Our Board of Directors & Leadership

Managing a community health non-profit requires the best and brightest leaders in their field. We are proud to be led by a diverse team of talented individuals who are committed to the Erie Family Health Centers' values.

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The majority of Erie’s Board proudly consists of members who are actually served by our health centers, ensuring our community responsiveness and accountability.

Matt Aaronson
Partner and Managing Director
The Boston Consulting Group

Rosalie Alicea, Vice Chair
Reyes Holdings, LLC

Betsy Berganza
Senior Director
YWCA Lake County

Nancy Bock
Community Volunteer

Michael Boyd
Community Volunteer

Celeste Castillo, Secretary
Community Volunteer

Ernest Chang
Strategy Advisor
BMO Harris Bank, N.A.

Michael Cole
Senior Vice President
HMS Holdings

Linda Cushman
Former Consultant
Hewitt Associates

Dr. Carolyn Ann Dickens
Assistant Professor
College of Nursing
University of Illinois Chicago

Lisa Dykstra
SVP & Chief Information Officer
Ann & Robert H. Lurie Children’s Hospital of Chicago

Iman Emamifard
Community Volunteer

William G. Kistner, Treasurer
Retired Partner
Ernst & Young

Brian P. Marsella, Chair
Market President – Midwest
Cigna HealthCare

Eric Mayeda
The Chartis Group

Judy Mendez
Community Volunteer

Richard J. Romanowski
Community Volunteer

Rev. Ed Sarden
Senior Minister
Christian Church Center

Jill Simon Svoboda
Community Volunteer

Darryl Tom
Shaw Legal Services, LTD.

Katherine Wilson
Community Volunteer

Our Leadership


Lee Francis, MD, MPH

President and CEO
Dr. Lee Francis joined Erie Family Health Centers in 1991 and has served as President and CEO since 2007. Dr. Francis is charged with enacting Erie’s strategic vision of serving as a national leader in the provision of community-based health care.
Nicole Kazee

Nicole Kazee, Ph.D.

Senior Vice President Strategy and Business Development

Dr. Nicole Kazee joined Erie Family Health Centers in 2017 and serves as the Senior Vice President of Strategy and Business Development. In this role, Dr. Kazee helps ensure the sustainability of Erie’s mission by leading the development of strategic goals and plans. She also provides oversight for managed care, marketing and communications, community engagement, and government relations.

Kevin Davis

Kevin Davis

Director Marketing and Communications

Kevin Davis serves as the Director of Marketing, Communications, and Community Engagement. Kevin provides leadership and strategic direction to share Erie’s story and effectively reach current and future patients, employees, and community partners. He brings 15 years of marketing and branding experience in the nonprofit and education sectors to Erie, including leadership roles at City Year Chicago, North Park University, and the University of Illinois at Chicago. Kevin serves on the Public Relations Society of America Nonprofit/Association Executive Committee, on the general board of directors for Phi Beta Sigma Fraternity, Inc., and is a member of the 100 Black Men of Chicago. 

Kate Birdwell

Kate Birdwell

Senior Communications Manager Marketing and Communications

Kate Birdwell is the Senior Communications Manager at Erie Family Health Centers. In this capacity, she focuses on internal communications to Erie’s 700+ staff, marketing outreach to over 82,000 patients, media and public affairs, and serves as Erie’s chief copywriter. Prior to joining the Marketing team, Kate directed all aspects of Erie’s Annual Fund campaign to generate individual support for a large FQHC with 13 locations, including donor communications, prospecting, campaign material development, campaign analysis, gift stewardship and special event management. Her experience also includes 12 years in the arts and culture sector, working in various fundraising, event planning and other administrative roles for a variety of Chicago’s world-class cultural organizations. Kate holds a Bachelor of Science in Communications from Northwestern University, with a concentration in radio/television/film.

Annet Miranda

Annet Miranda

Associate Director Community Engagement

Annet Miranda is the Associate Director of Community Engagement for Erie Family Health Center. She is responsible for developing, expanding, and maintaining positive relationships between Erie with community leaders and their institutions; and works in partnership with others to create and support programs that promote health and access to health. She collaborates extensively both externally and internally to make meaningful connections between Erie and the communities it serves.

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Lupita Monroy

Associate Director of Managed Care
David Bruce, CFO

David Bruce, CPA

Chief Financial Officer

David Bruce joined Erie Family Health Centers in 2015 as Chief Financial Officer. In this role, Mr. Bruce is responsible for leading the development of Erie Family Health Centers’ financial strategy and for the success of its financial operations.

Josef Felger, VP Health Information Technology

Josef Felger

Vice President Health Information Technology

Josef Felger joined Erie Family Health Centers’ Executive Leadership Team as Vice President, Health Information Technology (HIT) in September 2018. He leads the organization’s technology infrastructure, electronic medical records and business intelligence teams, also overseeing relationships with key HIT partners, such as Erie’s founding stake in AllianceChicago.

Scott Spencer, Director of Finance

Scott Spencer

Director of Finance

Scott joined Erie in December 2015. He is responsible for Erie’s finance functions including Accounting, Payroll, Purchasing and Revenue Cycle. Prior to joining Erie, Scott’s healthcare experience included Financial Leadership roles with Franciscan Health and Alverno Clinical Laboratories.


Melissa Hilton

Vice President, Development Executive Director, Erie Family Health Foundation

Melissa Hilton joined Erie Family Health Centers in 2012 and leads its fundraising efforts as Vice President, Development and Executive Director, Erie Family Health Foundation. In this capacity, she is responsible for developing and executing strategies to expand governmental and philanthropic support to advance Erie’s mission.

Sandra del Toro

Sandra Del Toro

Director Government Grants, Foundation Relations

Sandra Del Toro is the Director, Government Grants and Foundation Relations. In this role, Sandra is responsible for leading Erie’s government, foundation and corporate grants program, which raises more than $25 million annually to support critical programs that benefit Erie patients and advance our mission.

Sandra has more than 20 years of experience in non profit administration and leadership including serving as deputy director, where she partnered with the executive director on execution of strategic initiatives and oversaw policy, communications, program development, strategic planning, and resource development. Previously, she has served in senior leadership capacities at The Chicago School of Professional Psychology, Mujeres Latinas en Acción and the Southwest Organizing Project, and led statewide legislative and advocacy work at the Illinois Coalition for Immigrant and Refugee Rights. She received her Master’s degree in Public Policy Studies from the University of Chicago and her undergraduate degree from Stanford University. Sandra was a fellow in the 2012 class of the National Hispana Leadership Institute, which included studies at the John F. Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University and the Center for Creative Leadership.

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Cathy Junia

Associate Director of Individual Giving and Events
Valeria Stokes

Valeria Stokes, EdD

Vice President Human Resources

Valeria Stokes, EdD joined Erie in 2019 as Vice President, Human Resources. In this role, Stokes drives strategy for employee recruitment and retention, training and development, performance management, and compensation practices to support Erie’s rapidly growing team.

Adriana Diaz

Adriana Diaz

Director Employee Engagement and Change Management

Adriana has over 23 years of progressive experience in Human Resources in both the for-profit and non-profit sectors. Instrumental in increasing employee retention and partnering with members of management to identify and effectively implement engagement strategies.  She has spent the last 16 years with Erie in an evolving and exciting role that has seen Erie develop and maintain a reputation as an innovative employer of choice, while being recognized as a Top Employer by the Chicago Tribune five times.

Audwin Barnes

Audwin Barnes

Director Talent Acquisition and Management

Audwin Barnes joined Erie as Director of Talent Acquisition and Management in 2020. Barnes is an accomplished HR professional with over 30 years of experience in talent acquisition leadership and consulting. Prior to joining Erie, Barnes served as Managing Partner of Talent Acquisition Partners, LLC, a human resources consultancy providing a broad range of functional expertise to clients including Toyota Industries Commercial Finance, Rushmore Loan Management, 7-Eleven, Inc., ShoreBank Corporation, Savoy Development and Oprah’s Angel Network.  


Amy Valukas

Chief Operating Officer

Amy Valukas joined Erie Family Health Centers in 2003 and served as Vice President of Patient Support Services from 2012 to 2016. Ms. Valukas ensures that Erie is focused on performance outcomes and the achievement of long- and short-term goals within its strategic plan, while adhering to the organization’s mission, vision and values.


Victoria Whildin

Senior VP Operations

Vicki Whildin provides executive oversight for Erie’s Humboldt Park, Foster Avenue, Helping Hands, and Waukegan health centers, as well as Erie’s Oral Health program and our Patient Access (call) Center. She is also responsible for the success of Erie’s Process Improvement, Referral and Health Information Management departments.

Elizabeth Bennetts

Elizabeth Bennetts

Director of Process Improvement

Hannah Chi

Director, School-Based Health
Shira Dunn

Shira Dunn

Director, Population Health &
Clinical Quality Integration
Carla Jones

Carla Jones

Director of Operations
Erie Evanston/Skokie
Marisol Jimenez

Marisol Jimenez

Regional Director Operations
Kelly Klingensmith

Kelly Klingensmith

Director of Operations Erie Foster Avenue
Suzanne Kunkel

Suzanne Kunkel

Associate Director Patient Access Operations
Josephine Llaneza

Josephine Llaneza

Senior Director Patient Programs and Health Equity

Ryan Lee

Director, Compliance and Risk Management
Betsy Lopez

Betsy Lopez

Manager of Operations Erie Helping Hands
Bridget Magner

Bridget Magner

Associate Director of Patient Programs and Health Equity
Maria Matias

Maria Matias

Associate Director of Maternal and Child Health
Kellie Medious

Kellie Medious

Senior Director Patient Access Operations
Dawn Sanks

Dawn Sanks, RN

Director of Clinical Operations Erie Evanston/Skokie
Robin Varnado

Robin Varnado

Senior Director Operations
Jesus Villanueva

Jesus Villanueva

Director of Operations Erie HealthReach Waukegan
Kim Williams

Kim Williams

Director of Operations Erie Division Street and Teen Center
Ruben Zarate

Ruben Zarate

Director Facilities
Caroline Hoke

Dr. Caroline Hoke

Chief Clinical Officer
Dr. Caroline Hoke joined Erie Family Health Centers in 2004. As Chief Clinical Officer, Dr. Hoke works closely with the Executive Leadership Team, providers and staff to continue to enhance Erie’s medical services, improve processes, and strengthen relationships with hospital partners
Tracy Irwin

Tracy Irwin, MD

Hospira Foundation Endowed Medical Director of Reproductive Health
Lisa Kearney

Lisa Kearney, DDS

Clinical Director Oral Health
Deb Midgley

Deborah Midgley, MD

Medical Director Adult and Family Medicine
Sara Naureckas

Sara Naureckas, MD

Medical Director Adolescent and Pediatric Medicine
Jean Reidy

Jean Reidy, NP, MPH

Senior Director Nursing and Clinical Transformation
Jose Viruet

Jose Viruet, LCPC

Clinical Director Behavioral Health
Syed Mustafa Ali

Syed Mustafa Alavi, MD

Delivering Family Physician Erie Evanston/Skokie

Christopher Benavente, MD

Delivering Family Physician Erie Division Street
Christopher Boisselle

Christopher Boisselle, MD

Program Director Swedish Family Medicine Residency
Natalie Raghu

Natalie Raghu, FNP-C, APN

APRN Fellowship Director
Alissa Carlson

Alissa Carlson, MD

Director of Women’s Health
Erie West Town
Catherine Chen

Catherine Chen, MD

Clinical Director Lake County
Elizabeth Feldman

Elizabeth Feldman, MD

Medical Director Erie Evanston/Skokie
Michelle Byrne

Michelle Byrne, MD

Clinical Director, Care Management Erie West Side School-Based Health

Judith Hortwitz, MD

Pediatrician Erie Evanston/Skokie
Martha Glynn

Martha Glynn, FNP

Medical Director Erie School-Based Health & Teen Center
Miranda Hart

Miranda Hart, MD

Medical Director Erie Foster Avenue
Kathleen Laslo

Kathleen Laslo, MD, MPH

Medical Director Erie Helping Hands
Emily MacDonald

Emily MacDonald, BSN, RN

Director, Business Operations
Jackie McSparron

Jackie McSparron, PA-C

Medical Director Erie Humboldt Park
Sherry Nordstrom

Sherry Nordstrom

Clinical Director of Reproductive Health Swedish Hospital
Lisa Oldham

Lisa Oldham, MD

Medical Director Erie HealthReach Waukegan
Rachel Ramaswamy

Rachel Ramaswamy, DO

Medical Director of Psychiatry
Heidi Vhymeister

Heidi Vyhmeister, CNM

Clinical Director CNM
Prentice Women’s Hospital
Santina Wheat

Santina Wheat, MD

Program Director Northwestern McGaw Family Medicine Residency
Daisy Wynn

Daisy Wynn, MD

Medical Director Erie Division Street
Joe Felger

Josef Felger

Security Officer
Marisol Jimenez

Marisol Jimenez

Emergency Preparedness Officer

Ryan Lee

Risk Management Corporate Compliance Officer
Kellie Medious

Kellie Medious

Privacy Officer Officer of Diversity,
Equity, and Inclusion
Ruben Zarate

Ruben Zarate

Safety Officer

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