Leadership that Changes the World

Leadership that Changes the World

“Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, committed citizens can change the world; indeed, it’s the only thing that ever has.”

Margaret Mead

The Illinois Chiropractic Society Board of Directors and other key ICS leaders met last month to find creative ways to advance the chiropractic profession in Illinois. As in previous years, the 2019 session was very productive. In fact, previous leadership planning sessions resulted in these very successful ICS initiatives:

  • Development of the patient-focused HealthierIllinois.com,
  • Formation of an Independent Physicians Association (Natural First IPA),
  • Creation of the patient-centric “What Does a Full Life Look Like?” advertisement (https://youtu.be/_T1RjO1CrtA),
  • Addition of chiropractic benefits to employer plans across Illinois (22,500+ covered lives),
  • Addition of a member’s only health care insurance option,
  • Stronger presence on chiropractic college campuses,
  • Development of MD Aware program, and
  • Much more.

After reviewing the overall successes and challenges from the last several years, the leadership team charted the course for the coming years. After considerable brainstorming, discussion, refining, and action, your leaders are continuing to:

  • Push for ways to open doors to chiropractic care for our youthful population, through patient education, and by creating professional unity;
  • Pursuing ways to increase the availability of standards and board certifications;
  • Equipping ICS members with appropriate materials to help improve trust with both patients and other providers; and
  • Demonstrating the value of chiropractic care through all these efforts to other providers, the public, and legislators which will result in full, clear, and continued acceptance of the chiropractic profession.

Join me in thanking our volunteer leaders for both their work in the past and for their ongoing efforts. It is only because of forward-thinking purposeful leadership that we continue to see progress for the chiropractic profession and our patients.

ICS Leadership Team

President: Dr. John Panopoulos

Immediate Past President: Dr. Timothy Bertelsman

First Vice President: Dr. Vijay Patel

Second Vice President: Dr. David Flatt

Secretary: Dr. Erin Ducat

Treasurer: Dr. Julie Bird

Directors at Large:

  • Dr. Eric Lukosus
  • Dr. Scott Fladland
  • Dr. David Perns
  • Dr. Brandon Steele

Chicago District President: Dr. Mary Huffman

Northern District President: Dr. Jordan Leasure

Central District President: Dr. Kimberly Sheppard

Southern District President: Dr. Craig Revermann

Other Key Planning Committee Members:

  • Dr. Robert Zoboski
  • Dr. Rob Greggory
  • Dr. Khong Lamvichit
  • Dr. Erika Mennerick
  • Dr. Elizabeth Paunicka
  • Dr. Vince Roberts

About Author

Marc Abla, CAE

Marc Abla began working at the Illinois Chiropractic Society in 2002 and became the Executive Director in 2008. He brings his extensive financial, administrative and association experience to the ICS. He is a Certified Association Executive and a graduate of the Certified Leadership Series through the Illinois Society of Association Executives. Additionally, he is a member of the Illinois Society of Association Executives, the American Society of Association Executives, Association Forum, Congress of Chiropractic State Associations, and the American Chiropractic Association.


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