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
Andy Rauh, MD
DuPage Medical Group

Board Chairman
Opella F. Ernest, MD
Senior Vice President & Chief Clinical Officer   
Health Care Service Corporation

Board Membership

Kimberly Bors

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

Gyasi C. Chisley
President & CEO; Hospitals & Clinics     
Brown Legacy Group       
Cancer Treatment Centers of America

Virginia Friesen
Vice President, Heart Institute     
Advocate Aurora Health Care   

Wayne H. Giles, MD, MS
Dean and Professor, School of Public Health   
University of Illinois at Chicago

Linda Imonti
Office Managing Principal   

Jason Keeler
Executive Vice President and COO    
University of Chicago Medical Center

Ranndy Kellogg
Chief Executive Officer     

Cathy Kenworthy
Health Hippo   

Sharon Langshur
Operating Partner      
Abundant Venture Partners   

Robert Litt

Bradley S. Marino, MD, MPP, MSCE

Division of Cardiology & Critical Care Medicine   
Ann & Robert H. Lurie Children’s Hospital of Chicago   

Jairo Mejia, MD
Chief Medical Officer   
ACCESS Community Health Network

Angela Odoms-Young 
Associate Professor, Department of Kinesiology & Nutrition, 
College of Applied Health Sciences  
Director of Research & Education     
University of Illinois Hospital & Health Sciences

Tochukwu M. Okwuosa, DO
Associate Professor 
Department of Internal Medicine, Rush Medical College 
Director, Cardio-Oncology Services 
Jeff Raider
Managing Director      
President, National Middle Market Banking  
CIBC Bank USA   

Michael Rakotz, MD, FAHA, FAAFP
Vice President, Health Outcomes    
American Medical Association

Chet Robson, DO, MHCDS, FAAFP
Chief Medical Officer      

Joan Rubschlager
Former Owner, Rubschlager Bakery

Bryan Smith, MD

Assistant Professor of Medicine        
University of Chicago Medical Center

Dan Smith, MD
Executive Medical Director  
Emergency Physician       
Huron Consulting Group

Active Leadership Development Committee

Gail D. Hasbrouck, ESQ.
Former SVP, General Counsel & Corporate Secretary  
Advocate Health Care

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

Jeff Malehorn
Former President & CEO     
World Business Chicago

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

Clyde W. Yancy, MD, MSc, MACC, FAHA, MACP, FHFSA
Chief, Division of Cardiology 
Northwestern Medical Faculty Foundation  

Associate Board of Chicago

Board President
John Wilkins, MD
Northwestern Medicine

Board Chair
Kathryn Bors
SC Johnson

Sarah Alexander, MD
Community Care Network

Dezimon Alicea
Sayles Creative Studios

Kristin Barrie

Elizabeth Buckton
BMO Wealth Management

Cassandra Christian

Darcelle Dieudonne
Ashfield Healthcare Communications

Peter Duveneck

Mike Edeke
CVS Health

Taylor Freking
SMS Assist

Mark Gill
West Monroe Partners

Eric Gronroos
Baker Tilly Virchow Krause

Ashley Harvey
B Swift

Ciera Hester-Smith
Midwest Orthopedics at Rush

Josef Hobdy
AMITA Health

Megan Johnson

Katie Kruse

Gabriel Martin
PNC Bank

Tiara Muse
Furst Group

Heather Niziolek
American Association of Endodontists

Pieter Norden, PhD
Northwestern University

Amy Norden

Marcus Paschall
University of Chicago Medicine

Jaclyn Reider, APRN-NP
Ann & Robert H. Lurie Children’s Hospital of Chicago

Samuel Rene
Air National Guard-Active Guard

Szymon Ryzner

Arielle Schwartz
DiMeo Schneider & Associates

Logan Timmons
BMO Harris Bank

Kendall Valenstein
FCB Chicago

Tim Wombacher
Cardiac Surgery Associates

Sarah Zielinski
McGuire Woods LLP