Director, External Affairs, Northwestern Memorial HealthCare
In September 2010 Sarah joined Northwestern Memorial Hospital (“NMH”) as Director of External Affairs. Prior to joining NMH Sarah was an Assistant Cook County State’s Attorney where she held positions in the Legislative Affairs Unit, Civil, Delinquency and Abuse and Neglect Divisions. During her time at the Cook County State’s Attorney’s Office Sarah spent time in Springfield representing State’s Attorney Alvarez on various legislative initiatives. In addition, as an Attorney she represented Cook County in both Federal and State Courts on issues related to Civil Rights. Prior to joining the Cook County State’s Attorney’s Office Sarah worked for Greenberg Traurig, LLP as a litigation associate. Sarah is also on the Associate Board of the Brain Research Foundation (“BRF”) a public, nonprofit, charitable organization dedicated to making a positive difference in the lives of children, adolescents, and adults who are touched by neurological disorders.
Senior Counsel, Illinois Retail Merchants Association
Tanya directs all Chicago and Cook County based advocacy efforts on behalf of the retail industry for IRMA, and she assists on matters that come before the General Assembly. Prior to joining IRMA, Tanya worked as a staff attorney and legislative assistant for the Chicago City Council’s Committee on Finance, analyzing issues of revenue and public policy and working with community leaders and corporations to draft resolutions and municipal ordinances.
Lindsay Hansen Anderson
Counsel for McGuireWoods LLP and McGuireWoods Consulting
Executive Director, Illinois Council Against Handgun Violence
Colleen Daley has nearly 15 years of experience in political strategy, public policy, legislative affairs, media relations and resource management among large-scale government and nonprofit organizations. Colleen is currently the Executive Director of the Illinois Council Against Handgun Violence (ICHV), the the oldest and largest statewide organization in the U.S. working to prevent the devastation caused by firearms. Prior to working for ICHV Colleen worked as the Legislative Director to former Treasurer Alexi Giannoulias, served as the Campaign Director of Illinois for Health Care, and the Chief of Staff to former State Representative John Fritchey. Colleen is a graduate of Indiana University where she studied Journalism and Political Science.
President/CEO, Illinois Performance Excellence
Darcy Davidsmeyer is President/CEO of Illinois Performance Excellence, a nonprofit organization, which leads Illinois organizations on their journey to excellence, to be a process-centered organization through the deployment of the Baldrige Criteria for Performance Excellence. Prior to joining Illinois Performance Excellence, Darcy was Director, Government Affairs, for Motorola, for more than 20 years, representing the company’s business and legislative interests before local and state governments within the 50 states concentrating on policy in the areas of telecommunications, environment, procurement, taxation and economic development. Darcy has also worked at the Illinois Association of Realtors, for Illinois State Senator “Pate” Phillip’s Minority Staff and for the Illinois Crime Prevention Commission, Region #14.
Christine Dudley has thirty years of professional political, government and public affairs experience. She served as the Midwest Regional Political Director for the Republican National Committee before launching her own consulting business. In addition she has served as the Executive Director for the Illinois Republican Party, managed campaigns in Indiana, Iowa and Connecticut. In the first Bush Administration she was a Special Assistant to Secretary of Labor Lynn Martin in the Office of Congressional and Intergovernmental Affairs.
For over a decade she has consulted a wide range of political campaigns and Fortune 500 corporate clients executing grassroots strategies to impact policy makers and public opinion.
Her dedication to mentoring women for public service is evident from her leadership with the Illinois Lincoln Excellence in Public Service Series, dedicated to preparing women to run for public office or seek public policy positions in local, state and federal government. She served on the Board including a three-year term as President and remains a senior advisor. She is a recipient of the Richard G. Lugar Excellence in Public Service Series National Coalition Iron Jawed Angel Award (2007).
She is frequently called upon to provide political commentary and the Republican viewpoint for local and national press including frequent appearances on the nationally syndicated radio show “Beyond the Beltway”. She has been a guest lecturer at a variety of academic institutions on the subject of politics and public affairs.
A proud native of the Hoosier state, Chris attended Indiana University.
Director of Legislation, Illinois Comptroller Judy Baar Topinka
Peg Laird Mosgers currently serves as the Director of Legislation for Illinois Comptroller Judy Baar Topinka. Prior to taking that position in January 2011 she was the Deputy Director of the Illinois Senate Republican Committee Staff. Peg served on the staff of the Senate Republican Caucus for more than20 years. During that time she was a specialist in ethics reform and election law as well as in local government issues. Prior to joining the Illinois Senate, she worked in Washington D.C. with Congressman John Grotberg (R-14) who was the predecessor to Speaker Denny Hastert. Peg has worked on numerous state legislative campaigns as well as in the direct mail operation for Republican Senate suburban races. She is one of the founders of Women Who Win – a PAC in support of women candidates for executive office (Statewide Constitutional officers and mayors). WWW was organized in 2006 and supported the four women candidates for Governor, Attorney General, Treasurer and Comptroller. The PAC raised more than $20,000 in the two months prior to the November election and contributed the proceeds to the four women. In 2004, Peg was elected President of Chicago Women in Government Relations and was able to bring in speakers including former Governor Jim Thompson as well as media professionals Madeline Doubek, Mike Flannery, Greg Hinz and Lynn Sweet. She currently serves on the Illinois Lincoln Series Board of Governors as Vice President. Peg is originally from Batavia and now lives with her husband Woody on the Northwest side of Chicago.
Director of Intergovernmental Affairs, Chicago State University
In August 2012, Ms. Muscadin was hired as the Director of Intergovernmental Affairs for Chicago State University (CSU). She oversees all local, state, and federal legislative advocacies on behalf of the University and helps to facilitate communication between the University and government agencies. Ms. Muscadin also facilitates the operations of the CSU Board of Trustees.
Ms. Muscadin is an expert in legislative affairs and specializes in understanding and facilitating the legislative process, ensuring all parties interests are represented. She has worked diligently to successfully pass legislation on issues of criminal law, environmental, and housing issues. Her goal at CSU is to leverage this experience to strengthen the relationship with State, Local, and Federal officials in order to increase awareness and positively position the University.
Prior to joining CSU, Ms. Muscadin worked as the Associate Director of Legislative and Government Affairs for the City Colleges of Chicago, where she successfully represented the interest of the seven colleges at the State of Illinois General Assembly. With almost a decade of experience in governmental affairs, she has served in the Quinn Administration as the Director of Legislative Affairs for the Department of Financial and Professional Regulation. She also worked as Assistant to the Mayor for Richard M. Daley. Prior to entering the legislative world, Ms. Muscadin practiced law as an Assistant Public Defender for the Cook County Public Defender’s Office and served as a Guardian ad Litem, advocate for a child whose welfare is a matter of legal concern, for the Cook County Public Guardian’s Office.
Active in her community, Ms. Muscadin serves on a number of boards and organizations, including Chicago Women in Government Relations, The Institute of Positive Living, and The Chicago Fire Department Advisory Board. She is also a member of the Black Women’s Lawyers Association and the Haitian American Lawyers Association of Illinois.
Ms. Muscadin holds a bachelor’s of business administration from the University of Iowa and a juris doctor from the University of Iowa College of Law.
Meghan Clune Woltman
Vice President, Government and Community Relations, Advocate Health Care
Meghan Clune Woltman is the Vice President of Government and Community Relations for Advocate Health Care, the largest provider of health services in Illinois. She leads Advocate’s efforts in Springfield, IL and Washington, D.C. and works with hospital-based teams to build local partnerships with elected officials and community stakeholders and to communicate the policy priorities of the system. Meghan has been with Advocate since 2006, when she joined the system as Director of Government Relations with a specific focus on state issues. Since that time, her responsibilities have expanded to include all levels of government as well as community health strategy. Meghan earned her Bachelor’s Degree from St. Louis University in Communication and Marketing and also completed her Master’s Degree at St. Louis University through a research fellowship focused on political rhetoric and journalism.