Helping America's Most Vulnerable

Board of Directors and Advisory Council



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

Board of Directors

  • Dan Kardatzke


    Chief Financial Officer, Solstice Mobile Mr. Kardatzke is an accomplished executive with more than 20 years of strategic-level experience in the technology and services industries. In his current role as Chief Financial Officer of Solstice Mobile, Mr. Kardatzke is responsible for all aspects of Finance, Employee Experience, and IT for this rapidly growing digital product development firm based in Chicago. During his current role at Solstice Mobile, Mr. Kardatzke has helped lead the company during a time of triple-digit growth along with leading a successful sale to St.Ives plc in March of 2015. Mr. Kardatzke 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 kids.

  • Tom Saletta

    Vice Chair

    Managing Principal, Saletta Commercial Realty LLC Tom Saletta Is the Managing Principal of Saletta Commercial Realty,LLC. For 22 years, Tom has had extensive commercial leasing, marketing and development experience in both the Chicago downtown and suburban sub markets as well as other markets outside of Illinois. Prior to starting Saletta Commercial Realty, LLC. Tom was a Principal and 15-year veteran with Fifield Companies, a national development company. At Fifield,Tom was Involved In the development, acquisition and leasing of several existing and new office buildings In Chicago and Washington,DC. Tom negodated new building anchor tenant leases for such high profile companies as USG Corporation, Quaker Oats Company, GTSI, Information Resources, AT&T Broadband and Zurich Insurance. Tom has also been the Property leasing and Marketing Representative on 23 office buildings in the Chicago market totaling over 8.6 minion square feet. Tom graduated from Indiana University with a BA degree. Tom resides In Glenview, Illinois with his wife and children.

  • Carlos Arroyo


    Associate Managing Director, Talmer 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 and son.

  • Pauline Ozols


    Associate, KPMG " I have the deepest respect and admiration for our veterans. Through VOA of IL, I hope I can give back just a fraction for all they have done for us. After learning more about the mission, meeting the team, and witnessing the impact, there is no way I cannot get involved."

  • Eric Sucharski, Veteran


    Law Clerk, Smith & Fuller, Ltd. Eric states that, "Restoring faith and providing opportunity to those who are in need of both, is a calling we must never fail to hear" is the reason why he decided to join the Board.

  • Carlos Garcia, Veteran


    Ad Trafficker ,

  • Rose Ann Anschuetz


    President/CEO, Anschuetz & Associates, Inc. "We depended on our men and women who have served in our military to protect and keep us safe. Now it is our turn to help them and make certain they are taken care of. We owe it to them!"

  • Kyle Arneson, Veteran


    Principal, World Leadership Partners Prior to his Investment Management career, Kyle served with distinction in The United States Marine Corps. Graduating Valedictorian from both his Aviation School as well as Officer Candidate School ( OCS ), Kyle served with Marine Aircraft Wing - 14, in the Western Pacific. In 1981 while deployed with Marine Attack Squadron 542, the famous " Flying Tigers ", Okinawa Japan, in support of the AV-8A, Harrier Attack aircraft and its CLAMP Program ( Closed Loop Aeronautical Management Program ), he was decorated with the Naval Achievement Medal, the highest Peacetime Decoration in the Naval Service.

  • Sarita Connelly


    Sarita has seventeen years of investment sales, relationship management, trading and advisory experience. Her investment background includes a diverse mix of institutional sell side, buy side and private wealth experiences. In addition, she has fifteen years in various roles in the non-profit space. She is currently on the Board of the USO of Illinois, the Oak Park Area Arts Council and Volunteers of America - IL. Sarita is an award winning professional dancer (Ruth Page Award for Dance Achievement and the Black Theatre Alliance Award for Best Performance), a choreographer, dance educator with over 25+ years of teaching experience, and AFAA certified Group Exercise Instructor and Personal Trainer. Specialties: Advisory for non-profits, Investment Solutions for financial institutions, public institutions, endowments & foundations; Advisory for Veteran Initiatives; Arts Programming; Educational Outreach into under-served communities; Choreography, Dance Education & Performance; Artist-in-Residence programs by design; Fitness Training and Coaching.

  • Ryan Burns


    Global Category Specialist, Dover Corporation Ryan Burns is a supply chain professional with experience in distribution and manufacturing. Currently employed by Dover Corporation, a diversified manufacturer with annual revenues of $7 billion focused on the Energy, Engineered Systems, Fluids and Refrigeration & Food Equipment sectors.  His focus is on strategic sourcing and supply chain strategy working primarily with the Fluids segment – a $1.4 billion part of the business with manufacturing sites located on 6 continents.  His work includes extensive projects in the machining and fabrication categories and work to align the supply chain of new integrations. Ryan is a graduate of the University of Alabama and lives in Chicago with his husband Justin.

  • Mary Kenney


    Director of U.S. Government Affairs, BMO Financial Mary Kenney stepped down as Executive Director of Illinois Housing Development Authority in 2015 to become the Director of U.S. Government Affairs at BMO Harris Bank. She held the top post at IHDA for more than four years. Mary received her B.S. in Finance from DePaul and went on to earn her J.D. from Loyola University Chicago School of Law.

  • Jake Petoskey


    Senior Associate, Welsh, Carson, Anderson & Stowe Jake is currently a Senior Associate at Welsh, Carson, Anderson & Stowe (WCAS), a New York based middle market private equity firm, where he is responsible for helping portfolio companies  identify and implement initiatives focused on growth and operational improvement. Since joining WCAS in 2011, Jake has led over 40 engagements across WCAS' 30 portfolio companies resulting in nearly $50MM of profit improvement. Before joining WCAS, he worked at Capgemini Consulting as a Management Consultant. He received a B.A. from Michigan State University in Supply Chain Management and currently resides in the West Loop with his wife and dog.

  • Calvin Gin


    Chief Financial Officer, Blue Plate Catering and tesori With more than two decades of career and entrepreneurial experience as a senior-­‐level executive in management, business development, finance and operations, Calvin serves as Chief Financial Officer with Blue Plate Catering, Ltd. and Applause Food Services, Inc. Previously to joining Blue Plate,  Calvin was a partner at Tru Accounting Solutions, Inc. Calvin resides in Chicago with his wife.


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 Volunteers of America of Illinois. 

Advisory Council

  • Andy Hulett

    Advisory Council Member

    Partner, HUB International Midwest Limited

  • Karen Martin

    Advisory Council Member

    Director, M&A, BMO Capital Markets

  • Brad Keown

    Advisory Council Member

    Vice President , Twitter

  • Michael McDermott

    Advisory Council Member

    Executive Director, State Government Affairs - Verizon

  • Dave Meyer, Veteran

    Advisory Council Member

    Empower HR

  • 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.

  • Nina Diamond, PhD

    Advisory Council Member

    Professor, DePaul University

  • Jeff Samaras

    Advisory Council Member

    Executive Vice President, Cushman & Wakefield

  • David Selimos

    Advisory Council Member

    Auditor, Crowe Horwath LLP "I am honored to be involved in an organization with such great people who are truly dedicated to helping those who need it most. I only hope I can live up to some of the examples set by the management team and my fellow Board members."

  • Michael McMahon, Veteran

    Advisory Council Member

    Region President at Sprint, Greater Minneapolis-St. Paul Area "As a former service member, I am proud to be affiliated with VOA- an organization with more than a century of commitment to the most vulnerable in our communities. VOA allows me the opportunity to give back and support those who gave up so much while in service to their country"

  • 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.

  • Cecilia Loftus

    Advisory Council Member