No one is related, we swear....
John is a lifelong resident of Rockford, IL and a true middle child (He literally wrote the book on mediation!!) His career was spent in public service, notably working for the state of Illinois as well as serving as the Winnebago County Board Chairman. The father of four, he credits his lovely daughters for his silver fox look, and his son for his computer prowress (Kris makes Dad look good). John turned his love for cigars, friends, wine, bocce, and "the club" into the charity you see today, and is excited about his ideas of events to come. In his retirement, John can be found hiding love notes to his bride, Miechelle, teasing his sisters, and guessing which color shirt Darrell is going to wear on any given day.
Niki Terranova is a clinical psychologist specializing in female reproductive health and trauma in the Veteran's Affairs Women's Clinic at the Tennessee Valley Health Care System in Nashville TN. She is an active member of her alumni board, volunteers as a mentor for high school students, and raises money for St. Judes. She is an avid reader, enjoys challenges, and is always training for the next half marathon. When she isn't reading or running, Niki can be found at Orange Theory, or hanging out with her best friend Harlan, her gorgeous cat, Cinder, and her patient and loving soulmate, David.
Jeff is presently employed at Polo Community High School, in Polo, IL. He is the High School Social Science & Special Education Teacher, 504 Plans - Case Manager and Assistant High School Football Coach & Girls Softball Coach.
Jeff retired from the State of Illinois after 27 years, all working with at-risk youths and their families. Past jobs include: Illinois Department of Corrections / Juvenile Justice, Former Warden at Illinois Youth Centers' - St. Charles, Warrenville, & Murphysboro, Former Juvenile Parole Agent for the Northern District, and the Special Needs Unit, Illinois Department of Children & Family Services, Former Child Abuse & Neglect Investigator. Jeff is also the Former Village President of Durand, IL. Too cool for a picture, he's best seen live.
Sam and John have been friends for a long time. He has nothing else to say. Anyone else hear that? It was a mic drop.
Darrell, a resident of Rockford, IL, has been married to his wife for 56 years, with two children and two grandchildren. He graduated from Southern Illinois University with a Bachelor's in Psychology and a Master's on Rehabilitation. Darrell is a Veteran of the U.S. Army serving from 1970-1972. He worked for the Dept. of Corrections for approximately 28 years in the parole and community service divisions. Little known fact, Darrell likes frequent texts and to dress "twinsies" with John.
Kris Kopel grew up in Rockford, Illinois and graduated from Bradley University (Peoria) with a degree in Electrical Engineering in 2001. He has worked for Micron Technology ever since. He lives in Boise, Idaho with his wife Katie and two children, Connor and Katelyn. Next to his wife and children, Kris adores his three sisters and likes to text and call them daily.
Candice is currently on tour with the Revivalists.
Lou has been in healthcare administration and payment policy for over 30 years. He is active in the lay ministry at St. Anthony of Padua parish in Rockford, IL and is a professed Secular Franciscan. He is the father of nine children and blessed with a loving extended family. Lou is also deadly at paintball, always up for an adventure, and has played with the Yankees (seriously, he's got the video!)
Miechelle (the one on the left) is the proud mom of four, grown, kind and giving children, and seven beautiful grandchildren. Far from retired, she is blessed to volunteer at a local food pantry and give time to her church. She currently visits the elderly in an assisted living facility and frequents the homes of a few close friends in need. She has a loving husband, John, who inspires her giving and is the founder and president of HKFF.
Sara is an attorney at the Illinois Environmental Protection Agency. An Aries in both birth and temperment, she enjoys playing with fire, long bubble baths after a hard day, and Disney movies.