Metropolitan Chicago Board of Directors

We gratefully acknowledge these dedicated volunteers who serve on the Metropolitan Chicago American Heart Association Board of Directors.These dedicated volunteers are healthcare professionals and business and community leaders who guide our many activities throughout the Greater Chicago area. 

The Metropolitan Chicago Board of Directors of the American Heart Association was recognized by the American Heart Association National Board for being one of the top local boards in the country with the prestigious AHA Gold designation for excellence.

Board Leadership

Board President
Brad Marino, MD, MPP, MSCE
Divisions of Cardiology and Critical Care Medicine
Ann & Robert H. Lurie Children's Hospital of Chicago

Board Chairman
Opella Ernest, MD
Chief Clinical Officer
Health Care Services Corporation

Board Members

Jennifer M. Bell
Regional Managing Director

Robert Bobber
Sr. Director Merchandise Planning - Retail
Walgreens Co.

Kimberly Bors
SVP, Human Resources - CHRO
The Mosaic Company

Mercedes Carnethon, PhD
Mary Harris Thompson Professor and Vice Chair, Department of Preventive Medicine
Feinberg School of Medicine
Northwestern University

Michael J. Dandorph
Rush University Medical Center

Virginia Friesen
Vice President, Heart Institute
Advocate Aurora Health Care 

Jason Keeler
Executive Vice President
University of Chicago Medicine

Randy Kellogg

Sharon Langshur 
Chief Operating Officer
Abundant Venture Partners

Karen Larimer, PhD, ACNP-BC, FAHA
Director, Clinical Development

Robert Litt

Donald Lloyd-Jones, MD SCM
Chairman, Department of Preventive Medicine
Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine

Fawn Lopez
Modern Healthcare/Modern Physician

Angela Odums-Young, PhD
Associate Director, UIC Chicago Partnership of Health Promotion
Office of Community Engagement and Neighborhood Health Partnerships
University of Illinois Hospital and Health Sciences System

Jeff Raider
Managing Director
President, National Middle Market Banking

Michael Rakotz, MD FAHA FAAFP
Vice President, Chronic Disease Prevention
American Medical Association

Diane Ratekin
General Counsel & Corporate Secretary

Dr. Chet Robson, DO, MHCDS, FAAFP
Medical Director, Clinical Programs and Quality
Walgreens Co. 

Joan Rubschlager
Former Owner 
Rubschlager Bakery

Kerrin Slattery
McDermott, Will & Emery LLP

Sarah Song, MD, MPH
Assistant Professor, Department of Neurology
Rush University Medical Center


Active Leadership Development Committee

Gail Hasbrouck, Esq.
Board Member
Audit and Compliance Committee Member 
Advocate Aurora Health

Jeff Malehorn
Former President & CEO
World Business Chicago

Andrew Rauh, MD

DuPage Medical Group

Annabelle Volgman, MD
Medical Director, Rush Heart Center for Women
Professor of Medicine
Rush University Medical Center

Clyde W. Yancy, MD, MSC, FACC, FAHA, MACP
Chief, Division of Cardiology
Northwestern Medical Faculty Foundation




Young Professional Board of Chicago

Katy Heneghan
American Medical Association

Rees Mason
Merrill Lynch

Nirag Amin
Raise Marketplace

Megan Anderson

Molly Barber
Jones Lang LaSalle

Abby Bochenek
The Bellows Law Group P.C.

Kathryn Bors
Loma Systems, an ITW company

Elizabeth Buckton
BMO Wealth Management

Amy Doig
Cozen O'Connor

Joe D'Onofrio
Spencer Stuart

Peter Duveneck
Discover Financial Services

Nicole Farley

Katie Fegan
The Plexus Groupe LLC

Scott Frankel

Taylor Freking
SMS Assist

Alex Garstecki
Avant Credit

Mark Gill
Michael Grieco
Romanucci & Blandin Law Office

Eric Gronroos
Baker Tilly Virchow Krause

Ashley Harvey
B Swift

Katy Heneghan
Health Care Service Corporation

Rachel Jarnagin

Megan Johnson

Sharon Karina
Midwestern University

Megan Manock

Rees Mason
Merrill Lynch

Pieter Norden
Northwestern University

Paula Patel
Disque Foundation

Payal Parikh 

Blair Parker
CorVita Science Foundation

Jaclyn Reider
Ann & Robert H. Lurie Children’s Hospital of Chicago

Arielle Schwartz
Morgan Stanley

Kendall Valenstein 
FCB Chicago

Nadia Winston
University of Illinois Hospital and Health Science System

Tim Wombacher
Cardiac Surgery Associates

Sarah Zielinski
McGuire Woods LLP