Meet the Board of Directors
Richard Heim is a 25-year resident of Lombard. He was elected to the school board in April 2009 and re-elected in April 2013. Heim is president of Advocate South Suburban Hospital. Rich earned a bachelor’s degree from Loras College in Dubuque, Iowa and a Master of Business Administration (MBA) degree from Lewis University in Romeoville. He and his wife have four children. Heim is past president of the Glenbard East Athletic Booster Club, Board Member of Midwest Center for Day Surgery in Downers Grove and former Board Member for the Lombard Chamber of Commerce. “I have been around the YH4L program for a number of years. As a High School Board President and a father, I believe that saving just one life is worth every screening that this organization does. I am proud to serve on the Board for YH4L to continue this life-saving work.”
Bob spent his entire business career in the field of finance. After graduating from the University of Wisconsin in 1966 with an MBA, Bob joined the Continental Bank in Chicago. He eventually became a member of the Bank’s Stock Selection Committee responsible for investing over $3 billion in common stocks. In 1985, Bob co-founded HOLT Value Associates, a financial consulting firm advising money managers around the globe. In 2002, HOLT was sold to Credit Suisse, one of the largest investment banking firms in the world. Bob officially retired from Credit Suisse in 2009 and immediately formed a Durable Medical Equipment (DME) company called Go STEADY® which provides innovative products (canes and crutches) for the physically challenged. Bob believes saving the life of one person makes the YH4L Cardiac Screening Program worthwhile. Receiving a favorable EKG reading also provides “Peace of Mind” for the healthy participants.
Bob grew up in Birmingham, Michigan and attended DePauw University in Greencastle, Indiana where he graduated with a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Psychology. He then obtained a Masters Degree in Business from Wayne State University. Banking was his profession for many years until retirement. For ten years he was a member of the Board of Directors of Good Samaritan Hospital in Downers Grove (Chairman the last two years), and prior to that he was a member of the Board of Directors of Christ Hospital in Oak Lawn. He currently is a member of the Board of Directors of Commerce Bank of Tucson, and Chairman of the Audit Committee. In his spare time he enjoys playing golf and reading historical novels. A good friend suggested he get involved with YH4L several years ago and he is now on their board. His wife Betsy and daughter Jennifer Madison have enjoyed helping with the heart screenings at several area high schools. The Holland/Madison families help sponsor the screenings at Downers Grove South High School.
James R. Russ
James Russ attended Marquette University, Milwaukee, WI and received a Bachelor of Science Degree in Finance and Economics, in 1960. He continued his education at the University of Chicago Graduate School with a School of Business Certificate, 1968 and attended Stonier Graduate School of Banking. He dedicated his professional career to the banking industry serving as President, CEO & Chairman of the Board for the National Bank, Downers Grove for over thirty-four years before retiring in 2012. He also contributed his service to various Board of Directors roles for community organizations such as Access DuPage, Midwest Heart Foundation, EHS, Good Samaritan Club, Joliet Diocese, Metro Computer Center, Inc., Downers Grove Chamber of Commerce, Benedictine University, and Indian Boundary YMCA. James is a current board member for Advocate Good Samaritan Hospital and for Young Hearts for Life. He is married to Judy Russ for 56 years and has 3 children, 14 grandchildren and 2 great-grandchildren. He believes young people are the future of this country. Saving young lives is protecting the future of this nation and among the most rewarding efforts he has been involved in.
Advocate Health Care, President of Physician and Ambulatory Services President, Advocate Medical Group. Before becoming president of Advocate Medical Group, Dr. James Dan served as chair of the Advocate Good Samaritan Hospital Governing Council, medical director of Advocate Home Health Care, and president of Good Samaritan Hospital Medical Staff. He was also president of the DuPage Medical Group and chair of Access DuPage, a program assuring access to care for the uninsured. Dr. Dan graduated from Providence College summa cum laude. He went on to hear his M.D., Alpha Omega Alpha, from Loyola Stritch School of Medicine and completed in an internal medicine residency at Loyola University Hospital. Dr. Dan is board certified in internal medicine and geriatric medicine. He practiced medicine for over 26 years and is a Society Fellow in the American College of Physicians.