RAN Volunteer Driving Program

Who we are:

Naperville Seniors in Action d/b/a Ride Assist Naperville (RAN) is an Illinois nonprofit corporation, qualified under Section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code, with the mission of providing affordable and dependable transportation to medical appointments for Naperville seniors and their caregivers.

A carefully screened and trained RAN volunteer driver will pick up the senior (minimum age 60) at home, drive them to their medical appointment, wait with them, and drive them back home again. All of our insured drivers are volunteers who use their own vehicles to provide rides. Rides are available by appointment only, Monday through Friday from 8:30 am to 5:00 pm, and must be made a minimum of 5 business days before each appointment.

We ask for a $12 donation for each round-trip ride, with no extra cost for a caregiver. No money is given to the driver and no tipping is allowed – an invoice will be sent the following month. If a senior is financially challenged, we ask them to pay what they can afford. We will cover the Greater Naperville area to include major hospitals.

Visit our Riders and Drivers pages for more information.

RAN Board of Directors:

Mike CooperMIKE COOPER

Mike is business director and co-founder of Naperville Senior Center, an adult day services facility dedicated to providing quality care to older adults, including those with cognitive or physical challenges. He is also founder, head chef and chief sales officer, at Sales Kitchen, a sales training and consulting company, begun in 2008, specializing in cooking up selling solutions to improve results. Mike is a Certified Sales Trainer, chair of the Naperville Area Chamber of Commerce Speakers Bureau, and team leader for American Cancer Society’s Relay For Life. Mike earned a degree in business administration, focusing on marketing, as well as an MBA from Northeastern University in Boston. He and his wife, Pam, have been residents of Naperville since 1994, where their two children attended Ranchview Elementary, Kennedy Junior High, and Naperville Central High School.

Karen Courney RANKAREN COURNEY

Karen moved to Naperville with her family in 1970. She was always volunteer-minded and chaired numerous fundraisers for St. Peter and Paul School and Church while her children were in attendance, and also served as a Cub Scout leader with her husband, Ray. She is a graduate of North Central College, with an accounting major. A Certified Public Accountant, she was an audit partner with Wolf and Company, LLP, specializing in nonprofit organizations. Karen retired in 2016, but continues to provide consulting services to nonprofits on a limited basis. She began looking at the available senior services in Naperville when thinking about retirement and realized there was a need for someone to coordinate this initiative. She and Bev Patterson Frier joined forces in 2010 and Karen has co-chaired the City of Naperville’s Senior Task Force with Bev since 2014.

Tim Ells RANTIM ELLS

Tim works with a Midwestern-oriented consulting team, helping fund and manage emerging companies in the information technology and consumer sales arena. He has over 35 years of executive management experience in the computer reselling industry, including serving as chief executive officer of Mobility Concepts and Active Link Communications, Inc. Before founding Mobility Concepts, Tim was the VP of PC Solutions, Inc., a $90M computer reseller. Prior to this, he was the managing director of operations for Entre Computer Centers, where he oversaw a $600 million sales organization. Tim has served as a consultant to several technology companies, including Xybernaut, Noesis, and Verizon Wireless. He was active as a little league and basketball league coach for many years and is also active in various philanthropic endeavors. Raised in Wisconsin, Tim graduated from the University of Wisconsin – Madison with a Bachelor of Arts and lives in Naperville with his wife Tamara. They have two children.

Sue Fadden RANSUE FADDEN

Sue and her husband, Mark, moved to Naperville in 1996 to raise their family. Sue is a certified public accountant and spent over 20 years in the financial services field, including 12 years at the Chicago Board of Trade before leaving the corporate world to stay home with their children. She volunteered in various capacities during their youth, including treasurer of home and school, Cub Scout leader, and teaching religious education. Sue and Mark owned and operated a Caring Transitions franchise for over 4 years, serving senior citizens throughout the western suburbs. She is also a Certified Senior Advisor. Sue was appointed to the Naperville Senior Task Force in 2016.

Jane French RANJANE FRENCH

Jane is information and systems director of Corporate Leadership Center, responsible for technological continuity and data management. From 2008 to 2013, she managed websites, data, applications, and volunteer scheduling at Loaves & Fishes Community Services, a non-denominational nonprofit serving DuPage County. Prior to this, Jane was project director for a USDA agent organization and oversaw client income eligibility, legislation implementation, and was a program fraud hearing officer. A resident of Naperville since 1998, she and her husband, Lew, raised three children and are also caregivers for family members. In 2014, Jane was appointed to the Naperville Senior Task Force and serves as transportation chair. She has a master’s degree in public administration from the University of Illinois at Chicago.

Bev Frier RANBEV FRIER

Bev is a long-time resident of Naperville. She started Bev Patterson Pianos and Organs in 1967 and had four locations, including Woodfield Mall, Fox Valley Mall, Addison, and the building she owns, where Jimmy’s Grill is now located. She has received many honors and is a legacy member of the Naperville Chamber of Commerce, having join in 1966, and was honored with the Lifetime Achievement Award. Bev’s husband (now deceased) joined Naperville Country Club in 1952 and she is an honorary member. In 2013, she founded the Center for Lifelong Learning at Benedictine University. Bev currently serves on the boards of Martin Avenue Apartments, Interlochen Center for the Arts in Interlochen, Michigan, and is co-chair of the Senior Task Force for the City of Naperville, and director of Ride Assist Naperville. She has five children, seven grandchildren, and two great-grandchildren.

Sue Shanahan RANSUE SHANAHAN

Sue first moved to Naperville in 1969, and except for living elsewhere for a 6-year period, has enjoyed living in Naperville to this day. She has been an active volunteer in the community since she “retired” as a programming manager from Mid America Bank in 1991 to raise her two children. Some of Sue’s volunteer work includes 18 years at her children’s’ schools, 13 years with the Girl Scouts, 18 years with the Boy Scouts, chairing fundraising events for charities, such as Families Helping Families and the Oncology Fund at Edward Hospital. She currently sits on several non-profit boards and joined the Naperville Senior Task Force in 2014 and RAN in 2016. Sue is a Benet Academy graduate and has a B.A. in Business from St. Norbert College.