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

Sarah Alexander
Community Care Network

Dezimon Alicea

Kristin Barrie
Walgreens Co.

Kathryn Bors
SC Johnson

Elizabeth Buckton
BMO Wealth Management

Sam Cascio

Nazia Chowdhury
SAI Global

Cassandra Christian

Darcelle Dieudonne
Ashfield Healthcare Communications

Mark Gill
West Monroe Partners

Eric Gronroos
Baker Tilly Virchow Krause

Ciera Hester-Smith
Pinnacle Dermatology

Josef Hobdy
AMITA Health

Tiara Muse
Koya Partners/Diversified Search Group

Heather Niziolek
American Association of Endodontists

Amy Norden

Pieter Norden
Northwestern University

Marcus Paschall
University of Chicago Medicine

Brett Patterson

Szymon Ryzner

Adam Samad
Applied Systems

Arielle Schwartz
DiMeo Schneider & Associates

Abbie Thompson
Madison Reed

John Wilkins
Northwestern University

Tim Wombacher
Cardiac Surgery Associates

Rachel Zeidman
Professional Convention Management Association

Sarah Zielinski
McGuireWoods LLP

Ben Higgins
Northern Trust

Emily Bateman
Perkins and Will

Mary Raugh

Amanda Nieh