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Our organization’s uniqueness derives, in large part, from our strong board participation; the diversity of issues the board addresses; and the single-mindedness of its vision: an equitable health system that provides access to quality affordable health care for all.

The board’s professional diversity has been responsible for the broad range of issues on which Health & Medicine has taken a lead. The close collaboration between our staff and this remarkable board has allowed us to remain focused and on mission while successfully stewarding operational resources.

Founding Chairman
Quentin D. Young, MD

Executive Committee Officers

Steven K. Rothschild, MD
Professor and Chair, Department of Family Medicine, Rush University Medical Center

Immediate Past President
Lon Berkeley
Project Director, CHC Accreditation (Retired)
The Joint Commission

Heather O’Donnell, JD, LLM
Vice President of Advocacy and Public Policy

Joseph Zanoni, MILR, PhD
Research Assistant Professor (Retired)
Illinois Occupational and Environmental
Health and Safety Education and Research Center
School of Public Health,
University of Illinois at Chicago

At Large

Claudia Fegan, MD
Chief Medical Officer
Cook County Health & Hospitals System

Sara Lindholm
Regional Director of Development (Retired)
The Community Builders, Inc.

Jennifer McGowan-Tomke
Associate Director
National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI) Chicago

Rachel Reichlin, MPH, MSN, CTN-B
Program Officer
Michael Reese Health Trust

Mildred Williamson, PhD, LCSW
Director, Research & Regulatory Affairs
Cook County Health & Hospitals System

Tom Wilson
Community Organizer
Access Living (Retired)

Board Members

Karen Aguirre, MPH
Program Manager
West Side United, Rush University Medical Center

Virginia Bishop, MD, MPH
GW Associates, Inc./Pediatric & Adolescent Medicine
Assistant Professor
Feinberg School of Medicine, Northwestern University

Suzanne Carlberg-Racich, PhD, MSPH
Assistant Professor
DePaul University

Misty Drake, MA
Chief Operating Officer
Piedmont Health Services, Inc.

Joe Feinglass, PhD
Research Professor of Medicine
General Internal Medicine

Michael Gelder

Robyn L. Golden, MA, LCSW
Director of Health and Aging
Rush University Medical Center

Graciela Guzmán
Coalition Manager, Protect Our Care Illinois Coalition
Heartland Alliance

Amy Lulich, MHA
Director, Health Policy and Strategy
Office of the Vice Chancellor for Health Affairs
University of Illinois Hospital & Health Sciences System

Ray Mendez, MD, MA
Founder and President
Salud LatinX, LLC

Linda Rae Murray, MD, MPH
Chief Medical Officer (Retired)
Cook County Department of Public Health

Elena Quintana, PhD
Executive Director
Institute on Public Safety & Social Justice (IPSSJ)
Adler School of Professional Psychology

Gayle Riedmann, CNM
West Suburban Midwife Associates

Elizabeth Salisbury-Afshar, MD, MPH, FAAFP
Bureau of Health Promotion, Chicago Department of Public Health

Melissa Simon, MD, MPH
Vice Chair of Clinical Research, Dept. of Obstetrics and Gynecology
George H. Gardner Professor of Clinical Gynecology
Associate Professor of Obstetrics and Gynecology, Preventive Medicine and Medical Social Sciences
Northwestern University, Feinberg School of Medicine

Kai Tao, ND, MPH, CNM
Deputy Commissioner – Chief Program Officer
Chicago Department of Public Health