JA’s Board of Directors is comprised of executives and business leaders who represent a wide range of backgrounds and professional expertise. Bringing a great wealth of wisdom, insight and experience, this dedicated team provides a hands-on approach to positioning JA as a leader in economic education. The list below is as of August 2017.


* Executive Committee Member

** Division Board Chairperson 

Thomas E. Richards*

Chairman & CEO
CDW Corporation 

Sandy L. Daffé*
Junior Achievement of Chicago

Michael M. Froy*
Dentons US LLP

Dennis D. Howarter*
Partner, Chicago Markets Leader



Jeffrey L. Albee
Managing Director
BDT Capital Partners, LLC

Constantine G. Alexandrakis*
Managing Director, Area Manager of Chicago
Russell Reynolds Associates, Inc.

Bruce A. Anderson
General Manager, Global Electronics Industry

Walter W. Barrett**
Serves as Suburban Cook Division Board Chairperson

Steve Battreall
President & CEO, Commercial Distribution Finance
Wells Fargo

Melissa L. Bean*
Chairman of the Midwest
JP Morgan Chase & Co.

Thomas L. Bindley
Bindley Capital Corporation
Serves as Chairman of the Investment Committee

Hillary Bochniak
Managing Director, Human Resources

Rose Bollman
SVP North America Nutrition Sales
PepsiCo Chicago

Catherine M. Bourke
Vice President
Federal Reserve Bank of Chicago

Biff Bowman*
Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer
Northern Trust Company
Serves as Chairman of the Development Committee

Deia Campanelli
Chief Communications Officer
GE Transportation

Alexander G. Campbell
Co-Founder and Chief Innovation Officer

Neal J. Campbell
SVP, Strategic Solutions & Services
CDW Corporation
Serves as Chairman of the Golf Committee

Stephen Carmichael**
Discover Financial Services
Serves as Northern Division Board Chairperson

David R. Casper*
President & CEO
BMO Harris Bank, N.A.

William J. Chase*
Executive Vice President, Chief Financial Officer
AbbVie Inc.

Robert B. Chodos*
Vice Chairman
Newmark Knight Frank

Thomas Clarkson*
President, West Territory
Allstate Personal Lines

Peter Colley      
Partner, Tax Services and Practice Leader
Grant Thornton LLP

John J. Compernolle
SVP and Market Executive
Bank of America, N.A.


Elle Cordes        


James C. Cotting
Chairman and CEO (Retired)
Navistar, Inc.

Bryan C. Cressey*
Co-Founder and Partner
Cressey and Company LP

Marsha Cruzan
Regional President
US Bank

Kenneth G. Daubenspeck
Founder and President
Daubenspeck & Associates, Ltd.

Ghram Debes
Managing Director, Head of Dealer Finance
BMO Harris Bank, N.A.

Patrice P. DeCorrevont*
Executive Vice President, GIB Division Manager
Wells Fargo

Donna Dorsey
Chief Human Resource Officer, Navistar
Navistar, Inc.

Charles B. Edelstein
Senior Advisor and Retired CO-CEO
Apollo Educations Group, Inc.

Daniel P. Fallon
Executive Partner

James Farrell

James Fields
Partner & Global Head, Health Services, Health & Life Sciences
Oliver Wyman

Stanley S. Fields, Ph.D.
Morton College

Joseph Fitzpatrick
President, Midwest Region


Ian Foster
Managing Director
Goldman, Sachs & Company

Kristen P. Freund
Managing Director
The Private Bank and Trust Company
Serves as Co-Chairperson of the Volunteer Committee

Brian Gauen
Managing Director
Marsh USA Inc.

Peter Gillespie
President & CEO, Chicago Region
Huntington Bank

John R. Golden
Owner & General Manager
Keyrenter Property Management Chicago North

Shelley Goodman*
Vice President, General Manager – Illinois/Wisconsin


Stephen J. Grabek*
President, Field Operations

Stedman Graham
Chairman & CEO
Graham & Associates LLC

Paul Green
Partner, Tax Services
Ernst & Young LLP

Anders Gustafsson
Chief Executive Officer
Zebra Technologies Corporation

Chip W. Hardt
Chief Operating Officer

Kevin Hartman
Regional Vice President
UPS Freight

Denis J. Healy, Sr.
Turtle Wax, Inc.

Roberto R. Herencia
Chairman of the Board, Byline Bank
President & CEO, BXM Holdings, Inc.

Gary E. Holdren
Founder and CEO
Garland Capital

John R. Horne
Former Chairman of the Board (Retired)
Navistar, Inc.

José A. Isasi, ll
Jones Day

Dr. Janice K. Jackson
Chief Education Officer
Chicago Public Schools

James V. James
Chairman & CEO
IDEAL Industries, Inc.

Donna Jennings
Senior Vice President of Human Resources
Adtalem Global Education

George E. Johnson
Chairman Emeritus (retired)
Johnson Products Company, Inc.

Kip Kelley
Aon Affinity Insurance Services, Inc.

Anthony K. Kesman
Kesman Group LLC

Lester B. Knight
Founding and Managing Partner
RoundTable Healthcare Partners, L.P.

David C. Koch**
Caterpillar Inc. (retired)
Serves as Western Division Board Chairperson

Jeff Langenbach
Chief Administrative Officer
Apollo Education Group, Inc.

Katie Lawler
SVP – Chief Human Resources Officer

David Leiter, Jr.*
Chicago Metro Business Unit Partner in Charge – Tax

Richard Lenny*
Information Resources, Inc.


Curtis N. Maas
CEO & ChairmanThe RDI Group


Jeffrey A. Malehorn
President & CEO
World Business Chicago

Don Manning
South Suburban College

Dave Marberger             
Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer
Conagra Brands


Terry McCafferty, CPA, CPCU
Head of Group Captives
Zurich Programs and Direct Markets

Anthony McCain**
Nicor Gas, an AGL Resources Company
Serves as Will County Division Board Chairperson

Stephen McLaughlin
Managing Partner
Bain & Company, Inc.

Carla R. Michelotti
Carla Michelotti LLC

Michael Mikhail
Dean, College of Business Administration
University of Illinois Chicago

Paul Miller
Paul Miller Associates
Serves as Co-Chairman of the Marketing and Communications Committee

Drew Mitchell
Holladay Properties
Serves as Northwest Indiana Division Board Chairperson

Heather A. Mooney
President & CEO
Helco Corporation

Brian Morgan
Plante Moran

Paul Morgan
Managing Director, Corporate Solutions

Wade Mynatt
Vice President
Dovenmuehle Mortgage, Inc.

David W. Nelms*
Chairman & CEO
Discover Financial Services

Stephen R. Nesbitt*
EVP – Chief Risk & Administrative Officer

John D. Nichols
Vice Chairman (Retired)
Marmon Holdings, Inc.

Larry P. Nieman
Dean, School of Business Administration and Vice President for Curriculum and Instruction
Robert Morris University

Roger Odle
Field Senior Vice President, Midwest Region
Allstate Insurance Company

Robert O’Keef
Corporate Vice President of Fianance
Motorola Solutions, Inc.

Edmond F. Opler
Chairman & CEO
World’s Finest Chocolate, Inc.

Don Ortegel
Chicago Resident Managing Director
Aon Risk Services

Charmaine P. Owens**
XO Communications
Serves as Central Division Board Chairperson

DJ Paoni
President of Sales
SAP America, Inc.

Alberto Paracchini
President & CEO
Byline Bank

Robert L. Parkinson, Jr.*
Chairman Emeritus
Baxter International Inc.

David Pepper*
Chairman and CEO
Pepper Construction Company

Amy L. Pflueger
Vice President, Global Procurement
Ingredion Incorporated

David M. Pilotto
Much Shelist LLP

Nicholas K. Pontikes*
Kenny’s Kids

Frank S. Ptak*
Chairman & CEO
Marmon Holdings, Inc.

Paul E. Purcell
Robert W. Baird & Company

Mark A. Roche
SVP, General Counsel & Secretary (Retired)
Fortune Brands, Inc.

Patrick Roxworthy
Vice President, Tax
Sabre Corporation

Jimmy Samartzis
Vice President, Food Services and United Clubs
United Airlines, Inc.

Scott Santi*
Chairman & CEO

Greg Saul
Senior Account Executive
Bloomberg Media

Gale E. Sayers
Sayers 40, Inc.

Katherine M. Scherer*
Managing Partner, Business Tax Services
Serves as Chairperson of the Audit Committee

William H. Scherr
Managing Director, Investments

Rod Schrader
Chairman & CEO
Komatsu America Corp.

Rex L. Sessions
Winston & Strawn LLP

Erik Severinghaus
Chief Strategy and Alliances Officer

Stephen E. Sheridan
Managing Director
Houlihan Lokey

Luis M. Sierra
CEO – Global Aromatics

Laura Slagter**
Fidelity Institutional Wealth Services
Serves as DuPage County Board Chairperson


Denis E. Springer
Senior Vice President (retired)
Burlington Northern Santa Fe Corporation

Susan Stanicek
Managing Director, Qualitative Fieldwork

Bob Stewart
Corp Vice President Global Supply Chain Services
McDonald’s Corporation

Steven J. Strobel
Chief Financial Officer

Robert A. Sullivan*
President and CEO
Fifth Third Bank, Chicago

John Tackett
Director, Continuous Improvement
Broadwind Energy

Michael J. Tower*
Managing Partner, North America
A.T. Kearney, Inc.
Serves as Co-Chairperson of the Volunteer Committee

Mary Ann Travers
Crowe Horwath LLP

Daniel R. Van Aken
Portfolio Manager & Director
Wells Fargo

Robert R. Vogel
Q4 Impact Group, LLC


Donn T. Vucovich
Managing Partner
MVP Advisory Group LLC

Mark Wagner*
Sr. Vice President and Managing Director, International Retail
Walgreen Co.

Kristi Weaver
McKinsey & Company, Inc.

Larry J. Wert
Tribune Media

Norman H. Wesley*
Chairman and CEO (Retired)
Fortune Brands, Inc.

Bryn Wiley
Senior Vice President, Global Human Resources
Molex Incorporated

Spencer Williams
State Farm
Serves as Southern Cook County Board Chairperson

Maxine Winer
Senior Partner & General Manager
Fleishman-Hillard Inc.

Desmond C. Wong
President & CEO
Sino Strategies Group, LLC