Who We Are
Chief Executive Officer
Virtual Pantry Coordinator
Edwin De La O
Donor Database Coordinator
Food Pantry Coordinator
Pantry Programs Manager
Director of Support Services
Director of Pantry Operations
Director of Development
University of St. Francis
john greene Enterprises
Hon. Gina Cunningham-Picek
Dr. Robert Girgis
Barbara A Schmith
Management Company, Inc.
Terra Costa Howard
Mary Jo Mullen
Mr. Kevin Delano is a financial and operational executive enabling organizations to improve results and grow their business. At Ramussen University, Mr. Delano was in charge of finance, accounting, tax, treasury, insurance, human capital, real estate, and payroll for a $260M+ private education company. Prior to his tenure at Rasmussen University, Mr. Delano served as Director of Finance at Nokia, leading international teams in North America, the Netherlands, and India, to drive improvements in people, process, and technology across departments. He is a licensed CPA in the state of Illinois, has a MBA from Washington University in St Louis, and a BS in Accounting from the University of Southern California.
Mr. Delano has been involved in local organizations to assist homelessness and food insecurity for the last 15 years. He feels strongly that food is a basic human need that must be met in order to address other obstacles that an individual might be dealing with. A child cannot effectively study on an empty stomach and an adult cannot concentrate on work if they do not know where their next meal is coming from. He has been a member of the WSCP board for the last two years and is committed to the success of the organization and its clients.
West Suburban Community Pantry Volunteer
Jeff recently retired after working 31 years for Accenture, one of the world’s largest consulting firms. Currently, he is working on improving his golf game while determining the next phase of his life.
Jeff has also helped preserve and protect our country’s freedom through military service. He is a veteran of the United States Air Force, having been stationed in Japan and South Korea.
Additionally, Jeff helps promote artistic enrichment in his community by playing trombone for the Center Cass Community Band. His family has lived in the Woodridge/Downers Grove area since 1992.
Advocate Aurora Health
Nichole is currently the regional director of community health in Central Chicagoland for Advocate Aurora Health. In this role, she leads several community health councils and oversees the community health department for Advocate Good Samaritan Hospital, Advocate Illinois Masonic Medical Center, and Advocate Lutheran General Hospital.
Previously, Nichole served as a project manager for the Consortium to Lower Obesity in Chicago Children at Lurie Children’s Hospital. In this position and others, she built up a wealth of experience in community coalition-building, grant making, and program development and evaluation.
Nichole has a bachelor’s degree in public health administration from Northern Illinois University and a master’s degree in public health from the University of Illinois.
Prior to becoming a consultant, Mary served as deputy development officer and vice president of philanthropy operations for Feeding America, the largest hunger-relief organization in the United States. She has a distinguished track record in managing multi-million dollar corporate and foundation relationships, grant-making, and development department leadership.
Mary earned an undergraduate degree from the University of Notre Dame and a master’s degree in public administration from the Maxwell School of Citizenship and Public Affairs at Syracuse University, specializing in nonprofit management.
Mary is an active volunteer in her children’s schools. From 2012-2018, she served as a board member of Amate House, a leadership development program that serves Chicago’s under-resourced communities. She currently lives in Naperville, IL with her husband and three young children.
Jones Lang LaSalle
Kelly is currently a client finance director of transformation, training and product support at Jones Lang LaSalle, the world’s second-largest public brokerage firm. She draws on her strong work ethic to lead a large accounting, finance, and project development department; oversee a training and product support team across the United States, Canada, and Latin America; and manage a shared services center in Argentina.
Previously, she served as a client financial services senior director of global financial controls at R.R. Donnelley, Inc., the world’s premier integrated communication services provider. Prior to that, she held several prominent accounting and finance roles at top companies.
Kelly received a bachelor’s degree from Webster University. She currently lives in Bloomingdale, IL.
Jonathan is the global director of product line management at Ingredion Incorporated. In this role, he is responsible for improving profitability and return on invested capital through leading the process development and execution of product-life cycle management, profit velocity and pricing for Ingredion’s global modified starch portfolio.
Previously, Jonathan has served in various roles at Ingredion, including as a finance manager for geographies including Europe, the United States and Canada, among others. His strong background in finance and data analysis makes him well-equipped to help the pantry enhance its technology investments.
Jonathan holds a bachelor’s degree in finance from DePaul University. His community involvement includes past volunteering with Camp Kids are Kids Chicago, a summer camp for kids living with cancer. He currently lives in Orland Park, IL with his wife.
Leah is passionate about non-profit work and has spent time serving on several local boards including the DuPage Children’s Museum, Ronald McDonald Family Room (at Edward Hospital) and Naperville Community Television. In the last seven years, she has worked to raise more than $350,000 for Naperville non-profits. Leah lives in Naperville, IL with her husband and three children.
Why are you passionate about the fight against hunger and WSCP’s work? “Starting in the pandemic I began to look more closely at the needs within my own community. The statistics were staggering and also felt surprising to me. How could I not realize this kind of need existed so close to home? My children also wanted to support our neighbors so we organized a school project to create birthday bags for students in need. We delivered those to WSCP and I was blown away by the level of organization and thoughtfulness that poured out of the Pantry. I wanted to become involved at a higher level so I could continue to contribute to the fight against hunger in ways both big and small.”
Attorney, Smith Amundsen LLC
Nikhil is an associate attorney at Saul Ewing Arnstein & Lehr LLP. He advises clients in corporate and transactional matters and handles litigation and arbitration matters. Previously, he worked as an attorney at Smith Amundsen LLC and as an associate attorney with Eric Feldman & Associates, P.C.
During his career, Nikhil has proudly represented family businesses in various matters, including expansion of business. He has also completed pro bono work for Prairie State Legal Services, Administer Justice, and Just City Chicago.
He has participated in the DePaul chapters of Habitat for Humanity and P.A.I.N.T. Additionally, he has joined in local nonprofit events including the Woodridge Mini-Triathlon in support of Rotary International and the PADs 10K for PADS DuPage.
Nikhil received a bachelor’s degree and a doctor of jurisprudence from DePaul University. He currently lives in Woodridge with his wife and two children, ages 4 and 2.
Renee Montgomery is vice president of marketing at Evergreen Bank Group, headquartered in Oak Brook. As marketing lead and creative director, she develops and implements an integrated marketing and business-building strategy that includes digital marketing, paid advertising campaigns and print media. Renee also manages Evergreen Cares, the philanthropic division of Evergreen Bank Group, which works to make communities stronger by supporting local nonprofits.
Before joining Evergreen Bank Group, Renee was marketing and communications director at Christ Church of Oak Brook for nine years. She also served as second vice president at Northern Trust for six years.
Renee also serves on the Oak Brook Park District Foundation Board. She has served on the board of these organizations: President of Huntington Estates Bath and Tennis Club, Our Saviour’s Lutheran Church, and Feed My Starving Children.
Renee earned an undergraduate degree from the University of South Dakota, a master’s degree in business administration from North Central College and certification in digital marketing from Benedictine University. She lives in Naperville, IL with her husband, daughter, and two fur babies. Their four adult children live in Naperville, Westmont, and LaGrange, IL as well as Boston, MA.
Mike Olson is a seasoned commercial real estate professional with experience in asset management and finance of all types of commercial real estate. In his role as a managing director at CIBC Bank USA, a leading North American financial institution, Mike finances national public and private home builders.
Previously, Mike managed commercial real estate relationships through holding key roles at BMO Harris Bank, Associated Bank, U.S. Trust, Bank of America, and LaSalle Bank.
Mike earned an undergraduate degree from DePaul University. He currently resides in Lisle, IL with his wife and two children.
As senior vice president and chief strategy officer at Treehouse Foods, Amit is tasked with improving business performance through developing growth strategies, conducting strategic planning, and driving strategy execution.
Previously, he held positions in corporate strategy and analytics at The Hershey Company. Prior to that, he worked as a management consultant with A.T. Kearney. He began his career at Schlumberger, Ltd., the world’s largest oilfield services company.
Amit and his family recently moved to Greater Chicago from Texas, where they volunteered with Frisco FastPacs, an organization that delivers meals for children. He has also supported the Milton Hershey School, an institution that mentors disadvantaged kids. Additionally, he served as a board member at Creative Visions Social Services, a nonprofit that helps struggling children.
Amit received a bachelor’s degree from Purdue University and a master’s degree in business administration from Duke University. He lives in Naperville, IL with his wife and two children.
Ripujit is a technology leader and entrepreneur with over 25 years of global experience developing software applications and enabling digital transformation across a wide variety of industries. He works currently at Microsoft.
Previously, Ripujit has served as the CEO of Quantera, an information security and application services company, as well as in leadership roles at Fujitsu America, Syntel, and MFX Services.
Ripujit earned his undergraduate degree in Physics from Panjab University and a Masters degree in Computer Applications from Thapar Institute of Engineering and Technology.
He actively participates with charitable organizations in his community due to his strong belief in paying it forward. In addition to serving as a board member at WSCP, Ripujit also volunteers with Loaves & Fishes Community Services and Feed My Starving Children.
He is the senior vice president of client insights at IRi, a market research company that partners with leading food, retail, and health and beauty companies to help them grow. In his role, Greg leads IRi’s engagement with Conagra Brands, one of America’s top food companies, and The Hatchery, a food and beverage incubator and production facility in Chicago.
He has also held various other roles within the food industry during his career, including serving as director of strategic insights at Sara Lee and director of marketing at Hillshire Brands.
Greg earned his undergraduate degree from the University of Northern Iowa and a master’s degree in business administration from the Booth School of Business at the University of Chicago. He currently resides in Naperville, IL with his family.
White Oak Library District
Gayle is an adult services librarian at the Romeoville Branch of the White Oak Library District. She plans and implements library programs, provides research assistance to library patrons, and teaches computer literacy classes, among other responsibilities, in an economically disadvantaged community. Additionally, she is U.S. Department of State certified passport acceptance agent and Joliet Junior College certified ESL class facilitator.
Gayle earned an undergraduate degree from Cornell College and a master’s degree in library and information science from Rosary College (now Benedictine University). She has been an active member of the Darien Woman’s Club for more than two decades, including serving as president. She has also held various leadership roles within her church and actively participated in the Partner Teacher Organizations (PTOs) at her children’s schools. Gayle currently resides in Downers Grove, IL with her husband.
Lisa Wrezel is currently a talent acquisition manager for Centric Consulting, a management and technology consulting firm. In this position, she spearheads recruiting efforts for the company’s Chicago office. Prior to joining Centric, Lisa held a variety of roles at TEKsystems, an IT service management company, including serving as a recruiter, sales executive, recruitment training facilitator, and recruitment manager.
Lisa received a bachelor’s degree from the University of Wisconsin-Madison. She currently lives in Naperville, IL with her husband and pitbull rescue dog.