Board of Directors and Advisory Council

The governing body that acts in the best interest of VOA Illinois. Board members have equal voting rights and manage the affairs of VOA Illinois.

FY22 Board of Directors

  • Nancy Hughes Moyer

    President and CEO

    Nancy Hughes Moyer serves as the President and CEO for of VOA Illinois and has over 20 years of experience in the social services sector. Prior to being named as the CEO for VOA Illinois, Ms. Hughes Moyer served as the Senior Vice-President of General Operations for Kids Hope United. Throughout her tenure at VOA Illinois, Ms. Hughes Moyer spearheaded the Veterans services program and was responsible for the development of affordable housing developments: Hope Manor I, Hope Manor II, Hope Manor Joliet and Hope Manor Village. Under Ms. Hughes Moyer’s leadership, VOA Illinois has grown from 50 employees, when she started, to now exceeding over 100 employees.

  • Dan Kardatzke

    Chair, Executive/Governance Committee Chair

    Dan is an accomplished executive & entrepreneur with more than 25 years of strategic-level experience in the technology and services industries. In his former role as President of Kin+Carta (formerly Solstice), Dan was responsible for running the Central region of this global digital transformation firm. Prior to Kin+Carta, Dan held numerous executive roles in corporate finance and in between co-founded his own software company called SageTV. Dan holds a B.S. in Corporate Finance from the University of Illinois. He currently resides in the western suburbs of Chicago with his wife and two teenage kids.

  • Calvin Gin

    Vice Chair, Risk Management/Program Committee Chair

    With more than two decades of career and entrepreneurial experience as a senior-­‐level executive in management, business development, finance and operations, Calvin co-founded Helios Visions. Helios Visions specializes in automated, repeatable aerial data collection using drone technology, which helps clients gain access to real-time jobsite insights. This in-depth understanding helps clients make data-driven decisions that reduce costs and simplify project planning and management.

  • Carlos Arroyo


    Carlos currently serves as the Vice President of Operations at Old Second National Bank. With over 10 years of banking experience, Carlos has held various positions in the industry including management and business development. Previously, he was Lead Conversion and Integrations Training Manager where he helped train and integrate over 1500 employees from failed institutions acquired through FDIC assisted transactions. His community activities include serving as former Secretary on the Board of Directors for Empowering Youth Through Travel which served at-risk youth, the opportunity to travel abroad; former Treasurer on the Board of Directors for a nonprofit that assists the elderly community living in Chicago’s western suburbs and an activity volunteer with Operation H.O.P.E., an organization focused on financial literacy for at-risk youth. Carlos received his Bachelor of Science in Business Management from Robert Morris University. Carlos resides just outside of Chicago with his wife, son and daughter.

  • Brian Spang


    Member, Epstein Becker Green

  • Jack Thurston, Veteran


    Jack is the Vice President of Marketing at ButcherJoseph & Co. Jack is an accomplished financial services marketing and communications executive with over 20 years of experience driving new business and market share through comprehensive marketing initiatives. Jack leads all aspects of marketing and communications for ButcherJoseph, from go-to-market strategy and driving brand awareness to lead generation and sales enablement efforts to support the firm’s business development process. He holds an MBA in Marketing and Management from the University of Illinois, and a BA in English Literature from Eastern Illinois University, and resides in Downers Grove, IL with his wife and two children.

  • Michael McMahon, Veteran

    Director, Fundraising Committee Chair

    As the Vice President of Strategy at Spring, Michael is a wireless communication industry veteran with more than 20 years across multiple carriers. He has held various leadership posts in sales, operations, real estate and strategic planning. He is currently a Vice President at Sprint Corporation where he is responsible for alternative sales channels and all company branded distribution. Michael is a Veteran of the US Army, Army Reserves and Illinois Army National Guard (’91-’02), and serves as an executive sponsor for Veteran’s recruitment. Michael and his wife Beth, along with two stepsons, reside in South Barrington, IL. They are actively involved in their local church, and support Safe Families for Children, providing temporarily hosting for children of families in crisis.

  • Kari Blankenship

    Director, Finance Committee Chair

    Kari currently serves as CFO for Continental Energy Services, LLC in the Chicagoland area. A Kansas native with roots in the oil business, she spent 10+ years working for Charles and David Koch. Kari moved to Chicago 10 years ago when recruited by Univar, which included a yearlong stint in North Dakota scratch starting infrastructure in the Bakken Shale. Kari holds a B.S. in Accounting from McPherson College and an MBA from Wichita State University. She has always been passionate about giving back to the community serving as a mentor and board member in a host of nonprofits in three, different states. She was previously a mentor volunteer for VOA in Tulsa, Oklahoma. Kari resides in the South Loop neighborhood of Chicago and has one adult son who lives in the metro area.

  • Nick Cade, Veteran


    Nicholas Cade is a member of the leadership team at Tradewater, a carbon offset project developer. From 2013 to 2018, he served as an active duty officer in the United States Navy Judge Advocate General’s Corps and continues to serve as a reserve officer. He is also a member of the Truman National Security Project and is active in a number of civic organizations. Nicholas has previously been a practicing lawyer in both the public and private sector, and was a public school teacher. He lives in Chicago with his wife and two children.

  • Carolyn Pettke

    Director, Development Committee Chair, Fundraising Committee Member

    Carolyn leads national Chapter Development with Folds of Honor. Carolyn has over 10 years of experience in recruitment, diversity and inclusion program development, and project management. Carolyn is an experienced leader, military advocate and driven professional with a proven track record of successful program development and growth strategies, relationship building, recruitment leadership, best practice sharing and process implementation. She has a deep passion for building strong interpersonal relationships through an understanding of business needs resulting in successful consultative support with a resounding commitment to diversity, equity and inclusion.  Carolyn is passionate about giving back to the community through serving on multiple boards focused on military veterans, women and children; such as Folds of Honor, Volunteers of America Illinois (VOA-IL), and SS. Cyril and Methodius Parish. Carolyn received her B.A. degree in Psychology from the University of Minnesota—Twin Cities, her M.S. degree in Human Resources Management, and is a certified Project Management Professional (PMP). Outside of work, Carolyn enjoys traveling, reading and continuously learning. Carolyn is a proud USMC wife and lives in Chicago’s western suburbs with her husband and two boys.

  • Jack Barry


    Jack is the President of the McKee Family Foundation. A native Chicagoan, he 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 Jets youth hockey program.

  • Cheron Corbett


    For over 17 years, Cheron Corbett has successfully transformed government and corporate operations globally and built a reputation in delivering high quality innovative solutions to corporations government entities. In 2019, Ms. Corbett established EPI, L.L.C. (“EPI”) the fastest growing nationally certified minority, women-owned (M/WBE) consulting firm. EPI’s leadership is highly recognized for the full execution of integrated facilities management, professional advisory services and LEAN commercial construction. ​Headquartered in Chicago with partnership operations established in 68 countries, comprised of 18,000 professionals and approximately $33 billion in assets under management. Clients of EPI include publicly traded global real estate service and investment management corporations, federal, state and local governments domiciled in North America.

  • Jennifer Zimnwoski


    Jen is a Digital Consultant with more than 20 years in the field. Currently she is a managing partner at Kin + Carta. She works with enterprise organizations and helps them understand the digital experiences their customers desire. She excels in bringing an aesthetic and simplicity to complex systems through an orchestration of design, technology and data. Jen is known for being an intuitive and agile decision maker that is solutions driven, innovative and focused. Outside of work, Jen enjoys camping with her husband of 11 years and 8 year old son. She’s also known to belt out a show tune every once in a while.


To assist in fulfilling this mission, the organization has created an Advisory Council comprised of thoughtful, dedicated community and business leaders from throughout Illinois who are passionate about the mission of VOA Illinois. 

Advisory Council

  • Dave Meyer, Veteran

    Advisory Council Member

  • Kevin Hull

    Advisory Council Member

    Executive Director, Westside Institute for Science and Education, Jesse Brown, VA Kevin states that "belief and faith that I can be an agent of change in the lives of those we serve. those who served and continue to serve others" is the reason he's an advocate for VOA of IL.

  • Jeff Samaras

    Advisory Council Member

    Executive Vice President, Cushman & Wakefield

  • Julie Kraft

    Advisory Council Memeber

    Vice President, JPMorgan Chase Julie Kraft is a seasoned and versatile risk manager with over 20 years’ experience in banking. As a Vice President Client Credit Manager in J.P. Morgan’s asset-backed securitization business, she manages the risk aspects of a $5 billion portfolio of complex esoteric asset classes funded within the firm’s multi-seller conduits. Her 16 years’ securitization experience includes both “risk-on” and “risk-off” environments, and she has a proven ability to shift seamlessly between offense and defense. The wide range of asset classes covered during her career include trade receivables, fleet lease, insurance premium finance, rental car, timeshare, auto loan and lease, credit card, equipment lease, equipment floor plan, residential mortgage, future flow, capital calls and fund assets.

  • Laurence Smith, Veteran

    Advisory Council Member

  • Mary Kenney

    Advisory Council Member

    Director of U.S. Government Affairs

    BMO Financial Group

  • Erica Jeffries, Veteran

    Advisory Council Member

    Chief of Staff - Worldwide Global Services

    Johnson & Johnson