My name is Maria E. Mento. I was born in the Dominican Republic and moved to New York City when I was 12 years old, where I went to junior high and high school. From NYC, I moved to Evanston to attend Northwestern University, where I got a BA. I met my future husband at Northwestern, got married and had three sons. I later went back to school and obtained a Master of Divinity at McCormick Theological Seminary. I practiced parish ministry for seven years as pastor of the English ministry in a Hispanic Pentecostal church, but was always drawn to chaplaincy since doing one unit of CPE at St Francis Hospital in Evanston. I really love the one-on-one ministry and compassionate care provided in chaplaincy, it seemed like a better fit for me. I finally entered a residency in chaplaincy at Alexian Brothers Medical Center, where later I worked part time as a chaplain. Later, I worked two years at a hospice as a field chaplain and director of spiritual care. Five years ago, I began working for our organization as a bilingual chaplain. I'm a member of JourneyCare's Moonstone care team, but assist the Amethyst, Sunstone and occasionally the Jet teams with their Spanish-speaking-only patients. I love being a chaplain.
Katie Fernandez is a Registered Nurse, certified in hospice and palliative care. She has worked for our organization for 15 years in both hospice and palliative care. She's the proud mom of four intelligent and talented grown children.
James “Jim” Claydon is a Vietnam Navy Seabee veteran. He served in Danang, Phu-Bai and Hue from 1967-1968 and was a Steelworker in support of the Third Marine Engineering Battalion. Jim is Veteran Volunteer, serving on JourneyCare’s Veteran Volunteers Advisory Council: “I live in Homewood near the area where Highway 294 and 80 meet, which makes me the south region representative,” he explains. Jim also volunteers by visiting veterans in senior centers or at their homes. His hobby is stained glass art and he participates in summer fine art shows.
Anna Libert has worked in Administration for 27 years including the last 12 in Healthcare. She has worked for JourneyCare as the Team Care Coordinator at the The Pepper Family Hospice CareCenter in Barrington and The Hospice CareCenter in Woodstock. She handles many of the nonclinical operations, as well as supporting her team, families and patients.
Anna enjoys being a Reiki Master, painter, nature photographer and gardener. Most of all, she enjoys adventures spent with her children, family and friends.
Nicole Kaufmann is a board-certified music therapist with Journeycare, beginning her career with legacy Horizon upon completing an internship in 2014. Nicole graduated from Illinois State with an MM in music therapy and continues to grow her knowledge and skills as a hospice music therapist, with the hopes of completing her HPMT certificate in the near future. When not working, Nicole enjoys exploring new coffee shops with her husband and hanging out with their rescue pup Cooper.
Lisa Fortini-Campbell lives in Evanston and has been a hospice volunteer for nine years. She is an adjunct professor at the Kellogg School of Management at Northwestern University.
Allison is a licensed professional counselor (LPC) and certified alcohol and drug counselor (CADC). She has worked for Journey Care for nearly three years as a bereavement counselor and children’s bereavement program coordinator. In her free time, Allison has three babies under the age of two, in turn, has very little free time. She enjoys yoga and mindfulness, juice and smoothies, and playing with her German Shephard, Artie (Arthur).
Tim serves as our Chaplain at JourneyCare’s inpatient units in Glenview and Arlington Heights. Tim joined our JourneyCare staff last fall after having volunteered for nearly fifteen years. He previously spent many years in the financial services arena until he had a calling to Chaplaincy and completed his Master’s degree at Loyola University in Chicago.
Prior to joining JourneyCare, he served as a Chaplain at Condell Medical Center in Libertyville and Good Shepherd Hospital in Barrington. Tim says he has the best job in the world and gets to laugh, cry, and pray with people every day.
A United States Marine Corps veteran and recently retired from a life of public service, Jim Richardson discovered the blessing of JourneyCare during the final days and hours of his fathers life. Jim is a 'We Honor Veterans' pinning facilitator and member of the Veteran's Advisory Council. He also serves as 'Grayshirt' and Illinois Planning Coordinator for Team Rubicon USA. When not working with veterans and veteran causes, Jim revels in learning and recreating many of the old folkways of his Eastern Kentucky heritage.
Christine (Chris) Rechsteiner is the Volunteer Supervisor for the South/West. She also coordinates the Kids Who Care program. Chris started with JourneyCare in February, after a long career working with youth, children and adults in the ministry field. Outside of work she cherishes every moment with her husband and three teens. Her outside interest include balls, bats and theater.