Staff & Board

Lynn Curtis
Executive Director

Lynn has served as Executive Director for eight years. She worked as Church Secretary for the Delavan UMC where she also was their Shelter coordinator. Prior to this she developed policies and procedures in the quality and compliance department of a local hospice. Family remains one of the most important things in her life and she especially enjoys "chasing around" her six grandchildren.
Pat Clancy
General Manager

Pat came to the Shelter six years ago with experience working at the homeless shelter in Madison. He hails from Chicago, loves his Bear and Cubbies and has an amazing back-story about the days he himself was homeless.
Rev Stanley Curtis
Board President

Pastor Stan’s work history includes being a grocery manager, a salesman in the grocery industry, a training officer and acting director of the Asbestos Abatement program in the state of Wisconsin’s Section of Occupational Health. In 1991, he entered seminary and has been an ordained minister for the past 26 years and retired in July, 2015. Over the past 30 years, Pastor Stan has been involved in several charitable organizations: a volunteer and a board member of the Jackson County Red Cross and a Board member of Habitat for Humanity. While serving a United Methodist Church in Madison, he was one of the first volunteers for the Madison homeless shelter and became very active with Spirit of Hope in 2010 when he first moved to Delavan, WI, to serve as the lead pastor for the United Methodist Church.
Madeline Zindrick
Board Secretary/

Madeline Zindrick was born and raised in South Milwaukee, WI. She is married to Joe and they have 3 children and 16 grandchildren. Madeline moved to Walworth when she met and married Joe in 1978. She graduated from South Milwaukee High School in 1965. Madeline has been the Site Coordinator for the Big Foot Food Pantry since 2005. The Pantry is housed in her church Immanuel UCC. She has been a member of Immanuel since 1985 and served on various boards within the church. Madeline is the Administrative assistant for Immanuel. Madeline plays in the Handbell Choir for her church and has served on their Turkey Dinner committee for 12 years, and has also been on the committee for their Cookie Walk. She has served as a Board of Directors on the Spirit of Hope Homeless Shelter for a number of years and recently became the Secretary/Treasurer of the Shelter. Madeline is a member of the American Legion Auxiliary in Green Lake. Madeline is a Salvation Army Volunteer by being the voucher writer for her area. Madeline enjoys spending time with her grandchildren who live in 3 different states. She loves camping and fishing in Green Lake, playing bingo, bowling and crocheting.
Rev. Wes Slawson

Pastor Wes grew up in West Allis, Wisconsin in a family that actively lived out the call to help others wherever and whenever possible. (Matthew 25:40) Being a Eagle Boy Scout seemed like a natural extension of life in the Slawson household. After college, he married his disco partner, Christine, and began work in full-time ministry. He was a youth pastor for 30 years, a short-term mission trainer for 17 and a lead pastor for about 3 years. Most of his mission trips include some ministry to the homeless. He was his church’s site coordinator for about 4 years and joined the shelter board in 2016. Wes strongly believes in treating everyone as if they were Jesus in disguise. That means respect, building relation-ships and rejoicing at accomplishments. Wes’ next season of life includes being a volunteer Disaster Chaplain and taking some extra seminary classes.
Rich Verrengia

Rich has owned Brighter View, LLC since 2001. The business started out as a Residential cleaning company for Seniors and the Handicapped. As the years went on he expanded the business to become Care Giving and Home Health Care. Some of the duties performed on a daily basis include working with family members, doctors, nurses, spouses, the County and the State and, of course, the client. Rich is passionate in what he does on a daily basis. Rich enjoys playing piano for relaxation. He also likes to work around his home built in the 1800’s and enjoys doing things with his wife. He has 4 grown daughters and 8 grandchildren.
Ron Nelson

Ron retired from teaching in 2010 after 39 years in the classroom (the last 32 in Elkhorn). He has been site coordinator for Christ Episcopal Church in Delavan since 2005, when the shelter first opened. He is married to Susanne and has three children, Jeremy and wife Jen, grandchildren Linus and Marloe (Milwaukee), Eric (Las Vegas) and Jesi (Los Angeles). Ron and Susanne enjoy traveling both internationally and domestically, especially on their Can AM Spyder motorcycle. Ron is an avid Packers, Bucks and Badgers fan. He is active in his church as Sexton and has a passion for the homeless men that this shelter serves.
Pete Thompson

Will Swierenga

Gerry Forbes

Rev. Sean Walker
Jeff Alheit