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National Advisory Board

The Bernardin Center National Advisory Board

The Bernardin Center is guided and counseled by prominent men and women throughout the country.  This large group of leaders from the business/corporate, educational, faith-based/religious, healthcare, financial, legal, non-profit, and philanthropic circles ensures creative and compelling programming and maintenance for the Center.  Find out who they are by reading below.

Ghulam-Haider Aasi, Ph.D.
American Islamic College
Chicago, IL

Javeed Akhter, M.D.
Executive Director
International Strategy and Policy Institute
Oakbrook, IL

Scott Alexander, Ph.D.
Director of Catholic-Muslim Studies Program, and
Associate Professor of Islamic Studies, Catholic Theological Union

Chicago, IL

R. Scott Appleby, Ph.D.
Director, Kroc Institute, University of Notre Dame
Notre Dame, IN

Rabbi Michael Balinsky
Chicago Board of Rabbis
Chicago, IL

M. Cherif Bassiouni, Ph.D.
Professor of Law, DePaul University
Chicago, IL

Georgette Bennett, Ph.D.
President, Tanenbaum Center for Interreligious Understanding
New York, NY

Marshall Bennett
Chicago Real Estate Executive, Chicago Real Estate
Northbrook, IL

Sr. Dianne Bergant, C.S.A.
Professor Emerita of Old Testament Studies, Catholic Theological Union
Chicago, IL

Robert L. Berner, Jr., J.D.
Baker & McKenzie
Chicago, IL

Rev. Stephen Bevans, S.V.D.
Louis J. Luzbetak, S.V.D., Professor Emeritus of Mission and Culture, Catholic Theological Union
Chicago, IL  

Ambassador J.D. Bindenagel
Vice President for Community, Government and International Affairs
Chicago, IL

Rev. Jeremiah M. Boland
Administrator, Holy Family Parish
Chicago, IL

Thomas J. Boodell, Jr., J.D.
Boodell & Domanskis
Chicago, IL

John Borelli, Ph.D.
Special Assistant to the President on Ecumenical and Interreligious Affairs
Georgetown University

Washington, D.C.

Rev. John M. Buchanan
Chicago, IL

LeRoy Carlson, Jr.
President, CEO Telephone Data Systems, Inc. T.D.S., Inc.,
Chicago, IL

Donna Carroll, Ph.D.
President, Dominican University,
River Forest, IL

Renée Crown
Wilmette, IL

Rev. Stanley L. Davis, Jr.
President and CEO of Interfaith Connections
Chicago, IL

Catherine Denny
James and Catherine Denny Foundation
Chicago, IL

James M. Denny, J.D.
James and Catherine Denny Foundation
Chicago, IL

William J. Devers, Jr.
President, Devers Group, Inc.
Wilmette, IL

John Esposito, Ph.D.
Director, Center for Christian-Muslim Understanding, Edward A. Walsh School of Foreign Service, Georgetown University
Professor of Religion and International Affairs
Professor of Islamic Studies

Washington, D.C.

Samuel Fleischacker, Ph.D.
Professor of Philosophy,
University of Illinois, Chicago

Chicago, IL

Rev. Mark R. Francis, C.S.V.
President, Catholic Theological Union
Chicago, IL

Nancy Furey, M.D.
Internal Medicine Northwestern Mem. Hospital
Chicago, IL

Warren W. Furey, M.D.
Chief of Medicine, Mercy Hospital
Chicago, IL

Harold Gershowitz
CEO and Chairman of New Century Information Services, Inc.
Jewish Federation of Metropolitan Chicago

Chicago, IL

Inamul Haq
Adjunct Catholic Theological Union
Department of Theology and Religion
Elmhurst College

Elmhurst, IL

Shakeela Hassan, M.D.
Chicago, IL

Rev. J. Bryan Hehir
Parker Gilbert Montgomery Professor of the Practice of Religion and Public Life at Kennedy School of Government, Harvard University
Secretary for Social Services and President of Catholic Charities, Archdiocese of Boston

Boston, MA

Denise Hickey
Lake Bluff, IL

Asad Husain, Ph.D.
President, American Islamic College
Chicago, IL

Rev. Richard Hynes
Dept. of Evangelization, Catechesis and Worship
Archdiocese of Chicago

Chicago, IL

Kareem Irfan, J.D.
Council of Islamic Organizations
Islamic Society of America

Lombard, IL

Robert Jaffee
Winnetka, IL

Elizabeth T. Kane
John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation
Chicago, IL

Michael Kotzin, Ph.D.
Executive Vice President, Jewish Federation of Metropolitan Chicago
Chicago, IL

Judith Longdin
Director, Ecumenical and Interfaith Concerns
Archdiocese of Milwaukee

Milwaukee, WI

William E. Lowry, Jr.
Vice President Human Resources, John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation
Chicago, IL

Joseph Madden
President, Madden Funds
Oak Park, IL

Eugene T. McEnery, M.D.
Oak Park, IL

Andrew McKenna, Sr., J.D.
President, Schwarz Paper Co.,
Morton Grove, IL

Steven P. Millies, Ph.D.
Director, The Bernardin Center for Theology and Ministry at Catholic Theological Union
Chicago, IL 

Newton Minow , J.D.
Sidley, Austin Brown & Wood, Bank One Plaza
Chicago, IL 

Abdul Malik Mujahid
Chairman, Council of Islamic Organizations of Greater Chicago
Chicago, IL

Daniel R. Murray, J. D.
Attorney, Jenner and Block
Chicago, IL

Rev. Thomas J. Nairn, O.F.M.
Senior Director, Ethics
The Catholic Health Association

St. Louis, MO

Oliver Nicklin
President, First Analysis Investment Firm
Chicago, IL 

Kemal Oksuz
President, Turquoise Council of Americans and Eurasians
Houston, TX

Talat Othman
Vice President, Council of Islamic Organization
CEO, Grove Financial, Inc.

Long Grove, IL

Rev. John T. Pawlikowski, O.S.M.
Director of Catholic-Jewish Studies Program
Professor of Ethics, Catholic Theological Union

Chicago, IL

Rev. Michael D. Place, S.T.D.
Chicago, IL

Thomas J. Reedy
President, Reedy Industries
Northfield, IL

Sr. Barbara E. Reid, O.P.
Vice President and Academic Dean, Catholic Theological Union
Chicago, IL

Thomas Reynolds, III
Winston and Strawn
Winnetka, IL

Rev. Gary Riebe-Estrella, S.V.D.
Chicago, IL

Anna-Eleanor Roosevelt
Boeing World Headquarters
Chicago, IL 

Shirley Ryan
Pathways Awareness Foundation
Chicago, IL

Zaher Sahloul, M.D.
Pulmonary, Critical Care and Sleep Specialist
Vice President, Executive Committee, Council of Islamic Organizations of Greater Chicago

Chicago, IL 

Rabbi David Sandmel, Ph.D.
Professor of Jewish Studies, Catholic Theological Union
Chicago, IL

Rev. Robert Schreiter,C.PP.S.
Chair of Vatican II Theology, Catholic Theological Union
Chicago, IL

Elaine Schuster, Ph.D.
Consultant to the Kellogg School of Management, Northwestern University
Chicago, IL

Sr. Katrina Schuth, O.S.F.
Professor, St. Paul Seminary, St. Thomas University
St. Paul, MN

Carole Segal
V.P. Civic Affairs, Crate & Barrel
Winnetka, IL

Norman A. Shubert, J.D.
Shapiro Foundation, Gamble Foundation,
Chicago, IL

Emily Soloff
American Jewish Committee
Chicago, IL

Sherif Soydan
Executive Director, Niagara Foundation
Chicago, IL

Rev. Alphonse Spilly, C.PP.S.
Professor, St. Joseph College, Renssalaer, Indiana
Former Director, Bernardin Center

Whiting, IN

Howard L. Stone, J.D.
Exec. VP American Express Tax and Business Services
Chicago, IL

Jerome Stone
Stone Container, Inc.,
Chicago, IL

Howard L. Sulkin, Ph.D.
President, Spertus Institute of Jewish Studies
Chicago, IL

Winnifred F. Sullivan, Ph.D.
Professor, Department Chair, Department of Religious Studies
Affiliate Professor of Law, Maurer School of Law
Indiana University

Bloomington, IN

Sayyid Syeed, Ph.D.
Secretary General, Islamic Society of North America
Plainfield, IN

Mary-Frances Veeck
Chicago, IL

Msgr. Kenneth Velo
Executive Director of Catholic Collaborations, DePaul University
President, Big Shoulders Foundation

Rosemont, IL

Sr. Dominga Zapata, S.H.
Chicago, IL 

Safaa Zarzour, J.D.
Board President, CAIR Chicago
Odelson and Sterk Law

Bridgeview, IL