Meet the Staff & Board

Staff

Eliza LaBelle

Executive Director

Eliza has worked for Kindred Life since 2019, first as the Lake County Program Director before becoming Executive Director in 2021. Eliza is honored to lead the team and this ministry of walking with teen parents. All is not lost because of an unplanned pregnancy, there is hope. Eliza has a BA, Communications from University of Illinois, Chicago and an Executive Certificate in Transformational Non-Profit Leadership, Notre Dame. She is married to Greg has 3 young adult children. Their home church is The Chapel Libertyville.

Anne Sopiarz

Business Administrator

Anne Sopiarz joined the Kindred Life team in 2017 and has served in a variety of roles in the ministry. With a Master’s Degree in Family Ministry from Bethel Seminary and certified Life Coach, she loves seeing lives changed through the saving power of Jesus. Anne loves teenagers, babies and the work we get to do. In her role as Business Administrator, Anne is excited to support our staff who work on the front lines with our teen parents and their children. Along with her husband, Chris, and their three daughters, Anne attends The Chapel, Grayslake.

Emily Ciesil

Lake County Counselor

Emily received an MS in Counseling from National Louis University in 2019. She works as an academic advisor at College of Lake County. She is excited to work with Kindred Life because the ministry provides young parents with practical, Christ-centered support. She is encouraged working alongside staff who love God and long to see parents and their children thrive! Emily’s home church is Willow Creek Community Church.

Liza Good

Program Director

Liza joined the Kindred Life Team in 2023. As a result of an unexpected teen pregnancy, she has seen the lasting impact of those life circumstances not only on her parents, but also on her grandparents, siblings and herself. Her hope is to be able to come alongside teen parents and their families to help provide the best resources possible for their families to not only survive but thrive. She believes that life is best lived within the context of community, so making sure that teen parents never feel alone is very important to her. Along with her husband and four children, Liza attends The Chapel Lake Zurich.

Kim Lurvey

Counseling Supervisor

Kim has worked for Kindred Life since 2018. She enjoys empowering young parents to grow and mature and the opportunity to see their young children during each weeks’ fun community dinner. Kim is married to Kent and is the mom of two young adults. She earned a BS from Wheaton College an MSW from UIC. Her home church is Lakeland Church in Gurnee.

Amanda Bennett

Development Director

Amanda joined the Kindred Life team in 2023. She is excited to be part of a team that believes in helping others through community and sharing God’s love. With a background in event planning and as a member of the MOPS steering committee at her church, Amanda is passionate about creating spaces for people to connect. Along with her husband, Richard, and their three children, Amanda attends The Chapel.

Beth Taylor

Outreach Director

Beth has master’s degrees in divinity and in social work and loves combining the experience and knowledge when working in the community. She supports Kindred Life’s vision by building relationships and sharing client success stories with community leaders, pastors, and churches. Beth is married and the mom of 2 school-aged children. They attend The Chapel Grayslake.

Kristin Andrews

Program Director
Kristin joined the Kindred Life team in 2022. She finds it exciting to see families connect to resources and flourish with the loving support of the Kindred Life family. Kristin sees and embraces the opportunity to build a community based on the hope and healing of Jesus. She earned a Masters Degree in Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages (MATESOL) from Northeastern Illinois 2014, and a Bachelor Degree from Albion College 2000. Kristin brings extensive experience teaching ESL and working with parenting education and home visiting programs for families. Kristin and her husband, Jeff, have 3 children. Life on the Vine is their home church.

Dani Masnovi

Program Director

Dani Masnovi joined the Kindred Life team in 2024 serving as the Program Director for our Wheeling site. Following her career as a librarian, Dani became coordinator for the MOPs program at her church. She is passionate about working with young families! As a mom of two young children, she knows that being a parent is hard work! Dani is excited to come alongside teen parents as they enter this new stage of life and show them that they are seen, known, and loved. She earned a Bachelor’s Degree in History, Philosophy, and Sociology of Science from Michigan State University. Dani also holds a Masters Degree in Library and Information Science with certificate in Youth Services from the University of Illinois. Along with her husband, Tyler, her family attends The Chapel, Palatine.

Candice Lovett

Volunteer Alumni Coordianator

Candice has volunteered with Kindred Life since 2014, first as a teen mom mentor and then as board member. She achieved a MA degree in Management and is a recently retired Respiratory Care Practitioner. Candice has enjoyed the opportunity to learn new things as a board member and building relationships with parents, volunteers, staff, and board. She is married to Michael, is mom of three grown children, grandmother of 5, and great-grandmother of 3! Her home church is River Ridge Church in Spring Grove.

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BOARD

Rebecca Robinette

Board President

Rebecca is a Director of Training & Talent Development. She earned a BA and MBA, both from UIC. Rebecca is proud to serve on the board of a Christian organization that helps young moms to be successful with the kinds of resources Kindred Life provides. Rebecca is married to Joel and is the mom of 1 daughter. Their home church is The Chapel Libertyville.

Mona Boelens

Board Member

Mona has worked in the non-profit and ministry areas of adoption, teen pregnancy and parenting for 30 years. As a founding member of Kindred Life Ministries and the ministries’ former Executive Director, she has witnessed first hand God’s transformational power in the lives of the young families Kindred Life serves. Mona is married to Erik and is the mom of three young adult sons. They make their home in Southwest Michigan.

Mike Lee

Board Treasurer

Michael is an attorney at a firm in North Barrington. He serves as a board member out of a joyful heart, as one saved by grace through faith in Christ. Mike is married to Sandy and has four high school and college-aged children. They attend Willow Creek South Lake in Lincolnshire.

Hannah Shallenberger

Board Vice President and Secretary

Hannah’s full time work is in fundraising and alumni relations. She is proud to serve on the board because Kindred Life provides abundant and practical care to young parents and their children. Hannah is married to Eli and they have an English Bulldog, Watson. Her home church is NorthBridge in Antioch.