Board, Staff & Advisors

Lisa Lundquist | President, Board of Directors

Lisa Lundquist grew up in Alexandria, MN and went to college at Concordia College in Moorhead, MN. She has an extensive background with not-for-profit organizations, having worked for nothing but these since 1982. She spent the majority of those years with the Girl Scouts in Minnesota, Missouri, and Illinois. Now, she works for an agency that helps those with disabilities find and keep work.

Lisa was new to the work of Help One Love One in 2013 when she entered as a Board member. At that time she had no idea how difficult the struggle those with CF face. After two years of helping move the organization forward as a Board member she cheerfully accepted the position of President of Board of Directors in January 2015. She is extremely proud to be involved with HOLO.

Megan Benefield | Vice President, Board of Directors

Meg Benefield was the social worker for the University of Minnesota’s adult cystic fibrosis center for over 10 years and credits many of the most important things she has ever learned to the 300+ patients/families with whom she had the privilege to work.  She saw firsthand how Help One Love One had a positive impact on people’s lives and was thrilled to join the Board so she could continue serving the CF community in a new capacity.

Meg is currently a psychotherapist at the University of Minnesota, where she graduated magna cum laude with a Bachelor’s Degree in psychology and a Master’s Degree in social work.  In addition to direct practice, Meg has previously spoken at the University of Minnesota’s CF Education Conferences, the Midwest CF Nutrition and Social Work Consortium and the North American Cystic Fibrosis Conference. She has educated other social workers through the CF Foundation’s Social Work Mentor program, through field instruction, and clinical supervision.  Her passions include empowering people; supporting individual and community mental health and helping people improve quality-of-life.

While not a Board member at the time, Megan was an instrumental part of building the Help One Love One program through her data collection and advice to the Board as it was forming its format for creating its nutritional program.

Kelly A. McLain | Secretary/Treasurer, Board of Directors | Creator & Executive Director

As a mother of an adult son who has cystic fibrosis Kelly knows first-hand how difficult it can be to manage the CF journey.  When she learned six years ago that approximately 20% of the adult CF population was losing their battle with this disease because they could not afford to purchase enough food she knew something needed to be done to tackle this problem.  With compassion in her heart and a prayer on her lips she vowed to do something, even if it was only enough to help one person with cystic fibrosis and Help One Love One became a reality.

Kelly always says her first professional title is “CF Mom” which demands organization, care-giving skills, compassion, patience, understanding, faith, endurance, and the ability to constantly learn new and complicated skills.

Professionally Kelly has worked in office management for over two decades as well as medical reception in two medical clinics, including the Mayo Clinic, Rochester, MN.  She’s also owned and managed two successful home businesses. Kelly is one of four original founding Boards of Directors.

Kelly resides in Byron, Minnesota with her husband Larry, who is invaluable to the success of Help One Love One, and adult son, Keith, who valiantly braves end stage CF. Her daughter, Tracy is married and has blessed her with three darling grandsons.

 

Holly M. Hodges | Advisor to the Board of Directors

Holly grew up on a farm in northwest Indiana.  She says: “As a close childhood friend of a CF family, I witnessed the numerous health and nutrition challenges first-hand. Adults with CF are survivors in the midst of a lifetime of adversity. First of all, we all know how expensive nutritious food can be.  Next, there is the challenge of daily average caloric intake in order to simply maintain current weight, while giving the body the fuel it needs to fight illness.  In addition, a career is difficult to establish when the employer must adapt to indeterminate absences due to extended hospital stays.  Finally, the medical bills are expensive and ongoing.  For these reasons, adults with CF need our generosity.”

Holly graduated in 2001 with a BS in Accounting from Butler University in Indianapolis, Indiana.  She began her journey as a servant leader by living in a pilot program Servant Leadership house for three years while at Butler University.

Professionally she has worked in corporate finance for over a decade.

Holly is one of four original founding Boards of Directors. She served as Help One Love One’s President of the Board of Directors from 2010 through 2014. She now serves as an advisor to the present board.

She resides in Indianapolis with her husband and daughter.

Melissa Cockrum | Advisor to the Board of Directors

Melissa Cockrum grew up in northwest Indiana.  She attended Butler University, where she earned a degree in psychology.  While at Butler, she participated in a Servant Leadership program for two years.  After graduation, she went to work for the State of Indiana adjudicating claims for Social Security Disability benefits.  Through her work, Melissa saw just how difficult it could be to maintain employment while managing a chronic illness.  Given these experiences, she was approached by Holly Hodges to serve on the board of Help One Love One.  “I instantly understood that if CF patients could get better nutrition, it might prevent their illness from progressing to the point of total disability.  By merely supplementing their food budget, we could help these individuals lead healthier, happier, and more independent lives.”

Melissa is one of four original founding boards of directors. She served as Help One Love One’s Secretary of the Board of Directors from 2010 through 2014. She now serves as an advisor to the present board.

Melissa lives in Indianapolis, Indiana with her husband and two year old daughter.

Wayne Richardson | Professional Advisor

Wayne Richardson serves as President and CEO of the Gospel Center Rescue Mission based in Stockton, California and serving all of San Joaquin County’s homeless and those afflicted by drug and alcohol addiction.

Wayne’s background includes serving in senior leadership positions at Faith Farms Ministry in Florida, the Billy Graham Evangelistic Association, Christian Broadcasting Network’s Operation Blessing International, the United States Military Academy’s West Point’s Association of Graduates, Southeastern University, and Mountainside Management – his family’s property management business.

Service to his country includes a 23 year Army active and Reserve career, which included six years of command and leading multiple Army Engineer unit deployments to Korea and Panama.

Education is highlighted by graduation from the United States Military Academy at West Point in 1983 having gained an appointment as an enlisted soldier.

Wayne and his wife, Carol, have three adult children – Chris, Colin and Megan as well as one grandchild.

Sheryl Miller | Office Assistant

Sheryl picSheryl Miller grew up in northeast Iowa and graduated from Drake University in Des Moines with a degree in Public Administration. She retired from working for the Dept. of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) in 2010, and moved to Rochester in 2012 to be closer to family. She decided retirement was good, but needed some more activity, so came to volunteer with Help One Love One (HOLO) doing office work. Sheryl now works part-time for St. John’s Lutheran Church in Kasson, MN, and continues to keep the books and provide administrative support to HOLO on a volunteer basis.

Sheryl worked with non-profit agencies while with HUD. She volunteered at Children’s Inn in Sioux Falls, SD, sorting donations before moving to Rochester. She makes blankets and helps tag, label and pack them once a month for Project Linus in Rochester. She finds the work with HOLO keeps her active and involved by giving to people for a wonderful cause.

 

Remembering Those Who Have Served

Nancy Arant | Honorary Founding Board of Directors

Nancy is one of four original founding Board of Directors. She served as Assistant Secretary from Feb 2010 – March 2015.  Without her willingness to serve during those first years it would have been impossible to move our program forward.  We greatly honor her past service. She resides in Rochester, Minnesota where she is a faithful member of her church’s home group, devoted wife, loving mother and grandmother of six.

Nancy is a person every organization should be so fortunate to have on their team.  When a lawyer advised Kelly McLain, creator of Help One Love One, that she needed someone on the Board of Directors whom she could trust with the “purse” if anything should ever happen to her, Kelly instantly knew that Nancy was her person.  Trustworthiness is definitely a quality of her character and vibrant personality.

Nancy grew up in Wisconsin. Afterwards she went to study in California at the Genesis Discipleship Training Center where she met and later married the love of her life, Philip. The couple raised five wonderful children.  Throughout her adult life she has worked in food service positions to help support her family.  Nancy is a talented baker and nutritionist.  Understanding the importance of good nutrition for health and knowing an adult who has cystic fibrosis made serving on the Board of Directors an easy choice for her.

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