Human Rights Commission Senior Staff

Philip Dalmage

Executive Director

Philip Dalmage was appointed as the Executive Director of the Commission in 2018 and has dedicated his career to public service. Prior to his appointment, Director Dalmage served as the Director of the Business Enterprise Program at the Illinois Department of Human Services (IDHS) and as the Chief Administrative Law Judge at the Illinois Department of Children and Family Services (IDCFS). Director Dalmage also worked as a practicing attorney handling civil and family cases, specifically working with IDCFS abuse and neglect cases. Director Dalmage holds a Bachelor of Arts degree from Marquette University and a J.D. from the John Marshall Law School.


Dr. Ewa I. Ewa

Chief Financial Officer/Chief of Staff

Dr. Ewa I. Ewa received his formal education at the University of Illinois at Chicago, where he earned a Bachelor of Science Degree in Business Administration (Management and Economics), a Master of Urban Planning and Policy, and a Doctorate in Public Policy Analysis. In addition to his service with the Human Rights Commission, Dr. Ewa has served with distinction in various State, City, and County administrative positions, including but not limited to, Chief Financial Officer and State Procurement Officer with the Illinois Historic Preservation Agency, Senior Financial Planning Analyst and Deputy Director with the Chicago Housing Authority, Planner with the Cook County Department of Planning and Development, Senior Financial Analyst with the Chicago Transit Authority, and Director of Planning and Development with the Chicago Park District.


Kelleye M. Chube

General Counsel

Kelleye M. Chube was appointed as the General Counsel to the Illinois Human Rights Commission in January 2019.  She has over 20 years of experience negotiating complex corporate transactions with major healthcare providers, software companies, Big Four accounting firms, and large financial institutions.  Previously, Ms. Chube worked in various roles in the public, and private sector, advising senior staff on legal issues pertaining to the Illinois Executive Branch, including policy initiatives, legislative and administrative proposals, corporate compliance issues, procurement related matters and corporate transactional issues.  For a ten year period prior to working in public policy, Ms. Chube served as Executive Vice President, General Counsel and Secretary for Shared Technologies, Inc., where she created and managed a legal department, negotiated major loan facilities, managed the company's intellectual property portfolio, reviewed and implemented all legal and compliance policies, and structured, drafted and negotiated US merger and acquisition transactions, distribution contracts and software joint ventures.  In other legal roles, Ms. Chube conducted internal investigations and worked with clients to mitigate risk through ethics, compliance and operational improvements.  Ms. Chube earned her law degree from The Catholic University of America, Columbus School of Law.  She is a graduate of Howard University in Washington, DC, where she earned a Bachelor of Arts in Broadcast Journalism.


Lester G. Bovia, Jr.

Deputy General Counsel

Lester G. Bovia, Jr. was first appointed to the Human Rights Commission in 2009 as an Administrative Law Judge, and has been with the Commission's Office of General Counsel since 2018. Previously, Mr. Bovia served as in-house counsel for a small restaurant chain, and as a litigation associate with Winston & Strawn LLP, where he focused his practice on commercial litigation, product liability/personal injury defense, corporate internal investigations/white-collar criminal defense, and pro bono criminal defense. In addition to his service to the Human Rights Commission, Mr. Bovia currently serves as an adjunct professor with DePaul University College of Law, where he teaches a seminar for judicial externs. Previously, he served as a senior adjunct professor with the University of Phoenix, where he taught MBA-level and undergraduate courses, including business law, employment law, criminal law, and criminal procedure. Mr. Bovia earned his B.S., with high honors, and his J.D. from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.