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.

FY19 Board of Directors

  • Nancy Hughes Moyer

    President and CEO

  • Dan Kardatzke

    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.

  • 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

    Secretary

    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."

  • Carlos Garcia, Veteran

    Director

    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 Cars.com 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.

  • Mary Kenney

    Director

    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

    Director

    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

    Director

    Landon Lockhart, SMS Assist

    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

    Director

    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.

  • Robert Minetz, Veteran

    Director

    Partner, Latimer Levay Fyock, LLC

  • Jack Thurston

    Director

    CMO, Livingstone

  • Eric Lazar, Veteran

    Director

    President, SpeedPro Chicago Loop

  • Brian Spang

    Director

    Member, Epstein Becker Green

  • Michael McMahon, Veteran

    Director

    VP of Strategy, Sprint

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 Volunteers of America of Illinois. 

Advisory Council

  • Karen Martin

    Advisory Council Member

    Director, M&A, BMO Capital Markets

  • 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.

  • Nina Diamond, PhD

    Advisory Council Member

    Professor, DePaul University

  • 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

    Advisory Council Member