Board of Directors

Mutual Ground is blessed by a wonderful group of people who serve as our board of directors. They receive no financial compensation and generously donate their time and financial support. Our board members help guide us by exercising their judgment in overseeing our organization’s affairs. They also ensure that Mutual Ground complies with all applicable governmental regulations.

Officers of the Board


Andi Danis
Retired, Aurora University

Vice President/Treasurer/Finance Chair

Marlene Deck
Sr Mortgage Banker, Compass Mortgage, Inc.

Vice President/Board Development Chair

Dr. Renae Franiuk
Associate Professor of Psychology, Aurora University

Vice President/Fundraising-Marketing Chair

Heather Schmidt
Realtor, RE/MAX Professionals Select

Secretary/Walk for Hope Chair

Steve Schultz
Controller/Office Manager, LPS Pavement Co.

Members of the Board

Anne Barrett                                                                                                       
Director of Risk Management, Rush Copley Medical Center

Dr. Salvador Cardenas, Jr.
Owner, Fairview Dental

Deborah Gurley
Real Estate Broker, Miscella Real Estate

Neil F. Harnen, MBA, CFP
President, Harnen Wealth Management

Joseph B. Henning
President, CEO, Aurora Regional Chamber of Commerce

Gail Hernly
Chief Financial Officer, Tek Pak, Inc.

Jeremy Lime
Attorney, Immigration Law Office of Jeremy Lime

Jamie Mosser
Attorney, Prairie State Legal Services

Kaleshia Page
Government and Regulatory Affairs Manager, Comcast

George Sterling
George Sterling, CPA

Sharon Surrett
Licensed Insurance Agent, Specializing in Long-Term Care Solutions, ACSIA Partners

Juan Thomas
Attorney, Juan Thomas Law

Josh Whitt
Attorney, Partner, Whitt Law LLC


Life Member

Cynthia Allen*

*Past President of Mutual Ground

Michelle Meyer
Executive Director, Mutual Ground