Meet  Our  Staff

Charles Warner - Executive Director

Chuck comes to Faith Community Homes with a background in social work that spans many areas. He brings to Faith Community Homes a strong commitment to the needs of people struggling to survive. He feels the mission of Faith Community Homes to reach out to low income employed families is critically important to the overall health of the communities we serve.

Sarah Harte - Program Manager

Sarah joined Faith Community Homes in May 2018. Sarah’s work experience includes Special Olympics, adult day services for people with dementia, and hospital-based day rehabilitation. She holds a master's degree in Social Service Administration, and she has volunteered at several social service organizations in Arlington Heights

Pam Van De Walle - Case Manager

Pam has worked with students at the Special Education District of Lake County (SEDOL), seniors in residential and home settings and currently with the families of FCH.  Her four years as a case manager at FCH has educated, challenged and inspired her to advocate for neighbors who are in need of not only financial mentoring but guidance and support in their everyday lives.

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• 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
Retired actuary


• 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​

Steve Gaus​

Ted McGinn


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​

Greg Ford​

Tina Richards​

Chuck Warner**​

Tim Wayman** 

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​

Donna Anderson​

Chris Farnsworth​

Mary Ann Laforet*​

Tina Richards​

Cathy Robertson*​

Claudia Starck​

Lou Walton 

The Marketing and Communications Committee plans and organizes newsletters and curates website, social media, marketing and branding material.

Chris Farnsworth/Kris Mainellis* , Co-Chairs​

Jim Mayer​

Annette Migala*​

John Sonderegger​

Claudia Starck​

Lou Walton 

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​

Jim Mayer

* 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.