Tom Mueller - President and Founding Director
Tom Mueller is retired from his position as the Director of National Accounts and McGill Sales for EGS Electrical Group, a division of Emerson Electric. Since the creation of The Friends of Nathan (FONF) in 2007, the organization has grown from assisting one child with Cerebral Palsy to currently helping over 30 families with special needs.
Tom spends his retirement overseeing the FONF, spending time with his wife, three children, and six grandchildren, reading, building model sailboats, and golfing. Tom has continuously been involved in improving the lives of children. He has been a foster parent while raising three children of his own, a soccer coach (amateur, high school, and collegiate levels) and has been a mentor and friend to his many nieces and nephews.
Dennis Golemba - Vice President
Dennis is currently a retired owner of D&J Machining Inc., a small design and manufacturing firm. He thoroughly enjoys helping The Friends of Nathan Foundation and is excited to help more children with special needs.
Howard Hamilton - Budget Coordinator
Howard is retired from his position as Executive Director of Fertility Centers of Illinois. He has decades of experience as a senior healthcare executive, including work with children's healthcare programs at various university teaching hospitals. In retirement, he is spending more time with FONF and other service-oriented community activities. He is also on the Board of Directors of the Bethesda Home, a senior care facility in Northwest Chicago.
Pam Mueller - Secretary
Pam Mueller is retired, having worked in the health care field for over 20 years. She is one of the original founders of The Friends of Nathan Foundation. Having come from a very large family, she has spent most of her life being surrounded by and mentoring children. She and her husband have been foster parents while raising their three children and has been an integral part of many of her nieces’ and nephews’ lives. ln her free time, she enjoys being with her husband, three children, and six grandchildren, reading, and being actively involved in the FONF fundraising activities.
Theresa Forthofer - Board Member & CEO/President of Easter Seals DuPage and Fox Valley
As a mom of three, with two boys that have Myotonic Muscular Dystrophy and Autism, Theresa's passion is to help every child receive the developmental services they need as early as possible. As CEO and president of Easterseals DuPage & Fox Valley, she helps more than 3,000 infants, children, and adults with developmental delays and disabilities reach greater independence every day. Theresa has more than 30 years of experience as a non-profit administrator, primarily serving individuals with disabilities. She holds a master's degree in education and an undergraduate degree in gerontology.
Janet Smith - Board Member
Janet Smith is a retired nurse who has served on the FONF Board of Directors since its inception in 2007. She is currently involved with Literature For All of Us for profit which serves young adults in the Chicagoland area. Plus she serves on the Easter Seals DuPage & Fox Valley Board of Directions.
Terry Bandu - Board Member
Terry is currently employed with American General Life Company as a Senior Consultant Underwriter. Through the years she has enjoyed working with children as a volleyball coach, Girl Scout leader, cheerleading coach, and Sunday School teacher. She is blessed with four children and a close family. Terry is rewarded by helping the children of FONF and giving them the chance to obtain their dreams and see the smiles on their faces.
Larry Domalick - Board Member
Larry is employed as a Senior Premium Auditor for Travelers Companies. He became involved with The Friends of Nathan Foundation through his son's participation. Having been touched personally by family illness, he is delighted for the opportunity the Foundation gives him to help others. Larry holds a BS degree in Accounting.
Wendy Mueller - Board Member and Motorcycle Run Chair
Wendy is currently employed at Conduent Payment lntegrity Solutions and has over 17 years of experience in the insurance industry. She has been actively involved with The Friends of Nathan Foundation as a volunteer since its inception in 2007. Wendy comes from a very large family, has been a foster sister to several children, and has served as a wonderful mentor for her many nieces and nephews. Wendy is the Chairperson for FONF's Annual Motorcylce Run held annually in July and is the driving force behind FONF's yearly Christmas party for the children and families we help. She enjoys being involved with her niece, nephews, and cousins, her dog Murphy, and travelling whenever she can.
Don Larsen and Golf Outing Chair - Board Member
Don has 40 years’ experience with varied roles in the automotive industry. He works for American Guardian Warranty Services, Inc., as Director of Asset Management and Loss Control. He analyzes dealer/client loss experience in order to increase their profitability and implement quality assurance processes and measures. Don was a lead volunteer with the American Cancer Society for 7 years in the capacity of Event Chair of the Relay for Life of Schaumburg/Hoffman Estates. In 2011, after 4 years success in improved fundraising, he was recognized with the “Distinguished Service Award for Income Development”. He received the “Top Event Fundraiser Recognition” award (team and individual) in 2012-2014. For 3 years Don has served as presenter and facilitator for the Life Academy.
Walter Serwa - Board Member
Wally and his wife Linda have generously supported FONF since it was founded - attending all of our galas! They join our board with a wealth of experience in supporting children through non-profit organizations like St. Jude's and Shriner's Children's Hospitals and Ronald McDonald House. Wally was born and raised in Northwest Chicago. He received both B.S. and M.B.A. degrees from DePaul. He retired as V.P. and C.F.O. of Material Service Corporation after 40 years of service. He is now doing financial consulting and enjoys travelling and spending time with family and friends.
Linda Serwa - Board Member
Linda and her husband Wally have generously supported FONF since it was founded - attending all of our galas! Linda also hails from the Northwest side of Chicago where she attended Notre Dame High School for Girls. She co-founded Kay-Lyn Gold in 1980. She has been involved with Girl Scouts of America, High School Parent Club, and parish religious educational programs. She has been administrative assistant to social workers at Hinsdale South High School. She joins Wally in retirement travel adventures and fun times with family and friends.
Steve Smith - Emeritus Board Member
Steve Smith was one of the original founders of the Friends of Nathan Foundation and served as its treasurer for many years. He was a long-time partner at Ernst & Young and a founder of Accretive Health, a publicly traded health care company. Steve also serves on the board of directors for the Friendship Senior Options of Schaumburg and serves as the co-chair of Vita Heat Medical, L.L.C.
Kathryn Golemba - Emeritus Board Member
Kathy is an avid volunteer who donates her time at Sweet Repeat Resale Shop and participates in the food pantry and card writing ministry at her church. She also is involved with a volunteer group that makes quilts for children at her retirement village and loves spending time with her sons and their families.
Kerry Nedic - Emeritus Board Member
Kerry is a Vice President of Marketing for the Discrete and Industrial Businesses of Emerson. She was fortunate to work with Tom at Appleton and become introduced to The Friends of Nathan Foundation. She was honored to have had the privilege of working with the board members and the opportunity to provide help to families and children in need. Kerry is a former U.S. Marine Officer, a Texas Aggie, and holds an MBA from Kellogg School of Management. She resides with her family in New Jersey.
Tom and Laurie Hay - Emeritus Board Members
Tom and Laurie served on the FONF board for many years with great distinction. They have retired from their successful electrical contracting business and spend much of their time in Naples, Florida. In 2015 the board recognized their loyal and dedicated service by making Tom and Laurie our first Emeritus Board Members. They remain active and connected with FONF and with their Community of Faith Lutheran Church when they are back in Chicago. They have made generous contributions of their time and resources to FONF which has had substantial positive impact on the children and families we serve.
Melyni Serpa - Emeritus Board Members
Melyni Serpa is a results-driven senior executive with strong operations, innovation, executive development, business transformation, and growth leadership skills. She is expert in creating vision, leading change, and delivering strong operating results. Her experience includes 30+ years in the media and advertising industry, most recently as CEO of Gannett Healthcare Group, a healthcare media and education company. Her company, Melyni Serpa Leadership Consulting, offers executive coaching and leadership consulting in the advertising and media industries. She currently serves as Vice President of Client Services for G/O Digital, a TEGNA Digital Company.
Melyni holds a BBA in Management and an MBA in Organizational Psychology and Development. She lives in Scottsdale, Arizona with her husband, Luis, and daughter, Olivia.