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

Margie Fisher*
Inroads Capital Partners (ret.)

Charles K. Huebner*
RCP Advisors, LLC



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

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

Julie Baskes
Civic Leader

Julie Baumeister
Ernst & Young

Kathleen Bette
Herold Street Media LLC

David P. Bolger†
Civic Leader

Jeffrey Breslow
Jeffrey Breslow Gallery

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

Hon. Edward M. Burke
Alderman, 14th Ward, Chicago

Helen Y. Chang
Healthcare Executive Counsulting

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

Jim Currie†M
Essex Woodlands

Ryan DeVore*
William Blair

Elizabeth Ebert
Cognizant Technology Solutions

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

Thomas C. Heagy†
LaSalle National Bank (ret.)

Janice Honigberg†
Sun Belle Inc.

Judith A. Istock†
Civic Leader

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

Debra Kerr

Richard Kiphart†M
William Blair

Jules F. Knapp*
Grisham Corporation

Emily T. Knight
Clinical Psychologist

Thomas Leopold*
Bank of America (ret.)

Elizabeth Levy-Navarro
Orrington Strategies, LLC

Thomas Linguanti
Baker and McKenzie, LLP

Lucy R. Minor
Civic Leader

J. Barry Mitchell†*
ComEd (ret.)

Jennifer Montague*A

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†
Loebl Schlossman & Hackl, Inc (ret.)

Marlon Smith
JLC Infrastructure

Thomas H. Stone†
Stone Capital Group, Inc.

Tom Sullivanϖ
SoCore Energy

David P. Thomas
Bright Horizons Family Solutions

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

Thaddeus Wong

John F. Young


*   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.
♪ Parent Representative
A   Merit Alumni
M   In Memoriam

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