Board of Directors
Charles "Chuck" Grant
Chairman of the Board
Mr. Grant has extensive background with multi-industry start-ups and restructuring, as well as global experience in China, Asia, and Europe. Areas of particular expertise include mergers and acquisitions, strategic leadership, financing and bank relationships, and pension and benefit management.
He is Chairman and CEO of CKG Partners, an investment and consulting company that assists companies with strategic planning and operational effectiveness, restructuring, and executing their strategic plan. His experience involves organizing troubled companies, focusing on best practices, and providing leadership talent to assist companies in executing their strategic plan.
Mr. Grant is also Chairman of Creative Learning Capital (CLCN) – a publicly traded, franchised STEM-based educational learning business.
Leslie H. Cross
Mr. Cross is most well-known as for his time as President and Chief Executive Officer of DJO Global, Inc., from 1990-2010. He has worked for global healthcare corporations in Australia, South Africa, and the United States. Currently, Mr. Cross and his wife, Deborah, live in Del Mar, CA, where they are both involved in the community. He holds a diploma in Medical Technology from the Sydney Institute of Technology and studied business at the University of Cape Town.
Steve Kilian, Sr.
For more than 30 years, Mr. Kilian has been the leader behind one of the largest owner/operator organizations (Kilian Management Services) in the Wisconsin region. After working as an auto mechanic and White Hen pantry owner in Chicago, he joined the “McFamily” in 1987 with one McDonald’s Restaurant in downtown Milwaukee. Over the next 30 years, he grew the business to 44 restaurants throughout the state of Wisconsin and into the Upper Peninsula of Michigan. He currently employs more than 2,000 people and is proud of the many who have gone on to become successful managers and operators within the McDonald’s system, as well as those who have applied their training to other professions.
A leader within the franchisee community, Mr. Kilian has served on a variety of national boards and committees for McDonald’s. He is currently the board chair for the McDonald’s Owner/Operator Insurance Company Ltd., which provides a casualty insurance umbrella for U.S. franchisees, including insurance for the family business-driving Happy Meal program. He is also on the board of directors for Ronald McDonald House Charities of Eastern Wisconsin.
Mr. Kilian believes strongly that he has a responsibility to give back to the communities in which he does business. As a family man, many of Steve’s charitable pursuits involve improving the well-being of children.
William E. Maya
Mr. Maya has over 30 years of hands-on operating experience, predominantly in senior management roles. He is a results-driven executive with creative problem solving capabilities, and is extremely adept at identifying, fixing and capitalizing on under-performing business assets/opportunities. As an intuitive, effective leader, he is astute at restructuring operations for growth and profitability and has a strong track record of proven success. Considered a strategist, he has effectively managed change and crises in several troubled situations towards successful outcomes, constantly driving innovation that has delivered strong bottom-line results.
Augmenting his executive level, company building skill set, Mr. Maya has wide-ranging Board and Chairman level experience that has effectively guided/communicated strategic vision to several senior management teams, while building consensus that drove multiple organizations to success. Having significant experience with private equity and venture funds, Mr. Maya's leadership spans turnaround and rapid growth environments. He has advised and operated both public and private companies in domestic and international markets. Although Mr. Maya's experience spans several industries, he has particular core strengths and expertise in the life sciences and various healthcare technologies. He also has wide-ranging software industry experience, including the successful completion of a number of purchase and sale transactions.
Bernard Morrey, MD
Dr. Morrey is also Emeritus Chairman and Professor of Orthopedics at the Mayo Clinic and the University of Texas Health Science Center, San Antonio. He has served on the board of governors of the Mayo Clinic and is past president of the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons (AAOS).
Dr. Morrey is past chairman of the board of trustees of the Journal of Bone and Joint Surgery and the Journal of Shoulder and Elbow Surgery.
He is a Fulbright Scholar and has authored four textbooks and over 300 peer-reviewed articles.
Richard J. Umbdenstock
Mr. Umbdenstock became president and chief executive officer of the American Hospital Association (AHA) on January 1, 2007, retiring in 2015. Previously, he was the elected AHA Board Chair in 2006. The AHA leads, represents, and serves more than 43,00 individual members, including 5,000 member hospitals, health systems, and other health care organizations.
Umbdenstock’s career includes experience in hospital administration, health system governance, management and integration, association governance and management, HMO governance, and health care governance consulting. He has written books and articles for the health care board audience and has authored national survey reports for AHA, HRET, and ACHE.
He received a BA degree in Politics from Fairfield University (CT), and a Master’s in Health Services Administration from SUNY- Stony Brook. He is a Fellow of ACHE.
In 2017, Mr. Umbdenstock received the AHA Distinguished Service Award.