Aspirations of Life enhances the lives of at risk teens in our community by providing social services. We believe in encouraging, empowering and educating youth for the future. Our programs are dedicated to uplifting them, increasing self-esteem, and providing lasting positive relationships.
Aspirations of Life was founded in 2009 by Tiffany M. Fincher and is geared to shine a spotlight on children who are sometimes invisible in the community. This is achieved through intensive one-on-one mentoring, and life skills training. Additionally, the agency works with strategic partners, case workers and parents to provide a comprehensive, integrated approach to the solutions implemented for each client.
The mission of Aspirations of Life is to assist youth in reaching their highest potential. We work as a cohesive team with caseworkers, parents, and foster parents to enhance the lives of at-risk youth by providing key social services. Our programs are dedicated to encouraging, empowering, and educating youth to increase self-esteem, gain life skills, and develop positive social skills for future success.
Board of Directors
Aspirations of Life’s Board of Directors is composed of individuals who bring a blend of personal and professional backgrounds and experiences. The following individuals are currently Directors of Aspirations of Life.
|Tiffany Fincher – Founder/Executive Director
Philanthropy is a passion and for many years have been a way of life for the dedicated Mrs. Tiffany M. Fincher. She is the founder and Executive Director of Aspirations of Life, a nonprofit agency that she began in 2009. In addition to being a dedicated Wife, Mother of 2 and community servant, Mrs. Fincher built the foundation for Aspirations of Life on its dedication to uplifting low-income families, increasing self-esteem and providing lasting positive relationships. As a leader in her community, she boldly followed her passion; advocating for families that need her most.Accredited with earning a degree in Human Services and licenses as a State of Illinois Foster Parent and Real Estate Broker, Mrs. Fincher prides herself with heartfelt contributions to empower the families in her community. For many years, her academic background and public service has been a springboard when creating the vision of potential her families have. Mrs. Fincher works closely with fellow agencies to provide opportunities to unify and create linkages between families and agencies for children and adolescents that show signs of emotional and behavioral disorders. Her involvement is meant to decrease the likelihood that the children may be removed from their home or educational setting as a result.
|Shawn Fincher – President
Shawn Fincher has been in the finance/banking industry for over ten years. He has held multiple positions throughout his career from account manager, credit underwriter, personal banker, and eventually finding his niche as part of several management teams. Currently, he is a Branch Manager at one of the top banks in Illinois. Shawn has always given back to the community. He has been a key team member to help make repairs at the Haven House, he also participates in the Crohn’s and Colitis walk as well as the walk against child abuse. Shawn is involved with the Crete Chamber, Steger Chamber, and Kiwanis Club. He holds a Bachelor of Science with a concentration in Mathematics from Chicago State University. “
|Kimberly Pace – Treasurer- As a graduate of Chicago State Kimberly received a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration with a concentration in Marketing. While at Chicago State, Kimberly worked with Edventures, Inc as Project Coordinator for FBI Awareness. Following Chicago State she went on to complete her Master of Business (MBA) in Human Resource Management. Additionally she spends a great deal of time volunteering with youth organizations and ministries. Kimberly is passionate about giving back to the community and currently serves as a member of Metropolitan Chicago Urban League. Currently Kimberly works with a non profit agency as an Employment Specialist.||Jessica Soetan – Vice President A graduate of DePauw University, Jessica received her Bachelor of Arts in Communication with a minor in English Literature. Upon graduating, Jessica began working in corporate America as a Project Coordinator. Although she enjoys her occupation, she has a passion for marketing. More importantly she is enthusiastic about giving back to the community using her talents. As a member of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority Inc. her passion for community service has been apart of her as she has dedicated many hours to tutoring children in reading and public speaking, participating in Cancer Research, Aids Awareness, AIDS/HIV testing, and as a Motivational Speaker. Jessica is dedicated to giving youth the tools that they need to become successful young adults. “I will use my gifts to inspire others”-J.Soetan|
|Melissa Hemzacek- Executive Board Member After 6 years of teaching at the elementary school level, Melissa began her journey to a new career in Social Work. In 2012, she graduated with her Masters in Social Work with a concentration in School Social Work from The University of Illinois at Chicago, Jane Addams School of Social Work. Melissa’s passion is to serve others and empower them to advocate for themselves. Currently, she works at the church she grew up in, Trinity Lutheran Church of Des Plaines, as the Youth and Family Minister. Through this ministry, Melissa leads the High School Youth Group, serves within her community, attends annual Mission Trips and heads fundraisers throughout the year. Melissa is very excited for the opportunity to make a difference with our youth!|