The Mission

SALUTE, INC. is dedicated to meeting the financial, physical and emotional needs of injured military service members, veterans and their families.

About Us

SALUTE,INC. was founded in 2003 by Will and Mary Beth Beiersdorf of Arlington Heights, Illinois. Shortly after 9/11, Will a Naval Reservist, was called to active duty and deployed to Guantanamo Bay, Cuba for thirteen months. The severe financial impact his deployment had on his family came as a startling revelation. While Will was serving in Cuba, Mary Beth was overwhelmed with the magnitude of what she and their young sons were facing. In addition to the lack of finances, Mary Beth and her children coped with the fear of the unknown and the emotional strain caused by their separation from Will. With the help, support and outpouring of love from family, friends, their church and their community, they were able to survive. Upon Will's return, both he and Mary Beth felt the need to "give back" by helping others who were experiencing similar hardships. In 2003, they decided to start an organization whose fundraising efforts would be based around a yearly Memorial Day Family Run/Walk. After sharing their vision with family, friends and pooling their resources, SALUTE was born! SALUTE, INC. is now a recognized 501(c)(3) non-profit organization that provides financial support for our military men and women through a variety of fundraising activities.


Marc Gallant BOARD PRESIDENT, Regional Sales Director, OSIsoft, LLC

Curtis L. Matlin BOARD VICE PRESIDENT, President, Matlin Financial Services

Griffin S. Knight BOARD TREASURER, International Product Specialist, Vice President, JP Morgan Chase & Co.

Lisa Moran BOARD SECRETARY, Township Clerk, Palatine Township

Board Members

Mary Beth Beiersdorf Executive Director, SALUTE, INC.

Tom Hoskinson Sergeant Major (retired), US Army Reserve

Cara Lindell President, Kinetic Konnections

William Luehrs Chief Human Resources Officer, NorthShore University HealthSystem

Nancy Mcllvaine Entrepreneur/Philanthropist

Patrick E. Moroney Chief Information Officer and Group Director, Central States Funds

Scott Skinger Entrepreneur

Associate Board of Directors

Michael C. Terranova BOARD PRESIDENT, Associate Attorney, Cogan & Power PC

Kellen Monti BOARD VICE PRESIDENT, Vice President -Tenant Representation, JLL

Jay Fabian BOARD VICE PRESIDENT, Assistant Vice President- Loan Origination, Wells Fargo Capital Finance

Grant Keller Senior Account Supervisor, Edelman

Sara Kelm Vice President, Nova Consulting Group, Inc.

Mindi Knebel Cofounder and Excecutive Director, Kaizen Health

Jake Lavin Illinois Market Manager, Breakthru Beverage

Matt Nemshick Business Development, Clune Construction Company

Contact Us

Executive Director
Development Director
Team SALUTE Coordinator
General Inquiries