Board

  • George R. Smith, Jr., EdD, MPH

    Chicago State University

    Chairperson - George R. Smith, Jr. has over twenty years of experience in public health, community engagement, social services and non-profit management. He currently serves as the grant coordinator for Chicago State University’s Partnership to STEP UP in Health Careers Program.

    Chairperson - George R. Smith, Jr. has over twenty years of experience in public health, community engagement, social services and non-profit management. He currently serves as the grant coordinator for Chicago State University’s Partnership to STEP UP in Health Careers Program.

    Dr. Smith has a strong passion for addressing racial disparities in health and is vehement about increasing the number of unrepresented minorities in the health science professions. His current research interests include spirituality/religious beliefs and its effect on health behaviors and health outcomes, ethical issues related to research involving urban populations, psycho-social determinants of infant mortality among African Americans, socio-cultural determinants of health and the organizational leadership style of health institutions serving underserved and underinsured populations.With a strong commitment to community service, George is actively involved withseveral civic, religious and philanthropic associations and societies.

    George is a native of Chicago and earned a Bachelor of Science in Biology from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, a Master of Public Health from the University of Illinois at Chicago School of Public Health and a Doctor of Education from Argosy University at Chicago.

  • Rashmi Chugh, MD

    DuPage County Health Department

    Vice-Chairperson - Dr. Rashmi Chugh. M.D., M.P.H. has served as Medical Officer at the DuPage County Health Department since 2003 and served her 2010-2011 term as DuPage County Medical Society President. She also serves as Public Health Committee Chair for the Illinois Academy of Family Physicians, represents IAFP on the state Immunization Advisory Committee, and is a Chicago Area Immunization Campaign steering committee member. She graduated from the Medical College of Wisconsin and completed her residency at Adventist Hinsdale Hospital. Dr.

    Vice-Chairperson - Dr. Rashmi Chugh. M.D., M.P.H. has served as Medical Officer at the DuPage County Health Department since 2003 and served her 2010-2011 term as DuPage County Medical Society President. She also serves as Public Health Committee Chair for the Illinois Academy of Family Physicians, represents IAFP on the state Immunization Advisory Committee, and is a Chicago Area Immunization Campaign steering committee member. She graduated from the Medical College of Wisconsin and completed her residency at Adventist Hinsdale Hospital. Dr. Chugh is board certified in family medicine and earned her Master of Public Health degree from the University of Illinois at Chicago School of Public Health. Drawing from her background in family medicine, public health, and organized medicine, Dr. Chugh has a growing interest in vaccine-preventable diseases, sexually transmitted diseases, obesity prevention, patient safety initiatives, and medical liability reform.

  • Renee M. Friedman, JD

    Katten Muchin Rosenman, LLP

    Secretary - Renee M. Friedman is a Partner in the law firm of Katten Muchin Rosenman LLP and serves on its Board of Directors. Renee graduated from Northwestern University with a Bachelor of Arts degree and earned a law degree from Washington University in St. Louis, where she was Editor-in-Chief of the Urban Law Review. Renee has more than 30 years of experience and specializes in public finance. She has worked primarily on financings for hospitals, health care systems, utilities and educational facilities, involving both tax-exempt and taxable issues.

    Secretary - Renee M. Friedman is a Partner in the law firm of Katten Muchin Rosenman LLP and serves on its Board of Directors. Renee graduated from Northwestern University with a Bachelor of Arts degree and earned a law degree from Washington University in St. Louis, where she was Editor-in-Chief of the Urban Law Review. Renee has more than 30 years of experience and specializes in public finance. She has worked primarily on financings for hospitals, health care systems, utilities and educational facilities, involving both tax-exempt and taxable issues.

    Additionally, Renee is a member of the National Association of Bond Lawyers, has served as a Board member of Women in Public Finance, and as a member of the Advisory Board of the Journal of Law & Policy. She is currently a Trustee of the Illinois State Employees’ Retirement System. Formerly she served as counsel to the Gilead Referral and Outreach Center for the Medically Uninsured (dissolved in 2010 due to lack of funding). Through her synagogue, she works with United Power for Action and Justice, an organization that brings together grassroots groups around issues of social justice reform.

  • William Blum

    Retired, Formerly Senior Vice-President and CFO Wheaton Franciscan Healthcare

    Treasurer - William worked in the health care industry for more than twenty years and had responsibility for overall corporate financial operations, which included cash management and treasury, debt financing, internal and external audit, insurance and risk management, corporate compliance, strategic financial planning, and capital allocation. Prior to joining Wheaton Franciscan Healthcare, William was a partner with Laventhol and Horwath, Certified Public Accountants in Chicago, Illinois.

    Treasurer - William worked in the health care industry for more than twenty years and had responsibility for overall corporate financial operations, which included cash management and treasury, debt financing, internal and external audit, insurance and risk management, corporate compliance, strategic financial planning, and capital allocation. Prior to joining Wheaton Franciscan Healthcare, William was a partner with Laventhol and Horwath, Certified Public Accountants in Chicago, Illinois. A graduate of Bradley University and CPA, William is a member of various organizations, including the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants, the Illinois CPA Society, and the Healthcare Financial Management Association. He currently serves on the Board of Directors (Executive Committee and Treasurer) of People's Resource Center, Wheaton, Illinois and is co-chair for the Upendo Village, Kenya, Africa, capital campaign.

  • Ellen Mason, MD

    John H. Stroger Jr. Hospital of Cook County

    Past Chairperson - Ellen Mason is an internal medicine physician who has worked in the field of maternal fetal medicine and women’s health for more than twenty five years. She is an attending physician at the John H. Stroger Jr. Hospital of Cook County, which is the only public hospital serving Cook County and the surrounding collar counties. She is an assistant professor of Obstetrics and Gynecology at Northwestern University’s Feinberg School of Medicine.

    Past Chairperson - Ellen Mason is an internal medicine physician who has worked in the field of maternal fetal medicine and women’s health for more than twenty five years. She is an attending physician at the John H. Stroger Jr. Hospital of Cook County, which is the only public hospital serving Cook County and the surrounding collar counties. She is an assistant professor of Obstetrics and Gynecology at Northwestern University’s Feinberg School of Medicine. Her research interests and projects have focused on issues of chronic disease in women across the lifespan, chemical dependency in women, breastfeeding in women with chronic disease, HIV/AIDS, and the study of racial and ethnic health disparities, particularly in women of childbearing age. She is active in federal, state, and local advocacy efforts, primarily in the areas of access to care and in maternal child health.

  • Jonah E. Anderson, MA

    University of Illinois Cancer Center

    Jonah E. Anderson is the Associate Director of Development at the UIC School of Public Health where he is responsible for capital campaign development, strategic communications and fundraising on behalf of the school. He has ten years of external relations experience in, both, the for-profit and nonprofit arenas and with healthcare organizations which have primarily focused on working to improve the health and education of underserved populations.

    Jonah E. Anderson is the Associate Director of Development at the UIC School of Public Health where he is responsible for capital campaign development, strategic communications and fundraising on behalf of the school. He has ten years of external relations experience in, both, the for-profit and nonprofit arenas and with healthcare organizations which have primarily focused on working to improve the health and education of underserved populations. He holds a Bachelor degree in Psychology and a Master in Fine Arts in Visual Communication and Design, and has recently begun the pursuit of a Master in Public Administration degree at UIC.

    Jonah and his wife, Michelle, live in Chicago and are the proud parents to one – still relatively new and entirely delightful – son, Elijah.

  • Deanna Cardone, MBA

    Abbott

    Deanna Cardone is a global product manager at Abbott, where she is launching its next generation diagnostics systems. In this role, she manages the internal and external communications strategy globally. Prior to this position, she was a marketing director at Morningstar, Inc. where she led a team to deliver integrated marketing programs in order to grow revenue and increase client retention.

    Deanna Cardone is a global product manager at Abbott, where she is launching its next generation diagnostics systems. In this role, she manages the internal and external communications strategy globally. Prior to this position, she was a marketing director at Morningstar, Inc. where she led a team to deliver integrated marketing programs in order to grow revenue and increase client retention.

    Deanna received a master of business administration degree from the Kellogg School of Management and graduated cum laude from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, where she completed a bachelor of science degree in business administration.

  • Mary Driscoll, RN MPH

    Mary Driscoll is currently the Division Chief, Division of Patient Safety and Quality at the Illinois Department of Public Health (IDPH). Mary is responsible for advising the Department on all issues of Patient Safety and Quality Health Care, as well as for the implementation of mandated patient safety and quality initiatives, like the consumer guide to Health Care, the Hospital Report Card, and Adverse Event Reporting. Prior to this role, Mary served as the Chief Nursing Officer and the Director of Patient Care Services for the Cook County Bureau of Health Services, Ambulatory Network.

    Mary Driscoll is currently the Division Chief, Division of Patient Safety and Quality at the Illinois Department of Public Health (IDPH). Mary is responsible for advising the Department on all issues of Patient Safety and Quality Health Care, as well as for the implementation of mandated patient safety and quality initiatives, like the consumer guide to Health Care, the Hospital Report Card, and Adverse Event Reporting. Prior to this role, Mary served as the Chief Nursing Officer and the Director of Patient Care Services for the Cook County Bureau of Health Services, Ambulatory Network. She has worked in community health for more than 30 years, particularly around issues of service delivery and quality; patient safety; access to health care; and safety net health care.

  • Mainza Lukobo-Durell, DrPH

    Jhpiego, affiliate of Johns Hopkins University

    Mainza Lukobo-Durell is a Public Health Professional with 10 years of experience in developing, planning, implementing, managing, monitoring, evaluating and researching Public Health programs.

    Mainza Lukobo-Durell is a Public Health Professional with 10 years of experience in developing, planning, implementing, managing, monitoring, evaluating and researching Public Health programs. Mainza has served as Director for HIV/AIDS Research and Policy Institute in at Chicago State University and currently serves as a Senior Monitoring and Evaluation Advisor for Jhpiego, an affiliate of Johns Hopkins University, where she collaborates with teams of program staff, in-country stakeholders and public and private donors on successful evidence-based HIV/AIDS prevention programs in 11 countries in East and Southern Africa. She is also the co-founder and Principal Consultant of EMD Public Health Consultants and has provided consulting services to public health organizations in Chicago. A wife and mother of two, she is passionate about healthy communities and strong public health systems and this drives her to understand the health needs of the community and develop and implement programs that are successful and sustainable.

  • Jennifer Hammonds, LCSW

    Southern Illinois University-School of Medicine/Care-A-Van

    Jennifer C. Hammonds obtained her Masters of Social Work distinction from Southern Illinois University-Carbondale in 2002 and achieved the status of LCSW in 2004. Since that time, she has worked extensively with youth in a variety of settings, including crisis intervention and assessment; trauma-related intervention and counseling; individual and family systems therapy. Since 2008, she has been the primary mental health provider for the SIU Care-A-Van, a mobile school-based health center that serves high school students in Franklin county.

    Jennifer C. Hammonds obtained her Masters of Social Work distinction from Southern Illinois University-Carbondale in 2002 and achieved the status of LCSW in 2004. Since that time, she has worked extensively with youth in a variety of settings, including crisis intervention and assessment; trauma-related intervention and counseling; individual and family systems therapy. Since 2008, she has been the primary mental health provider for the SIU Care-A-Van, a mobile school-based health center that serves high school students in Franklin county. Jennifer serves as a liaison and active member of several inter- and intra-University committees, as well as within various community programs and advocacy groups. She has a vested interest in adolescent healthcare and seeks to foster resiliency and protective factors within this underserved population. 

  • Robin Hannon, MSN, RN

    St. Clair County Health Department

    Robin Hannon is currently the Director of Personal Health Services at St. Clair County Health Department. She has practiced maternal child health nursing for over thirty seven years and public health nursing for the last twenty four years.

    Robin completed her basic nursing education at Deaconess School of Nursing in St. Louis, Missouri and her BSN and MSN in public health from Southern Illinois University in Edwardsville with a research interest in the relationship between racism and birth outcomes.

    Robin Hannon is currently the Director of Personal Health Services at St. Clair County Health Department. She has practiced maternal child health nursing for over thirty seven years and public health nursing for the last twenty four years.

    Robin completed her basic nursing education at Deaconess School of Nursing in St. Louis, Missouri and her BSN and MSN in public health from Southern Illinois University in Edwardsville with a research interest in the relationship between racism and birth outcomes.

    Robin completed the University of Illinois Maternal Child Health Leadership Institute and has served as Secretary of the Illinois Public Health Association Maternal Child Health Section, as President of the Illinois Public Health Nurse Administrators and is currently the Southern Illinois Section Director. She has been active with the Illinois and Missouri March of Dimes and EverThrive of Illinois since the early 1990’s.

    Robin and her husband live in Belleville and have four children and three grandchildren. 

  • Joseph Lambert, JD

    Ventas, Inc.

    Joseph Lambert is Senior Vice President, Associate General Counsel at Ventas, Inc., a leading healthcare real estate investment trust. Before joining Ventas, he was an associate at Barack Ferrazzano Kirschbaum & Nagelberg LLP, focusing on real estate transactions for a wide variety of private and publicly-traded clients. He received a B.A. in General Business Administration/Pre-Law from Michigan State University and a J.D. from Harvard Law School.

    Joseph Lambert is Senior Vice President, Associate General Counsel at Ventas, Inc., a leading healthcare real estate investment trust. Before joining Ventas, he was an associate at Barack Ferrazzano Kirschbaum & Nagelberg LLP, focusing on real estate transactions for a wide variety of private and publicly-traded clients. He received a B.A. in General Business Administration/Pre-Law from Michigan State University and a J.D. from Harvard Law School.

  • Loretta Lattyak, RN, MEd

    Ann & Robert H. Lurie Children's Hospital of Chicago

    Loretta Lattyak is the Nurse Coordinator at the developmental and behavioral clinic at Lurie Children’s Hospital. Her professional career reflects her long-standing commitment to improving the health of women, children, and families. Within this broad framework, Loretta's specific interests include the exploration of factors that increase the risk for developmental delays and learning issues in young children and the examination of ways in which the health care delivery system and early intervention services can ameliorate these risks.

    Loretta Lattyak is the Nurse Coordinator at the developmental and behavioral clinic at Lurie Children’s Hospital. Her professional career reflects her long-standing commitment to improving the health of women, children, and families. Within this broad framework, Loretta's specific interests include the exploration of factors that increase the risk for developmental delays and learning issues in young children and the examination of ways in which the health care delivery system and early intervention services can ameliorate these risks.

  • Tamela Milan

    Access Community Health Network

    Tamela Milan is the Maternal and Child Health Outreach Worker at Access Community Health Network. Tamela started her career as a peer educator for the Closing the Gap on Infant Mortality project from 2004-2007. She was the Westside Healthy State Consortia Chair, was a former participant of that program, and was the first consumer to serve as a consumer representative on the National Healthy Start Association Board. In 2014, Tamela was appointed to the Illinois Community Health Workers Advisory Council.

    Tamela Milan is the Maternal and Child Health Outreach Worker at Access Community Health Network. Tamela started her career as a peer educator for the Closing the Gap on Infant Mortality project from 2004-2007. She was the Westside Healthy State Consortia Chair, was a former participant of that program, and was the first consumer to serve as a consumer representative on the National Healthy Start Association Board. In 2014, Tamela was appointed to the Illinois Community Health Workers Advisory Council. She received her Bachelor's Degree from Concordia University in 2014 and an Associates Degree from Robert Morris College in 1999.  She is currently working on her Masters of Public Policy from National Louis University. 

  • Anita Chandra-Puri, MD

    Northwestern Medicine; Ann & Robert H. Lurie Children's Hospital of Chicago

    Dr. Chandra has been practicing pediatrics with Northwestern Medical Group in Chicago since 2001.  Originally from Ohio, she received her MD from Northwestern University’s Feinberg School of Medicine in 1995 and completed her residency at Northwestern's Children Memorial Hospital. Dr.

    Dr. Chandra has been practicing pediatrics with Northwestern Medical Group in Chicago since 2001.  Originally from Ohio, she received her MD from Northwestern University’s Feinberg School of Medicine in 1995 and completed her residency at Northwestern's Children Memorial Hospital. Dr. Chandra maintains a strong affiliation with the medical school as an Instructor in Clinical Pediatrics at Northwestern University.  As faculty tutor for the Education Centered Medical Home, she teaches students about primary care medicine and has served on the Medical School’s Curriculum Committee. Over the years she has worked in various capacities with the AAP Illinois Chapter.  She serves on the Committee on Infectious Diseases and is faculty with both the Reaching Our Goals and Adolescent Immunization Projects.   She currently represents her chapter at the Illinois Immunization Advisory Committee.

    Dr. Chandra’s professional interests are focused on being a champion of childhood immunizations and is a Media Spokesperson for the AAP and Northwestern Medicine. Outside of work, Dr. Chandra chairs the SEED Foundation, a nonprofit scholarship foundation serving Indian high school students.  She is married with four children, and enjoys photography, music, and travel.

  • Michael S. Taitel, PhD.

    Walgreens Co

    Michael Taitel, PhD is a Senior Director of Health Analytics, Research & Reporting at Walgreen Co. and has been with the company since 2010. Dr. Taitel offers insights into conducting behavioral and clinical research in applied settings and presenting results to key decision makers. Dr. Taitel holds a doctorate in experimental health psychology from Ohio University and a master’s degree in clinical psychology from Bowling Green State University.

    Michael Taitel, PhD is a Senior Director of Health Analytics, Research & Reporting at Walgreen Co. and has been with the company since 2010. Dr. Taitel offers insights into conducting behavioral and clinical research in applied settings and presenting results to key decision makers. Dr. Taitel holds a doctorate in experimental health psychology from Ohio University and a master’s degree in clinical psychology from Bowling Green State University. He is a member of the American Psychological Association, the International Society for Pharmacoeconomics and Outcomes Research, and the Society of Behavioral Medicine.

    As a volunteer, Dr. Taitel helped found the Gilead Center, whose mission was to connect uninsured individuals and families throughout metropolitan Chicago with affordable healthcare benefits for which they are eligible. They also conducted research on the uninsured in Illinois and leveraged the findings to help lobby for state support of Kidcare, All Kids, and eventually FamilyCare.  In addition, for several years he served on the board of BJBE synagogue and served as social action chair. He helped initiate membership in United Power for Action and Justice and an award-winning community organizing program.

  • Shaan K. Trotter, MSc

    Robert H. Lurie Comprehensive Cancer Center of Northwestern University

    As Administrative Director at Northwestern University's Lurie Cancer Center, Shaan works closely with the Associate Director in the development and implementation of all OEMH initiatives. He coordinates the efforts of faculty and staff in the Lurie Cancer Center that address cancer disparities, including: research pertinent to cancer in minority and medically underserved populations; education and training of minority students; community engagement and partnerships; and advancing awareness of the benefits of cancer research and care to minority populations.

    As Administrative Director at Northwestern University's Lurie Cancer Center, Shaan works closely with the Associate Director in the development and implementation of all OEMH initiatives. He coordinates the efforts of faculty and staff in the Lurie Cancer Center that address cancer disparities, including: research pertinent to cancer in minority and medically underserved populations; education and training of minority students; community engagement and partnerships; and advancing awareness of the benefits of cancer research and care to minority populations. Shaan brings more than 17 years' of experience working with minority and medically underserved populations and has broad knowledge of urban public health campaign development and implementation, public policy and advocacy, and strategic planning. Prior to joining the Lurie Cancer Center's senior staff, he worked for the American Cancer Society - Chicago Region and the Chicago Department of Public Health.

  • Jesse Meyer

    Northwestern Medical Group/Feinberg School of Medicine

    Jesse Meyer is a healthcare administrator with experience in strategic planning, operations, and financial management.

    Jesse Meyer is a healthcare administrator with experience in strategic planning, operations, and financial management. He is currently the Administrator for the Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology at Northwestern University’s Feinberg School of Medicine, and Director of Operations for Women’s Health at Northwestern Medical Group.  In this position, Jesse works closely with the Department Chair and physician leadership to oversee business operations related to the department’s research, education, and clinical activities.  Prior to this role, he held positions in the healthcare consulting practices at Arthur Andersen and Cap Gemini Ernst & Young, before moving to Northwestern Medicine, where he has held various positions of increasing responsibility since 2003. Jesse completed his bachelor of business administration degree at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, as well as an MBA at the Kellogg School of Management at Northwestern University.  He is a Fellow of the Healthcare Financial Management Association and guest lecturer at the Northwestern University Master of Science in Health Communication Program.