A Dynamic Team for Real Change

The Commission consists of nine (9) appointed members an three ex officio members, three members appointed by the Governor. Three members appointed by the Mayor of the CIty of Chicago. Three members appointed by the Chairman of the County Board of Cook County. Three ex offico members appointed by statute.

Tim Egan
President and CEO
Egan assumed his current role in July after a year as Roseland’s chief restructuring officer. In his previous capacity, Egan led restructuring operations for the 160-bed safety-net hospital, which in June 2013 received about $350,000 in emergency funding from Gov. Pat Quinn to keep its doors open. At about the same time, Roseland also received bond proceeds from the Illinois Finance Authority to help pay its employees. Roseland’s president and CEO previously spent 12 years at Norwegian American Hospital in Humboldt Park, where he last served as a vice president. During his time at Norwegian American, Egan launched the Pediatric Caravan, a mobile health clinic for area youth. He is currently leading similar operations at Roseland and in his role as CEO of the Mobile C.A.R.E. Foundation. - See more at: http://www.roselandhospital.org/qa-with-roseland-community-hospital-president-and-ceo-tim-egan/#sthash.amr8kiFX.dpuf
Salim Al-nurridin
President of the Healthcare Consortium of Illinois
Salim Al Nurridin is the Chief Executive Officer of the Healthcare Consortium of Illinois (formerly known as the Southside Health Consortium). As a founder of the organization, he has worked for the past 25 years, to advocate for quality healthcare services. Under his leadership, the Consortium began with three employees, and to date, there are more than 150 employees. He is an activist for humanity and brings “passion” to everything he touches. His service includes participation with the following organizations and causes: Roseland Community Hospital Board of Directors, Chicago Asthma Consortium, Greater Roseland Area Planning Commission, Illinois Public Health Association, Cook County Illinois State Committee on Abuse & Neglect, Southland Ministerial Health Network, Roseland Cease Fire, Sickle Cell Association, Illinois County Care, Secretary General for Mosque of Umar, Inc., Governor Quinn’s Muslim American Advisory Council; among many others. See more at :

Appointed Commissioners


William W. Towns
President/Acting Executive Director
William W. Towns is an Assistant Vice President within the Office of Civic Engagement and leads the department's Neighborhood Initiatives team. In this role he is charged with developing a set of policies and strategies that look to leverage the strengths of a premier academic and research institution, to revitalize communities by by influencing economic growth, improving health outcomes, advancing campus developments that contribute to the vibrancy and sustainability o the community, and to potion the University of Chicago as a key contributor to urban redevelopment policy.
Leon I. Walker
Vice President
Appointed by Governor Pat Quinn, Leon I. Walker is driven by a mission to develop commercial real estate projects, which help to improve an sustain neighborhood life in urban communities. For the past 14 years, he has served as the managing partner of DL3 Realty, a Chicago real estate investment partnership that owns and manages a diverse commercial real estate portfolio including grocery retail centers, medical office buildings and educational facilities. DL3 works with national grocery retailers to build stores in communities of high need, and is currently developing new Whole Foods Market in Chicago's Englewood Community.
Carl Jenkins
Appointed by Governor Pat Quinn, Carl A. Jenkins is a Managing Director of COmmunity Investments for BMO Harris Bank N.A, the U.S. banking subsidiary of BMO Financial Group. He oversee Community Reinvestment Act investments targeting lower middle market companies and community-based real estate development in a ll BMo Harris markets. Presently, Carl manages a team and investment portfolio with commitments exceeding $500 million and covering the state of Arizona, Florida, Illinois, Indian, Minnesota, Missouri, Washington and Wisconsin. Prior to his current position, he served as a commercial real estate lender for BMO Capital Markets and the BMO Harris Community Development Lending team.
Tiffany Hightower
Appointed by Mayor Rahm Emanuel, Tiffany D. Hightower is a native of Chicago and has worked in the social services sector for over 12 years. Professionally, Tiffany is the Deputy Director of Community Assistance Programs and the IMmediate Past Executive Director for Developing Communities project, Inc, where Barack Obama was the first Executive Director. She also has previous experience working in the healthcare industry along with her current focus on workforce development initiative. She has been committed to her work in the community to work for greater opportunities for everyone through focusing on organizing, create a violence-free community education and economic development. Most recently she has been selected as a 2014 member of Cultivate-Women of Color Leadership Roundtable.
Nicholas Smith
Community Engagement Coordinator
Appointed by Mayor Rahm Emanuel, Nick Smith is works as a Faculty/Community Coordinator for the Institute for Youth and Community Engagement. Recently, He served as legislative aide for the Committee on Transportation and the Public Way chaired by the 9th Ward Alderman, Anthony Beale. Prior to this, SMith served as Investigator for the Committee on Budget and Government Operations chaired by the 34th Ward Alderman Carrie Austin, For five years he worked at Chicago State University as N undergraduate, graduate and College of Pharmacy recruiter and counselor.
Regina Porter
Appointed by Mayor Rahm Emanuel, Regina Porter, RN, BSN, MSHSA, is President and CEO of Solutions N' Sync Inc. a healthcare and legal compliance consulting company. She has over 26 years of experience within the healthcare industry, focusing on patient care, clinical oversight, managerial, forensic and dispute matters. In addition to a foundation in nursing, her consulting experience has allowed her to gain a deep understanding of the complexity of mandated healthcare compliance and regulatory issues. Her work with both the Illinois Department of PUblic Health and the Illinois Department of Human Services, Office of Inspector General. has allowed her to become an expert in institutional compliance with regards to federal and state regulations and also those of Medicare and Medicaid. Regina is skilled at investigating and recognizing patient abuse and neglect. She is able to identify compliance weaknesses at facilities and is able to offer assistance with staff develpment, systmes improvement, service delivery and patient satisfaction.
Sister Sheila Lyne
Appointed by Mayor Rahm Emanuel, Sister Shila joined the community of Sisters of Mercy in 1953. After earning her Psychiatric nursing degree, she began her tenure at Mercy Hospital & Medical Center in 1970. In 1976, Sister Sheila assumed the role of President and CEO at Mercy until 1991 when Mayor Richard M. Daley as Commissioner of Public Health for the CIty of CHicago appointed her. Under her leadership as commissioner, the city saw the infant mortality rate decrease by 6% and immunization rates rise to 73% from 27%. In late 200, she returned to Mercy to resume her former role of President an CEO and face a challenging turnaround effort. Over the past 12 years, Mercy has increased its volume each year, and now boasts a nationally recognized Hearth & Vascular Center, one of the city s few certified Stroke Centers, eleven medical satellite centers, and a completely state-of the art digit Breast Care Center, al under Sister SHeila's distinguished an direct leadership .
Shirley Bomar-Cole
Shirley Bomar Cole, RN, BSN, MHS is a retired Healthcare Executive (2012) of the Cook County Health & Hospital SYstems. Cook County has a population of approximately 5.3 million people, is the second most populous county in the nation and the 19th largest government in the United States. The Health & Hospitals System oversees a comprehensive integrated system of seven affiliates: Three public hospitals, Ambulatory & COmmunity Health Network, Public Health Department, Correctional Healthcare Facility and a Free-standing Infectious Disease Center. Ms Bomar-Cole, a 2004 Fellow of the National Association of Public HOspitals, a recipient of the DIstinctive Imprint Award for OUtstanding Achievement in Health Administration (1996) , and the NAHSE Chicago CHapter "Health Services Executive of the Year" (1997).
Ciere Boatright
In her role as Project Manager with Chicago Neighborhood Initiatives, Ciere Boatright focuses on all aspects of CNI's Real Estate Development activities, including community planning, pre-development, financing, contracting, construction oversight and project close-outs. Boatright splits time between large scale commercial projects, like Pullman Park, and smaller scale affordable homes preservation projects in the Pullman area through the City of Chicago’s Micro Market Recovery Program. Prior to working with CNI, Ciere worked in retail banking with a national banking institution for 8 years. Ciere received her Bachelor's degree from Hamilton College in New York and her Master's in Urban Planning and Policy at the University of Illinois at Chicago.