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Building on a strong team of diverse experts in their fields, Governor JB Pritzker announced the following appointments in his administration:
PUBLIC GUARDIANS AND PUBLIC ADMINISTRATORS
Sharon Rudy will serve as Public Administrator and Public Guardian of Jo Daviess, Ogle, and Stephenson Counties.* Rudy has been practicing law through her private practice, Attorney Sharon R. Rudy P.C., since 1988. She represents Adult Protective Services provider agencies and victims of abuse. She is involved with the Illinois Guardianship Association where she served as President from 2003-2004, 2011-2012, and 2018-2021. Rudy received a Bachelor of Arts from Carleton College and Juris Doctor from Loyola University School of Law.
Scott Schultz will serve as Public Administrator and Public Guardian of Jersey County.* Schultz serves as the Chief Public Defender for Jersey County. He previously practiced law at Scott W. Schultz, Attorney at Law and Wiseman Law Firm where he focused on litigation cases as well as family, injury, and criminal cases. Schultz received a Bachelor of Science in Agriculture from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign and Juris Doctor from the University of Tulsa College of Law.
STATEWIDE UNIVERSITIES RETIREMENT SYSTEM
Richard Figueroa will continue to serve on the State Universities Retirement System Board of Trustees.* Figueroa currently serves as the Principal and Co-Founder of Lux Net Lease, a commercial real estate investment firm. Prior to his current role, he served as the Chief Investment Officer of Barrett-Lo Visionary Development and Chief Operating Officer of Janko Group. Prior, he was the Director of Capital Markets for the Opus Group where he was responsible for developing and leading a national capital markets capability that sources capital for current and future development/investment opportunities. For four years prior, he served as the Director of Acquisitions for Mansur & Company, where he was responsible for the implementation and operation of the commercial real estate investment platform. Figueroa earned a Bachelor’s degree from Yale University, Master of Arts in public policy and Master of Business Administration from the University of Chicago.
Scott Hendrie will continue to serve on the State Universities Retirement System Board of Trustees.* Hendrie is the Vice President of Finance & Treasury at the Carle Foundation, serving on both their Retirement Plan and Health and Welfare Committees. Hendrie is a member of the Carle Illinois College of Medicine Joint Liaison Committee and a Board Observer for Ascension Ventures IV, L.P. Prior to his tenure at Carle Health, he worked for First Busey Corporation, a financial holding company, for 15 years. Hendrie received his Bachelor of Arts from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign in Finance and Economics. Additionally, he earned his Chartered Financial Analyst charter in 1999.
WILL COUNTY METROPOLITAN EXPOSITION AND AUDITORIUM AUTHORITY
William Kent will serve on the Metropolitan Exposition and Auditorium Authority.* Kent serves as the President and Owner of three fire and flood restoration franchises: SERVPRO of Joliet, Lockport, Lemont, Homer Glen and Aurora. He grew the business from his garage with one service truck and two employees to three separate franchises that operate out of a 20,000 square foot facility with over 20 service trucks and 31 employees. Prior to running his own business, Kent served as the Program Manager of Tellabs Inc. Kent is a graduate of Bolingbrook High School.
WORKERS’ COMPENSATION COMMISSION
Roma Parikh Dalal will serve as an Arbitrator on the Workers’ Compensation Commission.* Dalal has most recently served as a Partner at Wiedner & McAuliffe, LTD where she has provided professional legal assistance, advice and counsel on workers’ compensation related matters. Before being named Partner she served Wiedner & McAuliffe as an Associate Attorney for nearly ten years. She received her Bachelor of Arts from the University of Michigan and Juris Doctor from DePaul University College of Law.
Antara Nath Rivera will serve as an Arbitrator on the Workers’ Compensation Commission.* Rivera currently serves as the Chief of General Prosecutions of the Enforcement Unit at the Illinois Department of Financial and Professional Regulation where she oversees licensures cases for a wide variety of professions. Previously she served as an Administrative Law Judge for the Arizona Office of Administrative Hearings in which she presided over cases ranging from licensure for the Arizona medical board to Social Security and Medicaid benefits. Rivera has also served in the Maricopa County Attorney’s Office as the Deputy County Attorney in the Special Victims Division, an Investigator for the Workers’ Compensation Fraud Unit for the Illinois Department of Insurance, and as an Assistant State’s Attorney for the Criminal Prosecutions Bureau of the Cook County State’s Attorney’s Office. She received her Bachelor of Arts from the University of Illinois and Juris Doctor from Western Michigan University Thomas M. Cooley Law School.
Ana Vazquez will serve as an Arbitrator on the Workers’ Compensation Commission.* Vazquez currently serves as the Assistant Attorney General in the Government Representation Division of the Workers’ Compensation Bureau within the Illinois Attorney General’s Office where she has represented the state and its people in workers’ compensation related litigation. Prior to her work for the state she served as Attorney for the Law Offices of Lawrence Wolf Levin where she also served as Law Clerk and Legal Assistant. She received her Bachelor of Arts from the University of Illinois at Chicago and her Juris Doctor from Chicago-Kent College of Law.
* Appointments pending confirmation by the Illinois Senate.
Vitas J. Mockaitis President
Michelle Lafayette Vice President
Catherine Doan Treasurer
Christine M. Jagodzinski Secretary
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