Meet The Homes of Hope

Charitable Foundation Board

Homes of Hope Inc., is governed by a Charitable Foundation Board and an Operations Board. Both play a vital role in the direction and success of our agency. All of our board members are selected based on several criteria including their professional experience and demonstrated interest in our agency.

Our board members have a strong connection to our residents and strive to make dreams come true for people with special needs.



7 Members

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Thom Jones, President Broker at Re/Max Rising

Thom is a local real estate professional and former President of the Bloomington-Normal Association of Realtors. Thom previously served as a Director at Homes of Hope Charitable Foundation and was elected President in April 2017. Additionally, and for the past 10 years, he has served on the Central Illinois Down Syndrome Organizations (CIDSO) annual gala and golf outing fund raising committee, a major fund raising event now in its 36th year. "These two organization are closely tied. After volunteering for so long for CIDSO, the opportunity to hopefully contribute something to HoH made a lot of sense. I find it very rewarding working with the fine people of these two organization and hopefully making the lives of those we serve better."

Contact Thom:thom@thomjones.biz

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Ronald Hundman, Treasurer CPA - Accounting

Ron is a semi-retired CPA. He has been the Treasurer for the Homes of Hope Foundation for 20 years. He is a former board member of Home Sweet Home and Central Catholic High School. Ron is a member of the Holy Trinity Parish.

Contact Ronald: rjhundman@gmail.com

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Maggie Murphy-Severino, Foundation Liaison Senior Vice President, Busey Bank

Maggie joined the Homes of Hope family in the early 1990s and felt privileged to help shape the foundational mission, vision, and values of the agency. The first home was built in 1994 and she said it was thrilling to see the dream come to fruition! Her passion for this agency, and others alike, stems from her oldest sister Susie, whose brain damage was a result of encephalitis as an infant. Maggie's parents cared for her in their home until her death at age 19. Their greatest fear was “What would happen to Susie if we could not care for her?” This memory helped Maggie understand the challenges, fears and hopes that families experience who have a child with special needs. She says, "It is an honor to be able to share in the lives of our residents and their families!"

Contact Maggie: maggie.severino@busey.com

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David Wochner Board Member, Costigan & Wollrab

David has been associated with HoH, Inc. since 1991 when it was incorporated as a not for profit corporation. "The parents of children with disabilities had the foresight to be concerned about their child’s care and living arrangements after the parents could no longer care for them. They wanted their child to have the opportunity to live in a home where Christian principles were followed and used to guide the care being provided to their child." David had previously served on the Board of HoH, Inc. and is now on the Board of HoH Charitable Foundation.

Contact David: dwochner@cwlawoffice.com

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Debra Gillan Board Member

Debra is retired as a court reporter for the State of Illinois and the parent of two sons with special needs. She became a board member in 2004 to learn more about Homes of Hope and about the care being provided to special needs residents. For ten years, Debra helped form and was involved with Unit 5 Parents as Partners. In addition, she has gone to numerous workshops on meeting the needs of people with disabilities and wanted to be able to help make their life meaningful and living arrangements the best they could be after leaving a parents' homes.

Contact Debra: D.gillan@comcast.net

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John Whitlow Board Member, Tarter Construction - Accounting

John's professional endeavors include 20 years with State Farm, teaching Finance at Illinois State University, and currently he is enjoying an eight year run as the Chief Financial Officer at Tarter Construction. He has a personal connection and desire to advocate for individuals who have disabilities. His brother-in-law has Down Syndrome and Homes of Hope is a natural fit. He also has had a long-time interest in Special Olympics and he volunteers his time and resources whenever possible.

Contact John: john@tarterconstruction.com

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Katie Novak Board Member, Cooperative Coaching

Katie Novak started as Homes of Hope's first Development Coordinator in 2011 and now serves on the Foundation Board of Directors as well as Homes of Hope, Inc. Board of Directors. She enjoys interacting with our residents and participating in fundraising activities that help improve their quality of life. Katie believes that Homes of Hope fills a much needed void in our community by providing a caring, spiritual home to adults with intellectual disabilities. We are proud to to mention that Katie was nominated for the YWCA Women of Distinction award in 2017.

Contact Katie: kandojeans@yahoo.com

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