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Volunteer Staff

Steven R. Boas, MD, CEO

Dr. Boas is Founder and CEO of The Cystic Fibrosis Institute. Dr. Boas is dedicated to the care of children and adolescents with acute or chronic respiratory disorders. His areas of expertise include Pediatric Asthma, Cystic Fibrosis, Exercise Related Disorders, Chronic Cough, and Chest Wall Disorders. His clinical private practice actively participates in both independent and national clinical research involving the newest therapies available for children with asthma and cystic fibrosis. He has authored dozens of book chapters and articles in national and international medical journals. Dr. Boas is sought for his experience and as an invited speaker at regional, national, and international medical conferences as well as a medical reviewer for exercise and pulmonary related journals .

Dr. Boas is also the Medical Director of The Cystic Fibrosis Center of Chicago. Founded on the principle of individualized care for people with CF, this comprehensive CF program has expanded and is now seeing patients in Naperville, Hoffman Estates, South Barrington, Lake Bluff and Glenview.  Dr. Boas has served on the Executive Committee for Pediatric Pulmonary Medicine at the American Academy of Pediatrics and Chairing the Board of Medical Advisors for the American Association of Respiratory Care. He has served as a member of the Board of Directors of the North American Society for Pediatric Sports Medicine. He also recently served on the Subcommittee for CF Newborn Screening of the Clinical and Laboratory Standards Institute (CLSI).

Having received his medical degree from the State University of New York at Stony Brook, School of Medicine; Dr. Boas completed his Pediatric Residency at Boston City Hospital and Nassau County Medical Center in New York and his Pediatric Pulmonary Fellowship at the Children's Hospital of Pittsburgh. Board certified in Pediatric Pulmonology, he has received awards from the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation for his research with children with CF.


Board of Directors

As a not for profit organization, The Cystic Fibrosis Institute is governed by a 5 member Board of Directors from varied backgrounds including law, medicine, and banking. The Board's mission is ensuring that individuals with cystic fibrosis realize every opportunity to maximize their life's potential. CFl's Board is actively involved in all major policy initiatives and the Board also exercises fiduciary control over fundraising efforts and budgetary expenditures. The Board's efforts and dedication have enabled The Cystic Fibrosis Institute to see tremendous growth in its mission and accomplishments.

Steven R. Boas, MD - CEO & President

Dr. Boas is a Board Certified Pediatric Pulmonologist in private practice. He serves as the Medical Director of The Cystic Fibrosis Center of  Chicago and also treats children and adolescents with a variety of other pulmonary disorders . Dr. Boas is a Clinical Professor of Pediatrics at Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine and is also actively involved in cystic fibrosis related clinical research. He created The Cystic Fibrosis Institute in 2003 .


Andrew Bredfield

Andrew Bredfield is the Business Director for a Fortune 100 construction and engineering company.  He has an MBA from DePaul University.  Mr. Bredfield is passionate in helping the patients and families of children and young adults with cystic fibrosis.


Cheryl L. Boas

Ms. Boas is a graduate of Case Western Reserve University Law School. She has been with the organization since 2003 and has extensive experience in patent law related to pharmaceutical biotechnology.


Shannon Probasco

Ms.Probasco is a graduate of Illinois State Unviersity receiving her Bachelor of Science Degree in Finance.  She currently works for Froedtert and the Medical College of Wisconsin as a Talent Business Partner, working with nursing, the Emergenecy Department and Perioperative teams.  She is the mother of two daughters with cystic fibrosis and is committed to assisting others affected by the challenges of CF.


Julie Knipstein

Ms. Knipstein is a graduate of the University of Illinois College of Law and spent over 16 years in private practice. Her area of specialization is in municipal bonds and she was actively involved in litigation in this field. Ms. Knipstein is the parent of a child with cystic fibrosis and is keenly aware of the day to day issues those with CF face.




Volunteers are the lifeblood of CFl's programs. A dedicated and enthusiastic panel of patients, parents, and outside volunteers continues to develop new programs and initiatives to help their local CF community. Without these volunteer efforts, CFI would not be able to accomplish all that it has. New volunteers are always needed and we encourage all that can participate to join our worthwhile efforts.


CFI is a 501(c)3 not for profit organization founded in 2003.