About Us

IM AWARE is an advisory  council for The Osher Center for Integrative Medicine at Northwestern Medicine (“the Osher Center”). The Council’s vision is to help Integrative Medicine become everyone’s everyday medicine and to raise awareness, provide guidance, and contribute funds in support of the Osher Center.

Meet the Council Members! Touch a picture for information.


Jim Karas

  • Council Chairperson
  • Bestselling author and Lifestyle Expert
  • Owner of Jim Karas Personal Training with locations in Chicago and New York
  • Became sold on integrative medicine after seeing the success it brought to him and his clients

Leah Bostrom

  • Certified health coach and group fitness instructor
  • Founder of Chia Leah health coaching & nutrition education in Wilmette
  • Leah learned firsthand how adding in more healthy choices can transform one's life. She is passionate about educating others about resources for holistic wellness.

Fabrice Braunrot

  • Vice Chairman of Private Banking, J.P. Morgan
  • Strongly believes that Integrative Medicine has much to add in our search for health and wellness

Tara DeMarco

  • Wellness consultant for individuals and businesses seeking integrative health and wellness expertise
  • Formerly worked as Clinical Operations Director at the Osher Center for Integrative Medicine at UC San Francisco
  • Passionate about IM's multidisciplinary, whole person approach to health promotion, disease management, and prevention

Laura Flynn

  • Principal, LCF Consulting, LLC;  independent clinical research consultant and medical writer
  • Holistic Health and Nutrition Counselor; happily practicing and educating people interested in living a mindful journey toward overall better health

Paul Heiselmann

  1. National Managing Partner at BDO USA LLP
  2. Practicing yogi for decades
  3. Emphasizes that integrative wellness includes not just mind, body and spirit, but also financial health

Avanti Kumar-Singh

  • Author whose works have been featured in the Huffington Post
  • Formerly a physician, she is currently a member of Upwave.com’s review board

Lori Lyman

  • Real Estate Broker-Baird & Warner, formerly President, The Lyman Group, Landscape Architectural services
  • Recognizes that healthy and inspiring indoor and outdoor environments contribute to integrative medicines goal of achieving optimal well being for both mind and body

Karen Malkin

  • Integrative Health and Lifestyle Practitioner
  • Board certified Holistic Health Coach
  • Eating Psychology Teacher

Diane Meagher

  • Founder of the event management company, Diane Meagher Events, Inc.
  • Board member, Laurie Children’s Hospital

Elizabeth Pruett

  • Believes that by addressing one’s whole health one can lead a healthier lived life

Brett Rentmeester

  • Founder, WindRock Wealth Management
  • Believes Integrative Medicine can fundamentally change healthcare towards disease prevention from disease treatment

Kanwar Singh

  • Co-head, UBS Chicago Wealth Management

Aaron Underwood

  • Software author, President of Underwood Innovations
  • Credits Integrative Medicine for keeping his Diabetes in check
 

Molly Vaile

  1. Head of Midwest Region Events Team, Vice President at J.P. Morgan Private Bank
  2. Passionate that medicine should revolve around the whole body

Tracy Ward

  • Managing Principal, TCS Group, a family investment office
  • Believes IM's whole person approach empowers patients and results in better health outcomes

Meredith Wood-Prince

  • Editor, Chicago Scout Guide


Benefits of Joining IM AWARE

• Stay informed about the latest developments in Integrative Medicine and learn better ways to take care of yourself and your family
• Attend informative events with noted experts like Andrew Weil, MD
• Help extend the reach of Integrative Medicine into underserved communities
• Know that you’re helping fund vital research and educational opportunities for medical students and interns

Council Member Leadership Responsibilities

• Leverage personal connections, professional networks and resources to achieve the Osher Center’s mission
• Attend at least 75% of the 4 to 6 council meetings held each year
• Give or get $5,000 per fiscal year
• Members are appointed for a three-year term of service
• Members wishing to commit to a give or get of at least $10,000 per fiscal year, may be designated a Sustaining Member and will not be required to participate actively on council or committee work

Executive Council Members Responsibilities

• Lead one of the committee groups listed below
• Give or get at least $10,000 per fiscal year
• Provide leadership to overarching council

Council Committees

Committees are where much of the council’s work gets done, and council members (with the exception of Sustaining Members) are expected to be active participants in one or more of these groups. Committees may change from time to time as the council and Center evolve. Examples of Committees include:

Membership Committee
• Assess the skills needed on the council and recruit new council members or committee members who may eventually become council members. Follow up with candidates and Center leadership throughout the interview process.

Events Committee
• Take the lead in organizing outreach efforts, such as chairing a dinner/dance committee, speaker events or hosting fundraising parties
• Be responsible for involving all council members in fundraising, such as having council members make telephone calls to ask for support
• Monitor fundraising efforts to be sure that ethical practices are in place, that donors are acknowledged appropriately and that fundraising efforts are cost-effective

Marketing/Website Committee
• Maintains Council’s mission, vision, website, brand and image

Clinical Growth Committee
• Assist the Center with challenges related to the rapidly increasing demand for Integrative Medicine by making recommendations for further programming and efficiencies

Corporate Sponsorship Committee
• Pursue and receive corporate sponsorships for the Osher Center and manage corporate relationships with external organizations

Secretary
• Maintain the calendar of council meetings and events
• Send invitations and track attendance
• Manage the meeting agendas and minutes

Council Member Appointments

If you would like to join our Council, please click here to contact us and express your interest!