Caring Arts


 
 

Board Members
They have a variety of backgrounds and their own personal reasons for serving, but each member of our board has a few things in common: a personal experience with cancer, involvement with the arts and generosity in terms of their time, expertise and commitment to Caring Arts Foundation.

 

 
“Thank you for pulling together the collage workshop on short notice. We were so pleased with how it went and loved seeing the beautiful art that was made. Our administrator and head nurse both commented on how impressed they were. I hope we can do  more together.”

— Sarah Conning
Social Worker, Radiation Oncology
University of Chicago Medicine

Phil Balsano, President    
During the late 1970’s, as keyboardist with the group Tantrum, Mr. Balsano recorded three albums and composed the group’s single releases. The band toured the U.S. and recorded ads for Pepsi, Zenith and Wrigley. Escape Music released a double compilation CD of the Tantrum catalogue in August 2005. In 1982, Mr. Balsano composed “Too Late” for Shawn Christopher reaching Billboard’s R&B Top 40. In 1984, Mr. Balsano’s song “A Child’s Eyes” was featured on the MDA Telethon and performed on the StarSearch TV show. In 1990, Mr. Balsano joined Ameritech Cellular, directing their quality assurance and fraud prevention efforts. In 2001, Mr. Balsano served as director of business development for StartSampling, Inc., establishing audio books and music as viable consumer samples for delivery on-line to the company’s one million members. Phil later joined Houghton Mifflin Company where he was employed in corporate treasury as director of credit and collections. In 2009, Mr. Balsano joined LTD Commodities as director of credit and collections, where he oversees a team of 70 staff responsible for financial, fraud prevention and quality assurance activities. Phil continues to write and produce music. He is a survivor of prostate cancer and lives in Naperville with his wife, Gail, and their son, Max.

  Phil Balsano
     
John Weigand, Treasurer    
John is product manager for Discover Financial Services' networks division. Prior to joining Discover Financial Services, he was a senior business manager for 24 years in the Government Radio Systems Division of Motorola, Inc. John has a Master of Business Administration degree from Benedictine University, a Bachelor of Arts in European history from North Central College and is certified to teach high school. He lives in Buffalo Grove and is father of two adult sons and two daughters. When not umping a local ball game, watching softball, or at the ice rink with his daughters, John enjoys golf, gardening, travel and a good book.    
     
     
     
Janine Gauthier Mullady, PhD    
Dr. Janine Gauthier Mullady is a licensed clinical health psychologist specializing in psychosocial oncology. Her clinical work is focused on the emotional and psychosocial aspects of cancer treatment and survivorship. She served as the Director of the Cancer Integrative Medicine Program and Psychosocial Oncology at Rush University Medical Center for more than 10 years. In that position she worked with oncology patients either when they were undergoing treatment or in the post treatment survivorship period, as well as with their family members. Dr. Gauthier completed her PhD in Clinical Health Psychology from University of North Texas. Following a Cancer Prevention and Control fellowship at the University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston, she completed a clinical fellowship at Rush University Medical Center in Chicago. She has presented to many organizations including the Lymphoma Research Foundation, Leukemia and Lymphoma Society, and others. She enjoys the opportunity to educate on the importance of caring for our mind, body and spirit. Dr. Gauthier Mullady currently has her own practice with Life Reset Solutions of Chicago, where she delivers a groundbreaking combination of integrative and traditional approaches to help individuals find their path to becoming their healthiest self (physically, emotionally and spiritually). Her favorite quote is “It is not how the winds blow but how you set your sail.”
  Terry Spencer Hesser
     
Zacary Wesoloski    
Zac is an IT Liaison for Seasons Hospice and Palliative Care in DesPlaines. He provides tech support for internal systems at a number of Seasons locations in the Chicagoland area. Zac is a multi-year volunteer at Camp Kangaroo, the Seasons Foundation’s Bereavement Camp Program for children who have lost someone close to them. Zac is also a bass player and music enthusiast, who has performed with and handled marketing for a number of local bands. He attended Columbia College and is an avid photographer. He has regularly volunteered at various Caring Arts events.

  Zacary Wesoloski
     
Kathy O’Rourke    
Kathy is a seasoned Healthcare professional with over 30 years of experience in the industry.  She is currently a Customer Success Manager for Becton, Dickinson & Co (BD), a global medical technology company that is advancing the world of health by improving medical discovery, diagnostics and the delivery of care. Prior to BD, Kathy spent many years with GE Healthcare, IDX and Blue Cross Blue Shield of Illinois in Account Management, Sales and Leadership positions.  She is a tenured musician with a B.A. in Music Business from Southern Illinois University. She sings regularly with her church and plays guitar as well as vocals with her band, OTR.   She brings her years of music and healthcare together to heighten positive energy and happiness whether in a spiritual or secular environment. Kathy lives in Naperville with her husband, Mike, of 37 years.  They have 3 grown children - Kelly, Ryan and Kyle - and her latest joys are her grandchildren, Cora and Mac.

  Kathy O'Rourke
     
Barbara Weigand, Secretary    
Barbara was a magazine illustrator prior to joining the Chicago Tribune's marketing and promotion dept. as a graphic designer in 1976. She later moved to Tribune Company’s corporate communications division, responsible for production of shareholder communications. Barbara returned to the paper as design director for consumer brand campaigns, business-to-business advertising, special events promotion and internal communications for all Tribune employees. Barbara’s department also created marketing materials for other Tribune companies, including brand development for CLTV and print materials for Tribune Broadcasting, Chicago Cubs and WGN Radio. Her award-winning staff created print promos for many Tribune Entertainment TV shows, including “The Geraldo Rivera Show,” and the popular sci-fi hit “Gene Roddenberry’s Earth: Final Conflict.” Barbara left Tribune in 2003 and launched a popular restaurant, La Piazza, in Forest Park. In its first year, La Piazza was chosen as one of the Top 10 Best New Restaurants in Chicago. Barbara is currently the owner of ArtsWarrior, which manages and markets local bands and musicians. She has been a board member and program manager for the Foundation since 2000.  In 2011 she was recipient of the Cook County Women’s Commission’s Heroine Award, in recognition of her work with Caring Arts. She lives in Oak Park with her husband, Bill Syniar, a professional musician and songwriter.   Barbara Weigand
     
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