Leadership, Committees, Work Groups

The strategic planning process is overseen by a Steering Committee, an Operations Committee, and seven Work Groups. Also important to the process is our broader community, which will have the opportunity to share their input and recommendations.

The Steering Committee consists of senior-level leaders that will have decision-making authority throughout the process.  The Steering Committee provides leadership oversight on the vision and direction of the engagement, confirm and endorse strategic recommendations and initiatives while conferring with UI Health and other partners,  leaders, and university  leadership on UI  COM’s strategic direction. This committee meets approximately every six to eight weeks.

The Operations Committee provides continuous review of findings and ensures process of engagement keeps the tri-partite aim of UICOM intact. This committee will recommend adoption of the final strategy to relevant stakeholders and the Executive Committee.

Operations Committee Chart

The Work Groups will be assigned to address specific strategic questions and topics. Each group will have a clear charge and will formulate recommendations to be reviewed by the Executive and Operations Committees. Groups will meet as often as needed during March, April and potentially May. Work groups are encouraged to reach out to their constituencies for input and broad views.

Work Group Chart

Work Groups

*Denotes work group chair

To provide feedback to specific work groups, please contact the chairs of the respective work groups.

Beth Wrona Murphy* Senior Director of Special Projects
Tom Wyatt Director of Marketing
Leila Amiri, PhD Director of Admissions
William Walden, PhD Associate Dean for Faculty Affairs
Jeff Jacobson MD Professor of Medicine
Sara Rusch, MD | Meenakshy Aiyer, MD Regional Dean, Peoria | Associate Dean for Academic Affairs
Pauline Maki, PhD Sr. Director of Research, Center for Research on Women and Gender
Carrie Hermanson Director of Marketing, Public Relations & Business Development, Rockford
Raymond Curry, MD* Senior Associate Dean for Educational Affairs
Olga Garcia-Bedoya, MD Associate Professor of Medicine
Meenakshy Aiyer, MD Associate Dean for Academic Affairs
Alex Auseon, DO Associate Professor of Medicine
Mitchell King, MD Associate Dean for Academic Affairs, Rockford
Kelvin Wynn, MD Thomas and Ellen Foster Endowed Chair, Peoria
Henry Dove, MD Associate Dean for Graduate Medical Education
Bellur Prabhakar, PhD* Associate Dean, Technological Innovation & Training
Ron Gaba, MD Associate Professor of Radiology
Marcelo Bento Soares, PhD Senior Associate Dean for Research; Professor and CBP Department Head, Peoria
Jan Kitajewski, PhD Head, Department of Physiology & Biophysics
Richard Minshall, PhD Professor of Medicine, Anesthesiology and Pharmacology
Lea Smucker Dir. of Admin. Operations, Anatomy and Cell Biology
Martha Daviglus, MD, PhD Professor of Medicine, Associate Vice Chancellor for Research
Gail Prins, PhD Professor of Urology and Physiology; Director, University Andrology Laboratory
Geri Donenberg, PhD Professor of Medicine and Psychology, Director, Center for Dissemination and Implementation Sci., Dir., Healthy Youths Program
Ramaswamy Kalyanasundaram, PhD Professor & Head, Department of Biomedical Sciences, University of Illinois College of Medicine Rockford
Jalees Rehman, MD Director of Research, Division of Cardiology, Professor of Medicine, Pharmacology and Bioengineering
Subhash C. Pandey, PhD Professor & Director, Alcohol Research Center, Department of Psychiatry
Peyton Bohnsack, PhD Postdoctoral Fellow, Department of Psychiatry
James Hopkins Graduate Student, Ocular Virology Lab
Kathleen Kashima, PhD* Senior Associate Dean of Students
Michele Marsicalco, MD Assistant Vice Chancellor, Health Sciences Student Affairs, Chicago
Julie Mann Director, Program Administration, MSTP, Chicago
Gloria Elam, MD Associate Dean of Diversity and Inclusion, Chicago
Terri Blevins, EdD Assistant Dean, Student Affairs & Academic Progress, Rockford
Tim Bruce, PhD Professor and Associate Chair, Psychiatry Clerkship Director, Peoria
Trevonne Thompson, MD Assistant Dean of Residency Preparedness, Chicago
Mrinalini Rao, PhD Professor, Department of Physiology & Biophysics
Olivia Lanser M3 student, Chicago
Saagar Palumapati M2 student, Rockford
Alex Tang M3 student, Peoria
Carlos Dostal MD/PhD student, Urbana/td>
Tara McCray PhD student, Chicago
Joshua Ames PhD student, Chicago
Jenny Baker Research Associate
Charles Ray, MD, PhD Head, Department of Radiology
Patricia Finn, MD Associate Dean for College Strategic Initiatives
Rhea Begeman, RN Director of Administration, Emergency Medicine
Marci Fanti Director of Human Resources
Barry Wenig, MD, PhD Professor and Director of the Head & Neck Cancer Surgery Center
Gillian Coombs Director, Office of Faculty Affairs
Daniela Nita Director of Administrative Operations, Cardiology, Chicago
Janet Jokela, MD Regional Dean, Urbana
Sara Smith, MD Asst. Professor, Clinical Medicine, Chicago
Michael Fischer, MD Assoc. Professor, Medicine, Chicago
Meenakshy Aiyer, MD Associate Dean for Academic Affairs, Peoria
Carol Schuster, MD Assistant Dean of Operations, Rockford/td>
Lisa Marie Stigger Executive Assistant to the Chair and Vice Chair of Medicine
Brett Ruiz Director of HR, Rockford
Patrick Tranmer, MD* Executive Director of Medical Service Plan
Frank Goldberg, PhD Chief Business Officer of Medical Services Plan
Heather Prendergast, MD Associate Head for Academic Affairs
Lisa Lenz President, Wolcott, Wood and Taylor, Inc.
George Kondos Professor and Vice Head of Medicine
Travis Romagnoli Director of Administrative Ops., Dept. of Surgery
Anand Kumar, MD Department Head, Psychiatry
Rhea Begeman, RN Director of Administration, Emergency Medicine
James Bui, MD Associate Professor of Radiology, Chief of Vascular and Interventional Radiology
Rachel Caskey, MD Chief of the Division of Academic Internal Medicine
Mary Lou Schmidt, MD Professor of Pediatrics, Division Chief of Pediatric Hematology/Oncology
Todd Van Neck* Associate Dean for Administration
Kunal Vora Director, Administrative Operations
Alex Stagnaro-Green, MD, MHPE, MHA Regional Dean, Rockford
Eric Dubrowski Executive Director for Fiscal Affairs, Peoria
Ben Van Voorhees, MD Department Head, Pediatrics
Angela Tyner, PhD Professor, Dept of Biochemistry and Molecular Genetics
Eliot Rapoport Rising M2 student based in Peoria