Advocating For a Balanced Approach to Heart Health


Board and Officers

  • Executive Director

    Stephen Devries

    Dr. Stephen Devries is a preventive cardiologist with over 20 years of clinical experience in university based medical centers. He attended medical school and completed Internal Medicine training at the University of Michigan. Dr. Devries received Cardiovascular subspecialty training at Washington University in St. Louis and later completed a Fellowship in Integrative Medicine at the University of Arizona with Dr. Andrew Weil. He is currently Associate Professor of Medicine at Northwestern University.

    Dr. Devries previously wrote a weekly column, “Heart Beat”, in the Chicago Sun-Times. He authored What Your Doctor May Not Tell You About Cholesterol (2007, Warner Wellness). He later co-edited the textbook Integrative Cardiology (2010, Oxford University Press) with Dr. James Dalen. He has been voted by his peers many years over as one of the “Best Doctors in America” and lectures nationally on integrative approaches to prevention of heart disease.

  • President

    Harry Gaples

    Harry Gaples is the President and CEO of Kleinschmidt, Inc. of Deerfield, IL, an electronic data interchange provider and the largest privately owned firm dedicated exclusively to providing network-based eBusiness solutions and services. He has also served as director of NorStates Bank and NorStates Financial Corporation for more than a decade. Mr. Gaples has a Master of Arts Degree from the University of Minnesota and an MBA from the University of Chicago.

  • Treasurer

    Mark Swislow

    Mark Swislow has founded and developed numerous consumer product companies including C2, a leading computer accessory brand sold to Fellowes in 1995. He went on to become Vice President and General Manager of Fellowes in Itasca, Ill. Mark later started the consumer products company, Visionworks. Mark served as the Vice President of Development on the board of Directors for the Solomon Schechter Day School. He is currently President of Innovative Mobility Products, a start up company that manufactures products that enhance mobility. Mark continues his passion as a consultant to companies during their start up phase.

  • Secretary

    Mary McGarrigle

    Mary McGarrigle has more than 25 years experience as a registered nurse with most of her career focused on education of patients at risk for heart disease. At the Heart Center of the University of Illinois, Mary gained special recognition for her work in counseling patients at risk for heart disease and for helping to launch a new clinic for cholesterol disorders. Her innovative work in this area was recognized by the American College of Cardiology in a research presentation accepted for presentation at a national meeting. Mary is a strong patient advocate with a passion for prevention.

  • Advisory Board

    Andrew Weil

    Dr. Weil is Director of the Arizona Center for Integrative Medicine at the University of Arizona, where he holds the Lovell-Jones Endowed Chair in Integrative Rheumatology and is Clinical Professor of Medicine and Professor of Public Health. The Arizona Center for Integrative Medicine is the world leader in developing a comprehensive curriculum in integrative medicine. Graduates serve as directors of integrative medicine programs throughout the world.

    Andrew Weil is the author of many scientific and popular articles and of 12 books. He has twice been featured on the cover of Time magazine in recognition of his impact on medicine. Oxford University Press is currently producing the Weil Integrative Medicine Library, a series of volumes for clinicians in various medical specialties.

    Andrew Weil was born in Philadelphia in 1942, received an A.B. degree in biology (botany) from Harvard and an M.D. from Harvard Medical School.

  • Advisory Board

    Adele Simmons

    Adele Simmons was President of the John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation for a decade, overseeing grants of over $175 million a year, including an annual $25 million program for Chicago. The foundation’s international programs focus on the environment, population, international peace and security, understanding inequality within and among nations and climate change.

    She served on President Carter’s Commission on World Hunger and President Bush’s Commission on Sustainable Development and was a member of the Commission on Global Governance as well as the UN High Level Advisory Board on Sustainable Development. Before joining the MacArthur Foundation, Mrs. Simmons was President of Hampshire College, Dean of Students and Assistant Professor of History at Princeton University.

    Adele Simmons is currently a senior executive at Metropolis Strategies where she focuses on environmental and sustainability issues.

  • Advisory Board

    Dr. Walter Willett

    Dr. Walter Willett is Professor of Epidemiology and Nutrition and Chairman of the Department of Nutrition at Harvard School of Public Health and Professor of Medicine at Harvard Medical School.

    Dr. Willett is the most cited nutritionist internationally, and is among the five most cited persons in all fields of clinical science. He has published over 1,500 articles, primarily on lifestyle risk factors for heart disease and cancer. He has focused much of his work over the last 30 years on the development of methods, using both questionnaire and biochemical approaches, to study the effects of diet on the occurrence of major diseases. Dr. Willett is a member of the Institute of Medicine of the National Academy of Sciences and the recipient of many national and international awards for his research.

  • Advisory Board

    David Eisenberg

    David M. Eisenberg is an Associate Professor of Nutrition at the Harvard School of Public Health and Executive Vice President for Health Research and Education at the Samueli Institute. In addition, Dr. Eisenberg is the Director of the continuing medical education conference entitled, “Healthy Kitchens, Healthy Lives-Caring For Our Patients and Ourselves”, co-sponsored by the Harvard School of Public Health and the Culinary Institute of America.

    Dr. Eisenberg has served as an advisor to the National Institutes of Health, the Food and Drug Administration and the Federation of State Medical Boards with regard to complementary, alternative and integrative medicine research, education and policy. Dr. Eisenberg has authored numerous scientific articles involving complementary and integrative medical therapies and continues to pursue research, educational and clinical programs relating to integrative and lifestyle medicine.

  • Advisory Board

    Robert Bonow

    Dr. Robert O. Bonow is past-President of the American Heart Association, a Master of the American College of Cardiology and a Master of the American College of Physicians. Dr. Bonow currently serves as the Goldberg Distinguished Professor of Cardiology at the Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine and Director of the Center for Cardiovascular Innovation. Among his honors are the NIH Director’s Award, the U.S. Public Health Service Commendation Medal and Outstanding Service Medal, and elected membership in the American Society for Clinical Investigation and the Association of American Physicians.

    Dr. Bonow received his MD degree from the University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine. He has authored or co-authored more than 460 published papers and 100 book chapters. He serves on the editorial boards of 10 medical journals and is one of the four editors of Braunwald’s Heart Disease: A Textbook of Cardiovascular Medicine.

  • Advisory Board

    Joe Calabrese

    Joe Calabrese is the Chief Executive Officer of Geller Family Office Services LLC in New York City. A chartered accountant since 1984, Joe has more than 25 years of financial services and wealth management experience in investment management, finance, and taxation.

    Joe graduated from McGill University in Montreal with a joint honors degree in Economics and Finance.

  • Advisory Board

    Judith Joy

    Judith Joy is a philanthropist, empowerment coach, author and speaker. She has studied and practiced a wide range of healing modalities, and has drawn from her experience to create innovative programs that improve health and extend its reach: “Questions allow for possibilities.”

    Judith is also the author of the best selling book Surviving Your Teenager…And Being Happy Anyway. She is a graduate of Indiana University and has a Masters of Arts in Teaching degree from National Teachers’ College.

  • Advisory Board

    Anna Maria Viti-Welch

    Anna Maria Viti-Welch is President of Guy Viti Insurance Agency in Highwood, Illinois. Anna Maria has over 25 years of experience in management and the commercial insurance industry. She was voted Chicago’s business owner of the year in 2014 by the National Association of Women Business Owners.

    Anna Maria’s impact on the community may prove to be her greatest achievement, having been honored many times over for her leadership in chairing many health related charitable events. Anna Maria is a graduate of Arizona State University.

  • Advisory Board

    Nesita Kwan

    Nesita Kwan is an experienced and passionate content creator and medical journalist with nearly 30 years of experience in five broadcast markets. In more than 20 years at WMAQ Channel 5 in Chicago, she has served as medical editor and anchor.

    Nesita’s commitment to medical reporting began early, with an Associated Press Award for a radio investigation on the cost of malpractice insurance. She’s since won numerous Emmys for both health journalism, and general assignment reporting.

    Nesita’s personal interests are also in the realm of health—she earned her yoga teacher certificate and co-taught an exploration of mindfulness techniques.

  • Advisory Board

    Julie Deardorff

    Julie Deardorff is an award-winning writer, journalist and health enthusiast who spent the first 23 years of her career reporting for the Chicago Tribune. Julie started “Julie’s Health Club,” the Tribune’s first health blog, and she spent more than a decade writing consumer-oriented stories to help people make better evidence-based decisions about their personal health. She currently serves as a writer/media relations specialist at Northwestern University, covering a wide range of colleges and working with researchers, faculty and journalists.

    A longtime runner, triathlete and yoga practitioner, Julie is a certified personal trainer and believes food is medicine. She is honored to be working with the pioneers of integrative medicine.

  • Advisory Board

    Eric C. Larson

    Eric Larson has spent over thirty years as an investor in private companies. He is the co-founder of three private equity firms (First Chicago Equity Capital, Linden Capital Partners, Safe Foods International Holdings) and is embarked on a fourth devoted to global nutrition. For the past two decades, he has focused on investments and effective governance in healthcare and life science companies.

    Mr. Larson has an undergraduate degree in biology from Harvard University, a graduate degree in design from the University of Michigan, and a graduate business degree from the University of Chicago.