Staff and Board of Directors

Jackie Crnkovich, Executive Director (non-voting member). Jackie came on as the first Executive Director of the Walk-In Ministry in January 2014.  Her first career was an high school English teacher which she left to stay home with her children.  During this time she volunteered with a several organizations that work to help families in need, including Habitat for Humanity and Daybreak Transitional Housing.  She was also involved in a number of church and community organizations.

Marilyn Arado, member-at-large. Marilyn had a long career as an elementary teacher in Chicago, Villa Park, Naperville, and the Elmhurst Park District. Now retired, she devotes her time to a wide range of community and teacher organizations and is highly active in the Elmhurst Garden Club. Aside from her volunteer work, she is busy pursuing her “bucket list” which includes reading a substantial biography on every US President, visiting every state (only one to go), and keeping up with old friends who might need a note or a visit. She is committed to helping family, friends, and the community whenever she is needed. 

Scott Ahlgrim, member-at-large. Scott is the Funeral Director at Ahlgrim’s Funeral Home in Elmhurst. He stays busy as a member of the Spring Road Business Association and the Rotary Club of Elmhurst. He is also an active member of St. Peter’s United Church of Christ. Scott and his wife, Charity, have two grown children.

Nancy Brook, member-at-large. Nancy is a Senior Vice President and the Board Secretary at Community Bank of Elmhurst. She is also a member of the Spring Road Business Association, a mentor in the District 205 Character Counts program, and serves on the Pastoral Council at Immaculate Conception Parish.

Kari Conkle, Director of Volunteers and Training. After working as a medical office manager and in medical billing, Kari has been staying home to raise her and husband Alan’s three daughters. She is also a School Board member for Immaculate Conception Grade School and a kindergarten catechist.

Mark Entwistle, member-at-large.  After a 22-year career as a mortgage banker, Mark switched to the other side of real estate and became a realtor. He has been an active member in the Elmhurst community. He currently is treasurer of the Elmhurst Masons Lodge, 941 and is a member of the Elmhurst Elks Club. He also formerly volunteered with the Big Brothers, Big Sisters of DuPage, and is a former Elmhurst Alderman.

Dale Foster, member-at-large.

Dale is native to Elmhurst and has been fully integrated into all aspects of community life. He has been a pharmacist here for more than 50 years and was owner of Wendt Drug Company and a partner at Vallette Rexall Drugs (now Nucara Pharmacy). He and his wife, Mary, raised three children in Elmhurst, which led Dale to many years working with the Boy Scouts. He also served as PTA President at both Jackson and Bryan schools as well as on the boards of the Elmhurst Jaycees, Elmhurst Rotary Club, and the YMCA.

Tisha Hall. The bulk of Trisha’s career has been spent as the owner/operator of McDonald’s restaurant in Elmhurst for 31 years. She has been highly involved in the Elmhurst communities in numerous ways. She currently serves on the Economic Development Commission and was a co-chair for three years of the Elmhurst Relay for Life. She serves on the board of the Special Kid’s Day and is co-chair of their summer carnival. She also serves on the McDonald’s Women’s Owners Network Board. Trisha is concerned with helping others, developing youth, and supporting her employees and their families.

Dr. Don Hoffman, member-at-large Don was a practicing pediatrician at the Elmhurst Clinic from 1972-2008. Don was CEO of the Elmhurst Clinic from 1996-2008 and on the Elmhurst Hospital Board from 1989-2013.  He serves on a number of other boards including Immaculate Conception Catholic Prep, Elmcare, and Visitation Grade School. 

John Howlett, member-at-large. John is an Elmhurst attorney with an extensive background of serving on boards and working with community organizations. He is currently on the Board of Trustees for Immaculate Conception Catholic Prep, and has served as President of the Elmhurst Chamber of Commerce and the Elmhurst Noon Lions Club, and Vice-Chairman of the Economic Development Commission.

Roy King, President. Roy stepped away from a career as a NASDAQ trader to be a stay at home parent. Roy serves on the school board at Immaculate Conception Grade School and currently volunteers time at the IC Food Pantry and as an EWIM site volunteer. When he’s not coaching his daughter’s softball teams, Roy forms his own team with his sister taking part in competitive barbecue events. 

Jan Kinsella, Director of Site Management. Jan’s role as director of site manager means she is in charge of keeping guidelines and procedures current, and all the mountains of resource materials up-to-date and accessible to clients. Jan’s work-life has included teaching English and French and being an editorial assistant for the American Dental Association. She currently works part-time at the Loyola University Medical Center.

Scott LaMorte, member-at-large. Scott brings to the board a strong background in fundraising and a deep knowledge of not-for-profit work. He words as the Major Gifts Officer at the Conservation Foundation. He chairs the 2016 Naperville Area Chamber of Commerce’s Sustainability Committee, and is a member of the West Suburban Philanthropic Network’s Membership Committee. He also serves as an adult committee member for Boy Scouts of America Troop 117. None of which should overshadow his position as a proud member of the Elmhurst Armpit Orchestra member.

Mary Mallon, Vice-President. Mary brings extensive experience in both casework and fundraising to the Walk-In-Ministry. She has been a caseworker for Cook and Sangamon Counties Departments of Public Aid and has also worked as a chaplain at both Alexian Brothers Medical Center and Our Lady of the Resurrection Medical Center. Mary has worked in fund development at a number of educational institutions and established the Elmhurst District 205 Foundation. She has served on the Professional Advisory Board of the Clinical Pastoral Program at Elmhurst Hospital as well as the Professional Advisory Board for the Resurrection Health Care System.

Cris Meyers, member-at-large. Cris has been a longtime EWIM site volunteer and for several years ran the EWAN School Snack Program. She and her husband Don own Vital Signs USA in Elmhurst where Cris also works.

Jennifer Morrissey, member-at-large. As an attorney, Jennifer brings legal expertise to the board. She currently works as an adjunct professor at Roosevelt University’s Paralegal Studies Program as well as a contract attorney with the Office of the Cook County Public Guardian in the adult guardianship division. Jennifer currently serves as the co-president of the Council of Catholic Women at Immaculate Conception Parish and is a member of 100+ Women Who Care.

Jerry Ostermann, member-at-large, Chair of Nominating Committee.  Jerry, an Elmhurst-native, worked in importing and merchandising at Jewel-Osco for many years before starting his own import services company and, most recently, Chicago Candy Works, where he has recreated an award-winning candy from the '60s.  Jerry belongs to a number of boards and organizations:  Finance Committee at Visitation Parish, Chicago Symphony Governing Member, DePauw University Alumni Association, East-West Center Association, and the Osco/Sav-on Alumni Club. 

Steve Weatherford, member-at-large. Steve is an Administrative Sergeant with the Elmhurst Police Department where he has served for 28 years. In addition, Steve has a long history of board work and community engagement. He is a past president and current board member of the Elmhurst Children’s Assistance Foundation. He has also chaired the board of Big Brothers/Big Sisters of DuPage and served on the Board of Directors for the American Cancer Society of DuPage. He participates annually in the Special Kid’s Day Santa visit at Wilder Mansion and is a member of the Elmhurst Masonic Lodge #941 and a Shriner with Medinah Temple.