Our Board



Jose Oberholzer

Jose Oberholzer, MD, MHCM, FACS
Professor of Surgery and Biomedical Engineering
Director, Charles O. Strickler Transplant Center
Chief, Division of Transplantation
University of Virginia Health System

Adjunct Professor of Surgery
University of Illinois at Chicago
Founder/Director, Chicago Diabetes Project

Dr. Jose Oberholzer is an NIH funded Professor of Surgery and Biomedical Engineering, Director of the Charles O. Strickler Transplant Center and Chief of the Division of Transplantation at the University of Virginia Health System. He has extensive experience in clinical and experimental islet transplantation, abdominal organ transplantation, as well as advanced hepatobiliary and pancreatic surgery. Furthermore, Dr. Oberholzer is the founding coordinator of the Chicago Diabetes Project.

To date, he has published over 200 peer-reviewed articles specifically in the area of diabetes research. Dr. Oberholzer has been an invited speaker to over 100 national and international conferences and a looked after collaborator in the field of diabetes research.

Dr. Oberholzer trained at the University of Geneva, Switzerland as well as at the University of Alberta in Edmonton, Canada. He functioned as the Head of the Islet Transplant Program at the University of Geneva and the GRAGIL Islet Consortium from 1998 to 2002, completing a significant number of islet transplants. Dr. Oberholzer has been heading the UIC Islet Transplant Program since 2003.



Steve Brown, CLU, ChFC
Director of Advanced Planning, Brown, Brown & Gomberg, CPS.
Board Member, Chicago Diabetes Project

Steve serves as the Director of Advanced Planning at Brown, Brown & Gomberg, Ltd (BB&G). Steven Brown brings a unique perspective to his role as head of advanced planning at BB&G, because he began his career as an actuary. In various actuarial roles for CNA and Ernst & Young, Steve gained significant experience pricing insurance, conducting valuations, analyzing insurance plan data and assets and designing new insurance products. This experience gave him unusual perspective when he joined the family business in 1998. As insurance brokers and their clients learned, Steve’s past as an actuary makes him an invaluable resource for life insurance expense reduction, estate planning, and corporate insurance planning. Steve also leads the firm’s Life Settlements practice – he is expert in the appraisal and marketing of clients’ existing policies. Steve earned his Bachelor’s Degree from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.


Jordan GerberJordan Gerber
Owner, CFO Worldwide
Board Member, Chicago Diabetes Project

Jordan was born and raised in the Northern Suburbs of Chicago.  He was aware of diabetes at a young age when his mother was diagnosed with Type 1 in 1973.  Jordan says “My mother did an amazing job of keeping the disease at a distance from my sister and me but we understood what she was going through and were always willing to lend a helping hand.”

He graduated with an accounting degree from the University of Illinois in 1992 and passed the CPA exam in 1993.  His career started in public accounting.  After a few years he determined his calling was being an entrepreneur.  He started his first company and ran his own turnaround consulting company.  As one of the youngest turnaround consultants in the country Jordan works with CEOs of Fortune 1000 companies.  He currently runs CFO Worldwide which was started two years ago to help companies that can’t afford a full time CFO.

Jordan has been married to his wife Lynn for seven years and they have two children.  Jillian is six years old and loves dancing and singing.  Nathan is four years old and loves basketball and baseball. Jordan and Lynn’s world changed on January 25, 2015 when Nathan was diagnosed with Type 1 diabetes.

When Jordan is not spending time with my family he is playing golf, watching the Chicago Cubs or listening to music.  He also enjoys reading a good book, eating a great meal or going for a long run.


Adnaan Hamid
Co-Chair, Efroymson-Hamid Family Foundation
Board Member, Chicago Diabetes Project

For the past fifteen years Adnaan Hamid has been involved in the civic community in Chicago. He currently serves as Co-Chair of the Efroymson-Hamid Family Foundation.

Dr. Adnaan Hamid is a private investor who continues his family’s commitment to helping Chicago’s South Asian community through his family’s work at the Hamdard Healthcare. His family founded the Federally Qualified Health Center in 1992 as the first culturally tailored agency for South Asian and Middle Eastern communities in Illinois. Dr. Hamid is a Trustee of the Field Museum. In addition, Dr. Hamid is President of the Goodman Theater Board of Trustees.

Dr. Hamid holds a Bachelor’s degree from Loyola University of Chicago and a Doctorate in Medicine from the University of Illinois. He resides in Chicago with his wife Elissa and their two children.


Scott IsaacsScott Isaacs
Senior Principal Engineer, Amazon
Board Member, Chicago Diabetes Project

Scott is a software architect and technical leader who was diagnosed with Type 1 diabetes in 1993 .  Scott was a Partner Software Architect at Microsoft for 20 years before joining Amazon in September of 2013. During his time at Microsoft, Scott invented and drove many core Internet technologies including Dynamic HTML enabling the industry to create modern web experiences and applications. He now leverages that knowledge and expertise to help Amazon deliver a platform for creating great customer experiences.  Scott always looks for opportunities to develop and apply technology to improve peoples lives.

He is looking forward to the future where the research of Dr. Oberholzer and the team at the Chicago Diabetes Project provides a functional cure and a better lifestyle for all diabetics.  Scott lives in Bellevue, WA with his wife and two children.


Brigitte Oberholzer
Broker Associate, Baird & Warner Real Estate
Board Member, Chicago Diabetes Project

Brigitte grew up in Zurich, Switzerland and received her Masters of Science in Zoology with a focus on Neuroscience. She previously worked as an Administrative Assistant at AWI, a publicity firm in Switzerland, and was later promoted to the Assistant to the Chief Accountant.  Since moving to the U.S. she has earned a license in Massage Therapy and license in Real Estate. She is now an Broker Associate at Baird & Warner.

With her husband and her two daughters, she has resided in several countries. Before making a home on the North Shore in 2003, Brigitte lived in Messery, France for six years and in Edmonton, Canada for one year.

Brigitte has spent her life helping others in a multitude of ways. She co-created the “World Traveler” program at Hubbard Woods School. Several times a year, she used her travel experience and love for foreign culture and cuisine to educate and open the children’s minds. She was also involved in the Washburne Junior High School lunch committee and worked to improve the quality of the school’s lunch program.

Additionally, she regularly attends events at the International Club of Wilmette and is a member of the Chicago Columbia Club, a group that brings German-speaking people together.


Bryan Sugar
Partner and Co-Chair, Firm-Wide Intellectual Property Practice
Lewis Brisbois, Bisgaard & Smith Attorneys, LLP
Board Member, Chicago Diabetes Project

Bryan serves as Co-Chair of the firm-wide Intellectual Property Practice.

Mr. Sugar’s practice focuses on the administration of domestic and international trademark registration programs, intellectual property issues in acquisitions and secured transactions, and litigation and counseling involving copyrights, trademarks, patents, domain names, e-commerce, licensing, rights of publicity and rights in computer software and databases.


Jani Westcott
Senior Vice President & Planning Director for Consumer Group Clients, Edelman
Board Member, Chicago Diabetes Project

Jani is Senior Vice President and Planning Director of Consumer Groups at Edelman where she focuses on planning and strategy for Consumer Group clients. Jani Westcott is an agency and market research professional with 15 years of industry experience, committed to bringing people and partners together over an inspiring idea that solves a business problem. Jani’s son, Bernie, was diagnosed at age four with type one diabetes. For Jani, working with Dr. Oberholzer and the rest of the board is an honor and a passion.


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