A Pittsburgh Pennsylvania native, Monica Orluk, a founding member of OTA, serves as CEO and Executive Director, having moved into that position upon the retirement of Founder, Kristen Holloway. Until that time, Monica served as President & COO after serving for 6 years as the organization’s Vice President and works to promote Operation Troop Appreciation, secure corporate sponsorship and grant funding, organize and coordinate fund raising events; and as a media spokesperson. She also oversees all activities at OTA operational headquarters, including inventory management, shipping, and donation procurement.
Monica is currently employed as a Director of Sales Engineering for Fiserv Lending Solutions. Her role is to provide marketing and sales support of technology products to the financial services industry. Monica also serves on the Housing Policy Council’s Sub-Committee for Service Members Civil Relief Act (SCRA) and is a USA Cares certified Military Housing Assistance Specialist. She feels that her career experience provides the perfect skill set to apply to her OTA work and enjoys the best of both worlds – a profession she loves and a cause she is passionate about. To quote Monica, “It doesn’t get any better than this!”
Monica holds a Bachelor of Science Degree in Business Management, having graduated with honors, and was selected as a 2010 University of Phoenix Volunteer LEAD Award Honoree, an award given by HandsOn Network and the University of Phoenix to 10 outstanding volunteer leaders in the nation. This award is truly an honor as it recognizes leaders who motivate others and are catalysts for change in their communities. Recognition has never been her intent, but it is very rewarding to have others consider her volunteer work important. Monica is proud to be a volunteer. Her work with OTA has provided an opportunity to place her time and energy into a cause she believes in passionately. In her free time, Monica enjoys travel, golf, biking, karaoke and spending time with her family.