Jennifer Nelson-Seals, MSHRM / Chief Executive Officer
Mrs. Nelson-Seals is the Chief Executive Officer of The Boulevard. She holds a Masters of Arts in Human Resource Management from Roosevelt University and a Bachelor of Arts in Business Administration from Robert Morris College. She has served The Boulevard in various capacities since its' founding as Interfaith House in 1994.
Veronica Savarese Buckley, EdD / Board President
Veronica is a Core Visiting Faculty member and Academic Advisor at DePaul University’s School for New Learning, and Visiting Faculty at National Louis University’s Masters in Adult Education program. She holds a Master’s Degree and a Doctorate in Adult and Continuing Education from National-Louis University.
Candace Hansford, Esq. / Board Vice President
Candace founded her own law practice, Hansford Legal, in 2014. She works with small businesses, individuals and families on a wide variety of civil and financial cases. Ms. Hansford has an MBA from Valparaiso University and a JD from Kent College of Law. She also works with Chicago Volunteer Legal Services.
Joanna Arras / Board Treasurer
Joanna is an investor on Baird Capital’s Venture Capital team, focusing on technology and services investments. She earned a BS in Management and International Business from Indiana University and holds an MBA from The University of Pennsylvania’s Wharton School with majors in Finance and Entrepreneurship.
Cynthia Barnard / Board Secretary
Cynthia Barnard has three decades of experience in the fields of quality improvement, patient safety, medical staff affairs, clinical research, developing healthcare information systems for operational support, and strategic planning. Currently, she is a Vice President at Northwestern Memorial Hospital, where her responsibilities include patient safety, accreditation and regulatory compliance, medical ethics, and patient satisfaction measurement for the hospital.
Joni Andrioff, Esq.
Joni is a partner at the law firm of Steptoe & Johnson, LLP. She advises corporate, tax-exempt, and institutional fiduciary clients, and is an active participant in American Bar Association conferences. Ms. Andrioff has a J.D. from Chicago-Kent College of Law.
Patricia De Biasi
Patricia is the Director, Provider Insights, Consumer, and Provider Experience with UnitedHealthcare, Chicago. She brings a demonstrated record of healthcare-specific research and marketing experience to The Boulevard. She holds a MBA, Marketing, from Northwestern University Kellogg School of Management, and a BA in Psychology from the University of Michigan.
Trey is a Sales Associate for Paul Ferrante and an Independent Consultant with Arbonne International. Trey holds a B.A. in Public Relations from the University of Oklahoma.
Janet Guptill Geidel
Janet is the Executive Director of The Scottsdale Institute (www.scottsdaleinstitute.org), a non-profit national collaborative of leading health systems committed to sharing best practices and collaborating on IT-enabled performance improvement. She is a senior healthcare strategist with a Masters of Health Systems Management from Tulane University of Louisiana, who enjoys introducing transformative solutions into the healthcare industry.
Nancy was one of the founders of The Boulevard. She served on the original steering committee and the first Board of Directors; Chairing the Board of Directors from 1998-2002 and completing her Board term in 2004. She received a Master’s Degree in Social Work from the University of Illinois-Chicago and holds undergraduate degrees from the University of Iowa and the University of Charleston (W. VA).
Glenn is a former resident of The Boulevard. He currently serves as a Mentor and Spiritual Advisor at the Above & Beyond Family Recovery Center, and finds times to volunteer at The Boulevard three-times a week. He holds a BS in Business Administration from Roosevelt University.
Diana is a former resident of The Boulevard. Her employment at a hospital ended when an illness led to the loss of her job, which resulted in the loss of her home. The Boulevard was able to help stabilize her health and locate housing on Chicago's north-west side.
Paul Luning MD, MPH
Paul is the Chief Medical Officer of PCC Community Wellness Center, a community health center serving the West Side of Chicago. A graduate of Yale University and the University of Chicago, Dr. Luning is a practicing family physician; he helped start The Boulevard Clinic for the Homeless in 1999. He serves as the Associate Program Director for the West Suburban Family Medicine Residency Program.
Brian is a Vice President at the Sammons Financial Group (SFG), a provider of life insurance and annuities throughout the United States. Brian received his MBA, with honors, from the University of Chicago Booth School of Business and his undergrad degree from the Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania.
Evan is Vice President of Strategy & Corporate Development at Heidrick & Struggles, a global, publicly traded, leader in executive search, leadership consulting, culture shaping, and talent advisory firm. He holds a MBA (Finance, Marketing) from The University of Chicago Booth School of Business, with a BA (History), also from The University of Chicago.
Christy is the Managing Director, Control Officer Executive of Commercial Bank Oversight & Control for JPMorganChase in Chicago. She has a active record of Community Service, working as a Mentor for The Fellowship Initiative, and as an Executive Sponsor of WIN, Women's Interactive Network in Chicago. Christy holds a BS in Industrial Management from Purdue University.