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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

Paula is a leader throughout the Lake County community. In addition to President & Director of Lake County Honor Flight, Paula serves on the Citizens Advisory Board for the Lake County State’s Attorneys office. 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 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.

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 Miller, Treasurer

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

Jim 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, Board Member 

Lisa 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 James A. Lovell Hospital in North Chicago. She is a dedicated mom to her four wonderful kids.

John Passanante, Board Member - 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.

Harold Rollins Jr., Board Member

Detective, North Chicago Police Department, Illinois

Janelle Rominski, Board Member

Janelle was born, raised and resides in Gurnee. 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. 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.