Board Members

Don Kalish

Don is a CPA and has over 40 years of financial and accounting expertise in executive positions. He is currently the Assistant Vice President of Finance and Controller at Rush Copley Medical Center and recently held positions as the Treasurer of the Montgomery Economic Development Corporation and as an officer on the Board of A Man in Recovery Foundation. He has also held key financial management positions at Norwegian American Hospital, Bank One, and Montgomery Ward.

Don has four sons and was very actively involved in coaching and running youth sport organizations for more than 20 years and held positions on the boards of the Naperville Little League Baseball and Naperville Youth Basketball Association. He was awarded the Distinguished Service Award for Youth & Family by the Naperville Jaycees in 2001. Don became aware of Tim Ryan and his A Man in Recovery Foundation in early 2016 and then several months later tragically lost his youngest son, Randy, to an accidental fentanyl overdose. Inspired by Tim’s work, Don joined the AMIRF Board and worked with his son, Cliff, to obtain over $23,000 in donations for AMIRF at the 2017 Naperville Half Marathon and 5K Run. After working with Tim and his foundation for 10 months, Don reached out to PATH to help them in their goal of establishing a resource center to help guide families and addicts through the recovery process.

Leslie Kawar
Vice President

Leslie resides in Naperville, is married and has three children. She joined PATH when one of her sons showed evidence of opioid addiction. She has since become very active in the group, organizing fundraisers and building relationships with community treatment centers. She is focused on the need to support those affected by addiction through information sharing, education and recovery tools. Leslie has successfully completed the SMART Recovery Training Program and looks forward to facilitating meetings.

Elisa Henley

Elisa was one of the founding members of PATH and has been a board member/officer since 2014.  She currently resides in Naperville with her husband and has 2 sons. Her family has been plagued for many generations by the disease of addiction. Her involvement in PATH has given her the tools necessary to cope and flourish.

Shirley Klupchak

Shirley has extensive experience as a licensed CPA; her practice focuses on the preparation of federal and state tax returns for individuals, partnerships, and trusts. Prior to establishing her own accounting practice in 1986, Shirley was associated with the public accounting firm of Arthur Young & Company in Chicago and the corporate offices of Dart & Kraft, Inc. in Northbrook, IL.

Ms. Klupchak graduated with highest distinction and honors from the University of Iowa. She received an MBA in finance and accounting from Northwestern University’s Kellogg School in 1980 and a master’s in taxation from Northern Illinois University in 2007.

Shirley has served in a variety of volunteer roles at Naperville Central High School where her three sons were involved in football, basketball and lacrosse. She is also a past treasurer of the Wheaton Junior Woman’s Club. 

Christopher W. Crank, PharmD, MS, BCPS

Chris Crank is the Executive Vice President of the Illinois Council of Health-System Pharmacists (ICHP), the Illinois affiliate of the American Society of Health-System Pharmacists. Prior to joining ICHP in August 2020, Chris held roles in clinical practice and leadership within the Rush University System for Health. He received his Doctor of Pharmacy degree at the University of Iowa and a master’s degree in Health-System Management at Rush University. In addition, he completed an Internal Medicine residency with the St. Louis College of Pharmacy, and he is a Board Certified Pharmacotherapy Specialist. Throughout Chris’ career he has worked to balance his efforts on clinical practice, pharmacy administration and operations, research, organizational involvement, and education. He has published more than 20 peer reviewed articles in the medical literature, received Preceptor of the Year awards from Purdue University and Midwestern University, and is a past recipient of the ICHP President’s Award. Chris is an advocate for the optimal use of prescription medications, increasing access to medication-assisted treatment, and overdose reversal medications.

Eddie Bedford

Eddie is the Naperville Township Supervisor for Du Page County. His responsibilities include the director of Township General and Emergency Assistance Fund, Township Treasurer and director of all other programs that meets the mission of township governance which includes senior services and townships ordinances.

Eddie had a significant role in the development of No Other Way (NOW); a social and physical activity program developed through the Naperville Park District for junior high youth. Eddie was also a founding member of the Diversity Parents Association (DPA), a parenting group seeking a diversified staff and curriculum in District 203. He is Past President of the Midwest District for the American Alliance of Health, Physical Education, Recreation, and Dance. Eddie also hosted two national conferences for the Negro Leagues Committee of the Society for American Baseball Research.

Eddie’s early teaching career includes teaching K-5 Elementary Physical Education, middle and high school coaching for Naperville District 203 for 13 years. In 1989 Eddie accepted a teaching position at Eastern Michigan University and retired 23 years later from his weekly commute to Eastern Michigan. While teaching and supervising student teachers, he developed the only accredited course in the nation devoted solely to Negro League Baseball History. He is also an adjunct lecturer at North Central College. 

Michael Moran

Michael Moran has worked in the field of substance use disorder treatment and prevention in a variety of roles since 1981. He has a Master’s degree in Clinical Psychology from Roosevelt University and is a Certified Advanced Alcohol and Drug Abuse Counselor (CAADC) in the State of Illinois. He is currently employed as a full-time instructor in the Human Services Program at Waubonsee Community College. In that role he serves as the coordinator of the accredited Alcohol and Other Drug Abuse Counselor Training Programs, preparing students for careers as substance use disorder treatment professionals.

Prior to his employment at the college he served for 17 years as the Executive Director at Breaking Free, Inc., an outpatient treatment and prevention agency located in Aurora, IL. He has also served in a variety of clinical, supervisory and staff development roles at both outpatient and residential treatment settings in Illinois. He has also served as a volunteer for a number of nonprofit organizations, including Prevention First, IAODAPCA, the DuPage Prevention Partnership, DuPage MISA consortium and currently with PATH. Mike and his wife currently reside in Wheaton Illinois.

Cheryl Ipema

Cheryl has 40 plus years of healthcare experience in both the clinical and management arenas. She currently is the Director of Clinical Integration and Quality at Rush Copley Medical Center and is an active member of the Kane County Opioid Task Force and the Kane County Behavioral Health Council. Cheryl has a vast knowledge of community and healthcare resources, which along with her team, are used to connect patients and family to post-acute services with the hopes of improving the quality of life for the individual and the health of the community.

Matthew Arnold

Matt is an attorney working in the Chicagoland area with over 25 years of experience in healthcare industry including mental health, privacy and transactional laws for healthcare systems, hospitals, clinics, physicians and physician groups. He also has a diverse background in insurance law, licensing and federal regulatory requirements. Matt is a partner at Hughes Socol Piers Resnick & Dym, ltd.