Our Team

Board of Directors

Matthew Tripp


Matthew resides in Carol Stream, IL and is currently the Senior Manager of Customer Experience for Midtronics, Inc. in Willowbrook, IL, a privately held company that designs and manufactures diagnostic equipment for the automotive industry. Prior to Midtronics, Matthew worked in the industrial supply/distribution market and also served his community in both volunteer and paid roles as a professional firefighter/paramedic and educator specializing in pre-hospital care. He serves as the co-founder of Vaughn's Wings of Hope.

Ami Ullrich

Vice President, Treasurer

Ami lives in Coal City, IL with her husband and three kids. In addition to caring for her family, Ami is also the principal owner of Smith Painting Service, Inc. In 2018, she proudly received recognition as a woman-owned business at both the national level by WBENC and the state level, earning her WBE and DEB certifications. Prior to focusing on Smith Painting, Ami spent many years as an educator teaching Biology at Joliet Junior College. She serves as the co-founder of both Vaughn's Wings of Hope and GETit (Gonorrhea Eradication Team and Integration Taskforce).

Cindi Knop


Cindi is retired after serving many years for the State of Illinois. She worked in finance, accounting and budget analysis for the Illinois State Police and the Department of Corrections. She was also in the education field as a teacher in Illinois and Texas. Today she enjoys volunteering in her community and serving on the board of VWOH.

Kim Fein


Kim has been employed with R.I.A. Federal Credit Union for many years in a variety of roles, including Member Service, Marketing Assistant, and Assistant Branch Manager, her current role. She is a Multiple Sclerosis survivor and enjoys participating in bike rides and walks to further MS research. She enjoys spending time with her husband and her golden retriever, Berkley.

Iliana Perea


Iliana lives in her hometown, Chicago, IL. She works as a caseworker for the Illinois Department of Human Services. She has volunteered for local nonprofits in various capacities, including social media communications and fundraising. She is an advocate for cultural understanding and has been involved with various international exchange programs.