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 an Associate Professor 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 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.
Mr. Laumbacher worked in the banking industry for over 25 years. His areas of expertise included accounting, finance, and global information technology. Mr. Laumbacher also serves on the Citizens Advisory Committee of the McHenry County Conservation District. Being a parent of 2 children with cystic fibrosis gives Mr. Laumbacher true insight into the challenges that CF presents.
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.