Interim President & Chief Executive Officer
Karma Israelsen became Howard Brown Health Center's (HBHC) interim president and CEO on August 31, 2012. A strong HBHC supporter and leader, she served on the organization's Leadership Council in November 2009, became a board member in August 2010, and was elected board chair in January 2011. As board chair, Karma worked closely with the senior leadership team to ensure the ongoing success and viability of the organization. Passionate about the mission of the organization, Karma is committed to ensuring that HBHC's patients and clients receive the most compassionate and competent care possible.
Most recently, Karma was the Vice President of Regulatory Operations and Compliance for Career Education Corporation (CEC). In her role at CEC, she was responsible for the management of a national team of regulatory specialists, and provided direct oversight of regulatory operations for the Culinary and Art and Design business units. She was a trusted business partner and provided sound guidance and operational support to business leaders. Prior to joining Career Education Corporation in January 2003, Karma spent several years in the hospitality industry, she was responsible for coordinating operations for the International Olympic Committee and NBC during the 2002 Winter Olympics in Salt Lake City, Utah. She also coordinated and managed operations support for the Sundance Film Festival, National Basketball Association, and for the Office of the President of the United States.
Karma is passionate about social responsibility, and continues to volunteer at several organizations including, but not limited to, the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation where she serves as a committee member for the Grand Chef's Gala. She is also a member of the Board of Trustees for Harrington College of Design.
Magda Houlberg, MD
Senior Vice President, Health Center Operations and COO
Magda joined Howard Brown Health Center in 2008 as its Director of Geriatric Medicine and became Chief Clinical Officer in 2011. Her medical practice focus includes LGBTQ aging, HIV medicine, health promotion and interdisciplinary medical care for populations at risk. Magda has been the driving force behind the expansion of HBHC’s medical and social services for older LGBTQ adults, especially those aging with HIV. In particular, Magda has served as a medical provider and core staff member for the Chicago Elder Services Community Initiative, a collaborative project between Howard Brown Health Center, Rush University Medical Center, CJE-Senior Life, Heartland Alliance and Midwest Palliative & Hospice Care Center. As part of an interdisciplinary team, Magda provides medical care to LGBTQ older adults, training to local health care and social service providers to improve their competencies in working with LGBTQ seniors, and where appropriate, in-home care. An Internal Medicine Physician and Geriatrician, Magda graduated from Antioch College with a major in Biology. In 2004, she graduated from Rush University Medical College and went on to complete a residency there in internal medicine. She has completed a Fellowship in geriatric medicine and served as an assistant professor in the geriatric medicine section at Rush University Medical Center.
Vice President, Development and Communications
Barbara Tieder joined Howard Brown Health Center in March 2013 as the Vice President of Development and Communications. In her role as Vice President, Barb is responsible for the management of all aspects of a comprehensive development program including individual giving, community fundraising, special events and foundation and governmental support. Barb is also responsible for the implementation of HBHC’s communication strategy as it relates to the public and the community HBHC serves. She is responsible for raising awareness of Howard Brown Health Center and its related programs through broadcast, print and online media in the Chicago area.
Prior to joining HBHC, Barb served as the Director of Development and Communications for Amandla Charter School, a middle/high school serving the Englewood Community. In her role as Director, Barb was responsible for all internal and external communications, donor relations, grants management, special event management and community relations. Barb has also served as the Director of Communications and External Affairs for Chicago Family Health Center. The federally funded FQHC, with locations in the South Chicago, Pullman, Roseland, East Side, and Chicago Lawn communities, provides access to primary health care for underinsured and uninsured patients. In the past, Barb served as Director of Development with a domestic violence agency in the south suburbs as well as the Executive Director for Special Children’s Charities. Barb started her non-profit career in various departments including government relations and marketing and logistics at Feeding America.
Kristin Keglovitz Baker, PA-C, AAHIVS
Associate Medical Director
Kristin joined HBHC in 2005 as a Physician Assistant and became Director of Clinical Operations in 2010. She has most recently taken on the role of Associate Medical Director. Her medical practice focus includes LGBTQ care, women’s health, HIV medicine, health promotion and interdisciplinary medical care for populations at risk. Kristin has been the driving force behind numerous projects at HBHC including Alternative Insemination, Primary Care Opt- Out HIV testing, rapid Hepatitis C testing, and the expansion of service lines to include areas such as pediatrics.
As part of an interdisciplinary team, Kristin provides medical care to a diverse population of patients. A Physician Assistant with a Master’s in Biochemistry, Kristin graduated from Marquette University in 2002. Kristin was selected to be a National Health Service Corps Scholar and was employed through the Corps from 2003-2005 serving the migrant population in central California. In 2010, she completed a fellowship at Kansas University in Community Health Center leadership and development. She has been the primary investigator and sub investigator on a number of clinical research trials, serves as HBHC’s Institutional Review Board chair, and manages numerous grants as program director. Kristin is passionate about community health and improving health outcomes in communities of need.
Michelle Wetzel, J.D.
Prior to joining HBHC, Michelle was the Chief Executive Officer of Alexian Brothers AIDS Ministries (ABAM) (aka Bonaventure House, The Harbor, Bettendorf Place). During her tenure at ABAM, the annual budget doubled, they expanded their scattered site housing program, and they opened a new construction supportive housing facility on Chicago’s South Chicago.
Michelle went to law school specifically to advocate for people living with HIV/AIDS. After graduating from DePaul University College of Law, Michelle worked for two years at Prairie State Legal Services and then at the Legal Assistance Foundation of Metropolitan Chicago (LAF) in LAF’s HIV/AIDS Project for almost a decade. Although her specialty was housing law, she worked on every manner of civil litigation for clients living with HIV/AIDS.
Before moving back to Chicago for law school, Michelle co-founded and led the AIDS Pastoral Care Network of West Michigan based in Holland, Michigan. This was an outgrowth of Michelle’s HIV/AIDS volunteer work with people living with AIDS in Chicago.