David A. Ansell, MD, MPH
Senior Vice President for Community Health Equity, Rush University Medical Center
Associate Provost for Community Affairs, Rush University
As Rush’s first leader of community health equity, a role he assumed in October of 2016, Ansell is leading Rush’s strategy to be a catalyst for community health and economic vitality on Chicago’s West Side. He previously was Rush’s senior vice president, system integration. Ansell joined Rush in 2005 as the Medical Center’s first chief medical officer (CMO), a position he held until 2014, as well as the associate dean and senior vice president for clinical affairs and the Michael E. Kelly MD Presidential Professor at Rush Medical College.
Darlene Oliver Hightower, JD
Vice President for Community Health Equity, Rush University Medical Center
Darlene Oliver Hightower, JD, Vice President, Community Health Equity, oversees the Office of Community Health Equity and Engagement, which includes 3 school-based health clinics; Rush University community outreach programs, community benefit reporting, and Rush’s cradle to career healthcare pipeline programs. Darlene is also a member of the senior leadership team for West Side United, a cross-sector, collaborative aimed at improving health and economic vitality on Chicago’s West Side. She is a Chicago Community Trust Leadership Fellow, a University of Chicago Civic Leadership Academy Fellow and an Administrative Law Judge for the Chicago Department of Human Relations. Darlene attended Bradley University (graduating with high honors) and received her law degree from Georgetown University Law Center in Washington D.C.
Robert A. Barish, MD, MBA
Vice Chancellor for Health Affairs; Professor of Emergency Medicine, College of Medicine
Dr. Robert A. Barish, a distinguished physician and academic leader, is vice chancellor for health affairs of the University of Illinois at Chicago. He oversees the University of Illinois Hospital & Health Sciences System (UI Health). Previously, Dr. Barish served as chancellor of the Louisiana State University Health Sciences Center at Shreveport from 2009 to 2015, where he provided leadership for the schools of medicine, allied health, and graduate programs, a major academic medical center, and two affiliated hospitals. Dr. Barish spent 24 years at the University of Maryland School of Medicine where he became vice dean for clinical affairs in 2005.
Assistant Vice Chancellor for External Engagement, UI Health
Marcus Betts grew up in the North Lawndale Community on Chicago’s West Side. Mr. Betts currently serves as the Assistant Vice Chancellor for External Engagement at the University of Illinois at Chicago. Mr. Betts’ responsibilities have expanded to include a strategic focus on elevating and promoting the University of Illinois Hospital and Health Sciences System (UI Health). He also facilitates connections that strengthen and build partnerships while developing and maintaining key relationships with external stakeholders, associations, corporations and institutions. In his role, Mr. Betts advises UIC’s senior leadership on a variety of community matters.
Interim Chief Executive Officer, Cook County Health
During her 35-year career in hospital administration and public health, Debra Carey has worked in Washington, D.C, New York and Chicago. As Deputy CEO of Operations for Cook County Health, she oversees all inpatient and outpatient operations for the health system. Prior to assuming the Deputy CEO position, Ms. Carey served as Chief Operating Officer of Ambulatory Services, managing the health system’s network of outpatient health centers that treats nearly one million patients each year.
Mary Kate Daly
Executive Director, Healthy Communities, Ann & Robert H. Lurie Children’s Hospital of Chicago
Mary Kate Daly has been at Ann & Robert H. Lurie Children’s Hospital of Chicago for 18 years and has served in various external affairs positions. In her current role as Executive Director, Lurie Children’s Healthy Communities, she is responsible for providing leadership and strategic direction for the hospital’s community outreach programs and initiatives. Mary Kate has been a Leadership Greater Chicago fellow since 2015, and she currently serves Chicago Youth Program’s Board of Directors and the iHeart Media Local Advisory Board. In West Side United, Mary Kate serves as the Chair of the Communications Committee, Co-Chair of the Anchor Committee, and is an active member of the Operations and Investment Committees.
Matthew M. Davis, MD, MAPP
Senior Vice President and Chief, Community Health Transformation, Lurie Children’s Hospital
Matthew M. Davis, MD, MAPP, is Senior Vice-President and Chief of Community Health Transformation at the Ann & Robert H. Lurie Children’s Hospital of Chicago, where he also serves as Vice-Chair of the Department of Pediatrics. Dr. Davis is Professor of Pediatrics, Medicine, Medical Social Sciences, and Preventive Medicine at the Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine. In the West Side United health equity collaborative, Dr. Davis serves as Secretary of the Leadership Council. Dr. Davis is a primary care physician and researcher focused on community and population health, who also previously served as Chief Medical Executive for the State of Michigan in the Department of Community Health.
Cody McSellers, MPH, CHES
Executive Director of Community Health, AMITA Health
Cody McSellers-McCray, MPH, CHES, is a missiondriven, results-oriented public health professional. Her career has focused on identifying solutions to address the root causes of poor health and providing a better quality of life for underserved populations. Currently, she serves as the Executive Director, Community Health for AMITA Health System (a member of Ascension Health). In this capacity, she provides administrative leadership and strategic direction for the operational aspects of the system’s community health initiatives and strategies, towards improving health equity. Previously, she served as Regional Business Development Executive (Midwest) for Health Leads, a national nonprofit equipping leading hospital and health systems with the ability to address the impact of social determinants of health for their patient populations. In this role, Cody was responsible for growing and expanding revenue generating strategic partnerships with hospital and health system leaders. Through a systems-led approach to address health-related social needs, her work resulted in a reduction of healthcare costs and state and community level policy changes. Prior to this role, Cody served as the Executive Director for Health Leads in Chicago. She has received several awards, most recently nominated and selected as a member of the 2019 Class of Tomorrow’s Leaders by the Catholic Health Association of United States. She has received recognition for her leadership as a graduate of numerous leadership development programs, such as the Women’s Executive Leadership Program at the Impact Center in Washington DC; Leadership Greater Chicago Class of 2012 and as an inductee in Delta Omega Honorary Society in Public Health. She serves as the Chair of Advocate Bethany Community Health Fund (Advocate Charitable Foundation) Board of Directors. She also serves on the Board of Directors for New Moms, a nonprofit transforming lives and creating strong families. Cody has a B.S. in Kinesiology/Sports Medicine and Master of Public Health degree from Northern Illinois University. She also have a certificate in Nonprofit Management from North Park University.
System Director for Diversity, Inclusion and Language Services, AMITA Health
The undercurrent of all of Pam’s professional experiences has been to champion and support socially vulnerable populations and to ensure that adults and children are compassionately provided with fundamental human needs such as housing, education and health care.
At Presence Health, as an Organizational Effectiveness Consultant, Pam traveled throughout the health care System working with executive teams to cascade the organizational strategic plan. The goal of this work was to ensure that regional and local plans were aligned with System objectives, and the unique needs of each community were incorporated to address the essential health issues of each patient population.
Working now in Diversity & Inclusion, and Language Services at AMITA Health, Pam’s focus is on enhancing the patient experience through culturally competent education, language services, as well as recruiting and retaining diverse talent in both clinical and non-clinical areas. Additionally, her focus is on determining areas of opportunity in health equity by considering the distinctive health needs of the communities served based on social determinants of health. She has earned a Certificate in Diversity Management in Health Care (CDM) from the Institute of Diversity in Health Management (American Hospital Association).
Pam earned her undergraduate degree in Human Development and Social Policy from the School of Education and Social Policy at Northwestern University, and a Master’s Degree in Social Service Administration from the University of Chicago.
President of Sinai Community Institute
Debra G. Wesley is a social entrepreneur, leader and community builder, as well as founder of Sinai Community Institute (SCI), where she serves as president. SCI is a health system-based social services organization that has touched over 565,000 individuals through its 70 plus programs since 1993. She is also Sinai Health System’s Executive Vice President for Community Outreach. Ms. Wesley has developed innovative, community-based programs that have received national recognition. She facilitated the
incubation of the North Lawndale Employment Network and served for five years on its Board of Directors as its chair.
Founder of Forty Acres Fresh Market
A native of New York state, Abunaw moved to Chicago in 2012 when awarded a full-tuition fellowship to the University of Chicago Booth School of Business, from which she graduated in 2014. Liz is a 2002 Cornell University graduate with a Bachelor of Science in Policy Analysis and Management. Liz Abunaw is the founder and operator of Forty Acres Fresh Market, a fresh produce grocery startup launched in January 2018. Alarmed by the paucity of fresh food options on Chicago’s west side, after leaving her sales job at Microsoft in November 2017, she committed to opening a low-cost produce market on Chicago’s Westside in the next 12 to 18 months. Prior to launching Forty Acres Fresh Market Liz was a partner manager in Microsoft’s sales division and before that spent ten years at General Mills, Inc.
Marshall Hatch Jr.
Co-Founder and Executive Director of the MAAFA Redemption Project
MAAFA Redemption Project, a Chicago-based workforce, social & spiritual-development initiative for African American men ages 18-26. Hatch Jr. hails from the Westside of Chicago. He graduated from Lincoln Park high school in 2006, and was awarded the Gates Millennium scholarship the same year. He attended Bates College located in Lewiston, Maine, and graduated in 2010 with a Bachelor’s degree in Political Science and Religion. After working for Bates as an Admission Counselor, Marshall moved back to Chicago, joining Urban Prep Charter Academy for Young Men as the Director of College Counseling and teacher of African American History. He served in these capacities for three years while mentoring hundreds of African American young men on the South and Westside. He earned a dual Master’s degree from the Divinity and Social Service Administration Schools at the University of Chicago in 2014. Upon graduation, Marshall joined his father, Pastor Marshall Hatch Sr., in full-time ministry at New Mount Pilgrim Baptist Church, the largest congregation in Chicago’s West Garfield Park neighborhood.
Tanesha D. House
Locally, Tanesha D. House, EdD., M.B.A., is a Community Organizer on the Westside of Chicago, where she was born and raised. As lead QLP staff, she is responsible for galvanizing all community stakeholders to develop and execute a comprehensive Quality of Life Plan for the North Lawndale community. Universally, having had diverse experiences in a variety of sectors, Tanesha is recognized as an award-winning transformational leader, organizer, speaker, educator and coach. Tanesha is very people oriented and possesses great optimism for community and economic development locally and globally. She is often described as a change optimizer, natural community organizer, encourager, and conscientious, as well as, proficient in her professions with an uncanny ability to connect with individuals from various social stratums — disadvantaged to diplomats.
Pastor at Church Lincoln UMC
Pastor Emma Lozano has been an activist for the immigrant/undocumented community for decades. She was born in Texas and raised in the Pilsen neighborhood of Chicago. As a teenager and young adult, she worked alongside her brother Rudy Lozano, an activist for workers and the Latino community who was assassinated in 1983. Since his death, Lozano decided to dedicate her life to the continuation of her brother’s work. She is the founder and President of Centro Sin Fronteras where she has worked to stop thousands of deportations. She is a co-founder of Familia Latina Unida along with Elvira Arellano. She is currently the pastor of sanctuary church Lincoln UMC, a sanctuary to the undocumented and LGBTQ communities, where she continues to counsel those who are in deportation proceedings and works with the local youth to close the 20-year life expectancy gap that exists in Chicago.
Business Relationship Manager, World Business Chicago
Nathalie Rosado is the Business Relationship Manager at Chicago Anchors for a Strong Economy (CASE), an initiative of World Business Chicago. In this position, Nathalie is responsible for sourcing, vetting, and preparing local, small-to-medium sized businesses, including MBE and WBE firms, to become competitive suppliers for Chicagoland’s anchor institutions. Prior to World Business Chicago, Nathalie held roles in development and programming at the Women’s Business Development Center, where she worked to bring access to contacts, capital, and contracts for low to moderate-income entrepreneurs operating in Chicago neighborhoods. Nathalie developed a passion for economic development as a program manager at Ladder Up, an entrepreneurial non-profit dedicated to providing free financial services for low-income families. At Ladder Up, she spearheaded partnerships with housing authorities, community organizations, and the IRS to bring tax preparation services, ITIN (Individual Taxpayer Identification Number) application assistance for immigrants, small business taxation workshops, and financial counseling to hundreds of clients each year. She holds a bachelor’s degree from the University of Notre Dame.
Coordinator, Garfield Park Community Council
Angela Taylor is the Wellness Coordinator for the Garfield Park Community Council (GPCC), where she manages the 32-member Garfield Park Garden Network and the Garfield Park Neighborhood Market. Each summer, Angela works with up to ten local youth through the Youth Garden Corps, a paid internship program in which teens work in local gardens and gain horticultural and job readiness skills. Angela also plans and organizes additional wellness projects throughout the year, including healthy block parties through the PlayStreets program and violence prevention events through the Communities Partnering 4 Peace coalition. A lifelong Garfield Park resident, Ms. Taylor has taken a leadership and organizing role in her community’s renewal efforts. She serves on the Tilton Park Advisory Council and The Hatchery Community Advisory Council. In addition to her work in Garfield Park, Ms. Taylor is a board member of Chicago Community Gardeners Association and Advocates for Urban Agriculture, an affiliate of NeighborSpace, and a retiree of the Illinois Department of Human Services. With her family, she manages an award-winning garden, the Fulton Street Flower and Vegetable Garden, one of the original sites of the Garden Network.