Executive Director/CEO

(815) 933-2493, ext. 107

Michael Maloney has served as the Garden of Prayer Executive Director since 2006. He represents the third generation of the Jordan family that has been driven by the beliefs and goal of the nonprofit organization. Prior to his appointment, he served for 6 years as the agency's Board President. Under his leadership, the agency has tripled its service population, doubled the number of program offerings, expanded the agency's reach to 5 additional locations, and tripled the annual operating budget. Michael holds a B.A. from Southern Illinois University of Carbondale, a M.A. in Community Counseling from Chicago State University, and a M.B.A. from the Keller Graduate School of Management. He is a Licensed Clinical Professional Counselor and a Licensed Child Welfare Specialist.

Board of Directors

Pastor Lawrence Shepherd, MS Ed

County Board Commissioner Robert Snipes

Stonewall McCuiston, Jr., M.D.

Tammara Thomas, Ph.D.

Michelle Priester, Ph.D.

Executive Leadership

Vurnice Maloney, RN
(815) 933-2493, ext. 110

Lorine Samuels, B.S.P.A. 
Chief Financial Officer 
(815) 933-2493, ext. 106

Kristi McBride, M.B.A. 
Director of Administrative Operations
(815) 933-2493, ext. 109

Mikkal Harris, M.A., L.C.P.C., C.W.E.L.
Director of Clinical Services
(815 )933-2493, ext.103

Yetha Maloney, M.S. E.C.E., D.T.
Director of Educational Services
(815) 933-2493, ext. 714

Marcus Maloney, M.B.A.
Director of Facilities and Fleet
(815) 933-2493, ext. 108