John & Wendi Kelly
This is our first Habitat for Humanity trip and a life-long dream of John’s to serve in El Salvador. We have four grown kids and four grandchildren and two large dogs who think they are our children. We love spending time with family, cooking together, enjoying time outdoors hiking or taking long walks in the Botanic Gardens and spending time serving others through our church. We are very excited to go on this first trip together.
Mark & Rose Froseth
We are retired and live in Gurnee, IL. We have 6 children/step-children and 2 grandchildren. We enjoy camping, biking, hiking, working outdoors, and spending time with our family. We are fortunate to have a wonderful church home, Joy! Lutheran in Gurnee, where we are involved in our Faith In Action Small Group, as well as other small groups and volunteer activities. This is our 7th Habitat for Humanity trip.
Kris & Ron Alden
Hi from the Alden’s! I’m Kris and the handsome guy next to me is my husband Ron. We’re excited about this next adventure and all that God has in store for us and our fellow travelers!
Mark & Bonnie Lovdjieff
I have 22-year-old identical twin boys (Hayden & Colton) studying computer science at Carthage College, (my alma mater!) and a bull terrier, Rubi, who I adopted three summers ago!
I had a triple major in education and have my MsEd in School Psychology (am not a practicing school psychologist). I had been teaching for 34 years at Park View School in Morton Grove and have been retired a year now. I taught special ed for 12 years before switching to regular ed. I taught 3rd grade for several years, but had been teaching 4th grade, which I loved, for about 18 years.
Since retiring, I have been traveling: NY, Hawaii, Belgium, Amsterdam, & Austin and volunteering. I also have time to enjoy some of the activities I love besides teaching. I am a voracious reader – typically reading a couple dozen books a summer. I enjoy bike riding, jogging, and LOVE gardening; often spending hours a day in my backyard weeding and making/painting birdhouses. I enjoy anything having to do with the water: boating, skiing, etc. In the winter, I ski in the UP while some of my family members snowmobile.
I’m very close with my brother, Dr. Jonathan Main, and his family. He is an orthopedic surgeon. While he has lived all over the world, they settled in Kenosha so his three children and my twins could grow up close to each other. My mother, Helen Main, is also a member of Joy! and lives in Grayslake. She and I are very close and try to do things together as often as our schedules allow.
I don’t speak Spanish, but took many years of French. I’m looking forward to my fourth mission trip to El Salvador and my second one this year!
This year marks my ninth trip to El Salvador with Habitat for Humanity & Thrivent. I’m honored to be working beside such a great group of people and look forward to our adventures together throughout next week as we focus on being God’s hands and feet to make an impact in families lives. Every year brings something new to the experience but the one thing that is always there is the love for the people and the country we will be embarking upon.
Above is my extended family recently pulled together for my dad’s 75th birthday! These are the people that have taught me, inspired me, supported me and encouraged me throughout my years to do good for others.