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Karen Teitelbaum
President and Chief Executive Officer of Sinai Health System
"I am in health care because I want to feel that I’m making a difference every day. At Sinai Health System, I work with smart, committed, passionate colleagues all together on this important journey."

Karen Teitelbaum is the President/Chief Executive Officer at Sinai Health System, an urban, teaching health care system comprised of four hospitals, an epidemiological research institute focusing on health care disparities, a community institute, over 800 medical staff members, and 4,000 employees. Focused on the delivery of high-quality services in an efficient and cost-effective manner, Sinai Health System, Chicago’s largest safety net system, has achieved national recognition in quality while reducing costs by millions of dollars due to greater efficiency and management of population health.    

Karen serves on the boards of the Illinois Health and Hospital Association (Nominating and Governing Committee), The Kennedy Forum Illinois (External Affairs and Leadership Councils), Women in Health-Life Sciences, the David Lynch Foundation Advisory Council, and has been a board member of the Metropolitan Chicago Healthcare Council, Family Health Network, the Theraplay Institute, Academy of Managed Care Pharmacy Foundation, and the Young Women’s Leadership Charter School.  She served on the American Hospital Association Task Force on Ensuring Access for Vulnerable Communities, and the American Hospital Association Council on Maternal Fetal Health, and chaired the Building Committee for a significant Federally Qualified Healthcare Center.  She is a member of the Economic Club of Chicago, The Chicago Network, and the Commercial Club of Chicago.

She has been named one of “130 Nonprofit Hospital & Health System CEOs to Know” by Becker´s Hospital Review, as well as being named one of the “Leaders of Chicago Healthcare” by the same publication. Karen has taught both graduate and undergraduate courses in managed care and marketing and strategy for nonprofit organizations and is a frequently requested national speaker on health care delivery topics such as population health management in an urban environment.

Karen holds a Master’s of Management degree from Northwestern University, Kellogg School of Management.  





Airica Steed, Ed.D, MBA, RN, CSSMBB, FACHE
Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer
"I am in 
health care because I believe what I do matters and what matters is making a difference in people’s lives."

Dr. Airica Steed serves as Sinai Health System’s Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer. She is a highly accomplished and award-winning transformational healthcare executive with over 20 years of exceptional leadership skills and proven track record of driving results and execution excellence. She is Diversity MBA Magazine’s“Top 100 Executive Leaders Under 50”, Becker's Hospital Review “Rising Star” and “Top 130 Female Healthcare Leaders to Know”, and Modern Healthcare’s“ Up & Comer” recognized as a strategic and visionary change leader, cultural architect and international expert in Lean Six Sigma, Malcolm Baldrige framework, and “Big 4” management consulting across community and specialty hospitals, ambulatory clinics and network, academic medical centers, multi-site healthcare systems, and Federally Qualified Health Centers (FQHCs). Dr. Steed is a results driven change agent with significant experience large-scale strategy initiatives to drive high quality care, operational efficiencies, customer satisfaction, workforce and provider engagement, profitable growth, and value optimization.

Most recently, she served as Senior Vice President, Operations, with Presence Health (acquired by AMITA), leading operations and strategy across 250 ambulatory locations, 19 acute and specialty hospitals, and post acute care facilities including senior housing communities.  She has proven experience of leading system-level integration of services, alignment of initiatives, service line strategy, and inspiring teams to elevate the patient experience, drive growth, and achieve operational excellence. Dr. Steed brings to Sinai a combination of understanding strategy and operations, business growth, cultural engagement, and clinical quality, as well as Lean/Six Sigma skills as a certified Master Black Belt. 





Lori Pacura
President of Acute Care Hospitals for Sinai Health System
"I am in health care to journey with those who are fragile and hurting; to listen, to touch, to care."

Now president of our acute care hospitals, Lori Pacura served as President of Holy Cross Hospital since 2013. Previously, she was the Vice President of Patient Care Services/Chief Nursing Officer at Mount Sinai and Schwab Rehabilitation Hospitals, as well as the Vice President of Clinical Excellence at both hospitals. Lori first joined Sinai Health System in 2001 after 25 years of hospital leadership in Chicagoland health care.

Ms. Pacura earned a Nursing Diploma from the Evangelical School of Nursing in Oak Lawn, Illinois, a Bachelor of Science in Nursing from Elmhurst College in Elmhurst, Illinois, and a Master of Science in Nursing from Saint Xavier University in Chicago. She completed the health services management program at Kellogg Graduate School of Management in Evanston, Illinois and also obtained a legal nurse consultant certification from the American Association of Legal Nurse Consultants. She has been published in peer-reviewed nursing journals and has presented her work at professional conferences and meetings throughout the country. Lori is passionate about care for the homeless and serves on the board of Southwest Homeless Services.





Donnica Austin-Cathey
Vice President of Operations, Acute Care Hospitals
I am in health care because there is something special about being a part of a team that makes a difference for our patients and community. Every day, I'm motivated to make a difference and improve the work-life culture of our caregivers."      

Donnica Austin-Cathey serves as Vice President of Operations for the Acute Care Hospitals. Her responsibilities include administrative oversite for Laboratory Services, Pharmacy Services, Imaging, Interventional Radiology, Cardiovascular Service Line, Engineering & Facilities, Food & Nutritional Services and Interpreter Services for Mount Sinai Hospital and Holy Cross Hospital.

Donnica has over 20 years of experience in health leadership positions. Prior to serving in this role, she has served as Vice President of Operations for Holy Cross Hospital and has served as Vice President & Chief Integrity Officer for Sinai Health System. Donnica has experience with consolidation of services across the health system and has worked on numerous capital and construction projects. She is a dynamic leader with extensive experience in operations, business development, strategic planning, contract negotiations, union negotiations, union campaigns and corporate compliance.





Jason Spigner
Chief Human Resources Officer of Sinai Health System
I am in health care because there is something special about being a part of a team that makes a difference for our patients and community. Every day, I'm motivated to make a difference and improve the work-life culture of our caregivers."      

Jason N. Spigner, SPHR, MBA, is Chief Human Resources Officer (CHRO) and Vice President for Sinai Health System. Jason brings a rich background of over 20 years of leadership and human resources experience. Prior to joining Sinai, he worked at Advocate Health Care as a vice president in multiple hospitals and health care settings. 

Throughout his career, Spigner has been instrumental in spearheading cultural change to drive financial turnarounds. Using a collaborative and participatory management style, he has consistently designed and implemented processes to drive leadership engagement and development, as well as workforce development. Jason is committed to service and serves on many community boards, including Cornerstone Counseling Center of Chicago and the Chicagoland Healthcare Workforce Collaborative. 





Vivek Mehta
Chief Information Officer
"I am in health care because there is something special about being a part of a team that makes a difference for our patients and community"

Vivek Mehta is the CIO at Sinai Health System and the co-head of the Sinai Innovation Studio. He serves as a key leader in driving Sinai’s vision to become the national model for the delivery of urban health care. Vivek is passionate about leveraging technology to address health inequities. Having worked in the health care and financial services sectors, he has been recognized for creating enterprise value by building ambidextrous organizations that excel in launching new high-growth products, as well as revitalizing cash flows from legacy operations by repositioning core offerings and improving customer experience. He is a customer-oriented thought leader credited with generating profitable growth by commercializing new products with disruptive business models utilizing 25+ years of broad experience in leading business strategy, digital transformation, product development, and emerging technology innovations. He is respected for driving teams to achieve product-market fit by learning rapidly from well-designed experiments and low-cost prototypes that test critical assumptions upfront and deliver unique products. Vivek earned a Master’s in Business Administration (MBA) with honors from the University of Chicago Booth School of Business and a Bachelor’s of Engineering degree in Computer Science.





Roberta Rakove
Senior Vice President of External Affairs and Strategy for Sinai Health System
"I am in health care because I believe that access to care is a right, not a privilege. Being part of Sinai Health System gives me the opportunity to help to make this a reality for the communities we serve."

Roberta Rakove has served as the Senior Vice President for External Affairs for Sinai Health System since 1990. Born and raised in Chicago, Ms. Rakove’s parents grew up in the Sinai community and her mother was born at Sinai. Ms. Rakove earned a Master of Public Health degree from the University of Illinois School of Public Health and a Bachelor of Arts in political science from Pitzer College in Claremont California.

Ms. Rakove is a past chair of the government affairs committee of the National Association of Public Hospitals, member of the policy council for the Premier Hospital Alliance, past member of the advocacy council of the Illinois Hospital Association, member of the advocacy council of the Metropolitan Chicago Healthcare Council, and member of the government affairs committee for the Jewish Federation of Metropolitan Chicago. She is also a board member of Mujeres Latinas en Accion, and a member of the American Jewish Committee Bridging America Project on immigration justice. Ms. Rakove was the Illinois recipient of the American Hospital Association “Grass Roots Champion” Award and recipient of the Chicago Avodah Partner in Social Justice Award.





Sallie Hazelrigg
Chief Development Officer
"I am in health care because it is satisfying to see the positive impact I can make on the lives of people who turn to Sinai for their health care needs by engaging thoughtful, compassionate donors to make it all possible."   

Sallie Hazelrigg joined Sinai Health System as the Chief Development Officer in 2019. Proactive and driven industry leader with more than 32-year track record of successful campaigns and operations management in a wide-range of philanthropy and social initiatives with a combined history of developing and driving high-impact marketing strategies and programs for high-visibility organizations. She is reputable for building strong relationships with internal and external partners to drive program success and deliver on financial and operational expectations. Renowned as Positive Leader and Communicator, with proven ability to motivate teams, capture customer interest, and influence decision-makers at every level. 

Prior to joining Sinai Health System, she was at Presence Health as the foundation system vice president. Sallie led strategy and implementation of philanthropy for Illinois’ largest Catholic health care system consisting of 11 hospitals with 150 sites of care that included a hospice program and senior care facilities.





Michele A. Mazurek
Chief Nurse Officer/Vice President of Patient Care Services, Acute Care Hospitals
"I am in health care because I truly want to change other's lives. I became a nurse to save people's lives when they were critically illl or injured. Although, a great reward. I wanted to intervene sooner than a crisis situation and to help change their lives through building a comprehensive care model to ensure their proactive approach to healthcare for individuals and their families."

Michele Mazurek provides vision, strategic and business leadership to the nursing/inpatient care divisions of both Mount Sinai and Holy Cross Hospitals.  She directs the development of the patient care delivery, oversees the quality and regulatory process for the inpatient care units, and is responsible for planning, organizing and directing the overall operations of Nursing/Patient Care Services, and assists in formulating the budget. She maintains efficient and effective departmental operations which are a required compliance with all state, federal, and local regulations laws, standards, and protocols. 

Michele has 24 total years in nursing and 20 years in health care management and business development in the disproportionate share environment.  She has been with Sinai Health Systems for 20 years. She is an ambitious leader who creates strategic alliances with organization leaders to effectively align with and support key business initiatives and goals.  Builds and retains high performance teams by hiring, developing, motivating and retaining skilled professionals, committed to cost-effective management of resources and high-quality performance. Michele offers outstanding presentation, communication and cross-cultural team management skills and customer relations with demonstrated ability to deliver mission-critical results.





Edward M. Carne, FACMPE
President of Sinai Medical Group
"I am in health care because there is something special about being a part of a team that makes a difference for our patients and community."      

Ed Carne is the President of Sinai Medical Group and a results-oriented health care executive with progressive senior leadership in Physician Group Practice Management and Hospital Administration. Ed offers strategic visioning through leadership, strategic focus, acquisition, integration and cultural development.

Prior to joining Sinai Health System, Ed worked as the Chief Administrative Officer at Union Medical Group, a multi-specialty group practice in Terre Haute, Indiana, 160 physicians and advanced practice providers. Ed has served in many roles in the health care industry (i.e. Chief Executive Officer, Senior Vice President of Ambulatory Operations, Vice President of Practice Operations, and Senior Consultant) just to name a few. Throughout his career, Ed has achieved complex organizational goals through innovative approaches, a strong operational focus, and motivated team empowerment.

Ed’s a strategic visionary who focuses on patient services, quality of care, economic viability, medical board effectiveness, and the advancement of the company’s mission and vision.  





Dr. Sharon Homan
President of SInai Urban Health Institute 
"I am in health care because I hope to contribute my public health expertise, passion and optimism to improving the health and well-being of people living in our Chicago communities. Together, our Sinai Urban Health Institute team works to engage partners from many sectors (eg., tech innovators, government, housing and community entities) in promoting active and healthy lives by using practical, science-based approaches that draw upon the diverse perspectives and resources of our community areas." 

Sharon Homan, PhD, MS, President of the Sinai Urban Health Institute, is a biostatistician and maternal child mental health epidemiologist. Previously, Dr. Homan served as Professor and Chair of the Department of Biostatistics and Epidemiology and Associate Dean for Research at the University of North Texas School of Public Health in Fort Worth, Texas.

Her prior experience includes public health leadership and faculty positions with Rockhurst University (Academic Vice President), the Kansas Health Institute (Vice President for Public Health) and Saint Louis University (Professor of Biostatistics).

Dr. Homan received her doctoral and master’s degrees from the University of Iowa, studying biostatistics, preventive medicine and environmental health. She completed additional studies in psychiatric epidemiology, theology and social ethics.

Dr. Homan brings a wealth of experience and publications in public health research and evaluation, with particular dedication to maternal and child health, violence prevention and community health improvement initiatives. Her research has been funded by NIH, HRSA, CDC, DOJ state contracts and foundations. 





Debra Wesley
President of Sinai Community Institute

"I am in health care because I have dedicated my life to creating real solutions to human conditions that can become barriers to healthy, happy productive lives for Chicago’s most vulnerable families. As a leader, problems have strengthened my ability to be creative, flexible, adaptive and visionary as a human service professional within a health care institution."

Debra G. Wesley is a social entrepreneur, leader and community builder, as well as founder of Sinai Community Institute (SCI), where she serves as president. SCI is a health system-based social services organization that has touched over 565,000 individual through its 70 plus programs since 1993. She is also Sinai Health System’s Executive Vice President for Community Outreach.

Ms. Wesley, a masters-trained social worker (Jane Addams College of Social Work, University of Illinois at Chicago) understands “community” at the micro- and macro-levels. As a “preacher’s daughter” and resident of Chicago’s West side as a child, she can feel the pride and pain of neighborhoods that have known accomplishment, as well as poverty, crime and unemployment.

Ms. Wesley has developed innovative, community-based programs that have received national recognition.  She facilitated the incubation of the North Lawndale Employment Network and served for five years on its Board of Directors as its chair. She is the chair of I AM ABLE Board of Directors.  She is a member of the Steering Committee for the North Lawndale Coordinating Community Committee and chair of the Health and Wellness Committee. She completed 10 years as chair of the Latino Alzheimer’s Memory Disorder Alliance. Additionally, she is a member of the board for the Deal Foundation, a member of the CineCares Foundation and the Michele Foods Advisory Board. She completed 20 years as a member of the Board of Directors for the Westside Association for Community Action, 10 years as a member of the Legacy Charter School Board of Directors, as well as four years as a member of the Board of Directors for Young Women’s Leadership Charter School. Ms. Wesley is also a Denali Initiative Class II Harvard University/Babson College Social Entrepreneurial Fellow.





Dr. Michelle Gittler
Director of Schwab Rehabilitation Hospital
"I am in health care because I get to do what I love and love what I do - care and advocate for people. It is an opportunity to practice social responsibility on a daily basis." 

Dr. Michelle Gittler is the medical director of Schwab Rehabilitation Hospital. She is the chair of physical medicine and rehabilitation, and also residency program director. She has been practicing rehabilitation medicine for almost 25 years at Schwab. She is an expert in working with individuals who have sustained violently acquired disabilities and has been on the forefront of promoting the concept of firearm violence as a public health issue. Dr. Gittler spends a great deal of time working with individuals who have sustained a variety of disabling conditions, and is particularly interested in spinal cord injury care, amputee medicine and prosthetics.

In addition to directing the residency program at Schwab for over 20 years, Dr. Gittler has also been chairman of the medical education committee for the American Academy of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation, and serves as treasurer of the Board of Governors for the American Academy of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation. She was a member of the Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education, PMR Milestone Committee from 2012 until 2014. 

After graduating from the University of Michigan, she attended medical school at University of Illinois, graduating as a James Scholar. She completed her residency in physical medicine and rehabilitation at Northwestern/Rehabilitation Institute of Chicago. Dr. Gittler is Board certified in physical medicine and rehabilitation, as well as in spinal cord injury medicine. She is currently an associate professor of surgery in the Department of Orthopedic Surgery at the University of Chicago and is Visiting Clinical Professor of Rehabilitation at University of Illinois Hospital.

Dr. Gittler has been named “Top Doctor” in Chicago Magazine consistently since 2005. Together with her husband, Dr. Lee Francis, who is CEO of the Erie Family Health Center, she received the Avodah Chicago Partners in Justice Award. They have two daughters, Hannah and Laila. 






Dr. Maria Iliescu-Levine
Chief Medical Officer of Sinai Health System and Chair of Internal Medicine at Mount Sinai Hospital
"I am in health care because after losing my aunt to cancer, I promised to dedicate my life to learning, teaching, and healing others. Keeping her in mind has allowed me to give back to the community."

Maria Ilisecu-Levine, M.D. is the Chief Medical Officer (CMO) at Sinai Health System. Before becoming the CMO at Sinai, Dr. Iliescu-Levine served as President of the Medical Staff, Director of Intensive Care, Chair of Internal Medicine, and Vice Chief Medical Officer at Sinai. 

A native of Romania, Dr. Iliescu-Levine graduated from Romania’s oldest medical school, Carol Davilla. After graduating, she completed her residency in internal medicine and fellowship in pulmonary critical care at Chicago Medical School. She now serves as an Assistant Professor of Pulmonary and Critical Care at her alma mater. She has been published in Case Reports in Critical Care and has conducted research on the treatment of acute bronchial asthma. In her spare time, Dr. Iliescu-Levine volunteers at the Chicago Community Clinic. 






James S. Bicak, AIA
Vice President of Sinai Tomorrow/Facilities
"I am in health care because there is something special about being a part of a team that makes a difference for our patients and community."      

Jim Bicak is the Vice President of Facilities and provides leadership in program development, planning, design and construction of facility projects focused on improving the patient care experience at Sinai Health System. His responsibilities include management of numerous renovation activities and infrastructure upgrades that form the Sinai Tomorrow Project, a multi-year program of reinvestment in Mount Sinai developed in coordination with the City of Chicago Tax Increment Financing (TIF) program. In addition, he is responsible for management of all other design and construction work, real estate services, environmental services and security for the organization.

With over 38 years of experience in planning, design and construction, Jim has focused the past 30 years of his career on health care environments. He began his career with private practice architectural firms involved in educational facilities, large scale housing developments and ambulatory health care facilities. He was a member of the in-house project management team at Harborview Medical Center in Seattle, Washington during planning and design of a major addition and renovation project for the hospital. Harborview is owned by King County and is one of the primary teaching facilities for the University of Washington Medical School.

Subsequently, he joined the project management team at Northwestern Memorial Hospital in Chicago to guide the design and construction of the Feinberg and Galter Pavilions that opened in 1999. He stayed with the organization as vice president of facilities to lead the hospital’s efforts in planning, design and construction of the new Prentice Women’s Hospital, which opened in the fall of 2007, during which time he also managed the real estate services, project management and facilities management departments.





Dennis Ryan
Vice President, Mission Effectiveness and External Affairs
"I am in health care because it offers virtually endless opportunities to reach out, comfort and often help to heal people in times of joy to deep suffering—and everything in between..."

Dennis Ryan serves as the Holy Cross Hospital Catholic mission, community institution, governmental advocacy and the Sinai Health System pastoral care and ethics development leader.  Dennis is the Sinai Health System liaison with the Sisters of St. Casimir and the Archdiocese of Chicago. His responsibilities include building and maintaining strong relationships with key community/advocacy groups and institutions to promote accessible heath care for communities served and increasing support for Sinai Health System services. He is currently President of the Greater Southwest Development Corporation Board of Directors (recipient of the 2018 Citi Foundation Community Progress Makers Fund award) and the Executive Committee Chair of the Southwest Organizing Project (recipient of the MacArthur Foundation international Creative and Effective Institutions award).