The Illinois Chapter, American Academy of Pediatrics (ICAAP) is led by a dedicated group of pediatricians who volunteer their service to improve pediatric care in Illinois. ICAAP leadership includes five chapter officers, seven elected members, and one appointed executive committee member representing an academic medical center. These 12 members are called the Executive Committee and they serve as the ICAAP board of directors. The Executive Committee of the Illinois Chapter, American Academy of Pediatrics are volunteers chosen by their peers to serve the statewide association of Illinois pediatricians.

ICAAP Officers


Margaret Scotellaro, MD, FAAP
Chicago, IL


Michelle Barnes, MD, FAAP
Chicago, IL


Anita Chandra-Puri, MD, FAAP
Chicago, IL


Daniel Johnson, MD, FAAP
Chicago, IL

Past President

Mary Dobbins, MD, FAAP
Springfield, IL

ICAAP Executive Committee Members

Mark Minier, MD, FAAP
Chicago, IL

Veena Ramaiah, MD, FAAP
Chicago, IL

Jennifer Kusma, MD, FAAP
Chicago, IL

Craig Batterman, MD, FAAP
Springfield, IL

Michele Kay Beekman, MD, FAAP
Peoria, IL


Alejandro Clavier MD, MPH, FAAP 
Chicago, IL

ICAAP Nominating Committee

Deanna Behrens, MD, FAAP
Chicago, IL
(2018 - 2022)

Edith Chernoff, MD, FAAP
Chicago, IL
(2018 - 2022)


Project Director, Immunizations
312-733-1026, ext 206

Stephanie Atella joined in June 2021 as the Project Director for Immunizations. Stephanie received her Bachelor of Science in Community Health at Hofstra University and her Master of Public Health from the University of Illinois at Chicago (UIC). Prior to working at the Chapter, she supported COVID-19 mass vaccination clinics at Northwestern Medicine, was the Program Director for the Chicago Department of Public Health’s tuberculosis program and a Senior Health Educator at Loyola University Chicago. She worked with the organization formally known as CeaseFire while at UIC and was an AmeriCorps member in a school-based health center in New York City. Stephanie is a Certified Health Education Specialist, and a trained domestic violence and sexual assault advocate.

Manager, Immunizations 

Magale Avitia joined ICAAP September 2021. Magale received her Bachelor of Science in Public Health Education and Promotion at the University of Indianapolis and her Master's in Public Health from the University of Illinois at Chicago. Previously, she worked as a Research Associate for the Study of Latinos (SOL) and has experience with planning, implementing, and evaluating Public Health programs. She is passionate about serving individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities. Her hobbies include reading, making new recipes, and watching the San Antonio Spurs.

Director of Operations

312-733-1026, ext 207

Hannah Clemenson joined ICAAP in January 2022. She graduated from American University with a BA in Political Science and Communications, Law, Economics, and Government (CLEG) and has focused her career on nonprofit and advocacy work. Prior to joining at the chapter, she managed operations and finance and AmeriCorps programs for a capacity building nonprofit in Colorado and conservation programs for an environmental nonprofit in Pennsylvania. In her free time, Hannah enjoys cooking, traveling, and exploring Chicago’s restaurants.

Project Manager


Abby Creek joined ICAAP in August 2022. She graduated from DePaul University with her BS in Community Health in 2018 and Masters of Public Health in 2021. Before joining ICAAP, she worked at the AIDS Foundation of Chicago and as a research assistant on barriers to substance use treatment. In her free time, she enjoys going to concerts, trying new restaurants, and cheering on St. Louis sports.

Manager, Immunization 

Monica joined ICAAP in April 2022. She received her Bachelor of Science in Health Education and Promotion from Ball State University and her Master of Public Health from the University of Illinois at Chicago. Monica's prior experience includes planning and implementing substance use prevention programming for youth at a social services non-profit and managing COVID-19 resource coordination and education at a Federally Qualified Health Center. Monica is passionate about positive youth development and in her free time enjoys being outside and spending time with friends and family. 

Director, Health Equity 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 the 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 the 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.

Manager, Professional Education
312-733-1026, ext 204

Erin Moore joined in September 2020. She graduated from Columbia College of Missouri with a Bachelor's degree in Psychology in 2005.  She attended Keller Graduate School of Management and graduated with a Masters degree in Human Resource Management in 2010.  Prior to joining, Erin worked with associations for 13 years.  She started as a coordinator with Air Movement and Control Association assisting with running their Certification program.  She also worked with Veritas Association Management as an Accreditation Manager where she managed the CME accreditation for multiple Healthcare Associations. 

Director, Development and Communications
312-733-1026, ext 211

Cindy Ogrin joined in July 2019 as the organization's first Director of Marketing and Development. She has worked for over 15 years in fundraising and marketing, and supporting public health initiatives and organizations. Previous to her ICAAP role, she served as the Director of Strategy & Growth for HealthConnect One, a national maternal child health nonprofit, and as a fundraising consultant working for organizations in early childhood such as COFI, Honeycomb Project, and as the Director of Reach Out & Read Illinois, a program of ICAAP. Ms. Ogrin received her Bachelors of Arts in Journalism from the University of Wisconsin, Madison and a Masters in Nonprofit Management from New School University in New York City. She serves as one of the senior staff members at ICAAP and directs and implements fundraising and marketing initiatives to support ICAAP's leadership in Illinois.

Senior Manager

Dru O'Rourke joined in November 2011. Prior to joining ICAAP, 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.

Executive Director
312-733-1026, ext 213

Jennie Pinkwater joined 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.

Program Coordinator


Bridgette Rasmussen joined ICAAP in January 2022. She earned a Bachelor of Science in Interdisciplinary Health Sciences with a concentration in Health Diversity from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign in December 2019. Her efforts are currently focused on Reach Out & Read and other early childhood initiatives. Before joining ICAAP, she worked as a Child Welfare Specialist at a foster care agency. Bridgette is passionate about increasing opportunities for children and families, particularly those who are historically underserved. In her free time, she enjoys reading, cooking new vegetarian dishes, nature photography, and hiking.

Projects Administrator

Gurnik Singh (Nick) joined ICAAP in July 2022 as the Projects Administrator. Nick graduated from DePaul University in 2019 with a Master of Science with a focus on Healthcare Administration and Public Health. After graduation, he worked as a contractor at both Good Shepherd Hospital as well as Good Samaritan Hospital. 2021 brought Nick to a Chicago based domestic violence organization, Apna Ghar Inc. Here, Nick was given the opportunity to work to redesign the SVSE program post COVID. In his free time, he enjoys writing for his personal blog and spending time with friends and family. Nick is an avid follower of soccer and enjoys playing tennis.

Manager, Immunizations 

Caroline Werenskjold joined ICAAP September 2021. She received her Bachelor of Arts in Cognitive Science from the University of Virginia and her Master's in Public Health from Tulane University. Prior to ICAAP, Caroline worked as a project coordinator and researcher on a variety of community health and education projects. In her spare time, she likes to read by Lake Michigan and discover new delicious Chicago restaurants.  

Office Manager
312-733-1026, ext 212

Paula Zajac joined ICAAP in September 2005 as a Project Coordinator supporting asthma, oral health, immunizations, and developmental projects. Her responsibilities included 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. In recent years Ms. Zajac has held the position of Office Manager where she is responsible for assisting the Executive Director and Director of Operations in all aspects related to the operation of ICAAP.