“Other things may change us,
but we start and end with family.”
~ Anthony Brandt
Peggy McGuire | Director of Child and Family Development – Project HELP
I had the privilege of being the Executive Director for Project HELP for 3 years and now have the expanded role and title as Director of Child and Family Development with the YWCA Metropolitan Chicago.
My life long passion is about giving children the best start in life and helping families provide an optimal environment in which their children can thrive and succeed. I have dedicated 28 years to this mission: first having the privilege of serving as the director of foster care for a national adoption agency for 12 years; then serving as the coordinator for the Parents as Teacher’s Program, a home visitation program for vulnerable families through the DuPage County Regional Office of Education, for 13 years; and now as the executive director of Project HELP.
I am exceptionally proud to work with our amazing staff, board of directors, team of volunteers, and our community partners to share in the work we are doing for the community. Project HELP is truly a resource for all parents who have the desire to strengthen their families!
Sofia Bobak | Program Manager
I am a graduate from Valparaiso University and earned an individualized bachelor’s degree in Social and Human Behavior Studies. My role at Project HELP has been a perfect fit for my desire to work for an organization that impacts and makes a difference in people’s lives. I enjoy being a part of this compassionate team that is dedicated to helping families.
Katherine Layden | Lead Community Counselor
I am grateful to be a member of Project HELP and enjoy working with such a mission driven team. I have several years of community outreach experience, connecting with a variety of individuals as a Community Counselor. I graduated from National-Louis University with a M.S. in Community Counseling. I am also a National Certified Counselor (NCC) and a Licensed Professional Counselor (LPC). I am committed to supporting Project HELP, the community and the parents and children within it. I strive to empower parents and provide support that will help to strengthen their children’s emotional and social development and to enhance the family as a whole.
Estefania Palafox, MSW | Lead Bilingual Social Worker
As a first generation Mexican American born to parents who immigrated to the United States from Mexico for a better life, my goal at Project HELP is to impact the lives of families to open the doors to opportunities and reach their greatest potential. I graduated from Governors State University with my Master’s in Social Work. I am committed to utilizing my experience and education in order to best serve the diverse families in our community.
Eréndira Loza Navarro | Bilingual Family and Community Specialist
I was born in Mexico City and I have a major in International Relations from the Mexico National University, UNAM. I worked in the logistics industry until I got married at age 25 to my Canadian husband and relocated to Toronto. Due to my husband’s corporate transfers, I had the unique opportunity to live in Basel Switzerland, Nutley NJ, Toronto Ontario and Chicago since 2010. I am a mom of 4 beautiful children. For the past 7 years, I devoted my career to advocate for the Latino community. I consider all children, our children. I am passionate to bring all the programs necessary to them and their families to make their childhood and upbringing the best possible experience, improving their life and creating opportunities. I believe it is important we play a strong role in the children’s wellbeing and development through our community support.
I had been a Parent Mentor Volunteer for a number of years and was asked to join the Board and provide input from a mentor’s perspective. I love being a Parent Mentor, but my service on the Board has given me new insights into the organization and what it takes to keep a non-profit going in Naperville. Both experiences have been eye-opening and challenging and, at the end of the day, well worth my time when I see the good Project HELP does in our community.
Four years ago while searching for volunteer opportunities, I attended a Project HELP open house. Hearing one client’s story of how the parent mentor helped transform her life convinced me to join this small but amazing organization. Since then I have mentored four families and joined the Board in 2014. Our long-term 1-1 commitment to families, coupled with the positive approach to our programs, helps real change happen. And I love being able to apply my professional experience and expertise to such a meaningful cause right here in my community.
I am an Equity Partner at Ancel Glink Diamond Bush DiCianni and Krafthefer, PC where I specialize in representing units of local government including municipalities, park districts, school districts, townships, libraries, and special agencies. I am a 1988 graduate of the Harvard Law School, a 1985 graduate of Wheaton College, and a 1981 graduate of Waubonsie Valley High School.
I have served as Chairman of the Naperville Plan Commission and volunteered for many community groups. My wife Suzyn and I have 2 children, Nick and Annie.
I joined Project HELP because there is no more important force in creating great citizens than parenting. The Naperville in which I grew up and now live has always recognized the importance of family. Project HELP has a proven record of making a positive difference in the lives of families throughout DuPage County.
In 2015 I learned of Project HELP through a partnership with the Naperville Area Chamber of Commerce Women in Business Group. I have now been a parent mentor since October 2015 and joined the board of directors in 2016.
I have lived in the Aurora area with my daughter since 2007 and have spent my career as a manager and financial advisor in financial services and wealth management. I am passionate about making the world we live in a better place.
Having spent the last 20 years of my career as Executive Director of 3 children’s museums, I see first-hand the power of the parent-child learning partnership. I am so pleased, in my role as President and CEO of the DuPage Children’s Museum, to have been introduced to the extraordinary work of Project HELP and to partner with them in supporting parents as they navigate these critical first years of a child’s life. New to Illinois, I have been looking for an opportunity to serve on a board of a non-profit dedicated to supporting families in our region. Project HELP met all my criteria: exceptional staff; strong leadership; and a research-based program with positive results and data driven outcomes.
On a personal note, the mentoring program is a great fit for me, making visible on a weekly basis, the results of my volunteer efforts. I am very grateful to be a part of this organization and look forward to sharing my skills in finance, organizational and fund development, as well as strategic planning, to my new role as Board Member.
Shelley Bromberek-Lambert | YWCA Metropolitan Chicago – Chief Reimagination Officer
Shelley Bromberek-Lambert has spent over 30 years in the field of education helping organizations solve complex problems by creating and implementing practical, effective strategies and processes that leverage their number one asset – their people. Shelley is a person who is guided by organizational mission and vision and knows how to translate those principles into strategic and practical applications that strengthens the organizations she works with. As a passionate education leader Shelley is an active member of National Afterschool Association were she currently serves as the Past Chairman of their Board of Directors. She is also involved at the local level as a member of the Advisory Board for Masters of Non Profit Management & Leadership Program at North Central College, and as a member of the DuPage Regional Collaborative steering committee. She also sits on two corporate boards for Reflections Sciences and Right At School. Her work in the field has been recognized with numerous awards such as Richard Scofield Award for Exemplary Service and Leadership in the Afterschool Profession, and Excellence In Leadership Initiatives to name a few. Prior to joining the YWCA she was the Chief Operating Officers for Knowledge Universe overseeing operations across the United States and in India. She received a bachelor’s degree in Public Administration from Northern Illinois University.
Terri Nystrom | Clark Dog Media- President
Terri has decades of Experience in marketing, business development, executive leadership, sales and launching new endeavors. She successfully ran a $150 million dollar sales organization selling print and technology communication services. She was the Owner of a Painting Franchise-built the territory from scratch responsible for: estimating operations, financial, sales & marketing and staffing. She launched her own Social Media/Marketing Consulting Business in 2017 serving clients from a large variety of clients and provides each client with a tailored marketing strategy for their business. Terri also is one of Project HELP’s Parent Mentors.
Dan DeBoo | Berkshire Hathaway Home Services KoenigRubloff Realty Group -Realtor & Broker
Since 2007 Dan has been helping home Buyers and Sellers in the Western suburbs of Chicago. Dan is also a committed member of the Exchange Club of Naperville. A National service organization whose mission is to prevent child abuse and domestic violence through programs provided by social service organizations. He is a former Exchange Club of Naperville President 2015-2016, Ribfest Steering Committee and has been a member since 2008. Dan DeBoo won Exchangeite of the Year in 2016. Dan has taken on many leadership roles in the Exchange Club. During his first 8 years with the Exchange Club, Dan served on the Ribfest Committee 2009, Ribfest Security Committee 2010 and 2011, Ribfest Vendor Committee 2012, Ribfest Logistics Group 2013. He has been on the Exchange Club Membership committee for the past 3 years and has been a Board of Directors member from 2011 to present. He was also Ribfest Chair in 2014.
Diane Simmons | 21 Century Affiliated – Realtor, Property Manager, Commercial sales and management
It takes a year of planning and more than 4,000 volunteers to pull off Naperville’s Ribfest. As the 2017 Ribfest Chair, Diane overseed all aspects of this four-day event. She began preparing for her role years ago. Technically, Ribfest chair is a four-year commitment. The first two years you serve on the steering committee, the third year you are in charge and the fourth year you advise. Diane has been a member of the Exchange Club for more than twenty-three years. During that time, she has chaired almost all the other events they sponsor.
Diane is a mother of three and lifelong Naperville resident. After graduating from Benet Academy she attended the University of Wisconsin-Whitewater and earned a degree in elementary education. When she isn’t spending countless hours volunteering, she works in commercial real estate and property management for Century 21.
Jeanne Naughton | Panduit- Strategic Program Manager
Jeanne works for the Greater Chicago Area Electrical/Electronic Manufacturing company, Panduit. She has been working for Panduit for over 12 years. Her previous position at Panduit includes Global Supply Chain Manager, managing supply chains for 13 warehouses. She went to Northern Illinois University and majored in Operations Management. Jeanne has a lot to offer, wanted to get involved because her kids are independent now, and her family was involved and has history in Naperville.
Karole Colangelo | Director of Communications, North America at GHD
Karole was a highly strategic and forward-thinking corporate communications leader experienced in crisis communications situations, corporate evolutions, strategy and planning, PR, content development, and team leadership. She has applied numerous industry tools and skills to help organizations withstand and thrive following crisis and evolutions. Karole is a positive and thoughtful leader experienced in traditional and digital marketing/communications.
Her true passion is storytelling and community relations. There is no better way to communicate the value of a service or product than through a well told story. She is curious and enjoy learning new ways to tell stories – whether that is through visuals or written word. For her, the best way to learn is by doing. Jumping in and experiencing new technologies, industries and platforms helps her grow professionally. She was a working manager who enjoys both leading and implementing programs. Karole is currently in job transition to outside the corporate world.
Karole went to University of Iowa for her Bachelor’s degree in Journalism, Business and got her Masters in Marketing Communications at Roosevelt University.
Christine KickelS | College of DuPage Library – Reference Librarian for Business, Paralegal, Career Services and Philanthropy
Christine has been working at the College of DuPage for 20 years. Christine has experience as a Board Member of Giving DuPage for 6 years and as a Board Member for the Lemont Public Library for 5 years.
Christine Kickels sees hope for a better future in the students she assists every day. As a COD reference librarian and manager of the College’s Philanthropy Collection, Christine meets students with passion for their communities, a desire to effect change and a commitment to service. She also sees a little bit of herself in today’s college student.
Volunteering was part of her family structure. Her parents included volunteering in family activities and taught us that everyone could help in some way. One of her first volunteer activities was working at the local library. It was there that she blended her desire to help with her eventual career path. She was mentored and given a lot of support by the people she worked with. She was always thankful for that opportunity and understand how important it is to invest in young people. Because someone believed in her, she is paying it forward, giving back to COD students and mentoring those seeking information about volunteerism.
Patricia Anderson | Golden Clover- CEO and Co-Founder
Golden Clover is an online fundraising platform and consulting services organization. It maximizes the fundraising effort of organizations giving back to their community. Golden Clover’s online fundraising platforms allows those who want to change the world to concentrate on serving others while Golden Clover streamlines their fundraising efforts.
Patricia’s vision as CEO is to make it possible for anyone with an idea or cause to have access to Golden Clover’s network and tools to raise funding for their cause. Before Patricia became the co-founder and CEO of Golden Clover she specialized in growing online and ecommerce businesses: FTD, Apartments.com and Rewards Network.
Leslie Milsap | Formerly: Moving Station – Senior Vice President
Leslie worked closely with senior citizens across the country who have made the decision to move to a Continuing Care Retirement Community, making sure they have the resources and knowledge they need to make informed decisions, and reduce the stress of their move. While her office was in downtown Chicago, they help folks from Maine to California and everywhere in between. Leslie worked at Moving Station for 18 years. Leslie recently made a transition leaving the corporate world and is interested in doing something different. Her children are independent now and she wants to explore different opportunities.