Norwegian American Hospital Foundation
Board of Directors.
Critical to the success of the Foundation is its Board of Directors.
Elizabeth Colón is a speaker, author and the CEO of Metaphrasis Language & Cultural Solutions, LLC, which provides translation and interpreting services across a variety of industries. Ms. Colón launched Metaphrasis with an idea and a bilingual skill set; she has grown the company into a forward thinking Chicago-based business. As a businesswoman and community activist she frequently receives recognition including a 2016 Woman of Influence by The Chicago Business Journal, 2015 Woman Business Owner of the Year by The National Association of Women Business Owners, 2014 Small Business Person of the Year by the Small Business Administration and 2013 Enterprising Woman of the year by Enterprising Women. She also co-authored the book Today’s Inspired Latinas: Life Stories of Success in the Face of Adversity.
Rochelle L. Turrisi, Esq.
Rochelle Turrisi is an associate attorney at Grupo REU Law Firm, LLC, a Chicago law firm that serves Cook and surrounding counties in immigration, family law, and estate planning. She received her juris doctor from DePaul University College of Law, and her undergraduate degree from Eureka College. Interested in advocating for social justice, Ms. Turrisi studied international, public interest and family law while attending DePaul. Her current practice focuses on improving the lives of families in turbulence in domestic relations matters, assisting with immigration proceedings and applications, and helping clients prepare for the future through careful estate planning.
Luis Arroyo, Jr.
Luis Arroyo, Jr., is a lifelong public servant, community leader and resident of Chicago’s Northwest Side. He is a Democratic member of the Cook County Board of Commissioners, representing the 8th District. Mr. Arroyo serves as chairman and co-founder of the Illinois Council for the Advancement of Latino Leadership, which works to cultivate leadership skills and networks among young Latinos. He is completing his Bachelor of Arts in Interdisciplinary Studies at Northeastern Illinois University.
Adam Boris has worked for a number of blue chip companies and high-growth startups in healthcare and other industries. He served as CEO of ICNet Systems, a global provider of infection surveillance software to hospitals, from 2011 to 2014, engineering its sale to Baxter International. He is currently a consultant to several healthcare companies.From 2014-2017, Mr. Boris served as Chairman of the Norwegian American Hospital Foundation. He is also a trustee of Norwegian American Hospital, where he serves on the Executive, Quality and Strategy committees. He has an MBA from the J.L. Kellogg Graduate School of Management of Northwestern University and MS and BS degrees in engineering from the University of Illinois, Champaign-Urbana.
Lenny Dacanay serves as the Central Regional Director for BDO’s Private Equity Services team, and is responsible for bringing the breadth of BDO’s global resources and expertise to serve the needs of the private equity community at the Principal, Fund and Portfolio company levels. He oversees business development operations and client relationships. Prior to joining BDO, Mr. Dacanay worked at Deloitte as a Business Development Manager, serving middle market companies in Chicago; PAF investments, buyout fund focused on distressed and special situations; and Arthur Andersen Global Corporate Finance. In addition to serving on the Norwegian American Hospital Foundation Board, where he chairs the Finance Committee, he is a Director of the Association for Corporate Growth Chicago Chapter and Chair of the Manufacturing Committee and Manufacturing Conference.
Hester Kim is an influential civic leader and advocate in the Chicagoland community. In addition to her many years of leadership on the NAH Foundation Board, she devotes time to other public service and community organizations. Mrs. Kim has served as President and Board Chair of the Korean-American Medical Association of Chicago Women’s Auxiliary and as the senior advisory leader of the Chicago Somang Presbyterian Church. Additionally, her educational background consists of an MS in Biochemistry from Ewha Woman’s University in Seoul, Korea.
Jose Suarez is a highly successful risk management consultant and account executive with Assurance, a top-50 insurance brokerage, where he specializes in property and casualty insurance with a primary focus on assisting minority owned construction companies. Mr. Suarez began his career as a paralegal in immigration law, working primarily with the Latino community to help undocumented immigrants obtain legal status in the U.S. As a first-generation Latino with a strong connection to the Humboldt Park community and Norwegian American Hospital, Mr. Suarez also serves on the boards of the Hispanic American Construction Industry Association, the Hispanic Alliance for Career Enhancement, the Residential Home Builders Alliance and Ensemble Español.
Evangeline De Leon
Evangeline De Leon is a prominent civic leader with a strong commitment to Norwegian American Hospital and many years of experience working in health care, specifically the home health care field. In addition to being an active participant in Foundation initiatives, Mrs. De Leon is a long-time member of the Philippine Medical Association of Chicago (PMAC), where she has led fundraising efforts for their medical missions.
Judy Foley, a business management executive with expertise in supply chain strategy and operations, currently serves as CEO and President of Navigate Transformation, Inc., a management consulting firm for mid-sized businesses. She is an active volunteer with non-profit organizations and a mentor to college and high school students. She is also a co-founder of The Bridge, a non-profit organization working with established entrepreneurs to build business success.
Veronica Martinez is a dedicated community leader with an extensive history of working and serving in economically disadvantaged neighborhoods and hospitals. She is a strong voice for patients and access to health care and a highly motivated member of the Foundation Board. As a Latina active in the Humboldt Park community, she has played a significant role in building awareness and expanding the Foundation’s success in fundraising.