A safe place for victims of abuse and their children  
(815) 872-0087  

         Princeton, Illinois            

Freedom House Board of Directors
as of 4-18-2017


Bette Themanson

Paula Evans

Marshall Jones
Vice President
Shelley Giesen
Secretary / Treasurer
Heartland Bank and Trust
Helen Aimone (Rep. Putnam County)
Retired Nurse Auditor, St. Margarets Hospital

Roger Hawk (Rep. Stark County)  Educator, Monmouth College
Monmouth and St. Xavier University

Christian Cyr (Rep. Putnam County) Financial Advisor
Cyr Financial

Diana Whitney (Rep. Henry County) Retired Managed Care Consultant 
Jim Padilla (Rep. Henry County) Sheriff, Henry County Julie Hubbard (Rep. Marshall County)
Business Owner
Rev. Mark Harkness (Rep. Henry County)
Pastor Walnut United Methodist Church

Janice Verbeke (Rep. Henry County)
Director of Human Resources

Executive Director

  Michael Zerneck

          Michael Zerneck was appointed Executive Director of Freedom House by the Board of Directors on May 16, 2016.

          Previously, Michael was the Associate Director of CASA (Court Appointed Special Advocates) of Peoria County, with responsibility for grants, major gifts, marketing, training, and staff and volunteer supervision. Michael began his association with CASA as a volunteer Special Advocate for abused and neglected children in 2010, and joined the staff of CASA in 2013 as an Advocate Supervisor.

          Before joining CASA, Michael spent the bulk of his career in continuing medical education, most recently as Co-Founder, Board Chairman, and CEO of NCM Publishers Inc. and NCM Nexus Inc. (1987-2012), and before that as President of Park Row Publishers Inc., a division of John Wiley & Sons (1982-1987).

          Michael began his career as a science writer at Science & Medicine Publishing Company and later moved into creative direction at Biomedical Information Corporation. He left there to launch his first medical education company, Projects in Medicine LP.

          His diverse 30-year portfolio of work includes numerous award-winning patient education and advocacy programs in the fields of HIV/AIDS, oncology, cardiovascular disease, neurology, and psychiatry, produced in concert with medical schools, hospitals, and patient advocacy groups.

          Michael served on the Board of Directors of the Brooklyn (NY) Public Library Foundation (1999-2004), the fourth-largest library system in the US, and Artecel Sciences Inc. in Durham, NC (1999-2006), a biotechnology company involved in stem-cell research, and has advised numerous healthcare education and advocacy organizations both in the US and abroad.



Youth Empowerment Program 2017

June 12 - 16th 12:30 pm - 3:30 pm in Princeton, IL

June 26 - 30th 12:30 pm - 3:30 pm in Kewanee, IL

Please enroll by June 5th

Call Freedom House at (815) 872 - 0087

For more information Click HERE!