Our Elder Board

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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. 

Peter Kingma Elder At-Large Pete is a partner at Ernst & Young and leads the working capital practice in the US. His practice focuses on helping companies such as Boeing, General Motors and Dow Chemical generate cash flow improvements. His mate of over 21 years, Thom Lambert, is a law professor at the University of Missouri. Pete and Thom split their time between Chicago and Columbia, MO during the academic year.

Peter Kingma

Elder At-Large

Pete is a partner at Ernst & Young and leads the working capital practice in the US. His practice focuses on helping companies such as Boeing, General Motors and Dow Chemical generate cash flow improvements. His mate of over 21 years, Thom Lambert, is a law professor at the University of Missouri. Pete and Thom split their time between Chicago and Columbia, MO during the academic year.

Caronina Grimble Elder Board Assistant Moderator Caronina has been attending LaSalle for roughly seven years. She was drawn by LaSalle’s commitment to social justice and has stayed because of LaSalle’s commitment to God and to social justice. She is grateful for the community of caring that she has stepped into and is honored to serve this community. She is happily employed as a Program Officer at Woods Fund Chicago.

Caronina Grimble

Elder Board Assistant Moderator

Caronina has been attending LaSalle for roughly seven years. She was drawn by LaSalle’s commitment to social justice and has stayed because of LaSalle’s commitment to God and to social justice. She is grateful for the community of caring that she has stepped into and is honored to serve this community. She is happily employed as a Program Officer at Woods Fund Chicago.

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.

Dar Fieberg-Herdegen Elder At-Large Dar has been attending LaSalle for almost 10 years. She has served as a youth group leader, on the worship planning committee and has enjoyed being a part of LaSalle Theater. She and her husband Kerry were Prayer School Captains for the Loaves & Fishes process. She spends most of her time wrangling their six-month-old twins, Kleinie and Elosina, and is in the beginning stages of her dissertation in Education Research. Dar does not sleep.

Dar Fieberg-Herdegen

Elder At-Large

Dar has been attending LaSalle for almost 10 years. She has served as a youth group leader, on the worship planning committee and has enjoyed being a part of LaSalle Theater. She and her husband Kerry were Prayer School Captains for the Loaves & Fishes process. She spends most of her time wrangling their six-month-old twins, Kleinie and Elosina, and is in the beginning stages of her dissertation in Education Research. Dar does not sleep.

Doug Swanson Elder At-Large Doug has been attending LaSalle for 8 years. During that time he has worked with the junior high group (and some of you may be more familiar with him as “TC”), ushered, greeted, participated in a variety of small groups and was on the Leadership Council for the Loaves and Fishes process. Doug is married to Rachel who sings during worship occasionally, and always beautifully. They have a two-year old son, Isaiah.

Doug Swanson

Elder At-Large

Doug has been attending LaSalle for 8 years. During that time he has worked with the junior high group (and some of you may be more familiar with him as “TC”), ushered, greeted, participated in a variety of small groups and was on the Leadership Council for the Loaves and Fishes process. Doug is married to Rachel who sings during worship occasionally, and always beautifully. They have a two-year old son, Isaiah.

Kathryn Scanland Elder Board Treasurer Kathryn grew up on a farm in rural Kansas. She attended Greenville College and Southern Illinois University studying business and management. The move to Illinois brought her closer to Chicago where she eventually wanted to put down roots. After 10 years of working for several Christian colleges and Christianity Today she became a consultant. Today her consulting focuses mostly on strategic planning and leadership development with mission-driven organizations. She began attending LaSalle in 2004 looking for a church that had a strong outward focus in the community. She previously served as Treasurer and Moderator on the Elder Board.

Kathryn Scanland

Elder Board Treasurer

Kathryn grew up on a farm in rural Kansas. She attended Greenville College and Southern Illinois University studying business and management. The move to Illinois brought her closer to Chicago where she eventually wanted to put down roots. After 10 years of working for several Christian colleges and Christianity Today she became a consultant. Today her consulting focuses mostly on strategic planning and leadership development with mission-driven organizations. She began attending LaSalle in 2004 looking for a church that had a strong outward focus in the community. She previously served as Treasurer and Moderator on the Elder Board.

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.