Michael VanDekreke is the RTA’s Director of Mobility Services. He oversees management of the Mobility Management program, including the RTA’s Travel Training program, the ADA Paratransit Certification Program and customer service.
VanDekreke joined the RTA more than 10 years ago, working as a social worker and then as a travel trainer. In this role, he taught individuals with disabilities and older adults how to use the CTA, Metra and Pace buses and trains. Mr. VanDekreke was then promoted to Manager of the Mobility Management department. He was named to his current position in 2014.
Prior to joining the RTA, VanDekreke was in private practice as a psychotherapist and worked with the Pride Institute conducting individual, couples and group counseling. He also managed multiple programs serving more than 400 children and families with disabilities during his tenure at the United Cerebral Palsy of Will County. VanDekreke currently serves on the board of the Association of Travel Instruction.
VanDekreke earned his Bachelor of Science in Social Work from Illinois State University and Master of Social Work from the University of Illinois at Chicago. He is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker and lives in McHenry County with his husband and five dogs.