Who We Are - Young Life Naperville & Aurora Staff

Matt Margaron​ - Metro Director Young Life Naperville & Aurora
 What an incredible blessing it is for me to be a part of a team that gets to serve our community through the ministry of Young Life. I personally have been involved with Young Life since I was in middle school here at Lincoln Jr. High in Naperville and have been the director since 2012.  I am so thankful to have the opportunity to lead this incredible team as we try to provide a inclusive, fun, and safe place for teenagers to explore their faith.  As the Metro Director in Naperville & Aurora, my role is to lead our area in New Ministry Development, College, Young Adult & Alumni, Community & Church Relations, International Young Life Partnerships, and the formation of our incredible staff & volunteers.  If you would like to hear more from me or have any questions, you can visit my website at: www.ACuriousFreedom.com

Eli Margaron - Metro Capernaum Director, Capernaum 203 Developer
 My name is Eli Margaron and I lead Capernaum. My husband, Matt, and I have two kids, Emma and Leah. When I was in high school, Young Life was a safe, fun, and consistent place for me to grow in my faith. As an adult, I love helping continue this tradition and make Young Life possible for teens in our community​


Brett Saunders - 204 Ministry Director with focus on
Waubonsie, Metea and WyldLife 
Hello, my name is Brett Saunders and I am the 204 Director of Ministry. I am from Rock Hill, South Carolina and I attended The University of Alabama where I got a Bachelors in Religious Studies. I love music and being outdoors, which includes running and playing golf.
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​​Alex Zielinski - 204 Capernaum Developer and Neuqua Valley Young Life Staff
 My name is Alex Zielinski and I am the staff associate overseeing 204 Capernaum and Neuqua Valley Young Life. I am from St. Louis, MO and I have been on Young Life staff in Missouri for three years. I love being outdoors, reading, and spending time with friends and family. My hope is that through Young Life, students of all abilities and backgrounds would know that they are invited, celebrated, and needed in the body of Christ. I am excited to be apart of the Naperville and Aurora Young Life family! 
Jon Brusha - 203 Ministry Director with focus on Naperville Central & Naperville North
 ​I'm Jon Brusha, I grew up in Naperville and graduated from Naperville Central in 2011. I attended the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign graduating in 2015. I was a volunteer leader at NCHS starting in January of 2016 and have been on full time Young Life staff since June of 2017. 
I felt particularly called to join the ministry of Young Life because I lived the high school experience that many of our high school friends are currently living and I know there is so much more that God has for them! I serve with Young Life to tell high school students in Naperville who they really are and that their true identity is in Christ. I am fascinated by nutrition especially plant based nutrition. In my free time I love to run, ride my motorcycle, snowboard (during the winter), and spend time with family and friends. ​


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 I am Michelle Zegarski and I have been leading in Naperville & Aurora for over 20 years! Through those years of ministry I met and married my husband, Mike, and enjoyed the addition of our kids, McKaela and Eli to our family. I run WyldLife for 6th, 7th and 8th graders and love the chance to share the adventure of life with Christ with both kids and leaders.​ I love the way Young Life makes sure we show kids the adventure life is meant to be when we live it with our Creator. I am grateful to be a part of walking alongside kids and helping them figure out where God fits in their world or more accurately where they fit in his. Beyond that life stays busy with our own family figuring out our adventures with a 6th and 9th grader!​


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 Pat Doane- 204 WyldLife Student Staff 
 I am team leader for District 204 WyldLife and a work a little with Neuqua Valley Young Life. This is my fourth year leading WyldLife and my second year at Neuqua. I’m a junior attending North Central College, majoring in communications. I lead because of how big of an impact Young Life at Naperville Central had on me. It’s a privilege and a blessing to be a part in hanging out with middle schoolers and high schoolers, seeing them grow up as individuals, and most importantly finding their way to God. ​
Caleb Hamilton - Neuqua Valley Young Life Volunteer Team Leader
 I am the volunteer team leader for Neuqua Valley Young Life. I started leading at Neuqua shortly after I moved to Naperville in the fall of 2015 to work at a math software company in Lisle. Growing up in the south suburban village of Tinley Park, there was nothing like Young Life at my high school, but when I started hearing about it as a college student in Chicago, I was inspired by its mission and values: to meet kids where they are and earn the right to share with them the message of God's love. Since joining the Naperville & Aurora Young Life community, I've seen this lived out, and I am grateful to be a part of what God is doing is here.​

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Kara Abunassar - Capernaum Student Staff

 My name is Kara Abunassar and I am on student staff with Capernaum. I love to hang out with my family and friends and my favorite hobby is watching scary movies! I love serving at Capernaum because the students are all so full of life and love and I get so much joy being around them and helping them build relationships with Christ. Here is an updated picture of me and my buddy from camp,Laura! ​



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Michaela Flitsch - Naperville Central Student Staff
 My name is Michaela Flitsch and I’m on student staff at Naperville Central. I am from Snohomish, Washington but I go to Wheaton College and will be a Junior this year. In my free time I enjoy playing intramural sports with my friends and reading. I lead Young Life because I love Jesus and I love my high school friends! Young Life is a community of people pointing each other to Christ and that is something I want to be a part of!



Jordan Shive - Naperville Central Student Staff
My name is Jordan Shive and I am on student staff at Naperville Central. I grew up in Rochester, Michigan, and I am now in my senior year at Wheaton College and my fourth year leading at NCHS. I lead Young Life because God has given me a passion and a love for the gospel of Jesus Christ and for sharing His love and good news with high school students! I run track at Wheaton College and my majors are Spanish and Applied Health Science. I love adventures, spending time with friends and family, and I am always ready for a good laugh!​

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Curtis Drevets - Naperville North Student Staff 

 My name is Curtis Drevets. I have a unique passion for flaming hot Cheetos, and love playing Ping Pong. You can always find me outside some where getting my shoes muddy. I lead at Naperville North Young Life because it gets me out of my college bubble and puts me around real people talking about real things and sharing the real truth of the gospel.


Luke Romano - Capernuam Student Staff 
My name is Luke Romano, I live in Plano, IL. I am 21 years young and I am on student staff for Young Life Capernaum here in Naperville! I am also a volunteer adult leader for WyldLife. I love the ministry of Young Life for it's compassion and genuine love and care for not only the students involved, but the leaders, as well as the incredible, God given staff! I do multiple other activities, get togethers, and camps for people with all different abilities and Capernaum has stolen my heart because our number one goal is to open our students eyes to our Savior in Heaven. Nothing on earth can ever compare to Jesus and what he has done for us. I love Young Life and I pray God keeps this ministry in my future. Thank you!



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