Caring Arts


Board Members
They have a variety of backgrounds and their own personal reasons for serving, but each member of our board has a few things in common: a personal experience with cancer, involvement with the arts and generosity in terms of their time, expertise and commitment to Caring Arts Foundation.


“Thank you for pulling together the collage workshop on short notice. We were so pleased with how it went and loved seeing the beautiful art that was made. Our administrator and head nurse both commented on how impressed they were. I hope we can do  more together.”

— Sarah Conning
Social Worker, Radiation Oncology
University of Chicago Medicine

Phil Balsano, President    
During the late 1970’s, as keyboardist with the group Tantrum, Mr. Balsano recorded three albums and composed the group’s single releases. The band toured the U.S. and recorded ads for Pepsi, Zenith and Wrigley. Escape Music released a double compilation CD of the Tantrum catalogue in August 2005. In 1982, Mr. Balsano composed “Too Late” for Shawn Christopher reaching Billboard’s R&B Top 40. In 1984, Mr. Balsano’s song “A Child’s Eyes” was featured on the MDA Telethon and performed on the StarSearch TV show. In 1990, Mr. Balsano joined Ameritech Cellular, directing their quality assurance and fraud prevention efforts. In 2001, Mr. Balsano served as director of business development for StartSampling, Inc., establishing audio books and music as viable consumer samples for delivery on-line to the company’s one million members. Phil later joined Houghton Mifflin Company where he was employed in corporate treasury as director of credit and collections. In 2009, Mr. Balsano joined LTD Commodities as director of credit and collections, where he oversees a team of 70 staff responsible for financial, fraud prevention and quality assurance activities. Phil continues to write and produce music. He is a survivor of prostate cancer and lives in Naperville with his wife, Gail, and their son, Max.

  Phil Balsano
Felicia Hudson    
Felicia Hudson is a freelance copywriter and journalist. Her experience includes writing for newspapers and trade publications such as the Chicago Tribune, Wisconsin State Journal, Isthmus and Credit Union Management magazine, in addition to creating marketing, internal and corporate communications copy.  Her professional background includes employment at Tribune Media Services, SmithBucklin, the Center for Health Enhancement Systems Studies at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, The Art Institute of Chicago, and the Credit Union Executives Society (CUES).  Felicia is owner of Hudson Creative Copy, Chicago and has a Bachelor of Arts in Journalism from the University of Wisconsin-Madison. She is a foodie who loves good wine, travel, cooking, reading, and the arts.
  Felicia Hudson
John Weigand, Treasurer    
John is product manager for Discover Financial Services' networks division. Prior to joining Discover Financial Services, he was a senior business manager for 24 years in the Government Radio Systems Division of Motorola, Inc. John has a Master of Business Administration degree from Benedictine University, a Bachelor of Arts in European history from North Central College and is certified to teach high school. He lives in Buffalo Grove and is father of two adult sons and two daughters. When not umping a local ball game, watching softball, or at the ice rink with his daughters, John enjoys golf, gardening, travel and a good book.    
Joseph M. Gagliardo    
Mr. Gagliardo is the managing partner of Laner, Muchin, Dombrow, Becker, Levin and Tominberg, Ltd., and chair of its litigation department. He has counseled and represented employers in a range of employment matters for more than 30 years. Since joining the firm as a partner in 1988, Mr. Gagliardo has been counsel to publicly and privately held corporations, including The Trump Organization, and has represented public sector employers, including the State of Illinois, State Treasurer, State's Attorney for Cook County, Cook County Public Defender, City of Chicago, CTA, CHA, Chicago Board of Education, and City Colleges of Chicago. Mr. Gagliardo has been voted one of the Top 100 Attorneys in Illinois in Chicago Magazine’s poll for 6 years running. He has received the highest Martindale-Hubbell Peer Review Rating for ethical standards and legal ability, and numerous awards, including the Peacemaker and Humanitarian Award from the Joint Civic Committee of Italian Americans. Mr. Gagliardo is a past president of the Chicago Chapter of the Federal Bar Association and the Justinian Society of Lawyers. He has also served as a member of the Illinois State Bar Association's Assembly, and as chair of its Rule and Bylaws Committee. Mr. Gagliardo has also been active in many community organizations. He is a past president of the Joint Civic Committee of Italian Americans, and has served as a director of Windows of Opportunity and of Age Options, organizations dedicated to connecting public and assisted housing residents or senior citizens with resources and options for care, so that they can live their lives to the fullest. Mr. Gagliardo is also active with Chicago United, an organization that supports sustainable diversity in business. Joe received his J.D. from The John Marshall Law School, Chicago and a B.S. in Commerce from DePaul University, where he graduated with high honors. Joe grew up in the Wrigleyville neighborhood of Chicago. In addition to his formidable legal skills, he is also a long time rock musician. Joe continues to live in the area with his wife, a breast cancer survivor, and son.   Joe Gagliardo
Janine Gauthier Mullady, PhD    
Dr. Janine Gauthier Mullady is a licensed clinical health psychologist specializing in psychosocial oncology. Her clinical work is focused on the emotional and psychosocial aspects of cancer treatment and survivorship. She served as the Director of the Cancer Integrative Medicine Program and Psychosocial Oncology at Rush University Medical Center for more than 10 years. In that position she worked with oncology patients either when they were undergoing treatment or in the post treatment survivorship period, as well as with their family members. Dr. Gauthier completed her PhD in Clinical Health Psychology from University of North Texas. Following a Cancer Prevention and Control fellowship at the University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston, she completed a clinical fellowship at Rush University Medical Center in Chicago. She has presented to many organizations including the Lymphoma Research Foundation, Leukemia and Lymphoma Society, and others. She enjoys the opportunity to educate on the importance of caring for our mind, body and spirit. Dr. Gauthier Mullady currently has her own practice with Life Reset Solutions of Chicago, where she delivers a groundbreaking combination of integrative and traditional approaches to help individuals find their path to becoming their healthiest self (physically, emotionally and spiritually). Her favorite quote is “It is not how the winds blow but how you set your sail.”
  Terry Spencer Hesser
Barbara Weigand, Secretary    
Barbara was a magazine illustrator prior to joining the Chicago Tribune's marketing and promotion dept. as a graphic designer in 1976. She later moved to Tribune Company’s corporate communications division, responsible for production of shareholder communications. Barbara returned to the paper as design director for consumer brand campaigns, business-to-business advertising, special events promotion and internal communications for all Tribune employees. Barbara’s department also created marketing materials for other Tribune companies, including brand development for CLTV and print materials for Tribune Broadcasting, Chicago Cubs and WGN Radio. Her award-winning staff created print promos for many Tribune Entertainment TV shows, including “The Geraldo Rivera Show,” and the popular sci-fi hit “Gene Roddenberry’s Earth: Final Conflict.” Barbara left Tribune in 2003 and launched a popular restaurant, La Piazza, in Forest Park. In its first year, La Piazza was chosen as one of the Top 10 Best New Restaurants in Chicago. Barbara is currently the owner of ArtsWarrior, which manages and markets local bands and musicians. She has been a board member and program manager for the Foundation since 2000.  In 2011 she was recipient of the Cook County Women’s Commission’s Heroine Award, in recognition of her work with Caring Arts. She lives in Oak Park with her husband, Bill Syniar, a professional musician and songwriter.   Barbara Weigand
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