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 for a ministry called 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.
Client Services Director
Kindred Life Ministries – Main Office
Diana joined Kindred Life Ministries in 2020. She has a servant’s heart for youth and young adults and spent many years working at a Bible camp in Wisconsin where she mentored Chicago’s at-risk youth and shared the love of Jesus with them. She also served with InterVarsity Christian Fellowship in college and taught Sunday School at church.
Diana holds a Bachelor of Science degree from Marquette University where she studied Marketing and International Business. She also studied International Relations at the Strasbourg Business School in France. She has spent more than 15 years in financial services with a focus on marketing and wealth management.
Diana enjoys spending time with her family and has traveled to more than 20 countries.
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
Melissa specializes in implementing purpose driven programs, seamlessly bringing multiple generations plus resources together, and fundraising.
Abby Bosco recently joined the KL team in July of 2020, after over 3 years working with children, teens, and families in a community mental health setting. She graduated from the University of Illinois at Chicago in 2010 with her Bachelor of Arts in Psychology, and greatly enjoyed the new experience of living in the city. After graduating, Abby returned to her home town in the north suburbs and completed her Master Degree in Clinical Mental Health Counseling at Argosy University in Schaumburg.
Abby has a passion for working with children and families and providing guidance to parents on how to navigate both the challenges and the joys of parenthood.
In her free time, Abby likes to spend time with her dog, listen to music, play guitar, and spend as much time as possible with family. On weekends, Abby attends church at The Chapel in Libertyville and really enjoys the praise music, the message, and the feeling of rejuvenation as a new week begins.
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
Board of Directors
Kindred Life is immensely grateful for the thoughtful guidance, wisdom, and caring commitment of our trusted Board of Directors.