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.

FY23 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

    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

    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.

  • Allecia Harley

    Vice Chair

    Allecia is a strategic leadership advisor, epidemiologist, healthcare innovation consultant and

    Allecia is a strategic leadership advisor, epidemiologist, healthcare innovation consultant and owner of Prevention Advisory Group. Her data-driven thought leadership and actionable strategies guide senior teams and leaders to create exponential growth. Allecia has 25+ years of experience working in public, private, and philanthropic organizations across the US. At Huron Consulting Group, a management consulting firm, she contributed six-figure revenue growth for nine consecutive years, even during the Great Recession. Her team served healthcare, higher education, and nonprofit clients, advising Johns Hopkins University, Partners Healthcare, UC San Francisco, and Tenet Healthcare, among others. At Abbott Laboratories, a multinational medical devices and health care organization, she directed the technology transformation of her division resulting in a significant increase in organizational capacity. In addition, Allecia has designed innovative health and social development programs for the City of Chicago, increased the annual immunization rate by more than twelve percentage points for the Chicago Public Schools and was an adjuct professor at Rush University and Columbia College Chicago. Allecia holds a Master’s in Public Health from the University of Michigan and a Bachelor of Science from Spelman College. She lives in Chicago with her husband, teenage son, and their dog, Cassius Clay.

  • Carlos Arroyo

    Treasurer

    Carlos currently serves as the Vice President of Operations at Old Second National

    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.

  • Jack Thurston, Veteran

    Director

    Jack is the Vice President of Marketing at ButcherJoseph & Co. Jack is an accomplished

    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.

  • Carolyn Pettke

    Director, Development Committee Chair, Fundraising Committee Member

    Carolyn is a DEI Consultant with EY where she works internally to lead DEI initiatives across

    Carolyn is a DEI Consultant with EY where she works internally to lead DEI initiatives across Americas Consulting practice. Carolyn has proven skills in diversity and inclusion program development, strategic management, talent processes, project management, and non-profit management. 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

    Director

    Jack is the President of the McKee Family Foundation. A native Chicagoan, he is an

    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

    Director

    For over 17 years, Cheron Corbett has successfully transformed government and corporate

    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. â€‹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

    Director

    Jen is a Digital Consultant with more than 20 years in the field. She is currently the CEO

    Jen is a Digital Consultant with more than 20 years in the field. She is currently the CEO of the digital marketing agency, Figyr. In this role, Jen works with organizations to help better connect with their customers through their digital experiences and technology. 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 9 year old son. She’s also known to belt out a show tune every once in a while

  • Edwin Tumlos

    Director

    Edwin is an Assistant Commissioner in the City of Chicago, Department of Business Affairs and

    Edwin is an Assistant Commissioner in the City of Chicago, Department of Business Affairs and Consumer Protection, where he oversees the grant programs of the Small Business Advocacy Unit. With over 15 years as a public administrator, an MSC from Northwestern University, and former business owner, Edwin is an experienced leader and an entrepreneurship advocate. As a Filipino immigrant who grew up in the Austin neighborhood of Chicago, Edwin is passionate about programs and initiatives that support the needs of historically underserved communities. He currently resides in Chicago with his wife and daughter.

  • Brandon LeFlore-Nemeth, Veteran

    Director

    Brandon LeFlore-Nemeth currently serves as an Executive Officer with the VA Office of Inspector

    Brandon LeFlore-Nemeth currently serves as an Executive Officer with the VA Office of Inspector General, Division for Healthcare Inspections. Brandon served five years in the Army prior to joining the Hines VA Hospital in the Greater Chicago area. There, he served in various roles from 2007 – 2015. He then moved to Yokosuka, Japan, serving as the Health System Specialist and Analytics Manager with the Directorate for Healthcare Business at United States Naval Hospital Yokosuka. In that position, he provided oversight to three business managers and more than 30 clinic managers and department heads across Japan and the Indo-Asia Pacific Region focusing on clinic effectiveness and compliance with Navy and local business rules. Other functions included healthcare analytics, data integrity, analytics training, and process redesign consultation. Brandon returned to the VA in 2018 to serve as the Health System Specialist to the Deputy Director-Patient Care Services, Portland VA Healthcare System. Brandon received his undergraduate degree in Business Administration from Southern Illinois University and his Master’s in Business Administration with a specialization in Healthcare from the Florida Institute of Technology. In addition, he has received certification as a Professional in Human Resources and has been trained in Lean Six Sigma Process Redesign for Healthcare. On a personal note, Brandon is married and has a Labrador Retriever. Outside of work, he enjoys whitewater rafting, indoor rock climbing, travelling around the world (21 countries so far), and is attempting to learn Spanish.

  • Matthew Barden

    Director

    Matthew (Matt) Barden is Managing Director and Group Head, Specialty Sectors for BMO U.S.

    Matthew (Matt) Barden is Managing Director and Group Head, Specialty Sectors for BMO U.S. Treasury & Payment Solutions Sales Team. In this role, he is responsible for overseeing a national team of cash and liquidity management sales consultants focused on advising corporate clients on optimizing their working capital and implementing more efficient payment processing solutions. The Treasury & Payment Solutions group offer a full suite of solutions to help clients take control of their cash flow, including tools to help streamline payments and collections processes, as well as services that provide the information client need to make more informed decisions. Matt has been at BMO for over 15 years, previously serving as Director and Treasury Sales Consultant managing large and complex client relationships within the bank’s Specialty Sectors group. He started his BMO career as a Sales Associate supporting Financial Institutions clients. Prior to joining BMO, Matt was in Marketing at LaSalle Bank in Chicago working on the bank’s Sports Marketing initiatives including corporate sponsorships, branding and the Chicago Marathon. Matt served on the auxiliary boards for the Hadley Institute for the Blind and Visually Impaired and the Chicago Public Library Foundation. He is a Certified Treasury Professional (CTP) and an Indiana University graduate. He also holds an MBA from Northwestern University’s Kellogg School of Management and leadership certificates from the University of Chicago and Cornell University.

  • Emily Sherrer

    Director

    Emily Sherrer is an attorney at Cboe Global Markets, where she leads the company’s efforts in

    Emily Sherrer is an attorney at Cboe Global Markets, where she leads the company’s efforts in licensing market data and analytics to customers in the finance and FinTech spaces. With nearly 20 years of experience in the legal field, Emily has developed expertise in a variety of areas, including intellectual property, licensing agreements, and global sanctions compliance. She excels at finding creative solutions to complex issues, and is determined to help her clients find a way to “yes” in seemingly impossible situations. She is known to be thoughtful, decisive, direct, and unafraid to engage in the crucial conversations that help to disassemble roadblocks and drive progress forward. When she’s not at work, Emily enjoys spending time with her husband, 11 year-old daughter and 9 year-old son. She is an avid reader, loves listening to live jazz, and is a newly minted whirley ball enthusiast.

ADVISORY COUNCIL

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
    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
    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