Board of Directors

Partnership for a Connected Illinois





Lisa Mazur, Chair


Lisa Schmitz Mazur is a partner of th Chicago office of McDermot Will and Emery. She advises health care providers and technology companies on a variety of legal, regulatory and compliance matters with a particular focus on digital health topics, including telehealth, telemedicine, mobile health and consumer wellness.

Lisa advises a variety of health care providers and technology companies involved in “digital health”—the intersection of health software applications, analytical tools, medical technology and electronic data assets enabled by the Internet and mobile devices—on the applicable legal and regulatory infrastructure, with a particular focus on telehealth, telemedicine, mobile health and consumer wellness programs. For example, Lisa has assisted numerous clients in developing and implementing telemedicine programs by advising on issues related to professional licensure, scope of practice, informed consent, prescribing and reimbursement. Lisa assists her clients to identify and understand the relevant legal issues, and develop and implement practical, forward-thinking solutions and strategies that meet the complex and still-evolving digital health regulatory landscape.

In addition to extensive writing on matters related to her digital health practice, Lisa has spoken at numerous conferences on a variety of digital health topics. She is a co-editor of McDermott’s Of Digital Interest blog, co-chairs the Interstate Collaboration in Healthcare Stakeholder Group and chairs the Illinois Telehealth Law Forum Program Planning Committee. Lisa also co-leads the Firm’s Digital Health affinity group, bringing together McDermott Health lawyers to develop thought leadership, share information and collaborate on best practices.    


Fatima Zanzi, Vice Chair


Fatema Zanzi is partner at Manatt Phelps & Phillips, LLP where she provides strategic counseling on corporate, transactional and regulatory matters that make it possible for healthcare providers and suppliers to meet their business and service objectives. She often leads large deal teams handling major mergers, acquisitions involving healthcare systems and hospitals.


Pat Schou, Secretary


Pat Schou is Executive Director of the Illinois Critical Access Hospital Network, an organization that strengthens Illinois critical access hospitals, thereby ensuring access to appropriate health care services for rural residents. The group is strongly focused on leveraging broadband technologies for the improvement of medical care in Illinois.




Carla Robinson, Treasurer


Carla Robinson is the Chief Executive Officer and Co-founder of Canary Telehealth, a telehealth services company working with payers and providers to increase access to care and detect issues early for high-risk patients. Her firm works extensively in the home setting – providing services such as in-home diabetic retinopathy screening, remote monitoring, health risk screening, and other digital health solutions. An ex-McKinsey & Company consultant, prior to forming Canary Telehealth, Carla worked in management consulting for 16 years with various firms serving some of the world’s largest organizations. She worked extensively with healthcare clients in areas such as medical devices, wellness, pharmaceuticals, nutraceuticals and nanobiotechnology. Her work included markets in the United States, China, Japan, Australia and France. Robinson holds a Master of Business Administration from the Kellogg School of Management at Northwestern University, where she was named an Austin Scholar. She received a Bachelor of Business Administration from Howard University with honors. She is a member of the American Telemedicine Association and the Economic Club of Chicago.


Elaine Lockwood Bean


Elaine Lockwood Bean serves as Senior Director of Gensler, Architecture & Planning. she is a licensed architect bringing more than 20 years of experience in the design and construction industry. This role allows her to lead project teams that design spaces that spark innovation and collaboration where learning takes place. Elaine was formerly an Associate Vice President for Facilities Services at the University of Chicago. Elaine earned her Bachelor of Arts from the University of California, Berkeley and Masters of Art in architecture from the University of Illinois at Chicago.


Gurpreet S. Mander, MD, MBA, CPE, FAAP 


Dr. Mander is Chief Medical Officer of HSHS St. John’s Hospital (Springfield, IL) and Executive Director of the Illinois Telehealth Network (ITN)   With Dr. Mander’s leadership, ITN has secured $3.2M in grant funding to support $4.2M in projects including network planning and development, launching pilots, supporting reimbursement and sustainability, securing rural telemedicine equipment, and opioid response planning for rural communities. This past year, Dr. Mander provided testimony two times before Illinois legislative committees to expand Medicaid reimbursement for tele-behavioral health. He was appointed to the Illinois Lt. Governor’s telehealth task force study committee.  Previously, Gurpreet was with SIU School of Medicine as Division chief of Pediatric critical care (2005-2012). He has served as Medical director of St John’s Regional referral center, where he helped develop a high-functioning regional transfer center and launch telemedicine programs. He graduated from Maulana Azad Medical College, Delhi University and finished his Pediatric Residency and chief residency at University of Illinois Hospital in Chicago (1995). He completed a Pediatric Critical Care Fellowship at Hope Children’s Hospital. He is board certified in both Pediatrics and Pediatric Critical Care. Gurpreet has a MBA degree from the University of Massachusetts (2011).


Bruce Montgomery


Bruce Montgomery is the CEO of Technology Access Television ( and hosts the longest running local technology-based television show in Chicago. He is Director and Co-Founder of the Chicago New Media Summit (CNMS08), a member of the Board of the Illinois Technology Association, and a member of the Mayor Dailey’s Council on Technology Advisors (MCTA). Bruce has also been a regular participant and contributor to the Governor’s Broadband Deployment Council since its inception in 2005. He is producer and host of “Critics in Black,” a weekly entertainment review TV talk show that covers film video, music and nightlife in Chicago and around the world.


David P. Mortimer, MDiv, GPC


David Mortimer currently oversees more than $9.6 million in active federal, state and foundation grant projects supporting rural telemedicine and network development for HSHS, a 15-hospital system with nearly 2,300 physician partners and more than 14,600 colleagues in Illinois and Wisconsin. He serves as the Illinois Telehealth Network (ITN) Sustainability & Development Director. David serves as a board member of the Partnership for a Connected Illinois (PCI) and has 28 years of administrative non-profit and health care sector leadership that has included developing grant programs. David’s hospital home office is in Eau Claire, Wisconsin. He may be reached by email at


Prentess Taylor, M.D.


Dr. Prentiss Taylor is the Vice President for Medical Affairs at Doctor On Demand. Prior to becoming Vice President, Dr. Taylor served as a clinician at Doctor On Demand for over four years. Dr. Taylor is focusing on driving clinical innovation through new products and partnerships.  He is a graduate of Harvard Medical School, Kellogg Business School and is a Fellow in the America College of Physicians.

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