Meet Our Staff
• Tim Wayman, Chair
Co-Owner of AlphaGraphics Lisle
• Greg Ford, Vice Chair
Retired assistant manager for the Village of Arlington Heights
• Chris Farnsworth, Corresponding Secretary
Retired Sales & Forecasting Coordinator
• Donna Anderson, Recording Secretary
Educator and former chair of FCH
• Paul Cochran, Treasurer
• Jane Drezen, Vice President at Village Bank and Trust, Arlington Heights
• Steve Gaus, Executive Director of the Palatine Chamber of Commerce
• Jim Mayer, Retired Kohler Company executive
• Theodore McGinn, Attorney, Lavelle Law, Ltd.
• Tina Richards, Ex-American Red Cross instructor, community volunteer Ex-financial analyst at the Federal Reserve Bank of Chicago
• John Sonderegger, Retired International Minerals & Chemical Corporation executive. Former chair and board member, Northwest Community Hospital Foundation
• Claudia Starck, Arlington Heights Realtor
• Jennifer Strimling, Retired AT&T Director
• Lou Walton, Community activist
FCH has Five Standing Committees
Each committee includes several members of the board and volunteers from the community. Please contact the FCH office if you are interested in participating.
The Advocacy Committee monitors the level of low-income housing in our community and advocates with local government and others for additional affordable housing.
Greg Ford, Chair
The Finance Committee reviews our financial position regularly and develops the operating budget for the fiscal year. This committee also engages in outside accountant for an annual review.
Paul Cochran, Chair
The Fund Development Committee plans and organizes annual events, sends a yearly appeal letter and seeks out new and innovative ways to raise funds.
Jane Drezen, Chair
Mary Ann Laforet*
The Marketing and Communications Committee plans and organizes newsletters and curates website, social media, marketing and branding material.
Chris Farnsworth/Kris Mainellis* , Co-Chairs
The Outreach Committee works to establish and maintain relations with stakeholders such as churches, service clubs, local government bodies, chambers of commerce and local businesses.
Jen Strimling, Co-Chair
* Non-FCH Board member
** Chuck Warner & Tim Wayman are ad hoc members of all committees
Volunteer mentors are trained in the skills required to work with a family for two years; two mentors are assigned to each family. An agreement for each family establishes guidelines and agreed-upon milestones that must be met during the period.
Once the foundation is laid for a successful outcome, we get in the trenches with each family to push them beyond perceived limits. Our weekly mentoring program addresses each aspect of what it takes to become financially stable and independent. Through the guidance of our mentors, families learn to budget, save and make informed, beneficial decisions.
Additionally, we work with local educational facilities to provide financial assistance for higher learning. Our community partnerships and donors are also vital resources for providing proper work attire as well as offering guidance for career advancement.
Our Board & Committees
Our Board of Directors is composed of community leaders genuinely concerned about the plight of low-income, underemployed families and are committed to finding ways to help.