The Board is a diverse group of people, overseeing the Neighbor by Neighbor organization. Neighbor by Neighbor is a 501c3.

Janet Henderson, Board Chair

Janet is a retired partner of a Chicago law firm where she practiced in the corporate restructuring area for 26 years. She and her spouse have had a home in SW Michigan since 2004. After serving on not for profit boards in Chicago, Janet was drawn to Neighbor by Neighbor and its mission to address the largely unseen poverty in Harbor Country.

Dave Ball, Vice Chair

Dave was born and raised and Indiana and is a graduate of Indiana University. He attributes his passion for volunteerism to his parents who were amazing role models and donated countless hours to a range of organizations in Central Indiana. Dave and his partner moved to Harbor Country in 2012, and Dave splits his time between MI and Chicago, where he is an Account Director at Kaleidoscope, a graphic design and branding firm.

Peggy Lefebvre, Treasurer

Peggy moved to Harbor Country in 2014, semi-retired from 30 years as Controller for a mid-size construction company in Pittsburgh, PA. Peggy was already the treasurer for Church of the Mediator when in 2018 the church sponsored the startup of Neighbor by Neighbor as an outreach ministry. Peggy was involved with the early finances and now serves as the organization’s treasurer.

Rev. Jay Fast, Secretary

Jay serves as senior pastor of Harbert Community Church, which was the organizational sponsor of Neighbor by Neighbor starting in the fall of 2018. Jay is enthusiastic about building partnerships of neighborly support in our community and advancing the common good.

Marcie Dust

Marcie has always tried to help people in her community and being on the Neighbor by Neighbor Board allows her to do this in a bigger way. Marcie brings to the Advisory Board her experiences and knowledge of resources available to senior citizens. Marcie has a special focus on helping low income people become more self-reliant and independent and gain a sense of pride.

Bruce Murphy

Bruce Murphy has been a part time resident of Harbor Country for the past 30 years and recently retired from a career in food ingredient sales and marketing. Over the past 30 years, Bruce has been able to experience the enthusiasm and generosity of fellow Harbor Country residents in helping enhance and preserve this special place by the lake.  Bruce shared, “I was lucky enough to be introduced to the NBYN Organization in 2022 and was very excited about their approach to helping neighbors in need.”  He is a stellar addition to the hard-working and talented board as the organization evolves and grows and continues to serve all of our neighbors in this wonderful community.

Judy Gadiel

Judy has worked in the nonprofit space for 30 years, including 12+ as a consultant focusing on board and leadership development, fundraising and organizational development. She has worked with dozens of organizations, learning how they operate, witnessing challenges and growth, and experiencing the transformative power that comes with access to knowledge, skills and resources. Judy is excited to bring these experiences to Neighbor by Neighbor, to understand the needs of the community and to work to support individuals and families live healthy and meaningful lives, in alignment with their personal goals.  Judy lives in New Buffalo with her family, having moved from Chicago in 2020. She enjoys drinking tea, seeing live music and walking in the woods.

Barbara Warren

Barb is an entrepreneur at heart and was the founder and president of The Tile Gallery before selling her business and retiring in 2019.   Prior to that she was a Marketing Manager and also worked in commercial real estate. She attended the University of Michigan and earned an MBA at Northwestern’s Kellogg School of Management.   Barb splits her time between Michigan and Chicago but finds herself being here in Michigan more and more.  Barb also serves on the Board of Directors for the not-for-profit Designs for Dignity and is a business advisor for SCORE Mentors. She looks forward to supporting the meaningful work Neighbor by Neighbor is doing for the Harbor Country community. 

Rick Canada

Rick obtained his B.S. in Business Administration from Youngstown State University and is the founder of Partnering for Performance and a Vice President with Robertson Lowstuter. He has 30+ years of experience as a business leader, change agent and organization strategist. He is a proven business leader specializing in coaching & human capital performance working with a variety of industries experiencing large scale change and leadership transitions. His focus is on developing their leadership potential and has a track record of helping businesses leverage their leadership to achieve sustained growth. Rick splits his time between Chicago and Michigan with his wife.

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Neighbor by Neighbor is a 501c3 nonprofit. We are supported by our major grantors: The Pokagon Fund, United Way, and Berrien Community Foundation, as well as many generous organizations and individuals.