Auxiliary Board

Who We Are

Auxiliary Board (AB) members are young professionals in Chicago, who are looking to meet new people while making a difference in their community. They have shared ideas about ways to fundraise to support VOA Illinois. Auxiliary Board members are also very passionate about  Volunteers of America of Illinois’ mission.

While each member is involved with mission of VOA Illinois, the Auxiliary Board is broken into three committees. Currently, the committees are: Social, Membership, and Marketing. Auxiliary Board members are required to attend meetings, volunteer within the organization, and make a pledge of a minimum of $100.

Documents for Auxiliary Board Members

Meet the Auxiliary Board Executive Members

Jack Barry


Jack, a native Chicagoan, is an archaeologist by trade with a B.A. from the University of Oregon and an M.A. from Trent University in Ontario, Canada.

Having recently returned to Chicago Jack now works in finance as an investment strategist at Keeco, Inc. and serves as Treasurer and Secretary for the McKee Family Foundation. Outside of the office Jack has played hockey for over 20 years and currently volunteers as a coach in the Chicago

Charlie Eisner

Auxiliary Board Member

Charlie is an Arizona Wildcat and Louisville Cardinal who now works with Hireology helping business leaders build great teams. He loves all that Volunteers of America stands for, particularly as it relates to foster children.

Luis Zepeda

Auxiliary Board Member

After attending Boston College, Luis Zepeda, returned to Chicago to pursue his passion in politics and worked on various high profiled campaigns.

Mr. Zepeda was appointed as the youngest ward superintendent in the City of Chicago and currently remains in that position, serving the residents of the 2nd ward (where the main office of Volunteers of America of Illinois is located). His father served in the Vietnam War, which has provided him with a unique perspective of what many of our Veterans undergo after they have served.

Vergis Eiland

Auxiliary Board Member

As a dedicated real estate professional, Vergis’ business operation and back office infrastucture is predicated on delivering “Disneyland-type” customer service to his clients and the public. Vergis grew up in the South Shore community and attended the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.

Steven Hunter

Auxiliary Board Member

Professionally, Steven Hunter is the Public Relations & Brand Engagement Manager for McDonald’s U.S. Communications team, leading comms strategy for national promotions and activations along with brand engagement for the organization’s three multicultural segments.

Hunter’s crewroom to boardroom journey with McDonald’s started on the campus of the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, where he earned a Bachelors of Sciences degree in Marketing and a Bachelors of Arts degree in History. When Hunter’s not in the office tending to burgers and fries, you can find this foodie in his home kitchen where he’s a well-rounded chef and desserts specialist.

Katie McElligot

Auxiliary Board Member

Katie is a Private Wealth Advisor at Goldman Sachs and graduate of the University of Notre Dame. During her college career, she earned degrees in Finance and Economics and studied Investment Theory at the London School of Economics.

Katie is originally from Milwaukee, Wisconsin and enjoys playing tennis, traveling and trying new Chicago restaurants in her free time.

Kevin Riley, Veteran

Auxiliary Board Member

Kevin is a Program Manager, leading change initiatives in the insurance and finance industry. He served as a Military Intelligence Officer for 5 years, deploying to both Iraq and Afghanistan.

After leaving the Army, Kevin received his M.B.A. from the University of California, Irvine. Originally from the East Coast, Kevin joined VOA Illinois to give back to fellow veterans and the community in his adopted city of Chicago.

Maura Boyce

Auxiliary Board Member

After graduating Marquette University, Maura began her professional career in Milwaukee in Audit at Deloitte & Touche LLP. Maura moved to Chicago with the firm in 2020.

Maura enjoys spending her free time with family and friends and is looking forward to the volunteer opportunities in store with the Auxiliary Board.

Kimyada Wellington, Veteran

Auxiliary Board Member

Kimyada Wellington currently serves as an Administrator of the Recovering Professionals Program and monitors compliance standards of those professionals licensed in the State of Illinois who have been granted participation in a Care, Counseling, and Treatment Agreement. 

With more than a decade of investigative expertise, Kimyada has a wealth of knowledge in the human rights, employment discrimination, and licensing compliance/regulation sector. Additionally, she has experience in politics having served a 4-year term as Village Trustee. In these arenas, Kimyada has proven that her ethical compass has never steered her wrong. Kimyada served her country for 23 years in the Illinois Army National Guard and has earned extensive leadership experience. She has proven to be a servant leader who still understands the value and importance of how to follow. She is passionate about volunteering and serving others and has received public recognition for her outstanding service accomplishments from the veteran and military community.

Bridget Hickey

Auxiliary Board, Staff Liaison

Chief of Staff and Vice President of Resource Development at Volunteers of America of Illinois.

If interested in being on the Auxiliary Board, please contact:
Phone: (312) 564-2434 Fax: 312-564-2301. Email:

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