Board Member

Don Kauffman

Laura Ramos

Executive Director

Matt DeMateo

Board Member

Paco Amador

Board Member

Pat Vonesh

Board Member

R.A. Atanus

Board Member

Don Kauffman

I am twenty years into an eternity-long journey of following Jesus. I have been married to my wife Rae for eleven years and am a dad to our four boys. I have been in pastoral ministry for fifteen years, nine of which has been at New Life Community Church pastoring in the Oak Lawn (IL) area. My greatest joy is helping people find hope, peace, and restored identity in Jesus. 

I have been blown away by New Life Centers for the past decade. I have never seen a community organization whose staff is so committed to the work of serving, loving, and walking with the neighborhoods they live in. When I was presented with the opportunity to be on the board I saw it as a way to help make sure the staff has everything they need to continue their powerful work, and also an opportunity to ensure the organization remains rooted in its mission to connect youth and young adults to Christ and community. 

Laura Ramos

Executive Director

Matt DeMateo

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Board Member

Paco Amador

Paco: unconditionally loved by God, cared by a crazy family with 8 children, embraced into the faith family of Nueva Vida in La Villita, adopted into the community of Little Village for over 3 decades…undeservedly blessed into a beloved community. 

I am committed to New Life Centers’ because I am swept up by a passion to love all of our neighbors in Jesus’ way.

Board Member

Pat Vonesh

After 38 years in industrial software sales I retired, by the grace of God.  I have been married for 42 years, with three wonderful children who married spectacularly well and 7 grandchildren.  I am a follower of Jesus Christ.  I love spending time with my family, friends and people I am now working alongside.   

After being introduced to NLC and shown the work, I became intrigued as to how I could become involved.  I heard Fr. Greg Boyle S.J. speak at a Centers’ dinner, and Fr. Boyle spoke of “exquisite mutuality” in regards to dealing with our relationships with our fellow men.  I believe all people are equal and exquisite.  NLC brings the Gospel of Christ to people through service, mentoring and so much more.  I am committed to NLC because of the spirit in which the love of God is shown to people by the work. 

Board Member

R.A. Atanus

R.A. immigrated to the US in his early teens and grew up and went to school on the north side of Chicago.  He has earned a degree in Electronic Engineering and business management and worked as an executive for 25+ years in the Information Technology Industry. R.A. has also lived in Japan for two years and has traveled extensively to the Far East, Europe, Africa, and the Middle East. He was in ministry in a co-vocational fashion for 27 years but was called to full-time ministry 15 years ago when he became an Executive Pastor. During this period, he went back to school for a further divinity degree. R.A. and his wife, Martha, are blessed to have two children and two grandchildren and love the city with its vast demographics. 

“I love the great city of Chicago and the highlight of the city is the vast ethnic groups and its diversity. At the same time, these positive aspects could bring up barriers and separation. New Life Centers is a proven and determined organization that brings about understanding, unity, and solutions in solving some of the issues caused by these different groups. It does this by living amongst the people in their neighborhoods and doing life together exactly where the need is the most. I want to be part of this type of group and there is none better than New Life Centers.