Shepherd’s HOPE has only 1 full time and 2 part-time paid staff members. Most of our work is accomplished by volunteers who live right in the community we serve.

Our Volunteers

Brian Anderson, Executive Director
Dee Sutton, Food Pantry Manager
Laurence Mitchell, Pantry Operations
Butch Rath, Feeding Center Manager
Debra Robinson, Feeding Center Cook
Jeanetia Alford, Feeding Center Cook


We are governed by a board of 10 directors who serve as volunteers seeking to follow God’s will for this ministry as we pursue the stated goals.

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Brian Anderson, Founder and Executive Director and Laura Finato Anderson, Co-Founder live in Grayslake, IL. Brian was once a business owner but is now a fulltime volunteer and part-time paid staff member for Shepherd’s HOPE. Laura’s expertise is in real estate management and currently works for a mortgage company during the day and does the purchasing and accounts management for Shepherd’s HOPE as well as serving at as many events as possible.

Marsha Eaglin, Director of IMPACT Family Center lives in Chicago, IL. She is a journalist and formerly worked in network news media until she left her job at CBS News to start IMPACT. She uses her expertise to help Shepherd’s HOPE with grant writing, promotional materials and fundraising projects.

Nathanial Hill is a follower of our Lord and Savior who came from the pits of drug abuse and prison. Nate is a man the Lord is using on a grand scale. He started God’s End Time Church and by God’s grace his venue for this church is Robeson HS, a miracle in itself. Church services are at 11:00 am on Sundays; Bible studies are on Wednesdays and there is either a breakfast or luncheon on almost every Saturday. Along with his wife, he is using every gathering to share the saving grace of Jesus Christ in this Englewood community.

Kevin Johanson lives in Hoffman Estates, IL  and is self-employed with expertise in information technology. He is in charge of the discipleship aspects of Shepherd’s HOPE. He often greets our guests, helps with whatever needs to be done at the pantry and shares the leadership for the Bible Study.

Duane and Lynne Sell live in Huntley, IL. Duane is a retired college professor and does the bookkeeping for Shepherd’s HOPE. Lynne is a retired school counselor and concentrates on the communications and grant-writing projects for Shepherd’s HOPE.

Judy and Mark Thomas live in Inverness, IL. Judy is a retired attorney, having worked for an international law firm and the legal departments of Motorola and Alberto Culver.  Mark is a CPA and retired from senior production and finance management positions at Tribune Company.  He became interested in Shepherd’s HOPE because of our Aquaponic Farming projects. They both serve when they can at the pantry and at the feeding center. They also share their financial expertise in the decision making process.

Robert(Butch) Rath

Kurt Williams leads the Kingdom Lifeline Ministries which is dedicated to impacting the lives, families, and communities of men dealing with addiction and other troubles. They have a 12 month, 24 hour residential ministry that is designed to bring freedom and transformation through the power of Jesus Christ, discipleship, and developing.