement service; we provide all the training and skills individuals need to start their career. And we do it all with kindness, without forgetting our core values.

At OU we believe every individual has the possibility of leading a productive and successful life and that everyone has the potential to engage in meaningful employment. We believe in the virtues of listening, patience, and respect for all and welcome the unique talents and diverse experience of our clients and employees.

Our Team

Marquis Wallace
Executive Director
Andrea Baker
Public Relations & Development Coordinator
Jason Nowacinski
Associate Director
Amanda Anderson
Career Readiness Specialist

Our Board Members

The Opportunities Unlimited Board oversees the organization to further push our mission. Our Board of Directors exhibit the following: leadership, organizational mission, conscientious recruitment of new board members, attention to policy and planning, participation in fundraising, maintaining a professionally and demographically diverse board, effective governance practices, and responsible fiscal management.

Interested in taking on the role of an OU of Erie board member? Contact us today!

Elizabeth Edwards

Patricia Kennedy


W. Russell McDaid

Callie Arney

Donor Opportunities

Opportunities Unlimited is only able to keep our job training and employment services open with the support of the community. By donating, you’re becoming a partner in our mission to restore hope to Erie individuals and families. By your donations we can help place more individuals into jobs in our community.