Our Team



Ron Kirschner, Founder. Ron founded Heartland AngelsĀ in 2003. He is an adjunct professor at the UIC Liautaud Graduate School of Business. He has served as CEO of several companies in the health care field and as a Principal in a Consulting firm specializing early stage companies.
Jill Hebert, Executive Director. Jill founded and is CEO of Matrex Exhibits, Inc. one of the largest woman owned trade show exhibit and experiential marketing company in the U.S. A champion of entrepreneurship, Hebert serves as a guest speaker on several University panels and mentors emerging entrepreneurs. She served as Co-Chair of The Coleman Center for Entrepreneurship at DePaul University and is active in the Economic Club of Chicago, Committee of 200 and IWF.
John Lump, Treasurer. John is VP-SEC Reporting at the Federal Home Loan Bank of Chicago. He is also Adjunct Professor in Finance and Accounting at DePaul University and an avid supporter of Chicago entrepreneurship. He has an MBA in Finance and International Business from the University of Chicago.


Head shots- duo4 Loren Minkus is an accomplished business executive with over 38 years of broad business experience with Motorola and three years of consulting with Concept Equity Group. He has expertise in corporate venture capital, private and public equity sales, corporate business development, business valuation, strategy, finance, marketing, equity pitch presentations.
Head shots- duo5 Robert Osborne has over 25 years of experience in computer engineering, software development, and financial risk management. He is a Chartered Financial Analyst (CFA). He is currently the Director of Software Development at a financial services company in Chicago.

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