Illinois Leaders Program

IHCA’s Illinois Leaders Program works to develop leaders within the Association and Illinois’ long term care profession. The program is modeled after the American Health Care Association’s Future Leaders, with an exclusive group of IHCA-member professionals chosen for their demonstrated leadership skills, support of the Association and an interest in pursuing leadership pathways to improve their personal and professional skills. Graduates of the Illinois Leaders Program will receive priority nomination for the AHCA Future Leaders program. For more information about the IHCA Illinois Leaders program, contact Debbie Jackson via email at or by phone at 217-528-6455.

About the Program

The IHCA Illinois Leaders program kicks off with an informative and interactive two-day event that includes leadership training and case study discussions. Illinois Leaders will receive complimentary reading material to help instill leadership qualities. Throughout this year-long program, participants will have the opportunity to network with the IHCA Board of Directors, staff and key stakeholders through a variety of activities, including conference calls, Lobby Day events and a class graduation event at the Annual IHCA Convention and Expo.

Illinois Leaders class members are selected by a committee made up of individuals from Illinois who have participated in AHCA’s Future Leaders program. *Space for the Illinois Leaders program is limited to one representative per region, one Associate Member and one representative from each of IHCA’s related organizations. Individuals may be nominated by IHCA Board members, AHCA Future Leader alumni from Illinois, an IHCA member center administrator or they may self-nominate.

What to Expect

There may be some incidental program expenses the participants may have to pay, but they should be very minimal at most. Selected Illinois Leaders will receive pre-program reading materials and are expected to participate in all meetings/conference calls. You must be employed by an IHCA member in good standing and attend the Class Kickoff Training to be considered part of this program. If conference calls or meetings are missed without correspondence with the class liaison, participants may be asked to step down from the program.

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How to Apply

To apply for the Illinois Leaders Program, please fill out the application (click here) and return it along with the required supporting materials to the IHCA Office at: 1029 S. 4th Street, Springfield, IL  62703. Fax to: 217-528-0452. You may also email your application materials to Debbie Jackson at
Supporting Materials: 

  • Resume/bio
  • Describe why you want to be in the Illinois Leaders Program. (Please limit to one page.)
  • Letter of recommendation from the person providing the nomination OR your supervisor if you are self-nominated
Click here to view the program overview for more information. Applications must be received by October 1, 2019 to be considered.


IHCA would like to offer a big thank you to the sponsor of the 2019 class of the Illinois Leaders program, Consonus Healthcare! 

With more than 25 years of experience, Consonus Healthcare provides rehabilitation, pharmacy, PACT and consulting services to the long term care profession. These well-established services are under one unified company, bringing quantifiable long-term value and undeniable passion to every partnership.

The professionals at Consonus Rehab Services show facilities how to maximize its rehabilitation program to improve patient outcomes; and design a management program to increase census and revenue. 

Consonus’ comprehensive pharmacy services are designed specifically for the long term care profession, which allows facilities to maximize occupancy, increase resident retention and improve residents' functional independence.

Consonus’ Post Acute Care Transformation program, or PACT, is designed to help Consonus customers meet the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services’ Triple Aim Accountability requirements.

Consonus consultants are experts in understanding the industry, and are passionate about creating solutions that work. They have a proven track record of helping facilities more efficiently meet regulatory demands while always keeping resident health and fiscal responsibility at the forefront.