LEADERSHIP & STAFF
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.
Mary Dobbins, MD, FAAP
Margaret Scotellaro, MD, FAAP
Michelle Barnes, MD, FAAP
Daniel Johnson, MD, FAAP
Mariana Glusman, MD, FAAP
ICAAP Executive Committee Members
Michele Kay Beekman, MD, FAAP
Amy Christison, MD, FAAP
(2018 - 2022)
Alejandro Clavier, MD, MPH, FAAP
Mark Minier, MD, FAAP
(2018 - 2022)
Cesar Ochoa, MD, FAAP
(2018 - 2022)
Anita Chandra-Puri, MD, FAAP
ICAAP Nominating Committee
Barbra Bayldon, MD, FAAP
(2018 - 2022)
Joseph Hageman, MD, FAAP
(2018 - 2022)
Deanna Behrens, MD, FAAP
(2018 - 2022)
Edith Chernoff, MD, FAAP
(2018 - 2022)
Director, Health Equity Initiatives
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.
Senior Manager, Membership Engagement
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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.
Cindy Ogrin joined the Chapter 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.
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Jennie 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.
Project Coordinator, Public Health Activities
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Olyvia Phillips joined in July 2017. Olyvia graduated from DePaul University with a bachelor's degree in Health Sciences and minors in Communication Studies and Sociology and dual-degrees in Public Health and Business administration from Benedictine University. Prior to joining ICAAP, Olyvia worked on national projects and now continues to excel by supporting the implementation of local projects rolled out nationally.
Senior Manager, Immunizations
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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.
Associate Executive Director
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In July 2004, Kathy Sanabria 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).
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.
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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.