About Kelly Johnson
Kelly Johnson entered her caregiver journey in a most unexpected way. Barely balancing an advertising career and family, life abruptly changed with a cancer diagnosis… her then-five-year-old son, Bobby, had a brain tumor.
Surgery, followed by radiation and chemotherapy, the years were a blur of medical jargon, doctor visits, and long nights. Kelly and her husband, Bob, are continually amazed at the beauty and graces that came from the journey. Plus, the story is a happy one, as their son heads off to college.
As her son healed, entered elementary school, and was “medically boring”, a “Sure, I’ll help out” tumbled into a vocational calling in Adult Faith Formation. It is in this role that Kelly and Deb came together. Partially from her own experience, partially from an innate desire to meet needs, and partially from an understanding of how the Church ministers during times of transition and change, Kelly, with Deb, created Nourish.
From her career in Advertising, Kelly brings managerial leadership skills required to balance the demands of client needs with the agency’s ability to deliver. She thrived in the fast paced environment becoming a Vice President, VP Client Services, before the age of thirty. Her client list included accounts as varied as Kellogg’s and Lea & Perrins, as well as Inland Steel, Sprint Cellular and Kroger Foods.
Ministry and volunteering is an integral part of who Kelly is. In the community, she’s been PTA Secretary and President, Fine Arts Booster Hospitality Chair, Adult Manager for a two-time Global Destination Imagination team, and various fundraising committees.
Kelly is a member of the National Association of Catholic Family Ministry, tied to her role at St. Mary of Gostyn Parish in Downers Grove, IL. Through the Archdiocese of Chicago and Diocese of Joliet’s Lay Leadership Institute, Kelly is a second year student pursuing a Catechetical Coordinator Program at the University of St. Mary of the Lake Seminary in Mundelein, IL.
In addition to her Adult Faith Formation Ministry at St. Mary of Gostyn, Kelly is still involved with the Midwest Children’s Brain Tumor Center, as well as the Pediatric Advisory Council for Advocate Lutheran General Hospital in Park Ridge, IL.
Kelly has come to realize that she may have plans, lists, schedules and agendas, but God wants growth, a real substantive increase in our faith and trust in Him. She is continually awed at the way in the God stretches and blesses her.