Board of Directors
Chairman / Co-founder
Bryan S. Traubert is an ophthalmologist, civic leader, health expert and wellness advocate. For 25 years, he's practiced opthalmology in Chicago as a partner with Eye Physicians and Surgeons of Chicago. He also participates in global medical missions; for the past two years, he's provided care in Africa. In 2007, Dr. Traubert founded ChicagoRun to fight childhood obesity. As President of the Pritzker Traubert Family Foundation, which is dedicated to enhancing public education and quality of life in Chicago, Dr. Traubert has initiated programs to improve the health of young people - one in collaboration with Harvard University and the National YMCA. He's also chairman of the board of Marwen which educates and inspires thousands of underserved children through the visual arts. Most recently, he was appointed President of the Chicago Park District Board of Commissioners. Dr. Traubert received his B.S. in biology from The Citadel and his medical degree from the University of Illinois. He did his residency at Michael Reese Hospital, completed a fellowship in medical ethics at the University of Chicago and the executive management program at Northwestern's Kellogg School of Management. He's married to business executive, Penny Pritzker. An avid outdoors and fitness person, Dr. Traubert enjoys running, cycling, tennis, gardening, theater, contemporary art and architecture.
Rachel is the Vice President of Global Merchandising and Retail Strategy at Walgreens, Inc. Prior to Walgreens, Rachel held various positions at McKinsey & Company, most recently as an associate principal. Prior to her time at McKinsey, Rachel was a graduate research fellow at GE's Corporate Research & Development center in Schenectady, NY. Rachel received a Ph.D. in Materials Science and Engineering with a minor in technology management from Northwestern University and earned a dual B.S. in Materials Science & Engineering and in Geophysics from Brown University. Rachel is a recipient of the National Science Foundation Fellowship, a fellow in the Leadership Greater Chicago Class of 2011, and an Executive Committee member of the Art Institute of Chicago Auxiliary Board. Rachel is married and has two children. She began her work with Chicago Run in 2010 as a volunteer and supporter and joined the Board in the Fall of 2012.
Omar Duque is the President & CEO of the Illinois Hispanic Chamber of Commerce (IHCC), the leading Hispanic business, networking, advocacy and development organization in Illinois. Duque is a member of the Board of Trustees of Northeastern Illinois University and is Chairman of the University’s finance Committee. Duque is a member of the Illinois Economic Recovery Commission as well as a Mayoral appointee to the City of Chicago’s Affirmative Action Advisory Board. He is also a member of the Illinois Legislative Latino Caucus Foundation. Duque is currently a 2011 Leadership Fellow with Leadership Greater Chicago. He is also an active supporter of the Big Shoulder’s Fund, an organization that provides support to Catholic schools in the neediest areas of Chicago. Duque has served as an advisor on major economic development projects in the Chicago area, including the re-development of Soldier Field and the expansion and redevelopment of Chicago’s Midway Airport. Duque has also served as a communications and public relations advisor. He has extensive experience in government and has served as an advisor to numerous elected leaders. Duque is a Chicago native whose parents immigrated to the United States from Guatemala. He is a graduate of Northwestern University’s Medill School of Journalism and studied strategic leadership and management at Dartmouth’s Tuck School of Business and the University of Chicago’s Booth School of Business. He currently lives in Chicago with his wife Clarisol, the Chief of Staff to Senator Durbin, and their two children.
Leonard (Lenny) Gail
Lenny grew up in Morton Grove, Illinois. He attended Dartmouth College and Harvard Law School. He is a founding partner of Massey & Gail and has practiced law at commercial law firms, in-house, and as a federal prosecutor in Chicago for 20 years. His wife, Robin Steans, and he have three daughters. He currently chairs the board of the National Association for Urban Debate Leagues, and also serves on the boards of the Northwestern School of Communication and the Chicago Debate Commission. He enjoys travel, running, tennis, reading, and current events.
Executive Director-Chicago Run
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Cindy Hamilton was born in Washington, D.C, and has lived in Chicago for more than 15 years. A graduate from Northwestern, she has focused on communications and media for the majority of her career, holding positions at Edelman Worldwide, Comcast and Weber Shandwick. She now manages public and community relations for Nike's midwest region. Cindy and her husband, Andy, have two children and in her spare time she enjoys reading, cooking and running.
Allen Hamood is chief financial officer (CFO) for TransUnion. In this role, he is responsible for overseeing the company’s financials and helping it achieve its strategic growth goals. Mr. Hamood began his career with TransUnion in 2008. Prior to joining the company, he was CFO for the U.S. Region of Electronic Data Systems (EDS), providing a broad portfolio of business and technology solutions. Mr. Hamood’s professional experience includes roles within EDS as a vice president of investor relations and senior director of corporate strategy and planning. He also held the role of corporate director of finance and business development for Walt Disney International and managerial roles within the audit practice of Deloitte and Touche. A graduate of the University of Iowa, where he earned a Bachelor of Business Administration in finance, Mr. Hamood also earned his Juris Doctorate, with Distinction, from Southwestern University School of Law.
Chris grew up on the south side of Chicago. He graduated from the University of Pennsylvania, Wharton School of Business and recently earned his MBA from Northwestern's Kellogg School of Management. At Penn, Chris was the captain of the men's varsity track team and a 12-time Ivy League Champion. After several years in corporate America and helping to start an elementary school, Chris has started his own training and fitness company, Apex Training & Wellness, as well as a Subway sandwich franchise. Currently, Chris is a faculty member at the University of Chicago Lab School and runs Apex Training & Wellness.
David grew up in Glencoe, Illinois. He received a BA in Economics from Pitzer College where he played on the Varsity golf team. David began his career in Real Estate Investment working as an advisor for several pension funds. He specialized in the acquisition of apartment communities throughout the country and in 2004 began his own firm, Levin Realty Advisors, LLC. David and his wife Megan have two daughters ages 6 and 8. He has actively supported Sloan Kettering Memorial Hospital, The Jewish United Fund and is a member of the National Multi-Housing Council. An avid triathlete since 1992, David has competed in several Ironman events around the country. His favorite past times include swimming, biking, running, skiing, playing golf and cooking.
Cody McSellers-McCray, MPH, CHES, is the Executive Director of Health Leads Chicago, a national organization that operate in hospitals and health centers by partnering with healthcare providers to address the social and medical needs of families. Prior to her work at Health Leads, Cody held various positions in the public health and civic world including serving as the Director of Health Promotions at the Westside Health Authority in the Austin community and as the Parks and Recreation Manager at the Chicago Park District. In addition to serving on Chicago Run's board, Cody was a 2012 Leadership Greater Chicago Fellow, an inductee of the National Public Health Honor Society, Delta Omega Society (Alpha Zeta Chapter) and graduate of the Albert Schweitzer Fellowship Program; Health Careers Opportunity Program (HCOP); Women of Color Policy Network Robert F. Wagner Graduate School of Public Service (NYU) Lead the Way Fellowship; and a member of Executive Service Corps and The Young Nonprofit Professionals Network of Chicago (YNPN). Cody has a B.S. in Sports Medicine and Master of Public Health degree from Northern Illinois University. In addition, she is a Certified Health Education Specialist (CHES) and holds a certificate in Nonprofit Management from North Park University. Cody embodies a healthy lifestyle. You can typically find her running, playing tennis, participating in yoga, traveling and reading. Cody lives in Chicago with her husband and two dogs Nairobi and Chance.
Krish grew up in Skokie, Illinois. He attended Mt. St. Clare University in Iowa on a Presidential Scholarship and majored in Education. He taught full time for two years before becoming a teaching Assistant Principal at Hayt Elementary School in the Edgewater neighborhood. He later served as the Assistant Principal and Technology Coordinator at Garvy Elementary in the Jefferson Park neighborhood. In January 2007, he became the Principal at John A. Walsh Math and Science Academy in Pilsen. His commitment is to educate the whole child and prepare the students and the parents for higher education. He believes that the schools should be the focal point of the community which serves all members, not just the students. He is currently working on his PhD at Loyola University. He and his wife, Erin, and three children live in the Andersonville neighborhood and enjoy camping, backpacking, fishing, biking, running, volleyball, basketball, volunteering, and history. They are also currently putting together a nonprofit organization that raises money to send low-income students on field trips.
Chet Phillips grew up in Des Plaines, Illinois. He received a Bachelor of Science in Computer Science from Elmhurst College. Chet is the Vice President of Information Technology at Vi (pronounced vee), formerly Classic Residence by Hyatt. He has the responsibility for providing technology to drive a complex business model based on real estate, hospitality and healthcare. Prior to Vi, Chet was the Director of Business Intelligence at Motorola. During his 25-year career, he has implemented and managed large-scale global financial systems in highly mission critical environments. As well as playing a leading role in the integration management of a pioneering, single global ERP instance. In 2003, his team won the annual RealWare Award for “Best Strategic Business Performance Management Application.” In addition to his passion for technology, Chet is a lifelong runner. While at Motorola, Chet founded the 300 person Motorola Runner’s Club in 1988. Later he founded the Motorola Half Marathon and Relays and became the Co-Race Director from 1993-1996 which included the United States Women’s Championships in 1996. Chet continues to compete in running and lives with his wife Susan and two sons in St. Charles, Illinois.
Gary Rozier, is a Senior Vice President at Ariel Investments and is responsible for business development and client servicing for Ariel’s institutional accounts, financial advisors and investment consultants across the West Coast. Prior to joining the firm in 2006, Gary spent over five years with Rydex Investments. During this time, he held multiple positions within shareholder services and financial advisor sales before being promoted to regional vice president where he oversaw product development and distribution across nine states in the Midwest Region. Gary is a frequent conference speaker for the Financial Planning Association and the National Association of Active Investment Managers. Additionally, he is chairman of the board of trustees for Chicago State University, vice-chairman of the board of Inner Voice, Inc., and a committee member for the East Bay Regional Parks Foundation in Oakland, California. In 2011, Gary was named a fellow of Leadership Greater Chicago. He earned a BA in economics from the University of Maryland. He currently lives in Chicago with his wife, Macy, and their two children.
Elizabeth Schubert is a partner in the Investment Funds, Advisers and Derivatives Practice Group at Sidley Austin LLP. She provides advice to hedge funds and other end users of derivatives and related products. Liz is a frequent speaker on regulatory reform and clearing of derivative transactions. She is also published in this area. She is originally from New York and has degrees from Bryn Mawr College, the University of Virginia and the George Washington University Law School. She currently serves on the board of directors for the George Washington Unviersity Law School Center for Law, Economics and Finance as well as the Advisory Council to the Harvard Business Law Review. In 2011, she was selected to be a member of the Leadership Greater Chicago 2011 Class of Fellows. She lives in Chicago with her significant other, Paul O’Keefe. In her free time she enjoys cooking, yoga and running on the lakefront. Liz retired from running triathlons in 2009, but keeps telling herself she may do another. Her first involvement with Chicago Run was as a volunteer in 2010.
Steven grew up in Highland Park, Illinois. He received his Bachelor of Science from Cornell University where he was captain of the water polo team. Steven is the President and CEO of Tennis Corporation of America (TCA), which operates health and racquet clubs and corporate fitness centers/hospital wellness centers through its Midtown Athletic Club and Proactive Partners brands. Steven also serves on the Boards of Classic Residence by Hyatt, Big Brothers Big Sisters of America, and The George Eastman House International Museum of Photography and Film. He also serves on the Advisory Boards of the International Health, Racquet, and Sportsclub Association (IHRSA) and Club Industry's Fitness Business Pro magazine. He and his wife, Claudia, live in Glencoe, Illinois and have three children: Alex, Samantha, and Annie. He enjoys travel, comedy, tennis, cycling, swimming, photography, current events and food!
Christine D. Zelenka
Christine Zelenka is the principal at Murphy School. She holds her Bachelor’s Degree in Education from the University of Michigan, her Masters and Educational Specialist Degree in Education from National Louis University and is currently pursuing her Doctorate Degree at the University of Illinois at Chicago. She has served children in the Chicago Public Schools for over 22 years as a teacher, assistant principal and principal. She believes in educating the whole-child through passion and commitment to high standards.
Penny Pritzker is the cofounder of Chicago Run. A civic and business leader, Penny is chairman and CEO of PSP Capital Partners and its affiliate, Pritzker Realty Group. She's also chairman of Artemis Real Estate Partners. A strong public education advocate, she sits on the board of the Chicago Public Schools, the third largest public school system in the nation, is Advisory Board Chair of Skills for America's Future, the Aspen Institute, and Chairman of Skills for Chicagoland's Future. She was national co-chair of Obama for America 2012. She's a member of the boards of Hyatt Hotels, Stanford University, the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts, and the Council on Foreign Relations. Her interests include running, cycling, travel, contemporary art, and current affairs.