Hope Gospel Mission

Meet The Board & Leadership


Hope Gospel Mission’s Board of Directors

Brett Geboy

Brett Geboy graduated from the University of Wisconsin-Green Bay majoring in Political Science and Economics. He spent five years in Russia as a missionary working with college students and local churches. He then spent a year working at a homeless facility in Springfield, MO before moving back to Wisconsin to oversee Government Relations with the American Cancer Society and the Eau Claire Area Chamber of Commerce.
Currently Brett is working for the local business of
North Central Insulation.

Brett grew up in the Milwaukee area, is married with 3 children and has lived in Eau Claire for over a decade. He has served as elder and leader in his church, been involved in Big Brothers Big Sisters, volunteered in the jail ministry and other community organizations. He has been a part of the Hope Gospel Mission team since 2013.

Mark Donnelly

Mark Donnelly was born in 1957 and raised in Eau Claire, WI. He is an entrepreneur and started his first business when he was 19 years old. Since then he has started or been a part of a number of different businesses ranging
from several employees to several hundred. Realizing
the emptiness of materialism, he dedicated his life to
Christ in 1987.

In 1998 he and his wife Cindy founded Hope Gospel Mission. Mark is currently the President and part-owner of Crusts Unlimited, Inc. in Osseo, WI, which makes pizza crusts for frozen pizza manufacturers, pizzerias and grocery stores nationwide.

He and his wife Cindy both actively volunteer at HGM and their church. They have 3 children and live in Eau Claire.

Bruce Acomb

Bruce Acomb is a retired member of the community. He has past experience in commercial property casualty underwriting for a major insurance company. Bruce has been part of the Hope Gospel team since 2008.

Rick Hendel

Rick Hendel was born in St. Paul, Minnesota and grew up in the Twin Cities. He graduated from the University of St. Thomas in 1973 with a bachelor of science degree in accounting. His career in finance as a Controller was spent primarily in the food industry with The Pillsbury Company and ConAgra Foods. Rick relocated to Eau Claire in 1992 with ConAgra and is currently retired. He has served as an elder and leader in his local church and has served on the Hope Gospel mission board since 2009. He was active in coaching various youth sports in Eau Claire.

Rick and his wife Dawn have 9 children and 14 grandchildren. They currently reside in Eau Claire.

Jeff Eitreim

Jeff Eitreim graduated from Luther College with a B.A. in music education. He taught music for eight years and then worked for a major music company for several years. The combination of his experience in education, sales and marketing took him into the medical products industry where he spent nearly twenty years overseeing medical business distributorships around the world before retiring in 2007.

Jeff and his wife, Dianne, have three grown married children and nine grandchildren. He remains active in various musical organizations in the region by directing, singing and playing. He has been involved in mentorship with prison inmates as well as at HGM. He joined the HGM board of directors in 2014.

Cathy Jenson

Cathy Jenson graduated from the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire with a major in Marketing. She has worked for Oscar Mayer and Kraft Foods and spent several years as a stay at home mom. She has a passion for women’s ministry and has been the director of a local women’s ministry group called SAMMYS for several years. She currently serves as the president of the SAMMYS Inc. board of directors. She and her family are active in mission work with Living Water International. Cathy currently works at Thrivent Financial as a financial advisor.

Cathy grew up in Glenwood City and has lived in Elk Mound since 2000. She is married to Kyle, and they have four daughters. She has been a part of the Hope Gospel Mission team since 2016.

Tim Pabich

Tim Pabich was the owner and president of Royal Construction, Inc. from 1990 until 2015. After selling the business, he remained as vice president of project development for Royal Construction. Having been involved in several non-profit organizations in the Chippewa Valley, Tim feels very strongly about the mission and vision of Hope Gospel Mission and is excited to contribute to the future growth and continued success of the Mission.

Tim has been married to his wife, Denise, since 1981. They have three children and one grandson.


Hope Gospel Mission’s Leadership Team

Sandi Polzin

Sandi Polzin has worked for Hope Gospel Mission since 2009 in the areas of public relations, human relations and executive management; currently she is the Executive Director. Sandi comes to Hope Gospel Mission with 20 years of leading teams of over 90 employees at one time. As an entrepreneur and visionary she shares ideas on how to help the mission itself excel in internal and external communications. She hosts and attends public meetings to enhance such communications and encourages the people she meets to learn more about HGM and how they can get involved and make a difference. Under Sandi’s leadership, HGM is successfully reaching many needy individuals with housing, feeding, job training and other life skills programs.

Sandi Polzin and her husband John, also own Down to Earth Garden Centers in Chippewa Falls and Eau Claire. They have been in business since 1993 when founding their first company which led to two more organizations that they have founded. Sandi enjoys people and loves to serve where the Lord places her. She and her husband have two grown sons, Ben and Chase and are adoptive parents to Mazie Grace, who is 6 years old.

Chris Hedlund

Chris Hedlund has been with Hope Gospel Mission since 2005. He began as an instructor in the education center and is now the Program Director for the Mission.

Prior to Hope Gospel Mission he spent several years working with a professional staffing company and also has experience with production, marketing and distribution of print media. Chris has studied pastoral ministries and counseling; currently he is working to finish a BS in
Human Services.

Chris lives in Eau Claire with his wife Traci and four kids. He enjoys driving, flying, traveling, learning, and spending time with his family. In addition to working at Hope Gospel Mission, Chris also enjoys working part time as fire-fighter
& EMT.

“Everyday I get to watch others take advantage of second and third chances. It excites me to watch what God is doing in people’s lives and watching them grow into the person they were created to be, overcoming challenges, and obstacles that they didn’t think they could overcome. I enjoy my job more than I probably should. I try to learn something new every day, because ‘a mind left alone doesn’t coast uphill’. I believe knowledge without wisdom is as dangerous as power without restraint.” –Chris Hedlund

Craig Pedersen

Craig Pedersen is the current Director of Business Operations at Hope Gospel Mission. He grew up in a rural Wisconsin family. Craig learned to appreciate hard work, faith and family. While in college, he founded the Campus Chapter of Habitat for Humanity. Craig graduated from the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire’s Entrepreneurial management program. Craig’s wife, Jennifer, a CPA is also involved in the mission. Craig and Jennifer have a four year Christian Leadership Degree from Purpose Institute, an international bible college. As Christian Entrepreneurs,
it is a great fit to be working in a business whose purpose
is ministry.

Some of Craig’s past professional experiences include; direct sales and sales management, owning his own construction company, professional recruiter for a staffing agency and working as a project manager for a fortune
100 company.

Craig joined the staff of Hope Gospel Mission in 2003 and has led the ministry to develop Hope Gospel Mission’s Bargain Center, Building Hope and Hope Gospel Auto.
All the way through, the Lord’s hand has been evident
in the miracles that make Hope Gospel Mission’s
businesses possible.

Rob Gerber

Rob Gerber is the Stewardship Director at Hope Gospel Mission and has been with the mission since June of 2015. He works with the public relations and development of the mission, including working with donors and giving tours of the mission.

Rob grew up in a home that was very mission minded where he witnessed many people in need of help and prayer come through the doors of his childhood home. Having witnessed his parents and other strong, faithful Christians serve people with unconditional love he felt like he was given a great gift that he needed to share with others. This desire and the drawing of the Holy Spirit led him to Hope Gospel Mission.

Rob realized at a very young age that he is a businessman at heart. In recent years Rob and his wife Jennifer started two corporations and successfully ran those for a combined total of 16 years before selling their interests in those companies. Rob views working at Hope Gospel Mission as a great honor and opportunity to use his business skills and his calling to build something for God’s kingdom that has eternal blessings.

Rob has been married to his wife Jennifer since 1996 and they have two daughters Elizabeth and Alison.