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.
George R. Smith, Jr., EdD, MPH
Chicago State University
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.
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.
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.
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.
Deanna Cardone, MBA
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.
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.
Mainza Lukobo-Durrell, DrPH
Jhpiego, affiliate of Johns Hopkins University
Mainza Lukobo-Durrell is a Public Health Professional with 10 years of experience in developing, planning, implementing, managing, monitoring, evaluating and researching Public Health programs.
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.
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.
Joseph Lambert, JD
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.
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.
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.
Michael S. Taitel, PhD.
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.
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.
Northwestern Medical Group/Feinberg School of Medicine
Jesse Meyer is a healthcare administrator with experience in strategic planning, operations, and financial management.
Ariel Thomas, MS
Metropolitan Chicago Breast Cancer Task Force
Ariel J. Thomas, MS currently leads policy and advocacy efforts at the Metropolitan Chicago Breast Cancer Task Force. She also supports quality improvement programming for the Chicago Breast Cancer Quality Consortium.
Betsy Covell is a Senior Standards Manager at Nokia, where she has over 25 years experience in telecommunications. In her current role, she is defining the requirements for 5th Generation wireless systems.