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Our Team

At Prairie Oak, senior communicators do your work. That means you're working with talented people who have a track record of providing solutions and generating results – and don't need on-the-job training on your budget.

 
 
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Vicky Lekovish
Executive
Vice President

Vicky is a senior-level communicator with years of award-winning experience in healthcare and other industries. She has managed internal and external communications programs for leading companies, hospitals, associations and organizations. During her career, she has worked on projects ranging from healthcare to Harley. She has delivered results to more than 25 hospitals and organizations.

Her efforts focus on achieving results that meet client expectations. Vicky recently served as internal communications lead for a business transformation initiative at a large health system that integrated key operational functions under the PeopleSoft and Kronos data platforms.

Prior to joining Prairie Oak, she worked at Presence Saint Joseph Hospital in Chicago, the Chicago Heart Association and Loyola University Medical Center in Maywood. She started her career as anewspaper reporter in Du Page County.

Vicky has a master's degree in Management and Development of Human Resources from National-Louis University (Evanston, Ill.), and a bachelor of science degree in Communications from Southern Illinois University (Carbondale, Ill.).

Vicky is an active volunteer in the community. For 12 years, she has provided support at the Oak Park-River Forest Food Pantry.  In 2006, she was named "Volunteer of the Year" by Oak Park and River Forest High School's Board of Education.

Contact Vicky by email at vlekovish@prairie-oak.com


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Jim Wisuri
President

After founding Prairie Oak, Jim has served clients in industries including healthcare, telecommunications, manufacturing, retail, environmental products and services, and information services.

He has extensive experience in communicating change clearly and mobilizing people for return on investment for such clients as Motorola Solutions, Presence Health, Whirlpool, Campbell Soup, Johnson Controls and STERIS. His work has received several international, national and regional awards.

Prior to launching Prairie Oak, Jim worked in various communications management roles for a national trade association and a growing public relations agency. He began his career as an editor, columnist and reporter for several newspapers in Chicago's suburbs and Tennessee – receiving national and regional recognition for journalistic achievement.

Certified in Prosci change management methods, Jim has a bachelor of science degree in Journalism from Southern Illinois University (Carbondale, Ill.) He also has completed an executive study program in communications strategy from the Kellogg Graduate School of Management at Northwestern University (Evanston, Ill.)

Contact Jim by e-mail at jim.wisuri@prairie-oak.com.