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David J. Valkema
President & Chairman, Board of Directors

Chairman, MaVaL Management Ltd. - Reinsurance syndicate involved in joint underwriting of predominantly general insurance and reinsurance.  While Maval's roots are in American agricultural reinsurance brokering, the syndicate and individual names within the syndicate now underwrite general insurance and reinsurance throughout the European continent, British Isles and United States.

Executive Vice-President, MaVaL Trading Ltd., Firm specializing in international assets and investments, and corporate lending mainly in the British Isles.

David Valkema


Lawrence M. Gill, JD, Chicago, Illinois
Treasurer / Board Member

Larry practiced business related law in large Chicago law firms for 42 years until In 2010 he became the number two executive, Deputy Executive Director and Chief Financial Officer, of the American Bar Association. He retired from the ABA in 2016. Larry, also a certified public accountant, is currently a member of the Auditing Standards Board. He is a past president of the Illinois CPA Society, a past member of the board of directors and the Council of the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants. He is also a past chair of the U.S. National Conference of Lawyers and Certified Public Accountants and a past chair of the ABA’s audit committee. He has served and continues to serve on boards of directors and audit committees for both profit and nonprofit entities. Larry join The Pauls Foundation Board in 2013.

Lawrence M. Gill, JD, Chicago, Illinois


Paul Cottey, Chicago, Illinois
Secretary / Board Member

Paul is the Chief Information Officer at Water Street Healthcare Partners.  He is a former Executive Partner at Accenture, Chief Information Officer at R1 RCM and at PatientMatters, and VP of Information Technology and Systems at the Gores Group.   Paul received his BBA in Finance from Notre Dame.  He joined the Pauls Foundation Board in 2013.

Paul Cottey, Chicago, Illinois


Eric P. Johanson, MBA, Chicago, Illinois
General Manager / Board Member

Eric joined The Pauls Foundation in 2012.  He currently serves as the Foundation’s General Manager.  In past years, he has served as Treasurer and board member.  Eric serves on other non-profit corporation boards in the Chicago area and is a marketing manager at Verizon.  Eric has a Bachelor of Arts degree from University of Iowa and an MBA from DePaul University.

Eric P. Johanson, MBA, Chicago, Illinois


Elaine D. Cottey, Chicago, Illinois
Board Member

Elaine D. Cottey has been active in Chicago-area philanthropic endeavors for many years.  She has served on boards for various organizations, including Anixter Center, Lyric Opera of Chicago, the Chicago Zoological Society, the Adler Planetarium, and others.  Elaine holds a B.A. in English from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.  She joined The Pauls Foundation Board in 2017.

Elaine D. Cottey, Chicago, Illinois


David D. Dewaard, O.D., Chicago, Illinois
Board Member

David grew up in a large Iowa farm family and quickly learned the importance of hard work, family, and honesty.  At age 14, he saved for and purchased his first pair of contact lenses.  David was so excited for his improved eyesight that he decided to become an Optometrist.  Today, David practices private optometry in the Chicago area, providing care in underserved areas of Uptown, Englewood, and Maywood.  David provides professional eyecare to everyone, regardless of his or her ability to pay.  David is a Member of the Illinois Optometric Association and the American Optometric Association. He is Board Certified and was named Diplomat of Optometry in 2015.  He is a graduate of Corwith Wesley High School and holds degrees from Dordt College with BA Biology and Business Administration, and the Illinois College of Optometry, Doctor of Optometry.   The great joy in my life remains my partner of 42 years, and my present keeshond, Ellie Jelly Belly.

David D. Dewaard, O.D., Chicago, Illinois


Steve Salerno, Peoria, Arizona
Board Member

Steve Salerno grew up in Bridgeview, Illinois. After graduation, Steve started his career in finance at First National Bank of Chicago and later joined American Express Financial Advisors. Steve has been an independent financial advisor for over 20 years and is currently with Bentley Financial Group, a firm working through LPL Financial. In 2010, he moved to sunny Arizona to escape the cold Chicago winters. Steve enjoys photography arts, playing golf, Cubs spring training games and traveling. Steve was welcomed to the Pauls Foundation in 2018.

Steve Salerno, Peoria, Arizona


Laura Woll, Naperville, Illinois
Board Member

Laura is a long time friend of The Pauls Foundation and joined the Board in 2018.  Laura grew up in Chicago and is devoted to supporting the local arts community.  During the day, Laura trains therapy dogs and works at area senior centers with her dogs to bring joy and companionship to the residents. In her free time, Laura enjoys traveling and the attending Cubs games at Wrigley Field. 

Laura Woll, Naperville, Illinois


Dr. Gregory Boshart, Director

James Harms, Director

Dr. William Lawrence, Director

Kelly McCray, Director

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