Empowering homeless women and their children to achieve permanent, independent living.

Meet the Board and Staff

The Board of Directors

Matt Dudley joined the Lake County Haven board in 2018 and began his tenure as President in 2020. Matt is an attorney and partner at Dudley & Lake in Libertyville. Matt has strong ties with Libertyville, where he lives with his wife Jane and their four children. Matt also attends a Libertyville church: St Joseph’s Catholic Church. Matt has a strong desire to help people who are struggling. He was drawn to LCH after learning of the vital role it plays in Lake County.  Matt assists with legal services, connecting the Haven to local resources, and providing much-needed financial support.

Michele Hallee joined the Lake County Haven board in 2018 and currently serves as the Vice-President. Michele is an attorney with a long history of working in the field of healthcare. Michele has always had a desire to help others, but after living in Houston when Hurricane Harvey struck, her understanding of homelessness and how it affects families was pulled into sharp focus. Michele wants to help the Haven make a lasting impact of the lives of local women and children, and in so doing, also help the larger community. Michele lives in Indian Creek and attends church at St. Mary of Vernon.

Michael Barbini serves as the Treasurer of the Board. Michael began his involvement with the Haven by volunteering to teach a financial literacy class weekly for the Haven’s residents. This curriculum, known as Money Smart, teaches about budgeting, credit scores, lending, and financial planning for the future. This is critical information for women who are struggling financially. Michael’s presentation skills are excellent, and his use of humor and personal stories make each group a delightful learning experience. Michael also provides one-on-one financial counseling to the Haven’s clients, tailoring financial recovery advice to their respective situations. Michael studied International Business and Spanish at North Central College. He also speaks French, has worked in London, and has traveled extensively in Europe. Michael is the Vice President of Business Banking with Libertyville Bank & Trust, part of the Wintrust family of banks.  Michael joined the Haven Board in September of 2016. In his spare time, Michael enjoys reading, art, and antiques.

Julie Daugs serves as the Secretary of the Board. Julie has a passion for helping others in her community and has done so at the Haven for over ten years. Julie has significantly assisted with our fundraising events for many years.  Julie has served as a volunteer in other areas of the agency as well: babysitting, office support, etc. Julie works as the Director of Supply Chain Management at Yaskawa. She earned her MBA at Lake Forest School of Management. Julie hails from Wisconsin but now lives in Mundelein with her husband Faron and her son Eli. In her spare time Julie enjoys skiing, snowboarding, biking, hiking, and boating.

Angelo Franchi joined the Lake County Haven board in 2021. Angelo was born in Chicago and then grew up in Bensenville. Angelo currently lives in Spring Grove with his wife of 34 years. He has an MBA from Olivet Nazarene University and has been in various finance roles for Abbott/ AbbVie for over 20 years. Angelo enjoys being of service to others and has a special place in his heart for women and children who are struggling in life. It makes Angelo happy to see other people smile and be happy.

Laura Hoult joined the Board in 2022, but she had already been a Haven supporter for many years.  Laura is well known in Libertyville as Dr. Brown, owner and veterinarian at Greentree Animal Hospital.  Laura received her veterinary training at the University of Illinois, but then work opportunities brought her out to California and Idaho before she eventually returned to Illinois.  Laura feels great empathy for the women and children who find themselves homeless, and she is looking forward to helping them find the opportunities to live the life they deserve.  Laura and her husband are empty-nesters in Libertyville, but they see their daughters Sara and Clare whenever possible.

Melanie Gloria joined the Haven board in 2020. Melanie is the Senior Vice-President of Development Operations at Horizon Therapeutics. Prior to coming to Horizon, Melanie held leadership roles at both AbbVie and Abbott. Melanie is a nurse by training and that knowledge has helped her to help us at LCH. Melanie has also been very active in helping to raise much-needed funds for our mission. Melanie is passionate about helping homeless women and children and willing to roll up her sleeves and get involved wherever she is needed.

Steve Koivisto joined the board in 2020. Prior to that, Steve volunteered as our one-man IT department. Steve has donated hundreds of hours of professional IT services to LCH. When he’s not volunteering, Steve is the Senior Director of IT at Horizon Therapeutics where he leads teams of infrastructure, cybersecurity, and service delivery. Steve holds a BS degrees in computer systems networking. Steve is from McHenry, but he moved to Lake County in 2010. Steve lives in Lake Villa with his wife Andrea and two small children: Aria and Grant. In his spare time, Steve enjoys golf and home improvement projects. Steve was driven to help at LCH through his empathy for single mothers and the difficulties they face.

Geoffrey Luce joined the Lake County Haven board in 2020. Geoffrey was introduced to LCH through his volunteer work as an Elder at First Presbyterian Church of Lake Forest. Geoffrey lives in Lake Forest with his wife of 32 years, Laura, as well as their two dogs and two cats.  They also have two grown children, Miranda and Jonathon. Geoffrey recently retired from working on the floor of the Chicago Mercantile Exchange for over thirty years. He is a graduate of Carnegie-Mellon University and has an MBA from University of Chicago and a MSc from the London School of Economics. Geoffrey believes strongly that we should all help each other when we can, and that is what drives him to help the residents of LCH.

Beth McKenna joined the Lake County Haven board in 2018. Beth is an established regional artist, working in a variety of mediums and affiliated with several artists groups. She works as the Exhibitions Curator at the David Adler Music & Arts Center. Originally from Lake Bluff, Beth resides Libertyville with her husband Dave, a Veterinarian and owner at Animal Hospital of West Lake Forest. Their children are grown and living in Boston and Los Angeles. Beth holds a BA in Art History and an MBA. For over a decade, Beth has been an active volunteer and donor to LCH. She brings to the LCH Board her creativity, business acumen, and a passion to make an impact on our community.

Kate Serdar joined the Haven board in 2020. Kate’s involvement as an LCH volunteer, however, began in 2000.  Kate has been donating her time and skills to the Haven in a variety of ways. She is a woman of many talents.  Kate provides her fix-it skills to many projects at our properties…earning her the title “Handywoman Kate!” When things break down at our shelters, we need help fast, and Kate always moves mountains to be there for us. Kate works as an Emergency Room manager at Skokie Hospital. She has a masters degree in nursing and an MBA. Kate lives in Wauconda with her wife and two children.

Gina Shropshire joined the Lake County Haven board in 2020, but her involvement with LCH began 20 years earlier.  Over the years Gina has worn many hats at LCH. She has helped in the areas of clinical supervision and consultation, program design, staff support, and direct service. Gina lives and practices as a psychotherapist in Chicago. She is a licensed clinical social worker with Masters’ degrees in gender studies and social work, and a PhD in clinical social work.  Gina wrote her dissertation on the psychological impact the death of Price had on his superfine. In her free time, Gina likes to travel, sing, create art, and walk by the lake. She lives with her husband, Carmichael, and their two cats.

The Staff

Laura Sabino is the Executive Director of the Lake County Haven and has served in that capacity for over 20 years. Laura earned her BA from the University of Colorado/Boulder and her MA at Ohio State. Laura’s career in women’s services began in 1985 when she began counseling women on a crisis-line. She has since worked as a program director, volunteer coordinator, case manager, counselor, and workshop leader. She has worked as a nonprofit manager since 1994, most of that time being an executive director. Her work has concentrated in the areas of mental health, addiction, domestic violence, sexual assault, and homelessness. Laura has earned certificates in financial management, fundraising, and conflict resolution. Laura will tell anyone who will listen that there is no place like the Haven. She sees every day that the residents work from dawn to dusk to try to become independent again. She considers it an honor to work on their behalf.  Laura enjoys reading, making music and enjoying nature.

Kate Ceithaml is the Philanthropy Coordinator at the Lake County Haven. For the first four years of her tenure at the Haven, Kate served as a Case Manager. Kate had a tremendous positive impact on our residents. So we were very sorry to see her leave after the birth of her son, Aidan. But we couldn’t be happier that she has re-joined us, in 2012, this time working on community outreach and fundraising. Kate is from Lake County and was drawn to the Haven due to its mission of helping women to become independent. She earned her BA from Purdue University with a major in Psychology. Kate spends her free time with her husband and their son. She enjoys reading and being outdoors.

Liz Pleines is the Operations Coordinator at the Haven. Liz was born and raised in a small farming community downstate. She attended business school and went on to handle operations at various construction companies. She has skillfully coordinated operations and bookkeeping at the Haven since 2007. She and her husband John live in Vernon Hills. Liz enjoys cooking, gardening, sports, and spending time with her children and grandchildren.

Heidi Schrage is the Events Coordinator at Lake County Haven.  Heidi grew up in the Berkshire Hills of Massachusetts and has lived in many different places since graduating from DePauw University in Greencastle, Indiana, including South Florida, Melbourne, Australia. Most recently she has been residing in Buffalo Grove.  Since graduating college, Heidi has been working in the non-profit arena planning events and fundraising.  She loves making a difference in people’s lives.  Heidi spends her free time with her husband and her two children.  She enjoys cooking, watching her son play travel baseball and her daughter in competitive dance, traveling and going to concerts.

Jeff Lyall is our Volunteer & Resource Coordinator. Jeff graduated with a B.A. in Economics and French from the State University New York and a Degré Supérieur from the Sorbonne University in Paris. Jeff began full time work at the Haven in 2020. Jeff enjoys his job, connecting people in the community with ways they can help homeless women and children. Jeff is passionate about improving the planet, the human condition, and animal rights. He currently shares his life with a black and white cat named Augie which he rescued, abandoned, from a forest preserve.

Kalie Schultz is the Development Coordinator at Lake County Haven. Kalie grew up in the suburbs of Minneapolis, MInnesota and has lived in Seattle, Washington and Montpellier, France. After graduating from the University of Minnesota, Kalie pursued a career in events; planning weddings and large parties and then moved on to the corporate event sphere. Kalie knew she had a different calling which led her to the non-profit realm and ultimately, Lake County Haven. Kalie lives in Lake Zurich with her husband and 6 year old son. She enjoys biking, gardening, healthy cooking, and traveling.

Tim Devitt is the Clinical Supervisor at the Lake County Haven. Tim is a licensed clinical professional counselor and certified alcohol drug counselor, with a doctorate in clinical psychology (Psy D), a master’s degree in counseling (MS Ed), and a bachelor’s degree in psychology (BA). His 30+ year professional background includes providing recovery-orientated treatment as a case manager, therapist, program director and executive leader. Tim provides clinical consultation to the Haven staff. He is inspired by the organization’s mission and commitment to making a high impact difference in the lives of women and children. Tim lives in Chicago with his wife Justine and has a daughter, a son and two dogs. He enjoys spending time outdoors hiking, bike riding and kayaking.

Sharon Jones is the Program Coordinator at the Lake County Haven. She has an Applied Sciences degree in social work with a specialization in substance abuse counseling (CADC). Having once been a resident in our shelter, Sharon knows the Haven program inside and out. Sharon had become homeless due to an addiction, but she has now been in recovery since 2004. Originally from the western suburbs, Sharon now lives in Libertyville. She is the proud mother of 3 beautiful children. Sharon loves helping the women and children of the Haven transcend their current struggles to enjoy the life that lies ahead.

Brooke Projansky is the Program Coordinator at the Lake County Haven.  Brooke earned her MA in Counseling from Roosevelt University and carries the LPC credential. She has experience working as a therapist at a community mental health center where she provided services to people with a wide range of issues from depression to schizophrenia. Brooke also has extensive experience working with adults with developmental issues. She was drawn to the Haven because of the opportunities to help people who, with some intervention, are capable of going on and leading safe, stable, productive lives. Brooke lives in Grayslake with her husband and daughter.

Amy Ray is a Group Facilitator at the Haven. Amy graduated from Indiana University with a BA, and then continued her education by acquiring a certificate in addiction counseling. Amy started her social service career at Women’s Residential Services where she provided individual and group services to women and children. Amy is passionate about providing “a way out” of the chaos of homelessness so that women and children can live full, abundant lives. Amy lives in Indian Creek with her two sons: Sam and Charlie and her husband John.

Missy Ivarone is a Group Facilitator at the Haven. Missy earned her Masters of Social Work from Loyola University and is currently working toward obtaining her CADC. Missy is known for her excellent clinical skills which she puts to use every day that she spends at LCH. Missy is well known for her warmth, pragmatism, and sense of humor. Missy has always been passionate about helping others and truly believes that anyone can create a meaningful life with support, guidance, and compassion. Missy is the proud mother of two children and adores animals. Missy enjoys camping, walks, beaches, lakes, hiking and dancing in the rain.

Julia Figueroa is a Counselor/Case Manager at LCH. Julia is a successful graduate of Lake County Haven and has been sober since February 2016. Julia attributes the wonderful life she has now to the Haven. Her experience in homelessness and addiction inspired her to become a counselor so she may help others as she had been helped. Julia lives in Grayslake with her husband, two boys and their dog, Duncan. Julia loves to sing and dance, so much so that she is a member of the CLC Chamber Chorus and she can frequently be found doing Zumba and Werq classes at the gym.

Lesley Caetta is a Counselor/Case Manager at LCH.

Hannah Botian is a Counselor/Case Manager at LCH.

Barbara McCarty is a Site Supervisor II at the Haven, and has been for 20 years. Barbara makes sure that the shelter environment is orderly and calm during her shifts. Having once been a resident of our program, Barbara can assure our current residents that there is a way out of homelessness. Having survived domestic violence, and being in recovery from addiction since 1997, Barbara has ‘walked a mile’ in the footsteps of our clients. She is a constant source of guidance and inspiration for them.

Sharon Halbert is a Site Supervisor II at the Lake County Haven. Sharon has been serving in this capacity for over 20 years. During the days, Sharon works in customer service for a mortgage institution, but during the evenings and nights she makes sure that everything runs smoothly at our shelter. As a former client of our program, and as a woman in recovery, Sharon is an excellent role model for the residents of the Haven. Sharon provides structure, guidance, and safety for the women and children at our shelter. Sharon states that she shares the Haven’s philosophy that each and every woman can create a life that is healthy, independent, and fulfilling. ♥

Program Achievements

of our residents graduated to the next level of safe, stable, independent living!
of our residents learned skills to manage their finances.
of our residents saved a nest egg.