Our Board of Directors is composed of several leaders throughout our community who've been an instrumental part of bringing A Mother's Hope to this point.
Stephanie Patka, Board Chair
Stephanie serves Bishop Kevin C. Rhoades as the Secretariat Director of Communications for the Diocese of Fort Wayne-South Bend. Stephanie and her team publish the weekly Today’s Catholic newspaper, and coordinates the marketing and branding initiatives for the diocese. Stephanie regularly co-hosts on The Kyle Heimann Show on Redeemer Radio and serves on the Board of the St. Joseph Community Health Foundation. Stephanie was the Executive Director of Big Brothers Big Sisters of Elkhart County and also worked in sales at the Greater Elkhart Chamber of Commerce. She graduated with honors from Saint Mary’s College in Notre Dame, Indiana where she double majored in Communication Studies and Humanistic Studies. Stephanie is a member of St. Vincent de Paul Catholic Church in Fort Wayne.
Treasurer: Joey Colone, CPA
Joey works at Dulin, Ward & DeWald, Inc., a public accounting firm in Fort Wayne. He attended Indiana University-Purdue University Fort Wayne where he studied accounting and management. He is also a graduate of Bishop Dwenger High School and is a member of Our Lady of Good Hope Catholic Church with his wife, Amelia, and their two daughters.
Secretary: Tracia Gregory
Tracia earned a Bachelor degree in Theology from Marian University. Her commitment to the prolife cause is typified by her previous position as the Co-Chair of the Respect Life Committee at St. Vincent de Paul Catholic Church where is she a member with her husband, Robert, and their five children.
Janis Chrissikos, MSN, CNM, Governance Chair
Janis earned a Master of Science in Nursing from the Frontier Nursing University and is a Certified Nurse Midwife. She owns an independent midwifery practice providing complete mother-baby and well-woman care across the lifespan, including prenatal, labor and birth, postpartum, lactation, and newborn care. Her service to women and children in our community began with another non-profit, the Fort Wayne Sexual Assault Treatment Center, that offers health care, reporting options, resources, and expert legal testimony for victims of sexual assault and sexual abuse. She and her husband, Jeff, attend Our Lady of Good Hope Catholic Church with their eight children.
Robert E. Gregory, Development Chair
Robert is a graduate of Marian University with a degree in Finance. Robert and his wife Tracia have lived in Ft Wayne for the past 17 years together and have 6 children. The Gregory family attends St. Vincent de Paul Church. Robert is the Branch Manager of Access National Mortgage and has worked in the mortgage industry since graduating from Marian.
Jacob Laskowski, Marketing Chair
Jacob is the CEO of 86 Creative, a marketing agency based in Fort Wayne. His career began with serving as a missionary with FOCUS, the Fellowship of Catholic University Students. Following his role as director of marketing for a multi-billion dollar company, Jacob launched 86, where he's had the opportunity to work with universities, tech start-ups, corporations, dioceses and non-profits throughout the United States. He also serves as adjunct professor of visual communications at Ivy Tech College, and is a Senior Partner at Mission Advancement Partners, a national development firm based in Washington, D.C. He has served as a past board member for a crisis pregnancy support center in Muncie and serves as a co-director of the Fort Wayne Frassati Society and is a member of Our Lady of Good Hope Catholic Church. He also serves on the board of directors for Those Catholic Men. Jacob is the proud father of one daughter, Gianna.
After earning a Bachelor of Science in Psychology and a minor in Spanish from Indiana University, Stasia gained experience working with those in our community who suffer from neglect and abuse, homelessness, addictions, alcohol abuse, domestic violence, sexual abuse, and mental illness. Stasia especially enjoyed her work with mothers who struggled with addictions and teens returning home after a Department of Corrections placement. Her social service career was put on hold when she and her husband began a family. She is returning to her roots as the co-founder of A Mother’s Hope and currently serves as the Executive Director for the organization. Stasia is also a member of the Prenatal and Infant Care Network and the Community Action Team, focused on reducing infant mortality in Allen County.