I am currently the President of the E. J. Mullins Co. Inc., a food brokerage company that represents a variety of ingredient suppliers from around the world. I received my BA from Dominican University in River Forest , IL. My family has been going to Lily Lake for close to 80 years and has known the Riley family since they first moved to the area. My children grew up with Jamie and were good friends with her. I attended all the previous Just Live Inc. music festivals to support the Riley family, but felt compelled to become more involved when my son committed suicide in 2014. I am proud to be part of this truly amazing organization.
Brian Wood: Vice President
Brian has been employed as Facility Maintenance Supervisor for the City of Burlington for seven years. He graduated for Wilmot High School in 1978 and attended Gateway Technical Institute. He and Elizabeth have been married for 18 years, they have three children and 3 grandchildren. They've live in Camp Lake, WI with their youngest daughter Katelyn. Brian says "Although I have no background in mental health I have been involved with the Labor of Love Music Festival since the beginning in 2010. That festival evolved into Just Live, Inc. which I am proud to say I am a part of. We have a very dynamic team of people that work very hard in memory of Jamie for the simple purpose of giving back to our community. After doing many fundraising events and listening to survivors, I have learned that letting people know we care and lending a sympathetic ear goes along way. I plan on being part of Just Live for many years, hoping that we can make a difference in someone’s life.
Kelly Wilson: Treasurer
My daughter’s suicide has changed my life and the road to healing is not easy. And I am often reminded that the healing really is not nearly as difficult as the task I have already met, the call from my son of his sister’s death. As Treasurer of Just Live I am surrounded with family, friends & initial strangers who walk with me in this journey of making a difference in our surrounding communities. I grew up in rural Burlington WI and has always been active within the community. I received my Associates in Business in 2007. In addition to my role in Just Live, I am a Sales Rep for Acme Refining and hold a position in the Town of Wheatland as Town Supervisor.
Mark Lesko: Secretary
Mr. Lesko is co-owner of Arbor Hills Nursery LLC in Wheatland WI (with wife Janet Geller-Lesko), and has retired from the VA/Navy medical system after 30 years of service in Public Health activities. His academic credentials include a B.S. in Biology from Univ of Illinois Chicago, and a Masters of Public Health from Univ of Illinois Medical School, Chicago. Mr. Lesko is an active board member and volunteer for a local land trust and environmental education center, and is a routine volunteer at the Shalom Center in Kenosha WI. His favorite quote is from Winston Churchill, who succinctly summed up our mission in life ..."You make a living by what you get. You make a life by what you give."
I have been on the board for approximately 3 years.Education- Bachelor’s Degree in Physical Education/Health from the University of Dubuque, Iowa. Master’s Degree in Education from the Viterbo University in LaCrosse. Principal and Superintendent license from the University of Milwaukee.Career path- Physical Education teacher for 17 years, Principal for 7 years and currently the Superintendent for the past 5 years at Union Grove Elementary School.
I am passionate about Just Live is for a few reasons. When I received the call about Jamie I was in my car with my two boys dropping off one of them in Platteville to go off to College. I felt so sad and all I could think of was what could have been done to prevent this. We may never know who or how many we helped, but getting information out there and offering support is letting anyone with a mental illness know that there’s help out there and people who care.
A native of Fairfield, Connecticut, Janet S. Geller-Lesko relocated to the Midwest in 1981 to pursue a Masters Degree in Public Health Administrative from the Univ. of IL at the Medical Center, which she completed in 1982. After a few years working in the public health sector, she was commissioned as a Medical Service Corps officer in the United States Navy in 1985. During her 21 years in the Navy, she held leadership positions in Patient Administration, Human Resources and Managed Care. She retired from the Navy in 2007 at the rank of Commander/05. In 2016 she retired as the Department Head, Managed Care at the Captain James A. Lovell Federal Health Care Center, North Chicago, IL. She has been married to her beloved husband, Mark Lesko, since 1983 and they have two children, Reva and Benjamin. She enjoys music, reading, baking (to music!), homemaking, nature, people and doing whatever she can to make the world a better place. She resides in Wheatland, WI
Elizabeth (Betty) Wood
Elizabeth has been employed with the State Bank of the Lakes since 1986. She graduated from Wilmot High School in 1977 and attended both Parkside College and the College of Lake County specializing in counseling. She volunteered for a year at the Lake County Crisis Hotline. Her passion in life is wanting to help people. Elizabeth has proudly been with Just Live, Inc. since its beginning in 2010, having personally dealt with depression among loved ones she is passionate about helping make a difference how ever big or small in our community.
Kathleen's family has been spending time at Lily Lake for over 80 years and love the community that they have become a part of. She graduated from Loyola University, Chicago in May 2014 with a Masters in Social Work. She is currently working at a Child Welfare Agency in Chicago, IL. Kathleen grew up with Jamie and has supported Just Live, Inc. since its inception. She recently felt compelled to become more involved when her brother committed suicide in November of 2014.
As Jamie’s Grandpa and his wife Susan of 54 years raised 8 children and were a licensed foster home for over 30 years. He is the owner of Riley Management Associates in Burlington and a Sales Representative for Acme Refining of Chicago, Ill. Bob brings over 45 years of fundraising experience in the non-profit sector. In addition he presently serves on the Board of the Shalom Center in Kenosha and is on the Development Committee for The Farm of The Child Orphanage in Trujillo, Honduras. He has a definite passion for Just Live, Inc. as Jamie Leigh was his granddaughter.
A lifelong Chicagoan, Clare Connelly has been a part-time Lily Lake-er for the past 14 years. Clare is excited and honored to join the Just Live board. Recently, Clare graduated from DePaul University with a Masters in Nonprofit Management, and hopes to utilize her degree in support of Just Live. Having dealt with depression, bipolar disorder, and suicide among family and friends, Clare is passionate about furthering the mental health cause, promoting awareness and education, and ending the stigma surrounding mental health issues.
Eileen has been coming to Lily Lake since 1980. She married into a family who has been in the community for over 80 years. She graduated from St. Norbert College in 1979. Eileen is employed at Dugan & Lopatka, a public accounting firm in Wheaton, Illinois.
Eileen has supported Just Live since its inception. Her children grew up with Jamie. Her son committed suicide in November 2014. The Just Live Board was there to support the family and provided tremendous insight to the grieving process. She is honored to become an integral part of an organization that promotes mental health awareness and education. The stigma surrounding mental health needs to be eliminated.
I was in Alaska when I received the phone call that Jamie had taken her own life. There were no words, far too many thoughts and then just movements to get back to my family and those I loved. Numbness takes over and you are faced with a choice. Having been raised in Lily Lake and seeing all the pain my family, our friends and even our neighbors were going through, created from a single act, I knew I was going to try and prevent others from this grief bound experience. In helping to establish Just Live it became a journey of my own healing knowing that we could try and help those who suffer like Jamie, in the hopes that we could change their lives for the better so they would want to Just Live.
I graduated from Wilmot High School and then proceeded to attend Northland College for my B.S.. I then went on to UW-Whitewater for my masters’ work and received my teaching certification in Special Education. I have been in and out of schools all over the world and have seen first-hand the devastation depression and mental illness take not only on students but parents and extended family as well; and feel very passionately about eliminating the stigma and providing better resources for those who are suffering.
Advisory Board Members
Tom is a retired travel executive, whose career has taken him to most every corner of the globe, witnessing the cultures and peoples of many countries. He does not dwell on past accomplishments but a passion on contributing to the future and the many challenges facing our society today, especially in mental depression and suicide prevention. He contributes his time in driving seniors to doctor’s appointments, assisting kids in reading programs and is liaison to Wilmot High School Key Club for Kiwanis International.
Christina has been with Just Live since January, 2012. She has Bachelors' Degrees in Psychology and Social Work from Marquette University, and a Master's Degree in Pastoral Counseling from Loyola University Chicago. Her background includes working with low income families from diverse cultures and communities. She has served in Catholic elementary and high schools, parishes and inner city social service agencies. Christina currently works as a School Counselor/Social Worker at Cristo Rey St. Martin College Prep high school in Waukegan, IL, along with raising three children.
Christina serves on the Programs Committee for the Board of Directors. While working to promote suicide prevention programs such as the SOS curriculum for middle schools and high schools, Christina also networks with other related agencies.
Christina passionately believes in supporting each person so that they can attain their fullest potential, and she is excited to work with Just Live. "The Just Live community is not just about promoting education and raising awareness, it is also about providing support for families who are struggling and talking about sensitive issues that are difficult to address. This organization provides a healing presence in our community ~ and it is an honor to be a part of that."