Meet Our Team

Carrie Robinette: 

Carrie grew up in Lockport, Illinois. Graduated from Lockport Township High School in 1990 than graduated from Ball State University in 1994 with a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science and a minor in French.

Right out of college Carrie worked as a teacher for almost 2 years at a Catholic school teaching computer skills to K-8th graders. 1996 she switched to the insurance industry and in 2009  made a change from the corporate world to non-profit taking a position with the American Cancer Society as an Income Development Representative. Carrie works on Relay For Life, Bark For Life and Making Strides Against Breast Cancer.

She has volunteered for the Society for 14 years before becoming an employee, currently a Community Manager, Relay For Life.

Away from work she enjoy volunteering for the Wood Family Foundation which helps at risk youth in the Lawndale community in Chicago also enjoys working in her organic garden, reading, wine tasting and caring for her  two Cavalier King Charles Spaniels, Wrigley and Ruby. 
Carrie is a die hard Cubs fan and also loves the Chicago Blackhawks and Chicago Bears. She attends as many sporting events as she can in her spare time.

Carrie asked her friends to join her in this adventure called the Hope Challenge and amazingly 6 of them said YES! 
She thinks a 5K obstacle course that will kick your butt is just what is needed in the fight against cancer! 

Cathy Mombrun:

Cathy grew up in Momence, Illinois the youngest of five children (1 sister and 3 brothers).She graduated from Momence High School in 1976 and also attended Parkland Community College and graduated from Kankakee Community College in 1979 with an Associates in Applied Science in Medical Secretarial. She graduated from Olivet Nazarene University in 1983 with a Bachelor’s Degree in Business Education and a minor in English Education. She has taken classes towards her Master’s Degree in Accounting at Governor’s State University.

While attending high school and community college Cathy worked at Riverside Medical Center in the several different departments. Once she graduated with her associates degree she then went to work for a physician’s office before deciding to return to college. 
Once Cathy got her Bachelor’s Degree she started working for a manufacturing company and worked there in the accounting department until they closed their doors. 

Cathy started a substitute teaching job for the public schools and was also teaching adult education classes. She then went to work in the insurance industry were she had worked for Cigna Healthcare since 1985. 

When Cathy is not working she has volunteered with her local Girl Scouts being a leader for four years, helping the girls earn their bronze award. Also treasurer for a non-for-profit soccer organization which was organized to start a high school girls’ team, Cathy has done some coaching of soccer teams as well as being on the board of directors of the local soccer club.
She has been involved with Kankakee County 4-H as a judge of projects and as a food coordinator for the food stand at the fair. 
The most inspiring volunteer work is her work with the American Cancer Society for her local Relay for Life since 1997, where she has held several different positions. Cathy's main purpose for this work is so that other people do not have to go through what she has in dealing with the loss of a family member’s to cancer.

Chandra Craig
Chandra graduated with her bachelor’s degree in Health and Wellness in August, 2014.
She has been a volunteer for the American Cancer Society for 16 years now and a minion for Carrie for the past 6 years- helping wherever there is a need for ACS fundraiser events. While not an athlete, Chandra is a 2nd degree black belt in Tae Kwon Do.

Words to live by: “Be the change you want to see in the world.”

Dan Chinski:

 Dan is new to the world of volunteering and is getting his feet wet with the Hope Challenge event. Dan once shot a man in Reno just to watch him die. When not napping, Dan likes to jump online for some war games or use his charisma to get out of doing the dishes. He loves all sports and is anxious to help with The Hope Challenge.

Frank Reihel: 

Frank grew up in Lansing, Illinois and graduated from Thornton Fractional South in 1983.
He then attended South Suburban College and Valparaiso University where he majored in Computer Science with a minor in Meteorology.

Frank is married with two sons, Cody and Colin, they have a black lab named Archie and a cat named Tiger. Frank is also the owner of CCR Automotive in New Lenox, Illinois which he started with his wife in 2009.

In his spare time Frank enjoys refurbishing pin ball machines, camping and vacationing in Tennessee, which one day will be his permanent residence. Frank is a volunteer and committee member of the Relay for Life of Grundy County since 2010, take part in Making Strides for Breast Cancer in Joliet and the Miles for Melanoma in Chicago.

Frank has chosen to participate in these charities as well as starting The Hope Challenge due to the fact that his father passed away from lung cancer and his wife was diagnosed with Melanoma twice. He is excited and proud to work with such a great team for The Hope Challenge and know it will be a great success.

Karen Reihel:

 Karen grew up in Harvey, Illinois and graduated from Thornton Township High School in 1987. After graduation she went right to work and attended South Suburban College at night taking general business classes.

Karen married with two boys, Cody and Colin and two fur-babies, Archie their black lab and Tiger their kitty. In her spare time she enjoys wine tasting, walking/hiking with her husband and dog, traveling in their camper, and spending time with friends. Karen is a volunteer and committee member for the Relay for Life of Grundy County, take part in Making Strides for Breast Cancer walk in Joliet and Miles for Melanoma in Chicago.

In 2009 Karen was diagnosed with stage 1 Melanoma and after 3 years of

remission, in 2012 it returned as stage 3. She is now again in remission and works even harder to spread the word of the American Cancer Society and the Relay for Life in hopes that one day we will find a cure for ALL cancers!! 

Karen is so excited to be working with her husband and a great group of friends to put together The Hope Challenge and know it will be a great success.

Lou Mombrun:

Lou grew up in Reddick, Illinois with two younger sisters. He graduated from Reddick High School in 1977 & from Purdue University in 1981 with a Bachelor’s Degree in Agricultural Mechanization.

While attending high school, college and after graduation Lou worked in the Agriculture field with several different companies (Hendrix International, Union Hill Implement, Purdue University Agronomy Department, Joliet Junior College-farm manager, Funk’s Seeds International). He has worked for and owned an H&R Block office. He currently owns an antique and collectible shop in Dwight, Illinois and farms over 1200 acres in the Reddick area.

Lou has volunteered for the American Cancer Society as Logistic Chairman and the local Relay for Life. He is also a county volunteer for the Kankakee County 4-H Extension (judging projects and conducting workshops) and is a former officer for the Dwight Area Chamber of Commerce.

Lou enjoys the following hobbies: NASCAR, NCAA Basketball (men and women), collecting space, Star Trek and Star Wars memorabilia.