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Regional Leadership

Board of Directors

    Board of Directors

  • Jill Schaaf | Board Chair, Baxter Healthcare (Retired)
  • Mitchell Andrews | Plexus Groupe
  • Lisa Badgley | Walgreens
  • Brenda Battle | The University of Chicago Medicine & Biological Sciences
  • Jay D. Bergman | Petco Petroleum Corporation
  • Aileen B. Blake | Northern Trust Company
  • Brian Bohaty | Allstate
  • Jim Carris | Colliers
  • Larissa Chaikowsky | BMO Financial Group
  • Fred Costello | Grainger
  • Deirdre Drake | US Cellular Corporation
  • Theodore L. Dysart | Heidrick & Struggles
  • R. Scott Falk | Kirkland & Ellis LLP
  • Patrick M. Gallagher | Arthur J. Gallagher & Co.
  • Peggy Hardek | PwC
  • Matthew F. Hilzinger | USG
  • Louis Hobson | Aon National Flood Services
  • Parrish Ivy | Deloitte
  • Harsh Koppula | CGN Global
  • Tracy Lampert | Zurich North America
  • A. Kyle Mack, M.D. | Ann & Robert H. Lurie Children’s Hospital of Chicago and Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine
  • Ryan McKendrick | AMCOL International (Retired)
  • Greg Meyers | Motorola Solutions
  • Kevin Newell | McDonald’s USA, LLC (Retired)
  • Susan B. Noyes | Make It Better Foundation
  • Peter Petros | Daniel J. Edelman Holdings, Inc.
  • Debbie Roberts | McDonald’s USA, LLC (Retired)
  • Gary L. Rozier | Ariel Investments
  • Cheryl Scott | ABC – Channel 7
  • Paul Sternlieb | JBT
  • Alicia Tate-Nadeau | Chicago Office of Emergency Management and Communications
  • Joyce Trimuel | CNA
  • James H. Wildman | William Blair & Company
  • Vicki Znavor | CIBC Bank USA
  • Doug Zuvich | KPMG
  • Emeritus Members

  • Christopher D. Bowers
  • Bob Chodos
  • Brian J. Cook
  • John P. Grube
  • Grant Hellwarth
  • Kary McIlwain
  • Janis K. Tratnik
  • James A. Unnerstall
  • Ex-Officio Member

  • Jeanine L. Pekkarinen | American Dental Association
  • Executive Staff

  • Celena Roldán | Chief Executive Officer
  • Dawn Breen | Regional Volunteer Officer
  • Breanna Rodriguez | Director, Service to the Armed Forces and International Services
  • Adam Runkle | Regional Disaster Officer
  • Harley Jones | Regional Disaster Officer
  • Heidi Mucha | Regional Chief Development Officer
  • Joy Squier | Chief Communications & Marketing Officer

Executive Staff

Celena Roldán, CEO

Celena Roldán, CEO

Celena Roldán, M.S.W., M.Ed. joined the American Red Cross of Chicago & Northern Illinois as CEO in March of 2016. Prior to joining the Red Cross, Roldán was the Executive Director of Erie Neighborhood House in Chicago. Roldán serves as the Vice Board Chair for Illinois Action for Children and on the Head Start Governing Board for Metropolitan Family Services. Most recently she was selected as a board member to the National Board of the National Council of La Raza (NCLR) the nation’s largest Hispanic Civil Rights and Advocacy organization, and to the City of Chicago’s Community Development Commission. She is also a member of the Economic Club, a Leadership Greater Chicago Fellow and a Marshall Memorial Fellow; an initiative sponsored by the German Marshall Fund of the United States that enlists a select group of leaders from Europe and North America for cross-cultural dialogue related to social issues and policy decisions. Most recently, Roldan was honored by the United Way of Metropolitan Chicago with the 2016 Community Leader Award. Roldán holds a master's degree in early childhood administration from National Louis University, as well as a master’s and a bachelor’s degrees in social work from the University of Wisconsin-Madison.


Dawn Breen, Regional Volunteer Officer

Dawn Breen, Regional Volunteer Officer

Dawn has worked for the American Red Cross for more than thirteen years, holding both programming and operations positions. She has managed facilities, volunteers, instructors and staff through many organizational changes. Dawn was instrumental in the development of the biomedical facilities structure and remodeling. She served as the liaison among city officials, union representatives, contractors, as well as the internal executive team and the fundraising department. She is currently responsible for developing and executing the volunteer recruitment and engagement strategy for the Region. Prior to the Red Cross, Dawn was a senior product manager with Shurfine International, Inc, managing a sales team where she doubled sales from $150 million to $300 million. Dawn has her bachelor’s in business administration focusing on human resources management from Millikin University and her MBA from Keller Graduate School of Management.


Heidi Mucha, Regional Chief Development Officer

Heidi Mucha, Regional Chief Development Officer

Heidi joined the Red Cross in 2001 serving in several development roles in the organization before being named CDO in 2008. She has managed direct marketing, annual giving and special events programs and has led the marketing and communications team. She launched the Heroes Breakfast which brings significant support and visibility to the Region, and is now an annual event. Before joining the Red Cross Heidi served as associate director of annual events at the Newberry Library in Chicago.


Joy Squier, Chief Communications and Marketing Officer

Joy Squier, Chief Communications and Marketing Officer

Joy is a seasoned marketing and communications executive who oversees all communications and marketing functions including traditional and social media relations, government affairs, events marketing and programs, and internal communications for the organization. Joy is a national spokesperson for the American Red Cross. Previously, she served as Director of Field Marketing for the Top Ten Regions of the Red Cross, where she oversaw the planning and development of integrated marketing and communications strategies and programs for the largest regions within the Red Cross. Prior to joining the Red Cross, Joy was the Director of Marketing and Communications at Waste Management leading the $4B Public Sector and Recycling business segments' strategic marketing and communications initiatives. She also gained valuable expertise at Hewlett Packard charged with directing marketing and communications strategy and execution for category-leading and award-winning consumer product lines. Joy holds an MBA in marketing from the Kellogg Graduate School of Business at Northwestern University and is a graduate of the University of Illinois, with a degree in advertising.


Auxiliary Board Leaders

    Executive Committee

  • Jeanine Pekkarinen | Auxiliary Society Chair
  • Kamryn McPike | Marketing Chair
  • Sally Taylor | Membership Chair
  • Amy Fabbiano | Mingling for a Mission Co-Chair
  • Andrea Metzger | Mingling for a Mission Co-Chair
  • Alec Meyerholz | Red Cross Classic Co-Chair
  • Savannah Murin | Red Cross Classic Co-Chair
  • Allison Whitley | Team Red Cross Chair
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