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About Executive Management Team Members

Get to know our Executive Management Team!

Alexander Kovarovic / President and Chief Executive Officer

Hey, y'all! I'm Alex and I started the journey of running a nonprofit after high school and after my own personal battle with mental illness, self harm, and a suicide attempt. I have been the CEO of the One Life Project since I founded it and I enjoy being able to work with various different people, groups, and businesses each day. I love how diverse we are and how our work makes a difference in the lives of others. I am super big on inclusion and I always want everyone to feel accepted and comfortable in any situation they are in. Being able to do what I do is honestly a dream that I will forever be grateful and thankful for and I am beyond blessed that i'm able to live my dream. I can't put into words the love I have for my team, those who make everything possible. Outside of work, I love cars. I spend much of the free time I have racing, building cars, trying out mods, and looking at new cars. I currently own a 2021 Mustang GT and a 2017 Mustang, which has been my dream car since I was playing with matchbox cars. I also love traveling, both for work and just for fun. Other hobbies and things I like to do include working out, hiking, running, long car rides, attending concerts and festivals, and writing. My work is my top passion though, as I love what I do. Doing something you love is honestly so important, no matter what it is. I don't watch much TV or movies, but when I do it's usually some reality tv show that I don't even like, but I get caught into it. I also love Chicago PD, Law and Order: SVU, and Chicago Med. My favorite food is PASTA!!

Hailey Jones / Executive Vice President and Asst. CEO

Heya! My name is Hailey and I am the Vice President with the One Life Project. That means my role is a bit of everything. I mainly assist Alex in tasks and oversee a variety of projects and tasks throughout the year. Alex brought me on in 2019. We were close friends and I wanted to join and help him, but then I ended up falling in love with the work, so now I spend a lot of my time working on OLP stuff. It's a blessing being able to help lead such an amazing organization with a mission I strongly believe in. Outside of the organization, I love skiing in the winter, and going to beaches in the summer. I love makeup and hair as I have studied cosmetology most of my life. I LOVE coffee and sushi. I could live on both. I'm not a super big driver, I'd rather be a passenger. My fav tv show is Catfish (idk why, I like the chaos). I'm a big advocate for women's rights and pro-choice. I also think I'm addicted to TikTok at this point, send help!

Mackenzie Taylor / Executive Vice President and Asst. CEO

Hey! I'm Tay and I'm an assistant to the CEO. I'm not a super big writer and honestly don't know what to say when people ask me to talk about myself, but here goes nothing. I love being a part of the team and I love all of the friends I have made, people I have met, the people I have been able to support, and the communities I have had a part in helping. Knowing you are doing good and making a difference in the lives of others is refreshing. Outside of work, I go to school. I'm currently a junior at Penn State. It's hard balancing everything, but I wouldn't change any of it! After work, school, and studying, I often am at dance classes. I have loved dancing since I was like 5 and it's pretty much the only thing I do outside of work and school. I don't watch much tv, but I do love Tiktok and Youtube and am on Snapchat way too much.

Christopher Collar / Executive Vice President and Asst. CEO


Gracelyn Anderson / EVP, Regional Director: West Coast

Hi everyone! My name is Grace and I am the regional director of the west coast for the One Life Project. I currently live in Cali, but I travel a lot. I love being in different spots and finding new adventures! I love my job and I like all of the work I do! Outside of work, I go to college college online. I have one year left and then I have no idea what I will do with the extra free time. My fave food is hotpockets (seriously) and my least fave food is pasta (sorry, Alex). I love hanging with my friends and going out. I am an extrovert at heart and love meeting new people. 

Joseph Kovarovic / EVP, Regional Director: Northeast

Hey! I'm Joe and i'm the regional director for the northeast. I have lived in the northeast my entire life and wouldn't have it any other way. I like the cooler weather and enjoy fall season. I'm a sports fan and my teams are the Chicago Blackhawks, Cincinnati Reds, and LA Rams. I love being able to help other people and the One Life Project is a great way to do so. I would definitely recommend it for anyone that wants to help others. I love British tv shows and older shows. I also love movies such as the Marvel movies. 

Aimee Eddy Gross / Division Director of Education, Research, and Community Relations

Hi! I’m Aimee Eddy Gross, a divisional director for the One Life Project. I believe in the work the One Life Project does because when I was young, I never had such a program to help me deal with my mental illness. It’s my passion to help the project to educate and help youth with mental illness and the different aspects of mental illness. Outside of the One Life Project, I'm a part time supermarket cashier and an author/writer. I published Escape to the Garage: Family Love Overcomes Bullying found on Amazon. I write a blog called Finding the Light about recovery from mental illness. I am in recovery from mental illness and am a survivor of bullying. I am a strong and vocal advocate against bullying and for mental health education. I love to wood-burn as that's my biggest hobby outside of working. I also love to spend time with my husband. I grew up in western New York and now live in Pennsylvania with my husband and our rescue dog. My favorite tv show is Law and Order, my favorite movie is Dead Poets Society, and my favorite food is string bean casserole.

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