Leadership Team

Family Addiction Support Services

Deb Lewin
Executive Director of Operations
Deb co-founded PATH in 2014 after her journey with her son. She is certified in Narcan training, First Aid Mental Health, SMART Recovery as well as a trained Recovery Coach. Deb is also a member of the HOPE Taskforce in DuPage County. Her goal is to educate families and let them know that they are not alone. Deb resides in Naperville with her husband and 5 children. 

Jan Lynch
Director of Social Media
Jan has spent the last 10 years as a PCW (Personal Care Worker) for the State of Illinois dedicating herself to provide support to mentally challenged adults.  Jan currently resides in Plainfield and has 3 children, one who struggles with substance use and mental health disorder (dual diagnosis) and is now in the recovery stage after a 15 year journey.  Jan joined the PATH team in 2016 and is a Certified Recovery Coach/CCAR.  Her goal is to offer family support, educate and inspire others that recovery is possible and aftercare is crucial. 

Lauren McLaughlin
Director of Programming and Recovery Services
Lauren is a person in long term recovery celebrating 13 years in April of 2019.  Her mission is to help others who are struggling and their families with her experience, strength and hope. Her recovery journey has led her to a career in holistic health and she is the owner and a licensed acupuncturist at Joyful Balance Wellness, LLC, located in Naperville. Lauren has served the community in various positions with the Naperville Jaycees and the Naperville area Humane Society.  

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.  Through her dedication to our mission, Roberta has become an integral part of our operations team. 

Rena Petkus
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.