Our Senior Leadership
Gilbert Fonger, President/CEO
Gilbert Fonger joined Marklund in February, 2011, as president and chief executive officer, after serving for more than 20 years in a number of positions in the nonprofit field. As chief development officer at Little City Foundation in Palatine, he oversaw all fundraising, marketing, communications and business development. Prior to Little City, he held various executive positions with the YMCA of Metro Chicago, and served as a pastor for more than 10 years. He had also served as an officer in the U.S. Coast Guard.
Chief Financial Officer - Kudus Badmus
Chief Development Officer - Heather Graves
Administrator, Marklund Hyde Center and Community-Based Services - Rachelle Jewison
Administrator, Marklund Philip Center, and Director of Therapy - Gunjan Patel
Administrator, Marklund Wasmond Center - Shelley Lewis
Shelley Lewis has been involved with the Marklund Wasmond Center (formerly Little Angels) her entire life. She was three-years old when her parents, Pat and Bob Wasmond, opened their home to children with special needs. She grew up working in the facility in every capacity taking over in 1979 as the Administrator. She graduated from the University of Iowa with a bachelors degree in Nursing. She started her nursing career in the Burn Unit at Loyola University before being called home to the family business. She is proud to carry on her parent’s legacy under the Marklund Family. Contact Shelley Lewis at 224-523-7530.
Director of Education - Paula Bodzioch
Director of Government Relations and Community Support - Lois Sheaffer
Director of Human Resources - Joan Rubino
Director of Marketing and Communications - Dawn Lassiter-Brueske