Jeff Reinke was born on Christmas Eve and raised in Central Wisconsin in a region known as the Sand Counties, which were made famous by the naturalist Aldo Leopold. He grew up with an appreciation of nature, hunting and fishing, along with all the other things’ boys did growing up in a community of paper mills and farms. After high school, Jeff attended the University of Wisconsin – Milwaukee where he received both his Bachelor of Science and Master of Architecture Degrees. In 2020 Jeff celebrated his 41st year in the profession. Most of which has been devoted to the planning and design of healthcare facilities in North America. During his career as an architect, Jeff’s work has been published and has received awards including three US Patents. He currently works “most time” in Chicago with a firm that specializes in healthcare and senior living facilities. He has always shared his knowledge and passion for the profession and works daily with young professional as they learn the practice. Jeff has also served as a visiting design critic and instructor for undergraduate and graduate studios at the University of Illinois at Chicago, the University of Illinois, Ball State, and Virginia Commonwealth University. During his years of practice, Jeff took an interest in volunteering in architecturally related not-for-profits. In addition to a full-time job he volunteered concurrently for 12 years with ACE Mentor and the Greater North Michigan Avenue Association (GNMAA). At ACE, which was a professional/high school mentorship program aimed at introducing more minorities to the A&E industry, Jeff served as the Chicago Affiliate Secretary of Board, led the yearly fundraising efforts (often grossing $500K to $600K), and was the Midwest Regional Representative which also included a seat on the ACE National Board. At GNMAA, which is a civic organization dedicated to supporting retail and economic health in Chicago, Jeff had the opportunity to participate in several civic committees, which included one that focused on bringing the 2016 Olympics to Chicago. Jeff additionally served on the GNMAA Board of Directors.
Jeff lives in Arlington Heights, Illinois. He and his wife Deborah Sheehan, who is also a healthcare architect, raised two children who are now adults. The passion for healthcare and helping others extended to their children. Liz is a Genetic Counselor at the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center and leads efforts in Pediatric Endocrinology and Connor is a Certified Nurse Assistant and Team Lead for a Skilled Nursing facility in Presence Health. When time permits, he and Deb love to travel and enjoy a glass of wine from that region.
Jeff loves fly fishing and started at an early age (8 years old) on the small lakes in Central and Northern Wisconsin. Once high school was complete fly fishing took a pause in Jeff’s life while attending college and starting his career. It wasn’t until he was 40 years old that he finally “got his feet wet” once again. Jeff fishes for many species in both fresh and saltwater including larger species like muskies (second place in the 2016 Treeland Premier – his first tournament), tarpon, bonefish and shark all on the fly. Jeff’s biggest tarpon was 6 foot and 135 lbs.
All of this has led Jeff to Project Healing Waters Fly Fishing. In 2015 as the Education Chair for his Trout Unlimited Chapter, Jeff took on the responsibility as Program Lead to build a new program for North Chicago. This program was approved in February of 2016 and in three short months Jeff mobilized a group of volunteers and held their first session. Today this program is attended regularly by 30 veterans during the day and has welcomed 75 veterans through the year in the evenings. These efforts were recognized in 2019 as Jeff was asked to serve as the Midwest Regional Coordinator. Shortly after taking the role, the region was expanded to include Ohio. The success of PHWFF has allowed each of the region’s programs to grow, and, to grow new programs. Jeff is also working with the HQ team to create a template for a Regional Fundraiser where those funds would be used for training and program development. In late 2019, Jeff accepted the offer to join the Field Advisory Council and Chair that Group. This past fall he also continued his commitment to TU by becoming Chapter President and maintaining his seat on the Illinois Council of TU.
Jeff’s is an active listener and a creative problem solver. His approach has always been one of collaboration and his skill with reading an audience has served him well. As he would tell you “when you design a hospital, you have to be able to speak with the person driving the earth mover and then meet with the person who just invented the mechanical heart. It takes that diverse group of people and everyone in between to build a hospital”