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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.

FY20 Board of Directors

  • Nancy Hughes Moyer

    President and CEO

  • Dan Kardatzke

    Chair, Executive/Governance Committee Chair

    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.

  • Calvin Gin

    Vice Chair, Risk Management/Program Committee Chair

    Co-founder, Helios Visions

    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


    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.

  • Brian Spang


    Member, Epstein Becker Green

  • Robert Minetz, Veteran


    Partner, Latimer Levay Fyock, LLC

  • Jack Thurston, Veteran


    CMO, Livingstone

  • Eric Lazar, Veteran


    President, SpeedPro Chicago Loop

  • Michael McMahon, Veteran


    VP of Strategy, Sprint

    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

    An experienced CFO and General Manager, Kari currently utilizes her background to do consulting in the Chicagoland area assisting companies with operational finance needs. A Kansas native with roots in the oil business, she spent 10+ years working for Charles and David Koch. Kari moved to Chicago eight years ago when recruited by Univar, which included a yearlong opportunity 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 non-profits 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 an attorney at the Chicago law firm Scott & Kraus, LLC, where he practices commercial litigation. 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, presently assigned to a unit providing legal services in Japan and the Western Pacific area of operations. He is also a member of the Truman National Security Project and serves a member of a local school council for a Chicago public school. Prior to law school, Nicholas taught seventh and eighth grade social studies in Brooklyn, New York, and earned a master’s degree in teaching. Nicholas lives in Chicago with his wife and two children.

  • Carolyn Pettke


    Chapter Manager, Folds of Honor

    Carolyn is a highly regarded diversity and inclusion specialist with a proven track record of successful relationship building, recruitment strategy and implementation, and diversity program development. Carolyn has most recently been serving as the national manager of Culture, Diversity and Inclusion (CDI) within RSM US LLP. She has demonstrated skills in leadership and influence, program creation, fiscal budget management, talent management and pipelining, and project management. She has strong interpersonal and communication skills with a deep commitment to inclusion and equity. Prior to her work in diversity, equity and inclusion, Carolyn specialized in talent acquisition in the professional services space. Outside of work, 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 Chicago, serving as the Auxiliary Board Chair, and SS. Cyril and Methodius Parish. She is the proud wife of a US Marine (veteran). Carolyn also enjoys traveling, reading and continuously learning.


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