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Published on December 26, 2013

Matya Elected Chair of KishHealth System Board of Directors

December 24, 2013

DeKALB, Ill.—Thomas Matya, of DeKalb, was elected chair of the KishHealth System Board of Directors on Nov. 27, 2013, succeeding Michael Larson, who served as chair for two years. Larson, former owner of Elmer Larson Inc., has served on the health system board of directors for 11 years and will continue to serve on the board.

“We are pleased to have Tom leading the health system board; he has significant community knowledge and experience in other community leadership roles,” said Kevin Poorten, president and CEO of KishHealth System.  “We thank Michael Larson for his time chairing the board and we look forward to his continued input on the board and involvement with our organization.”

Matya is the vice president of development for Zea Mays Holdings, LLC, of Sycamore. He holds degrees in both education and economics from the University of Nebraska. He has served on the health system board since November 2006, holding the position of vice chair for the past two years. Prior to Zea Mays, Matya worked at DeKalb Genetics Corporation for twenty years. He and his wife Karen have five children and have lived in this community since 1986.

Marc Strauss, of DeKalb, is newly elected to the board. He currently practices at Foster and Buick Law Group, LLC. He’s been a member of the local legal community since 1990, licensed as an attorney in 1979.

Other members of the health system board of directors are Thomas Choice, 2nd vice chair; Michael Cullen; Terry Duffy; Dr. Photine Liakos; Mary Lynn McArtor; John Moulton, vice chair; Dr. Jagdish Patel; Leonetta Rizzi; and Promod Vohra.

KishHealth System, which employs nearly 1,500 people, is comprised of two non-profit community hospitals, and several other healthcare entities serving the greater DeKalb County area in northern Illinois. 

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