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.
Kindred Life Ministries – Main Office
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!
Antioch Area Site Director
Kindred Life Ministries - Antioch
Kindred Life Ministries – Gurnee
Gurnee Area Site Director
Kindred Life Ministries – Gurnee
Eliza LaBelle joined the Kindred Life team in 2019. She holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Communication from the University of Illinois, Chicago. Her home church is The Chapel Libertyville, where she served on staff for 11 years. Her ministry there included leading teams in Chapel Kids, serving as Executive Assistant to the Campus Pastor and Director of Campus Communication and Integration. Eliza is passionate about walking with and equipping young moms. She believes that every story matters and loves to help people connect their story with the redeeming work of God in their lives.
Gurnee Area Counselor
Wheeling Area Site Director
Christina has a background in teaching, counseling and Human Resources. She received her MA in Teaching from George Fox University after completing her student teaching in Ecuador and with the Migrant Summer School. Christina has served as a counselor with Care Pregnancy Center. While there, she and her husband Tony welcomed homeless teen mothers to live with them as a Shepherding Home. She continued her training at Western Seminary where she received a Graduate Diploma in Biblical studies with an emphasis in counseling. Afterwards she served as a counselor with Good Samaritan Ministries.
Christina loves an adventure and has led two tours to Israel. She loves to hike, raft and sea kayak wilderness areas with her husband. Her greatest passion though, is helping others to discover their great worth and to experience the love of God in Jesus Christ.
Kindred Life Ministries - Wheeling