Board of Directors

Leadership for the next century of excellence in healthcare education.

  • Latham Williams, JD, MA
    Latham Williams, JD, MA Co-Founder and Principal, Headlights LLC; Board Chair

    Latham Williams is the co-founder and principal of HeadLights, LLC where he is engaged in career coaching, recruiting and board and senior leadership assessment and development. He also is a consultant to Epic Business Strategies and the Exeter Group, and is the founding member of The Latham Williams Law Group, LLC where he is involved in corporate transactions, crisis management and business disputes. Mr. Williams served over eleven years as the chief legal officer and corporate secretary at Hudson Global, Inc. (“Hudson”), a publicly-traded talent solutions company with business operations in over twenty-five countries. He was a member of the National Association of Corporate Directors, a past member of the Society of Corporate Secretaries and Governance Professionals and a member of the Chief Legal Officers’ Section of the Conference Board. He was a guest lecturer in the Board of Directors’ Education Program at the University of California-Berkeley (Haas Business School) and a guest lecturer at Stanford Law School, the American Medical Association and the American Dental Association. Mr. Williams chaired the Board of Trustees of the Fielding Graduate University based in Santa Barbara, California, and he is a lifetime member of the Law Board of the Northwestern Pritzker School of Law. He also served on the Board of Trustees of the Rehabilitation Institute of Chicago, the Rehabilitation Institute of Chicago Foundation, and the Rosalind Franklin University of Medicine and Science. Mr. Williams is a past governor of the Illinois State Bar Association, a life member of the American Bar Foundation, and a past president and director of the Minority Legal Education Resources, Inc. Mr. Williams holds a Bachelor’s degree in Psychology with honors from Macalester College in St. Paul, Minnesota, a Master’s degree in Health Services Management from the University of Wisconsin-Madison, and a Juris Doctor degree from the Northwestern Pritzker School of Law.

    • Robert Christie, JD
      Robert Christie, JD Of Counsel Greenberg Traurig, LLP; Vice Chair

      Mr. Christie concentrates his practice in the areas of commodities and securities law and commercial litigation. He represents clients in connection with enforcement actions and regulatory matters before the CFTC, SEC, NFA, FINRA, and various exchanges. Mr. Christie has extensive experience defending clients in arbitration at NFA, FINRA, CME, and other arbitration forums, in addition to representing clients in CFTC reparations proceedings and state and federal courts. Mr. Christie’s business litigation experience includes representing clients in employee actions concerning federal and state discrimination laws, non-compete agreements, and general commercial disputes. Mr. Christie is also a member of the Board of a university for healthcare professionals. Mr. Christie was general counsel of the Chicago Yacht Club, a Section 501(c)(7) organization and from 2006 through 2009, he was general counsel of the Chicago Yacht Club Foundation, a Section 501(c)(3) organization. As a general counsel of the Foundation and in an effort to regain the confidence of its donors, Mr. Christie rewrote the Foundation’s Bylaws. The revised bylaws provided for, amount other things, staggered terms for the Board of Trustees, a transparent governing structure, heighten compliance initiatives, through the creation of Audit, Investment, and Grant Review committees, and the creation of institutionalized conflict of interest policy.”

      • Pamela Zarkowski, JD., MPH
        Pamela Zarkowski, JD., MPH Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs University of Detroit Mercy (UDM); Secretary

        Ms. Zarkowski is the Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs at the University of Detroit Mercy (UDM). In this combined executive position, she is the chief academic officer of the University and responsible for the administration of all academic departments and programs, and a member of the UDM President’s Cabinet. Ms. Zarkowski has been a faculty member in the University’s School of Dentistry since 1978, she attained the rank of professor in 1994. She was appointed Interim Vice President of Academic Affairs in 2007 and was officially appointed Vice President of Academic Affairs in 2008. Prior to that position, Zarkowski was Executive Associate Dean of UDM’s School of Dentistry from 2002-2007. She is published in the areas of community oral health and legal and ethical issues for dental professionals.

        • J. Marc Golan, CPA
          J. Marc Golan, CPA Chief Financial Officer Franciscan Alliance - Northern Indiana Region; Treasurer

          Mr. Golan is a CPA and is currently the Chief Financial Officer for the Franciscan Alliance – Northern Indiana Region which includes five Northern Indiana Hospitals located in Hammond, Dyer, Munster, Crown Point and Michigan City as well as their associated medical groups. He oversees a Total Net Revenues of approximately $1B. His regional direct line reports include VP Finance, Budget, Health Information Management, Patient Access, Managed Care, Productivity, Business Development, Decision Support, Materials Management, ACO and ABO Finance. He has held various financial positions throughout his career, predominately within healthcare and also had extensive experience in performing financial audits and assisting with mergers, acquisitions, refinancing across industries. Mr. Golan is a member of the ResU Finance Committee.

          • Maryann Barnes, BSN, MA
            Maryann Barnes, BSN, MA System Chief Nursing Executive Presence Health

            Maryann Barnes is the System Chief Nursing Executive for Presence Health. She is currently certified in Holistic Nursing and has held certifications in Nursing Administration and Perioperative Nursing. Prior to Presence Health, Maryann worked for St. John Providence Health in Detroit, part of Ascension Health and the Detroit Medical Center. She is committed to working in Catholic Health. Maryann graduated from Michigan State University with a BSN and the University of Detroit Mercy with a Masters in Healthcare Administration.

            • Karena Brown, RN, CMSRN
              Karena Brown, RN, CMSRN Clinical Coordinator, Northwestern Memorial Hospital

              Karena Brown is a Clinical Coordinator and is currently interim manager of an inpatient general medicine unit at Northwestern Memorial Hospital. In addition to her Clinical RN role, she is very involved in the organization. She currently serves as the Chair of the Nursing Quality and Patient Safety Subcommittee, is a member of the Nursing Professional Practice Committee, and a member of the Magnet Committee. She is also Medicine Department Shared Leadership member and is a certified medical surgical nurse. Ms. Brown is a graduate of Resurrection University where she serves as the president of the Resurrection University Alumni Association. In addition, she holds a Bachelor’s of Science in Biomedical Sciences from Auburn University in Auburn, Alabama. She is currently continuing her education in Chamberlain University’s Master’s of Science in Nursing program.

              • Thomas Koelbl
                Thomas Koelbl System Vice President, Human Resources Presence Health

                As System Vice President, Human Resources, Tom Koelbl is responsible for strategic leadership in the areas of Talent Acquisition and Management, Organizational Effectiveness, HR Operations, Learning & Development, Labor and Employee Relations, Total Rewards and Employee Health. Tom previously served as Regional Vice President of Human Resources for Banner Health in Arizona where he led human resources operations and was a recognized leader in talent management for human resources staff. He also served as Vice President of Human Resources for 11 years at Swedish American Health System in Rockford, and 13 years at Riverside Health System in Kankakee. Tom earned his bachelor’s degree from University of Illinois at Champaign-Urbana and his MBA in Human Resources from DePaul University in Chicago. He is a Fellow in the American College of Healthcare Executives and certified as a Senior Professional in Human Resources.

                • Emma Ortiz, MSOM
                  Emma Ortiz, MSOM Director, Finance & Administration Illinois Hispanic Chamber of Commerce

                  Emma Ortiz is the Director of Finance and Administration with the Illinois Hispanic Chamber of Commerce (IHCC), overseeing and managing the Accounting, Administration, Human Resources and IT functions of the organization. IHCC is a member of 1871, recently ranked first in the world in the 2018 UBI Global list of Top University-Affiliated Business Incubators. In higher education, Ms. Ortiz held various financial positions within the City Colleges of Chicago Division of Finance over the last 13 years. Her most recent appointment was Executive Director of Business Operations at Richard J Daley College where she was responsible for the leadership and management of the Finance, Operations and Facilities Divisions, respectively and was a member of the President’s Cabinet. Prior to joining CCC, she was Vice President with Banco Popular North America where she held positions in Commercial Lending as well as Regional Retail Management, responsible for 10/20 branches for the Illinois region. Ms. Ortiz earned her Bachelor of Science in Finance from Northeastern Illinois University in Chicago and received her Masters of Science in Organization Management from Dominican University in River Forest. Ms. Ortiz is a member of the ResU Finance Committee.

                  • Kyle Suddarth, CFA
                    Kyle Suddarth, CFA Vice President, Institutional Markets BMO Harris Bank

                    Kyle Suddarth is a Vice President with BMO Harris Bank where his expertise includes a wide range of private, not-for-profit sectors including healthcare, education and cultural institutions.  In serving these sectors, Mr. Suddarth enjoys helping clients with various tax-exempt financing structures, in addition to relying on deep knowledge of the full suite of traditional commercial banking products to provide financial solutions. Prior to specializing in the not-for-profit sector, he was a member of the bank’s middle market commercial and corporate banking teams, where his clients included both publicly and privately held corporations. In total, Mr. Suddarth has been with BMO Harris Bank for more than 10 years. He earned his Bachelor of Science in Finance and Master of Science in Finance degrees from the University of Tampa. Mr. Suddarth holds the Chartered Financial Analyst® designation, and he is a member of the CFA Society of Chicago.

                    • Patty Thierry Sheridan, MBA, RHIA
                      Patty Thierry Sheridan, MBA, RHIA Senior Vice President of HIM Services; CIOX Health

                      Patty Thierry Sheridan is a trailblazer who is passionate about health information management (HIM), leadership and volunteerism. She has a track record of leveraging HIM, business and leadership experiences to create innovative HIM solutions and develop successful leaders. As Senior Vice President of HIM Services for CIOX Health, Ms. Sheridan is responsible for driving growth in clinical data abstraction/extraction and oncology data services and performing innovative HIM evidenced-based research via the CAREinnoLab, a private-public partnership with the University of Pittsburgh. Prior to joining CIOX Health, she was the president of Care Communications, Inc., and has also held senior roles at the American Health Information Management Association (AHIMA) including chief operating officer, vice president of professional practice, and acting chief executive officer. Patty has also held HIM roles in acute care teaching facilities.Patty has held board positions in health information organizations including President/Chair of the Board of Directors of AHIMA and New York Health Information Management Association (NYHIMA). She is the recipient of AHIMA’s Distinguished Member Award and the Illinois Health Information Management Association’s Professional Achievement award.   She has published research articles and thought pieces and authors the column “Hands-on Help,” in the online magazine, Advance for Health Information Professionals and Executive Insight. Patty is a frequent speaker on the topics of health information management and leadership.

                      • Brenda Williams, BA
                        Brenda Williams, BA President, Russell Williams Group, Inc.

                        As Founding Partner of the Russell Williams Group, Brenda Williams brings 30 years of strategic planning, branding and creative problem-solving expertise to develop long-term solutions to challenging business issues. Her approach fuses rigor and analysis with creativity and intuition to develop ground breaking results. Engagements include global corporate decision-making areas such as vision development, corporate positioning and internal branding. Prior to forming RWG, Williams served 14 years at Chicago-based Leo Burnett advertising agency as founder and managing director of  The Lab, a multinational subsidiary specializing in brand and strategy consulting. Ms. Williams graduated with honors from the University of Colorado, with a double major in Communications and Psychology. Additionally, she attended graduate studies at Northwestern University and executive studies at University of Chicago, Harvard University and Tuck University. Ms. Williams currently serves as an Advisor to Abundant Venture Partners, whose mission is “improving the human condition.” Education reform is a passion for Williams; she currently sits on the Parent Leadership Board for Teach for America which is focused on ending education inequality.  Most recently, she developed a program called myGPS (my Guided Personal Story) which takes her years of experience in business and advertising to help youth create a personal vision for their lives as they move forward into adulthood.