Get to Know Us


Verna Webb, Executive Director

Making people with disabilities feel important has been Verna's dream since she was a young child. As Verna was growing up, she went to work with her mother, Helen Anderson, who ran a family business for individuals with developmental disabilities. Verna grew up playing with her friends with disabilities, and eventually worked in her family's facilities, while attending college to be a special education teach. The love for individuals with developmental disabilities is engrained in Verna. Verna taught special education and worked in school administration for twenty years. As Assistant Principal at Carterville K-8, Verna fought for the education and rights of the students with disabilities. 

Ronald Mertz, Assistant Director

Ron is our 22 year veteran! He's won awards for float design at Herrin Festa Italiana for over 10 years! He's our financial planner, event organizer, safety specialist, teacher, and chairman of our Human Rights and Behavior Management Committee. Ron's ambitions are to promote independence and continue the legacy of the Our Directions' philosophy. 

Imelda Liong, QIDP/Senior Building Supervisor

Imelda is a 20 year veteran with Our Directions. She is a Southern Illinois-Carbondale graduate with a Bachelors Degree in Psychology with a Minor in Sociology. Imelda loves working with people with developmental disabilities and helping them to grow and learn every day!