Staff

STAFF

Mike Doyle - Founder and Chair

Dr. Doyle is the founder and Chairman of the National Museum of Health + Medicine Chicago. He is also Chairman and CTO of Eolas Technologies Inc., and an active angel investor and co-founder in several Chicago- area tech startups. Dr. Doyle received his PhD from the Department of Cell & Structural Biology at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. He went on to serve as Director of the UIC Biomedical Visualization Laboratory from 1989 to 1993. Prior to founding Eolas in 1994, Dr. Doyle served as Director for the Center for Knowledge Management at the University of California, San Francisco. While at UCSF Medical Center, in 1993, Dr. Doyle led a research team that developed the fundamental web technologies which enabled Web browsers for the first time to act as platforms for fully-interactive embedded applications, in the process pioneering revolutionary Web technologies such as streaming media and cloud computing. To assist the University of California in commercializing the related patents, Dr. Doyle founded Eolas, where he is the architect of the company's research and development efforts. Dr. Doyle successfully guided Eolas through major litigation with Microsoft and the development of several key technologies in use throughout the Internet. Dr. Doyle's seminal research in next-generation Web applications, 3-D biomedical visualization, and morpho-spatial genomic activity mapping has led to advances that have been adopted in the x9.95 ANSI National Standard for secure timestamps. Dr. Doyle is an active philanthropist, supporting a variety of charitable causes in the sciences and the arts both personally and through his family foundation, the Buonacorsi Foundation.


Cyndy Lilagan - Assistant Director

At the museum, Cyndy helps lead a team of dedicated individuals that continue to grow and advance in exhibit development, event planning, administration, and research. Cyndy also plays an important role in developing vital relationships for the museum with community leaders, artists, architects, contractors, consultants, student researchers, volunteers, high school teachers, and university professors.  Cyndy's vast experience in software development and management includes work at Iomas Research and Eolas Technologies as a software engineer/ project and office manager, Third Wave Medical Systems as CTO, Rush-Presbyterian-St. Luke's Medical Center as a database programmer, and at the University of Illinois at Chicago as an information systems manager. Cyndy has also had the opportunity to teach physics, physical science and chemistry at the high school level. She received her M.S. from the Department of Bioengineering at the University of Illinois at Chicago and her B.S. from the Department of Applied and Engineering Physics at Cornell University.

 

Erich Theiss - Exhibits/ Technology Specialist

Erich has been with the museum since it's inception. He is an alumnus of the University of Michigan and has a background in history, engineering, information sciences, and nonprofit/political organizations. Similarly, for the museum, Erich has fulfilled many roles, from fixing the toilets to changing the lightbulbs, coordinating events,  providing community outreach, system administration and web design to exhibit curation and design. Currently, his focus is on various tasks for future exhibits, system administration, and occasionally changing the lightbulbs. His recent projects have included the curation of "Medicine on the Front Lines- The Evolution of Battlefield Surgery," based upon the National Museum of Health + Medicines's "Battlefield Surgery 101: from the Civil War to Vietnam," creating templates and automating "Reinventing the Wheel: Stories of Life After Spinal Cord Injury," in collaboration with Backbones, and ongoing work on NMHM AnatLab.

 

Elise Pescitelli - Administration/ Research Specialist

Elise Pescitelli grew up in Gastonia, North Carolina, and migrated to the midwest to attend Beloit College. After her time there, she spent the next five years working on the Visible Human Project via AnatLab for Iomas Technologies. There, she managed a team of pre-nursing students in Texas as they added objects to the Visible Human Male and Female data sets for AnatLab. She also worked as a quality control specialist for AnatLab and added many new objects to the program herself. Since joining the museum in April of 2012, she has worked in a number of different areas and her ongoing responsibilities at the museum are varied. She takes care of day-to-day bookkeeping and accounting, plans and coordinates events, and continues to refine AnatLab. Her strong organizational skills come in handy when help is needed to set up exhibits, arrange spaces for events, organize computer equipment, manage museum supplies, or handle any number of exciting challenges that pop up daily at the museum.

 

Lauren Kalinoski - Exhibits Manager

Lauren Kalinoski is originally from Toledo, Ohio. She completed her undergraduate studies at the University of Notre Dame and her graduate studies at the University of Illinois at Chicago, where she earned her Master of Science in Biomedical Visualization in May 2014. Her past museum experience includes work with the Toledo Museum of Art as a member of their High School Art Council and their Community Advisory Board. During graduate school she worked at the museum as a Biomedical Visualization Intern, then Fellow. At the museum, Lauren creates visuals (illustrations, graphics, videos) for promotion and exhibits, as well as assists with exhibit design, layout, and general development. Her current skill set is with traditional media, the Adobe Creative Suite, After Effects, 3ds Max, Premiere, and ZBrush. She also has experience using Mimics and Dreamweaver.

 

Heather Robbins - Network Architect 

Heather is our network architect. She strives to create meaningful community partnerships with potential employers and collaborators in healthcare, technology and non-profit sectors for both NMHM Chicago and CodeAbode. Heather earned a Master's degree in Museum and Exhibition Studies at the University of Illinois Chicago in May 2014. She received her undergraduate degree in psychology with a minor in kinesiology. After working as a behavioral neuroscience researcher and lab manager, she began to explore her personal interest in art and art history, as well as her fascination with philosophies of technology and new media. She chose to pursue a degree in museum studies as it offered the opportunity to work in both the arts and sciences. Her past experience includes interning at the International Museum of Surgical Science, UIC's Gallery 400 and NMHM Chicago focusing primarily on exhibition development and grant writing.