Jim Elliot – FOUNDER AND PRESIDENT OF The Angel Fish Foundation,
Jim Elliott was once a volunteer guide for blind downhill skiers. After years of being inspired by the impact that skiing had on individuals with disabilities, Jim—also a passionate scuba diver—decided that scuba diving would be the perfect candidate to replicate this tremendous, positive experience.
In 1996, Jim left his career in the media industry—working with Chicago Tribune, WGN Radio and CLTV News—to become a full-time volunteer and teach individuals with disabilities how to scuba dive.
Jim, who has been diving since 1976, is also a scuba instructor with PADI (Professional Association of Diving Instructors) and an H.S.A. (Handicapped Scuba Association) & SDI Instructor Trainer.
Jim’s efforts have been widely recognized by the Illinois Skin and Scuba Council—receiving the “Humanitarian of the Year” award in 2005—and the Rehabilitation Institute of Chicago—receiving the “Community Award” in all of 2005 through 2007.
Dan Koors began volunteering with Angelfish in 2006. Utilizing his experience as a CPA to help coordinate the financial records of the organization and assist with events and fundraising as necessary.
Dan has been with Jackson since 2006 and is responsible for the daily operations of the mutual funds supporting insurance products sold by Jackson National Life Insurance Company. He serves as a liaison to a variety of internal and external clients and has played a key role in a number of strategic initiatives locally and globally. Dan worked at Deloitte & Touche LLP from 1992 to 2006, most recently as an audit partner in the Investment Management Services Group. His clients included mutual funds, hedge funds, private equity funds, insurance company separate accounts, real estate managers, and investment advisers ranging from innovative start-ups to some of the world’s largest financial services companies. He holds a bachelor’s degree in Accountancy from Wright State University and is a Certified Public Accountant (CPA).
Dan has lived in Downers Grove with his wife, Julie, and three children since 2000.
Scott E. Nemanich began volunteering with Angelfish in 2007. Utilizing his experience as a legal expert to assist with legal matters of the organization and assist with events and fundraising as necessary.
Mr Nemanich has a diverse legal practice with significant experience in the areas of school law, government relations, real estate and taxation, as well as corporate transactional matters. Much of Mr. Nemanich’s work involves representing school districts. He is recognized by school districts around the country for his vast experience in Section 8002 funding for federally impacted school districts. Mr. Nemanich also handles various labor and personnel matters, including unfair labor practices, grievances, and collective bargaining. He has negotiated contracts with the Illinois Education Association, Illinois Federation of Teachers, Fireman & Oilers Union, the American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees and Service Employees International Union. Mr. Nemanich is a registered lobbyist, representing clientele before both the state legislature and the U.S. Congress. He represents homeowners associations, handles matters involving tax rate objections and real estate taxation (an area in which he is a recognized expert), and also counsels individual clients in estate planning matters. In addition, Mr. Nemanich represents business clients in corporate matters, such as the sale and purchase of various businesses. He has also represented a telecommunications company in negotiations with foreign nations, including Belarus, Dijibouti and Tonga. Finally, Mr. Nemanich has also served as a negotiator at both the state and federal levels, and throughout his career he has been known for his ability to break through bureaucratic log jams on behalf of both public and private clientele.
William Koloseike (Bill Kay) is the President Bill Kay Auto Group with 38 years in automotive retail with a BBA from Northwood University and an MBA Benedictine University.