Community Leaders Making a Difference
Our board is comprised of people of achievement whose reputation within our community is one of leadership and integrity. We count on our board members for governance and active participation in furthering the mission of Interfaith Community Partners.
Our board members support us in a variety of ways, including:
- Assistance in developing community awareness
- Participation in fundraising
- Avoidance of conflicts of interest
- Advisory services to the president about the operation of the organization
- Adherence to fiduciary responsibility
- Leadership in fund development, including reasonable personal gifts
Bob Grecco, President
Bob has worked in accounting and finance for 35 years. He’s currently Vice President of Finance for The Metraflex Company. B oband his wife Ginny have been married for 32 years, and they have two daughters. He’s active in the St. John of the Cross traditional choir as well as Seguin RCA, an advocate agency for the developmentally disabled. He is also a member of the SJC Men’s Club and supports many other local and national non-profit initiatives.
Herbert A. Smyers, Vice President
As business manager of the First Presbyterian Church of Lake Forest, Herb administered a $10 million portfolio, implemented information technology upgrades and directed maintenance of the church’s five-building campus. Herb also worked as Treasurer and Director of Business Affairs for the Presbytery of Chicago and in other leadership roles at various corporations. Since retiring, Herb has been providing care-partner transportation for Interfaith Community Partners and serving on the organization’s board.
Gaye Wagner, Secretary
Gaye Wagner is not new to the non-for profit community. She is a ten year member of the WBBR Kiwanis and serves on the Board of Directors and also served on the WBBR Chamber Board for 6 years. she remains committed to the community she serves through her work as a Banking Center Manager at MB Finacial in LaGrange Park and is thrilled to be part of the West Suburban Community. She lives in Downers Grove and has two grown children, TJ and Amanda and four grandchildren.
Bob Weiler, Treasurer
Bob has been a resident of La Grange Park for the past 40 years and is a member of St. Louise de Marillac Church. He has been a faithful volunteer since early 2013 and joined the Board of Directors that December. Prior to providing transportation for our care partners, Bob was enrolled to practice before the Internal Revenue Service and has spent the last 35 years in tax preparation and finance.
Other Board Members
Benjamin Boyd In his professional life, Ben was Vice-President and Division Manager for a steel tubing company. In retirement he has used his accounting skills as treasurer for his condominium association and assisting seniors in their tax preparation. In his home church of St. Francis Xavier he is a “kitchen angel” cooking for those in need, a Eucharistic Minister and lector / commentator. He has been providing transportation with ICP since 2015. Ben and his wife, Barbara, are the parents of four adult children and grandparents of nine wonderful grandchildren.
Sharon Flaim left the corporate world to pursue her real love of volunteering and being a mom. Sharon is a mother of five and wife of Bob. Her family is very supportive of all her endeavors and passions. Sharon strongly believes in our community and is involved with 23 non profit organizations.
Sharon also is the founder of Catherine’s Community Closet. Sharon is an amazing asset to the community and to ICP.
Mary Beth Ford
Mary Beth recently retired after seventeen years as a member of the of St. Cletus Parish staff. Her roles there included nine years as Youth Director and seventeen years as Director of Social Concerns. Her past employment included Marketing at Sears, Roebuck and Co., substitute teaching, working for a small financial firm, and years of volunteering while her children were in school. It was in her role as Director of Social Concerns that she first encountered ICP and enthusiastically embraced their mission. Experiencing faith communities and local care agencies, forging partnerships to help meet the needs of struggling individuals and families, whatever their ages or concerns, is of prime importance to her. Mary Beth and her husband, Richard, have resided in La Grange for over 40 years, raising their four children, seeing them each married and beginning to raise families of their own. They currently have seven grandchildren.
Ann Marie Hickey is a Real Estate Broker in Western Springs and has been a volunteer for ICP for two and a half years. She and her husband, Al, have lived in the area for 24 years and have three children, Robert, Brian, and Megan. Ann Marie has served as a Trustee for the Village of Western Springs and as Commissioner for the Recreation Department. She is a member of the Business Association and has been involved with the West Suburban Chamber of Commerce. She has a vast knowledge of the western suburbs andlooks forward to serving and assisting the Board of Interfaith Community Partners.
Kathleen B. King
Kathleen is a college instructor with experience as an administrator at the K-12 level. She has conducted the ICP volunteer training for over ten years, and has been on the ICP Board since 2011.
Aileen Pendleton has been involved with ICP for over five years and is extremely passionate about helping older adults remain independent, safe, and happy. She and her husband Neil have lived in Western Springs for 17 years and have three children: Hunter, Ellie, and Katie. Aileen is an avid, serial volunteer in every facet of her life—from church to school and local civic organizations. She is honored to serve on the board of such a wonderful, needed organization.