Together we serve. United we succeed.

Our Story

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.

John 17:21

Our City

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.
John 1:14

Our Purpose

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.
Galatians 6:9

Our Team

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Bob Griffith

President

Bio

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.

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Nicole Tomsen‑Coughlin

Executive Director

Bio

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.

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Dave Isaacson

Board of Directors & Tresurer

Bio

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

Pastor Roy Peeples

Board of Directors, Neighborhood Engagement Chair

Bio

Pastor Peeples served for over 15 years in ministry at Waukegan Community Church as an associate pastor in Waukegan, Illinois before relocating to Kenosha, Wisconsin as the founder of Turning Point Life Church in 2011. Roy’s mission of “Loving and empowering people to become amazing followers of Jesus Christ,” was cultivated by connecting people to one another and Christ through the ministry.
     
He was raised in a housing project of Chicago where he was the eldest of twelve siblings and understands that people need positive influence, mentoring and relationships to succeed in life. One of the greatest lessons he learned as an adolescent was that to improve your quality of life people, you need a relationship with Christ, integrity, strong family support, and the ability to continually learn. Roy has been married to his best friend, Betty, for 30 years and has 3 adult children; daughter and son-in-law (Jasmyne and Vance Campbell), daughter Jade and son Javelle, as well as 4 precious granddaughters (Londyn, Laiya, Liyah and Ellyana).
      
Roy is motivated by his passion and desire to unify with others who have a vision of working with the community to encourage positivity and productivity. Along with the responsibilities of leading, teaching, and equipping his Turning Point Life Church family, he is passionate about helping others gain access and exposure to opportunities to serve.
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Luci Curi

Board of Directors, Officer – Secretary & Marketing/Communications Chair

Bio

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 boards 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 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, Journey Church Life Group Leadership, Journey Women, GATHER Host and Table Leader, past Forge Men’s Conference volunteering, and past SHINE Women’s Conference volunteering. 

Luci currently resides in Pleasant Prairie with her son who attends Christian Life School. Her strengths include interdisciplinary relationship cultivation and management, social responsibility, project and business management, marketing, and philanthropy.

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Jeff Wamboldt

Board of Directors, Board Member

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Jeff is a Christian husband and father of two children. He has a 27-year law enforcement career, Bachelor’s Degree in Criminal Justice and has been elected to the Kenosha County Board twice.
Jeff is an active member of society, serving on the following boards or committees: Mayor’s Youth Commission, NAMI, Coffee-Hip-Hop & Mental Health, Concerned Citizens Coalition, ATOD (Alcohol, Tobacco and other Drugs), UBV (Uptown Brass Village), County Board Judiciary and Law, County Board Finance, and Triad. Socially, Jeff is a member of the Kenosha Moose Lodge and Danish Brotherhood.
Additionally, Jeff assists with charities such as the Lions Club for the deaf and blind and the Garden of Eat’in. His other accomplishments include a 2008 United States Presidential run, authoring the book Christian Trials on the Christian Trail – Insignificant Miracles, co-authoring the book Under the Manger, creating a safety organization called Blue Halo, inventing the family game Random Road-trip and creating a television sitcom not currently in production titled “Gee, Officer Friendly.”

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