Management Team

Patient Focused. Mission Driven. Financially Sound.

Founded in 1972, Crusader Community Health is one of 1,200 Community Health Centers (CHC) in the United States. Nationally, CHCs offer over 7,000 sites and serve almost 22 million patients.

Crusader Community Health’s mission is to serve the Rock River Valley area with quality primary health care for all people in need. In 2016, Crusader served 50,347 patients which is about 20% of our area’s population.

Crusader is the only CHC in Northwest Illinois. We currently have five locations: three in Rockford, IL (West State, Broadway and Auburn High School); one in Belvidere, IL;  and one in Loves Park, IL.

Crusader is financially sound operating on a $39.1M budget (only 16% federal grant assisted funds). We have over 325 employees (68 healthcare providers – MD, DO, DDS, PA, NP, CNM; All physicians are board certified or board eligible). No volunteer providers are utilized.

Crusader underwent an unannounced on-site survey in September 2014. A team of Joint Commission expert surveyors evaluated Crusader for compliance with standards of care specific to the needs of patients, including infection prevention and control, leadership and medication management. Crusader has received accreditation six times since 1999.

Gordon Eggers, Jr., PA-C, MPH
President & CEO – February 2005 to present
Physician’s Assistant – August 1987 to present
VP Health Providers – 1998 to 2005
University of Illinois, Chicago – Master in Public Health
Baylor College of Medicine – Physician Assistant Program
Texas Medical Center – B.S. Medicine, P.A. Certificate
Colorado State University – B.A. Philosophy

Terry White
Chief Strategic & Operations Officer
January 2013 to present
Leading Edge Consulting Group – 2000 to present
Eastern Illinois University – B.S. in Business, MBA

Samuel Miller, CPA
Chief Financial Officer
August 2005 to present
Illinois State University, Normal, IL – BS in Accountancy, MBA
Certified Public Accountant

Linda E. Niemiec, CFRE
Vice President Development
1989 to present
University of Michigan – Master of Social Work
University of Northern Colorado – B.S., Gerontology
Association of Fundraising Professionals
Certified Fund Raising Executive

Shelton Kay
Vice President Community Services
September 1993 to present
Rockford University – B.A. in Psychology

Nancy W. Halverson, MS
Chief Quality Officer
August 1993 to present
Univ. of Wisconsin, Madison – Master of Science
Augustana College – B.A. in Biology
Certified Genetic Counselor