Greg Olsen | Founding Chair
Chris Olsen | Executive Director
A native of New Jersey, Chris Olsen graduated from the University of Virginia with a Bachelor of Arts in General Studies. While at the University of Virginia, he was quarterback and captain of the football team. Upon graduating from college, Chris started his professional career in New York City with a concentration in sales. In 2009, Chris relocated to Chicago where he perused a career in logistics and operations management. Chris is an employee of Traffic Tech, an international logistics company where he manages carrier procurement and pricing for the United States.
In the fall of the same year, Chris became Executive Director of Receptions for Research: The Greg Olsen Foundation as a way to partner with his brother, Greg. Chris and his wife, Elena, reside in downtown Chicago, IL.
Kara Olsen | Board Chair
Susan Olsen | Director of Community Outreach
Deborah Dooley | Controller
Deborah Dooley is a human resource and accounting professional for, non-profit, "Friends of Children and Families" located in Orlando, Florida. Her responsibilities include recruiting, career transition counseling, business development, accounting support and proposal development.
For over 30 years, Ms. Dooley has served in many positions within corporate America. From 1997 to 2012, she pursued an entrepreneurial venture as an owner of a nationally franchise company, Champion Clean.
Prior, she was employed by two major defense contractors, Lockheed Martin and Grumman Corporation, as a principal logistics analyst.
Ms. Dooley has a Bachelor of Arts Degree from Molloy College: Rockville Center, New York. She is well trained and experienced in the use of QuickBooks for profit and non-profit organizations as well as the development and processes associated with proposal development.
Ms. Dooley spends most of her free time enjoying family and friends.
Doug Porter | Board Member
A New Jersey native, Doug Porter graduated from Cornell University with a BS from the School of Hotel Administration in 1978. With the dream of becoming a pilot, Doug went through the NROTC program and received his commission in the U.S. Navy upon graduation. Entering naval flight school in the fall of 1978, Doug accumulated 2000 plus hours in carrier-based jets over the next seven years and was awarded the Navy Achievement Medal for accomplishments during extended deployments to the Indian Ocean.
Upon leaving the military in 1985, Doug joined Leo Burnett Advertising in Chicago. Throughout the course of the next 19 years, Doug worked on a number of clients in the Account Management area.
During that time, Doug served on the Board of Directors of the Advertising Educational Foundation in New York City and as President of the Board for the Ronald McDonald House near Children's Memorial Hospital in Chicago. In the fall of 2004, Doug retired from his business career and joined Ronald McDonald House Charities® of Chicagoland & Northwest Indiana as CEO.
Today, he leads four Ronald McDonald Houses and one Ronald McDonald Family Room that provide a "home away from home" for 140 families each night, a Ronald McDonald Care Mobile offering free pediatric medical services and a scholarship program. Doug and his wife Ann have two children, Alison and Scott, and reside in Western Springs, IL.
RJ Melman | Board Member
RJ Melman is managing partner of HUB 51, SUB 51, Paris Club, Studio Paris, RPM Italian, Bub City and Three Dots and a Dash, all located in Chicago's River North neighborhood, in addition to M Street Kitchen and Stella Rossa in Santa Monica, California. With an interest in restaurants dating back to his teenage years, RJ began bussing tables and running food at age 13 at the former Bub City in Chicago.
In 2001, RJ received his degree from the University of Kansas with a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science and Communication Studies. Upon graduation, he immediately embarked the next phase of his career, restaurant management. In the past decade, RJ has helped open more than ten restaurants and has served as the general manager of LEYE's first restaurant, R.J. Grunts.
With a strong background and varied expertise in the restaurant business, RJ, along with his brother Jerrod, opened HUB 51 and lower-level club SUB 51 in June 2008, offering Chicago's most coveted neighborhood a unique mixture of dining, nightlife and entertainment. In February 2012, RJ, Jerrod and their sister Molly, partnered with celebrity couple Bill and Giuliana Rancic with acclaimed chef Doug Psaltis to open RPM Italian, presenting a menu that is Italian in spirit and modern in style.
Residing in Chicago, RJ is active within the Chicago philanthropic and business community and serves on a number of boards and committees.
Jeff Ludwig | Board Member
Jeff Ludwig brings over 24 years of experience in the pharmaceutical and biotechnology industry. His experience includes sales and sales leadership in addition to marketing and marketing leadership. These experiences cross many therapeutic classes, but his focus for the last 11 years has been oncology with the goal of trying to improve the lives of patients with grieves illness.
His professional career started with Eli Lilly where he spent over 12 years in a variety of sales, marketing and sales leadership roles. He transitioned to Amgen in 2001. During his career at Amgen, he has touched all oncology brands, led an oncology sales team and has led promotions for a multi-billion dollar oncology brand.
Jeff currently serves as the Executive Director of Marketing for a recently launched oncology product which is driving significant growth for Amgen.
Jeff Ludwig graduated with honors from Arizona State University with a Bachelors of Science degree in Business Administration. He currently resides with his family in Thousand Oaks, California.
Jason Chamberlin | Board Member
Jason is a fourteen year veteran of the supply chain industry using core processes, client savings and performance improvement initiatives to drive TMC’s value proposition. He serves as TMC’s General Manager of Americas responsible for both client and carrier satisfaction metrics.
Jason is also co-founder of Kicks for a Cure, “The World’s Largest Charitable Kickball Tournament.” In his spare time, Jason enjoys exercising, spending quality time with his wife and children and enjoying Bears and Blackhawks games.
John Harris | Board Member
Jon Harris, one of today’s most gifted and effective senior communications executives and current Senior Vice President of Global Communications at the Hillshire Brands Company (NYSE: HSH), has earned a reputation for transformative work at marquee companies including Hillshire predecessor Sara Lee Corp., PepsiCo, and Bally Total Fitness.
A graduate of Rutgers University, Jon is now an adjunct professor at the University of Chicago’s Graham School, where he has taught an integrated marketing course since 2006. He also serves on the Board of Communications for the College of Charleston and pens a column for the Chicago Sun Times.
Jon’s talent and dedication have been recognized most recently with PR News’ Corporate Communications Person of the Year award for 2012, and with a Men’s Journal’s 2012 Men of the Year award. Happily married with three children, Jon’s favorite thing to do while not at the office is basking in the pleasant chaos of the Harris household.
Ed Warm | Board Member
Ed Warm is the co-owner of Joe’s Bar in Chicago, a partner in Bub City Chicago and has a long history in the live music business. He began promoting concerts while a student at Indiana University and continued booking and promoting shows in Chicago, both at the venues he managed and at summer festivals.
At Joe’s Bar, Ed has built the longest-running live country music venue that Chicago’s ever had. His passion for country music is worn on his sleeve, as he’s proud to be part of that community. He has experience in booking, promoting and producing concerts and is active on the Board of Directors of the Academy of Country Music, ACM Lifting Lives, IEBA and the Country Music Association.