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Board of Directors

Brian Birnbaum

Chairperson of Board

Brian Birnbaum

Chairperson of Board

Brian Birnbaum

Chairperson of Board

Brian Birnbaum has been associated with Beverly Farm Foundation since 1997 when his eldest son, Jeff moved to Stahl Cottage on the main campus at the age of 18.  Brian is a graduate of the University of Illinois with a degree in Business Administration and Marketing.  His entire career was in Marketing and Management working for several major corporations including Eastman Kodak Company and Albany International. Although he retired in 2015, he continued to work as a Business Consultant until Spring, 2017,  He currently serves on three Board of Directors, including the Beverly Farm Foundation Board of Directors currently as the Vice Chair and Chair of the Fundraising and Development Sub-Committee, and a member of the Beverly Farm Foundation Endowment Board.  He has served on the Beverly Farm Board of Directors for 16 years.  He also served as the Chair of the Beverly Cottages Parents Group for 14 years, and has been on many committees including being the Vice Chair of the "Day at the Races" Chicagoland fundraiser for the last 3 years.Brian and his wife, Lee have been married since 1976 and live in Glen Ellyn, Illinois.  They are the parents to three adult sons, and grandparents to Leo, James and another grandson arriving in September, 2019.

Glen Ellyn, IL

Sharon Byers

Vice Chairperson of Board

Sharon Byers

Vice Chairperson of Board

Sharon Byers

Vice Chairperson of Board

Sharon Byers received a BSN from the University of Kansas.  After working as a CNA during high school and college in an intermediate care facility, she transitioned from a hospital floor nurse to a director of nursing at an intermediate care facility.  Going to the other end of life’s spectrum, she worked as an obstetric nurse, including nine years as a clinical nurse manager. She took early retirement from nursing to stay home and coordinate care for her mentally handicapped son.  She currently works as the office manager for her husband’s engineering firm and has been in this position fourteen years.  Her passions include Bible study, piano playing, writing music and interior decorating.  She lives in Lee’s Summit, with her husband, David.  She loves grey skies, storms, and songs in minor keys.

Lee's Summit, MO

Emily Friend

Secretary of Board

Emily Friend

Secretary of Board

Emily Friend

Secretary of Board

Short Hills, NJ

Jeffrey Rosignol

Interim Treasurer of Board

Jeffrey Rosignol

Interim Treasurer of Board

Jeffrey Rosignol

Interim Treasurer of Board

Mr. Rosignol’s career spans 42 years with NAPA Auto Parts and Genuine Parts Company in the automotive, commercial truck, and heavy equipment parts management and supply industry. He is currently partnered with the Chicago Transit Authority to supply bus, rail-car, and facility maintenance parts and supplies. Jeff celebrates a happy 44 years of marriage to wife Polly; daughters Renee and Alicia; son Joey, resident of Beverly Farm since 2007.

Highland, IN

Dale Blachford

Board Member

Dale Blachford

Board Member

Dale Blachford

Board Member

Godfrey, IL

Trish Holmes

Board Member

Trish Holmes

Board Member

Trish Holmes

Board Member

Trish Holmes is a lifelong resident of the Riverbend area. She currently is the Director of Member Services with the Riverbend Growth Association (RBGA) overseeing membership and events and loves working closely with area businesses. She understands and supports giving back to her community and loves to be involved. Trish sits on the Board of Alton Mainstreet, the Alton Women’s Housing Association, the Madison County Regional Leadership Council, and is an active member and current President of the Riverbend Rotary Club. Trish earned her Bachelor of Science in Business Administration at the University of Missouri St. Louis after earning her Associate Degree at Lewis & Clark Community College.  In her spare time, Trish loves a good book and working out. She loves downtime and relaxation.

Godfrey, IL

Nicholas Lynn

Board Member

Nicholas Lynn

Board Member

Nicholas Lynn

Board Member

Nicholas J. Lynn is the vice chair of Duane Morris’ national Health Law Practice Group and was a member of the firm’s Partners Board from 1999 to 2015. Mr. Lynn is chair of the Chicago office’s health law practice. He focuses his practice on pharmaceutical law, laws affecting the post-acute care industry, healthcare litigation and regulatory compliance matters.

A registered pharmacist with more than 40 years’ experience in healthcare law, he is a former division chief and assistant chief counsel to the Illinois Department of Public Health and served as chief counsel to the Illinois Health Facilities Planning Board (n/k/a the Illinois Health Facilities and Services Review Board). Mr. Lynn is a member of and general counsel to the Illinois Health Care Association and Illinois Nursing Home Administrators Association. He also serves on the American Health Care Association’s legal committee. In addition, he is past president of the American Society for Pharmacy Law and a former Board member and editor of its publication, Rx Ipsa Loquitur. He served on the Advisory Board of DePaul University College of Law Health Law Institute and on the American Pharmaceutical Association’s Pain Management Academy. Mr. Lynn is listed in Chambers USA: America’s Leading Lawyers for Business, 2007-2019 editions.

Mr. Lynn is a 1980 graduate of The John Marshall Law School and a graduate of Drake University College of Pharmacy.

Chicago, IL

Ron Ostrowski

Board Member

Ron Ostrowski

Board Member

Ron Ostrowski

Board Member

St. Louis, MO

Cate Redfern

Board Member

Cate Redfern

Board Member

Cate Redfern

Board Member

St. Louis, MO

Jim Spindel

Board Member; Chairperson of Residential Services Committee

Jim Spindel

Board Member; Chairperson of Residential Services Committee

Jim Spindel

Board Member; Chairperson of Residential Services Committee

Jim Spindel is an experienced IT professional seeking to serve his Lord by serving others.

Native to St. Louis, with mechanical work experience in the Army motor pool, Masters Degree in Telecommunications, and Technology work experiences at Xerox Corporation and in the Rockwood School District.

He is the husband of Sherry for 49 years and the father of Chris for 46 years. Their son Chris was born with severe disabilities and has been a catalyst for a stronger marriage, leadership opportunities, and a dependence on God’s grace. Chris continues to be a family priority as they advocate for the future of those with disabilities by serving on committees, boards, and parent groups.

Jim enjoys exploring the applications of technology and is continually seeking ways to improve the lives of those around him. Recently he volunteered to provide technical support for the Music and Memory initiative at Friendship Village Sunset Hills, where personalized iPod playlists help residents with dementia to become alert and communicate with others.

He also enjoys traveling with Sherry to explore cities and their history, bicycling, and the people and vistas of the Jeep Jamborees.

Sunset Hills, MO

Tim Stellfox

Board Member; Chairperson of the Fundraising Committee

Tim Stellfox

Board Member; Chairperson of the Fundraising Committee

Tim Stellfox

Board Member; Chairperson of the Fundraising Committee

Tim Stellfox is a Region Sales Director at Valvoline LLC, where he leads the DIFM sales team in the Chicago, St. Louis, Dallas, Atlanta and Memphis markets.  Tim has been with Valvoline for 28 years where he has held several different roles.  Prior to working at Valvoline, Tim worked at Wix Filters, calling on NAPA.

Tim has been married to Kirstin Stellfox for 32 years.  They have 3 children, Michael 27, Patty 25 and Daniel 22.

A graduate of Valparaiso University in Valparaiso, IN, Tim majored in Business Administration and minored in Information Systems.

An active member of his church, Tim has held several roles, including Trustee, Elder and President of the congregation.

A passionate sports fan, Tim’s hobbies usually revolve around enjoying sporting events with his family.

Lansing, IL.

David Swain

Board Member

David Swain

Board Member

David Swain

Board Member

Born in Pottsville, PA, grew up in Chicago suburb of LaGrange, IL.

Attended Dartmouth College- graduated 1952 BA

Tuck School of Business Administration- 1953 MBA

Served in US Coast Guard 9/1/1953-12/12/1956, retired as a LTJG

Employed by David F. Swain & Co 1/15/1957-12/10/1999, textile sales company, President 25yrs

Married for 59yrs to Mary Alice Busch; 3 children, 2 sons with DD- Doug lived at Beverly Farm 1962-2008, Dave has lived at Beverly Farm since 2008.

Currently married to Rochelle Swain.

Served on Board of five different civic organizations, and three organizations that support the DD population with a complete range of programs.

Past President of Beverly Farm Board.

Hendersonville, NC

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6301 Humbert Rd.
Godfrey, IL 62035
618.466.0367

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