Features Region: Midwest

Carla Gazes – University of Chicago Medical Center

Est. reading time: 5 mins

When Carla Gazes became a licensed foster parent in 2012, she knew that meant she could be entrusted with a child from anywhere in the state of Illinois. What she didn’t expect was to receive a child from her own workplace. Gazes is a senior associate general counsel at the University of Chicago Medical Center. […]

Ashley Kuruvilla – Woodland Direct

Est. reading time: 4 mins

Growing up, Ashley Kuruvilla only knew of one type of lawyer: the typical litigators portrayed on television. She watched those TV attorneys working the courtroom, withstanding fast-moving counterarguments from opposing counsel and pointed questions from the judge. But Kuruvilla couldn’t see herself in that adversarial role. However, she realized toward the end of her college […]

Susan Baker – Community Health Care

Est. reading time: 5 mins

Susan Baker has watched Community Health Care grow from a two-person office in Canal Fulton, Ohio, to an independent medical practice with 18 office locations, 30 physicians, 24 nurse practitioners, nearly two dozen additional licensed professionals and more than 80,000 patients. A registered nurse before she was an attorney, Baker shared with CHC’s founder, Dr. […]

Robby McGarry – Kindeva Drug Delivery

Est. reading time: 5 mins

Patients never like it when a trusted medical product is replaced by something different, but that’s about to happen to many inhalers on the market. Kindeva Drug Delivery, a leading manufacturer of pressurized metered dose inhalers, is preparing to phase out inhalers that rely on HFA-based propellants. Patients aren’t the only ones seeing changes; Kindeva’s […]

Kami L. Holmes – Grinnell Mutual

Est. reading time: 5 mins

It’s far from a pleasant memory, but as Kami L. Holmes acknowledges, much about litigation is not pleasant. The parents across the table had just lost a young son, and this would be Holmes’ first mediation involving a fatality as a member of the Grinnell Mutual legal team. The grief-stricken parents displayed photos of him […]

Rebecca Fayed – R1 RCM

Est. reading time: 4 mins

Rebecca Fayed was an early expert on healthcare data privacy. As she was writing her master’s thesis on genetic privacy in 1998, the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act—which generally prohibits healthcare organizations from using or disclosing patient information without the patient’s authorization—had recently become law, but its regulations had not yet been enacted. “I […]

Chris Zirke – Roundstone Insurance

Est. reading time: 5 mins

When Jane Smith launched her tech services and consulting firm five years ago, she knew she had the contacts and expertise to develop the business and provide innovative solutions to customers across a breadth of industries. She was right, but as her company grew, she faced the additional and difficult challenge of providing health insurance […]

Cassie Marka – Bell Bank

Est. reading time: 5 mins

So, what’s in a name? A lot when it’s the identity of the almost 10-year-old daughter of Cassie Marka and her husband, Bill. A willow is strong enough to bend, and that’s the name of their little girl. Willow was diagnosed in utero with Hypoplastic Left Heart Syndrome. She has half a heart and wouldn’t […]

Anne Sherwood – Xcel Energy

Est. reading time: 5 mins

The Rocky Mountain State’s high on a carbon-free future. In 2019 Colorado’s lawmakers mandated that by 2030, utilities reduce emissions by 80 percent compared to 2005 levels. Eighty percent of electricity must then come from such clean energies as wind, solar and batteries with Old King Coal dethroned as the primary power source. For Xcel […]

Richard Bragg – Banner Engineering

Est. reading time: 5 mins

A store is advertising a deal on a combination of two flat edible substrates flanking substantially protein-based contents—or, put far more simply, a sandwich. Phrasing like this is confusing, yet it often appears in trademark and patent filings, says Richard Bragg, who’s been practicing law and handling such filings for over two decades. “It’s one […]


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Spring III 2023



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