Midwest mission staff

  • Chantel Corrie

    Executive Director

    Chantel is beyond thrilled to be taking over for Pat Wright as Executive Director.  "This is a seed God planted in me three years ago when I first met Pat."  Chantel worked at Midwest Mission as the Director of Development in 2015 and was shocked when God called her away to a position at First United Methodist Church in Springfield, IL but she and Pat both trusted God's plan and left the door open.  "It became evident through God using multiple people that He was calling me back last fall.  I learned and grew so much in every aspect of my life during the two years I served at Springfield First UMC but most importantly, I became a truly devoted disciple of Christ.  The vessel God uses to be his hands and feet at Midwest Mission is changing but he will still remain in control.  I am so grateful God has called me here to serve and help change lives through Jesus Christ."

    Chantel was raised in Broadlands, IL and graduated from Illinois State University with a major in Organizational Leadership and Human Resources Management.  Chantel and her husband Brian live in the country just outside Chatham with their 3 daughters, Kerrigan, Makenna, and Miranda.

    Chantel's prayer for Midwest Mission: "Midwest Mission's light in the world continues to shine brighter and touch more lives for Christ."

    Email: chantel@midwestmission.org

  • Brad Walton

    operations manager

    Brad came on staff at Midwest Mission October of 2013.  He is no stranger to Midwest Mission having collaborated in shipments and disbursements previously.  He has been a friend of Midwest Mission for years!  Brad has a lot of experience in warehouse logistics and operations.  He has also traveled with shipments and seen disbursements in action; seeing with his own eyes the need of God's people both nationally and internationally.  Brad's role is to assist staff and missionaries in daily operations.  He also looks after the overall building and grounds maintenance, upkeep and lives on site to provide assistance as needed. When asked what he likes about working a Midwest Mission he said "Helping those in need!"

    Brad's prayer for Midwest Mission:"Continue to partner with others while not forgetting our roots."

    Email: brad@midwestmission.org

  • Cindy Chase

    Business Manager

    Cindy lives in Chatham, Illinois with her husband Steven and their sons Adam and Luke. Cindy earned her Bachelor of Arts degree in Arts Management from Illinois Wesleyan University and has worked at various jobs in New York City, Clearwater, FL, Nashville, TN, and Chatham, IL.

    Cindy’s prayer for Midwest Mission: “That God will continue to bless Midwest Mission and help us reach those in need, wherever they may be.”

    Email: cindy@midwestmission.org

  • barb hedinger

    VOLUNTEER coordinator

    Barb Hedinger began at Midwest Mission as a day missionary before being hired as the Volunteer Coordinator in April of 2018. She can be found anywhere from the Kit Room to the warehouses, coordinating and assisting volunteers and working with the visiting Volunteer Leaders. Her goal is to make sure that everyone is having a wonderful experience at Midwest Mission.

    Barb lives in an 1869 farmhouse just around the corner from the farm where she grew up. She has a degree in education from Southern Illinois University Carbondale and has taught Kindergarten, first grade and home-school. She has a sweet husband (Steve), three fantastic daughters (Hallie, Hannah and Grace), and two crazy cats (Nelson and Lewis).


    Barb’s prayer for Midwest Mission: “That the love and prayers of the donors, missionaries and staff, infused into each item that passes through Midwest Mission, will envelop each recipient in God’s amazing and powerful love and peace."

    Email: barb@midwestmission.org

  • Ramon Ortiz

    Operations associate

    Ramon Ortiz stared with Midwest Mission in October of 2018 as the Operations Associate. He is originally from the East Coast and has been living in Springfield, IL for four years. He is a US Army Veteran who served three terms (total of 18 years) ending his career as a Sergeant. Ramon has three children ages 17, 15 and 6. Since joining Midwest Mission, Ramon has met many terrific people and made many amazing connections. Ramon hopes to continue with what God has planned for him by serving in this ministry.

    Email: ramon@midwestmission.org

  • Pat wright

    Reservation Coordinator

    Pat Wright started at MMDC in 2005 as the office manager. In 2008 she was hired by the board of directors as the executive director. She served 10 years in that capacity until her retirement 12/31/17. She was volunteering until asked to come back to manage a couple of projects in August 2018. She is now working part-time as one of the administrative specialists. She primarily works on the inventory and the new volunteer matrix registration systems while answering the phones, etc.

    Pat is married to Don and lives in Springfield, IL. She has two grown children, Brant and Missy, and has 4 grandchildren that have graduated from high school and 2 have graduated from college. She attends Sugar Creek UMC where is part of the leadership team and sings in the choir. She is also active in the Central Illinois Emmaus Community. Pat loves to read, travel and go camping. 

    Pat loves being back at MMDC and seeing the volunteers she has developed friendships with over the years. Her prayer for Midwest Mission is that the Center can continue to grow and share God’s restoration to those in need. 

    Email: pat@midwestmission.org

  • sue zellers

    Executive Assistant

    Sue Zellers retired in 2016 from her job as an AmeriCorps Program Officer for the State of Illinois.  She volunteered at Midwest Mission through her church, Douglas Avenue UMC, on a monthly basis and then as a weekly volunteer until she was offered a part time position in October 2019.  Sue has two adult sons, Greg and Nick, who both live in the Springfield area and three grandkids.  She enjoys going to the grandkids sporting events and spending time with her family and her rescue dog, April. 

    Sue’s prayer for Midwest Mission:  “Is the hope that this ministry continues to grow and the Missionaries who serve here know they are the hands of God reaching out to help the less fortunate locally, nationally and internationally.”

    Email: sue@midwestmission.org

  • Lisa RIgoni

    Communications Manager

    Lisa Rigoni is the Communications Manager for Midwest Mission. She handles public/media relations and social media. She is available to speak to your group on or off site to share the mission and vision of Midwest Mission and how you can make a difference

    Lisa and Mike - her "better half" - as she calls him, celebrated their 30th anniversary in June 2021. They have three grown children and three grands, all cousins. The two oldest are in kindergarten and the youngest is 20 months old. 

    Lisa's prayer for Midwest Mission: "I pray that the love, compassion and mercy of Christ is multiplied in ways we can't dream or imagine because of what Christ does through our work, volunteers and hearts for Jesus."

    Email: lisa@midwestmission.org

  • Hannah roberts

    administrative specialist

    Hannah Roberts joined Midwest Mission at the start of 2021 as an intern though the UIS Grant- Pellet Program. After a semester of interning under the executive director, Chantel Corrie, Hannah was asked to stay as an administrative specialist! Hannah was born and raised in Springfield IL and graduated from UIS with a bachelors in Legal Studies. Hannah helps all parties at Midwest Mission but mostly helps the communication manager and executive director. Hannah has a 1-year-old Pomeranian named Bella that keeps her busy outside of work and she is the assistant cheer coach for Glenwood Highschool in Chatham IL!

    Hannah's prayer for Midwest Mission: "I pray that our help continues to grow and reach people, communities, and countries we could have never imagined. I know that God is watching over Midwest Mission and I pray that we continue to do what God intends us to do and help our fellow people!"

    Email: hannah@midwestmission.org

Board of Directors

The Board of Directors is made up of two delegates from each conference of the North Central Jurisdiction of the United Methodist Church and up to three delegates from neighboring conferences. 

Chairperson- Clayton Coffey, East Ohio Conference, Salesville, OH
Vice-Chair- Kyle Rominger, Illinois Great Rivers Conference, Rochester, IL
Secretary- Tanya Oberg, Minnesota Conference, Rochester, MN
Treasurer- Jeffrey Koch, Illinois Great Rivers Conference, Chatham, IL

Conference Representatives
Don Archambeau, Detroit Conference, Livonia, MI
Patrick Baumer, Indiana Conference, Noblesville, IN
Joel Certa-Werner, Wisconsin Conference, Superior, WI
Rev. Clayton Coffey, East Ohio Conference, Salesville, OH
Don Fowler, Nebraska Conference, Columbus, NE

Rita Gaither-Gant, Indiana Conference, Indianapolis, IN

Lynette Jordan, Wisconsin Conference, Neosho, WI
Jeffrey Koch, IGRC Conference, Chatham, IL
Patty Nelson, West Ohio Conference, New Bremen, OH
Linda Priest
, Northern Illinois Conference, Bolingbrook, IL
Tanya Oberg, Minnesota Conference, Rochester, MN
Angie Ransom, IGRC, Carbondale, IL
Kyle Rominger, IGRC, Rochester, IL
Lyndy Zabel, Minnesota Conference, Minneapolis, MN

Liaison Members
Mike Krost, Endowment Chair, Chillicothe, IL
Sue Weston, Twice Giving Gift Shop, Pawnee, IL
Gene Turner, Illinois Great Rivers Conference, Springfield, IL
Tammy Kuntz, North Central Jurisdiction Volunteer in Mission Coordinator  
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