Misericordia's Board of Directors
Monsignor Michael Boland
Monsignor Boland serves as the Administrator, President and CEO of Catholic Charities of the Archdiocese of Chicago, which is one of the largest social service agencies in the Midwest and one of the largest Catholic Charities Organizations in the nation. Monsignor Boland was appointed to Misericordia’s Board of Directors in 1996.
Sister Rosemary Connelly, RSM
Sister Rosemary is a member of the Religious Sisters of Mercy. A native Chicagoan, she attended parochial schools and taught in several Archdiocesan schools while continuing her studies. In 1959, Sister Rosemary earned a B.S. in Social Science. She then earned a Master of Arts in Sociology from St. Louis University in 1966 and a Master’s in Social Work from Loyola University Chicago in 1969. She was appointed Administrator of Misericordia in 1969, and appointed to Misericordia’s Board of Directors in 1970. Sister Rosemary’s leadership has been integral to Misericordia growing into a loving, challenging and dignified environment for more than 600 children and adults with developmental disabilities.
Margaret Houlihan Smith
Margaret currently serves as Director of Intergovernmental Relations for United Airlines. Previously she served as Deputy Chief of Staff for Intergovernmental Affairs in the office of Governor Rod Blagojevich. Prior to her appointment by the Governor, she served as the Chicago Director for United States Senator Richard J. Durbin, where her duties included managing Chicago staff operations, serving as a liaison to federal regional administrators and district directors, and coordinating with Washington, D.C. staff on all Chicago area issues. Margaret was appointed to Misericordia’s Board of Directors in 2014.
Father Jack Clair, Director
Since 2000, Father Jack has served as Associate Executive Director and Chaplain at Misericordia. Prior to Misericordia, Fr. Jack served as vice president for St. Joseph’s Seminary (formerly Niles Seminary), and served as associate pastor for eight years at St. Hubert’s Parish in Hoffman Estates. He was appointed to Misericordia’s Board of Directors in 2014.
John L. Dyer, CPA, Managing Partner, Peter Shannon & Company
John has a BS in Accountancy from the University of Illinois Champaign, Illinois and an MS in Taxation from DePaul University. He has worked as a CPA since 1977. In 1990, John was appointed Managing Partner at Peter Shannon & Company. He is a long time volunteer and 'Thursday Sports Coordinator’ at Misericordia Home, and was appointed to the Board of Directors in 2005.
Rob Figliulo, President and CEO, SPR Inc.
Robert M. Figliulo, also known as Rob, serves as Chairman, Chief Executive Officer of SPR Inc. and has served as its President and Director. Since joining SPR in May 1976, Rob has held numerous positions, including Programmer and Analyst, Account Manager, General Manager of both the Tulsa and Chicago offices and Vice President of Marketing. He was appointed as Chairman of the Board of Directors of Leapnet, Inc. in November 2000. Rob received a Masters in Business Administration from the University of Chicago in 1987 and was appointed to Misericordia’s Board of Directors in 2005.
Dr. Philip R. O’Connor, President, PROactive Strategies
Dr. Phil O’Connor is president of PROactive Strategies, a Chicago consulting firm providing advice in the energy and insurance industries. For over two decades Phil has been recognized as a leading advocate of competitive market solutions for regulated businesses. In addition to a lengthy career in the private sector, Phil has had extensive government and political experience having chaired the Illinois Commerce Commission, serving as Director of the Illinois Department of Insurance, and as a member of the Illinois State Board of Elections. Dr. O’Connor was appointed to Misericordia’s Board of Directors in 2015.
Robert Soudan, Sr., President, Lock Up Development Group
Lock Up Development Group (an affiliate of BRB Development, LLC) is a family owned and operated company that has been in the self storage business since 1976. Continuing to be one of the most active and well-respected private companies in the storage industry, The Lock Up was started by Robert Soudan Sr. and Charles Sample Sr. who built their first self storage facility in Glenview, Illinois. With the help of his son and son-in-law, Bob Soudan Jr. and Rick Hielscher, Mr. Soudan has significantly increased both the number and quality of his self storage facilities. Currently, The Lock Up operates storage centers in eight states. Bob was appointed to Misericordia’s Board of Directors in 2007.
Daniel Walsh, President, The Walsh Group
Mr. Walsh serves as the President of Walsh Construction Company of Illinois. He has more than 37 years of experience in the construction industry. The Walsh Group has been in the construction business since 1898. The Chicago company provides general contracting, construction management and design/build services to clients nationwide through the operations of its two subsidiaries, Walsh Construction and Archer Western Contractors. Dan was re-appointed to Misericordia’s Board of Directors in 2015.
Misericordia's Key Leadership
Sister Rosemary Connelly, RSM
Father Jack Clair
Associate Executive Director and Administrator of Auxiliary Services
Lois Catinella Gates
Assistant Executive Director and Chief Development Officer
Assistant Executive Director and Chief Financial Officer
Mary Pat O'Brien
Assistant Executive Director of Residences and Programs
Clinical Services, Quality Assurance and Strategic Development
Developmental Training Program
Village Homes and Community Integrated Living Arrangements
Human Resources and Staff Development
Chris Hegg Krackenberger
Marian Center, Mercy Glen, Holbrook Residence, Pool and Fitness Services
Developmental Training Program
McAuley Residence, Nursing and Therapy Services, Non-Ambulatory Services