Leadership

Board President/Chair: Marc Rosen, MPH, AE-C

Marc Rosen is a Clinical Integration Technical Advisor at YMCA of the USA. He provides technical assistance and training to local Ys as they explore and develop formal partnerships with health care systems, hospitals, and clinics in areas such as the YMCA’s evidence-based health interventions for chronic disease prevention and management, shared facility arrangements, or health navigation. Prior to his current role, Marc spent three and a half years at Y-USA working on its Chronic Disease Prevention Programs team helping local Ys prepare, implement, and sustain the YMCA’s Diabetes Prevention Program by scaling replicable and recommended practices. Prior to joining Y-USA, Marc managed community-based, asthma management programs at Respiratory Health Association for three years and an additional year delivering smoking cessation, asthma, and COPD management services to patients throughout Cook County. He holds a Bachelor of Arts from University of Wisconsin-Madison, a Masters of Public Health from University of Illinois-Chicago, and is a Certified Asthma Educator.

 

Board Secretary: Sarah Rittner, MA, Assistant Research Director

Ms. Rittner is the Assistant Research Director of AllianceChicago, a national Health Center Controlled Network based in Chicago.  In this role, Ms. Rittner leverages her 15 years of community-engaged research to improve health equity. Ms. Rittner has overseen more than 50 research projects during her work in health services research, many of which have focused on health disparities, respiratory health, health information technology, safety net-focused health improvement programming and policy, and community-based participatory research. Prior to joining AllianceChicago, Ms. Rittner was Program Manager of the Center for Healthcare Equity at Northwestern University’s Feinberg School of Medicine and Manager of Lung Health Initiatives at Respiratory Health Association. She is a graduate of Michigan State University (MA and BA) and an executive board member of Chicago Asthma Consortium.

 

Board Treasurer: Amy O’Rourke, MPH

Amy O’Rourke is a graduate of the class of 2007. She received her Bachelor of Science in Molecular Biology and went on to receive her Master’s in Public Health in 2009 from Benedictine. Amy is a public health professional and has been a driving force in Cook County and Chicago leading the charge towards improving health equity through policy change and implementing evidence-based interventions.

She currently serves as Director of Programs with Respiratory Health Association (RHA). In this role she routinely engages with a variety of stakeholders including healthcare providers, adult caregivers and children affected by lung disease. Amy directs RHA’s community-based asthma initiatives including an evidence-based asthma self-management program for youth and their adult caregivers. She also oversees RHA’s Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD) Initiative which includes educational programming, social events and advocacy activities for those living with the disease.

 

Executive Director: Joenell Henry-Tanner, MPH

Joenell Henry-Tanner she serves as the Executive Director for the Chicago Asthma Consortium where she provides strategic and operational leadership. Prior to this role, Joenell provided transformational leadership to the American Cancer Society for over 10 years.  As a national health equity leader and strategist, she spearheaded efforts to reduce cancer disparities, and served as strategic lead and facilitator for the organization’s integrated equity, inclusion and diversity efforts. Joenell’s background also includes 13 years of experience within safety net, academic and public health systems. Her portfolio included designing and implementing a statewide tobacco cessation and navigation program within 10 safety net hospitals; and operationalizing a community capacity building program to improve rural health access. Joenell holds degrees from Loyola University of New Orleans and Tulane University School of Public Health and Tropical Medicine.

Past Officers:

Sharmilee Nyenhuis, MD; University of Illinois at Chicago
Maureen Damitz, AE-C;  North Shore University Health System
Molly Martin, MD; University of Illinois at Chicago

Directors

Helen Margellos-Anast, MPH; Sinai Urban Health Institute

Ellen Becker, PhD, RRT-NPS; Rush University Medical Center

Catherine Baker, AIA; Landon Bone Baker Architects

Sherene Fahkran, MD, MPH; Cook County Health and Hospitals System

Felicia Fuller, Dr.PH; American Lung Association

Craig Leonard, MA, RRT; Rehabilitation Institute of Chicago

Sydney Parker, PhD;  retired American College of Chest
Physicians

Valerie Press, MD, MPH; University of Chicago

Marc Rubin, BScPharm RPh; Osco Drug

Lisa K. Sharp, PhD, University of Illinois at Chicago