Dean’s Action Council

The Dean’s Action Council (DAC) comprises community and business leaders who advocate for the University of Illinois College of Medicine Rockford within the Rockford community. The DAC functions as the advisory board to the dean of the college, using the members’ professional and personal involvements to establish and maintain relationships with regional leaders, philanthropic agencies and other institutions throughout northern Illinois.

For more information on the Dean’s Action Council, contact Laura Knight at [email protected].

The following individuals are currently serving on the Dean’s Action Council:


Elise Cadigan, LCSW (Chair), Glenwood Center

Craig Fetty, CFP®, (Past Chair), Raymond James & Associates

Gary Kaatz (Vice Chair), Retired


Colleen Anderson, MD, Open Arms Free Clinic

Brian Bear, MD, OrthoIllinois

Mark Clodius, Clodius & Co. Jewelers

Monika Clodius, Clodius & Co. Jewelers

Michael Cyrs, J.D., MBA, CFP®, Savant Capital Management

Rebecca Epperson, Chartwell Agency

Mike Fager, CFP®, Raymond James & Associates

William Gorski, MD

Paul Green, CIMC®, CIMA®, Wells Fargo Advisors

Curtis D. Kleckler, CPA, Benning Group, LLC

Stephen Minore, MD, FCCP, FICS, CPE, Rockford Anesthesiologists Associated

Matt Roegner, Banking Executive

Dave Rydell, Bergstrom, Inc.

Pamela Schmidt, DDS

Christie Jarrett, Stenstrom Companies Ltd

Kristoffer Tumilowicz, DMD, Dental Dimensions


Terri Blevins, EdD, UI-COMR, ex officio

Carrie Hermanson, UI-COMR, ex officio

Teresa Johnston, UI-COMR, ex officio

Mitch King, MD, UI-COMR, ex officio

Laura Knight, MBA, UI-COMR, ex officio

Connie Vitali, MD, UI-COMR, ex officio



Board Recruitment Committee

Elise Cadigan, LCSW

Gary Kaatz

Craig Fetty, CFP®,

Mike Fager, CFP®,

Development Committee

Not currently active

Student Involvement Committee

Elise Cadigan, LCSW

William Gorski, MD

Joshua Baalman, M3 – President

Aisha Bhatti, M2 – Vice President

Christina Tsai, M3 – Treasurer

Aubrey Graham, M3 – Secretary

M1 rep to be named in August

Dr. Alex Stagnaro-Green Regional Dean

Dr. Alex Stagnaro-Green
Regional Dean