Joy Virginia Cunningham sits on the First Division of the Illinois Appellate Court, First Judicial District. Before joining the Illinois Appellate Court in 2006, she served as senior vice president, general counsel and corporate secretary for the Northwestern Memorial HealthCare System. Prior to joining Northwestern Memorial in 2000, she served as a judge of the Circuit Court of Cook County. Over the course of her legal career, Justice Cunningham served as associate general counsel for Loyola University of Chicago and Loyola University Health System.
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The Board of Directors is the governing body for Loyola University Health System, Loyola University Medical Center and Gottlieb Memorial Hospital.
She also served as a law firm litigator, as an assistant Illinois attorney general and as a judicial clerk to Illinois Appellate Justice Glenn Johnson. Justice Cunningham was the first African-American woman to be president of the Chicago Bar Association (2004-05). She has served on the board of directors for the Chicago Bar Foundation, the Center for Conflict Resolution, the Center for Disability and Elder Law, the Chicago Legal Clinic, the Advisory Board of the Loyola University Chicago Graduate School of Business and the Legal Advisory Council for CAFLS of the Chicago Community Trust. Justice Cunningham has authored professional publications and is a member of a number of professional and civic associations. She has been recognized for her service to several community and civic organizations. Justice Cunningham attended John Marshall Law School in Chicago.
Omar Duque is the president and chief executive officer of the Illinois Hispanic Chamber of Commerce (IHCC). IHCC helps entrepreneurs start, manage and grow their companies and is one of the largest, most active and most innovative groups promoting Hispanic entrepreneurship in the country.
Mr. Duque is passionate about entrepreneurship and the role it plays in building community and in helping create a better world. He helped found the Center for Hispanic Entrepreneurship and ENTERpreneur, a summer youth entrepreneurship program for Chicago-area high school students. IHCC is currently leading an initiative to connect more Hispanics to the innovation economy and is launching a first-of-its-kind incubator for Hispanic tech and tech-enabled start-ups in partnership with 1871, Chicago’s entrepreneurial hub for digital startups.
Mr. Duque is a member of the board of trustees of Northeastern Illinois University where he serves as the secretary of the board as well as chairman of the university’s finance committee. In 2011, Mr. Duque was recognized by the U.S. Department of Commerce’s Minority Business Development Agency as the 2011 Minority Business Advocate of the Year.
Mr. Duque is a Chicago native whose parents immigrated to the United States from Guatemala. He is a graduate of Northwestern University’s Medill School of Journalism.
He lives in Chicago with his wife, Clarisol, and two young children.
Robert C. Flanigan, MD, FACS, is chair of the department of urology at Loyola University Chicago Stritch School of Medicine. In 1994, he became the medical school's first Albert J. Speh, Jr. and Claire R. Speh Professor of Urology. In 2006, Dr. Flanigan also was awarded the Stritch Medal of Loyola University Chicago, the highest honor given to a Loyola faculty member or alumnus of the Stritch School of Medicine.
In addition, he has served as president of the American Board of Urology, president of the Society of Urologic Oncology, the North Central Section of the American Urological Association, the Society of University Urologists, the Society of Pelvic Surgeons, and was founder and first president of the Society of Urologic Chairpersons and Program Directors. Dr. Flanigan also served as secretary of the American Urological Association from 2006 to 2011. Dr. Flanigan has been very involved in basic and clinical research throughout his career and has contributed more than 350 publications to the medical literature. Dr. Flanigan earned his medical degree from Case Western Reserve University Medical School before completing his residencies in urology and general surgery at Case Western Reserve University Affiliated Hospitals (Cleveland) in 1978.
Larry M. Goldberg serves as president and chief executive officer of Loyola University Health System. Prior to joining LUHS in 2011, Mr. Goldberg served as chief executive officer of Vanderbilt University Hospital, Nashville, Tennessee. Earlier in his career, he served as vice president of hospital operations at Northwestern Memorial Hospital and was a consultant for Ernst & Young. Mr. Goldberg received a master's degree in health administration from Duke University and a bachelor's degree in health policy and administration from the University of North Carolina.
Lori Healey currently serves as chief executive officer of the Metropolitan Pier and Exposition Authority (MPEA). Prior to joining MPEA, she served as CEO of Tur Partners LLC, a firm that partners with leaders and innovators to drive growth within global urban markets. Immediately prior to her tenure at Tur, she served as principal in charge of the Development Group for The John Buck Co., focused on growing the firm’s private real estate- and infrastructure-related public-private partnership transactions.
She also recently coordinated the organizational and planning activities for the NATO summit in Chicago, acting as director of the NATO Host Committee as an executive “on loan.” Prior to joining The John Buck Co., Ms. Healey built a strong public sector career during which she earned a reputation for bringing together private and public leaders. In 2009, she was appointed president of Chicago 2016, in which she was responsible for leading Chicago’s bid for the 2016 Summer Olympics. She also held several senior leadership positions for the City of Chicago under the administration of Richard M. Daley, most recently acting as Mr. Daley’s chief of staff. She earlier served as commissioner of the City’s Department of Planning and Development, overseeing more than $1 billion of combined investments into the city’s economic development programs and projects. Ms. Healey is widely credited with the successful implementation of more than 110 tax-financing districts and a myriad of projects, including improvements for the Chicago Transit Authority, infrastructure investment, a new schools program and significant private sector development. Ms. Healey’s previous experiences also include time as a principal at Perkins + Will, a leading corporate, commercial and civic architecture firm. Ms. Healey has a Bachelor of Arts degree in economics and political science and a Master of Public Administration degree from Kansas State University in Manhattan, Kansas.
Sally Jeffcoat currently serves as executive vice president, West/Midwest Group for Trinity Health. Prior to her current role, Ms. Jeffcoat served as president and CEO of Trinity’s Saint Alphonsus Health System, a multi-hospital and clinically integrated health care system serving Idaho and Eastern Oregon. Ms. Jeffcoat led the health system's vision to transform the delivery of health care, be the most trusted health partner for life, and help communities grow and thrive. Her leadership focus was directed toward achieving top decile quality and safety, creating programs and services to meet community needs and improving access to health care services.
Previously, Ms. Jeffcoat served as vice president and COO, Healthcare Operations, for Ascension Health and president and CEO of Carondelet Health Network, based in Tucson, Ariz. Earlier in her career, Ms. Jeffcoat held CEO positions in Texas with Christus Health and HCA.
Ms. Jeffcoat received her bachelor's and her master's degrees in nursing from the University of Texas. She is a fellow of the American College of Healthcare Executives and she serves as chair of the Idaho Hospital Association.
Stephen Ray Mitchell, MD, is a professor of medicine and pediatrics and currently serves as dean for medical education at Georgetown University. Dr. Mitchell completed training and certification in internal medicine and pediatrics at the North Carolina Memorial Hospital in Chapel Hill and rheumatology subspecialty training at Georgetown University.
In 1988, he accepted a faculty position to provide rheumatology teaching and service in adult and pediatric rheumatology at Georgetown University Hospital, where he opened the Childhood Arthritis Center. While serving as residency program director in internal medicine, he initiated an innovative medicine pediatric residency at Georgetown in partnership with Kaiser Permanente. He has served as the chief academic officer for the past decade and has provided his services as a medical volunteer in Haiti. Dr. Mitchell has received several awards for outstanding teaching. In 2004, he was inducted into mastership in the American College of Physicians, the highest honor bestowed on only 600 living members of the 150,000-member organization, for his work in research in clinical teaching methods, as well as clinical research and care in pediatric and adult rheumatology and immunology. In 2011, he was honored with Georgetown’s Founders’ Day Award to acknowledge excellence in service to teaching and medicine. Dr. Mitchell was also presented with the Distinguished Medical Alumni Award by the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill School of Medicine.
The Rev. John (Jack) O’Callaghan is the former vice president of mission and ministry at Loyola University Health System. He has served Loyola in many capacities, including as superior of the Oak Park Jesuit Community of Loyola University Chicago and senior chaplain and adjunct assistant professor, Department of Medicine, Loyola University Chicago Stritch School of Medicine. O’Callaghan was a member of the U.S. Catholic Conference committee on priestly life and ministry and has extensive experience serving the Society of Jesus, including as general assistant, Society of Jesus, Rome, Italy, and president and secretary for personnel development, U.S. Jesuit Conference, Washington, D.C.
Rev. O’Callaghan has served on many trustee boards, including Loyola University Chicago, University of Detroit Mercy, St. Ignatius College Prep in Chicago, Saint Louis University, Cristo Rey Jesuit High School in Chicago and the University of San Francisco. He was formerly chairman of the National Seminar on Jesuit Higher Education.
Ronald K. Potkul, MD, FACS, FACOG, is chairman of the obstetrics and gynecology department and director of gynecologic oncology at Loyola University Health System. He is also a professor at Loyola University Chicago Stritch School of Medicine. Dr. Potkul received his medical degree from the University of Chicago Pritzker School of Medicine. He completed his residency in obstetrics and gynecology at the University of Chicago Hospitals and Clinics and was a fellow in gynecologic oncology at Georgetown University Medical Center in Washington, D.C. In addition, he is a member of numerous medical societies and associations and has written extensively for peer-reviewed publications.
Brian Proctor, DO, FAOCO, is an independent, board certified ophthalmologist who has practiced in the Chicago area for 20 years. He earned his medical degree from Michigan State University College of Osteopathic Medicine where he was the recipient of the Osteopathic Concept Award. He completed his residency with the Detroit Ophthalmology Consortium where he served as chief resident. Dr. Proctor has performed research in the U.S. at Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health and abroad at the Wilhelm Schuthless Clinic in Zurich, Switzerland. His publications have appeared in journals including the American Journal of Ophthalmology and The New England Journal of Medicine.
He has performed thousands of ocular surgeries, ranging from complex intraocular cataract procedures to delicate oculoplastic operations. As a fellow of both the American Academy of Ophthalmology and the American Osteopathic College of Ophthalmology, Dr. Proctor has lectured extensively. He is the current chair of the surgery department at Gottlieb Memorial Hospital. Additionally, he helps train residents in ophthalmology as a part-time associate clinical professor at Loyola University Chicago Stritch School of Medicine. Dr. Proctor was involved in forming Loyola Physician Partners, LLC, and led efforts to increase the participation of affiliated community physicians in Loyola’s clinically integrated network.
Marc H. Schwartz is a partner at the law firm of Harrison & Held, where he leads the firm’s real estate and banking practices. Before joining the firm, he was the managing partner at Laser, Pokorny, Schwartz, Friedman & Economos, P.C. Mr. Schwartz has represented clients in the purchase, sale, development, financing and leasing of commercial, residential, industrial and office-type real estate in Illinois and throughout the country.
Mr. Schwartz has acted as counsel for a number of large developers and real estate syndicators in the Chicago area in the development and financing of properties for retail, office, commercial and industrial use. Mr. Schwartz also has assisted clients both as landlord and tenant in complex lease negotiations. He was appointed by former mayor Richard M. Daley to serve on the City of Chicago Blue Ribbon Committee & Abandoned Property Program. He currently serves on the LUHS President’s Council and is a co-trustee of the Bill Bass Foundation. Mr. Schwartz is active in the University of Illinois Athletics Department and its development efforts. He received his undergraduate degree, cum laude, from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign in 1976 and was a member of Phi Beta Kappa. He received his law degree from Chicago-Kent College of Law, Illinois Institute of Technology in 1979. In 2006, he was named an Illinois Super Lawyer by Chicago magazine.
Sister Joan Marie Steadman, CSC, is executive director of the Leadership Conference of Women Religious (LCWR). She has served in diverse ministries, including leadership of the Sisters of the Holy Cross and education and healthcare institutions. Her Catholic healthcare experience spans more than 25 years, from providing pastoral and support care for those with HIV/AIDS, to integrating mission in healthcare institutions, to serving on hospital bioethics committees and boards of outreach organizations.
Prior to her tenure at LCWR, Sister Joan Marie was elected president of the Sisters of the Holy Cross. She was associate director of Health Care Ethics, Markkula Center for Applied Ethics, at Santa Clara University in California, where she was the Health Care Ethics fellow from 2006 to 2007. Currently, Sister Joan Marie is on the board of Holy Cross Ministries of Utah, Salt Lake City, a sponsored ministry of the Sisters of the Holy Cross. A San José, Calif., native, Sister Joan Marie entered the Congregation of the Sisters of the Holy Cross in 1962. Sister Joan Marie earned her master’s degree in spirituality from Duquesne University, Pittsburgh and later received bioethics training from the Bioethics Consultation Group in Berkeley, Calif.
Keith Veselik, MD, is the medical director of the division of primary care at Loyola University Health System and an associate professor of pediatrics and internal medicine at Loyola University Chicago Stritch School of Medicine. He earned his medical degree from the University of Illinois College of Medicine at Chicago and completed his residency in internal medicine and pediatrics at Loyola University Medical Center.
Dr. Veselik is board certified in internal medicine and pediatrics. He attended the Center for Continuing Professional Education at the Harvard School of Public Health. He was named to Chicago magazine's Top Doctor list in 1996, 1999 and 2002, among numerous other awards. He has also been a school board member and president at Notre Dame Parish School.