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.

Lori Kinast

Lori Kinast

Vice President of Organizational Development

Lori has been with Mercy Home since 2004. During her tenure, she has facilitated management trainings and assumed the responsibility for the management of Quality Improvement within residential programs along with AfterCare, Admissions, MercyWorks, and Friends First . Lori assisted in the creation and implementation of the Mercy Home’s model of youth care and has a master’s degree in Learning and Organizational Change from Northwestern University.

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

Interim Vice President of the Academy

Liz Kuhn Tomka, LCSW, is the Director of Academic Resources for The Academy. 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 and after school programs before taking over leadership of all academic resources for our kids.

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.

Joe Nolan


Beverly Capital

Johanna Rahal


Rahal Letterman Lanigan Racing

Rev. L. Scott Donahue

Mercy Home for Boys & Girls

Robert Greco


Rich Daniels


City Lights Music, Inc.

Rev. Msgr. Michael Boland

Archdiocese of Chicago

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


Peter Argianas

Gold Coast Bank

Skip Behm


Sue Bettman

LSC Communications

Mark Brady

William Blair

Dave Braun


Robert G. Carmody

Diana’s Bananas

John Chandler

St. Ignatius College Prep

James Corrigan

Corrigan Financial, Inc.

Jim Curtain

Solomon Cordwell Buenz

Felicia Davis

Mary Dempsey

DePaul College Prep

William Gainer

Gainer Consulting

Edward Gamble

Illinois Attorney General

Jim 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


Daniel A. Nicholas

Harris Associates

Fran O’Malley

Worsek & Vihon

Richard Price

Mesirow Financial

Jorge Ramirez

Bill Rancic

Bill Rancic Productions

Fred C. Schulte

John Sheehy

StarCom MediaVest Group

Paul Tashima


Nancy A. Temple

Katten & Temple, LLC

Art Velasquez

Baja Foods, LLC

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


Kevin Cassidy


Blue Cross Blue Shield

David Baez

Cook County Sherriff’s Police

Michael Barrett


Mark Boyle

Goldman Sachs

William Busch III


Timothy Cavanagh

Cavanagh Law Group

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

Matthew M. Leffler

Outsource Fleet Services, Inc.

William J. Lewis

Reed Smith, LLP

Michael McCarihan

Wells Fargo Securities

Laurence A. McNabb

Insulation Fabricators, Inc.

Terrence G. Muldoon

Capital Market Solutions

Mike Nelligan

Jones Lang LaSalle

George Nolan


Peter O’Brien

MADO Management

Scott Pearson

The Northern Trust Company

Jeffrey Pettiford

Window Rock Capital Partners LLC

Patrick Quinn

Signature Chicago Wealth Management

Mark Reiter

5M Group

Thomas Robinette

Robinette Demolition, Inc.

Kevin Rooney

Focuscope, Inc.

Daniel Rowan, M.D.

Cardiovascular Consultants

Konstantine Sepsis

Avison Young Chicago

Richard Sherman


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


Corboy & Demetrio, P.C.

Emily Cole


Cook County State‘s Attorney’s Office

Nancy Amicangelo

Nancy Bentley, PhD

Benedictine University

Sue Bettman

LSC Communications

Deirdre Bormes

Eileen Bower

Clyde & Co.

Donna Carroll, PhD

Dominican University

Juliann Cecchi

Northwestern University School of Law

Patty Meagher Clare

PM Clare & Associates

Mary Dempsey

DePaul College Prep

Veronica Dendinger


Mary Dominiak

Village of Antioch

Lisa Duarte

City of Chicago

Susanne Dumbleton, PhD

DePaul University

Megan Ferraro

Hyatt Hotels & Resorts

Julie FitzGerald


Susan Flood

Beverly Area Planning Association

Emily Garrison

Reed Smith LLP

Patricia Gianone

Duffy Designs, Ltd.

Valerie Giardini

The Northern Trust Company

Karen Golden

Susan Golden

Golden Leadership, LLC

Katheleen Hagedon

Chicago Partners Investment Group

Anne T. C. Harney

Collins Engineers

Susan L. Henry

Cornerstone CPA Group, LLP

Marisabel Villanueva-Hucker


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

Yvette Kennedy


Nicole Klotz

Claire Koeneman

Bully Pulpit Interactive

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


Claire Manaois

MCM Consulting Group

Elizabeth Marino

Jones Day

Natalie Martini


Caroline McAteer

DePaul University

Kathleen M. McCabe

Ann Mendelsohn

Alexandra Mihalas

Kirkland & Ellis, LLP

Eileen Mitchell


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

Hermes of Paris

Diana Pisone

Judy Pomeranz

Freelance Writer

Maureen Power

Power & Cronin, Ltd.

Lora Powers

Wells Fargo

Virginia Rugai

Mary Lee Schneider


Deborah Sexton

DLS and Associates

Salme Harju Steinberg, PhD

Northeastern Illinois University

Nancy Summers

Law Offices of Nancy A. Summers

Ivana Taylor

BD Associates, Inc.

Kathy Taylor

Rider Dickerson

Kate Temple

Human Resource Consulting Group

Nancy Temple

Katten & Temple, LLC

Susan Templeton

Taiber Kosmala & Associates LLC

Monica Tynan


Laura Wicklander West

Great Lakes Advisors

Alys C. Williams

Epiq Systems

Mary Wilson

Brigitta Witt

Hyatt Hotels & Resorts

Charlene Yaneza


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


HBK Engineering

Michael Babbitt

Jenner & Block

Cassandra Belek


Laura Brake


Brendan Breen

The John Buck Company

Lisa Brzezicki

Harold E. Eisenberg Foundation

Timmy Bullock

U.S. Navy, DePaul University

Sammi Bulmash


Vianni Busquets

Guerrero Media LLC

Maura Carr


Josh Cauhorn

Burke, Warren, MacKay & Serritella

Nathan Clarke


Margaret Mary Detmer


Katie Dorece

Guaranteed Rate

Lauren Duff

Sidley Austin LLP

Patrick Durham


Ryan Ferris

The Huntington National Bank

Ryan Gallante

Chicago Blackhawks

Demetrius Hill


John Hoppe

Madison Capital Funding

Amber Hough

Worsek & Vihon LLP

Brianna Hughes

TJ Kistner

Segal Marco Advisors

Angelica Kopiczko

Arc Worldwide

Ryan Kruzel

Pearlmark Real Estate

Liz Le Sbertoli

Blue Flame Thinking

Dominic LoVerde

Robbins Geller Rudman & Dowd

Mario LoVerde

LiUNA Great Lakes

Jack Maloney

Colliers International

Krissy Mariano

Rush University Medical Center

Matt Martin

Stumm Insurance

Taylor Martin


Stephanie Maslen

Rebound Fitness

Kathleen McGovern

Mt. Sinai/Holy Cross Hospital

Kara Murphy


Brittany Neisewander

Caitlin O’Brien

MADO Management

Gannon O’Brien

Zeller Realty Group

Megan Osterhout


Roberto Paniagua


Rick Perez

Subrosa Investigations

Lauren Porto

SWC Technology Partners

Bill Pragalz

360 Benefits

Kristen Preble

UI Labs

Luke Rohan

Sungard Availability Services

John Sadofsky

Robert Half International

Peter Schimeck

Aon Corporation

Sarah L. Siderius


Nathan Sonoskey

True North Holdings LLC

Brieda Staunton

Advocate Illinois Masonic

Mark Stevens

Riveron Consulting

Michelle Tejada


Jasen Toussaint

Northbrook Bank & Trust

Katherine Twardak

Johnson + Bell

Caroline Upton

Reed Smith

Bobby Van Fossan

Morgan Stanley

Brian Weber

Duff & Phelps

Matt Yonover