Who We Are


The Christie Foundation is governed by a dynamic and diverse board of medical professionals, business leaders, and educational professionals.

Board Members

Candace D. McGregor, MD

When Candace McGregor was 11 years old, she told her mother she would one day deliver babies. Today, Dr. McGregor is an Obstetrician/Gynecologist in Christie Clinic’s Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology where she offers care and advice for women from puberty through adulthood.

At Christie, she provides physical examinations, breast examinations, and pap smears and also helps patients with family planning decisions, birth options, and care during pregnancy, childbirth, and menopause.

Dr. McGregor received her Bachelor of Science degree in Biology from Millikin University in Decatur, Illinois, her medical degree from the University of Chicago’s Pritzker School of Medicine, and did her residency in Obstetrics/Gynecology at St. Vincent Hospital in Indianapolis, Indiana.

She calls herself a “simple country girl with a big heart” and enjoys playing piano, photography, and gardening.

Robert Holbrook
Vice Chair

Robert S. Holbrook has been with Christie Clinic since 1995 and currently holds the position of Director of Ancillary Services. Bob started his health services career at Burnham City Hospital in 1976 in the Department of Radiology and quickly rose to a management position within the department. In 1985, Bob took a position as an account executive with a major imaging equipment manufacture, managing many strategic accounts throughout the Midwest. At Christie Clinic, Bob has oversight for many departments within Christie that provide vital support to the clinical practices. He has been instrumental in developing and managing many new service lines and programs that contribute to the continued growth of Christie Clinic.

In addition to serving on the Christie Foundation board, Bob also serves as President of the Board of Directors for Family Service of Champaign County. Bob received an Associate’s degree from Parkland College and his bachelor’s degree from Eastern Illinois University.  Born and raised in Monticello, and is currently a resident of the Republic of Urbana, where he and his wife Hilary, raised two fine sons. 

Kenny Bilger
Treasurer | Chief Executive Officer, Christie Clinic

Kenny joined Christie Clinic in June 2008. In his role as CEO, he works in concert with the Board of Directors and leads the Administrative Team to set the strategic vision, implement change initiatives and direct the operations of the Clinic. Prior to assuming the role of CEO in September of 2014, Kenny was the Chief Financial Officer for Christie. He is also the Owner and CEO of Community Partners Health Plans, Inc., a Champaign-based health care services company offering comprehensive PPO network solutions, third-party administration, and general agency services to providers, payors, and employers. Kenny received his MBA from the University of Illinois and is a Certified Public Accountant.

Amy Armstrong

Amy Armstrong is a dedicated mother of four children and community advocate. Through volunteerism she works to increase awareness of disability issues. She was the driving force behind Larkin’s Place which became the foundation of the Stephens Family YMCA, a fully inclusive recreational facility in Champaign designed to support individuals and families dealing with life changing diagnoses or disabilities.

It was after the birth of her daughter, Larkin, who was diagnosed with Down syndrome and later a form of catastrophic epilepsy that Amy found her passion for helping families and individuals navigate the complex world of disability. She is a skilled public speaker and can often be found at the University of Illinois, Parkland College, or Illinois State University sharing her trial by fire life experiences with future leaders and educators.

Amy lives with her husband, Andrew, in Champaign and prides herself on her kitten-herding skills of teenage son Chase, 7-year-old Larkin, and 3-year-old twins Brin and Erin. 

Carolyn Ragsdale

Carolyn Ragsdale has been a faculty member with the Surgical Technology Program at Parkland College since 1989. A dedicated professional and advocate for students and patients, Carolyn is committed to advancing excellence in the health professions. Carolyn worked with many Christie Clinic surgeons as a surgical technologist, and now as the program director and faculty member at Parkland.

Carolyn and her husband, Mike, have three grown children and five grandchildren, and enjoy traveling, the outdoors, cycling and family time. Carolyn was raised in the Champaign-Urbana community and graduated from Parkland and then completed a Bachelor of Science and Masters of Arts degrees from Eastern Illinois and University of Illinois. Carolyn is looking forward to working with the Christie Foundation to help grant opportunities to those that want to pursue career and technical training to gain a better position in the workforce. 

Marc R. Miller
Attorney & Partner, Miller & Hendren, LLP

Marc R. Miller is an attorney and partner with Miller & Hendren, LLP. His law practice focuses on corporate, real estate, municipal, and estate planning law. He has served as President of the Crisis Nursery Board of Directors, President and Founder of the Champaign Downtown Association, President of the Champaign County Apartment Association, President of the U of I Quarterback Club, Chairperson of the Urbana Human Relations Commission, and Chairperson of the Champaign County Chamber of Commerce Zoning Committee. He is/has been a member of the Illinois Council on Aging, Ebertfest Advisory Board, ISBA Elder Law Section, Illinois Grandparents Raising Grandchildren Task Force, U of I LAS Alumni Association Board, Crisis Nursery Community Board, and Station Theatre Community Board.

Marc holds a B.A. in Economics/English from the University of Illinois at Urbana Champaign and a J.D. from Northern Illinois University. He is married to Nicole Miller and they have three children ages 8, 11, and 14.

Meghan Kluesner

Myisha Porter, MD
Department of Pediatrics, Christie Clinic

Alex Ruggieri

Ruggieri is a partner in Ramshaw Real Estate where he serves as a senior investment advisor. He has been a member of the Champaign County Association of REALTORS® for more than 40 years, specializing in Commercial and Investment sales, and holds the GRI, CCIM, CRE, and CIPS designations. Ruggieri currently serves as Chair of the Commercial Leadership Forum committee for the National Association of REALTORS, Chair of the Global Working Group for Illinois REALTORS, and is a member of the Board of Directors for Champaign county Association of REALTORS.

Ruggieri also serves on the Board of Governors for the Society of Exchange Counselors and as 2017 President of the National Council of Exchangers. He earned a Master of Business Administration degree in business and finance from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.

Abraham Kocheril

Tyler Rouse

Tyler Rouse currently serves as Executive Vice President for First Federal Savings Bank of Champaign-Urbana. Prior to becoming Executive Vice President, Tyler served as Senior Vice President of Administration and Vice President of Lending, where he was responsible for originating and underwriting various credit requests. He graduated with a degree in Communications from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, where he also earned his MBA degree in 2012.

In addition to serving on the Christie Foundation board, Tyler also serves on the board of directors for First Federal Savings Bank of Champaign-Urbana and the Illinois League of Financial Institutions. A native resident of Champaign, Tyler and his wife, Brittany, have one daughter and one son.

Jim Hall


Jenna Koss
Executive Director - Secretary

Jenna Koss has been with Christie Clinic since 2010. A passionate and energetic individual, Jenna is committed to advancing our future leaders in the health professions field. Jenna and her husband, Jason, reside in Pesotum, and enjoy traveling, the outdoors, and spending time with friends and family.

Jenna was raised in the Champaign-Urbana community and graduated from Parkland College and then completed a Bachelor of Science from Illinois State University. Jenna is looking forward to working with the Christie Foundation to help grant opportunities to those that want to pursue a healthcare career.

Laura Mann
Scholarship Program Coordinator

Laura has been Christie Clinic’s Human Resources Assistant for the last 5 years. Previous to her post with Christie, she worked in human resources with Provena Covenant Medical Center. Her work with the Christie Foundation is supported through her position with Christie Clinic.

Laura graduated from the University of Illinois with a degree in Business Administration. She brings her business background to the Christie Foundation to maintain the Foundation’s database and donor records. She also administers the Foundation’s scholarship program and enjoys watching scholarship recipients work their way through school, aided by the Foundation’s assistance, and go on to their careers in a variety of medical fields.

When Laura isn’t working with the Clinic or Foundation, she enjoys reading fiction and travelling. She is a big Illini sports fan.

Secretary Pro Tem

Sharon Duitsman
Administrative Assistant