TeamWork

It takes team work to organize fundraisers, create policy, award scholarships and build awareness, all to support student success. 

Members of the Board of Directors provide a wealth of experience in higher education to support and provide expert advice to grow the Scholarship Fund to support the increased financial need placed on today’s college student. Members of the board are elected to four year terms and can serve two consecutive terms.

“Time and again, our scholarship recipients share their stories of excitement and gratitude for the support they receive, and the difference it has made as they continue forward on their educational and professional journey. More than ever, your support of the Empower Scholarship Fund is helping make student dreams a reality, and helping them ‘get to graduation’ and beyond.”

– John J. Stachniak, Interim Board Chair

Board of Directors and Staff

2019 Board of Directors

The the Fund is governed by a volunteer Board of Directors of successful alumni of the institutions that partner with the Fund, Adtalem colleagues and outside partners.

Kelly Pearce MHA, RN, FACHE

Kelly Pearce MHA, RN, FACHE

President

Hospital Operations at SSM Health Alumnus,
Deaconess College of Nursing ‘00 (now Chamberlain University)

Dr. Arlene O. Rodriguez DVM

Dr. Arlene O. Rodriguez DVM

Board Member

Countryside Veterinary Center Alumna, Ross University School of Veterinary Medicine (’86)

Dr. Kate Essad, MD

Dr. Kate Essad, MD

Board Member

Neurologist, Aurora Health Care, Milwaukee, WI Alumna, American University of the Caribbean School of Medicine (’12)

Dr. Spandana Nallapati, MD

Dr. Spandana Nallapati, MD

Board Member

Pediatrician, Children’s Specialized Hospital, Jersey City, NJ
Alumna, Ross University School of Medicine (’12)

Andy Garza

Andy Garza

Board Member

President, El Oso Construction

Maggie Leen

Maggie Leen

Board Member

VP Marketing at Adtalem Global Education, Medical Health Vertical

John J. Stachniak

John J. Stachniak

Ex-Officio

Executive Director, Empower Scholarship Fund
Adtalem Global Education

Jim Emrath

Jim Emrath

Treasurer

Assistant Controller,
Adtalem Global Education

Marianne Hulbert

Marianne Hulbert

Secretary

Sr. Events Manager,
Adtalem Global Education

Sonya Evanosky

Sonya Evanosky

Ex-Officio

VP Strategy & Finance
Adtalem Global Education

Staff of Empower Scholarship Fund

This team of fundraising and event professionals works together to support student success.

John J. Stachniak

John J. Stachniak

Executive Director

630.515.5485

Katrina K. McGuire

Katrina K. McGuire

Marketing Manager

630.515.5480