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


    President and Chief Financial Officer, Solstice

    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 President and Chief Financial Officer of Solstice, 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.

  • Carlos Arroyo

    Vice Chair

    Vice President of Operations, 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.

  • Pauline Ozols


    Senior Associate with KPMG U.S. talent acquisition team. Prior to joining KPMG she established the HR function for a Chicago-land health care organization and revitalized recruiting for a financial services organization. Pauline is also the founder of Run For Veterans, a not for profit raising support and awareness for U.S. military mental health care. Pauline received her B.S. in Business Administration and Accounting from DePaul and went on to earn her Masters in Data Analytics from Villanova University.

    " 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."

  • Jake Petoskey


    Principal, ParkerGale

    Jake was previously 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. Jake now serves as Principal at ParkerGale and helps with investment due diligence and takes a lead role working with portfolio companies to identify and implement operational improvements and new growth initiatives. 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.

  • Carlos Garcia, Veteran


    With 16 years of tech experience, Carlos Garcia Jr. serves as Manager, Technology and Activation. He and his team at Spark Foundry are responsible for creating, managing and distributing (creative) ad tags for video and display. Prior to joining Spark Foundry, Carlos worked at on their Ad Operations Team. Responsible for trafficking creatives, Carlos worked in partnership with the Campaign Managers, Yield Management and other teams within the organization to ensure all campaigns were accurately delivered as well as provided optimal delivery through testing and troubleshooting.Carlos has also held other positions from Tech Analyst to a Help Desk/Service Desk technician throughout his professional career.Carlos has served in the US Military as a member of the US Marine Corp, he attended National College Bayamon in Puerto Rico. He and his family live in the Logan Square neighborhood of Chicago.

  • Tom Saletta


    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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • Landon Lockhart


    Landon Lockhart, Services Analytics Manager, GE Landon has spent his whole professional career at GE in various capacities. He worked in the following departments: Finance as an Audit Associate, Sourcing as a Program Manager, Commercial Ops as a Sales Support Director, Program Management as a Services Analytics Leader to now the Services Analytics Manager in GE Transportation. Landon holds a Master of Science in Business Analytics from the University of Notre Dame, Mendoza School of Business and a Bachelor of Science in Industrial Management from Purdue University, Krannert School of Management.

  • Erica Jeffries, Veteran


    Erica Jeffries, Director, Illinois Department of Veterans Affairs

    Ms. Erica Jeffries leads the Illinois Department of Veterans' Affairs (IDVA). An Army veteran. Ms. Jeffries is a White House Fellow and worked at the US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) where she focused on building domestic and international public-private partnerships. Prior to her White House Fellowship, Ms. Jeffries was with Booz Allen Hamilton where she specialized in defense strategy and national security policy.

    She served as an active duty Army aviation officer and US-60L Blackhawk helicopter pilot at Fort Hood, Texas. Ms. Jeffries is a graduate of the United States Military Academy at West Point. She additionally holds a Master of Arts in National Security Studies from the School of Foreign Service at Georgetown University; and a Master of Business Administration from the Pamplin School of Business at Virginia Tech University. Ms. Jeffries resides with her family in Chicago.

  • Nancy Hughes Moyer, President and CEO


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