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Carl Moten

Board President

Carl Moten has been a member of the REACH Board of Directors since 2018. Mr. Moten became the board chairperson in 2020.

James Booth

Finance Leader

James Booth has been a member of the REACH Board of Directors since 2018. Mr. Booth is the board’s finance leader.

Loleta Connor

Program Committee Chairperson

Loleta, with over twenty years’ experience, is the Managing Real Estate Broker and Owner of 1 Stop 4 Homes, a Residential/Reo Real Estate Company. She is also the former President and one of the founders of Biostrand, Inc., a hair care manufacturing company. Lotela Connor has been an active Entrepreneur over 30 years.

She holds a Bachelor of Arts from Benedictine University in Social Work and Business and an Illinois Residential Real Estate Brokerage License. She has awards in the Multi-Million Dollar Club in residential sales and received the Chicago Female Manufacturer of the Year Award.

Her passion includes feeding others in need. Each year she and her husband host a fundraiser at their home entitled “A Cookout for a Cause” where 100 percent of the funds raised are donated to local food pantries to help families during the holiday season. She is an active member of the Sarah Allen Missionary Society where she spends time reading to seniors in nursing homes and serving families during bereavement.

Rosemary Holloway

Pantry Distribution Leader

Rosemary Holloway has been a member of the board since 2019. Prior to joining the board, Mrs. Holloway was a backbone of the food pantry’s delivery capability. She worked very closely with our founding Food Pantry Director, Dr. Charles Sweet, for many years before Dr. Sweet moved out of the area.

Mrs. Holloway continues to offer invaluable service and leadership to the organization.

Linwood Johnson

BOARD Secretary & Webmaster

Linwood is an experienced Telecommunications and IT professional with extensive expertise in product development, product testing, service delivery, project coordination, project management, and technical support. Linwood is a hands-on, capable leader who excels in analyzing and resolving project/program challenges. Linwood seeks every opportunity to help and to serve others.  In addition to  participating in food distribution days, Mr. Johnson serves and the webmaster for REACH.

Linwood holds a B.S. in Computer Science from Norfolk State University and is PMP trained.

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Emeritus Board Members

Loretta Abrams

Loretta Abrams is a retired bank executive. In her prior role, Abrams was Senior Vice President of Corporate Sustainability for HSBC Bank USA. Abrams was responsible for the company’s broad range of sustainable lending, corporate giving, philanthropy, volunteering, financial education and community outreach programs across the US.
Loretta has served on a number of corporate and non-profit boards and is currently enjoying retirement.

Deborah Hammond-Watts, Ph.D.

Deborah is an educator who has served as an elementary school teacher, administrator and principal. She has also served as Chairman of a not-for-profit organization on the southeast side of Chicago. Deborah has taught at the college level where she served as Internship Advisor, dissertation committee member and dissertation chair. She earned a B.S. and Ph.D. from Southern Illinois University at Carbondale and an M.A. from Concordia College in River Forest, Illinois.

Coleman Hughley

Coleman is now enjoying retirement. Prior to this, his corporate professional experience included extensive domestic and international finance and planning responsibilities with Citigroup, Allied Signal, and PepsiCo. Coleman earned a B.A. from Washington and Jefferson College and an M.B.A. from the University of Pittsburgh. Coleman previously held other Board positions with the Quad County Urban League and the Lupus Association of America (Illinois chapter).

Dr. Charles Sweet (1923 - 2019)

Dr. Sweet was a retired dentist. Dr. Sweet was one of the founders and the original executive director of REACH Ministries, Inc. Dr. Sweet had a heart for helping others in need. This passion for helping others became his catalyst for launching REACH in conjunction with Pastor Miller at DuPage AME Church.

David Ware

David was a retired executive from IBM. He was also a business owner who worked diligently to locate employment opportunities for those in need and expand community relations of the church beyond the building’s walls. David’s community service interests kept him very active as he served on several boards throughout DuPage County.

David was a multiple degree holder from Michigan State University.