Open Connections

  • 2019 Staff

Rick Sleutaris

Co-Director, Facilitator

Rick is a Co-director of OC, facilitates in the Wednesday Choice Programs and coordinates the new Makerspace. Rick joined the staff in 2004. A wearer of many hats, Rick spends the majority of his time overseeing the financial side of OC (from bookkeeping to financial planning, and everything in between). Rick is also in charge of OC’s IT needs and many of the community events that happen at OC.


Rick received his B.S. Degree in Mechanical Engineering from Penn State and an M.B.A. from the University of Delaware.


Rick worked at W.L. Gore and Associates, the maker of Gore-Tex®, for seven years before serving as a Peace Corps volunteer with his wife, Jane, in Macedonia. (Gore is noted for pioneering self-managed work teams.) Upon their return, they moved to Washington, D.C., where Rick worked at the national headquarters of Red Cross for three years, after which he found his "dream job" at Open Connections in 2004.


Rick likes to spend time with his wife and two youth, both of whom attend OC. He also finds time to play guitar, read, jog, bike, and play logic games.