M-Christie-BioPartner, Golan Christie Taglia LLP

Margaret A. Christie is a partner with the law firm of Golan Christie Taglia LLP. Prior to her affiliation with Golan Christie Taglia LLP, she spent a number of years working at large law firms, including Rudnick & Wolfe (now, DLA Piper), where she was also a partner. Ms. Christie started her own firm and eventually merged her practice with several other firms including the predecessor to her current firm in 1995. Her areas of practice include commercial real estate, finance and general business law.

Ms. Christie is a graduate of Ohio Wesleyan University (B.A., Economics, summa cum laude) and Northwestern University School of Law, where Ms. Christie served as Executive Editor of the Law Review. She is a member of the American Bar Association and the Illinois State Bar Association. She is a member of the Advisory Board for the John Marshall Law School Center for Real Estate Law. Margaret and her husband share their home with three pugs.

LucyManniniNewell picKiran Consortium Group LLC

Lucy Mancini Newell, MBA, FHIMSS, is Managing Partner of The Kiran Consortium Group LLC. Ms. Mancini Newell is an Information Technology professional with experience in clinical operations, application vendors (ambulatory and inpatient settings), systems integrators and management consulting. One of the hallmarks of her professional success is effective communication of ideas, trends and issues on behalf of her clients while delivering results in a timely, effective manner. Her experience includes work in complex environments as well as project turnarounds. She was previously a Practice Leader of Information Technology Strategic Planning and System Selections, mentoring colleagues, working in collaborative and high impact teams, and actively contributing to an employer-based Thought Leadership Group and professional societies such as the Healthcare Information Management and Systems Society (HIMSS) and Healthcare Financial Management Association (HFMA). She actively contributes to healthcare industry publications (over 20), presentations (over 40) and blogs on many timely topics.

Steve Braun

Financial Advisor, Northwestern Mutual

Steve Braun has more than 30 years of service as a Wealth Management Advisor with Northwestern Mutual – Chicago. Steve is passionate in his pursuit to help his clients retire. He has earned numerous awards throughout his career and is past chairperson for NM’s Annual Meeting and the past president of NM’s Financial Representative Association.

Steve is active in community supporting The City of Hope and the Marty Hennessy, Jr. Tennis Foundation. He brings his understanding of philanthropy and financing planning to support Cures Within Reach. Steve resides in Highland Park.

Cures Within Reach has been awarded two grants totaling $35,000 from the Northwestern Mutual Foundation in honor of his community service.

LizDowneyFormer Chair of the Board

Elizabeth Schuster Downey spent twelve years raising funds for Elmhurst college and eight years running the foundation for McHenryCounty College, in Crystal Lake, IL.
Before that time she owned a successful public relations and marketing consulting firm.  Liz holds Bachelor's degrees in English and Journalism from Boston University and a Master's degree in Business and Management from Webster University.

SolveigDirenzo‎Senior Manager, Global Sourcing APIs, Baxter International Inc.

Solveig Direnzo has close to 30 years of experience in the Pharmaceutical Industry with a solid understanding of laws, rules, and regulations governing manufacture and purchase of pharmaceutical and biological products on a global basis. She is a highly accomplished, innovative executive with proven success driving revenue, efficiency improvements, integration and divestiture activities in the pharmaceutical industry.

Her expertise lies in identifying business needs and leading cross-functional teams to devise and implement practical solutions. She has worked for Organon, Johnson & Johnson, Hoffman-La Roche, Wyeth, Pfizer, and is now with Hospira. She has a strong international background and is fluent in English, Spanish and Italian and conversant in French. She has a Masters Degree in business from the University of Phoenix and a BA in Communications and French from Rutgers College. She was born in Uruguay, lived in Argentina where she went to a British school, moved to the United States and lived in New Jersey, Virginia, and Kansas.

She recently moved to Lake Forest, IL and was joined by her Dad, two children, daughter-in-law, two grandchildren, German Shepard and Yellow Labrador Retriever.

MattRichPartner, PriceWaterhouseCoopers LLP

Matt is a leader in PwC’s Strategic Technologies practice and takes an innovation-led approach to his clients when delivering their strategic technology transformation initiatives. His 19+ years working at the intersection of technology and pharma R&D have provided his clients with pragmatic technology solutions to improve the way therapies are developed. Matt is a champion for the evolution of pharma R&D organizations’ move from established to emerging technologies and the impact to the relationships, engagement and productivity that the move has on the IT and business functions. Specifically, Matt has led scientific and operational analytics initiatives as well implemented digital technologies within Clinical Development, Regulatory Operations and Pharmacovigilance. These experiences have been informed by the analytics and digital projects that Matt has led in other industries (e.g. financial services, retail, high tech).

Matt’s passion for team building goes back to his time on the US National Rowing team where he and his teammates had success at all levels of international competition. Matt is raising the next generation of rowers, which are his three children, with his wife in Chicago. Matt holds Bachelor’s of Science degrees in Chemical Engineering and Management of Technology from the University of Minnesota and continues to be a huge Gopher sports fan even though these are dark times.

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