Board of Directors

Foundation Board of Directors

Rev. Bob Butler

Pastor Butler has been associated with the recovery community for over 20 years. He has served on other non-profit boards including his local recovery fellowship. He holds a Bachelor of Science from Southern Illinois University and Master of Divinity from Northern Seminary.

Pastor Butler was called into ministry in 2002 and ordained by The United Methodist Church in 2006. He has led congregations in Manhattan, Elmhurst and Oswego, Illinois. Prior to working in ministry, Bob was an entrepreneur who grew, led and sold a small business. He has also managed local, regional and national sales forces for a number of office equipment manufacturers including a division of a Fortune 500 company.

Gerald Cassioppi  

As an attorney and CPA, Mr. Cassioppi has worked extensively with not-for-profits and businesses during his 30-year career. He has provided legal counsel to a wide range of businesses, including Fortune 100 companies and start-ups regarding a variety of corporate governance, transactional, executive and employment matters.

Mr. Cassioppi has lent his expertise to such organizations as the National School Foundation Association, College Conference of Illinois and Wisconsin, Illinois Physical Therapists Foundation, Choose DuPage Economic Development Foundation, KidsMatter and the Naperville Education Foundation.

He has long been active in community leadership roles, having served on the Naperville District 203 School Board, as Chairman of the DuPage County Ethics Commission and presently as President-Elect and General Counsel for the DuPage County Bar Association. He was also named DuPage County Bar Association Lawyer of the Year for 2012-2013.

David Dastmalchian  

David Dastmalchian is an award-winning actor, writer and producer and has appeared in such feature films as The Dark Knight, Prisoners, Chronic, Under the Pyramid and Marvel Studio’s Ant-Man. His television credits include CSI: Cyber, Almost Human, CSI, FX’s The League, BBC’s Intruders, and the Showtime series Ray Donovan.

As a writer, Mr. Dastmalchian received the Special Jury Prize the 2014 SXSW Film Festival for Courage in Storytelling for his film screenwriting debut Animals. He also won Best Screenplay at the 2011 New York Independent Film Festival for his short film Keen.

He currently resides with his wife and son in Los Angeles, CA.

Caroline Kacena

Caroline Kacena, a longtime resident of Naperville, IL, has been active in the community for more than 27 years. In 2012, the heroin overdose and death of her 20-year-old son John inspired her to create the online addiction support group Open Hearts Open Eyes, which currently has 10,000 members nationwide. In 2013, she spearheaded the first naloxone outreach program in her community, training families, providing overdose prevention and harm reduction throughout the Western suburbs. In part, because of her efforts, Naperville police now carry naloxone in all squad cars.

Ms. Kacena has spoken at countless high schools, community forums, and special events and has been featured on CNN, Headline News, Oprah Prime and CBS Sunday Morning. Working with A Man in Recovery Foundation is a natural extension of Ms. Kacena’s efforts over the last several years, as she continues to fight the disease of addiction in her community.

Ronald Rice 

Ronald Rice is a successful entrepreneur in the consulting industry, having been a founding member of three organizations, and possesses a real skill in helping to build and nurture teams and businesses. In 2011, Mr. Rice completed his first book, “Building Relationships that Last a Lifetime” which outlines key strategies to identify, develop, and maintain professional and personal relationships.

Mr. Rice continues to enjoy professional writing and public speaking, as well as training/mentoring professionals in a variety of disciplines. He’s an active board member on several start-up organizations in both the nonprofit and for-profit sectors. He currently divides his time between Lake of the Ozarks, MO, and Naples, FL, with his wife Erin of 37 years.

Dr. Frederick Tiesenga  

Dr. Frederick Tiesenga has been an established surgeon in the Chicagoland area for more than 20 years. He received his M.D. from the University of Illinois at Chicago College of Medicine, and is currently the Chairman of the Department of Surgery at West Suburban Hospital. He also serves as the President of Medical Staff at Westlake Hospital.

Dr. Tiesenga is the President of the Chicago Medical Society’s District 5, as well as the President of the Illinois Reflux Society. He is a board member of the Illinois Association of Bariatric Surgeons, a member of the Illinois State Medical Society, as well as a fellow of the American College of Surgeons. Not only has Dr. Tiesenga’s work been published in professional journals, he has given countless presentations over his two-decade-long career.