Our Elder Board

Access important church documents like our By-Laws adopted in March 2, 2008 or Revised By-Laws Adopted in June 3,  2012 by clicking on each link.

Nominations for the 2018-2019 elder board can be made here.

  Amber Johnson   Elder Board Moderator  Amber has been a LaSaller for a decade. She and her husband Cliff were drawn to LaSalle because of its commitment to social justice and the arts, and its long tradition of welcoming people of different perspectives and experiences to find common ground through the grace and love of God. Amber grew up in downstate Illinois but has lived in Chicago for 15 years, minus a 2-year stint (with Cliff) in the Kingdom of Tonga as Peace Corps volunteers. Today Amber is the chief communications officer for the Center for Values-Driven Leadership, and a communications strategist with Wilks Communications Group; she and Cliff have two children, Sam (age 9) and Maggie (age 6), and live in Humboldt Park. 

Amber Johnson

Elder Board Moderator

Amber has been a LaSaller for a decade. She and her husband Cliff were drawn to LaSalle because of its commitment to social justice and the arts, and its long tradition of welcoming people of different perspectives and experiences to find common ground through the grace and love of God. Amber grew up in downstate Illinois but has lived in Chicago for 15 years, minus a 2-year stint (with Cliff) in the Kingdom of Tonga as Peace Corps volunteers. Today Amber is the chief communications officer for the Center for Values-Driven Leadership, and a communications strategist with Wilks Communications Group; she and Cliff have two children, Sam (age 9) and Maggie (age 6), and live in Humboldt Park. 

  Mark Pridgeon   Elder Board Assistant Treasurer   Mark grew up on a farm in southern Michigan and graduated from Michigan State University with a degree in Accounting.  He is now a VP of Finance at GTCR after having started his career in auditing with Deloitte & Touche in Grand Rapids, MI.  He and Mackenzi met as neighbors on Ottillia St. in Grand Rapids. They started dating shortly before she packed up and moved to Chicago. Mark followed her to Chicago soon thereafter and they were married in 2004.  He and Mackenzi live in Hyde Park with their two children, Tatum and Owen.  They started attending LSC in 2012 and became members in 2013.  Mark has served on the P&F (Property & Finance) committee since 2014. 

Mark Pridgeon

Elder Board Assistant Treasurer

Mark grew up on a farm in southern Michigan and graduated from Michigan State University with a degree in Accounting.  He is now a VP of Finance at GTCR after having started his career in auditing with Deloitte & Touche in Grand Rapids, MI.  He and Mackenzi met as neighbors on Ottillia St. in Grand Rapids. They started dating shortly before she packed up and moved to Chicago. Mark followed her to Chicago soon thereafter and they were married in 2004.  He and Mackenzi live in Hyde Park with their two children, Tatum and Owen.  They started attending LSC in 2012 and became members in 2013.  Mark has served on the P&F (Property & Finance) committee since 2014. 

  Erica Reddick   Elder At-Large  Erica grew up in Akron, Ohio and moved to Illinois to attend Northwestern University to pursue a career in foreign affairs and diplomatics.  A single sociology class taught during her senior year reset her course.  She returned to Ohio to attend law school to become an advocate for the indigent.  After completing law school, she returned to Chicago and first attended LaSalle in 1990.  She returned many times over the years as she served as a public defender by day and an adjunct professor at local law schools by night.  Erica focused on post-conviction and actual innocence cases, and ultimately entered management.  Today she serves as a trial court judge hearing criminal cases and currently co-chairs judicial education for all Illinois judges.   She joined LaSalle in 2011, moved by the warmth and sincerity of LaSalle’s leadership and congregation, and the focus on living our faith and engaging with our community.

Erica Reddick

Elder At-Large

Erica grew up in Akron, Ohio and moved to Illinois to attend Northwestern University to pursue a career in foreign affairs and diplomatics.  A single sociology class taught during her senior year reset her course.  She returned to Ohio to attend law school to become an advocate for the indigent.  After completing law school, she returned to Chicago and first attended LaSalle in 1990.  She returned many times over the years as she served as a public defender by day and an adjunct professor at local law schools by night.  Erica focused on post-conviction and actual innocence cases, and ultimately entered management.  Today she serves as a trial court judge hearing criminal cases and currently co-chairs judicial education for all Illinois judges.   She joined LaSalle in 2011, moved by the warmth and sincerity of LaSalle’s leadership and congregation, and the focus on living our faith and engaging with our community.

  Allen Abinoja   Assistant Moderator

Allen Abinoja

Assistant Moderator

  Bruce Bonecutter   Elder At-Large   Bruce was raised in a Plymouth Brethern family in Southwestern Michigan surrounded by lots of farm work, fishing, hunting, sports, music and arts. Bruce is a clinical psychologist and has a passion for expanding access to services for underserved populations. He has worked with Cornerstone Counseling Center, co-founded the Genesis Therapy Center and is currently working at the Mental Health Program at the Cook County Juvenile Detention Center as well as serving on the board of the Lawndale Christian Legal Center. He, and his wife Faith, have attended LaSalle for over forty years where he has served as usher, Sunday School teacher, a member of various boards and an adult education speaker.

Bruce Bonecutter

Elder At-Large

Bruce was raised in a Plymouth Brethern family in Southwestern Michigan surrounded by lots of farm work, fishing, hunting, sports, music and arts. Bruce is a clinical psychologist and has a passion for expanding access to services for underserved populations. He has worked with Cornerstone Counseling Center, co-founded the Genesis Therapy Center and is currently working at the Mental Health Program at the Cook County Juvenile Detention Center as well as serving on the board of the Lawndale Christian Legal Center. He, and his wife Faith, have attended LaSalle for over forty years where he has served as usher, Sunday School teacher, a member of various boards and an adult education speaker.

  Mary Rodriguez   Elder At-Large   Mary grew up in the Denver-area of Colorado and moved to Chicago to attend North Park University graduating with a BA in Psychology and minor in Sociology. With a background in mental health and case management, Mary is the Good Life Senior Residences Coordinator at HOME (Housing Opportunities and Maintenance for the Elderly). Mary enjoys people and caring for others - through service, advocacy, and encouragement - and loves LaSalle where she feels right at home with others who enjoy the same. She has attended LaSalle since 2010, has served in the refugee welcoming group, as a communion server, helped with newcomer dinners, led a bible study, served on the Elder Board Nominating Committee and is now eager to serve at LaSalle as a member of the Elder Board. 

Mary Rodriguez

Elder At-Large

Mary grew up in the Denver-area of Colorado and moved to Chicago to attend North Park University graduating with a BA in Psychology and minor in Sociology. With a background in mental health and case management, Mary is the Good Life Senior Residences Coordinator at HOME (Housing Opportunities and Maintenance for the Elderly). Mary enjoys people and caring for others - through service, advocacy, and encouragement - and loves LaSalle where she feels right at home with others who enjoy the same. She has attended LaSalle since 2010, has served in the refugee welcoming group, as a communion server, helped with newcomer dinners, led a bible study, served on the Elder Board Nominating Committee and is now eager to serve at LaSalle as a member of the Elder Board. 

  Sharon Ford   Elder Board Clerk   Sharon grew up in Streator, IL and moved to Chicago after attending Eastern Illinois University for a degree in Education. Sharon and her husband Chris were married at LSC and both of their children were baptized here. Past service at LaSalle includes serving as an usher, serving communion, volunteering with Breaking Bread, serving on the Welcoming Committee, providing fellowship snacks, assisting with newcomer dinners and planning a church retreat. Sharon previously served on the board of her children’s elementary school PTA and high school “Friend Of” organization for over 10 years. She works for USG Corporation as a Change Management Program Manager. Sharon grew up in a Methodist church but knew she found a home at LSC when she ‘walked in off the street’ one Sunday over 30 years ago.

Sharon Ford

Elder Board Clerk

Sharon grew up in Streator, IL and moved to Chicago after attending Eastern Illinois University for a degree in Education. Sharon and her husband Chris were married at LSC and both of their children were baptized here. Past service at LaSalle includes serving as an usher, serving communion, volunteering with Breaking Bread, serving on the Welcoming Committee, providing fellowship snacks, assisting with newcomer dinners and planning a church retreat. Sharon previously served on the board of her children’s elementary school PTA and high school “Friend Of” organization for over 10 years. She works for USG Corporation as a Change Management Program Manager. Sharon grew up in a Methodist church but knew she found a home at LSC when she ‘walked in off the street’ one Sunday over 30 years ago.

  Chuck Hogren   Elder At-Large   Chuck was born on Chicago’s south side but spent most of his younger years in the western suburbs.  He is a graduate of Wheaton College and Northwestern University School of Law. He has attended this church since 1962. Chuck has lived on the north side of Chicago for the past 42 years. In 1973 former pastor Bill Leslie and Chuck founded Cabrini Green Legal Aid, one of the church’s ministries. Chuck served as its Executive Director for 24 years. Last year Chuck served on the Leadership Council for the Loaves and Fishes process. In his north side neighborhood, Chuck is active on the Lathrop Leadership Team, an organization devoted to preserving the Julia Lathrop Public Housing Development for low-income residents that is threatened with upscale gentrification. 

Chuck Hogren

Elder At-Large

Chuck was born on Chicago’s south side but spent most of his younger years in the western suburbs.  He is a graduate of Wheaton College and Northwestern University School of Law. He has attended this church since 1962. Chuck has lived on the north side of Chicago for the past 42 years. In 1973 former pastor Bill Leslie and Chuck founded Cabrini Green Legal Aid, one of the church’s ministries. Chuck served as its Executive Director for 24 years. Last year Chuck served on the Leadership Council for the Loaves and Fishes process. In his north side neighborhood, Chuck is active on the Lathrop Leadership Team, an organization devoted to preserving the Julia Lathrop Public Housing Development for low-income residents that is threatened with upscale gentrification. 

  Emily White-Hodge   Elder At-Large  Emily White Hodge lives in Oak Park with her family (husband Dan, daughter Mahalia & mom Marty, along with their 6 pets – yep, it’s a zoo!). In her spare time, Emily enjoys dancing, playing competitive tennis, laying in her hammock, gardening & getting together with friends one-on-one. Professionally, Emily has her PHR, and has been the Director of Operations at New Moms since 2012.  Her 20+ year career in the nonprofit world is driven by a passion for young people, compassion & justice. She uses her organizational expertise with the hopes that everyone who enters will feel welcomed & loved. Emily is also a spiritual director & has been offering spiritual direction since she graduated from North Park Seminary’s Spiritual Direction program in 2015. As a member of the elder board, her goal is to listen: both to the congregation as well as the Holy Spirit.

Emily White-Hodge

Elder At-Large

Emily White Hodge lives in Oak Park with her family (husband Dan, daughter Mahalia & mom Marty, along with their 6 pets – yep, it’s a zoo!). In her spare time, Emily enjoys dancing, playing competitive tennis, laying in her hammock, gardening & getting together with friends one-on-one. Professionally, Emily has her PHR, and has been the Director of Operations at New Moms since 2012.  Her 20+ year career in the nonprofit world is driven by a passion for young people, compassion & justice. She uses her organizational expertise with the hopes that everyone who enters will feel welcomed & loved. Emily is also a spiritual director & has been offering spiritual direction since she graduated from North Park Seminary’s Spiritual Direction program in 2015. As a member of the elder board, her goal is to listen: both to the congregation as well as the Holy Spirit.

  Karl Lauger   Elder Board Treasurer  I have attended LaSalle for 20 years and have been involved in many different ways. The things that drew me to LaSalle (and kept me here) were Senior breakfasts, a wide variety of worship music, evergreen trees hanging from the ceiling of the sanctuary, Adult Forum, fall retreats, interesting people and a level of authenticity that was higher than I'd found in other churches. My wife and I met each other on a LSC fall retreat in 1999 and have been together ever since! She has two 20-something daughters, Camille and Celeste, and we have a son, Eli, who is an eighth-grader at Percy Julian Middle School in Oak Park.     I once took a one-year sabbatical from life to study philosophy and managed not to lose my faith in the process. I like playing guitar (mostly country/folk), bicycling, running (marathons), reading, gardening, watching my son play sports, playing Scrabble with my wife (she wins more often than not) and talking about money, which I suppose might make me a good Treasurer.   

Karl Lauger

Elder Board Treasurer

I have attended LaSalle for 20 years and have been involved in many different ways. The things that drew me to LaSalle (and kept me here) were Senior breakfasts, a wide variety of worship music, evergreen trees hanging from the ceiling of the sanctuary, Adult Forum, fall retreats, interesting people and a level of authenticity that was higher than I'd found in other churches. My wife and I met each other on a LSC fall retreat in 1999 and have been together ever since! She has two 20-something daughters, Camille and Celeste, and we have a son, Eli, who is an eighth-grader at Percy Julian Middle School in Oak Park.

 

I once took a one-year sabbatical from life to study philosophy and managed not to lose my faith in the process. I like playing guitar (mostly country/folk), bicycling, running (marathons), reading, gardening, watching my son play sports, playing Scrabble with my wife (she wins more often than not) and talking about money, which I suppose might make me a good Treasurer.

 

  Joseph Mole   Elder At-Large  Joseph Mole is a 15-year “LaSaller” and the founding Executive Director of Covenant House Illinois, which opened its doors in 2017 to offer unconditional love, absolute respect and life-transforming support to youth experiencing homelessness in Chicago. With an MSW from University of Michigan, Joseph has spent the last 20 years working to remove barriers and expand opportunities for vulnerable people and communities through his work with several nonprofit organizations, including our own Cabrini Green Legal Aid. With a passion for people, Joseph is committed to racial equity and social justice, and is inspired by the resilience of individuals and communities. You’ll often find him walking his 115-lb Rhodesian Ridgeback, Savannah, along the lakeshore in Hyde Park

Joseph Mole

Elder At-Large

Joseph Mole is a 15-year “LaSaller” and the founding Executive Director of Covenant House Illinois, which opened its doors in 2017 to offer unconditional love, absolute respect and life-transforming support to youth experiencing homelessness in Chicago. With an MSW from University of Michigan, Joseph has spent the last 20 years working to remove barriers and expand opportunities for vulnerable people and communities through his work with several nonprofit organizations, including our own Cabrini Green Legal Aid. With a passion for people, Joseph is committed to racial equity and social justice, and is inspired by the resilience of individuals and communities. You’ll often find him walking his 115-lb Rhodesian Ridgeback, Savannah, along the lakeshore in Hyde Park