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ADA Task Force

Founded in 1991, the Rush Americans With Disabilities Act Task Force develops and implements policies for people with disabilities and educates the Rush community about accommodating people with disabilities as employees, students, faculty members and patients. The task force is composed of high-level administrators, faculty and students.

Task force members

Kevin Irvine
Co-Chair, ADA Task Force
Senior Talent Acquisition Consultant, Individuals with Disabilities
(312) 942-1999

Carlos Olvera
Co-Chair, ADA Task Force
Manager, Interpreter Services
(312) 563-3010

Anne Burgeson
Director, Internal Communications
(312) 942-5582

Aoife Lee, M.Div
Director, Spiritual Care and Mission
Rush Oak Park Hospital
(708) 660-5658

Elizabeth Melas
Director, Capital Projects
(312) 942-4889

Fred Serafin
Coordinator, Emergency Management
(312) 563-6392

Jay Behel, MD
Director of Geriatric and Rehabilitation Psychology,
Psychosocial Oncology and Cancer Integrative Medicine Program
Assistant Professor of Behavioral Sciences
(312) 942-3153

Jon Rusco, MS, OTR/L, MA
Director, Rehabilitation Program and Services
Rush Oak Park Hospital
(708) 660-6839

Karen Batty, RN, ANP
Instructor, Adult Health Nursing
Chair, Thonar Award Committee
(312) 942-6196

Kasey Kotsiris
Student, Occupational Therapy

Krista Fogltanz
Student, Communication Disorders

Laura VanPuymbrouck
Assistant Professor, Occupational Therapy
(312) 942-5595

Marie Lusk, MBA, MSW, LSW
Director, Office of Student Accessibility Services

Michael Jones
Manager, Community Programs, Human Resources
(312) 942-4453

Michael Wisniewski
Director, Corporate Real Estate Services
(312) 942-2558

Michael Kerley
Manager, Outreach and Networking, Road Home Program
(312) 563-0573

Mollie Lesser
Student, Medicine

Sarah Ailey, PhD, RN
Associate Professor, Community and Mental Health Nursing
Chair, Adults With Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities Committee
(312) 942-3383

Sarah Mitchell Chen, LCSW
Clinical Social Worker, Rush Health and Aging
(312) 942-6445

Sheila Dugan, MD, PT
Division Chief, Department Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation
(312) 942-6445

Steven Edwards
Director, Occupational Safety
(312) 942-7245

Tanya Friese, DNP
Director, Continued Education and Lifelong Learning
(312) 942-6497

Terry Peterson
Vice President, Corporate and External Affairs
(312) 942-7020