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Contributions are tax-deductible under Internal Revenue Code Section 501(c)(3) 

The Upper Room Crisis Hotline is a 501 (c)(3) Corporation

The Upper Room Crisis Hotline 

P.O. Box 3572  

Joliet, Il. 60434

The Upper Room Crisis Hotline, Inc.

Board Of Directors


Newly appointed 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.

Dr. Terry Smith, Psy.D

Executive Director

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.

Sister Mary Frances Seeley, OSF, Ph.D.

President and Special Advisor

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.

Robert J. Baron, JD


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

Philip J. Barone

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.

Charles Beutel

Vice President Emeritus at the University of St. Francis

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 Commitee member.

Jeff Budz, Ed.D


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

Mel A. Gray, Jr.

Jean Haas is an Online Marketer and Internet Business Owner, Online Video Educator through online classes for the past 20 years.  

Jean Haas 

Director of Marketing and Development


John Leach, Emeritus


Rev. James Lennon


Marjorie Marion has been associated many years with the University of St. Francis as Associate Professor of English, Director of Continuing Education, and Dean of the Faculty.

Marjorie Marion

Professor Emeritus


Michael Murray


Fr. Greg Podwysocki


Val Rand


Michael Rittoff


Michael Vinciguerra, Ph.D