Misericordia's Board of Directors


Father Jack Clair, Associate Executive Director and Administrator of Auxiliary Services

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.



SRC_2015_Blue2Sister Rosemary Connelly, RSM, Executive Director

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.



Mary Dempsey, President, DePaul College Prep 

Mary Dempsey served as the first Chair of the Board of Directors at DePaul College Prep from 2014 – 2016. In 2016, she was elected President of DePaul College Prep and President of the DePaul College Prep Foundation. She remains a member of the Board of Directors. Mary is an attorney and President of the Philip H. Corboy Foundation. From 1994 – 2012, she served as Commissioner of the Chicago Public Library.  Mary was appointed to Misericordia’s Board of Directors in 2019.




Kathy Donahue, Acting Administrator and Chief Executive Office, Catholic Charities

Kathy Donahue serves as the Acting  Administrator and Chief Executive Office, 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.  Kathy was appointed to Misericordia’s Board of Directors in 2019.




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.


Margaret_Houlihan_SMithMargaret Houlihan Smith , President, Capitol Hall Partners

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.



Sharon O’Keefe, President, University of Chicago Medical Center

Sharon O’Keefe is President of the University of Chicago Medical Center and Chief Operating Officer of the UChicago Medicine health system. She oversees a $1.5 billion clinical enterprise and integrates the patient care mission of the medical center with the education and research missions of the University of Chicago Biological Sciences Division. Sharon was appointed to Misericordia’s Board of Directors in 2019.


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


  Executive Team                



Sister Rosemary Connelly, RSM

Executive Director




Father Jack Clair

Associate Executive Director and Administrator of Auxiliary Services




Lois Catinella Gates

Assistant Executive Director and Chief Development Officer





Kevin Connelly

Assistant Executive Director and Chief Financial Officer




Mary Pat O'Brien

Assistant Executive Director of Residences and Programs



Administration Team

Geana Connelly

Clinical Services, Quality Assurance and Strategic Development


Michael Diaz

Developmental Training Program


Joe Ferrara

Village Homes and Community Integrated Living Arrangements


Chris Hegg Krackenberger

Marian Center, Mercy Glen, Holbrook Residence, Pool and Fitness Services


Tina Stendardo

Developmental Training Program


Denise Tigges

McAuley Residence, Nursing and Therapy Services, Non-Ambulatory Services


Scott Thompson

Chief Information Officer