Mattoon Area P.A.D.S.
Public Action to Deliver Shelter

Meet Our Staff

Michael Stopka

Michael is the current Executive Director of Mattoon Area PADS. Prior to joining PADS Michael worked as an abuse, neglect and exploitation investigator with Missouri Department of Health and Senior Services.

Stopka_1.jpgHe received his Bachelor of Arts in Political Science and Master of Arts in Gerontology from Eastern Illinois University. Michael was born in Poland and moved to Chicago with his family in 1998. He decided to make Charleston his home after graduating from Eastern.

Michael is a member of Knights Columbus Council 8713 and attends Newman Catholic Center. He is also a member of the Mattoon Lions Club. In his free time Michael enjoys spending time outside either by taking his dog Maya out for walks or fishing.

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Dana Tell 

Dana is the current Shelter Services Coordinator. Prior to joining PADS, she interned with The Salvation Army in 2013, and PADS in 2015.  She has also taken foster to adopt classes (IMPACT) in Georgia. 

She received her Bachelor of Science in Family and Consumer Sciences at Eastern Illinois University.  She also has an Associate of Arts in Criminal Justice from Lake Land College.  Dana graduated from Mattoon High School.

Dana is a member of the Mattoon Eagles.  She attends the Charleston Community Church.  In her free time, she enjoys boating and fishing.

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