New Director for Hesed House

The Board of Trustees of Hesed House is pleased to announce that they have selected an Executive Director to succeed Ryan Dowd.


Michael Cobb has dedicated his life—and career—to serving those who are less fortunate in our communities.


Prior to being named the Executive Director of Hesed House, he served as the Interim Executive Director/Chief Operating Officer for South Suburban PADS, an interfaith agency serving the homeless population in over 52 communities in suburban Cook County.  While at PADS he oversaw the successful completion of a 77-unit Permanent Supportive Housing apartment complex specifically for those who are experiencing homelessness.


Before PADS, Michael served as Vice President and Chief Operating Officer for the Glenwood School for Boys and Girls, a private residential/educational center for at-risk youth located in St. Charles.  He served faithfully for 14 years with nine of those years leading the St. Charles campus.


Michael and his wife, Evelyn, are longtime residents of the Fox Valley.  They are involved with various ministries and have a long standing commitment to serving in the Fox Valley Corridor. They have one daughter (Gloria) and two dogs (Unity and Elias).  Michael enjoys playing golf, riding bikes with his wife, traveling abroad and speaking at events.  Michael received his Bachelor’s degree and Masters of Science in Management from National Louis University.


Michael will begin work at Hesed House on September 16.  Ryan’s last day will be September 20.