21 Women Healthcare Leaders Selected to Participate in the Carol Emmott Fellowship Class of 2023

Twenty-one women leaders from across the United States representing large public and private healthcare systems, academic medical centers, health plans, healthcare performance improvement management, and specialty care companies were welcomed into the Carol Emmott Fellowship Class of 2023. The Carol Emmott Fellowship is a signature initiative of The Carol Emmott Foundation, established in 2016, dedicated to increasing gender equity and diversity in healthcare by focusing on establishing pathways for accomplished women to senior healthcare leadership and governance positions.

The Carol Emmott Fellowship is a 14-month experience for exceptional, innovative women leaders who are making an impact in their communities and institutions and serving as advocates for equity in healthcare.

“The Carol Emmott Foundation is becoming a coveted pathway for growth and leadership track at Penn Medicine. Results have been stunning,” said Kevin Mahoney, CEO of the University of Pennsylvania Health System, a sponsoring organization of the Carol Emmott Fellowship since its inception.

Carol Emmott Fellows are nominated and sponsored by their healthcare institutions. The competitive process includes the submission of an original impact project supported by the institution’s top leadership and designed to accelerate action toward equity in the organization and community. Fellows receive mentorships from nationally recognized senior executive health leaders throughout their tenure.

Among the cohort, three women from public safety-net institutions with no budget for professional development have been selected as next year’s Foundation-sponsored Fellows. Program fees for these participants are covered in full by the Foundation.

“We are creating intentional opportunities for visibility, sponsorship, and access for these accomplished women to be considered for the most senior positions in healthcare,” said Anne McCune, CEO of the Foundation. “We are proud to share real results, with 75 percent of our fellows promoted post-Fellowship, with the majority accepting senior roles in their organizations.”

Class of 2023 Fellows

* Foundation-sponsored fellows are denoted with an asterisk

Sarah Conway, MD; Chief Medical Officer, Johns Hopkins Clinical Alliance; Sr. Medical Director, Physician Alignment & Integration; Assistant Professor of Medicine, Johns Hopkins Medicine

Poonam Desai, MHSA; Executive Director – Ambulatory Operations Community Health and Hospital Division, UChicago Medicine

Loretta Erhunmwunsee, MD; Assistant Professor, Division of Thoracic Surgery and Division of Health Equities, City of Hope

Jacquelyn Frombach, DNP, RN; Chief Nursing Executive, Marshfield Clinic Health System

Andrea Gibson; Chief Strategy Officer, Cook County Health*

Laura Hendricks-Jackson, DNP, NEA-BC, RN-BC, CPHQ; Vice President of Patient Care Services/Chief Nursing Officer, Sibley Memorial Hospital/Johns Hopkins Health System

Jessica M. Johnson, MHA; Chief Operating Officer – Charleston Division, MUSC Health

Sarah Johnson, MBA; Chief Operating Officer, Penn Medicine at Home, Penn Medicine

Fran Maddox; Senior Vice President Spend Management Delivery, Vizient, Inc.

Katie McKittrick; Chief of Staff, Office of the SVP & CHRO, Duke University Health System

Robin Menefee, RN, BSN, MBA; Regional Director of Operations, Palo Alto Medical Foundation, Sutter Health

Melissa Ortega, PharmD MS; Vice President, Ambulatory Pharmacy Services, Tufts Medicine

Kiren Rizvi Jafry, MPA; Service Line Executive, Neuromusculoskeletal Specialties and Surgical Services, Sutter East Bay Medical Foundation, Sutter Health

Adia Kamali Ross, MD, MHA; Chief Medical Officer, Duke Regional Hospital

Caroline Sarratt Russell, MSHA; Associate Administrator, Mayo Clinic in Florida

S. Monica Soni, MD; Associate Chief Medical Officer, New Century Health

Maureen Stevenson, MD; Senior Vice President, John Muir Health Foundation Practice Operations, John Muir Health

Denise Torres, MD; Chair, Surgery Institute and Department of General Surgery, Geisinger

Steph Willding, MPA; CEO, CommunityHealth*

Deremius Williams, MPA; Senior Vice President, Payer Strategy and Innovation, Yale New Haven Health

Christine Yang, CHCIO; Vice President & Chief Technology Officer, Alameda Health System*


Learn more about this year’s Fellows, as well as the work and mission of The Carol Emmott Foundation, by visiting carolemmottfoundation.org.