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    Mary Dominiak, Ph.D., M.B.A., RN (Secretary)

    Adjunct Faculty
    Undergraduate Health Systems Management Program Loyola University Chicago Marcella Niehoff School of Nursing

    Before joining the faculty of Loyola University Chicago’s Marcella Niehoff School of Nursing, where she was assistant professor and founding director of the Undergraduate Health Systems Management Program, Mary Dominiak held the position of global director of marketing for a business unit of Baxter Healthcare Corporation. A trustee of the Village of Antioch, she also serves on the Leader Council of the Mercy Home for Boys and Girls and is a founding member of the Antioch Area Healthcare Accessibility Alliance (AAHAA). Dr. Dominiak joined the Foundation’s board of directors in 2011.


    Carolina Duque, M.A.

    Civic Leader

    A founding member of the Alliance for Human Services, Carolina Duque has served the Spanish-speaking community of northern Lake County for more than a decade. She was executive director of Mano a Mano Family Resource Center and in 2011 earned the Lake County Chamber of Commerce’s Community Leader Award. She is a former member of the Round Lake Area School Based Health Center Advisory Committee and IL Rte. 53 Blue Ribbon Advisory Council. She joined the Foundation’s board of directors in 2015.

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    William A. Ensing, Esq. (Chair)

    Ensing Law Firm, LTD

    William A. Ensing has practiced law for more than 25 years, specializing in estate, wealth protection, and business succession planning for private and corporate clients. The author of numerous articles, he is a two-time past chair of the Chicago Bar Association’s Asset Protection Committee and lectures extensively on the subject in the United States and abroad. Mr. Ensing joined the Healthcare Foundation’s board of directors in March 2008 and became its chair in September 2010.


    David Hatton, CFP

    Senior Financial Consultant
    First Midwest Financial Network

    With more than a decade of experience in the insurance and financial services sectors, David Hatton provides individual investment advice through First Midwest Bank, where he is an investment sales manager, and through his own consultancy, HFS. He has a B.A. in political science from Ball State University and served for eight years in the U.S. Army. A resident of Grayslake, Mr. Hatton joined the Foundation’s board in 2014.

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    John L. Joanem, Esq.

    John L. Joanem & Associates, P.C.

    John Joanem has practiced law in Waukegan for approximately 20 years. Having received his primary and secondary education in Waukegan, Mr. Joanem attended University of Illinois and Pepperdine University School of Law before returning to Lake County to start his law practice. His practice provides a range of services in family, criminal, real estate, personal injury law, and civil litigation. He has served as General Counsel for Waukegan Township and for Moraine Township. A past member of the Lake County Urban League and a former Court Appointed Special Advocate for juveniles, Mr. Joanem joined the Foundation’s board in 2008.

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    Nadine A. Johnson, CTP (Treasurer)

    Vice President/Treasury Management
    First Midwest Bank

    Nadine Johnson has more than 18 years of banking experience, joining First Midwest Bank in May 1995. A graduate of Columbia College of Missouri with a bachelor’s degree in business administration, she earned her M.B.A. from Webster University. Ms. Johnson received her certified treasury professional certification in 2007 and is an associate member of Illinois Government Finance Officers Association. She has been a member of the Foundation’s board since 2008.


    Magdalena McElroy, R.N., LCSW

    Psychiatric Nurse and Clinical Social Worker
    Lake County Behavioral Services

    A bilingual therapist, counselor, and registered nurse, Magdalena McElroy has worked with adult and youth clients on issues as diverse as behavioral health problems and mental illness, co-occurring medical and psychological disorders, occupational injury, and sexual abuse. She is currently employed at Lake County Health Department’s Behavioral Health Services and maintains a private practice. McElroy received a bachelor of science from Alverno College and an MSW from the University of Illinois at Chicago. She joined the Foundation’s board in 2015.

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    Jorge L. Ortiz (Vice Chair)

    Circuit Judge
    Nineteenth Judicial Circuit Court of Illinois

    Judge Jorge Ortiz has served as a judge in Lake County since 2002.  He was an associate judge until August 2008 when the Illinois Supreme Court appointed him as a circuit judge.  Judge Ortiz was elected as a circuit judge in November 2010.  Judge Ortiz serves in the Law Division of the Circuit Court of Lake County after having served as presiding judge of the Family Division for a number of years. Judge Ortiz joined the board of the Foundation in 2007.


    Laura Ramírez, B.A.

    Director, Latino and Youth Services
    Family Service of Lake County

    Laura Ramírez is a lifelong resident of Lake County with over 15 years of experience in the Lake County non-profit sector, she holds a BA in psychology with a minor in social work from Wheaton College and is a graduate of the Illinois Latino Policy Forum’s Latino Nonprofit Leadership Academy. A former member of the board of directors of the Coalición Latinos Unidos of Lake County, she joined the Foundation’s board in 2015.

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    Wendy Rheault, Ph.D., PT

    Rosalind Franklin University of Medicine and Science

    In addition to her administrative responsibilities within the college and university, Dr. Wendy Rheault is an active member of the physical therapy faculty. A practicing clinician before joining academia, she has published extensively in the area of research and statistics. In 2011, she was inducted as a fellow in the Association of Schools of Allied Health Professions. She has been a member of the Foundation’s board since 2006.

    Maria Schwartz

    Maria C. Schwartz, M.S., BSN, RN

    Civic Leader

    For nearly four decades, Maria Schwartz worked on the frontlines of patient care, holding positions of increasing responsibility in area hospitals and nursing facilities. Among those positions were assistant vice president of patient care services at Mercy Hospital and Medical Center, director of acute care services and mental health and of medical-surgical services at Saints Mary and Elizabeth Medical Center, and director of nursing services at Winchester House in Libertyville. Ms. Schwartz joined the Foundation’s board in 2013.

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    Angela Baran, M.S.

    Program Officer

    Angela Baran holds a masters from DePaul University’s School of Public Service and has experience in healthcare grants management and development through her work with the Lake County Health Department and Community Health Center. A life-long resident of Northeastern Lake County, she understands both the needs and assets of the community. She is committed to improving the health of the community through education and the provision of quality services. She joined the Healthcare Foundation of Northern Lake County in 2011.


    Meredith Polirer

    Office Administrator

    Meredith Polirer has held office administration and accounting related positions at a variety of corporations and nonprofit organizations, including P.M. Haeger & Associates, Delicious Cookie Company, American Academy of Pediatrics, and Michaels Arts & Crafts. She studied administrative office systems at the College of Lake County and holds a bachelor’s degree in technical management from DeVry University in Gurnee. She joined the Foundation in 2012.

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    Ernest Vasseur, M.T.S.

    Executive Director

    Ernest Vasseur is the founding executive director of Healthcare Foundation of Northern Lake County and has spent most of his career in the nonprofit sector. While at the AIDS Pastoral Care Network during the 1990s, he supervised hospital chaplains of various faith traditions, educated religious leaders and their faith communities about compassionate responses to persons with HIV disease, led spirituality retreats and support groups for persons with HIV/AIDS, and helped to launch the first camp for families with HIV. In 1999, he moved to the field of philanthropy, becoming program officer, then senior program officer, with the Lloyd A. Fry Foundation. There he developed significant expertise in healthcare access issues for low-income, uninsured, and underserved populations and oversaw the foundation’s humanitarian relief grants.