LCFS Welcomes New Board Members

  •  February 09, 2016



Lutheran Child and Family Services of Illinois (LCFS) welcomes four new members to its board of trustees.


“I am excited about the new members joining the LCFS board of trustees,” said LCFS Chief Executive Officer Gene Svebakken. “Their unique experiences will provide our agency with leadership and guidance as we navigate today’s challenging societal environment. LCFS is assessing our vision of the future based on the values of Lutheran social ministry. We seek to be an agency in which people of faith can translate their love and compassion into action on behalf of others.”


Rev. Dr. Paul Bacon (Chicago, IL) is an honorary member of the board of trustees who is returning to an active role on the board. He has served as the senior pastor at Chicago’s Bethesda Lutheran Church since 2000. His historical perspective and long involvement with Lutheran social ministry are valuable assets.


Robert Fick (Chicago, IL) is the president and founder of Category Captain, LLC in Chicago. Category Captain was funded in 2006 and analyzes point-of-sale data from a marketing perspective, providing consumer-product suppliers with retail data knowledge. Robert has been a member of LCFS’ Harvest Gala committee since 2014. He has also served with a variety of other organizations through volunteer activities such as mentoring, tutoring, meal service and visiting the elderly. Robert is a member of Soul City Church in Chicago.


Keithan Hedrick (Naperville, IL) has been with Polsinelli, PC in Chicago since September 2015 as an associate attorney. He specializes in mergers and acquisitions, venture capital and private equity work. Keithan also serves as an associate board member for Rush University Medical Center and the Chicago Committee on Advancing Minority Attorneys. “I believe in providing assistance to those who are less fortunate,” explained Keithan. “The most important aspect is that those who need assistance receive it. It is less important who provides the assistance, just that it is provided.”


Teresa McFadden (River Forest, IL) has been with Sargent & Lundy, LLC in Chicago since 2010. She currently serves as an instructional designer. Teresa is responsible for analyzing current and future training needs by working with subject matter experts and management to create a cohesive plan for the design, development, implementation and evaluation of technical, safety, economic and social trends, ensuring the most current information is available to the corporate workforce. Teresa is also a member of several corporate-sponsored communities of practice, including Women in Engineering Professional Development and Fossil Mechanical Engineering. Teresa is a member of Grace Lutheran Church and School in River Forest.


In other recent business, the LCFS board elected Anthony Stephens (Oak Park, IL) chair. He is a specialist in the development of commercial retail shopping centers with Heritage Property Group. “For-profit commercial development allows me to develop viable uses in the best communities and locations with an eye to long-term investment,” said Anthony. “My nonprofit work gives the great satisfaction of making a difference in the lives of the most needy children and youth.” He is also a member of Grace Lutheran Church and School in River Forest.


Brenna Woodley (Chicago, IL) was elected secretary and vice chair. She is a labor and employment attorney with Sidley Austin LLP and founder of Bundles of Joy, a non-profit that collects and distributes diapers to 27 food pantries and social service agencies throughout Chicago. Brenna is a member of First Immanuel Lutheran Church in Chicago.


Martin Staehlin (Arlington Heights, IL) was re-elected to a three-year term on the board and named treasurer. He recently retired from PricewaterhouseCoopers, where he served as a managing director in health care consulting since 1988. Martin in a member of Living Christ Lutheran Church in Arlington Heights.


Jill Chapman (Chicago, IL) and Rev. William Geis (St. Louis, MO) were both elected vice chairs. Jill is a senior human-resources leader who is currently in transition. She is also a member of First St. Paul’s Lutheran Church in Chicago. Pastor Geis is the associate pastor at Lutheran Church of Webster Gardens in St. Louis.


Rev. Martin Haeger (Chesterfield, MO) was re-elected to a three-year term. Pastor Haeger is the senior administrative pastor at St. Mark’s Lutheran Church in Eureka, Missouri. His perspective as an adoptive parent and Lutheran pastor are valuable assets to the board.

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