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

Meet Our Staff

Michael Stopka- Executive Director 

 Prior to joining PADS Michael worked as an abuse, neglect and exploitation investigator with Missouri Department of Health and Senior Services.


He 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.




Dana Tell- Shelter Services Coordinator 

She received her Bachelor and Master of Science in Family and Consumer Sciences from Eastern Illinois University. 

IMG_7403.jpgShe also has an Associate of Arts in Criminal Justice from Lake Land College. Dana graduated from Mattoon High School. 

Dana is certified in SSI/SSDI Outreach, Access and Recovery (SOAR). 

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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