Executive Board

Lissa Druss

Company: Serafin & Associates, Inc.
Industry Expertise: Crisis Communications, Public Affairs and Relations
JPF Board Role: Chairman

What is your connection to JPF?
I first met Jarrett when I started working with his father in 1996. Walter was the color analyst for CBS2’s pre-season Bears football coverage and I was the Senior Sports Producer for CBS2. Soon after I learned the Payton charisma was genetic and I started using Jarrett in television sports shows. Our professional relationship turned into a friendship/mentoring relationship with the Payton family as Jarrett started to broaden his career as a small businessman and furthered his career as a broadcaster.

What is your charity experience prior to joining our Board of Directors?
I serve on the board of Milan - Chicago Sister Cities International and am the Board of Secretary of the Get Growing Foundation. I volunteer with the Joint Civic Committee of Italian Americans, The Shrine of Our Lady of Pompeii Italian American church and am a member of the National Italian American Foundation. I also spent more than ten years on the executive committee of Bears Care, the charitable arm of the Chicago Bears.


Mike Korkosz

Company: Jewel-Osco
Industry Expertise: Grocery Retail/Merchandising
JPF Board Role:  Relationships, Partnerships, Sponsorships

What is your connection to JPF?
I am a friend and business partner with the Payton Family.

What is your charity experience prior to joining our Board of Directors?

Currently I am an active board member with Northern Illinois University’s College of Business Experiential Learning Center (ELC). The ELC brings together their top business students with partnering organizations to provide real business world experience while solving non-mission critical, cross functional business issues. I am also the lead contact and organizer for Jewel-Osco’s partnership with the Northern Illinois Food Bank. I work directly with the Food Bank to coordinate any fundraiser functions, food packing days, or any other functions where Jewel-Osco helps to benefit the Food Bank.

Jarrett Payton

Company: WGN9 TV, WGN Radio 720AM, Jarrett W. Payton, LLC
Industry Expertise: Sports, Media, Business Owner
JPF Board Role: Co-Founder and President

Trisha Payton

Company: Associated Agencies, Inc.
Industry Expertise: Insurance
JPF Board Role: Co-Founder and Executive Director

CJ Rog

Industry Expertise: Website/Technology/Attorney
JPF Board Role: Advisor

What is your connection to JPF?
Jarrett and I have been friends since we were in high school. In the beginning I helped with the Walter and Connie Payton Foundation wrapping toys at Christmas. Since then I have witnessed the positive impact Jarrett and his family have on the community. I am honored to help the Paytons in any way.

What is your charity experience prior to joining our Board of Directors?
I serve on the McDonalds All-American Basketball Game Sub-Committee Member and founded Team Sweetness for the Walter and Connie Payton Foundation. I am a fundraiser for Children’s Memorial Hospital Marathon Team and I assist the St. Joseph County Public Library helping children learn to read.