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Board Of Directors


Terry Smith Psy.D.

is the Executive Director of the Upper Room comes with experience as a Special Education Teacher, Behavior Manager/Consultant, Supervisor/Coordinator, Principal, Assistant Director and Executive Director of a Special Education Cooperative serving six school districts in the western suburbs of Chicago.

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Sister Mary Frances Seeley OSF Ph.D.

Founder of the Will County Crisis Hotline and Upper Room Catholic Hotlines.  She has a Ph.D in Law, Policy and Society.  She is currently celebrating 50 years of hotline experience and consulting.


Bro Ed. Arambasich


Bob Baron

Will County Attorney and past Associate Judge of the Circuit Court of Will County for 13 years. He is also a past President of both the Joliet Rotary and the Will County Bar Association. He is a former member of the Board of Trustees of the University of St. Francis and is Chair of the Joliet Catholic Diocese Review Board.


Philip J Barone

Past State Deputy- Knights of Columbus-Illinois

Retired Director of Accounting and Support Services for Metropolitan Life Insurance Company

Retired Technician for AT&T Telecommunications Company

Serves on the Board of Directors for Special Camps for Special Citizens-Illinois

Trustee for Fr Michael J McGivney Charitable Trust Fund

Chairman-Finance Council St John the Baptist Parish

Past President Parish Council-St John the Baptist Parish


Charles Beutel is actively involved in Catholic organizations.

Past memberships include Joliet Catholic Diocesan School Board, St. Paul the Apostle School Board, Joliet Catholic Academy Board, Chicago Area Catholic Colleges & Universities, and St. John the Baptist Parish Council and Finance committee.


Jeff Budz, president/principal of Joliet Catholic Academy (JCA), is a 2015 graduate of University of St. Francis.  He also serves as an Upper Room's Marketing Committee member.


Mel. A. Gray, Jr.

Retired CFO of Modern Builders Industrial Concrete Company

Chairman of Will County Carpenters 174 Pension Fund Board of Trustees

Past President and current board member of Metropolitan Youth Symphony Orchestra

Financial Audit Committee member of the Upper Room

Former Treasurer of Joliet Rotary Club

Former board member of Guardian Angel Home


Jean Haas B.A. in Psychology at Illinois State University

She is currently an Online Marketer and Internet Business Owner, Online Video Educator through online classes at her website for the past 20 years.  


Fr. Michael Jennerick


Fr. Herb Jones OFM


John Lukancic


Michael Murray


Michael Rittof

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