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Illinois Chapter, American Academy of Pediatrics

The Illinois Chapter of the American Academy of Pediatrics (ICAAP) is an organization of approximately 2,100 pediatricians in Illinois. Primary activities include advocacy on behalf of children, families, and health professionals in Illinois; the provision of continuing medical education and other resources for pediatricians, pediatric specialists, and other child health care providers; and collaboration with other state organizations and agencies on programs and projects that improve the health and well-being of children.

Melissa Bustamante, BS
Project Coordinator, Immunization and Related Programs
312/733-1026, ext 216

Melissa is currently a MPH and MSW graduate student at the University of Illinois at Chicago. She joined  our team in June 2017 after graduating from Northwestern University. Melissa has a Bachelors of Science in Education and Social Policy. Melissa takes pride in her sorority, and dedicates her time to serve as a national liaison. Melissa’s interest include healthcare education, event planning, e-learning platforms and community and industry (not representing any specific company or product or services). Melissa is skilled at logistics, multi-tasking, supporting her team and taking the lead on just about any project that is assigned.

Mary Elsner, JD
Director, Obesity Prevention Initiatives
312/733-1026,ext. 220

Mary Elsner joined in March 2009 as the Director of Obesity Prevention Projects. She received her BA from Tufts University and her JD from University of Wisconsin Law School. She has more than twenty years of health organizational management and health policy experience. As a practicing attorney, she promoted equal access to justice through representation of the poor in public health benefits’ and SSI disability cases. Prior to joining ICAAP, she directed health policy, advocacy, and government affairs for the National Association of Anorexia Nervosa and Associated Disorders – ANAD, where she successfully led efforts to mandate Illinois group insurance coverage for eating disorders and worked to bring about public recognition of mental health and its relationship to the entire spectrum of disordered eating behaviors.

Olyvia Phillips
Project Coordinator, Immunizations
312/733-1026, ext 209

Olyvia joined in July 2017. Olyvia graduated from DePaul University with a bachelor’s degree in Health Sciences and minors in Communication Studies and Sociology in 2015. Prior to joining, Olyvia worked on national projects and now continues to excel by supporting the implementation of local projects rolled out nationally.

Jennie Pinkwater, MNM
Executive Director
312/733-1026, ext 213

Ms. Pinkwater joined the Chapter in February of 2008 as a Project Director overseeing Bright Smiles from Birth and Safe and Healthy Homes. Previously she was Associate State Director of Program Services and Public Affairs for the state chapter of a national not-for-profit working in maternal and child health. She has worked extensively on development of professional education programs for medical staff. In addition, she has led statewide advocacy efforts for passage of mother and child friendly legislation. Ms. Pinkwater received her Bachelors of Arts in Political Science  from Kalamazoo College with a minor in Biology and received a Masters of Non-Profit Management program at DePaul University’s School of Public Service. In addition to directing oral health initiatives for the chapter, she also assists with advocacy efforts for the chapter and facilitates the Resident Education in Advocacy for Children’s Health (REACH) program.

Dru O’Rourke
Manager, Prevention Programs and Medical Home Initiatives
312/733-1026, ext 207

Dru O’Rourke joined in November 2011. Prior Dru was a Cancer Research Fellow with the National Cancer Institute in Bethesda, MD where she worked in communications and outreach, developing reports and webinars for the Office of Cancer Centers. Dru received her Bachelors of Arts in Political Science from Miami University of Ohio with a minor in History. Dru works on oral health, tobacco, and medical home programs, as well as advocacy and the Annual Conference.

Kathy Sanabria, MBA, PMP
Associate Executive Director
312/733-1026, ext 208

In July 2004, Kathy joined the full time staff as Director of the Illinois Medical Home Project (IMHP), ICAAP’s first $1 million grant funded by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS), Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA), Maternal and Child Health Bureau (MCHB).  Kathy has since overseen several federal, state, and local grants on medical home, transitioning youth to adult healthcare, adolescent health, immunizations, and quality improvement.

In July 2011, Kathy became Associate Executive Director.  She is focusing efforts to grow the Chapter’s CME  and quality improvement programs, web-based eLearning activities, and contracting/ consulting services.  From 1985 to 1998 Kathy worked with the national AAP, serving 10 of those years as Director of the Division of Child and Adolescent Health.  Kathy holds a double BA in Public Relations and Spanish from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign; an MBA from Dominican University, IL; is a certified Project Management Professional (PMP); and Patient Centered Medical Home Certified Content Expert (October 2013 to October 2015).

Anne Wong, BS
Project Manager, Immunizations & Related Programs
312/733-1026, ext 206

Anne Wong graduated from Northwestern University in 2012 with a BS in Social Policy, and joined us in 2014. Prior to her public health work Anne served as a program specialist at the University of Chicago’s Urban Education Institute. Anne’s skills include, event management, instructional design, marketing and adult education. Anne is a subject matter expert in infectious diseases and holds close relationships with national leaders and stakeholders across the country to stay current with technology, e-learning platforms and adult education. Anne is a subject matter expert in continuing medical education and medical education curricula development.

Paula Zajac
Coordinator, Prevention Programs
312/733-1026, ext 212

Paula Zajac joined in September 2005. She works with ICAAP project managers to provide staff assistance for the asthma, oral health, immunization and developmental projects. Ms. Zajac is responsible for ongoing work related to these programs including scheduling office- and hospital-based programs, tracking and implementation of CME and CEU guidelines and information, and providing on-site staff support for educational presentations. Ms. Zajac completed her undergraduate degree in English (Bachelor of Fine Arts) at Northeastern Illinois University in Chicago.


Illinois Chapter, American Academy of Pediatrics
1400 W. Hubbard, Suite 100
Chicago, IL 60642-8195
Voice 312/733-1026
Fax 312/733-1791


Kathy Sanabria, MBA, PMP
Senior Project Director
312/733-1026, ext 208

Kathy Sanabria has provided consulting services to the Illinois Chapter since 2002 in project management, program evaluation, and grant writing. In July 2004 she joined the ICAAP staff as Director of the Illinois Medical Home Project (IMHP). From 1985 to 1998 she worked with the national AAP, serving ten of those years as Director of the Division of Child and Adolescent Health. She holds a double BA in Public Relations and Spanish from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign; an MBA from Dominican University, IL; and is a certified Project Management Professional (PMP). Kathy is the parent of three children, one of whom has special health care needs.