Executive Board

Executive Board President

Carolyn Pilgrom

Carolyn lives in Buffalo, NY with her husband and 2 cats. She works fulltime as a Workforce Analyst for a cloud services company based in Silicon Valley and spends her free time exploring the world of food through her exotic meat private chef service. She is also an avid advocate for small business and consults startups through business planning, funding, and financial forecasting.

Carolyn was diagnosed with Cushing’s Disease in 2009 and had her first of two pituitary surgeries that same year. She went on to have her adrenal glands removed before being declared cured from Cushing’s and began her life as an Addison’s patient. She has been an active part of the Cushing’s community since first self-diagnosing herself from a House MD episode. She has helped to educate many about self-advocating with doctors and pushing through until resolution. Carolyn is excited to be a part of EPIC as a means to continue to educate and campaign for those with life altering chronic illness.

The EPIC foundation is proud to have Carolyn Pilgrom as the President of the Executive Board of Directors!

Carolyn can be reached via e mail at carolyn@epictogether.org or phone at 888-862-5554 Ext. 703 Toll Free

Executive Board Secretary

Lorinda Suthers Salbego, LCPC

Lorinda Suthers-Salbego is a Licensed Clinical Professional Counselor who graduated from the Chicago School of Professional Psychology in 2006 with a Masters in Clinical Psychology with a specialization in Counseling.  While completing her Bachelors degree in Psychology from the University of Wisconsin, Madison; Lorinda worked for Integrated Development Services where she provided at home, school, and community therapy to children diagnosed with an autism spectrum disorder.  She went on to complete her Clinical Practicum placement at the City of Chicago, North River Mental Health Center where she acted as primary therapist and was awarded the Family and Friend Award.

Lorinda’s interest in working with individuals with severe mental illness expanded and she began working at Thresholds in 2007, an established non-profit.  While with Thresholds, she worked on the Mobile Assessment Unit, as an outreach worker providing short-term mobile services to individuals on the south and west sides of Chicago who were street or shelter homeless and mentally ill, facilitating linkage to services.  As an active member of the Trauma Committee, she went on to become the unit’s Safe Havens Team Leader where she managed daily operations for two recovery oriented residential programs.  Later, as the Intake Coordinator  for the Thresholds McHenry County Program, she assessed for placement in residential, community and vocational services; and collaborated with numerous providers including State mental health and private hospitals, NAMI, community mental health centers, nursing homes, the McHenry County Mental Health Board, family members and shelters while also representing Thresholds on the committee for providers to the McHenry County Crisis Line.    After Thresholds Lorinda took on a new challenge, and worked as the Clinical Director of Behavioral Health for Alden Terrace of McHenry. She managed two 24-hour residential mental health treatment units for adults with severe, chronic mental illness totaling 50 beds.  While in this role she oversaw all counseling staff, clinical services, treatment programing, and the compliance related to functions.

Lorinda’s interest and passion for women’s issues and eating disorder treatment has been a pivotal component in her career.  She began working in this field in 2006 as a Mental Health Counselor at Timberline Knolls in Lemont, IL, a residential treatment center for females presenting with eating disorders and/or chemical dependency issues.  Lorinda returned to this area in 2011 when she began at Insight Behavioral Health Centers, where she continues to work at this time.  She works as a therapist and has served in a program coordinator role facilitating individual, group and family therapy.  Insight partnered with Eating Recovery Center in 2013 and continues to provide and grow services in seven states to serve individuals with all types of eating disorders, while continuing to offer mood, anxiety and co-occurring substance abuse treatment in Illinois.  Lorinda currently acts as the Director of Quality and Compliance for the Illinois and Ohio locations while also working with individual therapy clients.

Lorinda strives to promote awareness, education and advocacy within the mental health community and beyond; with a goal of empowering those with chronic illness to get the treatment and support they deserve.

Lorinda can be reached via e mail at lorinda@epictogether.org or phone at 888-862-5554 Ext. 707 Toll Free

Executive Board Treasurer

Stephanie Thames-Harris, M.S.

Stephanie has over 16 years of experience in the Pharmaceutical Industry. She obtained both her Bachelor’s Degree and Masters of Science Degree in Biological Science from Jackson State University. Stephanie worked for Abbot Laboratories for almost two decades. She obtained an amazing opportunity to move forward and she currently works with the company, Johnson and Johnson Vision. Stephanie is their head of Government Accounts.

Stephanie Thames-Harris shows an interest in Cushing’s as Co-Producer of the documentary film series, “Battleground Diagnosis: The War to Survive Cushing’s Disease/Syndrome”. She is the wife of the director of the documentary, Marc Harris. Stephanie and Marc are the proud parents of three beautiful daughters. As a family, they would like to contribute to Cushing’s awareness and the empowerment of Cushing’s patients and families. They also are invested in supporting the chronic illness community at large.

Stephanie can be reached via e mail at stephanie@epictogether.org or phone at 888-862-5554 Ext. 705 Toll Free

Executive Board Director

Kelda Giavaras

After receiving her Bachelor’s degree from the University of Illinois in Early Childhood Education, Kelda taught in both private and public schools for more than 20 years. Kelda recently stepped away from teaching in the classroom, but she remains passionate about educational issues for children and families. She and her husband have been married for over 29 years and are the proud parents of two sons. In her free time, Kelda loves to walk and bike for exercise, knit, and read.

Kelda can be reached via e mail at kelda@epictogether.org

Executive Board Director

Cheryl Dunlap

Cheryl Dunlap has a very broad and eclectic professional background. Surviving adversity in her past and with the goal of providing her daughter with the best life, Cheryl had job positions that provided high job security and stability. To support herself and her daughter, Cheryl began her diverse career with a ‘secure’ government job.  An unfulfilling, dead-end path, Cheryl would express her creativity by styling her friend’s hair.  She eventually took that skill to cosmetology school.  After graduation, she quickly realized salon work would not be enough.  By helping out an ill friend, she discovered a niche market – traveling cosmetology services.

 

During this time, she also began her event planning.  Born of a desire to fill the gap of the lack of quality entertainment options for the over 30 set, she formed a company that now coordinates weddings and special occasions.

 

During these burgeoning entrepreneurial years, Cheryl also addressed the need to further her education.  With her daughter by her side, she completed her GED and obtained her Bachelor’s degree in Political Science from Barat College in Lake Forest.  Because of the supportive environment, Cheryl desired to give back to students like her, and remained in higher education, working in a variety of positions.  She went on to complete her MS in Organizational Development and Training from Webster University.

 

Cheryl has been a huge supporter of the Cushing’s community for years. She uses her position as producer and host of a popular radio program to increase awareness. Cheryl has a heart for the chronic illness community, which motivated her decision to sit on the Executive Board of Directors for The EPIC Foundation. Cheryl would like to contribute to Cushing’s awareness and the empowerment of Cushing’s patients and families. She is also invested in helping the chronic illness community. Today, Cheryl continues as the sole producer and host of Soul Suite Radio.  She maintains a select portfolio of clients for event planning and cosmetology, and volunteers her time and skill to cancer survivors and incarcerated women. Cheryl is also working on her first novel.

 

Cheryl can be reached via e mail at cheryl@epictogether.org or phone at 888-862-5554 Ext. 722 Toll Free