Brenda has lived in the McHenry County community since 1992. She has spent that time raising her family and staying actively involved in projects that empower our youth. The BREAK is a special project that she and a group of sophomores from Crystal Lake South High School began in January 2013. Watching the community and the youth evolve into a partnership of empowerment has been a highlight of her work in the community. She holds her B.A. in Biology with a minor in Psychology from Drake University. She is co-owner of Fast Finish Coaching, loves running, reading and spending time with her family.
Pat has lived in Crystal Lake since 1990, is married to Gayle, and they have three children and four grandchildren. He was a Part Time staff member at Northern Illinois Special Recreation Association (NISRA) for 10 years after having retired from the Allstate Insurance Corporation in 2011. He is a certified Special Olympics coach and has coached Special Olympic basketball teams since 2005. He has had decades of experience as a coach of youth sports in the area. Pat is also volunteer at Senior Care Volunteer Network (SCVN). Pat has served as a past President and Board Member of the NISRA Foundation Board of Directors 2012-2018. Other previous board membership includes the Crystal Lake Raiders 2000-2004 and the Crystal Lake America’s Cardboard Cup Regatta 1997-1999.
Patti lived in Crystal Lake from 1993-1998 and returned with her family in 2008. She has dedicated much of her time to raising her two boys while still being active in the community. She has been involved with the Break since its conception. With a Degree in Public Relations and special training in Domestic Violence and Sexual Assault crisis and prevention work, she brings a variety of skills to the organization. She is working toward her goals to bring more awareness, prevention and education programs to youth and adults in McHenry County. Patti’s interests include running, party planning and creating all natural skin care products and remedies using essential oils.
Having been a resident of Crystal Lake for over 24 years, Kristine has been involved in the community while raising her family. Kristine has a particular passion for the youth of our community and has been a Girl Scout leader and instructed children in religious studies. Kristine joined the Crystal Lake Teen Center Board in 2014 and maintains a position as the Board Secretary. It has been it has been a pleasure to see the growing community support for The Break. She is currently employed with a mortgage financial institution with a Finance Degree.
Michelle lives in Crystal Lake with her husband and two teenagers. Soon after moving to the area in 2018, Michelle was looking for activities for her youngest child and was so grateful to find the BREAK that she wanted to help support the mission in whatever way she could. Michelle has a degree in Journalism, but spent most of her career in corporate training and development management. Even after staying at home to raise a family, Michelle has been actively involved in every community she has lived, and currently serves as president of a nonprofit supporting local mothers.
Adam has lived in the McHenry County area since 2001 with his wife and three kids between the ages of 14-21. He has been involved in non-profit organizations since 2013, and having two teenagers finds the mission of the Break a much needed one in this community. He graduated from Illinois State with a Sociology degree and is currently an Account Lead in Technology Sales. He enjoys sports, music and good food.
Laura is an attorney at Kelleher + Holland, LLC, and concentrates her practice in estate planning, estate and trust administration, commercial and residential real estate, and business enterprises. She graduated from Western Michigan University Law School, Cum Laude, in 2012, and from Western Illinois University with a B.B.A. in finance in 2009. Laura is the recipient of the 2021 Super Lawyer "Rising Star" and 2021 Illinois Leading Lawyer awards. Laura lends her time and knowledge to many organizations, including the Illinois State Bar Association, the Advocates Society for the Association of Polish American Attorneys, the American Diabetes Association, and both the Chicago Alumni Chapters of Delta Zeta and Delta Sigma Pi. Laura lives with her fiance and two Australian Shepherds in Crystal Lake and enjoys spending time cycling, golfing, kayaking, and involved in her local community.
John was born and raised in McHenry County and graduated from Marian Central Catholic in 1987. He attended Northern Illinois University and achieved a BS in Biology. He moved back to the area in 2009 and in 2010 became a founding member in Domek Logistics an international logistics company based in Crystal Lake, IL. His career in logistics has allowed him to travel extensively around the world solving supply chain-related issues on a global scale. In 2018 he sold his interests in Domek Logistics to Masterpiece International. He is currently the top salesperson for Masterpiece International. He was introduced to The Break while serving as a team member of LGMC with Brenda and has previously offered input and assistance on the fundraising efforts. When not working, he enjoys spending time with family and friends, golfing, and running.
DIRECTOR OF SOCIAL MEDIA AND MARKETING
Abbigail Wember recently graduated from the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee with a BA in Journalism, Advertising & Media Studies with applied focuses in Public Relations and Communication. As the new marketing and social media director, she works closely with Mandy Jagarnauth, Health Promotion Manager and Brenda Napholz, Board President. Dependability, kindness, and versatility are 3 qualities that help to define who she is to the core. Professional and personal experiences over the years have allowed her to develop her natural talents which are creativity, the ability to entertain and engage a crowd, public speaking skills, social media marketing and management, a knack for building meaningful relationships with colleagues, and teamwork. She spends her free time with family, friends, and enjoys doing (almost) any activity you can think of.
HEALTH PROMOTION MANAGER
As the Health Promotion Manager, Mandy will team up with organizations in the community to create structured programs to keep teens in the communities safe, including recreational events and expansion of programs for the alumni group. Mandy has 12 years of experience with people of all ages with different abilities in recreational settings. Her experiences include program development, staff training, relationship building, behavioral management, life skills training, and leadership. She also have experience with instructing resume writing, mock interviewing, and job coaching. Mandy, a new mother to two twin boys, spends her free time with her husband and two pups, taking photos and trying out new restaurants.
We would like to say big thank you to our sponsors for helping to support us and the teens! If you are interested in becoming a sponsor, please Contact Us.
BRIXMOR Property Group
All Star Painting and Papering, Inc.
Fast Finish Coaching
Ed's Rental & Sales