A Heartfelt Thank You…

The following advisory council and volunteers have generously contributed significant time, professional skills, and heart to assist in our mission to provide better educational opportunities and resources  for our Illinois military families.  A sincere THANK YOU on behalf of all Illinois military families.  We could not do it without you!

Mark and Dana Slaby Family


 Mark and Dana Slaby – Founders



Executive Board:

Mark Slaby – Founder & Chairman

Dana Slaby – Founder & President/Treasurer

Joseph Altonji – Chairman – Patriot Advisory Board – Member at Large

Amanda Cecil – Member at Large – PhD, CMP, Indiana University

James Herbison – Vice President – Partner, Winston & Strawn LLP

MJ Napoli – Member at Large – Executive, Napco Steel

Ellen Wesley – Secretary

Robert D Wynkoop – Member at Large – Managing Director,  Purdue University

Patriot Advisory Board:

Joseph Altonji – Chairman – Principal, LawVision Group, LLC

Kathy Altonji – Events Chair – Director of Special Events at Loyola University of Chicago

Greg Billie – Golf Chair President, Billie Media

Dave Dahler – Human Resources Chair

Kathryn Janicek -Media/Marketing/Communications Chair – Kathryn Janicek Productions

Nora Kantwill – Development Chair – Asst. Dean for Advancement, Loyola University of Chicago, School of Law

Devin Martin – Web Development/MarComm Committee Senior Principal Partner, Creavo Media

Darryl Rodgers –  Scholarship & Mission Chair/Army VeteranVice President, Bernstein Private Wealth Management

Don Schindler – Social Media & MarComm Committee/Navy Veteran Senior Vice President, Digital Innovations, Dairy Management Inc.

Sean Tenner – Advocacy/Policy ChairPrincipal – KNI Communications



If you are interested in becoming more involved with our Patriot Advisory Board supporting the mission of Illinois Patriot Education Fund, please contact Joe Altonji by clicking here.  We are currently seeking high-level leaders and committee members in events (golf committee) and the scholarship committee.

Founding Community Ambassadors:

Steve Cochran –  Veteran WGN Radio Host, Steve Cochran Show

Jim Cornelison NHL Blackhawks National Anthem Singer

Chad WatsonAon Corporation (I-PEF Scholar/U.S Marine Corps Veteran)


Operations Administrator:

Karen Sharick

Email: ksharick@illinoispatriot.org

Phone: (773) 273-9601




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