“Other things may change us,
but we start and end with family.”
~ Anthony Brandt


Peggy McGuire | Director of Child and Family Development

Peggy_0016-webI 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 overseeing three home visiting programs. My lifelong 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 over 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 then as the executive director of Project HELP. I am exceptionally proud to work with our amazing staff, board of directors, a team of volunteers, and our community partners to share in the work we are doing for the community. Strong Families (formerly Project HELP) is truly a resource for all parents who have the desire to strengthen their families!


Tim Baynes |  Strong Families Service Manager

Biography to be added.


Theresa Taylor, MSW | Bilingual Social Worker

I earned my Bachelor’s degree in Social Work at the University of Puerto Rico and my Master’s degree in Social Work Administration from Inter-American University of Puerto Rico. During my academic experiences, I had the opportunity to enhance many skills through Student Associations, Internships, and Volunteering projects. In addition, working as a Field Interviewer contributed towards the recognition of the importance of diversity, inclusion, and self-determination which are key to facing different challenges. I believe that every person can reach their potential and Project HELP gives me the opportunity to serve, guide, and enhance the lives of many children and families.


Nicole Lopez | Community Outreach and Parent Mentor Specialist

Biography to be added.


Alexis Faber |  Bilingual Parent Mentor Specialist

Biography to be added.






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 where 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 Volunteer Parent Mentors and manages Project HELP’s social media.

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, and wanted to get involved because her kids are independent now, and her family was involved and has a history in Naperville.

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 allow 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 e-commerce businesses:  FTD, Apartments.com, and Rewards Network.

Karen Tulloch | ITW – Vice President, Corporate Human Resources

Karen Tulloch is the Vice President, Corporate Human Resources for ITW, a Fortune 200 global multi-industrial manufacturing leader with revenues totaling $14.8 billion in 2018.

Karen joined ITW in 2008 as the Group Human Resources Director for the global Automotive industrial segment where she led the introduction of talent management and leadership development practices as well as the human resources integration of multiple business acquisitions. In her current role, she leads enterprise-wide Human Resources functions, including Compensation, Benefits, HR Operations and Services, and Employee Relations. Karen’s experience prior to ITW includes senior HR roles in customer service, financial services, and retail businesses.

She earned a bachelor’s degree from the University of North Carolina in Greensboro.

Karen served on the Board of Directors of the YWCA Metropolitan Chicago from 2010 to 2018 and is a Director Emeritus.

Catrina Payne | Wipfli – CPA Partner

Catrina Payne has over 25 years of experience in public accounting working with businesses and their owners to facilitate the achievement of both financial and non-financial goals. Catrina has provided specialization in accounting, auditing, tax, business advisory, and chief financial officer (CFO) services. She provides strategic and timely direction to a diverse client base in the service, manufacturing, and construction industries.

Catrina went to Northeastern Illinois University and majored in accounting. Catrina is married and has four daughters. She enjoys traveling and spending time with family and friends.

Robert Anderson | Retired after being a DuPage County Judge for 28 years

Robert Anderson is a retired DuPage County Circuit Judge. He graduated from Loyola University of Chicago with a B.A. Degree and a J.D. Degree. Bob spent most of his career as a Judge working with children and families. While serving as a Judge, Bob was honored for his work in violence prevention, promoting education, his work on domestic violence issues and on juvenile issues. He is an adjunct professor at Loyola University School of Law where he teaches Family Law. He is a Past President of the Illinois Judges Association and, previously served as the Chair of the DuPage County Circuit Court Family Violence Coordinating Council. He is lucky enough to be married to Irene Bahr, a Past President of the Illinois State Bar Association. They have three wonderful grown children and two adorable grandsons. Bob is honored to be able to continue to help children and families by serving on the Advisory Board of Project HELP.


William Hassett | The Helix Advisors Group Senior Member and Subject Matter Expert

Bill provides consulting services to nonprofits in the areas of capital accumulation, governance, and strategy, especially diversifying revenue streams and making sure that the mission is aligned to the market and to funder demands. He has been a CFO in the nonprofit sector and also a partner in a national CPA firm with a practice in affordable housing and commercial real estate.

His nonprofit board service includes the affordable housing, education, social enterprise, and senior adult sectors. That service has included development, governance, membership, strategy, finance and audit, real estate, and executive committees, including board chair, treasurer, secretary, and numerous committee chair positions. He has developed strategy and managed processes around executive succession, including developing specific plans, developing position descriptions, interview and offer meetings, and onboarding successful candidates.