Daniel Acosta

Daniel Acosta is a combat wounded veteran, who served seven years in the United States Air Force as an Explosive Ordnance Disposal (EOD) technician and held the rank of Staff Sergeant. After military service, Daniel became an advocate for severely injured members and an accomplished public speaker, executing numerous speeches to senior military officials, executive civic leaders and non-profit organizations that assist severely wounded servicemen and women. He put his skills and experiences from the military and the veteran advocacy community to use in the Risk Management industry as an Account Manager, where he served for 6 years. Today, Daniel remains heavily involved in the veteran community by working with local and regional governments, corporations and non-profit organizations to advocate for increased employment for veterans and their spouses. Daniel has a deep passion for helping our veteran community and is proud to serve as a Veteran Services Officer for Will County Veterans Assistance Commission.

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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 McGuire

I joined the Air Force after I graduated High School in 1997 and proudly served until 2009. In the beginning of my career I served on active duty as an Aircraft Structural Maintainer. I enjoyed my time working on the flight line, it was hard work but very rewarding. After active duty I joined the Air Force Reserves and cross trained into surgical technology. I was a surgical technologist and then a certified surgical assistant; while in the reserves I worked at a local level 1 trauma center. During my time in the reserves I had two deployments: Kyrgyzstan 2007 and Afghanistan 2009. When I returned from my last deployment I was fortunate to have a position at the College of DuPage as an instructor for their surgical technology and surgical assisting program. I decided to return to school to earn my Bachelors in Psychology which required an internship in a social services department. I started my internship at the WCVAC in 2016 and was hired on as a Veteran Service Officer in 2017. I am grateful to be part of an amazing team that is dedicated to serving all Veterans, this position provides me the opportunity to continue the core value of service before self!

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Kristina McNichol

Kristina McNichol served in the Army from 2003-2006, stationed at Triple Army Medical Center, Honolulu, HI. After completing her enlistment she utilized her Post 9/11 GI Bill earning a Bachelors of Science in Organizational, Industrial, & Cultural Psychology. While going to school, she started on her road of helping veterans as a VA Work Study at the Grundy County Veteran Assistance Commission. In 2012 she was hired at the Will County Veterans Assistance Commission and appointed Superintendent less than 1 yr later. From 2013 – 2016 the number of veterans served by the VAC office has increased 10 fold – from 50 veterans per month to nearly 500 veterans. Kristina believes her office’s success is due to her strong team & strong partnerships and collaboration with other organizations in our community.

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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 4 years and am currently the Sr. Veterans Service Officer managing the organization of the claims and organizing the Education for the service officers in our office. 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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Stanley Adams

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James Baskerville

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Jim Singler

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Jerry Leonard

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