DuPagePads Welcomes Four New Members to Board of Directors
Recently, DuPagePads welcomed four new members to the agency’s Board of Directors. Read about why they wanted to be part of our solution to end homelessness:
Lauren DeJong, Senior Vice-President, Senior Trust Officer with U.S. Trust, Bank of America Private Wealth Management
Lauren has served on DuPagePads Development Committee for the past year. Lauren is detail-oriented, with a wealth of knowledge on legal issues and corporate governance, and looking to advance the agency’s goals with these skills. Community-focused, she has lived in DuPage County for over 40 years.
“I believe DuPagePads fulfills a very important role in our community, not only in the work it does, but also in the awareness it brings to the issue of homelessness and its prevalence, even in wealthier communities, such as DuPage County.”
Mary Ann Kosinski, Senior Mortgage Adviser at Peoples Home Equity
Mary Ann has volunteered for fundraisers, drives and service opportunities through her church. In addition to this service, she is the Vice President of her Homeowners Association Board. She is looking forward to engaging her network of friends and family with DuPagePads mission.
“I’ve always felt a pull to help people who are homeless. DuPagePads goes beyond providing emergency services by finding the root of the problem and working towards fixing it to get clients back on their feet. I love that mission! There is nothing more satisfying than hearing and seeing success stories.”
Brendan Sheehy, Equity Options Trader at Gelber Group
Brendan has been a member of DuPagePads Development Committee for the last year. Additionally, he is the Vice Chair of the Board of Trustees for the Avery Coonley School, serving on numerous development and marketing committees. He is looking forward to sharing his knowledge of finance and marketing.
“As a resident of downtown Glen Ellyn, I’ve been familiar with DuPagePads for about 10 years. I’ve seen the agency’s impact first-hand through volunteering at the overnight sites and at special events. I’m looking forward to supporting DuPagePads mission financially, through outreach and guidance.”
Richard Smolke, Owner of Quik Impressions Group, Inc.
Rick has owned Quik Impressions for 18 years and has successfully grown the business from $100,000 in sales to $3.5 million company. In addition to generously donating to local non-profits, Rick is the current President of the Hillside-Berkeley Chamber of Commerce and is on the Board of Sharing Connections.
“Looking back over the success of my professional career, I can’t help but feel blessed. With that in mind, I’m always trying to give back. DuPagePads is a great organization run by great people. I’m looking forward to bringing some ‘outside the box’ solutions and connecting my network to the mission.”