Sally Metzler, PH.D. Chair

Sally Metzler, Ph.D., Hektoen Board member and Associate Editor of the Hektoen International online journal of Medical Humanities, is an Art Historian & Professor, Curator, and Museum professional in the United States and abroad. She holds a Ph.D. in Art & Archaeology from Princeton University and has taught at Loyola University Chicago and Northwestern University. She has over twenty-five years of museum experience, most recently at New York’s Metropolitan Museum of Art where she curated an international loan exhibition and wrote the exhibition catalogue published by Yale Press. Additional museum engagements: the National Gallery of Art (Washington DC); Martin D’Arcy Museum of Medieval, Renaissance and Baroque Museum (Loyola University Chicago); the Cummer Museum of Art & Gardens; the Field Museum; and the Alte and Neue Pinakothek, in Munich Germany. She is currently Director of Art Collection, Union League Club Chicago, where she is an active participant in the art community, creating exhibitions and serving as an art Juror. Currently, she is first-Vice President of the Luminarts Cultural Foundation.

William e. Richards Vice chair

William E. Richards, Hektoen Board Member, is President of North Star Family Office, Chicago. Prior to joining North Star, he founded BNR Partners, LLC, Family Office – a multifamily office (1.5 billion of Assets under Administration and/Investment Management). He has experience in trust and estate administration, and financial planning experience at Continental Illinois National Bank, LaSalle National Bank and American National Bank/Bank One N.A., where he specialized in coordinating and managing the delivery of a broad range of financial services to many of the bank’s most important clients. Bill received a Bachelor of Arts from Carroll University, an MBA from Keller Graduate School, a certificate in Ranch Management from King Ranch Institute for Ranch Management at Texas A & M University and is a Certified Financial Planner (CFP). He is the current president of The Luminarts Cultural Foundation and is a past board member of the Chicago Engineers Foundation, Treasurer of the Institute of Clinical Social Work, Treasurer of the Union League Chicago and Business Advisory Council at Carroll University in Waukesha, Wisconsin.

courtney AvERy, MPH

Courtney Avery, MPH, has over 30 years of experience in healthcare administration, management consulting, and public affairs. Her mission is to improve the health of the public, and eliminate social disparities – the root of many negative health problems. Currently, she is the Administrator for the Illinois Health Facilities and Services Review Board, a public board which implements the Health Facilities Planning Act. She promotes the development of comprehensive health care delivery systems that assures the availability of quality health care facilities and medical equipment to the public, and addresses the issues of community need and financing. In addition, she ensures that changes to the Certificate of Need process are implemented effectively. Because of this specialized talent, in 2020, under Courtney’s leadership, HFSRB successfully approved over $3billion in healthcare construction and improvement projects. Courtney is a Senior Consultant with Culloton + Bauer Luce, a boutique public affairs firm specializing in corporate reputation, issues management, and crisis communications.

Courtney serves as a Board of Director for The Institute of Medicine of Chicago (IOMC) and the Hektoen Institute of Medicine. She is a longtime active member of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc., embracing their focus of women’s healthcare, wellness and global impact.


Stephanie Nora is a seasoned executive who has provided strategic counsel and communications training services at the highest organizational levels throughout WPNT Ltd.’s 20-year history.  She is the managing partner of WPNT’s Ltd.’s Chicago and San Francisco offices. She has served clients in the asset management, fintech, biotech, business consulting, healthcare, airline and manufacturing fields. Her career began with Donahue and Good Morning America. Afterward, Stephanie spent more than six years as a television news reporter and producer at network affiliates and at Tribune Broadcasting. Later she was tapped to serve as head of public affairs and chief spokesperson for a multi-billion dollar Rocky Mountain tourism industry.  Prior to founding WPNT Ltd., she was vice president for a Chicago communications consulting firm. Stephanie lectures at USC Marshall School of Business, Northwestern University’s Integrated Marketing Communications graduate program and at DePaul University.  She has authored articles for, Fast Company, Business Insider, Entrepreneur, Disaster Recovery Journal and is a regular contributor to CEOWorld. Stephanie is a graduate of the University of Southern California in Los Angeles and has completed MBA course work at Loyola University Chicago.

Edward Warro

Edward Warro, Hektoen International Board member, is the Founding Director of the Qatar National Library, a massive complex designed by Rem Koolhaus and a hallmark of Education City in Doha, Qatar.  The Qatar National Library is a major cultural center for the State of Qatar and celebrated its grand opening in 2018.  Previously, Mr. Warro served as Dean of Libraries at Northeastern University in Boston and Dean of Libraries and Museums at Loyola University Chicago. In addition to his work in Qatar, he has extensive international experience overseeing Loyola Chicago Rome Center Library, consulting in Uzbekistan and Kyrgyzstan and working with UNESCO and the United States Library of Congress on the World Digital Library.   He earned his BA at Dartmouth College and his Master of Library and Information Science at Simmons College in Boston. His expertise embraces project management, digital information initiatives, and design and construction of cultural institutions.


Kathleen M. Weber, MS has been a Trustee for the non-profit Hektoen Institute of Medicine for the past 20 years and is a co-founder of Hektoen’s Trauma, Health Equity, and Neurobiology education program. As part of a 25-year funded National Institute of Health research initiative, Kathleen directs an expanding multidisciplinary program of HIV & COVID research with a focus on women for Chicago’s Cook County Health System, one of the largest public health systems in the United States. Kathleen has studied health systems in the U.S, China, & Western Europe and draws upon her clinical, research, and administrative expertise to bring together and work with talented people in hopes of finding new and creative ways to solve old and emerging problems that impact the physical, mental and social health of all people but especially those most vulnerable.

Homan Wong

Homan Wong is an architect with over 35 years of experience. He is the President of Dearborn Architects in the Chicago Loop. For more than two decades, his firm provided excellent design services and real estate development consulting to clients in Chicago, the Midwest and internationally. In 1990 he moved to Chicago to join the firm of Skidmore, Ownings and Merrill. He was one of a handful of architects who traveled to Asia to take advantage of the construction boom for skyscrapers in China and across Asia. As the result of this early work in China, he established a network of valuable business contacts pivotal to the successful launch of a sourcing company for building materials and apparel in 2020.

His firm offers project management construction management, and owner representation services in addition to traditional design services for commercial, industrial, corporate, institutional and hospitality projects. Over the years, the firm won awards for the Central Area Plan for Chicago, historic preservation awards for the Evans Scholarship House and the Kappa Kappa Gamma Sorority House at Northwestern University.

Homan Wong is a Vice President of Chicago Chinatown Chamber of Commerce. He serves on many committees, building member engagement and advancing the mission of the Chamber. During the Covid-19 pandemic, he committed time and resources to support other activities such as community outreach, meal deliveries to frontline workers, and emergency food distribution which continues today.

Homan graduated from the University of Texas at Arlington with a Masters of Architecture in 1985. He began his career at the architecture firm of Hellmuth, Obata & Kassabaum in Dallas where he worked on large scale commercial projects in the US and the UK.