Our Board of Trustees currently consists of 26 members. New Trustees are elected initially for three-year terms, after which they may be elected for consecutive three-year terms. Trustees are nominated by the Goverance Committee of the Board of Trustees and elected by a majority of the Board of Trustees.


Board Chair
Nina G. Stillman*
Morgan, Lewis and Bockius, LLP (ret.)

Vice Chair & Secretary
Charles K. Huebner*
RCP Advisors, LLC

Vice Chair
Ellard L. Pfaelzer, Jr.*
Bruss Company (ret.)


Susan S. Aaron
Civic Program Design, DePaul University; Chaddick Institute for Metropolitan Development

Duffie A. Adelson†
Merit School of Music (ret.)

Michael Andrews#
Reynolds Consumer Products, LLC

Julie Baumeister
Ernst & Young

David P. Bolger†
Civic Leader

Jeffrey Breslow
Jeffrey Breslow Gallery

Nick W. Bubnovich†
Willis Towers Watson (ret.)

Helen Y. Chang
Healthcare Executive Consulting

Huan J. Chang
University of Illinois-Chicago & Jesse Brown VA Medical Center

Carol Clavadetscher
Five Keys Consulting, LLC.

Ryan DeVore*
William Blair

Samuel H. Ellis†
Samuel H. Ellis & Co.

Ginny Foreman†
Civic Leader

Peter B. Foreman†
Sirius Partners, LP

Joseph B. Glossberg†*
Gofen and Glossberg, LLC

Howard L. Gottlieb†*
Glen Eagle Partners (ret.)

Justin Greis
Ernst & Young; Indiana University

Janice Honigberg†
Sun Belle Inc.

Judith A. Istock†
Civic Leader

Jeremiah S. James†
Edward R. James Partners, LLC

Debra Kerr

Jules F. Knapp†*
Grisham Corporation

Emily T. Knight†
Clinical Psychologist

Thomas Leopold*
Bank of America (ret.)

Marisela Rosales Lawson
Sagence, Inc.

Thomas Linguanti
Morgan, Lewis & Bockius LLP

J. Barry Mitchell*
ComEd (ret.)

Jennifer MontagueA*

Shelley Ochab†*
Civic Leader

Edward H. Oppenheimer†
Oppenheimer Family Foundation

Thomas F. Pick†
Pick Associates

Harry Porterfield†
CBS (ret.)

Jon L. Powell†
Ernst & Young

Michael J. Powers
Howard and Howard

David Rosen
The Competence Group

Earl J. Rusnak, Jr.†
Harris Associates L.P. (ret.)

Raymond L. Rusnak†
Civic Leader

John I. Schlossman†M
Loebl Schlossman & Hackl, Inc (ret.)

Thomas H. Stone†
Stone Capital Group, Inc.

Susie Pfaelzer Sultan
Advocate Medical Group

David P. Thomas*
Bright Horizons Family Solutions

Richard L. Thomas†
First Chicago NBD Corp. (ret.)

Elizabeth Williams
Tenneco Inc.

Thaddeus Wong

John F. Young
Clean Law, PC


*   Executive Committee
†   Life Trustee: Life Trustees are individuals who have served at least four terms as a Regular Trustee and have given outstanding service to Merit.
A   Merit Alumni
In Memoriam
# Associate Board Representative

Steven, viola

"My dream is to be a professional violist, and Merit is helping me to reach this goal with quality training and excellent performance opportunities."

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