The Team, Staff & Board


The TEAM!

Lynn Curtis
Executive Director

Lynn has served as Executive Director for six years. She worked as the Church Secretary for the Delavan UMC where she also was their Shelter coordinator. Prior to this she developed policies and procedure 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 four grandchildren.
Pat Clancy
General Manager

Pat came to the Shelter five 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.
Mary Knipper
Board President

Mary is a retired nurse and pharmaceutical research consultant. Her interests focus on environmental resources protection, and she is President of Wisconsin’s statewide lake nonprofit organization, Wisconsin Lakes. As part of the Wisconsin Lakes Partnership, she is a graduate of the Wisconsin Lake Leaders Institute. She lives on Delavan Lake with her husband John, a retired environmental microbiologist for the City of Chicago, and is active in her community and has served as an officer in numerous other nonprofit organizations. Mary and John enjoy traveling and vacationing anywhere there is sand and water….she grew up in beautiful Cape Cod. They love to travel and spend time with her daughter Maureen and son-in-law, Michael. Mary has been involved with the homeless shelter since its inception, and is currently a site Coordinator assisting other host churches in Walworth County.
Madeline Zindrick
Board Secretary/
Treasurer

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 Stanley Curtis
Board

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.
Julie Hermanson
Board

Julie created AWARE in Evansville, a grassroots program of Community Action, Inc. of Rock and Walworth Counties in 1998. AWARE provides emergency assistance for rent, utilities, car repairs, and medication to prevent people from going homeless. It offers year-round programming to support low-income families, including food, clothing, driver’s education scholarships, holiday programs and more. AWARE projects also include the creation of the Evansville Youth Center, the creation of Refuse 2 Bruise teen dating abuse education and advocacy, and the relocation and expansion of our local food pantry. Julie has volunteered her time with Evansville Ecumenical Care Closet, Edgerton Community Outreach, Second Harvest Foodbank, St. Paul Catholic Church and many school organizations. She has vast experience in program creation and fundraising and has assisted with fundraisers for Twin Oaks Homeless Shelter in Delavan.
Janet Nettekoven
Board


Janet is retired, having owned and operated a retail bakery for 28 years in Elkhorn Wisconsin. She now enjoys her retirement by volunteering as a coordinator of the Spirit of Hope Homeless Shelter program hosted by Chapel on the Hill. She is also on the Finance Committee at the Church. Her education includes a Bachelor of Science in vocational rehabilitation and experience in vocational counseling and testing with physically and mentally challenged adults. She is the mother of two sons and grandmother to two youngsters. Janet enjoys traveling and spending quality time with her family.
Rev. Wes Slawson
Board


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
Board

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.