Meet the Board and Staff

The Board of Directors

Ken P. Neumann serves as President of the Haven’s Board of Directors. Ken is from Lake Forest, but currently lives in Libertyville. Ken and his wife, Julie, own Neumann’s Cigars & More, with locations in Libertyville and Long Grove. Ken was a Sunrise Rotarian and first became involved with the Haven through a Rotary project. Ken has been on the Board since 2004. Ken and Julie’s great pride is that, along with their customers, they host numerous fundraisers throughout the year at Neumann’s Cigars & More that benefit the Lake County Haven.

Donna Barnett serves as Vice-President of the Haven’s Board of Directors. She was born and raised in Chicago and Glenview. She has lived in Lake County with her husband Dave and their two children since 1997. Donna joined the Women’s Auxiliary in 2004 and co-chaired the annual gala for 2004, 2005, 2012 and 2013. She organized the shelter’s holiday party for many years and hosted the Holiday Boutique in 2005. She joined the Board of Directors in 2006. Donna is an active volunteer who believes in giving back and making a difference.

Lorraine Pritchard serves as the Secretary of the Board of Directors. Lorraine has been involved with the Haven since 2001 when she joined the Women’s Auxiliary.  Lorraine co-chaired of the annual Gala in 2002, 2003, 2009, and 2011 with spectacular results! She has also volunteered at the shelter and spent countless hours raising awareness about homelessness in Lake County. Lorraine joined the Board in 2007. She and her husband, Greg, have three children and reside in Libertyville where they have been active members of the community for over twenty years. She continues to be energized by the success of the Haven graduates and hopes to contribute to the strength and growth of the Haven in the future.

Suzanne Abel Lingard serves as the Treasurer of the Board. Suzanne hails from upstate New York, but has lived in Lake County with her family for over 20 years. Suzanne has her own business working as a CPA for a number of local companies. Suzanne enjoys gardening, socializing with friends, and visiting her grandchildren. She is married to David and their daughter, Summer, is living and working in Washington DC.  Suzanne joined the Board in 1999 and calls her work for the Haven a labor of love.

Paul Adams is the CEO of The Room Place where he has provided the very beds our residents sleep on, the tables they eat off, and furniture in our homes. Paul has always believed in giving to others. His attitude of putting others before self is noticed by everyone around him. His desire to make the world a better place and make life easier for people who are struggling is what brought him to the Haven. Paul is originally from just outside of Detroit, but he now lives in Green Oaks with his wife. They have three children.

Michael Barbini 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.

Samantha Doughty joined the Haven board in 2016, bringing with her a very kind heart and a passion for helping others.  Samantha teaches yoga at her own studio in Libertyville, Shanti Grace. Shanti Grace provides yoga classes for individuals, and also provides curriculum for corporate wellness programs.  Sam received her education at Columbia College in Chicago, and afterward embarked on a career in health and wellness.   Samantha has a long history of community involvement in a wide variety of causes.  She is skilled at fundraising and making connections.  Samantha lives in Libertyville with her children.

Elliot Pinsel is an attorney at the firm of Daniels, Long & Pinsel, one of the highest rated law firms in Lake County. Elliot has practiced law for over 20 years and has even taught at various colleges and law schools in the area. Elliot has a long history of community involvement. He has been known to use his time and talents to benefit a wide range of causes. He is delighted to be serving on the Haven’s Board, which he joined in 2012. Elliot lives in Libertyville with his wife and children.

Rob Schuler lives in Libertyville with his wife, Liz, and their 2 daughters, Emily and Hannah. He is a member of St. Joseph’s Church in Libertyville, and enjoyed volunteering at his children’s school and sports activities as they grew up. The plight of homeless women and children has always had a special way of tugging on Rob’s heart, so he decided to get involved. Rob joined our Board of Directors in 2015. He is excited about raising money for this great cause, about increasing his knowledge of homelessness, and about being a member of the Haven community. Rob works as the Training & Education Manager for Medtronic’s AF Solutions division. In his spare time, Rob enjoys spending time with his family, staying fit, and reading about history and art.

Daniel Shanes is a Circuit Court judge in Lake County. Daniel received his JD from DePaul University. He has received numerous awards during his career and has been involved in work ranging from the State’s Attorney’s Office to the Illinois Judges Association. Daniel was instrumental in starting Drug Court in Lake County in 2005. Drug Court is a program for people in the justice system who are both non-violent and struggling with addiction. Daniel, through his work on the bench, has worked with hundreds of people who were experiencing homelessness and victimization. During that time he was consistently impressed with the stellar reputation of the Haven. He proudly joined the Haven Board in 2011.

Debbie Simmons is a floral designer and event planner by trade, but her greatest satisfaction comes from connecting with, and helping others. Debbie feels strongly connected to the cause of empowering homeless women to be independent again. That’s what inspired her to get involved with the Haven when asked by a friend. Debbie joined the Women’s Auxiliary, jumping in with both feet!  She quickly found herself in charge of decorations for Haven events. Debbie did not disappoint. Then again, every project that Debbie takes on is done with style and great attention to detail.  Debbie got further involved, and even Co-chaired our gala in 2014, 2015, and (upcoming) 2016. Debbie has donated meals and grocery shopped for our residents. Where there is a need… she is there to help.  She has lived in Libertyville for over 25 years, and raised her three beautiful children there. Debbie joined the Haven Board in 2015.

Patricia Snickenberger is the Pastor at St. Lawrence Church in Libertyville. Patti earned her MSW and then worked at Northwestern Memorial Hospital for 8 years.  Patti raised her children and was an active volunteer in areas such as education and the environment. In 1994 she entered the seminary in order to become an Episcopal priest. She then served Christ Church Winnetka for over 7 years before coming to St. Lawrence. Patti’s faith compels her to reach out to the “least, lost, and unloved” which she does through her work at the Haven. Patti joined the Board in 2011.

Christine Vicik is the Director of Public Affairs and Marketing at Advocate Condell Medical Center in Libertyville. Chris has had an impressive career with a  focus on helping hospitals and nonprofits to serve and educate the community. Chris is especially interested in fostering partnerships to help the underserved in the community. It is that passion that led Chris to get involved at the Haven. Chris has a long history of volunteerism in Lake County and lives in Mundelein with her two teenagers. She joined the Board in 2014.


The Staff

Adrian Beard is a Site Supervisor at Lake County Haven, and has been a part of our team since 2015. She has a B.S. in Management from UW-Stout. Adrian lives in Kenosha, WI, and works in Higher Education as an Enrollment Specialist where she mentors students and helps them to succeed.  Spending quality time with her son and watching movies are some of the activities she enjoys doing  in her spare time. Adrian loves working at the Haven and is dedicated to building confidence and faith in the women at the shelter.

Mary Brooks is a Site Supervisor at Lake County Haven and has served since 2016.  During the day, Mary works as a Senior Pharmacy Tech for Walgreens, but in the evening, she provides structure and guidance to the women and children in our shelter.  Mary was once homeless herself, and struggled to escape her situation on her own, and with the help of some other agencies.  Nothing worked for her until she came to Lake County Haven. Then her life was transformed.  She is now driven to provide that opportunity for others.  In her free time, Mary is pursuing her studies at College of Lake County.  Mary feels blessed to be a part of the Haven.

Bronwyn Campbell is a Counselor/Case Manager at the Haven. Bronwyn brings a wealth of education and experience to her work at the Haven.  She holds an MA in Counseling as well as a graduate degree in Theology. She has served communities in a variety of ways including being a prison chaplain, an addiction counselor, a counselor for college students, and having a private therapy practice. Bronwyn hails from Australia but is thoroughly enjoying living in Lake Zurich where she resides with her husband Con and their three children. Bronwyn loves her work at the Haven and finds it especially gratifying to reach out to people who are so courageous in making big changes in their life.

Kate Ceithaml is the Outreach 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, and kept the shelter operating like a well-oiled machine. 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. 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 young son. She enjoys reading and being outdoors.

Sharon Halbert is a Site Supervisor at the Lake County Haven. Sharon has been serving in this capacity for over 16 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.

Sharon Jones is a Case Manager at the Lake County Haven. She has an Applied Sciences degree in social work with a specialization in substance abuse counseling. 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.

Jennifer Larson is a Graduate Services Coordinator at the Haven where she has worked intermittently since 1999.  Jenn has a BS from Quincy University.  During her college career she completed a study abroad program in Bogata, Columbia, where she taught English to small children.  Jenn loves working at the Haven because she loves meeting the residents and is impressed by how hard they work to become independent.  Jenn is currently pursuing an MSW from Loyola University.  Jenn lives in Wauconda with her dog, Holly.  She loves running.

Barbara McCarty is a Site Supervisor at the Haven, and has been for 16 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.

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 office management at the Haven for 7 years. She and her husband John live in Vernon Hills. Liz enjoys cooking, gardening, sports, and spending time with her children and grandchildren.

Brooke Projansky is a Counselor/Case Manager 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.

Amy Gold 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.

Laura Sabino is the Executive Director of the Lake County Haven and has served in that capacity for over 17 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 for 22 years, 20 of which were spent as 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.

Maria Sievert is the Volunteer/Resource Coordinator at the Haven. Maria has a BA in Business and English from Augustana College and began her work in nonprofits during a college internship. Immediately, Maria knew her life’s work would involve raising money so that nonprofits could make positive changes in the world. She has never looked back. Maria lives in Mundelein with her husband Jack “Bud” Sievert and their daughter Grace. When asked what drew her to the Haven, Maria explains that she wanted a sense of working beside passionate volunteers for the common cause of helping local women in need. ♥