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The American Red Cross welcomes five new members to the regional Board of Directors


For Immediate Release



Holly Baker | Regional Communications Manager 

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The American Red Cross welcomes five new members to the regional Board of Directors


Volunteer Board of Directors includes more than 30 civic and corporate leaders from a range of professional backgrounds for the region that serves 9.5 million people in 21 counties in northern Illinois.


CHICAGO, IL (August 21, 2017) - The American Red Cross of Chicago & Northern Illinois today announced the appointment of Larissa Chaikowsky (BMO Financial Group), Peter Petros (Edelman), Debbie Roberts (McDonald’s), Gary Rozier (Ariel Investments) and Doug Zuvich (KPMG) to the organization’s Board of Directors.


“The addition of each new board member brings a wealth of knowledge to the American Red Cross,” said Celena Roldán, chief executive officer of the American Red Cross of Chicago & Northern Illinois. “Their extensive experience in corporate leadership provides valuable insight into strategic navigation and implementation practices for our humanitarian mission.”


Larissa Chaikowsky, CMC, MBA is currently serving as the U.S. chief human resources officer of BMO Financial Group leading a team of human resources professionals and is the lead contact among multiple US regulatory entities including the Federal Reserve Bank. Previously, she held multiple leadership roles within the organization including chief human resources officer of technology & operations and corporate areas and vice president of technology and operations integration. Chaikowsky also held several consulting roles at Deloitte. She earned her MBA from the Richard Ivey School of Business at the University of Western Ontario and her Bachelor of international business from the Sprott School of Business at Carleton University.



Peter Petros is general counsel & global privacy officer for Daniel J. Edelman Holdings, Inc. which owns Edelman, Zeno, United Entertainment Group and other affiliates and subsidiaries worldwide. Peter advises on strategic transactions including mergers, acquisitions, licensing and joint development agreements while advising industry leaders in all aspects of social media, advertising and marketing. He also co-leads the firm’s global legal department. Before joining Edelman, Peter was a senior corporate counsel at Abbott Laboratories, and also practiced at the law firms of Duane Morris and Bell, Boyd & Lloyd (now known as K&L Gates LLP).  He is a founding member and currently serves as chair of United Way of Metropolitan Chicago’s United Pride Executive Committee and is also a member of the Campaign Cabinet. He holds an economics degree from Indiana University and a law degree from Valparaiso University’s school of law.


Debbie Roberts is a Zone President for McDonald’s USA where she leads strategy, talent and brand development for more than 7,300 McDonald’s restaurants across the Eastern United States. Prior to her appointment as Zone President in 2014, she served as Senior Vice President/Restaurant Support Officer for the East Division of McDonald’s USA, and also Vice President, General Manager for the Midwest Region. Roberts holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Accounting from the University of Illinois at

Champaign-Urbana and is a Certified Public Accountant. She has received numerous company awards including the coveted People Award and the prestigious President’s Award, which honors the top 1% of McDonald’s performers.


Gary Rozier joined the Ariel Investments in 2006 and is responsible for institutional business development and client services with a special focus on registered investment advisors. Prior to joining Ariel, Rozier spent more than five years with Rydex Investments. At Rydex, he held multiple positions in shareholder services and financial advisor sales before being promoted to regional vice president where he oversaw product development and distribution across nine states in the Midwest Region. Rozier is president of the board of directors for Chicago Run, a trustee for the Francis Xavier Warde School, and serves on the Investment Committee of Cristo Rey Jesuit High School. Additionally, he is former chairman of the board of trustees for Chicago State University and is a 2011 Leadership Greater Chicago fellow. He earned a BA in Economics from the University of Maryland, where he served as captain of the rugby team.



Doug Zuvich is a partner at KPMG LLP, where he serves as the global practice leader for the firm’s Trade and Customs consulting practice. Zuvich has more than 25 years of experience advising multinational companies on a variety of international trade matters including global customs duty management, special trade program compliance, and export control navigation. Before joining KPMG, Zuvich served in the U.S. Navy as a non-commissioned officer for the Naval Security Group, and later as an official with U.S. Customs and Border Protection’s Regulatory Audit Division. Doug was also a vice president and controller for one of the largest international trading companies in the Caribbean and Latin America. Zuvich holds an accounting degree from Queens College and an MBA from New York University’s Stern School of Business, and is also a certified public accountant and a licensed U.S. customs broker.



The volunteer board includes more than 30 civic and corporate leaders from a range of professional backgrounds for the region that serves 9.5 million people in 21 counties in northern Illinois. The board is led by Chairperson Jill Schaff of Baxter Healthcare (retired). A full list of members is located at


About the American Red Cross of Chicago & Northern Illinois:

The American Red Cross of Chicago & Northern Illinois serves 9.5 million people in 21 counties including Boone, Bureau, Carroll, Cook, DeKalb, DuPage, Grundy, Kane, Kankakee, Kendall, Jo Daviess, LaSalle, Lake, Lee, McHenry, Ogle, Putnam, Stephenson, Whiteside, Will and Winnebago. The American Red Cross shelters, feeds and provides emotional support to victims of disasters; supplies about 40 percent of the nation's blood; teaches skills that save lives; provides international humanitarian aid; and supports military members and their families. The Red Cross is a not-for-profit organization that depends on volunteers and the generosity of the American public to perform its mission. For more information, please visit us at or visit us on Twitter @ChicagoRedCross.