Board of Directors & Committees

Board of Directors FY2019 (October 2018-September 2019)

Michael Melinger

Owner, Home Instead Senior Care of Chicago & the North Shore

Rosa Perez
Vice Chair

Nominating Committee Chair

Human Resource Consultant

Kathleen Boylan

Service Delivery Committee Chair

Senior Vice President, Public Relations Public Communications, Inc.

Linda Watson

Finance Committee Chair

Retired, Ernst & Young, LLP

Rev. Tom Behrens

CEO, retired, The Night Ministry

Candace Hansford
Development Committee Chair

Attorney, Hansford & Deckert, LLP

William Hassett
60th Anniversary Committee Chair


Marilyn Hennessy

President, retired, The Retirement Research Foundation

Sheila McMackin, LCSW

President, Wellspring Personal Care

Robert Merk

Principal, L+C Creative Group

Kathy O'Grady

Outpatient Case Manager, Advocate Healthcare

Carol Waugh

Retired, Registered Nurse


Outreach and Development Committee

The Development Committee works to provide guidance and assistance as we raise more than $2.5 million. They also oversee our work to increase awareness, including efforts to update marketing materials and provide expertise to public relations. This committee works directly with our Board of Directors.

Service Delivery Committee

The Service Delivery Committee oversees how services and programs are delivered to the elders and volunteers at LBFE Chicago.  They lead the effort to recommend new policies, begin new initiatives, and evaluate our work.  This committee works directly with our Board of Directors.

Elder Advisory Committee

The Elder Advisory Committee ensures that our seniors are heard, inside and outside our organization.  They bring the perspective of our elders to program design and delivery, offering a unique viewpoint.  Recently they  spearheaded a talent show for LBFE elders.  In the coming year, they plan to host a breakfast meeting with Chicago aldermen to provide elders a forum to voice their concerns about neighborhood issues.

Volunteer Advisory Committee

The Volunteer Advisory Committee gives volunteers the opportunity to provide input in how we recognize, support, communicate with, recruit, and train our volunteers.  Every year they produce quarterly networking events and they provide input to our volunteer recognition event each spring

Lloyd Walding Brain Fitness Center Committee

The Lloyd Walding Brain Fitness Center Committee provides input and oversight to our Brain Fitness Center, making recommendations about needed equipment, hours, services, and outreach.  They provide guidance to staff about how to manage and market the Brain Fitness Center.

Our Mission


Little Brothers - Friends of the Elderly is a national network of non-profit volunteer-based organizations committed to relieving isolation and loneliness among the elderly. We offer to people of goodwill the opportunity to join the elderly in friendship and celebration of life.

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