Kovler Leadership Welcomes Miniat and Taylor - The University of Chicago Kovler Diabetes Center

Kovler Leadership Welcomes Miniat and Taylor

Kovler Diabetes Center is thrilled to welcome two new members to our Leadership Board. With an expanding board, Kovler is committed to continuing to grow its impact with our patients, our communities we serve and all those living with diabetes.


Mr. David Miniat

David Miniat

An established business leader in the food manufacturing industry, David Miniat has served as president of Ed Miniat, Inc., since 1995. He currently focuses on executing policies developed by the board of directors while developing strategic initiatives for the company’s day-to-day operations.

Educated at Colorado State University, Mr. Miniat completed his bachelor of science in animal sciences in 1982. He went on to earn a master of business administration from the Keller Graduate School of Business. In his personal life, Mr. Miniat maintains an active involvement with organizations that support research into type 1 diabetes. In addition to his work with Kovler, he participates in the Southwest Suburbs Ron Santo Walk to Cure Diabetes, acting as that event’s corporate chair in 2009.



Ms. Regina Taylor

Regina Taylor

With an impressive body of work that encompasses film, television, theater and writing, Regina Taylor’s career continues to evolve with exciting and challenging projects. Taylor is best known to television audiences for her role as Lilly Harper in the series “I’ll Fly Away.” She received many accolades for her performance in the show including winning a Golden Globe for Best Performance by an Actress in a TV Series, an NAACP Image Award for Outstanding Lead Actress in a Drama Series and two Emmy Award nominations for Outstanding Lead Actress in a Drama Series. In addition to her film and television work, Taylor holds the honor as being the first Black woman to play William Shakespeare’s Juliet in Broadway’s “Romeo and Juliet.”

Taylor not only feels comfortable on the stage, she is also an accomplished playwright and director. Taylor was named one of six 2012 Chicagoans of the Year by Chicago Magazine and was awarded the 2013 Oscar Micheaux Award from the Chicago Film Critics Association.