Our Board of Directors

(from left) Dan Barton, Michael Wasz, Melissa Wasz, Lisa Gorsage and Jeremy Villacorta

We are a small team of talented professionals with a wide range of skills and experience. We love what we do, and we do it with passion. We look forward to working with you.

R. Michael Wasz


Mason’s father is a Columbia College Chicago graduate with a degree in Radio and a former In-Arena Host for the Chicago Wolves.

When he is not working to bring awareness to the Mason Wasz Foundation, Michael is also a stand-up comedian and voice-over/audio production artist. He is also the Secretary of his neighborhood Association.

Michael is also a four-time Crystal Lake Downtown Association GEM Award nominee and winner in 2017 and has seen every episode of Schitt’s Creek and 30 Rock.

Email me: michaelw@masonwasz.org
Linq App: https://linqapp.com/r_michael_wasz?r=link

Melissa L. Wasz

Vice President

Mason’s mother is a Professional Figure Skating and Hockey Coach and a Color Street Nail Stylist.

She thoroughly enjoys being a sports mom to Mason’s brother Max and volunteering for the organizations Max participates in during his sports life.

When she’s not on the ice, she enjoys serving as Vice President on the Wagon Wheel Figure Skating Club Board of Directors to help enhance the workings of the skating club.

She dedicates much of her time to the Mason Wasz Foundation and is passionate about keeping Mason’s memory and little helper spirit alive.

“It’s an amazing thing to be able
to help people in his memory.” 

Email me: melissaw@masonwasz.org
Linq App: https://linqapp.com/melissa_wasz?r=link

Lisa Gorsage


I was honored to be asked to join the board of the Mason Wasz Foundation.

When news of what happened to Mason became public, I was consumed with the innocent and precious little boy.  I have known Melissa and Mike for many years and serve with Melissa on a figure skating board.  “This just doesn’t happen to people I know.” 

I have always wanted to volunteer, whether for a cause I am passionate about or for work platforms, because why not?  It takes bodies, it takes people, and it takes heart. 

The Mason Wasz Foundation serves to help the community where Mason was born, and the mentality to be a helper like Mason is infused in me like it was in him even for his short time on this earth. 

I hope I can continue to make Mason proud by serving and helping to bring awareness of the “Little Helper Spirit” to our community and beyond. 

Email me: lisag@masonwasz.org
Linq App: https://linqapp.com/lisa_gorsage?r=link

Jeremy Villacorta


Jeremy joined the Mason Wasz Foundation Board through Mason’s parents, Michael & Melissa, who at the time served as youth hockey coaches for Jeremy’s daughter. As time developed throughout the years, family friendships ensued. The Mason Wasz Foundation position for Treasurer had been vacant, and when asked to help fill the spot, Jeremy humbly accepted.

Jeremy’s professional career is in Cybersecurity as an experienced global leader with a successful record of managing motivated, high-performance, and talented individuals.

Jeremy resides in the Northwest suburbs of Hawthorn Woods, IL, along with his wife Michelle and two children, Xander and Avery. The family enjoys engaging in outdoor activities, especially ice hockey and snowboarding.

Email me: jeremyv@masonwasz.org
Linq App: https://linqapp.com/jeremy_villacorta_3?r=link

Non-Board Member Volunteers

Dennis Gade

Donations Chairman

Mason’s Grandfather.

Email me: dennisg@masonwasz.org

Maxwell Wasz

Junior Ambassador

Max is in 8th Grade and loves talking about his brother Mason.

Mason’s passing crushed Max, as all he ever wanted was a brother. His formerly green-dyed hair was a tribute to his younger brother.

Max is an accomplished travel baseball player, an avid hockey fan/player, and recently started playing basketball and volleyball, where his team won State!

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