Don Kalish, CPA

Don is a CPA and has 48 years of financial and accounting expertise in executive positions. He recently retired as the Assistant Vice President of Finance and Controller at Rush Copley Medical Center and is currently acting in a finance and healthcare consulting role with Rush Copley and Rush University.  He has held Board positions at the Montgomery Economic Development Corporation and A Man in Recovery Foundation. He has also held key financial management positions at Norwegian American Hospital, Bank One and Montgomery Ward.

Don has four sons and was very actively involved in coaching and running youth sport organizations for more than 20 years and held positions on the boards of the Naperville Little League Baseball and Naperville Youth Basketball Association. He was awarded the Distinguished Service Award for Youth & Family by the Naperville Jaycees in 2001. Don became aware of Tim Ryan and his A Man in Recovery Foundation in early 2016 and then several months later tragically lost his youngest son, Randy, to an accidental fentanyl overdose. Inspired by Tim’s work, Don joined the AMIRF Board and worked with his son, Cliff, to obtain over $23,000 in donations for AMIRF at the 2017 Naperville Half Marathon and 5K Run. After working with Tim and his foundation for 10 months, Don joined the PATH Board and has worked to increase our community outreach by working closely with the DuPage, Kane and Kendall County Health Departments and acting as navigators in helping to educate and guide families and individuals in understanding all of the resources available to them during the recovery journey.

Leslie Kawar
Vice President

Leslie resides in Naperville, is married and has three children. She joined PATH when one of her sons showed evidence of opioid addiction. She has since become very active in the group, organizing fundraisers and building relationships with community treatment centers. She is focused on the need to support those affected by addiction through information sharing, education and recovery tools. Leslie has successfully completed the SMART Recovery Training Program and looks forward to facilitating meetings.

Shirley Klupchak, CPA

Shirley has extensive experience as a licensed CPA; her practice focuses on the preparation of federal and state tax returns for individuals, partnerships, and trusts. Prior to establishing her own accounting practice in 1986, Shirley was associated with the public accounting firm of Arthur Young & Company in Chicago and the corporate offices of Dart & Kraft, Inc. in Northbrook, IL.

Ms. Klupchak graduated with highest distinction and honors from the University of Iowa. She received an MBA in finance and accounting from Northwestern University’s Kellogg School in 1980 and a master’s in taxation from Northern Illinois University in 2007.

Shirley has served in a variety of volunteer roles at Naperville Central High School where her three sons were involved in football, basketball and lacrosse. She is also a past treasurer of the Wheaton Junior Woman’s Club.

 Terri L. Albright, MS, LPC, NCC

Terri is a Corporal with the DuPage County Sheriff’s Office and is assigned to the Community Resource Unit. She has been with the Sheriff’s Office for 17 years. She developed the Post Crisis Response Team, (PCRT) at the Sheriff’s Office where she worked with individuals in the community who struggle with mental health and addiction issues. She has received many honors, including being named the DuPage County Sheriff’s Office Employee of the Month twice in 2016 and 2019. She is currently a member of the Northern Illinois Critical Incident Stress Management Team and is also on staff at the Elgin Community Crisis Center.

Terri’s responsibilities at the Sheriff’s Office include settling citizen disputes, taking police related calls, performing various community related functions, such as assisting with Meals on Wheels, Shop with the Sheriff and Special Olympics. Terri is also very committed to Veterans issues and assisting veterans in various ways. She has presented over 100 hours in Officer Wellness programs for Police Officers (County and Municipal) within DuPage County for the DuPage Sheriff’s Office Crisis Intervention Team Training.

Terri has seen the negative effects that addiction can manifest in the families who are struggling with a loved ones who suffer with abuse. She is very passionate about assisting both the addicts as well as loved ones to find effective ways in which to deal with substance use

 Eddie Bedford

Eddie is the Naperville Township Supervisor for Du Page County. His responsibilities include the director of Township General and Emergency Assistance Fund, Township Treasurer and director of all other programs that meets the mission of township governance which includes senior services and townships ordinances.

Eddie had a significant role in the development of No Other Way (NOW); a social and physical activity program developed through the Naperville Park District for junior high youth. Eddie was also a founding member of the Diversity Parents Association (DPA), a parenting group seeking a diversified staff and curriculum in District 203. He is Past President of the Midwest District for the American Alliance of Health, Physical Education, Recreation, and Dance. Eddie also hosted two national conferences for the Negro Leagues Committee of the Society for American Baseball Research.

Eddie’s early teaching career includes teaching K-5 Elementary Physical Education, middle and high school coaching for Naperville District 203 for 13 years. In 1989 Eddie accepted a teaching position at Eastern Michigan University and retired 23 years later from his weekly commute to Eastern Michigan. While teaching and supervising student teachers, he developed the only accredited course in the nation devoted solely to Negro League Baseball History. He is also an adjunct lecturer at North Central College.

Christopher W. Crank, PharmD, MS, BCPS

Chris Crank is the Executive Vice President of the Illinois Council of Health-System Pharmacists (ICHP), the Illinois affiliate of the American Society of Health-System Pharmacists. Prior to joining ICHP in August 2020, Chris held roles in clinical practice and leadership within the Rush University System for Health. He received his Doctor of Pharmacy degree at the University of Iowa and a master’s degree in Health-System Management at Rush University. In addition, he completed an Internal Medicine residency with the St. Louis College of Pharmacy, and he is a Board Certified Pharmacotherapy Specialist. Throughout Chris’ career he has worked to balance his efforts on clinical practice, pharmacy administration and operations, research, organizational involvement, and education. He has published more than 20 peer reviewed articles in the medical literature, received Preceptor of the Year awards from Purdue University and Midwestern University, and is a past recipient of the ICHP President’s Award. Chris is an advocate for the optimal use of prescription medications, increasing access to medication-assisted treatment, and overdose reversal medications.

Lisa DeLaura, MSW, CADC

Lisa is the Addiction Program Director with JUST of DuPage in the DuPage County Correctional Facility. Lisa has a passion for working with individuals struggling with substance use disorder. Lisa has been active in the addiction community for over 30 years.  Lisa brings a wealth of knowledge and experience as a counselor and case manager at halfway house and private practice. Lisa is trained in domestic violence education, trauma informed care, CBT, DBT, and SMART Recovery.

Lyndsay Hartman

Lyndsay is the founder and director of Point to Point, a harm reduction program serving Kane County. Lyndsay started Point to Point with the mission of providing safety, support, and education to people who use drugs. Lyndsay has her BA in sociology and currently works as an advocate for survivors of domestic abuse. She fights for the rights of drug users, folks experiencing homelessness and those who are engaged in sex work. In addition to sitting on the board of PATH, she sits on the board of Goldfinch Cafe, which is a program that is striving to start a “pay what you can” food truck to address food insecurity in the Aurora area. Lyndsay is a believer in community care, mutual aid and compassion above all else. She lives in Batavia with her dog Peach.

Rena Humbert
Rena resides in Oswego IL. She became a member of PATH when her youngest son began his over 6 year journey of addiction. Her son did find recovery for almost 2 years until he relapsed, overdosed and died after learning he was HIV positive due to a dirty needle he used over two years previously. Rena is now committed to educating others about HIV and how to support anyone at risk for the virus. She is certified in Narcan training and a Court Appointed Special Advocate/Guardian Ad Litem in Kendall County.  Rena is committed to helping anyone struggling with addiction regardless of their role in it. 

Cheryl Ipema

Cheryl has 40 plus years of healthcare experience in both the clinical and management arenas. She currently is the Director of Clinical Integration and Quality at Rush Copley Medical Center and is an active member of the Kane County Opioid Task Force and the Kane County Behavioral Health Council. Cheryl has a vast knowledge of community and healthcare resources, which along with her team, are used to connect patients and family to post-acute services with the hopes of improving the quality of life for the individual and the health of the community.

Roberta Kalish 
Roberta resides in Naperville, Il and is married to her husband, Don.  Roberta has been a trained Stephen Minister since 2014 and has worked as Health Services Coordinator at Little Friends, Inc., for over 14 years. She ensured that the adults there received all the medical and dental services they needed.  Together, she and her husband raised 4 sons.  Their youngest son died at the age of 29 from an accidental Fentanyl overdose.  PATH has been a place for her to find some peace and an opportunity for her to reach out to help others facing this national epidemic.  Roberta is heading up our recently started PATH Grief Support Group.  Through her dedication to our mission, she has become an integral part of our operations team. 

Michael Moran

Michael Moran has worked in the field of substance use disorder treatment and prevention in a variety of roles since 1981. He has a Master’s degree in Clinical Psychology from Roosevelt University and is a Certified Advanced Alcohol and Drug Abuse Counselor (CAADC) in the State of Illinois. He is currently employed as a full-time instructor in the Human Services Program at Waubonsee Community College. In that role he serves as the coordinator of the accredited Alcohol and Other Drug Abuse Counselor Training Programs, preparing students for careers as substance use disorder treatment professionals.

Prior to his employment at the college he served for 17 years as the Executive Director at Breaking Free, Inc., an outpatient treatment and prevention agency located in Aurora, IL. He has also served in a variety of clinical, supervisory and staff development roles at both outpatient and residential treatment settings in Illinois. He has also served as a volunteer for a number of nonprofit organizations, including Prevention First, IAODAPCA, the DuPage Prevention Partnership, DuPage MISA consortium and currently with PATH. Mike and his wife currently reside in Wheaton Illinois.