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

Betzy 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
Nicole Kazee

Nicole Kazee, Ph.D.

Senior Vice President Strategy and Business Development
Kevin Davis

Kevin Davis

Director Marketing and Communications
Kate Birdwell

Kate Birdwell

Senior Communications Manager Marketing and Communications
Annet Miranda

Annet Miranda

Associate Director Community Engagement
Lupita Monroy-v2

Lupita Monroy

Associate Director of Managed Care
David Bruce, CFO

David Bruce, CPA

Chief Financial Officer
Scott Spencer, Director of Finance

Scott Spencer

Director of Finance

Melissa Hilton

Vice President, Development Executive Director, Erie Family Health Foundation
Sandra del Toro

Sandra Del Toro

Director Government Grants, Foundation Relations
Catherine Junia 9.17.18

Cathy Junia

Associate Director of Individual Giving and Events
Valeria Stokes

Valeria Stokes, EdD

Vice President Human Resources
Adriana Diaz

Adriana Diaz

Director Employee Engagement and Change Management

Amy Valukas

Chief Operating Officer

Victoria Whildin

Senior VP Operations
Elizabeth Bennetts

Elizabeth Bennetts

Director of Process Improvement
Mary Bogasky

Mary Bogasky

Director of Compliance and Risk Management

Hannah Chi

Director of Operations
Humboldt Park

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

Hannah Keel, DNP

Director of Clinical Operations
Erie West Town

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
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 and DEI Officer
G Nightengale

Geoyia Nightengale

Senior Manager
Adolescent Programming Operations


Miriam Rodriguez

Director of Operations at Erie HealthReach Waukegan
Robin Varnado

Robin Varnado

Senior Director Operations
Jesus Villanueva

Jesus Villanueva

Director of Administrative Operations 

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
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
Jose Viruet

Jose Viruet, LCPC

Clinical Director Behavioral Health
Syed Mustafa Ali

Syed Mustafa Alavi, MD

Co-Site Medical Director
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
Michelle Byrne

Michelle Byrne, MD

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


Judith Horwitz, MD

Co-Site Medical Director
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

Kate Laslo, MD, MPH

Medical Director
Erie Helping Hands and Telehealth

Emily MacDonald

Emily MacDonald, BSN, RN

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
Mary Bogasky

Mary Bogasky

Privacy Officer
Marisol Jimenez

Marisol Jimenez

Emergency Preparedness Officer
Kellie Medious

Kellie Medious

Officer of Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion
Ruben Zarate

Ruben Zarate

Safety Officer

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