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Published on January 31, 2011

The Rehabilitation Institute of Chicago Appoints Seven New Members to Tree of Life Board

New Members Will Help Advance RIC's Pioneering Vision of Advancing AbilityTM Through Fundraising and Community Outreach Efforts

CHICAGO - The Rehabilitation Institute of Chicago (RIC) announced today the appointment of seven new members to its Tree of Life Board (formally known as the RIC Foundation Board). New members of the board include William T. Bickford, Christopher J. Burke, Frederick C. Lowinger, Daisy Prince, Marion Searle Rice, Jennifer Tengelsen, and Erich Tenglsen.

The Tree of Life Board members represent RIC’s voice in the community, raising awareness and influencing partnerships that advance RIC’s mission, vision and annual goals. Members of the board also enable the charitable mission of RIC, through personal giving, creating philanthropic investment partnerships and by assisting in the identification, cultivation and solicitation of financial support from others.

“We are pleased to announce the appointment of these new members to our Tree of Life Board. They have made significant contributions to RIC and Chicago over the years and will be influential in helping to support RIC at a significant time for the organization,” said Joanne C. Smith, MD, president and CEO of RIC. “We look forward to welcoming these respected individuals to our leadership team as RIC works to fulfill our vision of Advancing Human AbilityTM through science and research for patients in Chicago and around the world.”

RIC currently is in the conceptual planning phase to develop a new research hospital on land it acquired in December of 2009 at 635 McClurg Court in Downtown Chicago.

The seven new members were chosen in recognition of their demonstrated leadership within the Chicago community and beyond will significantly contribute to RIC’s fundraising capacity. The Tree of Life Board logo, a single branch, represents this group of individuals who have volunteered to play a significant role in engaging the community and supporting RIC’s bold new vision to implement a unique model that integrates research with patient care to improve patient outcomes.

Tree of Life Board Members

  • William T. Bickford, an active member of the RIC Associate Board and Research Committees. He is a founding partner of Northworks Architecture where he has overseen a variety of residential, retail and religious projects since 2005. William resides in Chicago, IL.  
  • Christopher J. Burke, co-founder and principal at Matrix Capital Advisors, he previously spent four and a half years with a Chicago-based private wealth management firm as Managing Director. Christopher resides in Lake Bluff, IL.
  • Frederick C. Lowinger, partner at Sidley Austin and co-head of the firm’s Mergers & Acquisitions and Private Equity practices, has been a long-time supporter of RIC since his father was successfully treated in RIC’s spinal cord unit following a cervical spine injury. Frederick resides in Winnetka, IL.
  • Daisy Prince, daughter of Frederick and Diana Prince (generous supporters of RIC through the Prince Family Fellowship and Frederick H. Prince Memorial Fund), is an actor and director in both on and off-Broadway productions. Daisy resides in New York, New York.
  • Octavius Prince, son of Frederick and Diana Prince (generous supporters of RIC through the Prince Family Fellowship and Frederick H. Prince Memorial Fund), is currently a professional disc jockey and music producer with Associated Producers, Ltd. Octavius resides in Chicago, IL.
  • Marion Searle Rice, great-niece of Wes Dixon and Gideon Searle, which are two instrumental families in RIC’s evolution and long-time supporters. She currently owns a consulting firm which provides public relations and marketing support for the City of Chicago. Marion resides in Chicago, IL.
  • Jennifer Tengelsen, an active member of the RIC Women’s Board for the last 12 years and previously on the Associate Board, Jennifer is a strong supporter of RIC. She also is President of The Tenglesen Family Foundation and a member of the Auxiliary Board of the Art Institute of Chicago. Jennifer resides in Chicago, IL.
  • Erich Tengelsen, founding partner of the Chicago Trading Company, LLC, a proprietary market-making firm, Eric and his wife Jennifer are generous supporters of RIC. In addition, he serves as Vice President and Treasurer of the Tenglesen Family Foundation and a member on the Advisory Board of the Posse Foundation. Erich resides in Chicago, IL.

About The Rehabilitation Institute of Chicago

The Rehabilitation Institute of Chicago (RIC) is the nation’s #1 ranked provider of comprehensive physical medicine and rehabilitation care to patients from around the world and is the leader in research and development of the most cutting-edge treatments and technology in its field. Through aggressive medical protocols, RIC guides the patient care process toward a better patient outcome – involving repair, regeneration and recovery of brain, spinal cord and musculoskeletal function.

RIC holds an unparalleled market distinction with a record six federal research designations awarded and funded by the National Institutes of Health and the Department of Educations’ National Institute of Disability and Rehabilitation Research in the areas of spinal cord injury, traumatic brain injury, stroke, neurological rehabilitation, outcomes research and rehabilitation engineering research.

RIC, founded in 1954, has been designated the "#1 Rehabilitation Hospital in America" by U.S. News & World Report every year since 1991 and attributes its leading standard of care in part to its innovative research and discovery, particularly in the areas of bionic medicine, robotics, neural regeneration, pain care and better outcomes. RIC operates its 165-bed, flagship hospital in downtown Chicago, as well as a network of 30 sites of care located throughout the city and surrounding suburbs that provide additional inpatient care, day rehabilitation and outpatient services. RIC also maintains strategic alliances with leading healthcare providers throughout the state of Illinois and Indiana.