Matt became Executive Director of HCCI in January of 2021. He is the Founder and President of Pickering & Associates and has been a health care lobbyist in Illinois for 20 years. He began his career as an assistant to David Wilhelm, the former Chair of the Democratic National Committee and President Bill Clinton’s campaign manager. Matt is a graduate of DePaul University.
Before joining HCCI, Ron served as CEO of Extended Care Consulting, which provides clinical and financial consulting for skilled nursing and rehabilitative facilities in the Midwest. Previously, Ron was Vice President of Operators for S.I.R. Management, a consultancy for skilled nursing, rehabilitative and psychiatric rehabilitation facilities.
Ron serves on the Board of Advisors for the Illinois Department of Public Health and is a member of the Regulatory Committee of the American Health Care Association.
Ron received a his undergraduate degrees in Medical Technology and Management and Behavioral Sciences from Lewis University and his Master’s degree in Human Services Administration from Spertus College.
Amanda oversees member services for HCCI. Before HCCI, Ginther worked in corporate communications, and she also worked as a grassroots organizer for candidate and issue campaigns in Oregon. Amanda has a bachelor’s degree in public relations and print journalism with a minor in communications studies from the University of Oregon and an Associate Arts degree from Portland Community College.
Michael serves as HCCI’s Vice President of Finance. He holds a bachelor’s degree in economics from the University of Colorado — Boulder. An Illinois native, Michael formerly worked as Director of Finance for S4 Group, a lobbying firm in Chicago. In his spare time, Michael enjoys spending time with his wife and five children.
Nate joined HCCI in January of 2020 as Legislative Director. Previously, Nate worked for Senate President Cullerton on Senate Legal Staff and in charge of committees and legislation involving technology, local government, elections, executive appointments and JCAR. Nate also served as the Operations Director for the Senate Democrat Caucus in 2016 and as the Deputy Political Director in 2018, overseeing ballot access, human resources and campaign field operations. Nate received his Bachelor’s Degree from Augustana College in Political Science and Philosophy, as well as a Juris Doctorate from Loyola University Chicago School of Law.
Lindsey joined HCCI in February 2022 as Communications Director. In this role, she manages media relations, social media, and internal communications. Lindsey formerly served as spokesperson for the Illinois Department of Corrections, where she was tasked with developing and implementing the Department’s communications plan in response to COVID-19. Lindsey was a member of the Association of Women Executives in Corrections, served on the agency’s social justice committee, and organized family reunification events in partnership with Congressman Danny K. Davis.
Lindsey worked in broadcast journalism as an anchor and reporter for six years before her transition to public service. She is a graduate of Illinois College in Jacksonville, Illinois where she earned her Bachelor of Science degrees in Communication & Rhetorical Studies and Elementary Education.
Lindsey is a member of the Illinois Society for Healthcare Marketing and Public Relations. She devotes much of her spare time to volunteering, specifically for organizations benefiting young people. She is Executive Director of the Miss Quincy Scholarship Program, a duly accredited preliminary competition in the Miss Illinois and Miss America Organizations.
JB is responsible for implementing initiatives and policies that are beneficial to HCCI members and those they serve. Prior to joining HCCI, JB was a legislative assistant for the House of Representatives and then served as the Deputy Director of Legislative Affairs for the Illinois Department of Human Services. He has a bachelor’s degree in Computer Science with minor coursework in Governmental Studies from the University of Illinois – Springfield and an Associate Arts degree in Political Science from Lincoln Land Community College.
Rachel is the Human Resources Director at HCCI. She has over 20 years of experience in customer service, managerial work and executive assistance. Prior to joining HCCI, Rachel served as a Legislative Assistant in the House Speaker’s Office for 3 years.
Destiny is Policy Analyst and Legislative Liaison for HCCI. Prior to joining HCCI, Destiny was a Policy and Budget Analyst in the Office of the Illinois Senate President, where she staffed multiple Senate Committees including the Financial Institutions, Public Health, Human Services, and State Government committees, respectively. Before her tenure with the Illinois Senate President’s Office, she previously worked as a Program Facility Coordinator for the Village of Glendale Heights, and as a participant of the University of Illinois Graduate Public Service Internship Program she interned as a Budget Analyst for the Illinois Department of Corrections.
Destiny is a proud member of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc. and the former Miss Black Illinois USA, where she created the Building Queens campaign to encourage young girls and women to develop self-confidence and authenticity through pageantry and personal development, during her reign. Lee received a Master of Public Administration degree from the University of Illinois Springfield and a Bachelor of Science degree in Health Administration from Eastern Illinois University.
Prior to joining HCCI in 2021, Kevin worked for the Illinois House Speaker’s legislative staff for over eight years. In that capacity, Kevin advised State Representatives from various regions of the state to craft and communicate a strategic legislative agenda to their constituents. Kevin also worked with the Democratic Party of Illinois, where he led state representative campaigns, created and implemented direct mail campaigns for multiple contested races, and assisted with opposition research. Kevin received his bachelor’s degree in Political Science from the University of Wisconsin-Madison.
Felicia Coleman joined HCCI in September of 2023 and is an accounting professional with various industry experience. She comes to us with a degree in accounting and has worked in the field since 2008 for numerous companies varying from manufacturing, law firms, and CPA firms.
During her downtime. Felicia enjoys spending time with her family doing fun activities like playing games, bike riding and watching movies.
Mary is a Senior Reimbursement Associate for HCCI. Since joining HCCI in 2012, Mary has contributed to or individually worked on a litany of policy and rulemaking issues including the Nursing Home Care Act, the SMHRF Act, and the Managed Care roll-out. Prior to working for HCCI, Mary served in the U.S. Army, in the Signal Corps. After leaving the military, Mary served in the U.S. Army Reserve, in a Medical Unit, and completed training as a Licensed Practical Nurse. Button holds a bachelor’s degree in psychology and a master’s and educational specialist degree in school psychology.