Ronald McDonald House Charities of Central Illinois Announces Executive Leadership Appointments.

1/30/2023 RMHCCI

Mark Denzler becomes Chair, Dr. Jawad Javed becomes Vice Chair.

Denzler has transitioned from Vice Chair to Chair, replacing Don Forrest, who served as the Chair for the past two years.

Dr. Jawad Javed has transitioned from Vice Treasurer to Vice Chair, replacing Mark Denzler, who served as the Vice Chair for the past two years.

“RMHCCI is focused on providing increased access to family centered care for our vast service area. Under Mark and Jawad’s leadership I am confident we will continue to experience growth and provide families with compassionate care.” - Chief Executive Officer, Amber Kaylor

“It’s an honor to help lead this amazing organization that aids families with children facing life threatening illnesses. While no parent wants to be in this situation, we want to make sure that they have the resources necessary including housing and food so that they can focus on their child’s health.” – Executive Chair, Mark Denzler

"As a physician and a member of this wonderful organization, I see firsthand the impact this organization has for our families whose children are in our Children’s Hospital. I am humbled and honored to serve as a part of this incredible, dynamic leadership team and board while we collectively work towards strengthening services and bridging the health disparity gap within our communities." – Executive Vice-Chair Dr. Jawad Javed

Executive Chair, Mark Denzler, is the President & Chief Executive Officer for the Illinois Manufacturers’ Association (IMA), a statewide advocacy organization representing nearly 4,000 member companies and facilities. Prior to the IMA, Denzler served in various posts including overseeing Illinois government affairs for State Farm Insurance. He served as director of government affairs for the IMA and was a legislative analyst in the General Assembly focusing on taxes, education, and transportation. Denzler acted as liaison for the House Republican Caucus to Governor Edgar’s Eikenberry Commission on School Funding. Denzler was appointed by Governor Pat Quinn and reappointed by Governor Bruce Rauner to the Illinois Workers’ Compensation Advisory Board. He served on the Board of Directors for the Midwest affiliate of St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital, Lincoln Public Library, Lincoln Library Foundation (President), and currently sits on the National Public Affairs Steering Committee for the National Association of Manufacturers. He was a 2015 selection as an Edgar Fellow at the University of Illinois and a graduate of the inaugural class (2015) of the Crain’s Chicago Business Leadership Academy. Denzler joined the RMHCCI board in 2018.

Vice Chair, Dr. Jawad Javed, is the Division Head and Medical Director of the Neonatal Intensive Care OSF HealthCare Children’s Hospital of Illinois. A native of the Midwest, Dr. Javed grew up in Northwest Indiana and has been a resident of the Peoria community for the past decade. He completed his pediatric residency training in Peoria, Illinois, and his neonatal fellowship at Indiana University School of Medicine. Dr. Javed is tremendously committed to newborn care and improving outcomes in this population. He has been involved in the education and research of pediatricians over the past decade both regionally and nationally. In addition, he sits on numerous faculty committees on scholarship, quality, research, and patient outcomes both at the OSF HealthCare Children’s Hospital of Illinois and the University of Illinois College of Medicine. Dr. Javed joined the RMHCCI board in 2019.