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BOARD OF DIRECTORS

The mission of Lake County Honor Flight and the Honor Flight Network is to fly American’s Veterans to Washington DC to visit those memorials dedicated to honor their sacrifices. Top priority is given to America’s most senior veterans-survivors of WWII-followed by Korean & Vietnam Veterans and any veterans with a terminal illness who wish to visit their memorial.

our Board:

Paula Carballido, President & Director - Is a leader throughout the Lake County community. In addition to President & Director of Lake County Honor Flight, Paula is a Member of the Citizens Advisory Board of Lake County for the State’s Attorney office, and a Member of the Zoning Board of Appeals for the City of North Chicago.  

 

Michael G. Miller, Treasurer - Holds a Bachelor of Science in Accounting from Milliken University is a notary public, and has worked as an Auditor, Financial Analyst, and Account Manager. Michael’s father is a WWII veteran. 

 

Stella Jones, Secretary - Stella is a true public servant who is ready to serve. She serves as Secretary to the North Chicago Exchange Club; as a volunteer for PADS, and is a breast cancer survivor volunteer. 

 

Tonja Hudson, Board Member - In addition to serving on the Honor Flight board Tonja is volunteer Fundraising Chair for the Exchange Club of North Chicago; she also serves as Executive Director of the Nuclear Reaction Drum Line. Tonja works as a Property Manager for a real estate management company.  

 

Lenora Woods, Board Member 

 

Pamela Brooks, Board Member - Pam is on the Lake County Honor Flight board of directors and trip coordinator. She has a Associates in Accounting, BA in Business Management, a certified CMP, certified AHMA, member of NAACP and Operation Push, Member of National Association of Women Business Owners (NAWBO) , District Director of North Chicago, Waukegan and Zion Exchange Clubs and Business Owner of PamDell Printing and Novelty LLC.

 

Linda Rockwell, Board Member - Linda received her Bachelor of Science from the University of Cincinnati’s College of Community Services and her Masters in Public Administration from the University of Illinois at Springfield. She was appointed coordinator of JourneyCare’s We Honor Veterans program in 2013. She currently serves on the advisory council of the Lake County Veterans, Family Services Foundation and the board of directors for the Chicago End-of- Life Care Coalition.

Ajoyi "DJ Stack" Stackhouse - Videographer

Ninoshka Lopez - Communications & Public Relations Manager

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2018-2019 Officers & Board of Directors:

Paula Carballido, Co-Founder & President - Is a leader throughout the Lake County community. In addition to President & Director of Lake County Honor Flight, Paula is a Member of the Citizens Advisory Board of Lake County for the State’s Attorney office, Board & Lifetime Member of Navy League of the U.S.-Lake County, IL Chapter, and a Member of the Planning & Zoning Commission for the City of North Chicago.  

Paula decided in 2011 to take the relationship her club had built with the WWII Black Navy Veterans of Great Lakes organization to another level by planning a trip to visit their memorials in Washington, D.C. The Exchange Club of North Chicago organized their own "honor flight-type" trip and took 6 local veterans to Washington, DC in April 2012. Shortly after that she received the "Presidential Award of Honor" and "Recognition of Outstanding Service” from the Exchange Club of North Chicago, IL. She has received the Rotary Humanitarian Patriot Award, Certificate of Recognition for “Hispanics Serving and Leading our Nation with Pride and Honor”, Entered into the Congressional Record, House of Representative, Recognizing the Rotary Club of North Chicago IL and their 2013 Humanitarian Patriot Honorees, 2014 Royal Blue Dove Award for Community Service, and in 2015 received the 10th IL Congressional District Helping Heroes Leadership Award. 

 

Tonja Gordon, Vice-President - In addition to serving on the Honor Flight board Tonja is volunteer Fundraising Chair for the Exchange Club of North Chicago; she also serves as Executive Director of the Nuclear Reaction Drum Line. Tonja works as a Property Manager for a real estate management company.

Stella Jones, Recording Secretary & Co-Founder - Stella is a true public servant who is ready to serve. She serves as Secretary to the North Chicago Exchange Club; as a volunteer for PADS, and is a breast cancer survivor volunteer. 

 

Michael G. Miller, Treasurer - Holds a Bachelor of Science in Accounting from Milliken University is a notary public, and has worked as an Auditor, Financial Analyst, and Account Manager. Michael’s father is a WWII veteran. 

Linda Rockwell, Corresponding Secretary - Linda received her Bachelor of Science from the University of Cincinnati’s College of Community Services and her Masters in Public Administration from the University of Illinois at Springfield. She was appointed coordinator of JourneyCare’s We Honor Veterans program in 2013. She currently serves on the Veteran Community Partners Network for Lake County Veterans & Family Services Foundation and the board of directors for North Shore Village.  Her father is a World War II Navy veteran.

James Benton – Served more than 20 years in the US Army, retiring in 1985.  He has held several board positions with the Northshore Corvette Club and also volunteered as a driver and worker for a food pantry in Waukegan.

Pamela Brooks, Board Member - Pam has a Associates in Accounting, BA in Business Management, a certified CMP, certified AHMA, member of NAACP and Operation Push, Member of National Association of Women Business Owners (NAWBO), District Director of North Chicago, Waukegan and Zion Exchange Clubs and Business Owner of PamDell Printing and Novelty LLC. Her late father was a veteran of the Korean War.

Lisa Madden – Has been a Navy wife for 9 years.  She has worked on the administrative side of the healthcare industry since 1999 and for the past 12 years has been a certified administrative assistant for a busy pediatric practice in Grayslake.  She is a former Den Leader for her son’s Cub Scout pack and coordinated many service projects, including volunteer work at Lovell VA Hospital in North Chicago.  She is a dedicated mom to her four wonderful kids.

Richard McFarlin, Board Member - Vietnam Veteran.

 

Born in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, grew up in Waukesha, and Thiensville, Wisconsin. Attended Waukesha and Shorewood High Schools. Entered the US Army in December, 1957 at the age of 17 and completed his GED while in basic training. Attended some college courses, but never enough for a degree. Attended Army Security Agency School at Fort Devens, Massachusetts and trained to be a radio teletype intercept operator. He served tours in Japan (1 tour – 4 years), Germany (3 tours of 4 years each), and Viet Nam (1 tour – 12 months). Mr. McFarlin met and married his wife of 52 years while on my first tour in Germany. They have one son, and two twin grandchildren.

 

Accomplishments:

After marriage, he was reassigned from the Army Security Agency to the Signal Corps, and attended computer, peripheral, and keypunch machine repair school at Fort Monmouth, New Jersey.  After graduating from school, he was assigned to Viet Nam as the repairman for the UNIVAC 1004 computer systems. While there, Mr. McFarlin learned to repair teletype machines as an additional service to the local operations center. After Viet Nam, he was transferred to Frankfurt, Germany where he worked as a repairman for the UNIVAC 1004, permanent station (computer equipment installed inside a building operating off of local commercial power). During this assignment, his unit received vans to mount the machines in. The problem was the machines operated on 220/480 volts 50 cycle and the vans operated on 120/240 volts 60 cycles. He developed a plan to convert the vans (three) to work off of both configurations using two van mounted 60 kilowatt generators. This made it possible to take the vans and equipment on field exercises. By making this conversion, he saved the unit and government approximately $8,000.00~$10,000.00 by not having this conversion done on the local economy by contract. In 1973, he was reassigned to Fort Lewis, Washington where he was put in charge of maintaining the operation of two UNIVAC 1004 computers, and related back up peripheral equipment. Mr. McFarlin was the only repairman for the section and was on call 24/7 for the 18 months he was assigned at Fort Lewis. In 1975, he was promoted out of his position at Fort Lewis (Specialist Seven), and was transferred back to Germany where he was put in charge of complete computer operations center and a van mounted IBM 360 computer system which he performed field maneuvers with. At the end of this tour in 1979, he was transferred to Fort Sheridan, Illinois in preparation for retirement, where he was assigned to work as a Systems Analysis. In March 1984, after 26 years and 3 months of active duty service, he was honorably discharged as a Master Sergeant from the US Army Recruiting Command at Fort Sheridan, Illinois where he worked as a Senior Systems Analysis. In 1981, Mr. McFarlin started his own electrical contracting business, which he operated for 25 plus years, and retired in 2006. He still does volunteer electrical work for the church and school as needed. When the Our Lady of Humility Council 13598 was being chartered in 2004, he was asked if he would be interested in becoming a charter member. Mr. McFarlin took the 1st Degree, and later the 2nd, 3rd, and 4th Degrees.

When given the opportunity he developed the operation of Donut Sunday once-a-month, which is geared more towards being a church social event, than a money making event. His council’s latest accomplishment is the installation of an outdoors Stations of the Cross, which consists of a paver brick (handicap accessible) walkway, and a memorial tree line to provide more privacy to individuals walking the Stations. People can purchase an engraved paver brick or memorial tree with engraved stone for their family or loved one. Future planning is to provide a paver brick walkway to and around the Statue of Mary in the front of the church. Currently the Knights of Columbus is partnering with the school and church to convert all of the fluorescent light fixtures over to L.E.D. lighting for additional energy cost savings, as well as reduce our carbon foot print.

Harold Rollins Jr., Board Member - Detective, North Chicago Police Department, IL.

Janelle Rominski, Board Member - Janelle was born, raised and resides in Gurnee . Her main passions in life are music, traveling and volunteering.  She has a Bachelor's Degree from Southern Illinois University at Carbondale in Radio and Television Production. Janelle is the full-time promotions director for the Alpha Media USA radio stations,102.3 XLC - Lake County's Best Variety and 1220 ESPN Deportes in Waukegan. She is also a professional photographer and is the sole proprietor of Janelle Rominski Photography, where she specializes in wedding, portrait and rock star photography. She is a photographer for The Local Tourist (2018 Top 20 Travel Blog in the World), Lake County Journal, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, The Rave/Eagles Ballroom in Milwaukee, 95 WIIL Rock and 3D Rockstars. Janelle has visited 35 countries and has been to almost all 50 states in the United States. Every week Janelle can be found at the Waukegan National Airport flight training as a student pilot. She is currently pursuing her private pilot license and hopes to become a commercial pilot in the future. She would love to fly Lake County Honor Flight's veterans to/from Washington, D.C. someday. She loves volunteering with this wonderful Lake County Honor Flight organization and meeting many amazing veterans. Both of her late grandfathers are veterans: Joseph B. Rominski, GMCM (Navy - World War II, Korean War and Vietnam War [two tours]) and Howard Swanson (Army - World War II).

Samantha Uhl, Board Member - Samantha is a lifelong Lake County resident and volunteers for many local organizations.