Fishing Has No Boundaries®’ goal is to provide national recreational
fishing opportunities for all persons with disabilities regardless of
age, race, gender, or disability.
Jim Koppa, President
Jim Koppa retired as President/CEO of Ohio Medical Corporation in 2008, but has since rejoined the company as Vice President of Operations. He holds a Master of Science degree from the Lake Forest Graduate School of Management. He is a U.S. Navy veteran, having served in the US Submarine Service aboard the nuclear submarine, USS Mariano G. Vallejo. Past community service includes 14 years as a volunteer paramedic, two elected terms on the local Antioch, IL, school board, membership on the village planning commission, membership in both the local Lions Club and Jaycees, and also currently serves on the Executive Board and Board of Directors of the Management Resources Association (MRA). Jim’s involvement in FHNB first began at the Hayward event in the role of sector boat volunteer, and he has been a member of the National Organization Board of Directors since 2004; he currently serves as Board President. He and his wife reside in Antioch, IL, and also have a summer place in Hayward, WI.
Tom Dvorak-Vice President
Tom Dvorak was appointed to the National Board in 2016 and currently serves as the Treasurer. His interest in Fishing has no boundaries started in 2007 when he was introduced to the Hayward Chapter by volunteering at their event with Board President Jim Koppa. Tom and his wife Sheila took over running the Chicagoland Chapter in Antioch Illinois in 2011. It is now called the Northern Illinois Chapter.
Volunteering has been an important part of Tom’s life for the past 35 years where he has served his community in various organizations. He served as a volunteer paramedic on the Antioch Rescue Squad; was involved with Cub Scouts and Boy Scouts; served on the Antioch Arbor Day Committee and is currently a Trustee for the Antioch Fire District.
Tom retired from the Glenview (IL) Fire Department as a Lieutenant/Medic. He currently works part time in the Antioch IL Public Works Water Department. He has an Associate’s Degree in Fire Science. Tom lives in Antioch IL with his wife Sheila. They have been married for 35 years and have three adult children and a daughter in law.
Steve Gebauer was introduced to Fishing Has No Boundaries by Tom and
Shelia Dvorak in 2011. Shortly after the Northern Illinois event that
year, he joined the Northern Illinois Board of Directors. Steve has
also served on the National Board since 2019.
Steve and his wife Rita, live in Antioch, Illinois, where they raised
their 2 children.
Steve and Rita have been active members of the volunteer base in their
community, where they served on the Antioch Youth Baseball Board of
Directors together and have been volunteers, coaches and fundraisers
for numerous organizations. Steve also served as District
Administrator for the Northern Illinois Little League District.
Steve is the Purchasing and Projects Manager at the The Deli Source in
Antioch, Illinois, where he has worked since 2000.
David Koch is a ten year Air Force Veteran and former Department of Defense contractor. In 1998 David was diagnosed with Multiple Sclerosis, and was medically retired. While attending UW Stout and completing his Bachelor of Science in Vocational Rehabilitation, he learned about FHNB from a Hayward volunteer. He became involved in FHNB as a participant in 2003, at the Hayward event, and has been hooked ever since. When needed, David assists other participants at the Hayward event. After starting at the Center for Independent Living in 2007 as an assistive technology specialist, David began as equipment manager for the Chippewa Valley FHNB chapter. Since 2012 has been assisting the St Croix Valley FHNB chapter with adapted fishing requirements and driving a participant boat. While serving as a State of Wisconsin assistive technology council member and National Council on Independent Living Veterans subcommittee, David also became a FHNB Inc board member.