Chris Linden

Deanna Lacny

Deanna Lacny

A Walk by Faith She told God she wasn’t working with kids. He had other plans for Deanna Lacny. The former homeschooling mom was looking for easy work when she landed a part-time job at Rock House Kids. An easy job soon turned into a full-time gig, and, eventually, a leadership role – one that…

Mary Ann Smith

Mary Ann Smith

For the Next Generation As a child visiting the Coronado Theatre, Mary Ann Smith fell in love with the magic of the stage. But by the 1990s, Rockford’s movie palace was looking like something “between the opulent Taj Mahal and a white elephant,” she says. Smith and her husband, Gordy, could see the deterioration firsthand…