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Leadership Team

Mark Colip, OD
John Budzynski, CPA
Vice President for Business and Finance/Chief Financial Officer
Valarie Conrad, OD, MPH
Vice President for Compliance and Community-Based Services
Leonard Messner, OD, FAAO
Vice President for Patient Care Services / Executive Director of Illinois Eye Institute
Stephanie Messner, OD, FAAO
Vice President and
Dean for Academic Affairs
Laura Rounce, MA
Vice President for Administration
Erik Mothersbaugh, OD
Dean of Student Affairs
Maggie Lopez
Chief Executive Assistant, Office of the President and Board of Trustees

Board of Trustees

  • Dwight H. Akerman, OD, MBA, FAAO  Vice Chairman
    Fort Worth, Texas
  • Vasvi Babu, OD Treasurer
    Scottsdale, Arizona
  • Sandy Block, OD, MEd, FAAO, FCOVD
    Chicago, Illinois
  • Elyse Chaglasian, O.D., FAAO
    Chicago, Illinois
  • R. Michael Daley
    Tarpon Springs, Florida
  • Joseph L. Derezinski, MS
    Chicago, Illinois
  • Karen Eng, OD  Chairman
    North Barrington, Illinois
  • Robert L. Fait, OD Secretary
    Burlington, Wisconsin
  • Dwain Hahs
    Jackson, Missouri
  • Jeffrey D. Johnson
    Wauwatosa, Wisconsin
  • Osvaldo I. Lopez, MD Public Trustee
    Chicago, Illinois
  • Nana Owusu, OD
    Winnipeg, Canada
  • Steven Schneider
    Chicago, Illinois
  • Robert J. Steinmetz, OD
    Chicago, Illinois
  • Jeanette C. Varanelli, OD  
    Grosse Pointe Shores, Michigan
  • Charles Weis, CPA
    Chicago, Illinois

Student Representative

  • Frances Mangahas, ’20
    Elgin, Illinois

Emeritus Trustees

  • James R. Butler, OD
    Atlantis, Florida
  • Donovan L. Crouch, OD, FAAO
    Storm Lake, Iowa