Board of Directors

Biel Rev. Timothy Biel, Jr. (President) is the pastor of Central UMC in Skokie. He previously served at Homewood: St. Andrew (2014-2018); Evergreen Park: First UMC (2008-2014); and Cary UMC (2003-2008). He specializes in Spiritual Formation and Congregation Development. Tim has a heart for all those seeking peace and divine grace in this life.
Lillye Hart (Secretary) is a member of Wesley UMC in Chicago where she is a servant leader on several committees and serves as the church Treasurer. One of her passions is the healthy development of children during their early years and spiritual guidance and growth that instills foundational values for a brighter future.
Kathy Brock is a member of Maple Park UMC in Chicago where she serves as co-lay leader and secretary of the Board of Trustees. She also serves on the Northern Illinois Conference Board of Ordained Ministry.
Gaye Lynn Loufek is the Director of Youth Ministries at Grace United Methodist Church in Naperville and her philosophy is “Nothing you do for a child is ever wasted”. A registered nurse as a first career, Gaye Lynn has a strong passion for the well-being of all children in all areas of their lives.
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Rosemary Taylor, Ph.D. is a member of Transformation Community United Methodist Church in Harvey IL. She is also an active member of her local unit of United Women In Faith. In addition, she is a licensed Clinical Psychologist working in private practice in the western suburbs of Chicago. 

Melissa Kirk (Communications Coordinator) is the Executive Administrator for Urban Village Church. She also serves as the Assistant Director of Administration at Erikson Institute, a Graduate School in Early Childhood Development. She holds a certificate in Early Childhood Leadership and Advocacy, which she hopes to use in advocating for education equality for children in marginalized communities. 



Vickie Powell Bass (United Women in Faith) is the 2022 Bishop Jesse R. DeWitt Child Advocacy Award honoree. She is also the Lay Leader and Certified Lay Servant at Chicago: Wesley UMC.

KAA rep

Deaconess Catherine Inserra (Kids Above All rep) is the Manager of Faith and Community Relations with Kids Above All (formerly ChildServ). In her role, she develops partnerships with local churches, community groups, and schools to support Kids Above All’s services and programs for the kids in their care. Catherine was consecrated a Deaconess in 2018 by United Methodist Women and subsequently commissioned in Northern Illinois Conference

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Willam Lenters (Rosecrance)

LaTonia Booth-Johnson(MYSI rep) is the outreach coordinator for MYSI Corporation. She is an advocate for seniors and youth within MYSI. She joined the UVC board back in 2017 and is a pillar in the surrounding communities.

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United Voices for Children accepts new board members on an ongoing basis. Interested in joining our Board of Directors? Download and complete the form below! 

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