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
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​

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Natalie Stefka - Ministry Specialist & Administrative Assistant

 I am a ministry specialist and administrative assistant for Naperville and Aurora Young Life. I went to North Central College and graduated with a degree in Psychology. I am a lover of all things involving hiking boots and good views and a big fan of late night ice cream runs! I am in love with this ministry because we get to speak truth into the lives of kids and show them their worth and value in the eyes of the Lord. This ministry is so special and I see Jesus through all the interactions and experiences that have come out of my time here so far!


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​​Alex Zielinski - 204 Capernaum Developer and Neuqua Valley Young Life Staff
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 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. ​ 
 Keley Villanova - Communications and Media Coordinator
I am the communications and media coordinator for the Naperville and Aurora area. I'm currently a freshman at North Central College, studying Business Administration and Sports Management with a minor in Marketing. I went to Naperville Central High School where I was a Young Life senior leader. This is an amazing ministry because we truly do meet kids where they are. We let Jesus guide our relationships and we emphasize community. I am very grateful to be a part of this.
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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 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. ​

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Michaela Flitsch - Naperville Central Student Staff
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
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 

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 
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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