History and information about Mercy Home for Boys & Girls.

Board of Directors

This group of board leaders and past Board of Regents chairman serve as the governance board for the Home, approval of the annual audit and budgeting processes and strategic vision.

Rev. L. Scott Donahue

Mercy Home for Boys & Girls

Joe Nolan

Chairman

Beverly Capital

Robert Greco

Treasurer

Rich Daniels

Secretary

City Lights Music, Inc.

Rev. Msgr. Michael Boland

Archdiocese of Chicago

Johanna Rahal

Rahal Letterman Lanigan Racing

Patricia Walsh

Jim Williams

CBS 2 Chicago

Board of Regents

Mercy Home’s Board of Regents is the main advisory board for the organization providing oversight of key programs and fundraising initiatives.

Lydia Rossi Andrews

Bloomberg

Peter Argianas

Gold Coast Bank

Sue Bettman

LSC Communications

Mark Brady

William Blair

Dave Braun

NewControl

Robert G. Carmody

Diana’s Bananas

John Chandler

St. Ignatius College Prep

James Corrigan

Corrigan Financial, Inc.

Jim Curtin

Solomon Cordwell Buenz

Felicia Davis

City Colleges of Chicago, Olive-Harvey College

Mary Dempsey

DePaul College Prep

William Gainer

Gainer Consulting

Edward Gamble

Illinois Attorney General

James Jenness

Kellogg Company

Marybeth Johnson

Lincoln Park Zoo

Timothy Knight

Tronc, Inc.

Christopher Krubert

4K Holdings

Paula McGrath

Nuveen Investments

Paul Merkel

Bansley & Kiener, LLP

Eileen Mitchell

AT&T

Daniel A. Nicholas

Harris Associates

Fran O’Malley

Worsek & Vihon

John F. Power III

Power Cronin

Richard Price

Mesirow Financial

Jorge Ramirez

Chicago Federation of Labor

Bill Rancic

Bill Rancic Productions

Brenda Robinson

Greenberg Glusker Fields Claman & Machtinger LLP

Fred C. Schulte

John Sheehy

StarCom MediaVest Group

Mary Kay Sullivan

Paul Tashima

UBS

Art Velasquez

Baja Foods, LLC

Corporate Partnerships


Our programs are a tremendous opportunity for our corporate partners to help kids in crisis while increasing visibility for their brands, reaching targeted demographics and demonstrating commitment to communities in need.

We work directly with our corporate supporters and take an integrated approach to our partnership development, directing our partners with ongoing support and turnkey program implementation in order to help them meet their goals.

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Event Sponsorships


Mercy Home hosts fundraising events throughout the year that target a wide range of audiences and demographics. Presenting and official sponsorships are available for each event.

Cause Marketing


Mercy Home partners with corporations to create mutually beneficial, transaction-based relationships to drive product sales or other consumer activity. Programs include percentage of sale opportunities, sampling, coupon promotions and more.

Christmas Wish List


Every year, corporations volunteer to fill our kids’ Christmas wish lists and spread holiday cheer. Businesses may donate gifts for one child, multiple children or for our kids to share (such as games or household items). We are also in need of gifts for children in our Friends First and AfterCare programs.

Grants


Corporate grants provide critical funds to support Mercy Home’s boys & girls.

Corporate Internships


Refer a job or internship opportunity to help Mercy Home’s young people gain valuable employment experience.

In-office Fundraisers


Office-based fundraising, through jeans days, bake sales or other events, can make an incredible impact on Mercy Home’s children.

Corporate Wellness

A well-designed corporate wellness program can increase productivity, boost morale, and reduce stress.

An excellent way to motivate employees to get healthy while also reaping the rewards for your company is to create a company marathon team. Mercy Home Heroes would love to work with you to organize a corporate marathon team that best suits your company.

To read more about the benefits of a corporate wellness program and our Mercy Home Heroes team, please fill out this form.

Download our "Mercy Home Heroes: Corporate Wellness" Whitepaper

Matching Gifts


Thousands of companies nationwide offer programs that match or exceed charitable donations made by their employees. Matching a gift is easy—and makes an incredible impact on the lives of Mercy Home’s boys and girls.

Many companies also match volunteer hours, stock gifts, or gifts from spouses, retirees, and board members so don’t hesitate to ask your HR department about these benefits, too!


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Our Impact

Mercy Home measures the impact of our programs in two ways: through rigorous evaluation of results data and through the stories of our young people’s success.

Among Our Results for 2018:

4,617

therapy sessions were given to kids and their families.

100%

of our high school seniors graduated.

121 youth

held 203 jobs, both on- and off-campus.

Read our stories of children who have put lifetimes of danger and disappointment behind them and with our help are achieving more than they had ever imagined possible. While the stories of each of our young men and women reveal the truest measure of our success, we are also committed to improving the quality of our programs for young people through careful study and measurement of results data.

Finally, our impact extends beyond the walls of Mercy Home. Our young people reflect the love of our Mercy Home family by impacting the community through a wide variety of service projects.

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Leadership

Fr. Scott Donahue

Rev. L. Scott Donahue Mercy Home’s President & CEO. He has been involved with the Home for 27 years. Fr. Scott leads a strategic vision to expand and strengthen the life-changing services Mercy Home provides, and to advance insights in the field of caring for trauma-effected and disadvantaged youth. Currently Mercy Home provides care for over 600 children and families in need.

Fr. Scott’s advocacy on behalf of disadvantaged children is rooted in his ministry as a Catholic priest. Ordained in 1982, Fr. Scott has served as a resident priest in a number of Chicago area parishes. He held leadership positions within the Chicago Archdiocese, including vice chairman of the Association of Chicago Priests and Vocations Director. Fr. Donahue holds master’s degrees in theology, applied spirituality, and social work. He has authored a book entitled ‘Years of Mercy’. Additionally. he was awarded an honorary doctorate from St. Xavier University.

In addition to his leadership of Mercy Home for Boys & Girls, and his parish ministry, Fr. Scott serves as the principal celebrant of the televised “Sunday Mass at Mercy Home” on WGN-TV Ch. 9. The televised Mass reaches over 60,000 elderly, sick and homebound folks every week.


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Mercy Home’s Senior Leadership

Tom Gilardi

Tom Gilardi

Vice President of Youth Programs

Tom started at Mercy Home as a youth care worker in 1992. After spending time in Youth Programs, Tom moved to Human Resources to help cultivate qualified employees for Mercy Home and then back to Youth Programs as Vice President due to his strong understanding of the needs of Mercy Home’s children. Tom has a Masters of Social Work degree and extensive field experience. His strong clinical and management skills have increased the effectiveness of youth programs.

Emily Neal, LCSW

Emily Neal, LCSW

Vice President of Organizational Development and Clinical Operations

Emily Neal has been with Mercy Home since 2002 and held numerous positions at the agency including Therapist, Contracted Clinical Supervisor, Manager of Training, Director of Admissions, and Clinical Director. She received her master‘s degree in social work from the University of Chicago in 2002. Her work and training has focused on providing trauma-informed interventions to children, adolescents, young adults, and families in a variety of settings, including residential treatment, outpatient mental health, schools, and juvenile corrections. Emily is a faculty member of the Complex Trauma Treatment Network and the founder and convener of the IL ARC Consortium. Emily is a certified to train the ARC Framework, the National Resource Center for Youth Services’ Residential Child and Youth Care Professional Curriculum and is certified in the Child Trauma Academy’s Neurosequential Model of Therapeutics (NMT).

Steve Snyder

Steve Snyder

Chief Information Officer and Vice President of Information Technology

Steve received his undergraduate degree from DePaul University in Information Systems. While working for a consulting company, Steve earned his MBA in Operations Management from DePaul University. While completing his master’s degree, Steve started his own consulting company, which he successfully ran for 17 years. Steve holds Project Management Professional (PMP) and the Certified Information Systems Security Professional (CISSP) certifications. His blend of technological and business skills allows him to be a resource for all of Mercy Home’s departments.

Joe Wronka

Joe Wronka

Vice President of Advancement

Joe has been an active team member in various departments within Mercy Home since he began as a MercyWorks volunteer in 2004. Joe enhanced educational opportunities as both a School Resources Coordinator and Youth Care Worker. As a member of the Youth Programs Administration team, Joe coordinated and led youth activities and, as a supervisor of the Home’s training program, designed training curriculums and oversaw training of youth program staff.


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Cheryl Murphy

Cheryl Murphy

Chief Financial Officer & Vice President of Finance, Human Resources and Facilities

Cheryl has a BS degree in Accountancy from Northern Illinois University and an MBA in Finance from the Kellogg Graduate School of Management at Northwestern University. Cheryl is also a certified public accountant. Cheryl worked as an auditor at Ernst & Young for four years and then for Dominick’s Finer Foods for nine years with the last four as the Vice President and Treasurer. Cheryl has been at Mercy Home for 13 years and oversees Finance, Human Resources, Facilities and our printing and kitchen operations.

Liz Kuhn Tomka

Liz Kuhn Tomka

Vice President of Education and Career Resources

Liz Kuhn Tomka, LCSW, was promoted to Vice President of Education and Career Resources in May 2019. Liz received her undergraduate degree in Family Studies from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign and, upon graduation, became a full-time MercyWorks volunteer at Mercy Home. Liz later enrolled in the Columbia University School of Social Work and received a certificate in School Social Work. Liz worked as a Program Coordinator and later as the Chair of the Department of Student Life at a charter high school for five years. Liz returned to Mercy Home in 2010 to manage the volunteer program. She transitioned back to her passions of Education and Social Work in 2012, and she has provided leadership of after school programs and academic resources since that time. Outside of work, Liz enjoys time with her family and is highly invested in her neighborhood.

Mercy Home’s Boards

Board of Directors


This group of board leaders and past Board of Regents chairman serve as the governance board for the Home, approval of the annual audit and budgeting processes and strategic vision.

Rev. L. Scott Donahue

President

Mercy Home for Boys & Girls

Johanna Rahal

Chairman

Executive Director
Bobby Rahal Foundation

Rich Daniels

Secretary

City Lights Music, Inc.

Robert Greco

Treasurer

Joe Nolan

Beverly Capital

Patricia Walsh

James H. Williams

News Anchor
CBS 2 Chicago

Eileen Mitchell

President
AT&T Illinois

Robert Carmody

President/CEO
Diana’s Bananas

Rev. Msgr. Michael Boland

Administrator, President/CEO
Catholic Charities

Board of Regents


Mercy Home’s Board of Regents is the main advisory board for the organization providing oversight of key programs and fundraising initiatives.

Lydia Rossi

Bloomberg

Peter Argianas

Gold Coast Bank

Skip Behm

AArete

Sue Bettman

LSC Communications

Mark Brady

William Blair

Dave Braun

NewControl

Robert G. Carmody

Diana’s Bananas

John Chandler

St. Ignatius College Prep

James Corrigan

Corrigan Financial, Inc.

Jim Curtin

Solomon Cordwell Buenz

Felicia Davis

Mary Dempsey

DePaul College Prep

Edward Gamble

Illinois Attorney General

Robert Gauch

Exelon

Jim Jenness

Kellogg Company

Marybeth Johnson

Lincoln Park Zoo

Timothy Knight

Tribune Publishing

Paula McGrath

Nuveen Investments

Paul Merkel

Eileen Mitchell

AT&T

Daniel A. Nicholas

Harris Associates

Fran O’Malley

Worsek & Vihon

Bill Rancic

Bill Rancic Productions

John Sheehy

StarCom MediaVest Group

Mark G. Sander

First Midwest Bancorp, Inc.

Paul Tashima

UBS

Nancy A. Temple

Katten & Temple, LLC

Rana Wright

Harris Associates

Ambassadors of Mercy


The Ambassadors of Mercy is a select board of prominent men dedicated to advancing the mission of Mercy Home for Boys & Girls. This board of resourceful professionals surfaces and helps develop key influence support to sustain and expand vital programs for children in need.

Kevin Buggy

Chairman

Kevin Cassidy

Vice-Chairman

Blue Cross Blue Shield

David Baez

Cook County Sherriff’s Police

Michael Barrett

William Busch III

Gallup

Timothy Cavanagh

Cavanagh Law Group

Tim Cimaglio

Outdoor Interiors

John Clesen

Ernest J. Codilis, Jr.

Codilis & Associates, P.C.

Kevin Crain

Morgan Stanley

Scott Dias

Goldman Sachs

Keith Giemzik

BMO Harris

James Hoffman

Fidelity Investments

John Jaeger

Digital Benefits Advisors

Mike King

R. R. Donnelley

Eric Larson

Walsh Construction

William J. Lewis

Barnes & Thornburg, LLP

Michael McCarihan

Wells Fargo Securities

Laurence B. McNabb

Terrence G. Muldoon

Capital Market Solutions

George Nolan

AkzoNobel

Timothy J. Nolan

Bulls-I-Toy

Peter O’Brien

MADO Management

Scott Pearson

The Northern Trust Company

Jeffrey Pettiford

Window Rock Capital Partners LLC

Bill Pragalz

360 Benefits

Patrick Quinn

JP Morgan Private Bank

Mark Reiter

5M Group

Thomas Robinette

Robinette Demolition, Inc.

Kevin Rooney

Focuscope, Inc.

Daniel Rowan, M.D.

Cardiovascular Consultants

John Salvino

William Blair & Co.

Konstantine Sepsis

Avison Young Chicago

Richard Sherman

KPMG LLP

Don Silich

Constant Organization, Ltd.

Todd Steffen

Newell Brands

Rick Stern

Nitel USA, Inc.

William Weldon

Weldon Investments

Kenneth J. Wroblewski

Andersen Tax LLC

Patrick Zamkin

Olenik & Associates

Leader Council


The Leader Council members are powerful and accomplished professional women who strongly believe that the lives of Mercy Home’s young people can be improved through education. They meet throughout the year and donate their time, talent, financial support and professional resources to open doors to education in order to change the trajectory of children’s futures and break cycles of abuse, neglect, and poverty.

Marcy Twardak

Chairman

Corboy & Demetrio, P.C.

Emily Cole

Co-Chairman

Cook County State‘s Attorney’s Office

Nancy Amicangelo

Shay Bahramirad

ComEd

Nancy Bentley, PhD

Benedictine University

Sue Bettman

Deirdre Bormes

Keller Williams

Eileen Bower

Clyde & Co.

Micae Brown

Micae Brown Sales Agency

Beth Bracco

Blue Plate Catering

Donna Carroll, PhD

Dominican University

Juliann Cecchi

Northwestern University School of Law

Jean Ratty Chidley

Chicago Parking Meters, LLC

Patty Meagher Clare

PM Clare & Associates

Mary Dempsey

DePaul College Prep

Veronica Dendinger

KPMG

Cynthia D. Dixon

Nouryon Chemicals, LLC

Mary Dominiak

Village of Antioch

Lisa Duarte

City of Chicago

Susanne Dumbleton, PhD

DePaul University

Julie FitzGerald

Abbvie

Susan Flood

Beverly Area Planning Association

Emily Garrison

Reed Smith LLP

Patricia Gianone

Duffy Designs, Ltd.

Valerie Giardini

The Northern Trust Company

Bridget Gibbons

Onward Healthcare Consulting, LLC

Karen Golden

Susan Golden

Golden Leadership, LLC

Katheleen Hagedon

Chicago Partners Investment Group

Anne T. C. Harney

Collins Engineers

Geraldine M. Healy

David King &
Associates, Inc.

Susan L. Henry

Cornerstone CPA Group, LLP

Marisabel Villanueva-Hucker

KPMG LLP

Nancy Iannotta

The Private Bank

Gloria Jacobson

Saint Xavier University

Michele Jochner

Schiller, DuCanto & Fleck LLP

Caroline Becker Joss

Caroline Rose, Inc.

Beth Kaveny

Burke Wise Morrissey & Kaveny

Nicole Klotz

Claire Koeneman

Bully Pulpit Interactive

Katie Kornel

Credit Suisse

Elizabeth Krepps

Elizabeth Kroger

Berkley Research Group

Missy Lavender

Women’s Health Foundation

Sook Lee

Stout Risius Ross

Kerry Long

K. Long & Associates

Jennifer Lyons

WGN-TV

Claire Manaois

MCM Consulting Group

Elizabeth Marino

Jones Day

Natalie Martini

Deloitte

Kathleen M. McCabe

Ann Mendelsohn

Alexandra Mihalas

Kirkland & Ellis, LLP

Eileen Mitchell

AT&T

Mary Kay Mulvaney, PhD

Elmhurst College

Kathleen McDonough Mundo

Wilson Elser

Elizabeth Levy-Navarro

Orrington Strategies, LLC

Erin Nolan

Nolan Development

Kerry O’Hare

Oxford Capital Partners, Inc.

Katina Panagopoulos

Wintrust Commercial Banking

Suleyma Perez

Northeastern Illinois University

Rachael Phillippe

Phillippe Builders

Diana Pisone

Lora Powers

Wells Fargo

Virginia Rugai

Mary Lee Schneider

SG360

Salme Harju Steinberg, PhD

Northeastern Illinois University

Nancy Summers

Law Offices of Nancy A. Summers

Ivana Taylor

BD Associates, Inc.

Kathy Taylor

Fuse-Rider

Kate Temple

Human Resource Consulting Group

Nancy Temple

Katten & Temple, LLC

Susan Templeton

Taiber Kosmala & Associates LLC

Katie Twardak

Tomasik Kotin Kasserman

Monica Tynan

FDIC

Denise Wienand

Rush Oak Park Hospital

Laura Wicklander West

Great Lakes Advisors

Alys C. Williams

Epiq Systems

Charlene Yaneza

BMO

Nancy Loewenberg Young

Morgan Stanley Wealth Management

Associate Board


The Associate Board of Mercy Home is a group of young professionals who strive to support the kids of Mercy Home. Their objective is to promote the mission of Mercy Home by engaging other young professionals through social, volunteering, and fundraising events.

Tim Day

Madison Capital Funding

Erin McGovern

Chairman

HBK Engineering

Dominic LoVerde

Vice-Chairman

Motherway & Napleton, LLP

Michael Babbitt

Jenner & Block

Cassandra Belek

ABC7

Laura Brake

Abbvie

Brendan Breen

The John Buck Company

Lisa Brzezicki

Harold E. Eisenberg Foundation

Timmy Bullock

Advocate Medical Group

Sammi Bulmash

AutonomyWorks

Vianni Busquets

Guerrero Media LLC

Maura Carr

Google

Josh Cauhorn

Burke, Warren, MacKay & Serritella

Nathan Clarke

Citibank

Emily Daniels

Shirley Ryan AbilityLab

Tim Day

Madison Capital Funding

Margaret Mary Detmer

Google

Katie Dorece

Guaranteed Rate

Maggie Doyle

UpRight Law

Lauren Duff

Sidley Austin LLP

Patrick Durham

Edelman

Ryan Ferris

The Huntington National Bank

Ryan Gallante

Chicago Blackhawks

Melanie Golden

SC Johnson

Amanda Healy

AKA Media Inc.

Demetrius Hill

Xylem

John Hoppe

Madison Capital Funding

Amber Hough

Worsek & Vihon LLP

Brianna Hughes

Luke Hughes

S & P Global

Megan Kellen

Accenture

TJ Kistner

Segal Marco Advisors

Angelica Kopiczko

Arc Worldwide

Ryan Kruzel

Pearlmark Real Estate

Liz Le Sbertoli

Blue Flame Thinking

Aubrey H. Laverty

Mario LoVerde

LiUNA Great Lakes

Jack Maloney

Moran and Company

Krissy Mariano

Rush University Medical Center

Matt Martin

Stumm Insurance

Taylor Martin

LinkedIn

Stephanie Maslen

Rebound Fitness

Conor McDonald

Paycom

Kathleen McGovern

DuPage Medical Group

Isaiah Mireles

Maddie Mitchell

DePaul College Prep

Kara Murphy

StarComm

Caitlin O’Brien

MADO Management

Gannon O’Brien

Zeller Realty Group

Roberto Paniagua

Google

Rick Perez

Subrosa Investigations

Lauren Porto

SWC Technology Partners

Reggie Williams-Rolle

ComPsych

Kristen Preble

UI Labs

Luke Rohan

Sungard Availability Services

John Sadofsky

Robert Half International

Brittany Shannon

Deloitte Consulting

Peter Schimeck

Aon Corporation

Kimberly Schneider

Sarah L. Siderius

Google

Nathan Sonoskey

True North Holdings LLC

Brieda Staunton

Advocate Illinois Masonic

Mark Stevens

Riveron Consulting

Michelle Tejada

Deloitte

Nicole Tolentino

Taylor Precision Products

Jasen Toussaint

Northbrook Bank & Trust

Katherine Twardak

Johnson + Bell

Caroline Upton

Reed Smith

Bobby Van Fossan

Van Fossan Private Wealth, LLC

Emma Walsh

Northwestern University

Arlo Walsman

Law Office of Eric Check

Brian Weber

Duff & Phelps

Jill Wenninger

Ulta Beauty

Emily Wisniewski

Arabella Advisors

Matt Yonover

Our Homes

Since our founding in 1887 Mercy Home has continued to expand, allowing us to provide an exceptional level of care. We provide care for our youth on two separate campuses providing everything our kids needs in order to succeed.


West Loop Campus


Located in Chicago’s West Loop, Mercy Home’s West Loop Campus is a home to around 100 young men. The campus features a learning center to aid the boys in their studies and a dining hall where meals are served family style. Our young men enjoy opportunities to participate in sports in our Noha Gymnasium and the 20/30 Club fitness center, thanks to generous contributions from our donors.

The young men of our boys campus are actively involved in the surrounding community, often working at nearby businesses and participating in neighborhood cleanup projects.

The ten homes on our West Loop Campus feature dormitory-style housing. By sharing a room, the young men learn the core values of respect, responsibility, trust, honesty and caring. Each young man is placed in a specific home designed to support his growth, based on factors including age and how much structure will benefit each individual emotionally and developmentally.