Phil Fijal, DDS
Dr. Fijal has practiced general dentistry for 30 years. Since his graduation from Loyola University School of Dentistry in 1986, he has been heavily involved with organized dentistry, holding positions in his component, state and national dental societies. Currently he holds the position of President-Elect of the Chicago Dental Society (President in 2017), a component society of the American Dental Association that represents 8500 dentists worldwide. He has served on the Board of Trustees of the Illinois State Dental Society as a Trustee, the Board of Directors of the Chicago Dental Society as a Director from the Northwest Suburban Branch, and as a member of the Council on Governmental Affairs of the American Dental Association. He is also the Chair of the Dental Advisory Board of Northwest Community Hospital, overseeing a program that treats the dentally underserved community surrounding the hospital utilizing a mobile dental clinic paid for and provided by the hospital.
He has been President of the Board of Directors of the Jeffrey Pride Foundation for 16 years. Under his tenure the Foundation has raised and contributed over $2,000,000 to research and fight Pediatric Cancer.
James Pride, MD
Vice President & Jeff's dad
Jim has a BS Degree from the University of Wisconsin, Madison and is a graduate of the University of Illinois Medical School. He has a private medical practice in Arlington Heights and is on the staff of Lutheran General and Northwest Community Hospital. He is also an Airman Medical Examiner for the FAA, and has received an AMA Physician Recognition Award. In his spare time he enjoys tennis and golf.
Kathy grew up in Farmington Hills, Michigan. She attended Valparaiso University, where she received a Bachelor of Science degree in Accounting in 1982. She passed her CPA exam and was practicing with Arthur Anderson & Co. before transitioning to private industry working for The Bradford Exchange. She spent the next 20 years juggling children and doing accounting work from home taking advantage of the age of the Internet.
Kathy is married to Jim and they have 2 grown sons living the good life in Colorado and Oregon. She loves warm weather, when she can partake in vegetable gardening, golfing and outdoor reading. In addition to her Treasurer duties for the Jeffrey Pride Foundation, she volunteers at Lutheran Church of Atonement in Barrington and serves as a Board member of Holy Family Ministries, which serves under-resourced families in the North Lawndale area of Chicago.
Jan received a bachelor’s degree in Dietetics and Nutrition form Northern Illinois University, and worked in numerous positions as a dietitian in a clinical setting including Oncology at Elmhurst Hospital. She hasspent the last few decades working not as a dietitian, but still in healthcare, as a business coordinator in a dental office.
She has been the secretary for the Jeffrey Pride Foundation since its inception. Jeff’s passing affected her in a profound way. After seeing what this innocent little boy had to go through was heartbreaking and she knew that something had to be done so that other parents, family members and friends would not have to experience this. Research is the only way that the treatments and the outcomes for these kids will get better.
Jeff's Mom & Board member
Ann has her BSN and after graduation worked on the Coronary Care Unit and in Cath Lab at Northwest Community Hospital. She left nursing to raise her family during which time she volunteered at school and in the community. For the last 10 years she has worked at her church, Lutheran Church of the Atonement, as Minister of Outreach and currently Minister of Care in Community. She sits on the board of “A Day Out” Adult Respite Care. Ann’s dream is to see pediatric cancers cured in her lifetime.
Auxiliary Board Members
Tim Taylor, Chairman
Bob Beaubien, Major Gifts Chair