Board of Directors
Mr. Maldonado has served on the Advisory Committee for Chicago Artists Month and as Chief Coordinator for 18St :Pilsen Open Studios, managing this public art event. He has been interviewed and featured in print and news media including the Chicago Tribune, Museums Chicago, and many others, and has been interviewed on local and international TV channels. He is the recipient of three Governor’s International Artist Exchange Program Grants; 2002, 2008, and 2009. His most recent commissions were for the films: Monuments Men, 47 Ronin and Mad Max: Fury Road.
Mr. Maldonado has been awarded the 2020 Purple Star Award from After School Matters for excellence and innovation in quality programming.
Currently, Mr. Maldonado is Founder and Executive Director of JDEF Peace Project.
While in living in Venice Beach Mrs. Volk opened up a successful store "County Thrift Shop" A store for the people. A percentage of the proceeds supported the "Descendants of the Earth" a Non-Profit Organization in California. Mrs. Volk returned to Chicago and began her work with Jeff. The J-Def Peace Project was established with her assistance and is a member of the Board of Directors.
Currently, Mrs. Volk is the In School Suspension Supervisor at Easy Leyden High School. She also serves on the Board of Directors for the A.P.O. Cultural Center, and the J-Def Peace Project Program Manager.