Board of Directors

Our Board brings a wealth of expertise, dedication, and knowledge to breaking down barriers and building effective pathways to achieving social justice. We are pleased to introduce the members.


Linda Gilmore Bathgate, MEd, CRC – Linda Gilmore Bathgate has worked and taught the fields of family counseling, addictions and blindness for many years. Currently, she is a counselor and instructor at South Suburban College in Illinois with special focus on learning styles, personality-type theory, and transition issues for students with disabilities. Ms. Bathgate was a certified rehabilitation counselor and vocational evaluator. She is currently a member of AHEAD, the Association of Higher Education and Disability, and was chosen as a presenter at the International Association of Higher Education and Disability in Innsbruck, Austria, in 2010. A Board member for more than 20 years, she earned her master's degree in Counselor Education and Rehabilitation from Penn State University.

Aditya Burman, MBA – Aditya Burman has been at the crossroads of technology and business solutions as an entrepreneur and as a senior consultant and product manager at Deloitte and IBM. But he has never forgotten the importance of giving back to community. Currently, Mr. Burman is serving in a U.S. management role at OR Laser, a German-based laser and 3D printing manufacturer. At Deloitte, he helped the State of Wisconsin devise strategies for improving delivery of social services, and recently he's been volunteering with WITS, the Working In The Schools organization in Chicago, to improve literacy and learning ability among low-income and minority students. Studying entrepreneurship, organizational management, and marketing strategy, Mr. Burman earned his MBA from the University of Chicago Booth School of Business after receiving a BS in Computer Science from Tulane University.

Deila Davis, MBA – Deila Davis is the director of government affairs at Access Community Health Network, one of the largest Federally Qualified Health Centers in the nation, where she has worked to improve access to health care for Chicago’s most vulnerable families. Ms. Davis has demonstrated a professional commitment to serving at mission-driven organizations. Before moving to Access in 2005, Ms. Davis gained valuable experience as associate director of development at Chicago's renowned Providence-St. Mel School, a private, coeducational preK-12 college-prep institution, and as a policy analyst for Detroit City Council Member Nicholas Hood III. After receiving her BA with dual concentrations in Public Policy and Organizational Development and Management from Brown University, Ms. Davis earned an Masters in Public Policy and was awarded a Woodrow Wilson Fellowship from the University of Michigan. She later also earned an MBA from the University of Notre Dame.

Teresa (Tere) Garate, PhD – Dr. Teresa Garate is President and CEO of Anixter Center, one of the largest nonprofit organizations in the Chicago area serving people of all ages with disabilities. She is a recognized authority and advocate in the fields of disabilities, education, human services, and public health and has an extensive background in the government, nonprofit, and private sectors. Previously, Dr. Garate held senior-level positions at Neumann Family Services, the Illinois Department of Public Health, and Chicago Public Schools. Dr. Garate co-chairs the state task force for Employment and Economic Opportunities for People with Disabilities, and is a faculty member in the Department of Disability and Human Development at the University of Illinois at Chicago, where she received her PhD in Special Education. She also serves on the steering committee of the Kennedy Forum Illinois and is a member of the Illinois Community College Board. Dr. Garate is a frequent speaker in the United States and abroad on the issues of disability and empowerment.

Fil Mendez Guipoco – Fil Mendez Guipoco is the multicultural initiatives director at the American Heart Association. On both the local and national level, he has led health impact initiatives in multicultural communities by focusing on prevention to build sustainable cultures of health. Mr. Guipoco has been recognized for his work by organizations including the Hispanic Center of Excellence at University of Illinois and received the Rome Betts Award, honoring outstanding AHA staff members for their leadership, professionalism, and dedication. An HDA Board member since 2004, Mr. Guipoco is a past Board president. He earned his MA in Clinical Psychology at California State University, Dominguez Hills.

Eric Lipp – Eric Lipp is the founder and executive director of the Open Doors Organization (ODO), a nonprofit dedicated to enhancing the accessibility of travel, transportation and tourism for individuals with disabilities. After personally experiencing the restrictions that people with disabilities face in everyday life, Mr. Lipp founded ODO to help businesses achieve equal access beyond mere compliance while simultaneously empowering the disability community. Mr. Lipp initiated the 2002, 2005, and 2015 ODO market studies on American travelers with disabilities, now considered the definitive source for statistics on the topic. A longtime HDA Board member, Mr. Lipp is a frequent speaker at national trade shows and international conferences. He graduated with a BS from the University of Arizona.

David Reed, PhD – Dr. David Reed was one of the founding influences for HDA. He has been an important voice with the organization as well as a powerful force for social justice in Chicago for more than 30 years. After receiving his PhD in Sociology from Northwestern University in 1979, Dr. Reed became involved in research and advocacy for a variety of causes, including juvenile justice, domestic violence, gender bias, and community renewal. He has served in prominent roles with the Chicago Law Enforcement Study Group, the Chicago Community Trust, Community Renewal Society, and the Children and Family Justice Center at Northwestern's Pritzker School of Law. He is principal of his nonprofit consulting firm, David Reed & Associates.

Linda Diamond Shapiro – Linda Diamond Shapiro is currently the Interim CEO of Planned Parenthood of Illinois, which operates health centers across the state and works to provide education about sexual and reproductive health. Previously she was the organization's vice president for strategy and planning and served on its board of directors. Her extensive resume includes chief strategy officer for the Cook County Health and Hospitals System, executive director of the Health and Medicine Policy Research Group, and policy development positions at the American Medical Association. She also served as a special assistant in the office of the president of University of Chicago Medical Center. Ms. Shapiro received both her Masters in Clinical Intervention and an MBA in Health Administration from the University of Chicago.

To communicate with Board members, please address your correspondence to "board - at - hdadvocates.org"