Meet the HSP Team

Karole Kettering(1943-2013) – Founder/CEO and Board Chair
Inspiration and primary daily manager of the Project.  She has extensive experience with community activities, and has served as a board member for DuPage Clean and Beautiful; as Commissioner on the Wheaton Environmental Commission; and as Chair of the Wheaton Chamber of Commerce Beautification Committee. Karole has been a member of the National Speakers Bureau. She has twice received awards as “The Citizen of the Week” from WBBM-Chicago and a Certification of Recognition for outstanding volunteer contributions from Governor James Thompson of the State of Illinois and the DuPage County Department of Human Resources. In 1995, she was named “Citizen of the Year” by the Wheaton Kiwanis, and in 1996 was acknowledged by Chicago’s WMAQ TV as "Someone You Should Know" for her work with the Humanitarian Service Project. The West Chicago City Council named January 22, 2000 “Karole Kettering Day” in recognition of her community service. In 2009, the Wheaton Rotary Club honored Karole with its “Four-Way Test Person of the Year.” Karole is also currently a member of the Board of Directors of National Van Lines in Broadview, Illinois.

Click here for a history of HSP as told by Karole.

Floyd Kettering, Chairman/CFO/Co-Founder
Chairman of the Board, Co-Founder, and CFO, received a Bachelor of Science in Electrical Engineering and a Master of Science in Industrial Administration from Purdue University, and a Certified Public Accountant diploma from Illinois. His early career was as a Systems Engineer on the Apollo Moon Mission guidance systems. He has experience as a public accountant and management consultant for “Big 6” accounting firm Coopers and Lybrand (now Price, Waterhouse, Coopers); and as treasurer and board member for a not-for-profit national membership organization.  He has managed a publishing house operation. He has published material on management information systems and cost accounting.  He has been listed in “Who’s Who in Finance and Industry”; “Who’s Who Worldwide”; "Covington Who's Who"; and has also received an award as Citizen of the Week from WBBM – Chicago. He has served for forty years and continues to serve as the Secretary and Administrator for an eight figure charitable investment trust. He has retired from the Theosophical Society in America as their Chief Financial Officer, but continues to serve as their National Treasurer and president of the Theosophical Book Gift Institute. Floyd serves full-time as HSP's CFO.

Kristin Senne – Executive Director
Kristin graduated from The College of Saint Rose in 1991 with a Bachelor’s Degree in Studio Art.  Kristin’s career experience includes managing the daily warehousing operations for Ryder Integrated logistics and Eastman Kodak Company for the Midwest distribution facility. Kristin was responsible to maintain inventory integrity, SOX compliance and internal / external audit processes.  Kristin is working with the CFO to manage the day to day operations within the programs serviced through HSP:  Senior Citizen Project, Children’s Project, and Christmas Offering.  Through relationship building with new and existing sponsor groups such as clubs, schools, churches and private donors she is working with the HSP team on increasing the people serviced within the program.

Allyson Armstrong – Senior Citizen Coordinator
Allyson graduated from Northern Illinois University in the spring of 2014 with a bachelor’s degree in English and a minor in Women’s Studies. Shortly afterwards, she left bountiful, corn-filled Dekalb and began her journey at HSP as a fall intern. Allyson initially joined us as an intern in our grants department, but soon became involved in many other aspects of our program. In December of 2014, Allyson joined HSP’s staff full-time taking over the position of Senior Citizen Project Coordinator. In this position, Allyson is in charge of all aspects of the Senior Citizen Project. This includes basic tasks such as enrolling seniors into the program and ordering fresh produce. She also handles the logistics of monthly packing and delivering—which involves enrolling and coordinating volunteer packers and drivers—and oversees the Secret Pal program. Additionally, Allyson assists with seasonal programs such as Children's Project and the Christmas Offering.

Alex Gordy - Database Administrator
In August of 2010, Alex embarked on a new journey when he was invited to the offices of the Humanitarian Service Project.

Alex:
I get asked often, what do you do at your job?
The best way I can describe it is, imagine you are Santa, and being Santa, you need to, for example, look up all the children in the suburbs of Chicago. So, you, Mr/Mrs. Santa, access a system which lists everything you are looking for, children’s birthdays, their yearly wishes, their dreams… and all this information must be up-to-date and correct. Now someone had to have designed this system, and that someone has to maintain it up-to-date, keeping it accessible & quick, while implementing new solutions as the list of children grows bigger to help make your life as Santa a little easier. That person would be me.

Having graduated from Aurora University in ’08 with a Computer Science degree, Alex became a member of the HSP staff.

Bridget Dooley - Volunteer and Operations Coordinator
Bridget graduated from Marquette University in 1995 with a Bachelor’s degree in Elementary Education.  Bridget spent 16 years teaching, with 14 years teaching all subjects to 4th grade students at St. Scholastica in Woodridge IL.  Bridget is responsible to support the Executive Director, Project Coordinators, interns, visitors, and volunteers in the day to day operations of the center.  Bridget manages the speaking engagements within the community as well as the Library program.  In an effort to develop relationships between the community and HSP, educating and acquiring funding from new and existing donors and corporations.

Jan Thompson – Part-time Toy Room Supervisor
Jan is the staff creative who is in charge of seeing that the birthday gifts the poverty-level children receive in the Children’s Project are first quality, age- and gender-appropriate, and are wrapped by our volunteers with the utmost of care and love. She guides HSP volunteers to perform according to her high standards, managing the large book and toy area with her skillful eye, making sure that everything is extremely organized. Jan is responsible for quality control, ensuring that each item is as near perfect as possible before leaving our center.

Matt McGahan –Grants Manager/Intern Coordinator
Matt graduated from North Central College in Naperville, IL with a Bachelor’s degree in History. Matt initially joined the HSP team as an intern in August 2011, providing support to HSP staff in the execution of the Senior Citizen Project, Children’s Project, Christmas Offering, Intern Program and Grant writing. In August of 2012, Matt was given the opportunity to join the HSP team full-time. In this capacity, Matt works with the CFO to secure grant funding for HSP’s projects, and performs a number of other duties, including contributing to HSP’s intern program, social media, and other outreach publications.

 

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