BOARD OF DIRECTORS

OUR TEAM

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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2022-2023 Officers & Board of Directors:

John Passanante, Board President - Vietnam Veteran, United States Army

John served in Vietnam 1967-1968, where he was awarded the Bronze Star and Army Commendation Medals. In 1970 John left the Army, completed computer programming & system design and analysis school, and began a 41 year career in the computer service and outsourcing business, retiring after 34 years with the same organization as the company Vice President. He's a husband and father of two daughters and grandfather of two great grandkids. John is a member of the American Legion and Patriot Guard Riders. John joined the board of directors in March of 2020.

Lisa Madden, Vice - President 

Lisa grew up in Chicago and has resided in Lake County for the past 25 years. She is the wife of a Navy Veteran, the mother of three daughters and a son, and a proud Army Mom. She has worked in the healthcare administration sector since 1999 and is passionate about volunteering for Veteran's causes, community events, and other causes. Lisa was appointed to the board of directors in November 2018.

Paula Carballido, Executive Director | Board Member | Co-Founder

Paula is a leader throughout the Lake County community. She is a member of the Planning & Zoning Commission for the City of North Chicago, and serves as Vice President of Mosiac House Ministries. Paula formerly served on the Citizens Advisory Board for the Lake County State’s Attorneys office, Lake County Navy League Board, and was President of her local Exchange Club.

In 2011, Paula decided 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, Illinois. 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. 

 

Paula’s volunteerism and leadership have found their way onto the covers of the Chicago Tribune, the Spanish Reclama Newspaper, and the Lake County News Sun. Most recently, Paula was featured in a special edition of the Chicago Tribune titled “Difference-makers.” Paula Carballido’s support of Veterans is simple, “We must take care of those who served; we owe that to them and to our country.” Paula understands that successfully serving is a process of planning, inclusion, communication, and trust.

Pamela Brooks, Treasurer

Pam holds an Associates in Accounting, a BA in Business Management, is a certified CMP, an AHMA, a member of the NAACP and Operation Push, a member of the National Association of Women Business Owners (NAWBO), a District Director of the North Chicago, Waukegan, and Zion Exchange Clubs, and the owner of PamDell Printing and Novelty LLC. Her late father served in the Korean War.

Stella Jones, Recording Secretary | Co-Founder

Stella is a genuine public servant who is eager to help. She serves as Secretary to the North Chicago Exchange Club; as a volunteer for PADS, and is a breast cancer survivor volunteer. 

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. She served as Veterans Program Manager at JourneyCare Hospice for 9 years until her retirement in 2022. Other volunteer activities have included serving on the advisory board for the Evanston Vet Center, the VFW Auxiliary and serving as board president for North Shore Village Network. Linda is proud to have been a part of Lake County Honor Flight since its inaugural trip to Washington D.C. in September 2013. Her father was a World War II Navy veteran and she volunteers to honor his legacy.

James "Jim" Benton, Board Member - Korean War Veteran, United States Army

Jim served in the United States Army for more than 20 years, retiring in 1985. He has served on the Northshore Corvette Club board in a number of capacities. He volunteered at a food pantry in Waukegan, both as a worker and a driver.

Tonja Gordon, Board Member

Tonja, in addition to serving on the Honor Flight board, serves as Fundraising Chair for the Exchange Club of North Chicago and Executive Director of the Nuclear Reaction Drum Line. Tonja is a property manager for a real estate management company.

Gary Grayer, Board Member

Gary has served as a North Chicago Police Officer for fifteen years. He has coordinated the police escorts on the Lake County Honor Flight and assisted with Guardian Training for a number of years. As a police officer, he has participated in numerous community-based events, such as Shop with a Cop and National Night Out, because he enjoys serving the community, and has received numerous awards including officer of the year.

Janelle Rominski, Board Member

Janelle was born, raised and currently resides in Gurnee. She has a Bachelor's Degree from Southern Illinois University at Carbondale in Radio and Television Production and was in the radio and television industry for two decades. Janelle is an award-winning full-time 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 Rave/Eagles Ballroom in Milwaukee, 95 WIIL Rock and several business networking organizations. Janelle is a pilot in training and is a member of Women In Aviation International, The Ninety-Nines: International Organization of Women Pilots, and the Experimental Aircraft Association (EAA). 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).

 

Ajoyi "DJ Stack" Stackhouse, Board Member - Operation Iraqi Freedom, United States Navy

Ajoyi is a US Navy veteran with over ten years of active service. She graduated from Northeastern Illinois University with a bachelor's degree in Communication Media. Ajoyi has always had a strong passion for music, which she was able to pursue after serving in the military. Currently, she is the owner of DNA Entertainment LLC, a Mobile DJ Company.

Samantha Uhl, Board Member

Samantha is a lifelong Lake County resident. She is actively involved in the community through volunteer work for a wide variety of organizations.