Community Advisory Board

As ambassadors for Children's Hospital of Illinois, members of the Community Advisory Board lead, act and advocate for the hospital, sharing its role and mission with their respective communities. They also advise the hospital and make important contributions to its fundraising programs.

2017 CHOI Community Advisory Board

Front row:  Kelly Nierstedt, Peter Wong, Dr. Melissa Stigall, Theresa Murphy, Sister Judith Ann, Melody Berry, Amy Paul and Julie Welch 
2nd row:  Diana Hampton, Dr. Sarah Zallek, Sue Portscheller, Patti Bash, Teresa Best, Michael Weber 
3rd row: Dr. Pedro de Alarcon, Christine Zak-Edmonds, Vicki Bahr, Mike Wells, Dr. Divya Joshi 
4th row:  Dave Stenerson, Scott Cicciarelli, Keith Harlan, Dr. Kay Saving, Dr. Steve Bash, Jay Harms, Rev. Tony Pierce, Andrea Bjorkman, Josh Riekena, and Bill Wills

Guiding Principles

Community Involvement | Alexis Bass - drawing Our caring team of nurses, doctors, therapists, social workers, support personnel and child life specialists address the spiritual, emotional and physical needs of the pediatric patient based on these three principles:

  • Children are unique and have special needs.
  • A child's illness impacts the entire family.
  • Childhood illness interferes with normal childhood growth and development.

These principles are guided by the OSF HealthCare Mission, "In the spirit of Christ and the example of Francis of Assisi, the Mission of OSF Healthcare is to serve persons with the greatest care and love in a community that celebrates the gift of life."

Board Representatives

Our thanks to these individuals who share their time and talents with us:

2017-2018 Officers
Jay Harms, Chair
Bob Woolsey, Vice Chair
Jayme Bailey, Secretary
Honorary Board Members, Ex-Officio, & Staff Members
Bash, Patricia
Berry, Melody
Cruz, Michael
de Alarcon, Pedro
Dubravec, Paul
Hampton, Diana
Hoerr, Bob
Kepple, Linda
Klaus, Scott
Kolbus, Jeff
LaHood, Darin
LaHood, Raymond
Linder, Rex
Magers, Karen
Murphy, Theresa
Nierstedt, Kelly
O’Brien, Dan
Paul, Amy
Pearl, Richard
Portscheller, Sue
Riley, John
Rusch, Sarah
Saurs, Timothy
Saving, Kay
Scherer, James
Thome, Jim
Ullman, Sandra
Van Buskirk, Jamie
Van Buskirk, Mary Ellen
Welch, Julie
Wells, Mike
Zallek, Sarah
Zak-Edmonds, Christine
Board Members
Bahr, Vicki
Bailey, Jayme
Bash, Stephen
Best, Theresa
Bjorkman, Andrea
Blackburn, Joe
Burklund, Jon
Cicciarelli, Scott
 Draeger, Rich 
Gilfillan, Mitch
Ginder, John
Gruber, Brian
Harlan, Kevin
Harms, Jay
Jeffries, Gennifer
Martin-Moushon, Angela
Pierce, Tony
Ray, Brian
Riekena, Josh 
Rossman, Tara
Ruskusky, Jeff 
Sister Judith Ann, O.S.F.
Stevens, Jana
 Stigall, Melissa 
Weber, Michael
Wills, Bill 
Wong, Peter
Woolsey, Robert 
Wright, Jan