2019 Regional Honorees
Central Region Honoree
Debbie Trau has been a Mission Partner for 38 years and lives the Sisters’ Mission in all she does. She graduated from Saint Francis Medical Center College of Nursing in 1983 and received her Masters of Science in Nursing from Walden University in 2014.
Debbie has a long history of leadership and has remarkably impacted the culture at OSF HealthCare. She has provided philanthropic support in a variety of areas, including Children’s Hospital of Illinois, OSF Richard L. Owens Hospice Home, contributes to OSF Above and Beyond fund which supports Mission Partners in need. She is a founding member of our local Peoria Women Empowered group and has consistently given her time to help in the areas passionate to her and her family. She has served as a mentor and role model for younger caregivers and inspires them to live the Mission.
During her tenure as Director of Volunteer Services at OSF HealthCare, Debbie created “No One Dies Alone,” a program utilizing volunteers to provide emotional and spiritual support at the bedside. She grew Volunteer Services by starting the Volunteer Service Giving Tree as well as a robust Summer Program for volunteers.
As an inaugural member of Women Empowered, she believes that women as decision makers should be a voice for their families and community. She has been involved with over 18 professional committees and continues to positively impact the lives of those around her, both professionally and personally.
She has been married to her husband, Tom since 1985. They reside in East Peoria and are very active in their local community. They have 4 children and 4 grandchildren. Their family motto is “My God, My Family, My Work.”
Northern Region Honoree
Dr. Mike Glavin, board certified psychiatrist, has been serving Ottawa, Illinois for 21 years. He graduated from Loyola University of Chicago/Stritch School of Medicine in 1994 and completed his residency at Loyola University. Dr. Glavin has a long history of leadership and currently serves as Medical Director of OSF HealthCare Saint Elizabeth Mental Health Program.
When Ottawa Regional Hospital became integrated with OSF and changed its name to OSF Saint Elizabeth Medical Center in 2012, Dr. Glavin embraced and advocated the Sisters’ Mission throughout the hospital and community. Mike went above and beyond to share the vision of OSF HealthCare with former Ottawa Regional Hospital donors and continues to promote community collaboration and strategic partnerships.
Dr. Glavin was instrumental in securing transformational funds to help build the Behavioral Health Outpatient Facility, formerly known as CHOICES. He maintains communication with major donors throughout the community to raise funds for facility updates and behavioral programs. Dr. Glavin embodies the Sisters’ Mission in his daily work and makes it a priority to ensure community members have access to behavioral health services and care they need.
Mike is a member of Alpha Omega Alpha Medical Honor Society and serves as committee chairman at OSF Saint Elizabeth. He resides in LaSalle with his wife of 15 years, Bronwyn. In his free time, he enjoys boating, sports, music and his pets.
Western Region Honoree
Ajay Pathak has led OSF HealthCare Saint Anthony’s Health Center as President and CEO since November 2014. Prior to joining the OSF Saint Anthony’s team, Ajay has served the Sisters of the Third Order and OSF HealthCare System in a variety of leadership roles, including the Chief Integration Officer and the Director of Strategic Business Development.
Ajay earned his Bachelors of Science in Biology and Sociology with an emphasis in Health Care from Union College, a Certificate Master’s in Public Health from Harvard School of Public Health, as well as a Master’s in Business Administration with a concentration in Finance from Georgetown University.
Ajay is dedicated to developing access points to health care for all in the Riverbend community. He has been instrumental in bringing a new PromptCare building and services to expand OSF’s footprint into Godfrey. He has also helped raise substantial funds for the new OSF Moeller Cancer Center at OSF Saint Anthony’s in Alton.
Ajay has built strategic relationships with local law enforcement and first responders, Alton Community School District, Marquette Catholic High School, Boys & Girls Club of Alton as well as a local community college to develop a partnership with their nursing program and Family Health Clinic. Ajay has also built a remarkable partnership with Asbury Village Retirement Community, which has brought access to care onsite for the residents through the opening of an onsite primary care clinic and therapy services.
He serves on numerous boards including the American Cancer Society of Madison County, Southern Illinois Employers Association, Lewis & Clark Community College Foundation, and the St. Louis Metropolitan Hospital Council (Vice-Chair).
Ajay is family-oriented and loves spending time with his wife, Niru, their son, Rohan and Jeter, their family German Shepherd. Ajay loves the New York Yankees and Giants. The family enjoys spending time outdoors and believes experiences are more important than things!
Eastern Region Honoree
Nancy Kuster is a true ambassador for the OSF HealthCare Ministry and has served as the Manager of Cardiopulmonary for the Eastern Region since 2014. She received her Bachelor of Science in Biology and Physical Education from University of Iowa. Nancy has a Master of Science in Kinesiology from Illinois State University and a Master of Science in Exercise Physiology from Benedictine University.
Nancy began her career as an Exercise Physiologist in Cardiac and Pulmonary Rehabilitation at St. Joseph Medical Center in Joliet, Illinois. She transferred to OSF Saint James–John W. Albrecht Medical Center as the Cardiopulmonary Rehab and Wellness Coordinator in 2011. Since then, she has been promoted to Eastern Region Manager of Cardiopulmonary Services.
Nancy has an extensive list of professional achievements. She received the first ever national certification for Cardiac Rehab at both OSF Saint James and OSF St. Joseph Medical Centers and Pulmonary Rehab at OSF Saint James.
She champions the Saint James Women Empowered (WE Live) in Livingston County, which launched in 2016 to promote women’s health and women’s services at OSF HealthCare Saint James. This initiative gives the community a chance to invest philanthropic dollars with their passions to help innovate new programming. The group’s first project partially funded the renovation of OSF Saint James women’s outpatient diagnostic and mammography suite. Recent projects include bringing cardiac health screenings and risk assessments to women throughout Livingston County, along with education about women’s health.
Nancy is very active in her local community. She serves as Director on the Pontiac Township High School Education Foundation. She sits on the Board of Directors for the Livingston County Boys & Girls Club and is a member of the Pontiac Junior Women’s Club. She has been married to her husband Mark for 31 years. They have twin boys- Kip and Zackery. Nancy loves athletics, traveling, spending time with friends and family and fiddling around in her backyard gardens.