Our outreach includes assisting in:
Water Filtration Solutions
To help families with one of their greatest basic needs: clean water. Thousands of children fall victim to potentially fatal illnesses each year, that are entirely avoidable with clean water. CareLink also provides hygiene training along with water filters.
To help families that wish to achieve financial independence. These loans allow individuals to make and sell common essentials to customers in their communities.
Our Local Honduran Team
We employ a Honduran team of trained pastors and social workers that are connected to local churches and are well-equipped to respond to the needs of local families.
The CareLink Board
The CareLink Board comprises volunteers with expertise in banking, entrepreneurship, health studies, nonprofit management, and water filtration. We are Christians dedicated to helping families help themselves. Our board members have a passion for serving; they regularly travel to Honduras and experience first-hand the needs of the local people.
Meet The Team
Jeffrey L. Hartman
Jeff is the President of the CareLink Foundation and serves on the board. A former business owner and entrepreneur, Jeff brings his passion for “Business as a Mission” to CareLink, and believes strongly that helping families start and operate small businesses is a pathway to long -term, sustainable, and transformational change in developing countries. Jeff lives in Naperville with his wife of 40 years, Katherine. Besides spending time with his kids and four grandchildren, Jeff enjoys world travel, golf, and boating.
Paul is an attorney and has been on the CareLink Board for several years. His law practice is dedicated to business and liquor licensing matters and litigation. Paul started his legal career as a Cook County Assistant State’s Attorney as a Trial Assistant. He is a graduate of Illinois Benedictine College and received his law degree from Chicago-Kent College. Paul lives in Naperville with his wife of 32 years, Heidi. He is very proud of, and enjoys spending time with his￼ two adult sons and their families. Paul is also a certified high school and college football official, an avid golfer and enjoys traveling with his wife and friends.
Dr. M. Courtney Hughes
Courtney is an Associate Professor of Public Health at Northern Illinois University. In addition to teaching and advising graduate and undergraduate students, she leads public health research studies and is on the Editorial Board of the journal, BMC Health Services Research. Courtney received her B.B.A in Finance and Business Economics from the University of Notre Dame, her M.S. in Kinesiology from the University of Michigan, and her Ph.D. in Health Services from the University of Washington School of Public Health. She lives in Hinsdale with her husband, Travis, and three children.
David J. Palkon
Tinley Park, IL
Dave has been serving on the board of the Carelink Foundation since early 2019. As an experienced freelance mechanical engineer with a heavy emphasis on consumer product development and water filtration technology, Dave can provide insight and new ideas for small businesses with an emphasis on technology and manufacturing. Dave was raised in South Holland and now lives in Tinley Park, Illinois with his wife and four children. Dave enjoys camping, hiking, kayaking, fishing and just about any other outdoor activity.
James P. Kilgallon
Jim is a Wealth Management Advisor at Fifth Third Bank - Private Bank and has worked in financial services for over twenty three years. He is working to manage and grow the microfinance initiatives of Carelink. Jim is passionate about working with the local Churches to strengthen the communities of Honduras. He lives in Plainfield with his wife of 27 years, Sarah, and their three boys. Jim enjoys spending time with family and friends, hiking, biking and fishing.
Jeff has been engaged in philanthropy and the non-profit sector for nearly two decades. Most recently, he is serving as president and CEO of a local Community Foundation. During his time at the Foundation, Jeff and his team deployed philanthropic capital in support of sustainable, community projects, addressing local needs. Jeff has a passion for “teaching people how to fish”, and believes this empowers individuals and families to better themselves and their communities for generations to come. Jeff recently joined an algorithmic trading firm in Oak Brook, and resides in Naperville with his wife, Erin, and their two daughters.
Shay has a background in banking, finance, and business consulting, and holds an MBA from Capital University in Columbus, OH, as well as a Music Education degree from Concordia College in Moorhead, MN. Shay has extensive mission experience in Ecuador, Honduras and Africa, and has participated in numerous volunteer projects with Rebuilding Together Aurora, Good Shepherd Lutheran Church in Naperville, and many others. Recently, Shay served on the National Board of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America’s Malaria Campaign, providing project leadership and support, locally in Zambia and South Africa. Shay and her husband, Gary, have two adult sons and daughters-in-law, and three grandchildren. Shay enjoys traveling, singing and playing the piano, hiking, and cheering on the Minnesota Twins.
Dr. Timothy Wall, M.D
March 23, 1952 - Nov. 18, 2018
Tim was the founder of CareLink (2001) and President for many years. He was also the founder of Pediatric Health Associates, a large pediatric primary care office in Naperville, IL with five office locations in Suburban Chicago. Tim dedicated his life to serving others, particularly providing health care and other life-changing services to underserved children in Honduras. Tim’s passions included golf, spending time at his summer home near Lake Michigan, and enjoying his grandchildren. Tim’s spirit lives on in the mission of CareLink.
CareLink’s Honduran Team
Although CareLink is a US-Based non-profit organization, we are a certified Honduran NGO and employ a talented team of Hondurans to execute our “boots on the ground” strategy. This includes a team of three leaders and a group of 15 community helpers.
(Pictured center), Josefina is the CareLink Country Director. Josefina has a college degree in Physical Engineering with a specialty on water filter solutions. She oversees our Honduran operations, manages our team, which includes 15 community service staff, and handles the oversight of our microfinance operations. In addition, Josefina is constantly scouting for new potential microfinance candidates.
(Pictured left). Pastor Suyapa is an ordained minister and serves as CareLink’s spiritual leader. She ensures that all of CareLink’s activities are spiritually-centered, and also manages the relationships with dozens of Honduran pastors - a critical component of CareLink’s network. In addition, Pastor Suyapa provides spiritual support to the many families to whom CareLink has provided microfinance loans.
(Pictured right). Rubi is a college-trained social worker and leads our efforts to provide social services support to the families we serve. Rubi also supports our other CareLink activities, including training classes for water filter use and filter distribution logistics.