Our Leadership

JUST employs four full-time staff members and is governed by a board of directors. The JUST leadership team is listed below:

Board of Directors

President: Joe Udell
Vice President: Ken Cygan
Secretary-Treasurer: Jeanne Rotert
Board Member: Karren Brower
Board Member: Kevin Fahey
Board Member: Michelle Monino
Board Member: Bob Neyland
Board Member: Rev. Dr. Chris Pierson
Board Member: Mike Weatherred
Board Member: Dr. James Wilhoit
Director Emerita: Ruth Bamford

Michael Beary,

Executive Director

Michael Beary joined JUST of Dupage as Executive Director in June 2018. Michael comes to JUST from the Diocese of Joliet where he served as Coordinator of Jail and Prison Ministry.

Some years ago, Michael felt God's call to work with inmates. He started a consulting practice devoted to helping former inmates find work. He quickly learned that for those who have been behind bars for several years finding a job was very difficult. He began a series of classes in Entrepreneurship at Kennedy-King College and enlisted the help of retired executives (through SCORE) to lead these classes and to help consult with ex-offenders in helping them start their own businesses.

Since then, Michael has developed and implemented various programs for the Cook County Jail under Sheriff Tom Dart, the Illinois Department of Corrections and, the Wisconsin Community Correctional Services. He has designed various "social enterprises" including a recycling and salvage venture and, an alternative staffing agency. Michael has also been involved in the development and operations of homeless shelters both for emergency evacuation and chronic seasonal needs.

Michael has some 30 years of experience in running his own business ventures and completed an MBA program in entrepreneurship at the University of Illinois at Chicago

E-Mail Michael at MichaelBeary@justofdupage.org

Chris Tower LPC, CADC

Addiction Education Manager

Chris is a former volunteer who has joined the staff as the Addiction Education Manager. He is a Licensed Professional Counselor (LPC) and a Certified Alcohol and Drug Counselor (CADC.) His responsibilities include direction and support to the recovery pods, oversight of addiction recovery volunteers and program management of addiction education.

Before becoming a counselor Chris had a successful business career in Finance and Information Technology in the consumer products and service industries.


Mary Ann D'Onofrio, OM

Director of Spiritual Enrichment

Reverend Mary Ann D'Onofrio serves as the chaplain inside the jail. She is an ordained minister with over 22 years of ministry experience. Mary Ann is credentialed through the Assemblies of God Church and got her certification through Global University and the Illinois District Assemblies of God. She has received extensive training in Small Group Dynamics and has been an associate pastor at First Assembly of God in Wheaton.

Besides teaching, she brings care, compassion, and healing to the incarcerated at DuPage. Mary Ann recognizes the dignity of all human beings and believes that God meets people whatever their circumstances may be and changes lives.

E-Mail Mary Ann at maryann@justofdupage.org

Bri Fasano

Office Manager

Bri joined us at the end of April, 2016 and has been a real blessing already. She’s young, energetic with excellent organizational skills, and very tech savvy. She also brings previous work experience in marketing and web design.

E-Mail Bri at info@JUSTofDuPage.org