About Us

Our Board

[I] make no pretense of being the last word on the subject of autistic children. …more appropriate to call it one of the first words.

— Rosalind Oppenheim, Founder of Rimland

Lorraine Ganz, President
A retired special education teacher, Ms. Ganz has dedicated herself to improving the lives of young adults with significant behavioral challenges.  She has played an instrumental role in Rimland’s success since its inception.  As a co-founder and governance officer, Ms. Ganz was instrumental in establishing the State of Illinois’ first community-based residential facility.  She holds a Master’s Degree in Education from Illinois State University.

Barbara Cooper, Secretary

Ms. Cooper worked at Chicago-Read Mental Health Center for 32 years as a Psychiatric Nurse for deaf and developmentally disabled individuals with mental illness. She retired from Chicago-Read Mental Health Center in 2016 and  has been a part of the Rimland Board of Directors for over 20 years.

William Egan
Mr. Egan has committed himself to a life of service, providing health and pension benefits to the United Methodist Church and joining Rimland’s Board in 2001.  He is an expert relationship manager both professionally (overseeing critical service provider relationships) and on Rimland’s behalf (spearheading fundraising events).

Dr. Petham Muthuswamy
Dr. Muthuswamy is currently the Director of the Cardio-Pulmonary Department of Chicago’s Jackson Park Hospital.  He attended Stanley Medical College in Madras, India, before moving to Chicago in 1970 for post-graduate training at Cook County Hospital in Chicago.