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— Patrick J. Kennedy

About The Kennedy Forum Illinois

The Kennedy Forum project in Illinois is a unique initiative to accelerate action in our state. Led by a Leadership Council of civic influencers and working with partners, we are putting evidence-based recommendations into action.


Key Team Members

Leadership Council

  • Heather Alderman

    President, Illinois Children’s Healthcare Foundation

  • Michael Arkes

    Helping Hand Partners

  • Lindsey Artola

    Vice President, Sage Health Strategy

  • John Atkinson

    Managing Partner, Willis Towers Watson

  • The Honorable Patricia Bellock (R - Hinsdale)

    Assistant Minority Leader, Illinois General Assembly, House of Representatives

  • Norman R. Bobins

    Chairman, ThePrivateBank; Norman Bobins Consulting, LLC

  • Marca Bristo

    CEO, Access Living; President, United States International Council on Disabilities

  • The Honorable Anne Burke

    Supreme Court Justice 1st District, Illinois

  • Carey Carlock

    Chief Executive Officer, Riveredge Hospital

  • Patrick Corrigan, Psy.D.

    Distinguished Professor of Psychology, Illinois Institute of Technology

  • Dr. John Csernansky

    Gilman Professor and Chair, Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences, Northwestern University, Feinberg School of Medicine

  • Archbishop Blase J. Cupich

    Archdiocese of Chicago

  • The Honorable Lee Daniels

    House of Representatives (R-40th & 46th Districts, Retired); Attorney and Owner, Lee Daniels & Associates, LLC

  • Rich Daniels

    Owner and Musical Director, City Lights Orchestra/Local 10-208 Chicago Federation of Musicians

  • Michael Darcy

    Retired President and CEO, Gateway Foundation

  • The Honorable Tom Dart

    Cook County Sheriff

  • Paul Dillon

    Vietnam Veteran; Owner, Dillon Consulting Services

  • Jay Doherty

    President, City Club Of Chicago

  • Reverend Scott Donahue

    President & CEO, Mercy Home for Boys & Girls

  • The Honorable Jim Durkin

    House Minority Leader, Illinois General Assembly, House of Representatives (R-82nd District)

  • Bernard Dyme

    President & CEO, Perspectives Ltd.

  • John Edelman

    Head of Global Citizenship, Edelman

  • Tim Egan

    President & CEO, Roseland Community Hospital

  • Michael Englehart

    President & CEO, Presence Health

  • Judy Erwin

    Managing Director, Kivvit

  • The Honorable Sara Feigenholtz

    Assistant Majority Leader, Illinois General Assembly, House of Representatives (D-12th District)

  • The Honorable Kim Foxx

    Cook County State’s Attorney

  • Mark Frey

    President & CEO, AMITA Health Medical Group

  • The Honorable Robyn Gabel

    Illinois General Assembly, House of Representatives (D-18th District)

  • Dr. Teresa Garate

    CEO, Anixter Center

  • Mary Garrison

    Associate Professor, Millikin University

  • Dr. Larry Goodman

    President & CEO, Rush University Medical Center

  • Ron Grais

    Director, Thresholds; Of Counsel and Pro Bono Director, Sugar Felsenthal Grais & Hammer LLC

  • Christie Hahn

    Population Health Specialist Lead, Aetna Better Health

  • Pastor Christopher Harris

    Pastor, Bright Star Church Chicago; Founder, The Urban Resilience Network

  • The Honorable Karen Hasara

    Former Mayor of Springfield, Illinois

  • Bill Heffernan

    CEO, Employee Resource System

  • Reverend Dennis Holtschneider

    Executive Vice President & COO, Ascension Health

  • Mark Ishaug

    CEO, Thresholds

  • Alexa James

    Executive Director, NAMI Chicago

  • Erica Jeffries

    Director, Illinois Department of Veterans’ Affairs

  • Dr. Robin Jones

    Medical Director, Harmony Health Plan, Inc.

  • Dr. Larry Kroll

    President & CEO, Family Guidance Centers

  • Dr. Anand Kumar

    Department Head and Lizzie Gilman Professor, University of Illinois at Chicago Department of Psychiatry

  • Mimi LeClair

    President & CEO, Boys & Girls Clubs of Chicago

  • Connie Lindsay

    Executive Vice President and Head of Corporate Social Responsibility and Global Diversity & Inclusion, Northern Trust

  • Patrick Magoon

    President & CEO, Ann & Robert H. Lurie Children's Hospital of Chicago

  • Brandon Marshall

    Executive Chairman & Co-Founder, PROJECT 375; NFL wide-receiver

  • Terry Mazany

    President & CEO, The Chicago Community Trust

  • Earl Melamed

    Partner, Neal, Gerber, & Eisenberg LLP

  • Theresa Mintle

  • Steve Moore

    Co-Chair, American Foundation for Suicide Prevention; Partner, Rowland & Moore LLP

  • Mark Mroz

    Vice President of Strategic Development, MADO Healthcare

  • Laurence Msall

    President, The Civic Federation

  • Peter O’Brien

    President, MADO Healthcare

  • Heather O’Donnell

    Senior Vice President of Public Policy and Advocacy, Thresholds

  • Samantha Olds Frey

    Executive Director, Illinois Association of Medicaid Health Plans

  • Kerry Peck

    Managing Partner, Peck Ritchey, LLC

  • Paul Pendler, Psy.D.

    Assistant Professor of Clinical Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences, Northwestern University, Feinberg School of Medicine; Vice President, JPMorgan Chase

  • Daniel Perlman

    Partner, Kirkland & Ellis, LLP

  • The Honorable Glenn Poshard

    Congressman, United States House of Representatives (R-19th & 22nd Districts, Retired)

  • Linda Price

    Senior Managing Director, Insurance Services, Mesirow Financial

  • Jorge Ramirez

    President & CEO, Chicago Federation of Labor

  • Dr. Lorrie Rickman Jones

  • Beth N. Rom-Rymer, Ph.D

    Illinois Licensed Clinical Psychologist; President, Rom-Rymer and Associates

  • Jesse Ruiz

    Partner, Drinker, Biddle & Reath

  • John Jay Shannon, M.D.

    CEO, Cook County Health and Hospitals System

  • Elizabeth Simer

    EOSimer LLC

  • James Skogsbergh

    President & CEO, Advocate Health Care

  • Andrew Smith

    President & Co-Founder, Impact Advisors

  • Dr. Shastri Swaminathan

    Chairman, Department of Psychiatry, Advocate Illinois Medical Center

  • Diane Swonk

    Founder & President, Diane Swonk Economics

  • Karen Teitelbaum

    President & CEO, Sinai Health System

  • David Vitale

  • Ross Westreich

    Market Vice President, Humana

  • Dr. Cheryl Whitaker

    CEO, NextLevel Health Partners, Inc.

  • Dr. Eric E. Whitaker

    CEO, TWG Partners, LLC

  • AJ Wilhelmi

    President & CEO, Illinois Hospital Association

  • Donna Zarcone

    President & CEO, The Economic Club of Chicago

  • The Honorable Kathryn Zenoff

    Appellate Court Justice 2nd District, Illinois

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