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Dale W. Galassie, M.A., M.SMr. Dale W. Galassie has served as the Executive Director of the Lake County Health Department/Community Health Center since 1992, an organization that employs in excess of approximately 1000 staff with resources of $60 million, providing a comprehensive array of public health, primary care, behavioral health and environmental health services in Lake County. Prior to that position, Dale served as the Director of Management Services for the Health Department since 1981. His pre-public health life was in higher education serving as Business Manager of Lewis University, a Christian Brothers institution in Will County, IL. from 1975 to 1981. His years of senior level, administrative experience are complimented by his academic accomplishments including a Baccalaureate degree in Political Science and Business, a Master of Arts in Administration, and a second Master of Science in Social Justice from Lewis University. He is also a Fellow in the University of Illinois School of Public Health Leadership Institute and a Primary Care Fellow through the United States Bureau of Primary Health Care. He is Chair of Midwest American Regional Public Health Leadership Institute, and as a self-committed and life-long learner, ABD in his doctorate degree in Administration and Leadership through Vanderbilt University


Galassie routinely speaks to professional organizations, special interest groups, and legislative bodies. In order to promote social justice, he has testified before numerous state and federal Congressional Committees as an outspoken member of the public health community to promote social justice. He is an active Adjunct Faculty member for Webster University since 1982, teaching graduate courses in Health Administration and Human Resource Management. He is also the proud father of three young adult daughters raised here in Lake County, Illinois. His association affiliation includes Past Chair of the Illinois Association of Public Health Administrators, President 1996-97; Illinois Public Health Association Executive Council, 1993 to 1996; Illinois Primary Health Care Association, Past President, and currently serves on that Legislative and Public Policy Committee. Galassie currently serves on the National Association of Community Health Centers Legislative Policy Committee. Other association activities include Past Co-Chair of the Illinois Department of Public Aid, Medicaid Advisory/Managed Care Sub-Committee. He is also a member of the National Association of County & City Officials, Committee to Promote Public Health and Legislative Committees, National Association for Public Health Policy, and representation on other public health advisory committees. He served as the Vice-Chair of the National Association of County and City Health Officials (NACCHO), Metro-Forum Group and maintains current membership in that group. Galassie is also an active member of the Northern Illinois Public Health Consortium.



Dan Roller, Psy.D., M. Ed.,


is a psychologist and management consultant who works with for-profit and not-for-profit organizations. He has provided inpatient and outpatient mental health services. He is a volunteer for Mercy Home's "Friends First" program that provides mentors to high risk youth. Dan is a Principal with Tandem Group, Inc., a Chicago based consultancy focused on transforming leadership and organizations to realize breakthrough results. Dan has extensive experience in leading large scale strategy execution efforts, i.e. M&A due diligence and integration, consolidations, and new product rollouts, organization transformations, and process improvement efforts. Dan has worked to help many industry leaders successfully negotiate changing market, economic and regulatory conditions to build or sustain their competitive advantage. His broad and deep skill set and experiences serve as a foundation for seamlessly working with and across a wide array of diverse stakeholder groups, e.g. Sales, Product Development, Operations, IT, Marketing, Customer Service, HR, and other functions critical to the execution of complex initiatives.


Prior to joining Tandem Group, Dan was a Solutions Group Leader for the Strategy and Execution Practice at Project Leadership Associates. Prior to that he was the founder of Performance Lab, Inc., a consultancy focused on developing high performance organizations. He also was a consultant with Diamond Management and Technology Consultants and a member of Allstate's Strategy Team.


Clients have included: CME Group, Allstate, American Express, Discover, United Airlines, Entergy, McDonalds,The Hartford, Travelers, and the State of Illinois.



Monte Dube, JD (emeritus)


Monte Dube is a partner in the law firm of McDermott Will & Emery LLP based in its Chicago office. He served as national head of the Firm's Health Department from 2001 to 2006 and leads its international health expansion initiative.


Monte represents hospitals and health systems nationwide and has served as counsel in the sale, merger, affiliation and acquisition of hundreds of hospitals and academic medical centers, hospital restructurings, public hospital privatizations, joint ventures, certificate of need and reimbursement litigation, and hospital and medical staff operational legal issues of all types. He regularly advises boards on the proper exercise of their fiduciary duties.


Monte was a Bigelow Teaching Fellow and Lecturer in Law at the University of Chicago School of Law in 1981 and 1982. He regularly lectures and publishes on hospital-physician relations, hospital merger and affiliation transactions, fiduciary duties of not-for-profit trustees, and rural health care issues.


Monte is ranked as a leading lawyer in health care law in Chambers USA: America's Leading Lawyers for Business and in Euromoney Legal Media Group's Expert Guide to the Leading U.S. Healthcare Lawyers.


Monte is a member of the American Health Lawyers Association and the American, Illinois and Chicago bar associations. He is admitted to practice before the Illinois Supreme Court, the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Illinois and the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit.


Edith Grotberg, PhD (deceased)The late Dr. Grotberg was a founding director of the center and is sorely missed. She spent five years in Sudan, teaching at the Ahfad University for Women in Omdurman. There she began her work on resilience, which culminated in an international study of the promotion of resilience, with data gathered from 27 sides in 22 countries. Her books on resilience include, A Guide to Promoting Resilience in Children: Strengthening the Human Spirit; Tapping Your Inner Strength: How to Find the Resilience to Deal with Anything; and was Editor of Resilience for Today: Gaining Strength from Adversity. She conducted work with UNICEF, OECD, UNESCO, and ICC. She worked with colleagues in Argentina, Chile, Peru, and Brazil, to enhance resilience skills and behaviors. Her last work-involved life long well being in the western hemisphere.