The Healthcare Council of the Chicagoland Chamber of Commerce, presented by Cancer Treatment Centers of America, facilitates discussion and action related to the business community’s role in providing access to, and delivering, healthcare. It educates businesses and the public on key issues and trends.


Council programming informs businesses about changes in the local, regional and national healthcare climate, with specific focus on cost, transparency, quality of care, and access to resources for small and mid-sized businesses.

Council Members

Comprised of industry leaders representing hospitals, employers, pharmaceuticals, insurers, non-profits and more, the Healthcare Council will guide the Chamber’s healthcare-focused programming and inform our members in all industries about key issues and trends in and around healthcare.

The list of Council Members is below.

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Healthcare Council Members

Member: Pam Schieber, Managing Director, Advanced Resources
Member: O'Brien McMahon, Senior Vice President, Lockton Companies, Inc.
Chairman: Julian Schink, MD, Chief Medical Officer , Cancer Treatment Centers of America
Staff Liaison: Amelia Salter, Director, Programs, Chicagoland Chamber of Commerce
Member: Kurt Anderson, Associate Director, State Government Affairs, Novartis
Member: Mike Abel, Sales Executive, Hygieia Benefits, LLC
Member: Jim Anfield , Principal , Aptitive Corporation
Member: Laura Beal, MBA, Community Development Manager - Midwest & East Coast, University of Phoenix
Member: Patrick Bridgeman, National Sales Executive | Avance Health, Hygieia Benefits, LLC
Member: Tanya Hawkins, VP, Strategic Solutions, nThrive
Member: Karen Fleshman, Chief Operating Officer & Co-Founder, Haskins Advisory Group
Member: David French, Director of Human Resources, Hyatt Regency Chicago
Member: Teresa Garate, PhD, Vice President, Strategic Partnerships & Engagement, Gateway Foundation
Member: Brian Groskopf, Director Corporate Accounts, Aerogen
Member: Todd Hughes, Senior Account Executive, Novo Nordisk, Inc.
Member: LauraJane Hyde, CEO, Gilda's Club Chicago
Member: Jennifer Koehler, Vice President, External Affairs, Loyola University Health Systems
Member: Lois Lourie, Vice President, Benefits, AbbVie
Member: Cynthia McCafferty, President & CEO, Hawthorne Strategy Group
Member: Flavia Lamberghini, Pediatric Dentist, Apple Dental Care
Member: Pamela McCoy, Associate Dean, Executive Degree Programs, Loyola University
Member: Ilse Mehus, Regional Director of Sales - Midwest, Flight Centre Travel Group
Member: Paul Michaels, Strategic Business Development, Employco USA
Member: Marcus Newman, Vice President, GCG Financial, Incorporated
Member: Derek Robinson, Chief Medical Officer and Chief, CTCA Division of Gynecologic Oncology, Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Illinois
Member: Julie Ruddy, Vice President, Health Solutions, Aon
Member: Thomas Sondergeld, Vice President, Global Benefits & Mobility | Walgreen Boot Alliance, Walgreen Co.
Member: Jason Wallace, Partner, Barnes & Thornburg, LLP
Member: Andrew Varland, Area Executive Vice President-Health & Welfare Consulting, Gallagher

Interested in joining the Healthcare Council?

If you are interested in joining the Healthcare Council or would like more information, please fill out the brief form below and a member of the Chamber team will contact you. *Please note you must be a Premier, Leadership Circle, or President’s Circle member to join the Healthcare Council.