Reverend James L. Brooks
Harmony Community Church
Lawndale Christian Health Center
Rev. James L. Brooks serves as the Senior Pastor of Harmony Community Church and the Chief Ministry Officer at Lawndale Christian Health Center.
Rev. James L. Brooks is a summa cum laude graduate of Concordia University where he majored in Organizational Management. He holds a Master of Divinity degree from Northern Theological Seminary where he was the first Dr. John Perkins Scholar graduate. Rev. Brooks completed his youth and theology certification at Princeton Theological Seminary and Clinical Pastoral Education unit at the University of Illinois Medical Center. To add to his wide array of empowering strategies and techniques, Rev. Brooks became a John Maxwell Certified Coach in 2014.
Rev. Brooks is grateful to be called to participate in God’s work of proclaiming liberty to the oppressed, giving hope to the hopeless and encouraging the faithful. With thanksgiving he enthusiastically facilitates workshops in Leadership Development, Spiritual Resiliency, Margins, Boundaries, and Christian Community Development.
David Doig ‘87
Chicago Neighborhood Initiatives
David Doig is a seasoned professional in community development, real estate, finance, and government. With over 20 years of experience, Doig is President of Chicago Neighborhood Initiatives (CNI). CNI is a not-for-profit community development corporation focused on mixed-use real estate developments on Chicago's Far South Side and is a Community Development Entity investing New Market Tax Credits in high impact neighborhood projects.
Prior to leading CNI, Doig worked in a variety of capacities within Mayor Daley’s administration, most recently as General Superintendent and CEO of the Chicago Park District. In over twenty years of living and working in the city of Chicago, David Doig has become an expert on how cities and neighborhoods work. From real estate development to government finance, Doig has provided leadership and expertise at all levels.
Doig graduated from Wheaton College and received a master’s degree in social science, with an emphasis on urban policy, from the University of Chicago. He and his wife Tami live in the Chicago South Loop neighborhood.
Freddy has over 24 years of experience in the Elevator Service Industry in P&L, sales, operations and management. Today, Freddy serves as Business Development Manager of thyssenkrupp Elevator. He enjoys helping others and giving back to the community. He is the Chair of the University of Illinois Children’s Hospital advisory board, a member of San Miguel School board, as well as a member of the Sanai Hospital community advisory board.
Freddy chose to join the CUE's CEC board because of its mission and vision “that we need to equip students with experiences and skills necessary to live out their callings in and to our urban world.” He believes that education is power and an opening to a whole new world.
He received his MBA from Keller Graduate School of Management. He enjoys playing golf and working out. Freddy lives with his family in the north side of Chicago and actively serves at Chicago Tabernacle.
Randy Heinig '93
Randy Heing ’93 is a Managing Director and General Counsel at the NexTier Companies in Chicago, a consulting firm focused on reducing risk and improving performance for institutional investment managers. Prior to NexTier, he held legal and compliance positions with Hewitt EnnisKnupp and worked at several law firms in the Loop. His daily commute takes him on the Green Line through Austin, Garfield Park and ultimately to the Loop, and it makes him wonder how one city can best serve the needs of so many diverse constituencies while still bringing justice to those who most need it.
Randy earned a B.A. in History and Philosophy from Wheaton, an M.A. in American History from the University of Notre Dame and a J.D. from Yale Law School, where his favorite class was Urban Legal History. He helped to found Wheaton’s Habitat for Humanity chapter and has served twice as the Chair of the Harvey Fellows Advisory Board for the Mustard Seed Foundation. Randy also currently serves as a senior advisor to New Moms in Chicago’s Austin neighborhood.
Rebekah King '12
Hope Works Community Development
Rebekah is the Executive Director of Hope Works Community Development located in the Woodlawn community on the Southside of Chicago. Hope Works mission is to empower our neighbors to be active catalysts of and participants in a flourishing Southside of Chicago community. Through Hope Works, Rebekah is committed to creating opportunities for comprehensive growth in Chicago.
Rebekah received a B.A. in International Relations from Wheaton College in 2012. After Wheaton, Rebekah developed and launched asset development programming for recently arrived refugees in the Chicagoland area. Rebekah has worked with program design and implementation locally, nationally, and internationally within a variety of cultural contexts. Originally from Missoula, Montana, Rebekah enjoys outdoor adventuring, travel, and exploring the intricacies of Chicago.
Charles Moffett '68
Charlie retired as a Managing Director of JPMorgan Chase after serving 38 years in Chicago, Atlanta, Singapore, and Hong Kong, where he managed different segments of JPMorgan's business in real estate, corporate finance and investment banking. He serves on the board and executive committee of Daystar School, a 300-student private Christian elementary school located in Chicago's South Loop, and is active in real estate, private investments and Christian missions both in the U.S. and overseas.
The son of medical missionaries, Charlie grew up in Shanghai, Nanking, Seoul and Daegu, South Korea, and has spent the majority of his life in high-density urban environments. He earned his B.S. in political Science at Wheaton and an MBA from the graduate school of business at Harvard University. Charlie and his wife, Joanna Spradley Moffett '80, attend Willow Creek Church Chicago, have lived in Chicago's South Loop neighborhood for the past 26 years, and have a particular interest in promoting the growth of inner-city schools, churches and missions.
Michelle Francis Munroe ‘99
Michelle Francis Munroe is an experienced senior communications executive, strategist and original thinker. She has broad experience spearheading major marketing and public relations campaigns and developing brands. Michelle also specializes in developing culturally appropriate and relevant communications for multi-ethnic audiences.
She is currently managing marketing communications for MyCare Chicago (An Accountable Care Entity that serves Chicago’s Medicaid / Medicaid eligible population). Michelle has held past leadership roles in prominent healthcare organizations and consulting firms.
Michelle graduated from Wheaton College and also completed graduate level studies in Australia in Language Arts and Sustainable Development. She is passionate about issues of social justice and the role of the Body of Christ in addressing these issues. She has lived and been involved in missions, relief and sustainable development work around the world. Michelle most recently completed advisory board roles with Wheaton College and the Children’s Hospital - University of Illinois Hospital and Health Systems.
Christy Barton Joyce ’10, MA ’14
A Better Chicago
Christy Barton Joyce is committed to the work of closing the achievement gap in Chicago. After Wheaton, Christy taught high school on the city’s South Side as a Teach For America corps member before joining the team at A Better Chicago in January 2013. A Better Chicago’s mission is to dramatically improve educational opportunities for low-income Chicagoans by funding and scaling the most effective schools and programs in the region. As the organization’s portfolio impact manager, Christy oversees A Better Chicago’s data evaluation and leads its sourcing efforts to identify high-potential candidates for its portfolio of grantees.
At Wheaton College, Christy earned a B.A. in Spanish, a certificate in Urban Studies, and an M.A. in Historical and Systematic Theology. She participated in Wheaton in Chicago as an undergraduate student and considers that experience to have been instrumental in shaping her personal direction and career trajectory. In recent years, Christy has enjoyed re-engaging with the program as a mentor.
Jacob Lesniewski ‘99
Jacob Lesniewski is an Assistant Professor at Dominican University’s Graduate School of Social Work. He earned his Ph.D. at The University of Chicago, School of Social Service Administration. He has a number of years of experience in violence prevention, community organizing, labor organizing, international community development, and neighborhood development. His research interests include low-wage work, migration, urban politics and the labor movement. He has recently co-authored a juried chapter on neoliberalism and migrant organizing and a paper on cities and the grassroots regulation of the labor market. He is currently conducting community based participatory research with Enlace Chicago on adult education providers in an immigrant neighborhood in Chicago and a mixed method study on the economic and social welfare impact of wage theft in Chicago. He serves on the board of Austin Coming Together and gives leadership to Dominican University's efforts to build sustainable and appropriate partnerships with organizations and communities across Chicago's Greater Westside.
David Wu ‘86
Pui Tak Center
David Wu has served as Executive Director of the Pui Tak Center (PTC) for the past 21 years. This church-based community center in Chicago's Chinatown provides educational, family and community programs to Chinese immigrants. Over 300 Wheaton students have served at PTC through the Christian Service Council.
After receiving a BA from Wheaton College in 1986, David received a Master of Public Health degree from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. Prior to working at PTC, he worked at an immigrant/refugee community-based organization on Chicago’s northside.
He has served on various government, civic and community committees including a Chinatown advocacy coalition, a local park advisory council, a United Way committee and state-wide adult education advisory council. He currently leads a community effort which is advocating for a new neighborhood high school. David lives with his family in Chinatown and actively serves at the Chinese Christian Union Church.