Current Board Members

Board Member Bios

Eddie Johnson III

North Co-Chair

Northeastern IL University 1997 – 2001, Northern Seminary 2017 – 2019

Englewood MRC – Unit Coordinator

Eddie Johnson III is the Executive Director and Board of Directors member at Antioch Community Social Service Agency. Mr. Johnson’s primary responsibilities include leading, developing and implementing community service and social service resources for residents in Englewood and West Englewood communities. He is also tasked with exploring community resource disparities and work with providers, government and community leadership to address inequities in underserved neighborhoods throughout the Southside of Chicago.
 
Mr. Johnson also serves as the Chairperson of the NAACP Chicago Southside Branch Community Coordination Committee.

Michael Frakes

South Co-Chair

Sangamon County Health Department

Chrissy Wasson

North Secretary

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McHenry County Medical Reserve Corps

I am the Community Resource and Equity Coordinator for the McHenry County Department of Health. I have also been the MRC Coordinator for the past 7 years. I have enjoyed working with MRCIL over the past year and look forward to the year ahead.

Lori Sondgeroth

South Secretary

Bureau, Putnam, & Marshall MRC Units

I have worked in the health field for 30 years, 18 years in the Hospital/Emergency room setting and 12 of those years in the Bureau, Putnam and Marshall County Health Department. I became involved in the MRC 2 years ago as the Unit Coordinator for Bureau, Putnam, and Marshall Counties MRC units.

Ben Thompson

Treasurer

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McHenry County Medical Reserve Corps

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Tiffany Etzel

MRC STTRONG Project Liaison

Lake County MRC

While relatively new to public health and emergency management, I was involved with the MRC response during COVID-19, MPOX and the events following the mass shooting in Highland Park. I’m excited about the new opportunities that will be available to our units as a result of the STTONG award and look forward to working with other unit leaders.

Vacant

Committee Chair

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Dawn Davis

Advisor- MRC State Coordinator

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I am the State Coordinator for Illinois Medical Reserve Corps (MRC) program which is as nationally
federally funded program under the Administration for Strategic Preparedness and Response that is part
of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. I have been the State Coordinator since 2009 and I
proudly enjoy working with collaborating partners that help others because it is the right thing to do. My
educational and clinical background is a Registered Nurse (R.N.) with my Master of Nursing (MSN)
specializing as a Clinical Nurse Specialist (CNS) in Nephrology.


I am a proud registered volunteer for the Cook County Department of Public Health MRC organization. My
current position under the Illinois Department of Public Health Office of Preparedness and Response is the
State MRC Volunteer Coordinator since 2009. I have been honored and fortunate enough to work with the
MRC program since I have been in this position. It has been a pleasure to serve and advocate for the MRC
program in Illinois and nationwide supporting all public health and local emergency responses.

State Coordinator

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