PHIMC’s professional staff brings together expertise in public health, organizational development, program implementation, research and planning, financial management, and non-profit administration to create a dynamic team of innovative strategists and committed leaders.
Karen A. Reitan, Executive Director
: 312.629.2988, ext. 115
Karen A. Reitan currently serves as Executive Director, overseeing the entire organization…
She joined Public Health Institute of Metropolitan Chicago in October 2007. Ms. Reitan has more than 20 years of experience in public health with special emphasis on HIV/AIDS prevention and policy. As Director of State Affairs at AIDS Foundation of Chicago, she worked for eight years lobbying the Illinois General Assembly in support of policies and legislation focused on protecting the health and ensuring the rights of people living with and at risk for AIDS. She also has considerable programmatic experience, managing a network of clinics funded to provide healthcare to people living with HIV/AIDS and a coalition of youth-serving agencies focused on expanding and enhancing HIV-prevention services for adolescents. Ms. Reitan has a Master of Arts in Social Work from University of Chicago’s School of Social Service Administration and a Bachelor of Arts in Music from Oberlin College.
Jennifer Epstein, Deputy Director – Programs
: 312.629.2988, ext. 124
As Deputy Director of Programs, Jennifer Epstein strengthens the work of PHIMC’s programs and joins with the executive team in leading the organization. She provides oversight and management of PHIMC’s program portfolio…
Before joining PHIMC, Ms. Epstein was Project Director of Healthy Lifestyles Initiative and Health Disparities Initiative at EverThrive Illinois responsible for strategy and fund development. She served as a Public Health Prevention Service Fellow with Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and Baltimore City Health Department from 2010-2013. The majority of her professional work has been with non-profit organizations, focusing on public health and community development domestically and internationally. Ms. Epstein earned a Master of Science in Urban and Regional Planning at University of Wisconsin-Madison with a concentration in community development and Bachelor of Arts from Macalester College.
Blair Harvey, Deputy Director – Strategy and Partnerships
: 312.629.2988, ext. 111
As Deputy Director of Strategy and Partnerships, Blair Harvey is responsible for cultivating and forging partnerships to diversify and strengthen PHIMC’s leadership role, identifying and implementing innovative strategies to improve public health infrastructure, and integrating new health and wellness initiatives into the organization’s portfolio…
She oversees organizational communications, including development and implementation of a communications strategy to increase PHIMC’s visibility and highlight its expertise across public health systems, settings, and stakeholders. Prior to joining PHIMC, Ms. Harvey was Assistant Director in the Office of Student Health and Wellness at Chicago Public Schools, responsible for increasing student access to preventative and primary health services through policy and program implementation. She has over 10 years of non-profit management experience, holds a Master of Arts in Social Work from University of Chicago’s School of Social Service Administration, and earned a Bachelor of Arts from Loyola University Chicago.
Julio Rodriguez, Deputy Director – Finance
: 312.629.2988, ext. 114
As Deputy Director of Finance, Julio Rodriguez oversees the accounting department at the organization…
Mr. Rodriguez previously worked as a Certified Professional Accountant (CPA) Financial Consultant (2011-2016) with primary emphasis on non-profit organizations and small businesses. Prior to 2011, Mr. Rodriguez served in various CFO and Financial Director positions with several major U.S. companies in both the U.S. and international locations. He brings diverse management experience in accounting, finance, strategic and financial planning, financial reporting, financial services, treasury operations, tax, regulatory compliance, and internal auditing. Mr. Rodriguez is a licensed CPA in the State of Illinois. He received his Master of Business Administration from DePaul University and Bachelor of Science in Accounting from University of Illinois at Chicago. He has served as volunteer, consultant, and board member for various non-profit organizations in the USA and overseas. He is an active member of the Illinois CPA Society and the American Institute of CPAs and an Accounting Instructor for a national on-line university.
Dana Amal, Controller
: 312.629.2988, ext. 120
As Controller, Dana Amal works with the Deputy Director of Finance, handling day-to-day operations and monitoring the financial performance of all programs relative to funds received and disbursed…
Before she became the Controller in 2011, Ms. Amal served as Accounting Manager at PHIMC. She has over 20 years experience in the accounting field, working in both for- and non-profit sectors, and is a member of Sigma Beta Delta, International Honor Society for Business, Management and Administration. Ms. Amal received her Master of Financial and Accounting Management – CPA concentration (with distinction, 4.0) from Keller Graduate School of Management. She received her Bachelor of Arts in Business Administration in Accounting (Summa Cum Laude, 4.0) from Robert Morris University.
Maggie Gallagher, Communications Associate
: 312.629.2988, ext. 132
As Communications Associate, Maggie Gallagher supports the organization in maintaining internal and external communications…
She is responsible for creating and managing content for the website and newsletters, supporting creation of new promotions materials, as well as standardizing communications practices at PHIMC. She started with PHIMC as an intern in the summer of 2016. Ms. Gallagher earned a Bachelor of Arts in Journalism from University of Missouri. She is currently working on her Master of Public Health at University of Illinois at Chicago.
Clare Healy, Program Associate
: 312.629.2988, ext. 126
As Program Associate, Clare Healy is responsible for program coordination, development, and support of National Health Corps Chicago (NHC Chicago) and quality and prevention initiatives…
Before joining PHIMC in September of 2016, Clare was involved with NHC Chicago as both an intern and a 2015-16 AmeriCorps member where she provided health education at Fantus Health Center’s family planning clinic. After finishing her service term, Clare continued her involvement with NHC Chicago through member recruitment, training, and orientation. She received a Bachelor of Science in Health Sciences from DePaul University with a concentration in Community and Public Health and minors in Spanish and Sociology.
Silas M. Hyzer, Quality and Prevention Coordinator
: 312.629.2988, ext. 117
As Quality and Prevention Coordinator, Silas M. Hyzer helps coordinate HIV prevention through the Regional Implementation Group (RIG) grant in Region 8, Suburban Cook County. He also supports Quality Management activities focused on assessing the quality of services provided through Ryan White Part A across the Chicago-metropolitan area…
Prior to joining PHIMC in September 2015, Mr. Hyzer worked in inpatient psychiatric care at Rush University Medical Center. He has experience supporting comprehensive patient health care and facilitating seminars on transgender health. Mr. Hyzer received his Master of Social Work from Jane Addams College of Social Work and Master of Public Health at University of Illinois at Chicago and a Bachelor of Social Work from University of Michigan.
Jemuel Johnson, Senior Accountant
: 312.629.2988, ext. 116
As the Senior Accountant, Jemuel Johnson is responsible for daily accounting tasks, managing the annual operating budget and monitoring financial performance of programs…
Since he joined PHIMC in 2011, he has worked alongside the Controller, managing the daily fiscal operations of the organization. In spring of 2010, he graduated cum laude with a Bachelor of Science in Accounting from Chicago State University, where he maintained a spot on the Dean’s List and was an active member of Delta Mu Delta National Honor Society. Prior to Chicago State University, Mr. Johnson attended Milwaukee School of Engineering, majoring in Architectural Engineering.
Ayla Karamustafa, Quality and Prevention Manager
: 312.629.2988, ext. 125
As Quality and Prevention Manager, Ayla Karamustafa leads both the Ryan White Part A Quality Management grant and the Regional Implementation Group (RIG) HIV prevention project in Suburban Cook County…
In this role, Ms. Karamustafa leads quality management site visits and provides in-person technical assistance and support to subcontractors. She also collaborates with community-based organizations, health departments, and community planning groups to ensure quality HIV prevention and care services in the Chicago-metropolitan region. Prior to joining PHIMC, she served as an AmeriCorps Health Educator for Erie Family Health at Lakeview High School in Chicago and has experience in grassroots political campaigning, advocacy, and cultural competency training. Ms. Karamustafa has her Bachelor of Arts in Women, Gender, and Sexuality Studies with a minor in Creative Writing from Washington University in St. Louis.
Katie Morin, Data Strategist
: 312.629.2988, ext. 122
As Data Strategist, Katie Morin supports the collection, analysis, and reporting of data to build PHIMC’s capacity to use data effectively to represent the success and impact of projects…
Ms. Morin has over 10 years of varied experience in public health and non-profits. Prior to joining PHIMC, Ms. Morin was Quality Management Coordinator at St. Clair County Health Department. Ms. Morin earned a Master of Public Administration from Southern Illinois University Edwardsville and a Bachelor of Arts from McKendree University.
Jasmine Robinson, Accounting Associate
: 312.629.2988, ext. 121
As Accounting Associate, Jasmine Robinson performs day-to-day finance duties and works with PHIMC’s subcontractors to ensure accurate billing…
She started with PHIMC in 2014. Ms. Robinson received her Bachelor of Science in Business Administration, majoring in Accounting from Chicago State University (CSU) and is prospecting schools for Master of Accountancy programs. During her time at CSU, Ms. Robinson participated in the National Association of Black Accountants (NABA) as Chapter Secretary from fall 2011 to spring 2012, completed an internship at Deloitte Tax, LLP, and volunteered for the Volunteer Income Tax Assistance program to serve individuals with low income prepare income tax returns free of charge.
Laura Roche, HIV Testing Associate
: 312.629.2988, ext. 113
As HIV Testing Associate at PHIMC, Laura Roche assists in the implementation of the Care and Prevention in the United States and Category B routine HIV testing programs…
She is responsible for providing technical assistance and tracking the progress and quality of work by subcontracted organizations. Ms. Roche earned a Bachelor of Arts from North Carolina State University and a Master of Social Work from University of Illinois at Chicago, Jane Addams College of Social Work.
Caitlin Stack, AmeriCorps Program Director/National Health Corps Chicago
: 312.629.2988, ext. 118
As the Program Director for National Health Corps Chicago (NHC Chicago), Caitlin Stack is responsible for NHC Chicago’s program management, communications, host-site partnership development, and member training…
She became the Program Director in July of 2015 after holding the NHC Chicago Program Associate position since August of 2012. Prior to joining PHIMC, she worked as a coordinator at Lakeview Pantry. Ms. Stack holds a Master of Science in Public Service Management from DePaul University and received a Bachelor of Science in Education from Miami University.
Rashonda Williams, Reentry Manager
: 312.629.2988, ext. 133
As Reentry Manager, Rashonda Williams coordinates the implementation of PHIMC’s Community Reentry Project (CRP). She conducts program and fiscal monitoring of partner sites, leads workgroup and statewide meetings, manages partnerships, and provides strategic direction for the growth of the project…
Prior to joining PHIMC, Ms. Williams served as a Program Specialist at Cook County Department of Corrections. She provided oversight and recruitment of volunteers for enrichment programs at Cook County Jail and facilitated psychoeducational and curriculum-based groups with both male and female detainees. Ms. Williams also worked as a Senior Case Manager at Heartland Alliance, providing resources and support to homeless individuals. She earned a Bachelor of Social Work with a minor in Criminal Justice from University of Illinois at Springfield and a Master of Social Work from University of Illinois at Chicago, Jane Addams College of Social Work.
Saúl Zepeda, HIV Testing Manager
: 312.629.2988, ext. 123
As the HIV Testing Manager, Saúl Zepeda oversees an initiative to integrate routine HIV testing services into a network of eight clinical systems and six county jails across the state…
Mr. Zepeda has over seven years of non-profit management experience that has resulted in the successful development and implementation of several HIV testing initiatives in both clinical and community settings. Prior to joining PHIMC, he worked for Ruth M. Rothstein CORE Center, where he led the implementation of their community HIV testing efforts. Mr. Zepeda has a Bachelor of Arts in Business from Robert Morris College.
Board of Directors
The PHIMC Board of Directors is composed of respected leaders from both public and private industries, representing broad cross-sector expertise in organizational leadership, health care delivery, and public health.
Evonda Thomas-Smith, RN, MSN, DrPH(c)
Director, Evanston Health and Human Services
Dale Galassie, MA, MS
Retired Director, Lake County Health Department
Health Care Consultant
Jaime Dircksen, MA
Director, Community Health Institute, Trinity Health
Steve Ochoa, MPA
Principal, Ochoa Consulting
Mignon Stewart, MFA
Program Officer, Prince Charitable Trusts
President, Guided Professional Services, GPSJWB, LLC.
Mildred Williamson, PhD, MSW
Director, Research & Regulatory Affairs, Cook County Health and Hospitals System