Rebekah S. King

Co-Founder and Executive Director


Hunter Beck

Youth Programs Manager


Sherin George

Program Manager


Franklin Ballenger

Director of Partnerships

Board of Directors

Brad Beier

Co-Founder and Chairman

Living Hope Church

Brad Beier is the Pastor of Living Hope Church, Chicago. Upon graduating from Reformed Theological Seminary, in 2001, Brad served in an urban church planting apprenticeship at Faith Christian Fellowship in Baltimore. Brad and his wife, Shannon, moved to Chicago in 2003 to begin the satellite congregation of Bethel Christian Church which is now Living Hope Church. Brad is a co-founder of Hope Works and serves as Chairman of the Board of Directors.


Tom Kubiak

Imago Dei Chicago

Tom Kubiak is native to the city of Chicago (Roseland on the South Side) and has a strong passion for ministry to the needs of urban dwellers. He and his wife, Joanna, have been married thirty-two years and have three adult children.

Tom has over thirty-two years of pastoral ministry experience- most recently having started the South Loop Community Church in Chicago (2000-2012) and spending two years as the first-ever Executive Director of Hartford City Mission in Connecticut (2013-2015). He has returned home to the city of Chicago to resume planting Gospel-centered, integrated, wholistic, local community churches throughout the far south side neighborhoods. Tom has a Master of Divinity degree from Denver Baptist Theological Seminary and has done doctoral work at Trinity Evangelical Divinity School in Deerfield, IL. For eighteen years, Tom has been actively engaged with Christian Community Development Association (CCDA).


David Leishman

McGuire Woods, LLP

Dave is a Labor and Employment Attorney with McGuire Woods. An experienced labor and employment litigator and counselor, his practice focuses on federal court litigation involving unfair competition and theft of trade secrets and violations of federal and state anti-discrimination and anti-retaliation laws. Dave also regularly represents clients in labor arbitration and before the National Labor Relations Board and counsels clients on difficult wage and hour and overtime exemption issues. Dave was a judicial law clerk to the Honorable G. Barry Anderson of the Minnesota Supreme Court from 2006 to 2007.

Dave is also guest faculty at Wheaton (IL) College, where he teaches Business Law. He and his family live in Wheaton, IL.


Benjamin Prinz

Co-Founder and Treasurer

Agilis Partners, Ltd and the Kyklou Group

Benjamin Prinz is an entrepreneur with experience developing, financing and scaling enterprise in emerging markets.  Currently, as a managing partner and principal of Agilis Partners, Benjamin overseas corporate development across a portfolio of agricultural investments in East Africa.  Agilis currently employs over 450 people across Uganda, sources commodity from over 30,000 small-scale farmers and produces food for millions of people in refugee and urban markets.  Benjamin joined the Hope Works board as one of its original co-founders through his work with Living Hope Church while he was a student at the University of Chicago.  Benjamin holds an AB in economics from the University of Chicago.

Perika J. Sampson

Morgan Stanley

Perika Sampson is the Regional Diversity Officer for Morgan Stanley Wealth Management’s Great Lakes Region. Previously she founded and managed Dearborn Consulting Partners. Prior to her consulting career, she had a 20-year career in financial services. She served as Vice President Marketing and Strategy in the Private Client Services division of Bank One (now JP Morgan). She was also a founding member of the management team of two internet-based financial services companies. Perika is an alumna of the University of California Los Angeles. She has written and published numerous articles on corporate diversity and inclusion. In addition, she has served on the boards of several arts and social service organizations in Chicago, IL,Oakland, CA and San Francisco, CA.


Nancy Hess


Nancy Hess is a VP, Strategic Client Executive at Optum who works with the C-Suite of large, national health plans to develop strategic partnerships, grow revenue and identify and refine Optum’s core products and service offerings to drive transformation new business approaches in the healthcare arena. With over 25 years of healthcare experience, Nancy is a seasoned executive with expertise in executive relationship development, consulting, practice leadership, executive sales and sales management, organizational redesign, and healthcare concepts and services that expand across clinical, IT, financial, consumer engagement, and networks. Nancy holds a BA in Fine Arts from Carthage College, and an MBA in Finance and Marketing from Roosevelt University.  She has also completed 40+ hours toward a PsyD in Cognitive Behavioral Psychology from Adler School of Psychology, in Chicago, IL.  


Associate Board


Marvin Harris

Board Chair

Haymarket Center


Katherine Braden

Graduate Candidate at Northwestern University


Natalie Crary

Amate House


Josh Fort



Inessa Goodman

Litchfield Cavo LLP


Trevor Johnson

Engagement Committee Chair

Capital One


Brandon Ratliff



Joe Rizzo

Mercer Investments


Sarah Beth Rizzo

Fundraising Committee Chair

Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom LLP


If you are interested in joining the Associate Board,  click here for more information or contact Rebekah King at or fill out the application.