Our Board of Directors, comprised of dynamic physician, hospital, consumer, employer and health plan leaders, is committed to working together to make our communities healthier and our healthcare better.
Terry Baldwin, MD — Illinois Gastroenterology Institute
Dr. Baldwin currently practices as a gastroenterologist. He received his BS at the University of Illinois and his MD at Northwestern University Medical School. He previously served as Staff Gastroenterologist at Wilford Hall Medical Center, as well as Chief of Gastroenterology and Internal Medicine at Yokota Hospital at the Yokota Air Base in Japan.
Jeff Bogdan — Federal Companies
Jeff Bogdan is a co-owner of Federal Companes and serves as Vice President of Sales & Marketing. He has more than 23 years experience in the transportation, warehousing relocation, and document storage industry. He has a Bachelor of Science degree in Finance and Management from Indiana State University and a Masters in Business Administration from Northern Illinois University. Mr. Bogdan also serves on the WD Boyce Council for the Boy Scouts and the Healthcare Committee for the Heart of Illinois United Way.
Paul Brand — Employers' Coalition on Health (ECOH)
Paul Brand serves as the Executive Director of the Employer's Coalition on Health (ECOH), based in Rockford, IL. ECOH currently includes more than 135 northern Illinois and southern Wisconsin companies, representing nearly 52,000 covered lives. He is a graduate of Michigan State University, with a BA in Urban Development and an MA in Community Psychology.
Greg Chance - Peoria City/County Health Department (PCCHD)
Greg Chance is the Public Health Administrator at the PCCHD. The Department engages stakeholders in the community to employ strategies, policies, and interventions that result in community health protection and improvement. Direct services provided by the Department include community health and wellness, infectious disease prevention, environmental health regulations, child and family health support services, and clinical dental services. Chance has a degree in environmental health from Illinois State University and a master's degree in public health and health resource management from the University of Illinois at Chicago.
James De Salvio, MD — Caterpillar Inc.
Dr. James De Salvio is the Caterpillar Corporate Medical Director and is board certified in Occupational Medicine. In his current position, Dr. De Salvio oversees medical, behavioral health, disability, wellness and occupational clinical services for Caterpillar Inc. Dr. De Salvio has been a practicing physician since 1981. Prior to his employment with Caterpillar, he was a general surgeon with a private practice in York, PA. He received his BA from Villanova University in Villanova, PA and his DO from the Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine in Philadelphia, PA.
John (Jack) Gilligan, PhD — Fayette Companies (Retired)
Jack Gilligan is the president emeritus of Fayette Companies. He currently serves as a board member for the Creve Coeur Club, Workforce Development Network, J.C. Proctor Endowment, Bradley University's Institute for Principled Leadership, the Dirksen Center, and the Drug Prevention Network of the Americas. He has taught in the MBA program at Bradley University, and is an Assistant Professor at the University of Illinois College of Medicine at Peoria, Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Medicine.
James Hefti — Advanced Technology Services, Inc.
James W. Hefti joined Advanced Technology Services, Inc. (ATS) in 2005 as Vice President of Human Resources. Mr. Hefti’s tenure includes over 20 years of experience in human resources administration and extensive expertise in operations management. He holds SHRM certification (Professional of Human Resources) and is a certified facilitator of Managing Interpersonal Relationships. He is a graduate of Malone College in Canton, OH and served for six years as a United States Marine.
David Johnson, MD — Private Practice, Internal Medicine
Dr. Johnson is in private practice as an internist. He received his BS in Biology from Western Illinois University and his MD degree from the University of Nebraska College of Medicine. He serves as a Clinical Assistant Professor of Medicine at the University of Illinois College of Medicine at Peoria. He is a member of the American Medical Society, Illinois State Medical Society and the Peoria Medical Society.
Paul Macek — Proctor Hospital
Paul Macek is the President and CEO of Proctor Hospital in Peoria, IL. Prior to coming to Peoria in September 2008, he served as the President of Christian Hospitals affiliated with Barnes Jewish Christian Healthcare in St. Louis. He also worked as the Sr. Vice President for both Stormont Vail Healthcare in Topeka, KS, and Theta Care in Appleton, WI. These previous positions were all within not-for-profit integrated healthcare systems. Mr. Macek has a bachelor's degree from Concordia College and a master's degree in Hospital Administration from the University of Minnesota.
Jim McConoughey is the former President and CEO of The Heartland Partnership, a family of companies including the Economic Development Council for Central Illinois, Peoria Area Chamber of Commerce, TransPORT and Peoria NEXT. He has more than 15 years in public service working on downtown revitalization, economic development and with various chambers of commerce. He sits on the Federal Reserve Advisory Board and serves on several local boards including the Workforce Development Board, PeoriaNEXT, and the Peoria Civic Federation.
Robert Parker, MD — Health Alliance Medical Plans
Dr. Parker is Chief Medical Officer of Health Alliance Medical Plans, with executive level leadership for pharmaceutical, medical, quality and provider contracting services. Prior to joining Health Alliance, he was the Chief Executive Officer of Sinai Community Foundation and Chief Medical Officer of Sinai Health System in Chicago. He also served in many roles at the Carle Organization, including as CEO of Carle Clinic Association and President of Health Alliance Medical Plans from 1995-1999. Dr. Parker received his MD degree from the University of Virginia and he also has an MBA degree from the University of Illinois. He is a fellow of the American College of Physicians.
Sara Rusch, MD — University of Illinois College of Medicine at Peoria (UICOMP)
Dr. Rusch is the Regional Dean for the University of Illinois College of Medicine at Peoria. She received her BA in 1974 and her MD degree in 1978 from the University of Wisconsin. She is board certified in Internal Medicine with a sub-specialty in Geriatric Medicine. Prior to her appointment as Regional Dean in January 2008, Dr. Rusch served as Chair of the Department of Medicine at UICOMP. She currently serves as the governor for the Downstate Chapter of the American College of Physicians and serves on national and statewide committees for the American College of Physicians.
Debbie Simon — Methodist Medical Center of Illinois
Debbie Simon was named President and CEO of Methodist Medical Center in 2011. She began her career as a nurse and has served in administrative leadership roles with the hospital since 1978. Ms. Simon received an MBA from Bradley University and held the positions of Senior Director of Nursing, Assistant Vice President of Patient Care Services and Chief Operating Officer/Chief Nursing Officer. She is certified by AANC as an Advanced Nursing Administrator and is a Wharton Nurse Executive Fellow and a Henry Crown Leadership Fellow.
Bill Springer — Caterpillar Inc.
W.F. (Bill) Springer is Vice President of the Diversified Products Division of Caterpillar Inc. in Peoria. Springer joined Caterpillar in 1973 and has held a variety of product support development and marketing positions throughout the company. Springer holds a B.S. in Mathematics from the University of Missouri and completed the Stanford University Executive Program in 1995.
Michael Stephan — Heart of Illinois United Way
Michael Stephan has served as the President of Heart of Illinois United Way since 2000. His career with United Way spans three decades, in Washington, D.C., Phoenix, Oklahoma City and Peoria. He received his bachelor of Business Administration from James Madison University in 1986 and graduated cum laude.
Timothy Stone, Jr.— Decatur Memorial Hospital
Timothy Stone is the Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer at Decatur Memorial Hospital, with responsibility for the day-to-day operations of the hospital. Mr. Stone joined the organization in 1995 and previously worked in senior management at BJC Healthcare Corporation in St. Louis. He received a bachelor's degree in Business Management and a master's degree in Health Services Management from Webster University. He is a member of the American College of Healthcare Executives and a director on the board of the Voluntary Hospitals of America—Mid-America Region, where he serves as secretary.
Ralph Velazquez, MD — OSF Healthcare System
Dr. Velazquez serves as the Senior Vice President of Care Management for OSF Healthcare System. His responsibilities include building teams of professionals across the healthcare continuum. Dr. Velazquez is a graduate of Monmouth College and the University of Illinois College of Medicine. He was formerly in practice at Rockford Family Practice before joining OSF as the Chief Medical Officer for OSF Health Plans in 1997.