The Board of Directors of Grant Healthcare Foundation

Robert F. Carr, III Brenda B. Asare

Brenda Asare is the President & CEO of the Alford Group. Additionally, Brenda is the 1st Vice Chair of the Giving Institute and serves as a board member for numerous philanthropic organizations. In 2021, Brenda was recognized as Crain's Notable Black Leaders and Executives for her commitment to advancing diversity, equity and inclusion in the social impact sector. Prior to joining the Alford Group, she was Chief Development Officer with the American Red Cross in Chicago.

Robert F. Carr, III Maureen L. Blaha

Maureen Blaha has had a long and illustrious career in the non-profit sector and before her recent retirement, served as executive director of the National Runaway Safeline (NRS), formerly the National Runaway Switchboard, the federally designated national communication system for runaway and homeless youth. Prior to her joining NRS, Maureen was the director of Children's Home and Aid's Parents Care and Share program and served as the legislative liaison for the Massachusetts Office for Children (OFC). OFC, a state agency, set the standards for and monitored more than 15,000 day care and residential programs for children.

George M. Covington
Secretary/Treasurer

Former Chairman of Board of Grant Hospital of Chicago. Attorney practicing in Lake Forest, Illinois, specializing in real estate law, with a particular expertise in conservation easements.

Richard C. Norton, Secretary-Treasurer Robert L. Friedlander
Chairman

Former board member of Grant Hospital of Chicago. International industrial development consultant; Chicago real estate investor; attorney and engineer.

Lawrence D. Glass Cody McSellers-McCray, MPH, CHES

Cody McSellers-McCray is a mission-driven, results-oriented public health professional with 17+ experience mobilizing people and driving innovation in not-for-profits, health care systems, foundations, and government organizations to eradicate health inequities. In her career, she has focused on identifying solutions to address the root causes of poor health and providing a better quality of life for underserved populations. Currently, she serves as a Project Executive for COVID-19 in the Office of the Director for Illinois Department of Public Health (IDPH).

Lawrence D. Glass Richard M. Norton

Former board member of Grant Hospital of Chicago. Managing Director of Richard Norton, Inc., and The Country House, Lake Forest, Illinois. Member of the Furniture History Society, Victoria and Albert Museum, London, England.

Lawrence D. Glass Thomas C. Vanden Berk

Chief Executive Officer of UCAN for 30 years and now serves as CEO Emeritus. Tom has had an extensive career within the child welfare sector serving on several state-wide association and government advisory boards.

Staff
Kate Grubbs O'Connor Kate Grubbs O'Connor
Executive Director


Kate Grubbs O'Connor is the current Executive Director of Grant Healthcare Foundation (GHF) where she is responsible for understanding the non-profit health landscape within the Chicagoland area and developing and setting the strategic priorities for the foundation's funding portfolio. Prior to her joining GHF in January 2014, Ms. O'Connor was the Chief Executive Officer of the National Kidney Foundation of Illinois where she oversaw all of the program and fundraising related activities of the organization as well as general operations, fiscal/board responsibilities and management of staff. Ms. O'Connor holds a Bachelor's of Science degree from Ohio University.


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