Thursday, August 16th, 2018 3:23 AM


Our Mission
Grandpa's Hospitality House, INC. is an Not-For-Profit corporation designed to offer a refreshing home environment to those with loved ones receiving health care at Mercy Hospital Springfield.

Our Goal is to Provide:
  • low cost overnight accommodations
  • a comfortable home enviroment away from the hospital
  • a place to meet other people sharing similar experiences

Our Leadership Team
Grandpa's Hospitality House has a leadership structure consisting of a Board of Directors that focuses on the long-term financial future of the organization. The Executive Director is on the premises to assist with the daily activities.

Board of Directors:


Kathy Penrod comes to us with a lifetime of experience of helping people. She has managed projects involving anywhere from 10 to 100 volunteers. Kathy and her husband Vern have served as weekly group leaders for marriages in trouble for over 5 years. She has been a business owner for the past 20 years and a licensed realtor for the past 9 years, and served on the board of Women's Ministries at Calvary Church in Naperville, IL.
Kathy Penrod - Executive Director

Dr Lee is a board certified psychiatrist who practices with the Alexian Brothers Center for Mental Health in Arlington Heights, IL. He is a 1986 graduate of the Oral Roberts University School of Medicine in Tulsa, OK and completed his residency in psychiatry in1990 at the Loyola University Medical Center in Maywood, IL. He specializes in the treatment of developmentally disabled adults and the chronically mentally ill. He has lectured extensively on topics related to the use of psychiatric medications. He and his wife, Debbie, have 3 children and 9 grandchildren.
Dr. Thomas Lee - Treasurer

Marie Boyd was the loving wife of Jim Boyd for almost 57 years. She has a caring and giving heart for people of all ages and has voluntarily served the homebound elderly every Sunday for the past several years. Having raised 7 children, 19 grandchildren and 17+ great grandchildren, she brings a great deal of common sense and understanding of people to our team.
Marie Boyd - Secretary

Beverly Callison comes to us with 10 years experience as an Executive Director of a non-profit. In her role there Beverly was responsible for fundraising events, increasing the donor base, public speaking, training and recruiting volunteers and motivating staff. She is a sought after speaker who is known for her ability to connect with audiences of all ages. Bevelry has served on the boards of Yarn Foundation and East Aurora High School Community Advisory Board. Her people skills and experience in the professional work force make her a valuable asset to our organization.
Beverly Callison- Fundraising

Jessica Kober has a background that spans research in environmental and childhood obesity, community health, health education and child development. She previously was the Executive Director of Family House; a non profit that provides a home away from home for the families of hospitalized patients in Central Illinois. Currently, Jessica is a health educator with the Women's Pregnancy Center. In her spare time, she enjoys hiking, traveling, running, cooking and spending time exploring new places with her family.
Jessica Kober - Board Member

Steph currently serves as the Executive Director of the Down Syndrome Group of the Ozarks and as a board member for The Kitchen Inc. She has also served on The Kitchen Foundation and worked many years at the local and state PTA levels. A major key that allows Steph to work towards helping others is her family. Steph and her husband Jay have been married for over 20 years and have two wonderful sons. Steph says: "I am looking forward to being a part of Grandpa's House. Our community has needed something like this for a very long time. It's amazing how one family's vision will impact our area in such a positive manner. I believe that the memory of their grandpa will live on and be honored by the difference Grandpa's House is going to make in the Ozarks."
Steph Miller - Board Member




Our Beginnings
Grandpa's Hospitality House was born from my own family's experience while my dad, Jim Boyd, was unexpectedly admitted to Mercy Hospital. When my six siblings and I arrived from all over the Midwest and we had no idea that one day would turn into six. We didn't want to be too far away, so we slept in the waiting room. The hospital staff was very kind and supplied us with pillows and blankets. However we soon found ourselves in need of showers, clean clothes and place to refresh. In memory of our dad, I opened Grandpa's Hospitality House with the desire to help others who find themselves in similar situations.


















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