Strategic Plan

Who We Are

Work of the Foundations of East Chicago is funded by the AMERISTAR East Chicago Casino and Hotel.

Mission Statement

Our Mission is to support local schools, churches, municipal agencies and nonprofit organizations that work to improve the quality of life in East Chicago.

To advance this mission, the Foundations of East Chicago will provide financial support through educational assistance in the form of scholarships; the awarding of grants that are strategic to achieve our objectives and by our service and leadership within the community.

Vision Statement

To be recognized as the model for philanthropic leadership and community partnership, demonstrating that positive change is possible and East Chicago residents can live in hope of a bright, safe and prosperous future.

 Core Values

What we believe and hold as core values in our organizational responsibilities and operational priorities:

  • Transparency
  • Accountability
  • Consistency
  • Integrity and Fairness

Our Leadership

Board of Directors Staff
George Weems
Rosa M. Peña
Executive Director
Nadyne Kokot
Vice President
Tereka Boone
Education Program Director
Thomas Johnson
Alexis Jimenez
Director of Office Administrative Services
Joseph Verduzco
Janet Wozniak
Community Program Director
Richard Peterson
Raquel Avila
Office Operations/Data Support
Maria Vargas  
Committee Members
Juan Aceves Mario Palacios
Ryan Coppola Richard Peterson
Jose Eulloqui Marie Robinson
Ken Harris Norma A. Sanchez
Juanita Hill Peter Smith
Rev. Willie Johnson Maria Vargas
Dr. James Rajchel Ceslete A. Vega
Dolores Lakich Kathleen Zipko
Michael Muskin  
Rev. Moses Paez  

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