Our Senior Management Team
Gilbert Fonger, President/CEO
Gilbert Fonger joined Marklund in February, 2011, as president and chief executive officer, after serving for more than 20 years in a number of positions in the nonprofit field. As chief development officer at Little City Foundation in Palatine, he oversaw all fundraising, marketing, communications and business development. Prior to Little City, he held various executive positions with the YMCA of Metro Chicago, and served as a pastor for more than 10 years. He had also served as an officer in the U.S. Coast Guard.
Chief Financial Officer - Kudus Badmus
Chief Development Officer - Heather Graves
Administrator, Marklund Hyde Center and Community-Based Services - Rachelle Jewison
Rachelle Jewison joined the Marklund team in April of 2015. Professionally, she has spent over 15 years as an advocate for individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities. In addition to her full-time employment with Marklund as a Licensed Nursing Home Administrator (LNHA), Rachelle serves as an Administrative Surveyor for CARF (Commission on Accreditation of Rehabilitation Facilities) where she oversees survey processes at organizations both within and outside of the United States. Rachelle earned a bachelors degree in Public Health Administration from Northern Illinois University and is currently working on completing her MBA degree through the University of Illinois. Contact Rachelle Jewison at 630-593-5500.
Administrator, Marklund Philip Center, and Director of Therapy - Gunjan Patel
Gunjan Patel has been with Marklund since 2004. Her background consists of working and managing therapy departments at a variety of hospitals and out-patient settings in the Chicagoland area. Currently at Marklund, Gunjan holds an LNHA license, and is both the Administrator for the Philip Center in Bloomingdale as well as Director of Therapy for all Marklund sites. In addition, she is on the Board of Directors for The Center for Developmental Disabilities Advocacy and Community Supports for the Illinois Healthcare Association, and leads the MCDD (Medically Complex Developmental Disabilities) facilities group for the State of Illinois. She received a bachelors degree in Biology from University of Illinois and a Masters degree in Physical Therapy from Northwestern University. Contact Gunjan Patel at 630-529-2871.
Administrator, Marklund Wasmond Center - Shelley Lewis
Shelley Lewis has been involved with the Marklund Wasmond Center (formerly Little Angels) her entire life. She was three years old when her parents, Pat and Bob Wasmond, opened their home to children with special needs. She grew up working in the facility in every capacity taking over in 1979 as the Administrator. She earned a bachelors degree in Nursing from the University of Iowa. She started her nursing career in the Burn Unit at Loyola University before being called home to the family business. She is proud to carry on her parent’s legacy under the Marklund Family. For several years, Shelley served as President of the Illinois Association of Pediatric Residential Facilities, and has represented similar facilities throughout the State of Illinois serving on numerous committees and advisory groups effecting legislation, rules, regulations and reimbursement issues. Contact Shelley Lewis at 224-523-7530.
Director of Education - Paula Bodzioch
Director of Government Relations and Community Support - Lois Sheaffer
Director of Human Resources - Joan Rubino
Director of Marketing and Communications - Dawn Lassiter-Brueske