Who We Are

Leadership

The Christie Foundation is governed by a dynamic and diverse board of medical professionals, business leaders, and educational professionals.

Board Members

Candace D. McGregor, MD
Chair

When Candace McGregor was 11 years old, she told her mother she would one day deliver babies. Today, Dr. McGregor is an Obstetrician/Gynecologist in Christie Clinic’s Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology where she offers care and advice for women from puberty through adulthood.

At Christie, she provides physical examinations, breast examinations, and pap smears and also helps patients with family planning decisions, birth options, and care during pregnancy, childbirth, and menopause.

Dr. McGregor received her Bachelor of Science degree in Biology from Millikin University in Decatur, Illinois, her medical degree from the University of Chicago’s Pritzker School of Medicine, and did her residency in Obstetrics/Gynecology at St. Vincent Hospital in Indianapolis, Indiana.

She calls herself a “simple country girl with a big heart” and enjoys playing piano, photography, and gardening.
 

Robert Holbrook
Vice Chair

Robert S. Holbrook has been with Christie Clinic since 1995 and currently holds the position of Director of Ancillary Services. Bob started his health services career at Burnham City Hospital in 1976 in the Department of Radiology and quickly rose to a management position within the department. In 1985, Bob took a position as an account executive with a major imaging equipment manufacture, managing many strategic accounts throughout the Midwest. At Christie Clinic, Bob has oversight for many departments within Christie that provide vital support to the clinical practices. He has been instrumental in developing and managing many new service lines and programs that contribute to the continued growth of Christie Clinic.

In addition to serving on the Christie Foundation board, Bob also serves as President of the Board of Directors for Family Service of Champaign County. Bob received an Associate’s degree from Parkland College and his bachelor’s degree from Eastern Illinois University.  Born and raised in Monticello, and is currently a resident of the Republic of Urbana, where he and his wife Hilary, raised two fine sons. 

Kenny Bilger
Treasurer | Chief Executive Officer, Christie Clinic

Kenny joined Christie Clinic in June 2008. In his role as CEO, he works in concert with the Board of Directors and leads the Administrative Team to set the strategic vision, implement change initiatives and direct the operations of the Clinic. Prior to assuming the role of CEO in September of 2014, Kenny was the Chief Financial Officer for Christie. He is also the Owner and CEO of Community Partners Health Plans, Inc., a Champaign-based health care services company offering comprehensive PPO network solutions, third-party administration, and general agency services to providers, payors, and employers. Kenny received his MBA from the University of Illinois and is a Certified Public Accountant.

Amy Armstrong

Amy Armstrong is a dedicated mother of four children and community advocate. Through volunteerism she works to increase awareness of disability issues. She was the driving force behind Larkin’s Place which became the foundation of the Stephens Family YMCA, a fully inclusive recreational facility in Champaign designed to support individuals and families dealing with life changing diagnoses or disabilities.

It was after the birth of her daughter, Larkin, who was diagnosed with Down syndrome and later a form of catastrophic epilepsy that Amy found her passion for helping families and individuals navigate the complex world of disability. She is a skilled public speaker and can often be found at the University of Illinois, Parkland College, or Illinois State University sharing her trial by fire life experiences with future leaders and educators.

Amy lives with her husband, Andrew, in Champaign and prides herself on her kitten-herding skills of teenage son Chase, 7-year-old Larkin, and 3-year-old twins Brin and Erin. 

Carolyn Ragsdale

Carolyn Ragsdale has been a faculty member with the Surgical Technology Program at Parkland College since 1989. A dedicated professional and advocate for students and patients, Carolyn is committed to advancing excellence in the health professions. Carolyn worked with many Christie Clinic surgeons as a surgical technologist, and now as the program director and faculty member at Parkland.

Carolyn and her husband, Mike, have three grown children and five grandchildren, and enjoy traveling, the outdoors, cycling and family time. Carolyn was raised in the Champaign-Urbana community and graduated from Parkland and then completed a Bachelor of Science and Masters of Arts degrees from Eastern Illinois and University of Illinois. Carolyn is looking forward to working with the Christie Foundation to help grant opportunities to those that want to pursue career and technical training to gain a better position in the workforce. 

Marc R. Miller
Attorney & Partner, Miller & Hendren, LLP

Marc R. Miller is an attorney and partner with Miller & Hendren, LLP. His law practice focuses on corporate, real estate, municipal, and estate planning law. He has served as President of the Crisis Nursery Board of Directors, President and Founder of the Champaign Downtown Association, President of the Champaign County Apartment Association, President of the U of I Quarterback Club, Chairperson of the Urbana Human Relations Commission, and Chairperson of the Champaign County Chamber of Commerce Zoning Committee. He is/has been a member of the Illinois Council on Aging, Ebertfest Advisory Board, ISBA Elder Law Section, Illinois Grandparents Raising Grandchildren Task Force, U of I LAS Alumni Association Board, Crisis Nursery Community Board, and Station Theatre Community Board.

Marc holds a B.A. in Economics/English from the University of Illinois at Urbana Champaign and a J.D. from Northern Illinois University. He is married to Nicole Miller and they have three children ages 8, 11, and 14.

Meghan Kluesner

Michelle Ramage

Michelle Ramage has 25 years of experience in education in public schools. She began her teaching career at her alma matter, Danville High School, as a special education teacher then served in a variety of administrative positions in the Danville Public Schools. After moving to the Champaign area, Michelle was named superintendent of Thomasboro Grade School and today serves as superintendent of Rantoul City Schools, a K-8 district of 1,550 students.

Michelle earned her bachelor’s degree from Illinois State University and her master’s degree and Ed.S. specialist degree from Eastern Illinois University, both in administration. She is a county appointed officer of the Rural Transportation Advisory Group and an officer of Illini Region Illinois Association of School Administrators board. Michelle has served in a number of leadership roles, including as United Way’s Co-Campaign Chair in 2009 and as Co-Chair or their Pillar Event in 2010. In 2012, she was awarded C-U Illini After 5 Rotary’s Paul Harris Award and Vocational Award. She and her husband, Tom (Parkland College President), have one son, Colin, who studies biomedical engineering at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.
 

Myisha Porter, MD
Department of Pediatrics, Christie Clinic

Richard Tapping, Ph.D.

Richard Tapping is a professor of Medical Microbiology and the Associate Dean for Research in the College of Medicine at the University of Illinois Urbana campus.  Dr. Tapping operates an NIH funded laboratory pursuing research on immune mediated inflammation.  In addition to serving as a research mentor for both Ph.D. and M.D.-Ph.D. students, Dr. Tapping is the discipline coordinator and main lecturer of the Medical Immunology course delivered as part of the first year medical school curriculum.  In his administrative role, Dr. Tapping oversees research operations and provides logistical support for research faculty in the college.  He also serves on numerous curricular and administrative committees at the department, school, college and campus levels.

Dr. Tapping received his B.S. from the University of Waterloo and his Ph.D. from McMaster University in Canada. He completed postdoctoral training at the Scripps Research Institute in La Jolla California before coming to the University of Illinois.  In his spare time, Dr. Tapping is an avid competitive distance runner

Tyler Rouse

Tyler Rouse currently serves as Executive Vice President for First Federal Savings Bank of Champaign-Urbana. Prior to becoming Executive Vice President, Tyler served as Senior Vice President of Administration and Vice President of Lending, where he was responsible for originating and underwriting various credit requests. He graduated with a degree in Communications from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, where he also earned his MBA degree in 2012.

In addition to serving on the Christie Foundation board, Tyler also serves on the board of directors for First Federal Savings Bank of Champaign-Urbana and the Illinois League of Financial Institutions. A native resident of Champaign, Tyler and his wife, Brittany, have one daughter.

Staff

Gary Wackerlin
Executive Director

Gary Wackerlin's entire career has been spent in finance and financial management. With 38 years of experience, he has helped many businesses and individuals structure and meet their financial objectives.

Gary spent 25 years in the banking business and served as President and Chief Operating Officer of The First of America Bank in Champaign. He then spent six years as Vice President of Development for The Carle Foundation. Most recently he has been involved with Verdant Partners, a private business brokerage and consulting firm, while also serving as Executive Director of the Christie Foundation.

Gary holds a B.S. in Economics and Industrial Management from Purdue University and a M.S. in Finance from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.

Laura Mann
Scholarship Program Coordinator

Laura has been Christie Clinic’s Human Resources Assistant for the last 5 years. Previous to her post with Christie, she worked in human resources with Provena Covenant Medical Center. Her work with the Christie Foundation is supported through her position with Christie Clinic.

Laura graduated from the University of Illinois with a degree in Business Administration. She brings her business background to the Christie Foundation to maintain the Foundation’s database and donor records. She also administers the Foundation’s scholarship program and enjoys watching scholarship recipients work their way through school, aided by the Foundation’s assistance, and go on to their careers in a variety of medical fields.

When Laura isn’t working with the Clinic or Foundation, she enjoys reading fiction and travelling. She is a big Illini sports fan.

Marsha
Secretary Pro Tem

Sharon Duitsman
Administrative Assistant