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Who we are

Our Board of Directors

Kevin Alkenbrack

Kevin Alkenbrack

Executive Director

Kevin Alkenbrack has been the public face of Morningstar Relief Mission since 2013. Kevin felt called by God from his career in sales, to devote his life to those in poverty. Married to his wife Anne, together they have  two children. Kevin is a respected Christian leader, and an advocate for the marginalised. Kevin always seeks to remind the community we can all offer a warm smile and a listening ear.

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Brad Youmans

Brad Youmans

Chair

Brad Youmans joined the Board of Directors at Morningstar Mission in June 2020 and became Chair in June of 2023. He was born and raised in the Napanee area, where he lives with his wife and three children. Brad is the former owner and operater All-Risks Insurance Brokers, a full service insurance brokerage here in Greater Napanee. He has a heart for the community, especially those in need, and sees Morningstar Relief Mission as a great avenue to assist the people it serves.

Rick Helman

Rick Helman

Treasurer

Rick Helman is a Chartered Professional Accountant with an Honours B. Comm from Laurentian University and has been on the Board since 2015. A former Director, Financial Planning and Budgets, for Loyalist College in Belleville, Rick is an avid community volunteer and currently serves as a Lay Reader at Christ Church, Anglican in Belleville. A once (and future) marathon runner, Rick was once voted People Magazine’s fourth-best looking man in Hastings County.

Chris Wicklam

Chris Wicklam

Secretary

Chris grew up in the Napanee area where he currently lives with his wife Ronda and their two daughters. Working at the Kingston Central Ambulance Communications Centre, Chris is the Manager of Operations where he is part of a larger team who respond to 911 calls for Ambulance over a large area including Lennox and Addington. He is excited to serve on the Board and to be part of the amazing work that Morningstar continues to do everyday. When time allows, Chris enjoys helping out on the family farm, playing hockey and golf, cycling and ATV’ing.

Kelly McCutcheon

Kelly McCutcheon

Board Member

Kelly grew up in the Napanee area, and lives here now with her husband and one of their children.  They also have 3 grown children who live and work nearby.  Kelly has worked as an elementary school teacher for the past 25 years.  She loves working with children of all ages.  She has also very much enjoyed working with both volunteers and clients at Morningstar.  Kelly, Mark and their family have a love for animals, housing chickens, dogs, cats, birds and lizards on their small hobby farm.  She joined the board in June of 2023, and s honoured to be a small part of the incredible ministry that Morningstar serves in the Napanee community.

 Doug Alkenbrack

Doug Alkenbrack

Board Member

Doug was raised and educated in Napanee. He attended Prince Charles elementary school and NDSS. His father Douglas was a lumberman and later a Member of parliament for the area and his mother, Nan taught elementary school in Napanee for 40 years. Doug chose a career in medicine and graduated from Queens medical school in 1970. He returned to his hometown in 1972 to open a Family medicine practice. He worked as a family physician for 50 years and served as the local coroner for 42 years. He retired in 2022. He and his wife, Shelley, whom he married 53 years ago, were fortunate to have raised three children, Jennifer, Sarah, and Andrew and now are proud to have eight grandchildren. Doug and Shelley have lived in the same house in Napanee for over 50 years. His favourite interests include history, reading, multiple sports and yard work and gardening. Most of all he and Shelley enjoy watching the lives and careers of their beloved family. He is an active member of Trinity United Church in Napanee which he has attended all his life. He has always felt a need to help the marginalized members of our society and is grateful to be a volunteer at Morningstar mission as well as serve on its board.

Brenda Vale

Brenda Vale

Board Member

Brenda Vale was added to the Board of Directors at Morningstar Mission in 2023. Brenda has worked in Picton at Anderson Equipment Sales since 2007. Brenda came to Greater Napanee in 2009 and served through Napanee and District Minor Hockey Association for a few years. She loves sports. Brenda has one son. Brenda has a heart for the marginalized. She serves the Lord through Roblin Wesleyan Church Celebrate Recovery and represents Eastern Ontario in Celebrate Recovery Canada.

Kathleen Hallam

Kathleen Hallam

Board Member

Kathleen and her husband Frank moved to the area in January 2021. They have 3 grown children and 5 grandchildren. She loves being ‘Nana’!
Kathleen is a retired speech/ language pathologist. She enjoys outdoor adventures, crafts and storytelling in KidsChurch at  Roblin Wesleyan.
For Kathleen, becoming involved as a volunteer has been an opportunity to learn about the needs of the community and also about the warmth and welcome that Morningstar provides. She feels privileged to be involved in this caring ministry.

Our Staff

Mackenzie MacPherson

Mackenzie MacPherson

Office Administrator

​Mackenzie was born and raised in Fredericton, New Brunswick and is always happy to talk all things East Coast. He graduated from the University of New Brunswick with degrees in Science in Kinesiology and Business Administration with a concentration in Finance. Not long after, he married in 2019 and relocated to Napanee where he lives with his wife, son, and little white Schnauzer. He has spent the past several years working in church administration and enjoys taking part in ministry at Evangel Temple in Napanee by serving on the worship team and kids ministry team. He loves playing piano and playing softball with his wife in the summer.

He feels strongly about using his time, education, and experience to better the lives of those around him. He believes our calling in Matthew 25, a calling to help the destitute and develop relationships out of a heart of servanthood, is the very floor of our Christian calling and not a ceiling out of reach. Through his work in administration, he hopes to assist clients however needed and to help facilitate the mission of Morningstar’s vision.

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Natalie Martin

Natalie Martin

Program Coordinator

Natalie has been involved in Morningstar since 2015. After conversations at Morningstar, Natalie felt called by God to return to school and pursue her BA in Ministry with a major in Christian Counselling. After completing her internship at Morningstar Natalie joined an organization in Belleville dedicated to reaching those experiencing homelessness in the area. After over two years in another community Natalie was called back to Napanee to serve those who live where her and her family have called home for the last 16 years. Natalie, her husband Steve and their three children strive to seek what God has for them and serving at Morningstar is the next step in their adventure.

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Shelley Free

Shelley Free

Community Chef

Napanee has been my home all my life. I am the oldest of 4 siblings and I am grateful to go through life together with my partner Mike. I have two adult daughters and recently lost my step-son. When I have spare time I love gardening and crafting. I have been a Lion’s member for 8 years and find it a great way to serve my community.  I love being to connect and make a difference in the lives of people who are struggling. My work at Morningstar helps me to be more humble, respectful and grateful. My work in the kitchen allows me to create meals out of all the many donations we receive. It gives me a wonderful feeling of satisfaction, and I can see with my own eyes the difference it makes. I love meals to be colourful and I am blown away by the generosity of the community to make sure we have access to so many fresh vegetables to accompany these meals.