MONA BOELENS, MPA

MONA BOELENS, MPA

Executive Director, Kindred Life Ministries

Mona has 25+ years of experience in the nonprofit sector specializing in Teen Pregnancy, Teen Parenting and Adoption. She began her journey with Kindred Life Ministries after serving as Executive Director and as Gurnee Site Director when the ministry operated as Teen Mother Choices. She has utilized her volunteer management, creative program planning and resource development skills along with her educational experience in Non Profit Administration to lead Kindred Life Ministries. Mona holds a Bachelors of Social Work degree from Calvin College, a Masters of Public Administration and certificate in Non-Profit Management from Roosevelt University.  Mona lives in Round Lake with her husband Erik and their 3 sons Noah, Ethan and Eli. They attend the Village Church of Gurnee, where Mona serves on the Welcome Team. Mona’s other interests include traveling, Triathlon, gardening and watching her boys at their respective sporting events!

A Note from Our Executive Director

We would love you to meet the amazing, behind-the-scenes staff that supports our direct-service team. They are made up of passionate, talented and mission-minded individuals who propel our ministry forward, and allow each of our young families to thrive.  

Are you moved to serve? We would love to hear from you.

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KATHY MITSUUCHI

KATHY MITSUUCHI

Program Services Director

Kindred Life Ministries – Main Office

Meet Kathy

Kathy began her journey with the Teen Mother Choices ministry in 2005 as a volunteer mentor and fell in love with the organization. After serving for one year as a volunteer, she joined the staff as Director of Student Services in Antioch in 2006, TMC’s third site office where she was instrumental in building key relationships with the community in its first year of serving teen moms and their children in western Lake County. Kathy holds a Bachelors of Liberal Arts degree from Northeastern Illinois University.  She adds significant value to the team with her life experience (in retail management), as a former teen mom and fellow life-learner. Kathy is a valued community networker and articulate speaker. She has been married to her husband Bill for 33 years, with whom they have 3 children – a son living in Denver and two daughters at home. They reside in Lindenhurst, where they are active members at NorthBridge Church.

JERRY RUSCITTI

JERRY RUSCITTI

Finance Director

Kindred Life Ministries – Main Office

Meet Jerry

Jerry started with Kindred Life in February 2019. He comes to us with a passion for serving teens in Christ’s name. Jerry has 10 years of accounting and finance experience with both large and small nonprofits. He holds a Bachelor’s degree in Technical Management from DeVry University. In his free time, Jerry can be found serving at his local church, Our Saviour Evangelical Free, hanging out with friends, and traveling to warmer climates.
AMANDA GRANDLIENARD

AMANDA GRANDLIENARD

Development Director

Kindred Life Ministries – Main Office

Meet Amanda

Amanda has 15 years of experience  in Residential and Commercial design and construction. She has a Bachelors of Fine Arts degree from The Illinois Institute of Art. Since her mom’s passing at the end of 2016 she has felt an especially strong call to use her skill and gifts in ministry. Her experience not only includes project management, design and sales but she also has a passion for writing and visual arts. She first became involved with Kindred Life as a volunteer at the Wheeling site and instantly felt compassion for the teen parents served. Amanda has been very involved in her local PTA, serving on the board and serving as co-president. She has served in church for many years in missions, children’s ministry, sanctuary design, and worship team. Amanda, her husband Wes, and their 3 children attend The Orchard of Arlington Heights.

KIMBERLY LURVEY

KIMBERLY LURVEY

Supervising Counselor

Kindred Life Ministries – Main Office

Meet Kim

Kimberly Lurvey joined the staff in October 2018, but has been a long time friend of Kindred Life Ministries.  She has her MSW from the University of IL (1987) and her license as a clinical social worker since 1993.  Kim began her career in social work work with couples forming their families through adoption, counseling both the placing and the adopting parents.  She then worked in family preservation and foster care, specifically for infants exposed to prenatal drugs and alcohol. Desiring to know how to meet the mental health needs of these clients lead to a change into mental health treatment, predominantly in the outpatient setting.  Throughout all of those years, her passion has been for the family and the growth and welfare of all of its members.
 
Kim is married to Kent, and is the mother of two teenagers, Christian and Charity.  She keeps busy in her home, in a small outpatient practice, and volunteering at school.  The Lurveys attend Lakeland Church where Kim is a deacon.  Her favorite pastime is genealogy and reading historical fiction.
NIKKI BEHLER

NIKKI BEHLER

Office Manager

Kindred Life Ministries – Main Office

Meet Nikki

Nikki has been with Kindred Life Ministries since December 2016. She enjoys being able to bring her passion and gift for administration to this ministry in her position as Office Manager. Before she joined Kindred Life, she had been aware of the ministry for a few years through enjoying the Chili Cook-off event at her church and contributing via the Sippy Cup campaign.

Nikki has enjoyed a varied career life which includes scientific research, teaching, IT management and administration. She holds a BSc in Zoology and a PhD in Marine Biology. She spent much of her life in her native England, moving to the states 20 years ago. She is married to Gary and mother to daughter Laurel. Nikki and her family attend Gurnee Community Church, where she is also the Director of Administration. In her spare time she enjoys photography, nature, hiking, knitting, genealogy and baking.

Kindred Life Ministries – Antioch

Meet the Antioch Area Group

We are friendly, funny, easy going, and loving. Mostly we are passionate about supporting each other and being the awesome moms and women God created us to be!

Join other teen moms and their children, each Tuesday during the school year from 6:00pm-8:00pm, as we grow together and work towards accomplishing our educational, emotional, and practical goals! Belonging to Kindred Life Antioch means you’ll have access to free services which can include counseling, financial support and life education!

Let us help support you to finish school, navigate family and community resources and meet some other terrific moms!

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SARAH LOVE

SARAH LOVE

Antioch Area Site Director

Kindred Life Ministries - Antioch

Meet Sarah

Sarah has a Bachelors in Elementary Education from Bethel College, Indiana. She spent most of her 20's living overseas as a missionary including (3) years in Kenya as a teacher at a boarding school and (1) year in Albertville, France studying French full-time and thoroughly enjoying the cheese and pastries. Prior to serving at Kindred Life Ministries, Sarah served on staff at Lakeland Church for 5 years as the Director of Assimilation. 
 
Sarah is married to Steve and they welcomed their first son, Elijah, in May 2018. Sarah enjoys the outdoors, hammocks, chocolate, hikes, her husband Steve’s cooking, game nights, a good Netflix show or book, adventures, and making new friends. 
ANNE SOPIARZ

ANNE SOPIARZ

Life Coach

Kindred Life Ministries – Antioch

Meet Anne

Anne has a passion for seeing families grow closer to each other and deeper in their faith as they journey together. She has worked in various roles in the church for 17 years and has a master’s degree in Family Ministry from Bethel Seminary. She is a student at Professional Christian Coaching Institute and is currently working toward certification through the International Coach Federation. Anne lives in the Chicagoland suburbs with her husband, Chris, and their three daughters. For fun, Anne loves to be with friends, be outside, run, play tennis, cook healthy meals, sing, read, and drink coffee. 

Kindred Life Ministries – Gurnee

Meet the Gurnee Area Group

Kindred Life Gurnee is a safe place where teen parents feel empowered through opportunities to develop as individuals and parents in a friendly and supportive environment. Our compassionate staff and dedicated volunteers come along side young families as they create and accomplish their personal goals towards independence and self-sufficiency. Enrolling in Kindred Life Gurnee means you’ll have access to free services which can include counseling, financial support, and life education! Join other teen parents and their children each Thursday during the school year from 6:00pm-8:00pm if you’re seeking a fun place to belong.

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KASIA FREEMAN

KASIA FREEMAN

Gurnee Area Site Director

Kindred Life Ministries – Gurnee

Meet Kasia

Kasia joined Kindred Life in January 2018 as the Gurnee Program Director. She holds a Bachelor of Science degree from Loyola University in Applied Psychology and an MA degree from Illinois School of Professional Psychology in Counseling. Previous counseling work experience has always included working with youth, from the days as a case manager assisting families with young children to working in a therapeutic day school as a licensed counselor facilitating group and individual therapy.

She felt a call to stay home and raise her two daughters, now ages 10 and 12.  Kasia was involved in coaching Girls on the Run, Vacation Bible School and serving in her Bible study group.  Recently, God has called her to use her gifts to serve in a more permanent capacity.  Kasia loves to spend her free time painting, creating jewelry, sewing, crocheting and cake decorating.  She lives in Gurnee with her husband Scott of 14 years and her daughters, as well as her mother, 2 dogs, a cat, a guinea pig and a bunch of fish.

BETHANY BREUM

BETHANY BREUM

Gurnee Area Counselor

Kindred Life Ministries – Gurnee

Meet Bethany

Bethany joined Kindred Life in winter 2018. She holds her Master’s in Social Work from Aurora University, a Professional Educator’s License for School Social Work, and is currently working toward her clinical licensing as a Licensed Clinical Social Worker. She has experience working with children, youth and parents in a variety of settings. Bethany is passionate about helping end the cycle of child abuse through helping educate parents, grandparents and children. Bethany loves to spread joy and encourage others. She enjoys traveling to visit friends, trying to keep plants alive, and spending time with family.

Kindred Life Ministries – Wheeling

Meet the Wheeling Area Group

Kindred Life Wheeling is a fun, encouraging, and supportive place to be! Join other teen moms and their children, each Wednesday during the school year from 6:00pm-8:00pm, as we grow together and work towards accomplishing our educational, emotional, and practical goals!

Belonging to Kindred Life Wheeling means you’ll have access to free services which can include counseling, financial support, and life education! Are you a teen parent interested in joining us? If so call or text Program Director Katie at 224-280-8286 for more information, don’t wait!

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KATIE LEHMANN

KATIE LEHMANN

Wheeling Area Site Director

Kindred Life Ministries – Wheeling

Meet Katie

Katie  joined the staff in 2014 as our Site Director for the Wheeling Area Office.  She says “What a privilege God has given to me to work for Kindred Life!  I believe that in this position I will be able to combine my passion for serving, in Jesus’ name, with my love for teenagers.” Katie holds a degree in education and has worked as a PE and Drivers Education teacher over the past twelve years and has served our Kindred Life moms as a volunteer meal provider. She is  married to husband Andy, and they have three school aged children: AJ, Claire, and Sean.  The Lehmann family attends The Bridge Randhurst Church where they are very involved. In her spare time, Katie loves to be outside with her family enjoying nature.
PAIGE NEUHAUS

PAIGE NEUHAUS

Professional Counselor

Kindred Life Ministries - Wheeling

Meet Paige

Paige is a Licensed Professional Counselor and recently joined Kindred Life Ministries in February 2019 as the Wheeling site counselor. Previously she was a school counselor in Chicago for several years. She holds a Bachelors Degree in Communication from Wheaton College and a Masters of Education in Counseling from DePaul University.
 
Paige has passion and experience working with underprivileged youth. Paige is married to Kevin. They have one young daughter, Frannie. The Neuhaus family attends Harvest Bible Chapel in Niles. In her free time Paige enjoys reading, baking, and going on walks with her family.