Leadership

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Executive Staff

Clint Paul

Clint Paul

CPA, President and Chief Executive Officer
Clint W. Paul is a Licensed Certified Public Accountant who has a Bachelor of Science – Finance degree from Illinois State University and also attended Elmhurst College and Bradley University in the Master’s program for accounting to successfully complete his CPA. Additionally, he has a Graduate Certificate in Non-Profit Management from the University of Illinois – Chicago. Mr. Paul currently serves as the President and CEO of The Hope Institute. Prior to joining Hope, he served as Controller for Bunn Capitol Company from 2003 to 2007 and while there directly managed the accounting, finance, customer service, and jointly oversaw the human resources area for a $130M plus food service distribution company. From 2007 to 2009 he was the Director of Finance and Controlling for Flexitech, Inc., directing and coordinating the company’s financial affairs for a $60M Manufacturing and Assembly Plant. From 2009 to 2014 he served as the Chief Financial Officer for The Hope Institute for Children and Families, directing all aspects of the finance, accounting, business, facilities, and technology functions for the Institute. He has led implementation of improved financial reporting, strengthened the financial strength of the company over 4 years by increasing operating reserves over 400%, and successfully led the construction of Hope’s newest group home as well as the purchase and opening of three additional homes. Mr. Paul also served as Interim CEO, responsible for the entire Institute operation from October 2011 to March 2013. During that time, he oversaw the completion of Hope’s residential conversion from a child care institute to a children’s group home model on campus, statewide expansion of the Illinois Crisis Prevention Network, development of a new vocational program with regional school districts, opening of the Noll Vocational Center and a successful contract renewal for Hope’s school in Chicago.
Amanda Brott

Amanda Brott

Chief Operating Officer

Ms. Brott is responsible for overseeing residential, recreation and case management for all students at The Hope Institute. She is committed to ensuring youth and staff safety through increased collaboration among Hope staff members from multiple departments. She joined Hope in 2005 as a behavior analyst and later served as director of program operations. In that role, she supervised most of Hope’s support programs from 2010-2014. Prior to joining Hope, Ms. Brott served from 2002-2004 as director of Southern Illinois University at Carbondale’s Touch of Nature Environmental Center, which provides educational and recreational opportunities for community members, including people with developmental disabilities. She analyzed behaviors at The Columbus Organization in Memphis, TN, from 2004-2005 before working as adjunct professor at MacMurray College in Jacksonville, IL, in 2006. Since 2005, she has also served as a private consultant to help families care for children diagnosed with autism. With a strong commitment to professional development, Ms. Brott is a member of the Association for Behavior Analysis International, Mid-American Association for Behavior Analysis and Behavior Analysis Society of Illinois. Ms. Brott earned a Master of Science in Behavior Analysis and Therapy from SIU-Carbondale in 2004. She is known for her unique humor, which allows her to quickly form close bonds with students and their families. She lives in Springfield and enjoys spending time with her husband David and their young children Sam and Matilda.

Delores Showalter

Delores Showalter

Chief Human Resources Officer
Delores (Dee) Showalter brings a wealth of human resources background to The Hope Institute. From 1967 to 1973 and from 1979 to 2004, Dee served as the Human Resource Director for four State Agencies directing Personnel, Labor Relations, Training, Recruitment, Payroll, and Employee Assistance services for 700 to 21,000 employees. From 1973 to 1979, Dee served as the Manager for all staff activities of the newly created Illinois Office of Collective Bargaining – overseeing the establishment and implementation of rules and regulations governing collective bargaining by State employees, the conduct of all the original collective bargaining elections for state employees and the investigation of all unfair labor practice charges filed by the State or by the Union. Since joining Hope in 2004, Ms. Showalter has significantly reduced staff turnover, workers’ compensation and unemployment costs to the agency and brought all HR programs into full compliance with the requirements of state funding agencies.

Sarah Jennings

Sarah Jennings

Chief Development Officer

Sarah Jennings is a Certified Fund Raising Executive (CFRE) with fifteen years of experience in nonprofit management and development. Ms. Jennings earned her master’s degree and Graduate Certificate in Nonprofit Management from the University of Illinois Springfield where she is currently pursuing her doctorate degree in Public Administration. Prior to joining The Hope Institute, Ms. Jennings worked for arts, social service, and higher education organizations. Most recently, she served as Director of Development and Interim Associate Vice Chancellor for Development at the University of Illinois Springfield, and Vice President of Grant Development for the American Lung Association of the Upper Midwest. Ms. Jennings is a member of the Association of Fundraising Professionals (AFP), Illinois Women in Leadership, the Association for Research on Nonprofit Organizations and Voluntary Action, and the Springfield Area Arts Council. In 2008, she was recognized as an AFP Outstanding Fundraising Professional.  Ms. Jennings has a bachelor of fine arts degree and continues to volunteer in the arts community.

David Stanko

David Stanko

Chief Financial Officer

David brings extensive experience managing the finance, accounting, and IT functions for multiple start-up and high growth businesses.   Prior to joining Hope, David served as CFO for Eudora Global from 2004 to 2010, where he oversaw financial operations for a group of venture capital, start-up, and early stage businesses.  From 2010 to 2015, he served as CFO for Trans Coastal Supply Company, a $500M agricultural commodity export company.  At Trans Coastal, David focused on process improvement, which led to substantial gains in financial and operational efficiency.  David holds an MBA in finance and a Bachelor of Science degree in chemistry from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.

Board of Directors

Officers

Joshua Renken  William O’Sullivan    Kelly Mizeur     Sarah C. Phalen     Clint W. Paul

                      Chair             Vice Chair              Secretary        Treasurer      President and CEO

Directors

Erica Beeman     Megan DeFrain       Evan Hart      Barry Hines   Loren Huges, MD   Cory M. Jobe  M. Kay King Chris Nelson

Nick Petrone      James W. Reed Jr.      Sharon Sander      Josh Sonneborn

Board of Trustees

Officers

           Michael Minton     Julie Cellini    M. Kay King   John Jordan   Clint W. Paul

                              Chair          Vice Chair      Secretary      Treasurer      President and CEO

Trustees

                         Ginny Conlee     Mary Frances Fagan    Kimberly W. White     Jim Wilson