National Board of Directors

Called to our mission through faith and inspired each day by the success of the people we support, our board of directors establishes the legal and ethical policies that govern our organization and ensure our future.

Cesar Villalpando

AbleLight Communities Chairman of the Board

Cesar Villalpando is the former Corporate Senior Vice President, Enterprise Shared Services at Kaiser Permanente, the nation’s largest integrated health system. During his 29+ years with Kaiser he oversaw a broad range of services, including hospitals, pharmacy, construction, support services, and financial and strategy divisions. He holds a Bachelor’s degree in Psychology, including graduate studies in Human Factors from California State University, Northridge.

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Randall Odzer

AbleLight Communities Treasurer

Randall Odzer is the Chief Financial Officer of the U.S. Insurance Solutions division of Principal Financial Group, a Fortune 500 global financial services company. Randall is a results-oriented business leader with diverse healthcare and insurance experience as CFO of several organizations, including: OptumHealth Care Solutions, United Behavioral Health and Cigna Behavioral Health. He holds an MBA from Northwestern University – Kellogg School of Management and a Bachelor’s degree in accounting from the University of Illinois at Chicago.

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Catherine Brondos

AbleLight Communities Secretary

Cathy Brondos is an educational trainer and coach. Her career primarily focused on high school administration, special education, science education and undergraduate teacher education. She completed postgraduate programs in school administration and in special education at the University of Denver, and holds a Master’s degree in Botany from the University of Kansas and a Bachelor’s degree in Education from Concordia University.

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Karen Carter

AbleLight Communities Board

Karen Carter is the former Volunteer Coordinator at Riverfront, Inc. and the Chippewa Valley Museum. Her career has included Lutheran Camp Counselor, Children’s Librarian, Director and Teacher in private and Lutheran early childhood settings. She has served on numerous church and civic boards and committees. She is the past President of the AbleLight Auxiliary Governing Board.  Karen holds an Associate degree from Concordia and Bachelor’s degree in Early Child Development from Warner Pacific.

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Malcolm Conner

AbleLight Communities Board

Malcolm Conner is a Corporate Council Member of the Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia. Malcolm is a visionary, innovative, decisive senior executive recognized for outstanding bottom line results and a proven record of building world-class teams and results. Malcolm is a former Board member of the American Water Charitable Foundation and Chief Executive Advisor at Progressive Business. He holds a MBA from The Wharton School of Business, University of Pennsylvania.

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Thor Misko

AbleLight Communities Board

Thor Misko is Vice President of Project Development and Minority Owner – Selzer Ornst Construction Company, and previously served with the Kern Family Foundation, where he shepherded their entrepreneurial engineering program efforts to transform engineering at universities throughout the country. Prior to the Kern Family Foundation he was an executive with Project Lead The Way, the nation’s largest K-12 STEM education program, a director at the Milwaukee School of Engineering, and worked in various entrepreneurial and engineering fields and markets throughout the U.S. Thor earned his bachelor’s degree in architectural engineering from the Milwaukee School of Engineering. 

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Mindy Perry

AbleLight Communities Board

Mindy Perry most recently served as the Chief Marketing Officer for Austin, Texas-based jewelry and accessories brand Kendra Scott. Mindy has a diverse background from her time across various agency, brand and wholesale marketing roles. She previously served as Vice President of Integrated Brand Marketing for Neiman Marcus Group and as an executive with Fossil Group and Under Armour, where she held a variety of retail, brand and global marketing leadership roles. On the agency side she has worked with high-profile clients such as PepsiCo, Frito-Lay and Hilton Worldwide. Mindy earned a bachelor’s degree in communication arts from the University of Wisconsin-Madison.

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Jim Rymarcsuk

AbleLight Communities Board

Jim Rymarcsuk is a Distinguished Career Institute Fellow at Stanford University. He previously served as Chief Marketing & Strategy Officer for Honeywell Aerospace, a $15 billion diversified industrial and technology company, where he was responsible for overall business strategy, strategic planning, growth, new product development, customer engagement, mergers and acquisitions and transformation to a digital leader. He held senior leadership positions with iRobot Corp. and Lockheed Martin Corp. He holds a bachelor’s degree in mechanical engineering and master’s degree in aerospace engineering from Stanford University, an MBA in Finance from Golden Gate University and a master’s degree in technology and public policy from MIT.

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Michael Toedt, MD

AbleLight Communities Board

Dr. Michael Toedt is Founder and CEO of Toedt Health Solutions LLC. He recently retired as Chief Medical Officer for the Indian Health Service, an agency of the federal Department of Health and Human Services. As CMO, he was the department’s lead expert on medical and public health topics related to American Indian and Alaska Native health care policies and issues. He further provided national leadership for the clinical and community-based health programs of the agency. A family physician by training, Dr. Toedt was also  a ready responder for the National Health Service Corps. He earned his MD from the Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences and his bachelor’s degree in applied physics from Georgia Institute of Technology.

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Christine Tricoli

AbleLight Communities Board

Christine Tricoli is the Head of Human Resources at H.W. Kaufman Group, a global network of companies dedicated to shaping the insurance industry, located in Bloomfield Hills, MI. Christine’s career has primarily focused on talent development, retention, engagement and culture. Christine has more than 20 years of experience in human resources working with Fortune 500 companies. Christine also serves as a Senior Executive Board Member at the Best Practice Institute. She holds a MBA and BA from Canisius College in Buffalo, NY.

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Ellen Trytek

AbleLight Communities Board

Ellen Trytek most recently served as the Executive Marketing and Business Development Officer at WipFli, LLP. She is a dynamic, results-driven executive with outstanding success creating and delivering business and marketing strategies designed to drive profitable growth and revenue creation for professional services, consulting, and B2B service industries. She holds a Master’s degree in Marketing from Northwestern University and a Bachelor’s degree in Advertising, Marketing and Journalism from Marquette University.

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J. Larry Tyler

AbleLight Communities Board

J. Larry Tyler, FACHE, FHFMA, CMPE, is CEO and chairman of the Practical Governance Group in Atlanta. His organization includes consultants and academicians specializing in good governance and education of health care boards. Tyler began his professional career on the audit staff of Price Waterhouse and Co. and later founded Tyler & Company, which conducts executive-level searches for the health care industry. In 2013, Tyler & Company became part of Jackson Healthcare. Tyler earned his Master’s degree in public accounting from Georgia State University and his Bachelor’s degree in industrial management from the Georgia Institute of Technology.

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John Wiktor

AbleLight Communities Board

John Wiktor is a partner at Horwood Marcus & Berk Chartered in Chicago and leads the firm’s Trusts & Estates practice. John counsels charities and foundations on the complex world of charitable planning. He works with entities ranging from large public charities to sophisticated private family foundations and simple grant-making organizations, helping them navigate issues related to governance, tax and the structure of gift agreements. He also partners with donors on estate planning to learn their charitable motivations and helps to ensure their legacies live on after death. John earned his law degree from Loyola University Chicago School of Law and his bachelor’s degree from the University of Michigan.

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