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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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.

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.

Patrick Bittorf

Patrick Bittorf

Vice President of The Academy

Patrick Bittorf is Vice President of The Academy. Pat has been an active team member in various departments within the Agency since beginning as an After School Programs Coordinator in 2011. Also at Mercy Home, Pat worked as a Philanthropic Advisor, supporting our donors as they made planned gifts in support of our kids. Additionally, Pat taught Language Arts at St. Malachy School through the Inner-City Teaching Corps and directed the Corporate Work Study Program at Christ the King Jesuit College Prep School. Pat has a Bachelor’s in Human Development and Theology from Boston College and studied nonprofit management at Northwestern University.

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