board of directors
Dave has lived in Barrington and worked at CIBC US, formerly The PrivateBank, for over 20 years in various roles. Recently, Dave took the lead on a project to develop cross-border banking for CIBC, so Canadians could open a new checking account in the US online and instantaneously.
Married to his wife Cindy for over 25 years, they spend much of their time with their four children at their activities; namely high school soccer club with their youngest who is the only one left at home full-time. Dave loves spending as much time as possible with his new grandson and at holiday gatherings he’d rather sit at the kids table. It’s no secret that Dave loves families and is passionate about advocating for the ones in need.
Dave previously volunteered with Awana Club, served on the Board of Directors of A Safe Place in Lake County and his family raised puppies for Leader Dogs for the blind, out of Rochester, Michigan.
Chad has a diverse background including private club management, athletic training, and ministry. Currently the General Manager at the Winter Club of Lake Forest, he oversaw the construction and development of a golf course that opened ranked as one of the top ten courses in the country.
Why choose to be on the board at Fellowship? Chad says, “As a devoted follower of Christ, I know that I am a broken and flawed person. If it were not for God’s grace my brokenness would define me. I appreciate that Fellowship Housing is a place where families see God’s grace on display as they learn too that they are not defined by their circumstances.”
Outside of work and Fellowship Housing, Chad is a husband to his amazing wife Charlsie, and a father to a fantastic daughter, Quinn. He loves live music and small social gatherings.
Chad’s passion for serving people and helping organizations thrive in addition to his business experience are an asset to the Fellowship Housing board.
Mona is an entrepreneur working in commercial real estate as well as other types of investments. She has been a volunteer with Fellowship Housing since 2008 and has a true passion for the moms and the program.
Laura is presently Director, Asset Management for Westmount Realty Capital, a privately held industrial and multi-family real estate owner and operator based in Dallas. Laura has over 20 years of commercial real estate experience representing Landlords and Tenants in suburban Chicago. Laura graduated with honors from University of Illinois with a B.S. in Business Administration and from the University of Chicago with an MBA in Finance. Laura is a native of Libertyville and she currently resides with her husband and college aged sons in Northbrook. She and her husband have a blended family which includes 2 daughters and 4 sons. Laura has a passion for helping the homeless and she believes FHC helps give moms the tools to re-make their lives and set a good example for future generations.
Luis has been an airline captain for United Parcel Service for over 10 years, allowing him to move goods for people all around the world.
Luis’ faith in Christ, strong knowledge of financial literacy and belief in the power of financial independence spurred his friends at Fellowship’s to invite Luis onto the board.
Luis’ time away from work is spent with his incredible wife Helen and their wonderful children, Anna, Luis and Gabby who take up most of his time when they’re home. Luis enjoys spending time with his extended family and close friends, being outside in the sun, and most kinds of exercise. Relaxing with a bourbon and a cigar is one of his favorite treats.
Luis confesses, although many would consider him quite frugal, he was a financial mess before meeting his wife, Helen. She taught Luis one of the most valuable lessons in life (which he now enjoys sharing at Fellowship Housing); happiness can be achieved much more easily when you live within your means.
Ashlee works as the Teaching and Formation Pastor at Mars Hill Bible Church in Grand Rapids, Michigan. She graduated from the University of Southern California with a degree in International Relations and holds a Maters in Organizational Leadership from Judson University as well as a certificate in Spiritual Formation from Moody Bible Institute. Ashlee’s first book with WaterbrookMultnomah entitled Human(Kind): How Reclaiming Human Worth and Embracing Radical Kindness Will Bring Us Back Together releases in April 2020.
Ashlee truly believes in the power of family connectedness and that for a family to provide and leave a legacy for generations to come is one of the greatest gifts one can give to his or her loved ones. She is also passionate about uplifting and engaging women’s voices and says, “empowering single moms in local communities will only make our society stronger!” She feels that being able to make decisions and implement vision to this end through collaboration, teamwork, and a Christ-centered perspective is a huge honor.
In her spare time, Ashlee enjoys reading, CrossFit, live music, adventuring to new restaurants and tacking home improvement projects. In fact, her favorite home improvement show is Fixer Upper and her grandmother’s home was featured in season 5. She also serves as a coach for Women Speaker’s Collective. Most importantly she is a mom to three beautiful kids and wife to an amazing husband (who fully support that her love languages are chocolate and bacon)!
Jeff is a partner in the law firm of Robinson Payne LLC, where he focuses his practice on business, estate planning, and non-profit law. Jeff’s favorite part of his practice is helping create non-profit organizations and qualifying them as tax-exempt entities with the IRS; he has helped his clients create dozens of charitable organizations that are providing much-needed services all over the world.
Jeff firmly believes that people are the hands and feet of Jesus, and has served on the boards of numerous charitable organizations. Currently, in addition to Fellowship Housing, Jeff serves on the board of Partners for Our Communities, a backbone organization providing access to services for underserved individuals and families in the Palatine, Rolling Meadows, and Hoffman Estates areas.
Jeff has been married to his wife Angela for over 30 years and they live in Palatine with their 2 sons, Joseph and Andrew. Jeff and his family are actively involved at Willow Creek Community Church, where Jeff serves on the Welcome Center and photography teams.
Jeff was born and raised in Denver, Colorado. Even though he has now lived in the Chicago area longer than he lived in Denver, he has refused to adopt any of the Chicago sports teams and still doesn’t like Chicago winters.
Mike is Partner with Hamilton Partners, a full service real estate development and investment company headquartered in Itasca with responsibilities including management, leasing, development and sales for a portfolio of approximately 2 million clients in San Francisco and the Chicago suburbs.
Mike also developed the HSBC North American Headquarters in Mettawa, IL which is a 576,000 SF office building that received the 2008 Green Development of the Year Award from the National Association of Office and Industrial Parks (NAIOP).
Mike believes that all people are created in God's image and deserve an opportunity to succeed in this life. He also believes that to whom much is given much more is expected. He says, “The families in Fellowship are the working poor who slip through the typical government safety nets and need our help to learn the skills necessary to break through to independence.”
The loving father of four beautiful children and two grandchildren and happily married to my wonderful wife of almost 39 years, Mike still cries at the movie Old Yeller or when publicly speaking about his family and faith. When not working, Mike enjoys golfing, biking, skiing and traveling as well as spending time with family and friends.
Lori has lived in the Barrington area for the last 8 years with her husband Kevin and three kids Casey (22), Connor (16) and Colby (14). Lori is very involved at Willow Creek Community Church and serves as a section leader and on the planning team for the Practice. She is currently developing and administering a spiritual formation certificate program for Moody Bible Institute. Lori was previously on staff with Fellowship Housing as a Case Manager. She has seen the life transformation happen with the families of Fellowship and is excited to be on the board.