Our board

Bringing a wealth of expertise, dedication, and knowledge.

Linda Gilmore Bathgate, MEd, CRC

Linda Gilmore Bathgate has worked and taught the fields of family counseling, addictions and blindness for many years. Currently, she is a counselor and instructor at South Suburban College in Illinois with special focus on learning styles, personality-type theory, and transition issues for students with disabilities. Ms. Bathgate is a certified rehabilitation counselor and vocational evaluator. She is also a member of AHEAD, the Association of Higher Education and Disability, and was chosen as a presenter at the International Association of Higher Education and Disability in Innsbruck, Austria, in 2010. She earned her master’s degree in Counselor Education and Rehabilitation from Penn State University.

Aditya Burman, MBA

Aditya Burman has been at the crossroads of technology and business solutions as an entrepreneur and as a senior consultant and product manager at Deloitte and IBM. But he has never forgotten the importance of giving back to community. At Deloitte, he helped the State of Wisconsin devise strategies for improving delivery of social services, and recently he’s been volunteering with WITS, the Working In The Schools organization in Chicago, to improve literacy and learning ability among low-income and minority students. Studying entrepreneurship, organizational management, and marketing strategy, Mr. Burman earned his MBA from the University of Chicago Booth School of Business after receiving a BS in Computer Science from Tulane University.

Deila Davis, MBA

Deila Davis is the director of government affairs at Access Community Health Network, Illinois’ largest Federally Qualified Health Center. Before moving to Access in 2005, Ms. Davis gained valuable experience as associate director of development at Chicago’s renowned Providence St. Mel School, a private, coeducational preK-12 college-prep institution, and as a policy analyst for Detroit City Council Member Nicholas Hood III. After receiving her BA in Public Policy and Organizational Development from Brown University, Ms. Davis earned an MBA in Public Policy and was awarded a Woodrow Wilson Fellowship from the University of Michigan. She later also earned an MBA from the University of Notre Dame.

Teresa (Tere) Garate, PhD

Dr. Teresa Garate is President and CEO of Anixter Center, one of the largest nonprofit organizations in the Chicago area serving people with disabilities of all ages. She is a recognized authority and advocate in the fields of disabilities, education, human services, and public health and has an extensive background in government, nonprofit and private sectors.Dr. Garate co-chairs the state task force for Employment and Economic Opportunities for People with Disabilities, and serves as a faculty member in the Department of Disability and Human Development at the University of Illinois at Chicago, where she received her PhD in Special Education.

Fil Mendez Guipoco

Fil Mendez Guipoco is the multicultural initiatives director at the American Heart Association. On both the local and national level, he has led health impact initiatives in multicultural communities by focusing on prevention to build sustainable cultures of health. Mr. Guipoco has been recognized for his work by organizations including the Hispanic Center of Excellence at University of Illinois and received the Rome Betts Award, honoring outstanding AHA staff members for their leadership, professionalism, and dedication. Now in his ninth year as a Board member, Mr. Guipoco is a past Board president. He earned his MA in Clinical Psychology at California State University, Dominguez Hills.

Eric Lipp

Eric Lipp is the founder and executive director of the Open Doors Organization (ODO), which works to give people with disabilities greater access to transportation, especially in travel and tourism. After personally experiencing the restrictions that people with disabilities face in everyday life following a spinal cord injury, Mr. Lipp was motivated to help others find ways to experience full and rewarding lives. Mr. Lipp sponsored the 2002 and 2005 ODO/Harris Interactive Studies on American travelers with disabilities, now considered the definitive source for statistics on the topic. A longtime Board member, Mr. Lipp is a frequent speaker at national trade shows and international conferences. He graduated with a BS from the University of Arizona.

Lisa Schmitz Mazur, JD

Lisa Schmitz Mazur is a partner at McDermott, Will & Emery, where she advises health care providers and technology companies on regulatory and transactional matters with a focus on “digital health” - the convergence of IT with health care delivery and payment. Her health care compliance work has focused on advising clients on nonprofit corporate governance matters, tax-exemption issues, conflict of interest compliance, clinical research compliance, and overall corporate compliance effectiveness. Her expertise also embraces development of provider networks and strategies for achieving greater collaboration, including helping health systems build and operate commercial and Medicare Shared Savings Program Accountable Care Organizations. Ms. Mazur is co-editor of McDermott’s Of Digital Interest blog and chairs the firm’s Illinois Telehealth Law Forum Program Planning Committee. She earned her JD from the Loyola University Chicago School of Law.

David Reed, PhD

Dr. David Reed was one of our founding influences. He has been an important voice with the organization as well as a powerful force for social justice in Chicago for more than 30 years. After receiving his PhD in Sociology from Northwestern University in 1979, Dr. Reed became involved in research and advocacy for a variety of causes, including juvenile justice, domestic violence, gender bias, and community renewal. He has served in prominent roles with the Chicago Law Enforcement Study Group, the Chicago Community Trust, Community Renewal Society, and the Children and Family Justice Center at Northwestern’s Pritzker School of Law. He is principal of his nonprofit consulting firm, David Reed & Associates.

Linda Diamond Shapiro, MBA

Linda Diamond Shapiro is currently the Interim CEO of Planned Parenthood of Illinois, which operates health centers across the state and works to provide education about sexual and reproductive health. Previously she was the organization’s vice president for strategy and planning and served on its board of directors. Her extensive resume includes chief strategy officer for the Cook County Health and Hospitals System, executive director of the Health and Medicine Policy Research Group, and policy development positions at the American Medical Association. She also served as a special assistant in the office of the president of University of Chicago Medical Center. Ms. Shapiro received both her MA in Clinical Intervention and an MBA in Health Administration from the University of Chicago.

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