Merit Board




Mr. Michael Clark, Chairman

of Joliet, was appointed to the Merit Board by Governor JB Pritzker in November of 2021, with a term ending March 2025.  Clark has served as an Account Executive with the Travelers Insurance Company in Naperville for over fifteen years, managing a multi-million dollar portfolio within the agency.  Clark is a devoted member of his community, serving as the President of the NAACP's Joliet Branch, a role in which he has substantially increased membership and organizational programing within the community.  He also serves as Chairman of the African American Business Association.  Clark received his Bachelor of Science from Illinois Wesleyan University in 2003, and Master of Business Administration from the Keller Graduate School of Management at Devry University in 2015.


Mr. James V. Riley, Secretary

of Chicago, Illinois was appointed to the Merit Board by Governor Pat Quinn in April 2010 with a current term ending March of 2024. Mr. Riley is the President of Riley & Friends. He is also the chairman of 100 Club of Chicago, sits on the Board for Regents of Loyola University, chairman of Lake Geneva County club, sits on the Board of Directors for Ceasefire and Board Director for the Irish Fellowship Club. He is a member of the Saddle and Cycle Club of Chicago and the Chicago Yacht Club. He formerly was the Chairman of Navy Pier and he was on the Board of Directors for MPEA.


Ms. Nancy L. Maldonado, Board Member  

of Chicago, Illinois was appointed to the Merit Board by Governor JB Pritzker in July of 2019 with a term ending in March 2023.  Maldonado is an attorney and partner at Miner, Barnhill & Galland, P.C., a public-interest law firm, where she represents plaintiffs in civil rights, employment, housing and fraud cases and serves as outside general counsel for several local non-profit organizations. A graduate of Harvard College and Columbia Law School, she served as a law clerk for the Honorable Rubén Castillo of the United States District Court for the Northern District of Illinois at the start of her legal career. Maldonado is the former Board President of the Chicago Lawyers’ Committee for Civil Rights and has served on its Board of Directors since 2005. She also serves on the Board of Directors of Apna Ghar (Our Home), which is dedicated to combating gender violence in immigrant communities, and she also serves on the Legal Advisory Board of Arise Worker Center. Maldonado previously served on the Board of Directors of La Casa Norte, a social service agency in Chicago that serves youth and families confronting homelessness, including as its Secretary from 2004 through 2005. She is a recipient of the Hispanic Lawyers’ Association of Illinois Mentor of the Year award, was nominated to the Fellows of the American Bar Foundation in 2017, is a Leadership Greater Chicago Fellow (class of 2019), was honored by Crain’s Chicago Business in 2019 as one of Chicago’s Notable Minority Lawyers, and is a Wasserstein Public Interest Fellow at Harvard Law School for the 2019-2020 academic year.


Dr. Raymond C. Garcia, Board Member 

of Winnebago County was appointed to the Merit Board by Governor JB Pritzker in March of 2022 with a term ending in March 2026.  Dr. Raymond Garcia oversees clinical treatment and care at the Rosecreance Harrison Adult Campus.  He is board-certified in psychiatry and neurology, licensed in Illinois, a member of Illinois Psychiatric Society and a fellow of the American Psychiatric Association.  Dr. Garcia is also a board-certified Addictionologist by the American Board of Addiction Medicine, ABAM.  Dr. Garcia is on faculty at the University of Illinois College of Medicine at Rockford, where he has recieved the Golden Applie, Mentor of the Year, and Distinguished Teaching Awards.  He joined Rosecrance in 2009.