Our Board of Directors

The preservation of the highest standards of integrity and ethical principles is vital to safeguarding public trust.


Our volunteer Board of Directors stands firm in their commitment to ensuring the vitality and viability of the organization through strong governance and stewardship.  


Board Officers


  • John J. Freyek, Board Chair
    Vice President / Senior Relationship Manager
    First Merchants Bank

    John Freyek is in his first full term as Board President. John has a long history of nonprofit involvement previously serving on the board of Jacob’s Ladder Pediatric Rehab Center, Pines Village Retirement Communities, and the Highland Chamber of Commerce, among others. In 2015, John was honored with the First Merchant Bank’s Gold Shield Award for Community Service.

  • Lauren P. Trumbo, Board Vice-Chair
    Finance Manager
    St. Catherine Hospital

    Lauren Trumbo has a history of involvement with organizations that benefit children. She is active in her child’s school as a PTO volunteer and former Treasurer for the group, as well as serving as a teacher at her church. Her motivation for joining the board of MHA of Lake County is to build a stronger continuum of care for Lake County residents.

  • Katy Dowling, Treasurer
    Chief Financial Officer, Crown Point School Corporation

    Katy Dowling believes in the power of service with a long history of active involvement in a variety of nonprofit organizations. Through her work as a civil servant with the town of Highland, to her current vocation as financial officer for school corporations, Katy is devoted to causes that serve the interests of children and families.

  • Gina Altieri, Secretary
    Phenix7 Mktg. Inc.

    Gina Altieri is a driver of positive change for her company and for MHA of Lake County. She attributes her parents with instilling in her a commitment to improving lives through volunteerism and has served on numerous non-profit throughout her career, including work as a board member and volunteer for the Lake Area United Way.

  • Board Members

  • Christian Bartholomew
    Efron & Efron, P.C.

    Christian believes in contributing his time and talents to meaningful volunteer opportunities. His volunteer experience includes arts organizations as well as volunteering time in projects and fundraising that benefit community. He is eager to share his legal expertise and technical acumen to contribute to the viability and vitality of MHALC.

  • Andrea Sherwin
    Vice President, Director of Marketing, Centier Bank

    Andrea Sherwin is utilizing her 20 years of marketing experience to enhance awareness about the important role mental health plays in overall well-being. Her previous board and nonprofit volunteer experience relates to the arts, health, and business, and improving the lives of children. She has a particular interest in programs that support the well-being of adolescents.

  • Janice Zunich, M.D.
    Indiana University School of Medicine - Northwest

    Dr. Janice Zunich, a board certified medical geneticist, is the organization’s longest serving board member, devoting more than 25 years to the organization and applying her expertise in pediatrics and genetics to support MHA of Lake County programs that empower family well-being. Her dedication to wellness can be found in the clinical services she provides, as well as the many nonprofit organizations she has committed to in her career. She currently serves as the medical member of the Lake County Child Protection Team and Child Fatality Review Committee.

  • Anne-Marie Kuczora
    Consultant, nonprofit industry

    Anne-Marie Kuczora has extensive experience in the nonprofit industry having served as a fund development specialist for many years. In addition to her Mental Health America of Lake County she is a past president and current member of the Indiana Protection and Advocacy Services Mental Illness Advisory Council. Anne-Marie is a recipient of the "Distinguished Hoosier" award bestowed by Governor Frank O'Bannon for work with Indiana Protection and Advocacy Commission.

  • Joe Starkey
    Investment Advisor Representative/Partner
    Oak Partners, Inc.

    Joe Starkey joined the board in 2016, excited to devote his energy, time, and talents to advancing the mission of the organization and working as part of the team to help the organization reach its goals. His volunteer experience includes serving on the board of the March of Dimes and participation in several regional chambers of commerce, as well as serving as past president of the Griffith Chamber.

  • Jeff Carroll
    Sidley Austin LLP

    In addition to Jeff Carroll’s legal acumen he is an award-winning journalist, as well as an author. His volunteer experience includes devoting time to organizations that serve enhance the well-being of children. His interest in mental health advocacy stems from his work at a mental health legal clinic while attending law school.

  • Monica Rubio
    Vice President and Community Investment Relationship Specialist
    First Midwest Bank

    Monica will share her expertise in community outreach and strategic partnerships to increase awareness and interest in the work of MHALC. Her volunteer experience includes service on local Chamber of Commerce boards, as well as serving as an advisory board member of the Hammond YMCA.





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