Our Board of Directors

The preservation of the highest standards of integrity and ethical principles is vital to safeguarding public trust.

Our volunteer Board of Directors stands firm in their commitment to ensuring the vitality and viability of the organization through strong governance and stewardship.  

Board Officers and Executive Committee Members

  • John J. Freyek, Board Chair
    Vice President / Senior Relationship Manager
    First Merchants Bank

    John Freyek is in his first full term as Board President. John has a long history of nonprofit involvement previously serving on the board of Jacob’s Ladder Pediatric Rehab Center, Pines Village Retirement Communities, and the Highland Chamber of Commerce, among others. In 2015, John was honored with the First Merchant Bank’s Gold Shield Award for Community Service.

  • Lauren P. Trumbo, Board Vice-Chair
    Finance Manager
    St. Catherine Hospital

    Lauren Trumbo has a history of involvement with organizations that benefit children. She is active in her child’s school as a PTO volunteer and former Treasurer for the group, as well as serving as a teacher at her church. Her motivation for joining the board of MHA of Lake County is to build a stronger continuum of care for Lake County residents.


  • Katy Dowling, Treasurer
    Chief Financial Officer, Crown Point School Corporation

    Katy Dowling believes in the power of service with a long history of active involvement in a variety of nonprofit organizations. Through her work as a civil servant with the town of Highland, to her current vocation as financial officer for school corporations, Katy is devoted to causes that serve the interests of children and families.

  • Gina Altieri, Secretary
    Owner/President
    Phenix7 Mktg. Inc.

    Gina Altieri is a driver of positive change for her company and for MHA of Lake County. She attributes her parents with instilling in her a commitment to improving lives through volunteerism and has served on numerous non-profit throughout her career, including work as a board member and volunteer for the Lake Area United Way.

  • Board Members


  • Christian Bartholomew
    Attorney
    Burke Costanza & Carberry

    Christian believes in contributing his time and talents to meaningful volunteer opportunities. His volunteer experience includes arts organizations as well as volunteering time in projects and fundraising that benefit community. He is eager to share his legal expertise and technical acumen to contribute to the viability and vitality of MHALC.

  • Andrea Sherwin
    Vice President, Director of Marketing, Centier Bank

    Andrea Sherwin is utilizing her 20 years of marketing experience to enhance awareness about the important role mental health plays in overall well-being. Her previous board and nonprofit volunteer experience relates to the arts, health, and business, and improving the lives of children. She has a particular interest in programs that support the well-being of adolescents.


  • Janice Zunich, M.D.
    Indiana University School of Medicine - Northwest

    Dr. Janice Zunich, a board certified medical geneticist, is the organization’s longest serving board member, devoting more than 25 years to the organization and applying her expertise in pediatrics and genetics to support MHA of Lake County programs that empower family well-being. Her dedication to wellness can be found in the clinical services she provides, as well as the many nonprofit organizations she has committed to in her career. She currently serves as the medical member of the Lake County Child Protection Team and Child Fatality Review Committee.

  • Jill A. Miller, PsyD., HSPP
    Northwest Psychological Services, P.C.

    Dr. Miller has extensive experience working with parents to ensure the well-being of families. As a private practitioner, as well as working with family courts, she provides individual and family counseling, psychological evaluation, substance abuse assessment, in addition to therapeutic parenting time and reunification. She devotes time to improving overall mental wellness through her involvement with the Northwest Indiana Suicide Prevention Council and provides free counseling to veterans.


  • Joe Starkey
    Investment Advisor Representative/Partner
    Oak Partners, Inc.

    Joe Starkey joined the board in 2016, excited to devote his energy, time, and talents to advancing the mission of the organization and working as part of the team to help the organization reach its goals. His volunteer experience includes serving on the board of the March of Dimes and participation in several regional chambers of commerce, as well as serving as past president of the Griffith Chamber.

  • Jeff Carroll
    Attorney
    Koransky, Bouwer & Poracky, P.C.

    In addition to Jeff Carroll’s legal acumen he is an award-winning journalist, as well as an author. His volunteer experience includes devoting time to organizations that serve enhance the well-being of children. His interest in mental health advocacy stems from his work at a mental health legal clinic while attending law school.


  • Jennifer Connelly
    CEO
    Triple W Forum LLC

    Jennifer is passionate about the role that parents play in creating the most nurturing environment for children to grow and thrive. Similarly to her own professional role, Jennifer admires the work of MHALC in treating the whole person and is excited to share her talents in the continued success of the organization.

  • Ron Millies
    Retired

    Ron has dedicated much of his life to the betterment of the family through his service as a founding board member of Early Learning Partnership, as well as his volunteer work with St. Paul’s Lutheran Church and the Munster Rotary Club. He joins the board of MHALC to aid in educating and empowering parents to be their child’s first and best teacher.


  • Phil Taillon
    Chief of Staff
    City of Hammond
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    Phil’s interest in joining the MHALC board lies in his belief that the services we provide are critical to the wellbeing of Hammond and Northwest Indiana. Phil will share his talents in connecting the organization with the influential people and organizations to advance MHALC’s mission.

  • James Donovan
    Vice President
    Tri-Electronics, Inc.

    Jim comes to MHALC with extensive board experience having served in executive Board positions of many prominent Lake County nonprofit organizations. He is eager to share the knowledge gained from these experiences, as well as lend a helping hand when his talents and his business acumen can lead to a better outcome for children.


  • Noah Hirsch
    Assistant General Manager
    Horseshoe Casino

    A well-rounded professional, Noah brings his vast business experience as well as his love of being a new dad to support the mission of MHALC to empower families for life. He has served on numerous nonprofit boards and looks forward to improving Northwest Indiana communities through his engagement with our organization.

  • Rebecca Tilton
    Community Health Improvement Coordinator
    Franciscan Health

    Rebecca has a strong desire and passion for engaging and implementing programs that improve maternal and child health. In 2017, this former AmeriCorps volunteer partnered with MHALC to enhance outreach to vulnerable women and worked in collaboration to create special events to benefit families.

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