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
Kenneth Kostal, President
Kenneth Kostal and his wife Judy reside in LaGrange. They have three children and nine grandchildren. He began his career as an instructor at the University of Illinois where he received his BS and MS in architectural engineering. He joined the engineering firm of Sargent and Lundy where he worked for 35 years. Kenneth retired as the Executive Vice President and Managing Director of International Power. He served on the boards of LaGrange Memorial Health Systems, YMCA LaGrange, and Helping Hand. He was active with the University of Illinois Development Board, and is currently a member of Saint Francis Xavier Church in LaGrange.
Ben Boyd, Vice President
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.
Gaye Wagner, Secretary
Gaye Wagner is not new to the non-for profit community. She has been a member of the WBBR Kiwanis since 2005 where she serves as a board of director, in addition Gaye is the Committee Chairman for the West Suburban Chamber of Commerce, Women in Business. She recently accepted a position with Independence4Seniors as Community Relations Manager where she will continue to build relationships within the local community, and its organizations to continue to serve the senior citizen 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
Mary Pat Flaherty
Mary Pat Flaherty is an attorney practicing in Western Springs. She graduated summa cum laude from Loyola University of Chicago and earned her law degree from the University of Virginia School of Law. Her volunteer positions have included La Grange Park Public Library District board member and president, Girl Scout leader, Cub Scout Troop Treasurer, and several positions at St. Francis Xavier Catholic parish, including Eucharistic Minister and Coordinator and Finance Council member. Mary Pat is married to Mike and they have four children ranging in age from 21 to 27.
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.
Andy and his wife, Ann, have lived in Western Springs for 38 years and have two daughters who both live in the East Bay Area of California. Andy started his career in public accounting in 1979 and then moved on to work for Baxter International in Deerfield, where he retired as Senior Tax Counsel in 2014. He has served as the president of the Chicago chapter of the Tax Executives Institute and the St. John of the Cross school board. Andy also serves the Thomas Ford Memorial Library as both treasurer and board member. After retirement, Andy tutored students at Arrupe College for three years as part of the Ignatian Volunteer Corps. He has been providing transportation to our care partners for the past year and especially enjoys the free continuing education he receives during his rides.
Mardel Graffy worked in accounting and finance for over 35 years. She started her career in public accounting and then moved into corporate accounting and finance with FMC and FMC Technologies, where she held various roles in consolidations, financial reporting and as Controller and Pension Benefits Manager for FMC’s employee service center. She recently retired as Chief Financial Officer of Rubicon Technology, Inc. Mardel has resided in Indian Head Park for 30 years and is a member of St. John of the Cross. In addition to driving for ICP, she is a Garden Angel for SJC and, during tax season, a volunteer for the VITA tax preparation program that prepares tax returns for low income earners.
Bob has worked in accounting and finance for 40 years. He’s currently Vice President of Finance for The Metraflex Company. Bob and his wife Ginny have been married for 38 years, and they have two daughters and one granddaughter. 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.
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 and looks forward to serving and assisting the Board of Interfaith Community Partners.
Bethany O’Brien is the Vice President and Trust Officer at FNBC Wealth Management. She received a Juris Doctor in Law from Chicago- Kent School of Law and has worked her entire career as a corporate fiduciary. She is passionate about community service, having served on the boards of many central Illinois non-profits. Additionally, she has participated in medical missions to Haiti. Bethany resides in Oak Park, IL, with her husband Dan, a physician, and her son Edward. In her free time, she enjoys playing the cello and traveling.