Executive Director – LaVonte Stewart (LStewart@LostBoyzInc.org)
LaVonté Stewart Sr. was born on Chicago’s South Side at Jackson Park Hospital. He graduated in the top 5% from Our Lady of Peace Elementary School, Hirsch Metropolitan High school, and Chicago State University, all on Chicago’s South Side. Mr. Stewart Sr. earned his Bachelor’s degree in Computer Science in 2004, and then worked on his Master’s degree until illness struck his family in 2006. Mr. Stewart started working closely with troubled youth through baseball, and formed Lost Boyz Baseball League, which eventually became known simply as Lost Boyz Inc. Recently, LaVonté began working on his Masters in Public Policy at DePaul University while working in the office for a well-known State Senator. He currently resides on the south side with his fiancée and 3 children.
Secretary & Treasurer – Jocelyn Vana (JVana@LostBoyzInc.org)
Born and raised on the south side of Chicago, Jocelyn now resides in the western suburbs with her husband Chris. After graduating from the University of Pennsylvania, Wharton Undergraduate Business School in 2009, Jocelyn went on to work in the Corporate Development and Finance industries. Currently, she works as a Financial Analyst at a nonprofit firm located in the Loop. In addition to her role as the Secretary for Lost Boyz Inc., Jocelyn also participates in the overall development of the organization, overseeing the organization’s finances, fundraising efforts, and volunteer recruitment.
Director of Fundraising and Event Planning – Michael Martinez
A graduate of Michigan State University with a B.A. in Arts.Urban Development, Michael Martinez has spent over twenty five years in the non-profit sector with nearly half of those years with the United Way of Southeastern Michigan. There he served as a Senior Program Officer and Planning Director. The majority of Michael’s career has been within the development field where he has led teams/departments in raising approximately 16 million dollars. Michael’s development experience covers all facets of fund-raising with an emphasis on grant writing (foundations/corporate/government), special events, corporate giving/sponsorships and individual giving. He also has extensive experience in marketing, public relations, management, program development/ evaluation and accounting. After re-locating to Chicago, Michael continued his career within the non-profit sector focusing on fund-raising/marketing. Some of the positions he has held include Senior Director of Development/Communications-Albany Park Community Center, Northern Regional Director of Development-Special Olympics Illinois, Director of Development-The Josselyn Center and Director of Development-CEDA Northwest. Currently Michael serves as the Chief Development Officer for The Delta Chi Educational Foundation.
General Board Member – Jordan Hadelman
As founding chairman, Jordan’s vision for excellence has been integral to the growth of Witt/Kieffer, one of the nation’s leading executive search firms, and the single largest serving healthcare, education and not-for-profit organizations. Committed to Witt/Kieffer’s ongoing mission, Jordan’s leadership has maintained the firm’s focus on serving organizations that improve quality of life. Witt/Kieffer clients include leading hospitals, health systems, academic medical centers, managed care and insurance companies, physician group practices, colleges and universities, and community service and cultural organizations.
Jordan attended George Washington University for both undergraduate where he received a B.S. in Business Administration and for graduate school where he received his M.H.A. In 2006, he received the Distinguished Alumni Achievement Award from George Washington Universityfor his demonstrated accomplishments in health care. He and his wife, Debra, have two sons.
General Board Member – Rob Williams (RWilliams@LostBoyzInc.org)
A graduate of Hampton University in 1996, Rob went on to work for the Chicago Police Department. There, he continues to fight violence on the streets of the city as an officer. When not patrolling the neighborhoods of the city, Rob tends to the buildings he owns and its residents. He currently resides on the south side of the city.
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