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Gary Baer

Co-FOUNDER/chaplain/Board member

Gary completely surrendered his life to the Lord in 2004 after a thirty year battle with drug and alcohol addiction.  Now, with a Bachelors in Biblical Studies from Moody Bible Institute and a Masters in Evangelism and Leadership from Wheaton College, Gary has been preaching, teaching, mentoring, and counseling men in recovery alongside his career in information technology since 2006.  As chaplain of the facility, he provides spiritual direction for the entire organization.  He is currently pursuing his Certificate in Drug and Alcohol Counseling through Aurora University.  Gary is blessed with three adult daughters: Maggie, Laurissa, and Sara.

 
 
 
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Linda Baer

Co-FOUNDER/president of the Board

Linda came to a saving knowledge of Christ while reading the Bible from front to back cover at age forty.  Freed from years of workaholism, Linda went on to obtain a Masters degree in Biblical Studies from Wheaton College and has subsequently retired from a thirty-year career in physical therapy.  She has since discovered her personal ministry calling in providing free healthcare to those in need.  Today, she organizes the clinics, trains and recruits volunteers, and oversees many administrative functions for the ministry.  Linda is currently pursuing her second of three certificates in biblical counseling from the Christian Counseling Education Foundation.  Married since 2005, Linda and Gary attend Harvest Bible Chapel in Aurora.      

 
 
 
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Marina Koval

board member/director of free healthcare

Born in the Ukraine, Marina immigrated to America through World Relief in 1999.  She graduated with her Doctorate of Pharmacy from UIC in May 2017.  Her desire to know God personally began when she read the Bible after being inspired by Rick Warren's Purpose Driven Life.  It was from this point on that she developed a heart for serving the Lord on the mission field.  It was only nine months after she first volunteered that she became the new Director of Free Healthcare.  She is a member of the Russian-speaking Evangelical Church of Holy Trinity in Hickory Hills.  Marina lives with her parents and six siblings in Montgomery.

 
 
 
 
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Patricia Van Dorn

Board member/medical reception and prayer

Patti was born and raised in the Chicago suburbs.  When she came to know the Lord in her thirties, that was just the beginning of what He had in store.  Having served on the mission field in Tanzania, her heart is bent towards serving those with limited resources both here and abroad.  After completing a six month internship here at the ministry, she graduated with a Master of Arts in Christian Ministry from Northern Seminary in 2017.  She has been married since 1980 to her husband, Ted.  Together, they attend Wheatland Salem Church in Naperville.  They have two married children, Ted and Tim and were thrilled to welcome two beautiful grandchildren, Luke and Finley, this year.

 
 
 
 

Juli Pealstrom

Board member/dental hygienist

Born and raised in Aurora, Juli responded to God's call on her life at age nineteen.  Since that time, she has found various ministry outlets including an eleven year commitment serving on the board at Crisis Pregnancy Clinic.  With a forty year career in dental hygiene, she feels volunteering at Mission Possible was an "answer to prayer" to utilize her God given gifts locally.  This experience gave her just the right training to help plant a dental clinic in Colombia.  Juli has raised and homeschooled five children.  She attends the Vineyard in Aurora.

 
 
 
 
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Mark Nowak

Board Member/volunteer on duty

After growing up in the church and drifting away, Mark gave up trying to earn his salvation at the age of 31 and finally rested in God's saving grace.  Though retired from a thirty-three year career in the petrochemical industry, he continues to teach chemistry at two local colleges.  Mark is a gifted worship leader, but you can even catch him play a set at the local coffee shop.  As a result of close family members who continue to struggle with addiction, Mark is naturally drawn to teach, mentor, and encourage the men in our recovery ministry.  Married to Cindy since 1970, the two attend Harvest Bible Chapel in Aurora. They have two adult daughters and two precious grandchildren, Bella and Emmett.  Mark's life verse is found in John 16:33.