Together we serve. United we succeed.
Restoring hope. Renewing purpose. Rebuilding lives.
Our movement began in 2013 when over 30 Kenosha churches worked together at a Convoy of Hope event. Based on our success and mutual goals, we decided to come together and work towards the common purpose of restoring hope and transforming lives in our community.
1HOPE believes that three things are at work in our lives: God is always seeking to remake, refocus and repurpose us for great things. As we use the gifts God has given us to help others, our lives are enriched as the hopes of others are lifted at the same time.
Words of Jesus
I pray that they may become perfectly one, so that the world may know that You sent me.
I pray that they may become perfectly one, so that the world may know that You sent me.
One city. Countless ways to transform lives.
Kenosha has the potential to be a city that offers hope today and for tomorrow. Our community benefits from the family values of its small-town catholic identity as well as the resources that come with being the third-largest city in Wisconsin.
Kenosha is not without its challenges, however. Current tensions include ethnic and racial division accompanied by high economic stress. Despite this, hope can be seen in the economic growth that comes with the development of new industries that are on the horizon. Additionally, the opportunity for gospel impact and greater hope is increasing because unity among churches is on the rise. One thing is for certain, as the winds of unity continue to blow, the future trajectory of Kenosha has the potential to supplant the current narrative.
The Word became flesh and blood and moved into the neighborhood.
Focused on fostering, mentoring and transforming communities.
1HOPE convened professional, civic and faith-based leaders to identify, discuss and assess where there is the greatest opportunity to restore hope and transform lives. Universally, foster care, mentorship and neighborhood transformation were at the top of our leaders’ lists. Fostering, mentoring and transforming neighborhoods have subsequently become our key initiatives.
Together, we can ensure that foster children and families have the love and support they need, children are being mentored to become the next generation of leaders, and neighborhoods provide a better quality of life by transforming into safe and prosperous communities.
Let us not become weary in doing good, for at the proper time we will reap a harvest if we do not give up.
Dr. Robert Griffith
Founder & President
Bob grew up in the northwest suburbs of Chicago and has lived in Kenosha since 2008. He has been married to Wendy for over 20 years, and they have been foster and adoptive parents for most of their marriage.
Bob received an undergraduate degree in business management, a graduate degree in leadership studies, and is completing a doctoral dissertation on the landscape of foster care.
Professionally, Bob serves full time on the executive team at Journey Church in Kenosha, organizing adult programs, speaking, and leading community service efforts. He has led several events including the Convoy of Hope day of compassion in 2012. This event rallied together 1200 volunteers, 30 churches, businesses, and civic groups at Brass Community School to serve 4000 people in need. He was also instrumental in recruiting 75 mentors for the brass school lunch program, kickstarting a Crossroads Kids Club after school program at Brass School, and creating a Mobile Food Pantry program that currently provides 250,000 pounds of food to the community every year. Bob worked closely with community leaders to increase the impact of the annual Kenosha Day of Caring event over the past decade. As a result, these efforts were recognized with an outstanding community impact award.
Since 2012, Bob has been leading a large youth camp each summer called “Week of Hope” that brings hundreds of high school students to Kenosha for the sole purpose of serving others in need. From 2012 to 2018 there were 600 students serving 15 nonprofitorganizations in Southeastern Wisconsin every day in June and July. Assisted living facilities, senior centers, and people with special needs have all benefitted from the help of these students.
He is currently a board member of Serve Wisconsin, a committee that supports nonprofit work all across the state, a member of the Mayor’s Clergy Advisory, and has served on the Mayor’s Youth Commission for several years.
Nicole Thomsen-Coughlin of Kenosha, WI, is the Executive Director of 1Hope Together, Inc. Nicole joined 1Hope following a successful track record in non-profit organizational leadership.
Prior to 1Hope, Nicole was the Executive Director at Downtown Kenosha, Inc. (DKI), where she led local economic development and revitalization efforts for the downtown business district. During Nicole’s time with DKI, she was successful in building and maintaining superior relationships with Downtown businesses, partners, sponsors, donors, civic, and governmental entities. Additionally, she successfully formed volunteer task groups, led fundraising efforts, and executed special project initiatives and campaigns which played a critical role in carrying out the downtown strategic plan. Before Nicole’s time with DKI, she served as a resource specialist with a non-profit tech company in Silicon Valley, One Degree. One Degree helps bridge the way out of poverty for low-income families by providing access to information on social services. In addition to her professional experience, Nicole serves as a volunteer leader at Brass Elementary School for Crossroads Kids’ Club.
Nicole earned a Bachelor of Science in Business Management from the University of Wisconsin-Parkside. During her time at UW-Parkside, she had the opportunity to compete in the Russ Berrie National Sales Competition, taking 1stplace in role plays and 3rd overall. Before studying business, Nicole was enrolled for three years in a nursing program and worked as an OB Tech at the Columbia Center Birth Hospital where she assisted patients in the delivery room. She also worked at Froedtert Hospital in the Community Engagement department helping to address and meet the health, educational, and social needs of the community.
Nicole is a native to Kenosha, where she and her husband currently reside. Her strengths include interpersonal skills, the ability to be a culture change agent, developing, leading, supporting, and fostering team collaboration, and driving peak performance.
Board of Directors & Tresurer
Dave has more than 26 years of experience providing wealth management and financial consulting services. He is skilled in portfolio and asset management, financial and market trend analysis.
As Chief Investment Officer of Schenck Investment Solutions, Dave drives the investment performance delivery model and then communicates investment results and economic trends to business partners and clients. He is responsible for managing the firm’s investment management platforms and portfolios including review of capital market expectations and strategy, manager selection and monitoring, and portfolio construction.
Dave is a polished national speaker who presents regularly on topics ranging from the economy and investment markets to the economic ramifications of current events.
Prior to joining Schenck Investment Solutions, Dave served as Wells Fargo’s Senior Investment Strategist in the Midwest and oversaw the management of $23 billion of investments under management at US Bank.
Mr. Isaacson serves as the Treasurer of 1Hope Together, a Kenosha County community oriented foundation and serves on the Christian Life School advisory committee.
Pastor Roy Peeples
Board of Directors, Neighborhood Engagement Chair
Board of Directors, Officer – Secretary & Marketing/Communications Chair
Luci Curi, a long-standing resident of the Kenosha area, has a solid background and proven track record in marketing, business, and serving the community that spans more than 15 years. She serves as Marketing and Communications Director for 1Hope where she utilizes her passions, experience, and talents. Luci has a Master’s Degree in Business and Human Services Counseling, as well as a Bachelor’s Degree in Interdisciplinary Studies and Business, both achieved from Liberty University where she graduated Magna Cum Laude. Additionally, she holds an Associate’s Degree in Marketing with further studies and certifications in Professional Sales and Website/Graphic Design.
She currently is employed in corporate communications/public relations for the recreational marine industry, and prior to that, worked several years in Medtech and Pharma industries working with senior professionals and their board(s) on internal and external global communications. Her experience in this industry reaches to corporate website design and content management, developing high-level presentational company materials, scripting press releases and executive communications, investor and media scripting, and writing executive biographies. Luci also has first-hand experience implementing and leading departmental employee engagement activities and fundraisers, team-building exercises, and charitable philanthropic events for various departments.
In prior roles, Luci led and mentored successful sales teams and other employees for just over 10 years in the local Real Estate industry. Luci’s past performance and background consists of successfully managing a variety of investment portfolios as well as marketing and selling residential and commercial real estate in the Kenosha community and surrounding areas. During this time, she was recognized with several business awards for her achievements which include additional certifications and designations: CRS, GRI, ABR, and SRES.
Luci has been attending Journey Church for over 15 years, where she has demonstrated her passion for serving by her involvement as a leader and volunteer within various ministries. She has served as part of the women’s ministry leadership team in Beach Park, and, in addition to her volunteer Board duties with 1Hope, she voluntarily serves as an Adjunct Board Member for Great Lakes Credit Union in Northern Illinois, and has shown a long standing commitment to several other volunteer groups, monetary support groups, and outreach organizations. Some of these groups include Christian Life School, Children’s Miracle Network, Operation Christmas Child, Compassion International, Life/Small Group Leader, Journey Women, GATHER Host and Table Leader, past Forge Men’s Conference volunteer, and past SHINE Women’s Conference volunteer.
Luci currently resides in Pleasant Prairie with her son who attends Christian Life School. Her strengths include social responsibility, project and business management, writing, strategic communications/marketing, and philanthropy.
Foster Family Support Network Director
Susan Wimmer has resided in Kenosha County for the past eighteen years with her husband Mike and they have two grown sons and a daughter-in-law.
Susan was raised in a Christian home and has been a Christ-follower her whole life. She has been a military wife, a pastor’s wife, and mother to her two adopted sons and a foster son. She has worked in the corporate world as well as volunteered in various ministries.
Susan co-found and led a health food co-op in her neighborhood before healthy options were available at the grocery store. She led a home educators’ co-op consisting of twenty-six families totaling one hundred and thirty people and led the monthly home educators’ support group. She led a women’s ministry team for a mid-sized church in Illinois for several years and was a retreat and event speaker for women’s groups as well as leading multiple Bible study groups. Most currently she has been the ministry lead for the Foster Family Support Network at Journey Church.
Susan has completed several years of a business degree from DePaul University and is currently continuing her education through Liberty University Online.
Foster Family Support Network Intern
Trina Edwards of Franklin, WI, is currently fulfilling an internship position at 1HOPE while working toward her degree in social work.
Trina is a current student at Milwaukee Area Technical College (MATC) where she will be completing her Associate Degree in Human Services in the Spring of 2021. Directly following the completion of her degree, Trina will transfer into the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee’s Social Work program where she plans to complete her bachelor’s degree, and eventually, her master’s degree as well.
Trina’s specific career interests include adoption and foster care. She advocates for child welfare and recognizes the beauty of adoption. Trina serves as a volunteer lead facilitator of a support group for women who have placed a child for adoption. Additionally, she also served as a volunteer for a non-profit organization called the Inner Beauty Center, which serves the Milwaukee community by providing support for women who are sexually exploited.
During her internship with 1HOPE, Trina looks forward to utilizing her knowledge and skills in human services – as well as her passion for helping others – in order to serve 1HOPE’s mission in transforming the community.