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

Ray Knight, President

Ray Knight

Board Chair

Bio

Ray has served as a volunteer for 1Hope for the last three years.  He currently is the Advisory Board Chair, a level one volunteer for the Foster Family Support Network, and he is a Neighborhood Advocate Volunteer for the Uptown Community as part of the Neighborhood Transformation initiative.  Ray also currently is the Volunteer Community Outreach Leader for the non-profit Disaster Response Team.    

Academically, Ray received a Bachelor of Science degree from the St. John’s University in Collegeville, MN, and a Master’s in Business Administration from Keller School of Management.

Professionally, Ray has been working in pharmaceutical drug development for over 25 years.  He currently has been with AbbVie of North Chicago for over 21 years working as a Director and Program Lead.  Ray’s strengths include collaboration, leading large cross-functional teams, solving problems, communication, speaking in public and most importantly, building relationships.

Ray’s heart for this organization starts and ends with serving people in our community who are among the most vulnerable.  1HOPE provides Ray with a unique opportunity in a variety of ways to help and love on foster children and the families that care for them and to help and love on people in the community who have lost hope or who have fallen on difficult times.

Ray has lived in Kenosha for most of his life, has two beautiful kids and is enjoying learning to play the piano.

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Nicole Thomsen‑Coughlin

Chief Development Officer (CDO)

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, Treasurer

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.
Ruth Dyson

Ruth Dyson

Board of Directors, Secretary

Bio

Ruth Dyson works alongside her husband, Pastor Bobby, who leads Lively Stone Church of God in Christ in Kenosha, WI. She started Diaper Depot & More in September 2020 with the assistance of 1HOPE along with Kenosha and the surrounding areas.

Ruth was born and raised in Kenosha and still resides in the house her parents purchased. Her first husband was in the military which allowed her to travel the U.S. Ruth had seven siblings where she is the sixth. Two brothers passed away, one in infancy. She has been married to Pastor Bobby for 18 years and between the two they have seven children and 13 grandchildren.

Ruth was taught to give back to the community while watching her parents, Horace and Rubenia Booth. Both were very active in the community and served the community as presidents of the NAACP, CYC Board members and her mom as a volunteer driver for Aging and Disability. Her grandmother Henrietta Hives, was the first black owned Rooming House/restaurant in Kenosha, WI. Ruth was elected as the first black female on the Kenosha County Board where she served two terms. She is also a five-year kidney cancer survivor. 

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Susan Wimmer

Foster Family Support Network Manager

Bio

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.

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Sydney Riggs

Head of Digital Media Strategy – Volunteer

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.

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