Joseph Martin

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Rick Montgomery

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Greg Wiza

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Annamarie Deneen

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Elisa Medina

Elisa has been employed by Will County for over 10 years. A graduate of Joliet West and worked in the administrative office field since graduation. She was looking not only for something more fulfilling, but a place within the County that she can truly give back to the community. She decided to move to a position with more personal interaction.

Based on her knowledge of her Uncles experience as a Marine Vietnam Veteran she applied two years ago to work with the Will County Veterans Assistance Commission. Born and raised in Joliet, she found that her position here at the WCVAC allows her to serve the community that she loves. She feels that working with the veterans she comes in contact with every day have allowed her to show her thanks for their service by giving the best of her abilities back to them in return. Elisa is here to assist them with anything they need. She take pride in her abilities, and go about the day with a smile on her face. Working with the different veterans and their issues has provided her with the meaningful experience she was looking for. As an example she coordinated the Christmas Giving Program for Veterans.

Elisa speaks Spanish fluently and is a member of Saint Mary’s Nativity Church. Among her hobbies are museums, history and arts/crafts.

Elisa is always ready to answer any questions or resolve any concerns that the veterans may have. She is always looking forward to the future, and for better ways to serve our veterans and their family’s needs.

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Jen Solum

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Amy Georgakopoulos

I am not a veteran, but I am the granddaughter, niece, and cousin of veterans from several different wartime periods. However, I was called to serve in a different way. I have been in Healthcare for over 25 years. I have worked in several areas; from providing compassionate, direct patient care in a hospital setting, to providing understanding, guidance, and explanation of health insurance benefits in this constantly changing world that we live in. I have evolved professionally in such a way that my main focus is to be the advocate for those I serve. After years in healthcare, I decided to change pace and accept a position with the Will County Veterans Assistance Commission as a Veteran Service Officer. Working with veterans has allowed me to give back to those who have served our country in a way I never dreamed possible. I approach every day as an opportunity to learn something new from the wonderful men and women I work with and serve. I have learned to take my years of experience in healthcare, and build upon it with the knowledge and experience I gain working at the WCVAC. My ultimate goal is to reassure every veteran I work with that I am here for them. They are always my highest priority. I look forward to the future and every new experience I am privileged to be a part of in this office.

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Erik Papineau

I served 4 years as an infantryman in the US Marine Corps from 2003-2007. I was deployed to Iraq in 2004 and again in 2005. I got my start in Veterans Services as the Illinois State Coordinator for Team Rubicon, a Non-Profit Veteran Based disaster relief organization. I spend a month in New York helping the people in the Rockaways clean out their homes and prepare to rebuild after Hurricane Sandy. This is where I saw the extreme potential of my fellow Veterans. Shortly after I returned from New York I was offered the chance the volunteer as the Region 5 Director, later reorganized as the Regional Communications Manager. At about the same time, I began working for the Veterans Assistance Commission of Kankakee County. After a year and a half assisting Veterans with their claims and running the Financial Assistance Program, I accepted a Job with Will County. I have worked her for 8 years and am currently acting as the Interim Superintendent. My philosophy is that any Veteran that comes to me with questions will not only get the best possible answer, but will thoroughly understand the benefits that they are entitled to.

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