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.
John Ellis – Vice President
John (J.B.) Ellis has spent most of his adult life in the United States Navy. Throughout his Navy career, he has served in various positions in different military medical installations. He retired in 2007 with the rank of Lieutenant Commander. He currently works at Teal Wing Golf Course, Hayward, WI, as a Manager of the Pro Shop which allows him to talk to lots of people about Fishing Has No Boundaries (FHNB). He first volunteered for FHNB in 1994, and at that time, developed a strong passion to work with the disabled. J.B. has been a board member since 2000, at which time he helped the organization become a part of the Combined Federal Campaign that has created both awareness and funding
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.