Mission & Vision

ForeverU is a 501(c)(3) youth development agency on a mission to provide hope and belonging to youth on their mental health journey by connecting them to supportive mentors, uplifting peer communities, and evidence-based program experiences tailored to their life story.

Since our organization's founding, we have envisioned a world where no young person living with a mental health condition would have to endure the battle alone. The innovative program model we have created in response to COVID-19 aims to positively impact a young person's academic performance and retention, social and character development, self-esteem, and desire for personal achievement.

We envision a world where no young person living with a mental health condition must endure the battle alone.


BOard of Directors

Gwendolyn Sterk

Attorney and Team Leader

Sterk Family Law Group, P.C. 

Erik Maranto

Development Manager

American Lung Association of Chicago

Shetal Patel

Owner, Director of Operations

Aesthetica Day Spa

Amber Schnepp

School Psychologist

Bradley-Bourbonnais High School


Ryan Hesslau

Founder and Executive Director


Troy Griffiths

Certified Public Accountant

Troy W. Griffiths LLC

Dan McGonigle

Vice President

ORA Dental Partners

Kendra Zantingh

Professor of Human Resources

Trinity Christian College

Christina Skrip

Director of Assessment and Referral

Silver Oaks Behavioral Hospital

Emily Shayman

Assistant Professor of Social Work

Lewis University

Scott Hullinger

Chief Executive Officer

Silver Oaks Behavioral Hospital

Christian Perry

State Director of Community Development IL Criminal Justice Information Authority

Richard Hesslau

Senior Project Designer and Specialist

Sargent & Lundy LLC - Nuclear Div.

Dan Borowski

Central US Territory Manager

3M Commercial Solutions Division

Nathan Lagacy

Licensed Professional Counselor

Mental Edge Counseling

Disclaimer: ForeverU is classified as a youth development organization. While we work closely with medical professionals and have a team of licensed mental health professionals overseeing our program, it is crucial to note that our volunteers, employees, and representatives are not medical professionals. We are a community of individuals passionate about offering hope and belonging to youth experiencing mental health challenges. Therefore, ForeverU should be utilized as an extension or “add-on” resource to youth undergoing professional treatment or receiving formal counseling services from licensed mental health professionals. The information and program we provide are meant to encourage and support students and are not meant to replace medical professionals' advice or expertise.

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