NADIA CARLESSO, MD, PHD

Professor & Chair, Department of Stem Cell Biology and Regenerative Medicine
City of Hope, Beckman Research Institute

Nadia Carlesso received her M.D. from the Medical School of Torino, Italy, followed by a fellowship in Hematology/Oncology and a Ph.D. in experimental hematology. Following her postdoctoral training at the Dana-Farber Cancer Institute and Massachusetts General Hospital (MGH), she was assistant professor at MGH/Harvard Stem Cell Institute from 2001-2006. Prior joining City of Hope in 2016, Dr. Carlesso was tenured professor of pediatrics and molecular genetics at the Indiana University School of Medicine, where she led a research program on the biology of normal and malignant hematopoiesis from 2006 to 2016. She is currently professor and chair of the Department of Stem Cell Biology and Regenerative Medicine and associate director of Basic Research Gehr Center for Leukemia Research, at the Beckman Research Institute of City of Hope. Her research focuses on normal and malignant hematopoiesis and on using stem cells as tools for new anti-cancer therapies and regenerative approaches in cancer survivors.

AUDREY CORBETT, MD, MBA

Chief Medical Officer, OU Health Physicians – Tulsa
University of Oklahoma, School of Community Medicine

Dr. Audrey Corbett serves as chief medical officer of OU Health Physicians-Tulsa since 2021. Dr. Corbett is associate professor in the Department of Internal Medicine and associate dean of clinical affairs at the University of Oklahoma School of Community Medicine, a community based academic program in Tulsa. She is a practicing physician with an interest in patient safety and quality improvement, especially related to education on value-based and patient centered care. Dr. Corbett graduated from the University of Oklahoma with her M.D. and completed her internal medicine residency at the University of Missouri-Kansas City. She has a master’s degree in Healthcare Administration from Oklahoma City University.

CAROLINE DAVIDGE-PITTS, MBBCH

Associate Chair, Practice, Endocrinology, Diabetes and Metabolism
Mayo Clinic

Doctor Caroline Davidge-Pitts is an associate professor of medicine and associate practice chair of the division of endocrinology, diabetes, and nutrition at Mayo Clinic Rochester. She is the medical director of the Transgender and Intersex Specialty Care Clinic and is actively involved in clinical care, research and education. She is on the board of directors for the US Professional Association for Transgender Health and previously co-chaired the Endocrine Society’s Transgender Medicine and Research Special Interest Group. Her interests include medical training in transgender health for trainees and she was a member of the transgender health curriculum taskforce for US endocrinology fellowships. Her research interests center around long-term effects of gender-affirming hormone therapy.

BETH GODSEY, MBA, MSPA

SVP Data Science, Methodology & Product Strategy & Management
Vizient, Inc.

Ms. Godsey holds over 20 years of experience leveraging data and analytics to support providers in their performance improvement journey, finding that transparent and actionable measurement truly enables changes. Through collaboration with some of the most brilliant methodologist and healthcare professionals in the country, Ms. Godsey has worked with teams that developed robust and meaningful measurement, including quality & accountability ranking, risk adjustment, and equity and social needs measurement (Vizient Vulnerability Index (VVI)) trusted by the leading health systems across the country. Ms. Godsey currently leads a team of analytics and product strategy and management professionals that oversees developing analytic insights. Additionally, Ms. Godsey supports member scenario and impact analysis regarding changes to the national landscape in CMS pay for performance methods and publicly reported measures.

STEPHANIE GUZIK, MBA, BSN, RN, CHRC

Chief of Staff
University of Texas Medical Branch

Stephanie Guzik serves as the chief of staff at the university of Texas Medical Branch.  Prior to joining the UTMB, she was the associate VP and University compliance officer at Rush University Medical Center in Chicago. Ms. Guzik has extensive expertise in research administration, research integrity, and higher education compliance and she leads the oversight and administration of the health system’s conflict of interest (COI) Program. She is an institution-wide resource and has substantial experience in internal investigations, external audits (e.g., FDA, OHRP, NCI, NIH) and interpreting/applying complex federal and state statutes. Stephanie is a member of the AAMC FOCI steering committee and is a regular contributor, participating as a program committee member, teaching faculty for COI 101 workshops, and co-chairing the AAMC 2018 conference. Stephanie received her bachelor of science in nursing from Valparaiso University and a master’s in business administration from Purdue University. Stephanie is certified in healthcare research compliance (CHRC). She is a registered nurse licensed in Illinois and Indiana and is an adjunct faculty at Rush University.

SARA HAGGERTY, MBA

VP, Budget and Financial Planning & Analysis
University of Chicago Medical Center

Sara Haggerty is the VP, budget and financial planning & analysis, for UChicago Medicine (UCM). In this role reporting to the CFO, she oversees system-wide financial operations, budget, planning, and reporting analytics. By focusing on talent development and building trusted relationships across the System, Sara has been able to lead her team in adopting a shared services approach to delivering and developing organizational priorities and strategy. During her 16-year tenure at UCM, Sara has worked in several roles including executive director business operations, reporting to the COO to streamline cost variation and refine data analyses as well as serving as the interim CFO at our Community Hospital. Sara also spent time in healthcare finance at Advocate Healthcare in Chicago. Sara earned a Master of Business Administration from DePaul University, and a Bachelor of Science (finance) from Eastern Illinois University.

CRYSTAL HERNANDEZ, PSYD, MBA

Chief Forensic Officer
Muscogee Creek Nation (Foundation-sponsored Fellow)

Dr. Crystal Hernandez is a proud Cherokee Citizen and Latina. She is a psychologist by training and has been a mental health administrator since 2007. Most recently, she served the State of Oklahoma as the executive director of the forensic hospital and a civil psychiatric hospital. She is an Independent consultant with various local and national contracts and serves as the chief forensic officer for the Muscogee Creek Nation, building out historical systems of care for citizens. Dr. Hernandez is a Tribal disabilities expert and serves as a program advisory committee member for the State of the States in intellectual and developmental disabilities. She is the creator and host of the Black Feathers podcast – Tribal Disabilities conversations for all rooted in culture, storytelling, and data. She holds independent contracts with several Tribal Nations to provide guidance on system and program development and design.

MEREDITH HILEMAN, MBA

Chief Executive Officer, Sutter West Bay Medical Group
Sutter Health

Meredith Hileman received a Bachelor of Arts in mathematics from the University of California at Berkeley and a Masters of Business Administration from St. Mary’s College of California. She is also a Sutter Health leadership academy graduate. Meredith started her career at Kaiser Permanente serving in various administrative roles across in Northern California and the corporate offices. She moved to Sutter Health to lead delivery system strategy and physician acquisitions for Sutter Health Bay Area. In 2019, Meredith was named Sutter West Bay Medical Group’s first CEO. Meredith has a proven track record of translating vision and strategy into execution and bringing together teams to deliver results. She is an inspiring leader who has an ability to connect with physicians, patients, employees, and partners. She combines her passion for healthcare, problem solving and servant leadership to make an impact on healthcare delivery.

SARA JOHNSON, MBA, PMP

Associate Vice President, Population Health and Innovation
Duke University Health System

Sara Johnson, MBA, PMP is the associate VP, population health and innovation for Duke Primary Care in Durham, North Carolina. In this role, she directs a range of adult and pediatric population health services, including annual wellness visits, chronic care management, behavioral health services, diabetes education and nutrition counseling, lactation services, and primary care pharmacy services. Under her leadership, Duke Primary Care Population Health launched the pediatric behavioral health program, behavioral health on call service for patients 18 and older, a hospital follow-up clinic, two new patient access clinics, and implemented standardized health related social needs screening across the network. Prior to joining Duke Primary Care in 2020, Sara worked for Duke Gastroenterology leading clinical operations. She earned her Bachelor of Science in Business Administration from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and her Master of Business Administration from Elon University in Elon, NC.

SAMANTHA KLEBE, DO, SFHM

Chief Medical Officer
Marshfield Clinic Health System

Samantha Klebe, DO, SFHM, is the chief medical officer at Marshfield Clinic, a large, not-for-profit rural healthcare system in Wisconsin. In addition to  practicing internal medicine, she also serves as the core line medical director of hospital-based medicine. Before assuming her role as CMO, Dr. Klebe was the VP of medical affairs for the Marshfield Clinic River Region. Dr. Klebe completed her medical degree from the Edward Via College of Osteopathic Medicine-Virginia Campus and her internal medicine residency at Wellspan York Hospital in York, PA, where she also earned a certificate in physician leadership. Dr. Klebe also received a certificate in women’s leadership from the Yale School of Management.

MARJORIE LAZARRE, PHARMD, MBA

Associate Chief Pharmacy Officer & ED Pharmaceutical Business Innovations
Yale New Haven Health System

Marjorie Lazarre received her doctoral degree in Pharmacy from Howard University in Washington, DC. She completed a pharmacy practice residency at Yale New Haven Hospital in 2001 and went on to attain her Master’s in Business Administration from the Isenberg School of Management at the University of Massachusetts Amherst. Dr. Lazarre currently serves as the associate chief pharmacy officer and executive director of pharmaceutical business innovation and is responsible for advancing YNHHS strategic objectives with a focus on all aspects of pharmaceutical procurement, expense, revenue cycle and 340B program. Additionally, she oversees all associated compliance measures for pharmacy business lines. She is active locally and nationally in pharmacy as well as healthcare organizations, including Connecticut Society of Healthcare Pharmacists, 340B Health, Vizient Business Council, BD Advisory Board, Marcrohelix Advisory Board, Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation and International Finance and Investment Committee.

JESSICA LIDDLE, MHA

Director of Enterprise Performance and Strategic Planning
Johns Hopkins Health System

Jessica Liddle, MHA, is the director of enterprise performance and strategic planning. She has been with Johns Hopkins Medicine since 2014 where she currently leads the annual identification of strategically significant system level initiatives. In her role she utilizes an integrated strategic planning process to identify forward looking goals, the strategies necessary to accomplish success, and the internal performance management systems required to guide implementation and evaluate progress. Jessica is an innately curious design thinker that enjoys developing and applying frameworks to work through complex issues, catalyzing teams to establish and realize a vision beyond status quo, and finding synergistic ways to enhance impact.

CHEMEN NEAL, MD, CPCC

Executive Associate Dean of Equity & Inclusion | Chief Diversity Officer
Indiana University School of Medicine

Chemen M. Neal, MD, received her undergraduate degree from San Diego State University and medical degree from the University of Chicago, Pritzker School of Medicine. She completed residency in obstetrics and gynecology at the Indiana University School of Medicine. Her interests led her to become passionate about the advancement of physicians as leaders. In 2018, she completed training as a certified executive coach through the Coactive Training Institute (CTI) to further her capabilities as an expert in professional growth. She served as assistant dean for student success and advocacy at the IU School of Medicine and, in early 2023, became the inaugural executive associate dean of equity and inclusion. To improve care for vulnerable Hoosier communities, she plans to positively impact the development of the Indiana physician workforce by developing important partnerships with the school’s companion academic health center and aligning institutional efforts in inclusive excellence.

KARLYN PAGLIA, MD

Chief Medical Officer, Geisinger Wyoming Valley Medical Center
Geisinger 

Karlyn B. Paglia, MD, is the CMO at Geisinger Wyoming Valley Medical Center. She has also served as director of hospital medicine and chair of the department of medicine. In her role at GWV, Dr. Paglia has focused on patient flow and capacity management. She is also involved with quality and safety initiatives, resource management, resident education, and physician mentoring. Dr. Paglia holds a Bachelor of Arts from the University of Pennsylvania and a Doctorate of Medicine from Jefferson Medical College. She completed her internal medicine residency at Christiana Care Health Systems. Dr. Paglia served on the Geisinger Health System Foundation board of directors from 2014 to 2017. In 2016, she was awarded Best in Class and Excellence in Leadership recognition for Geisinger Employee / Physician engagement. Dr. Paglia was also recognized by the American College of Physician Hospitalists for Top 10 Hospitalists 2016.

VANESSA ROSHELL-STACKS, MHA

Vice President, Ancillary and Support Services –Site Admin Oakland Campus
UCSF Benioff Children’s Hospital

Vanessa Roshell-Stacks has served since 2021 as the Vice President of Ancillary and Support Services for UCSF Benioff Children’s Hospital. In this this critical role she is responsible for the operational, financial, and strategic activities for broad range of departments and programs across the organization. In addition, she serves as the site administrator for the Oakland campus. Vanessa began her healthcare career providing therapy for autistic children. She now has over 25 years of healthcare experience with a strong operational foundation in operational efficiency, care management/population health, patient flow, decision support, and revenue cycle management. Vanessa thrives in utilizing herself as a servant leader with a desire to deliver high quality and cost-effective solutions in a compassionate, collaborative and patient-centric manner. She is Lean Six-Sigma trained and obtained her bachelor’s degree in Experimental Psychology and master’s degree in health administration from the University of South Carolina.

MONICA RUSSO, MHA

Regional Vice President Practice Operations
MaineHealth Medical Group

Monica Russo is the regional VP of practice operations for MaineHealth Medical Group. Since 2000, she has worked in partnership with leaders from across the MaineHealth system to expand access to primary and specialty ambulatory care in support of our vision of “working together so our communities are the healthiest in America.” Monica holds a Master’s Degree in healthcare administration from St. Joseph’s University in Philadelphia and is a fellow with the American College of Medical Practice Executives. Monica has resided in Portland with her husband since 1999.

TERESA SARLITTO

Executive, Clinical Operations, Sutter Bay Medical Foundation
Sutter Health

Teresa Sarlitto is the regional operations executive of Sutter Bay Medical Foundation at Sutter Health in Northern California. She has worked at Sutter Health since 2003 and oversees operations across 175 ambulatory care centers. At Sutter Health, Teresa has held progressive leadership roles supporting primary care, medical and surgical specialty operations. From 2016-2021, she was VP of operations at Palo Alto Medical Foundation and Sutter East Bay Medical Foundation where she played a key role in the development and operations of new facilities and served as the service line executive for general surgery, radiation oncology, gastroenterology, hematology and oncology ambulatory clinical services. Since 2020, she helped lead the SBMF COVID safety protocols for patients and staff, mass vaccination efforts both at large event centers and local care centers and COVID testing sites.

JOY SCLAMBERG, MD

Senior Associate Dean Graduate Medical Education
Rush University Medical Center

Dr. Joy Sclamberg is the senior associate dean of graduate medical education at Rush University Medical Center. She has been involved in graduate medical education since 2005 when she became the residency program director of diagnostic radiology where she served for over 13 years. She leads roughly 75 residency and fellowship programs and advocates for more than 850 young training physicians.

CINDY SHERIDAN, JD

Associate Chief Legal Officer, Litigation Services
Geisinger

Cindy A. Sheridan is the associate chief legal officer for litigation services at Geisinger. She started in this role in 2019 and is responsible for oversight of all litigation for the Geisinger Health System. Her experience includes managing complex catastrophic malpractice claims and collaborating with interdepartmental clinical and administrative leaders to improve clinical and operational outcomes. Cindy is focused on learning meaningful lessons from malpractice that lead to quality improvements for patients. Prior to her current role, Cindy served as lead trial counsel at Geisinger. She received her Juris Doctor degree from Penn State Law and her bachelor’s degree from The University of Scranton.

JULIA SWANSON, MHSA

Senior Vice President, Planning and Transformation
Henry Ford Health System

Julia Swanson is the senior VP of planning and transformation at Henry Ford Health. In this role, she reports to the president and CEO and provides overall senior leadership and direction for planning, transformation initiatives, and development and alignment of strategic and operational plans within the health system resulting in the long-term growth and viability of the organization. She advises on and leads the development of organization-wide plans and execution approaches while ensuring efforts are aligned and integrated. Prior to this, Julia held the role of VP for system clinical operations, in support to the system COO, president healthcare operations and the chief clinical officer, where she had overall organizational responsibility for driving operational plan development; performance goal development, establishing and monitoring initiatives; and leadership systems. She simultaneously leads multiple cross functional complex system-wide initiatives.

COURTNEY TANNER, JD, MSW

Senior Director, Government Relations
Dartmouth Health

Courtney has worked to improve access to necessary healthcare and supportive services for various populations. She joined Dartmouth Health’s Office of Government Relations in 2018 and advocates for Dartmouth Health’s providers, patients, and communities in state and federal legislative and executive arenas. Courtney is an active member in her community and serves as the founding chair, working with a diverse and skilled board, to establish a residential treatment to pregnant and parenting women seeking recovery from substance use disorders and co-occurring mental health challenges with their children in NH – Families Flourish Northeast.

DANIELLE WHARTON, MHSA, NHA

Vice President Clinical and Support Services
Johns Hopkins Health System

Danielle Wharton, MHSA, NHA, is the VP of clinical and support services at the Johns Hopkins Bayview Medical Center (JHBMC), the second largest academic affiliate of the Johns Hopkins Health System. She joined JHBMC in 2002 as an administrative resident. In her current role since 2017, she leads day-to-day operations and provides administrative oversight for a number of key operational departments such as pharmacy, respiratory therapy, supply chain, and environmental health and safety. In 2023 she expanded her portfolio to provide executive oversight in several areas such as radiology, laboratory services, facilities and construction. She has a proven record of instilling continuous performance improvement and staff engagement strategies to advance the organization. Danielle’s greatest passion is mentoring future health care leaders, while also creating pipelines for the next wave of administrators. She is an active volunteer serving as a member at large for the National Association of Health Care Executives locally and on the Board of the Baltimore School of the Arts.

KATINA WILLIAMS, MBA

Vice President & Chief Financial Officer of Johns Hopkins Hospital
Johns Hopkins Health System

Katina Williams is the VP of finance and CFO for The Johns Hopkins Hospital, a world-renowned academic medical center providing tertiary and quaternary care. Katina joined Hopkins in 2021 and oversees a gross revenue budget of more than $3 billion annually. As a member of the hospital’s executive team, she drives financial performance by promoting fiscal accountability, evaluating strategic investments, and leading efficiency and improvement efforts. Prior to her role at Hopkins, Katina served as assistant VP and divisional CFO at Duke University Health System, overseeing network expansion and ambulatory growth. She earned an M.B.A. from North Carolina State University and a B.S. in accounting from North Carolina Agricultural and Technical State University, the country’s largest historically black college and university. She is an active board member of local non-profit organizations and was recognized by the Baltimore community as a 2023 recipient of the Baltimore Business Journal’s “Best in Finance CFO Award.”

ROBIN WOOD, PHD, RN

Senior Clinical Director of Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania Capacity Management & The Penn Medicine Transfer Center
University of Pennsylvania Health System

Robin Wood PhD, RN, CEN, NEA-BC received her Bachelor of Science in Nursing from Boston College in 2002. She began her nursing career as staff nurse in the Burn Intensive Care Unit at Massachusetts General Hospital. In 2006, she relocated to Philadelphia and accepted a role as a staff nurse in the emergency department (ED) at the Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania (HUP). She has held numerous staff and leadership positions within HUP ED nursing until 2022, when she transitioned out of her role of clinical director of emergency and observation nursing to a newly formed position; senior clinical director of HUP capacity management and The Penn Medicine Transfer Center. Robin earned her Master of Science in Nursing in Healthcare Leadership from the University of Pennsylvania in 2009. In 2017, she completed her PhD in Nursing from Villanova University. Her dissertation was entitled, “Workplace Bullying Between Registered Nurses: Prevalence and Perceived Effects on Work Productivity.”

SARAH CONWAY, MD

Interim JHM Senior VP, Office of Johns Hopkins Physicians; CMO, Johns Hopkins Clinical Alliance; Assistant Professor of Medicine
Johns Hopkins Medicine

Dr. Sarah Johnson Conway is the interim Senior VP for Johns Hopkins Medicine, Office of Johns Hopkins Physicians and the CMO for Johns Hopkins Clinical Alliance, a clinically integrated network driving value-based care and quality efforts. She is also an assistant professor of Medicine and practicing internal medicine physician.  Additionally, she serves as the Program Director for the Johns Hopkins Health Systems Management Fellowship.  Dr. Conway graduated from Harvard University and worked as an investment banking analyst at Goldman Sachs before transitioning to medicine. She earned her M.D. from the Perelman School of Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania. She completed her Internal Medicine residency at Johns Hopkins Hospital and subsequently completed a Health Systems Management Fellowship.

POONAM DESAI, MHSA

Vice President Regional Ambulatory Operations and Clinic Integration
UChicago Medicine

Poonam Desai is the vice president regional ambulatory operations and clinic integration at UChicago Medicine. Prior to her VP role, she was the executive director of ambulatory operations for the community health and hospital division where she oversaw clinic operations. Prior to joining UChicago Medicine, Desai held progressive leadership roles at Loyola University Health System and Northwestern Medicine. Desai holds both a Master of Health Services Administration degree and Bachelor of Arts degree in Organizational Studies from the University of Michigan Ann Arbor.

LORETTA ERHUNMWUNSEE, MD

Associate Professor, Division of Thoracic Surgery and Division of Health Equities
City of Hope

Loretta Erhunmwunsee joined City of Hope in 2015 and is an associate professor in both the division of thoracic surgery and the division of health equity. Dr. Erhunmwunsee graduated Phi Beta Kappa from Emory University in Atlanta, GA and received her MD from Harvard Medical School, graduating magna cum laude.  She continued her post-graduate training at Duke University Medical Center in Durham, NC, completing a general and cardiothoracic surgery residency. Board-certified in both general and thoracic surgery, she became a fellow of the American College of Surgeons in 2018. Dr. Erhunmwunsee is also a funded health disparities researcher who focuses on the impact of social determinants and structural inequities on lung cancer risk, biology and screening. She is the recipient of the 2021 Lung Cancer Research Foundation William C. Rippe Award for Distinguished Research in Lung Cancer. She was also awarded the City of Hope Songs of Hope Beverly and Ben Horowitz Legacy Award in 2021. In 2022, she was invited to join the National Lung Cancer Roundtable. She has written numerous publications and given several local and national presentations that bring awareness to the impact of structural inequities on disparate health outcomes.

JACQUELYN FROMBACH, DNP, RN

Chief Nursing Executive
Marshfield Clinic Health System

Jacquelyn Frombach DNP, RN, is the Chief Nursing Executive for the Marshfield Clinic Health System. Since joining the Health System in 2019, Dr. Frombach played a key role in the development and operations of new facilities, system wide strategies, COVID-19 response practices and addressing workforce challenges. Jacquelyn received her bachelor’s in nursing from the University of Wisconsin-Oshkosh, before going on to achieve her master’s in nursing from Western Governors University in Salt Lake City, Utah. She also attained her doctorate of nursing practice, through Capella University in Minneapolis, Minnesota.

ANDREA GIBSON

(Foundation sponsored Fellow)
Chief Strategy Officer
Cook County Health

Andrea Gibson is currently serving as Chief Strategy Officer at Cook County Health, where she has been in several roles since 2015.  She has been responsible for developing and implementing the past 3 strategic plans, managing the proposals and implementation of over $160 million in American Rescue Plan Act funded projects, and development of new service line proposals.  Prior to that she was the budget director for Cook County Government and 1st Deputy Budget Director for the City of Chicago.  She has a master’s degree in Public Policy from the Harris School of Public Policy at University of Chicago.

LAURA HENDRICKS, DNP, NEA-BC, RN-BC, CPHQ

Vice President of Patient Care Services/Chief Nursing Officer
Sibley Memorial Hospital/Johns Hopkins Health System

Dr. Laura Hendricks has over twenty years of health care knowledge and experience in an array of areas to include the acute care setting, academic setting and the community/public health setting. Before joining Sibley Memorial Hospital/Johns Hopkins Health System, Dr. Hendricks spent over a decade at the Johns Hopkins Hospital in Baltimore, Maryland and held numerous progressive nursing roles. Dr. Hendricks has a joint appointment at the Johns Hopkins School of Nursing and is a Nurse Residency Program on site evaluator for the Commission on Collegiate Nursing. Dr. Hendricks received her doctorate degree (Doctor of the Nursing Practice) with a concentration in executive leadership from Drexel University and she holds a master’s degree in nursing education. She is an inductee of the Sigma Theta Tau International Honor Society for Nursing and is a graduate of the Baldrige Executive Fellowship Program.

JESSICA M. JOHNSON, MHA

Chief Operating Officer – Charleston
MUSC Health

Jessica M. Johnson, MHA joined MUSC in 2022 and is the Chief Operating Officer for the Charleston Division, supporting the operations of University Medical Center, consisting of four hospitals, level 1 adult and pediatric trauma programs, and three EDs. She is a New York native, but a Tar Heel at heart, earning both her BA and Master of Healthcare Administration from The University of North Carolina – Chapel Hill.  She began her career in healthcare consulting before transitioning into AMC revenue cycle operations at NYU Langone Medical Center in 2014. She later joined Duke Health in 2016 as an operational leader where she supported the finance, quality, and performance improvement efforts. She continued this work with Denver Health in 2021, supporting the operations and strategy for clinical services lines and the faculty group. In addition to operations, professional interests include health equity and addressing barriers to health and wellness for all. In 2024, she was named to the third national cohort of ELEVATE, a leadership development initiative for Black healthcare executives at NAHSE.

SARAH JOHNSON, MBA

Chief Operating Officer, Penn Medicine at Home
Penn Medicine

Sarah Johnson is the Chief Operating Officer of Penn Medicine at Home (PMAH), an entity of Penn Medicine which is comprised of home infusion, home health, hospice, palliative care, and community health workers with a combined census over 7,000 patients. Johnson has spent most of her career in health care working first in operations in the Mental Health field in Minnesota. Johnson moved to Penn Medicine where she was the CHRO for Penn Homecare and Hospice Services and subsequently Pennsylvania Hospital before returning to PMAH as their COO. Her responsibilities include strategy, business development, and program integration as well as oversight of Home Infusion. Currently, she is developing programs to expand and diversify the services provided by PMAH. Johnson received her BA from Kenyon College and MBA from The Wharton School. She is an active volunteer serving as the Chair of the Board for VisionLink Philadelphia.

FRAN MADDOX

Senior Vice President Spend Management Delivery
Vizient, Inc.

Fran Maddox is responsible for the national Spend Management Delivery Team which ensures alignment and optimization of Vizient Spend Management Services with member needs, strategic goals and priorities. She leads the team to purposefully advance collaboration and consistency in spend management delivery, enabling Vizient’s differentiation through boldly reinforcing Vizient’s core tenets and category approach to spend management. Maddox has worked in the health care group purchasing and performance improvement industry with the Vizient family of companies since 2003. Prior to her role as Senior Vice President, Spend Management Delivery, she was a Vice President in the central part of the country with responsibility for the member value and performance team supporting Vizient members in Texas, Oklahoma, Kansas, Nebraska and Missouri. She led the team in partnering with members in their performance improvement journey in cost, quality and market performance. Maddox holds a bachelor’s degree in political science from Southern Methodist University.

KATIE MCKITTRICK

Chief of Staff of the SVP & CHRO
Duke University Health System

Katie McKittrick has served as Chief of Staff for Duke University Health System’s Senior Vice President and CHRO since 2016, delivering on the strategic human capital priorities that drive the mission of the clinical enterprise. Her passion is creating and sustaining inclusive work cultures where everyone feels seen, heard and valued, and is empowered to give their very best. Prior to her time in the human capital practice, McKittrick directed the communications and outreach strategy for Duke Health’s Office of Government Relations. She spent the early years of her career in Washington, DC as a lobbyist focused on trade policy both at the U.S. Chamber of Commerce and IDFA. She holds an M.A. in International Economics from American University and a B.A. in International Relations from Lynchburg College. 

ROBIN MENEFEE, RN, BSN, MBA

Regional Director of Operations
Palo Alto Medical Foundation, Sutter Health

Robin Menefee has worked for Sutter Health since 2012.  She started at Mills Peninsula Hospital as the Director of Surgery and transferred to PAMF Fremont in December of 2014.  In 2019 she was promoted to her current position as Area Director of Operations for PAMF ASCs.  She currently oversees the operations of 6 (soon to be 7) ASCs in the Bay Area. Since starting in her current role several of her centers have won awards such as center for excellence at CASA and Best in America by Newsweek.

MELISSA ORTEGA, PHARMD, MS

Vice President, Ambulatory Pharmacy Services
Tufts Medicine

Melissa Ortega, PharmD, MS, FASHP, serves as Vice-President of Ambulatory Pharmacy Services at Tufts Medicine. She has focused her career on championing pharmacy practice advancement across the care continuum at Tufts Medicine since 2012. As Vice President, she leads Tufts Medicine community/retail pharmacies, specialty pharmacy services, in-clinic pharmacist services, medication access services, transitions of care, population health initiatives, home infusion, and payer contracting. Recently, she spearheaded efforts to open the system specialty and home infusion pharmacy programs. She has also contributed to several key initiatives within acute care operations, including implementing new technology throughout various phases of the medication use process. External to Tufts Medicine, Ortega served as President of the Massachusetts Society of Health-System Pharmacists in 2018 and Legislative Committee Chair in 2020. Nationally, Ortega received the honor of participating in the Racial Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Taskforce, and most recently served as the inaugural Executive Committee Chair of the ASHP Section of Community Pharmacy Practitioners 2021-2023.

KIREN RIZVI JAFRY, MPA

Vice President, Operations Integration
Sutter Health

Kiren Rizvi Jafry is vice president of operations integration at Sutter Health. Kiren has held numerous leadership roles at the large Northern California integrated health system since 2008. Some key roles include: service line executive for surgical specialties, neuromuscular specialties, cardiovascular services and the transplant division, area operations executive for San Francisco and Marin counties, as well as roles in business development, mergers & acquisitions, project management and clinical operations. From 2005-2008 Kiren focused on health policy, advocacy, and community organizing at the California state and national levels. She participated in initiatives expanding health coverage for children, California health care reform and increasing diversity in the healthcare workforce. Kiren holds an undergraduate degree in Public Health from UC Berkeley and a master’s in public administration from the University of Southern California. Her professional interests include community health partnerships, global health and innovation.

ADIA KAMALI ROSS, MD, MHA

Chief Medical Officer; Asst. Professor of Medicine, Division of Hospital Medicine; Faculty Advisor
Duke Regional Hospital

Dr. Adia K. Ross MD, MHA is currently the Chief Medical Officer at Duke Regional Hospital, a 388 bed acute care hospital in Durham, NC. She began her medical career as a hospitalist in 2013 at Duke University Hospital. She has had several leadership positions within Duke Health including serving as a Medical Director of Hospital Medicine at Duke Raleigh Hospital and as a Medical Director of the Duke Health Transfer Center. She currently oversees several areas at Duke Regional including medical staff services, pharmacy, nutrition services, advanced practice providers, ED providers, patient safety and quality improvement/lean management. She also works clinically and teaches residents, PA students and medical students. She was recognized by the Raleigh, NC business community for her contributions and was named as one of the Triangle Business Journal’s 2019 “40 Under 40” winners.

CAROLINE SARRATT RUSSELL, MSHA, FACHE

Associate Administrator
Mayo Clinic in Florida

Caroline S. Russell is the Associate Administrator for Surgical Services at Mayo Clinic in Florida, responsible for providing strategic and operational oversight and direction for 14 surgical departments and divisions, including anesthesia and transplant. Russel joined Mayo Clinic in 2016 and served as the Operations Administrator for several specialties including Hematology and Oncology, Radiation Oncology, Gastroenterology and Hepatology, Internal Medicine, Executive Health, Concierge Medicine, and Ophthalmology. Prior to Mayo Clinic, Russel was the Administrative Director for the Preston Robert Tisch Brain Tumor Center and the Thoracic Oncology Program at Duke University Medical Center. Russell earned her B.S. from The University of Alabama and her MSHA from the University of Alabama at Birmingham. She completed an Administrative Fellowship at Duke University Hospital in 2013. Russell serves on the American College of Healthcare Executives North Florida Chapter Board and is President-Elect for UAB’s School of Health Professions Women in Healthcare Leadership Board.

S. MONICA SONI, MD

Chief Medical Officer; Chief Deputy Executive Director
Covered California

S. Monica Soni, MD works at the nexus of population health, social justice, and health system affordability. She is the chief medical officer of Covered California. Prior, she was the associate chief medical officer at New Century Health. She has also served as director of specialty care for the Los Angeles County Department of Health Services, the second largest municipal health system in the nation, and director of continuity care for Martin Luther King, Jr. Outpatient Center. She is an assistant clinical professor within the UCLA and Charles R. Drew University Departments of Medicine. Soni graduated cum laude from Harvard College, attended Harvard Medical School, and completed her internal medicine residency at UCSF. She is currently a board member for Mercy Housing California as well as a commissioner for the County of Los Angeles.

MAUREEN STEVENSON, MD

Senior Vice President, John Muir Health Foundation Practice Operations
John Muir Health

Maureen Stevenson, MD presently serves as the SVP of John Muir Foundation Practice Operations since 2021.  From 2013 to 2021 she was the SVP and Chair of Ambulatory Services and Population Health for John Muir Medical Group, an organization with 300 plus providers. Before coming to John Muir in 2006, Dr. Stevenson practiced Internal Medicine at Virginia Mason and served as Section Head of one of Virginia Mason’s satellite Adult Medicine practices from 2002-2005. Dr. Stevenson has an extensive executive level background and has chaired and sat on various committees for John Muir Medical Group, John Muir Physicians Network, and Board of Directors for John Muir Medical Group. More recently, Dr. Stevenson is serving on the John Muir Health Value-Based Care Council. Dr. Stevenson received her medical degree from SUNY, Health Science Center at Brooklyn, New York and her bachelor’s in biology from St. John’s University, Queens, New York. She is an alumnus of the California Healthcare Foundation’s Leadership Fellowship 2010-2012.

DENISE TORRES, MD

Chair, Surgery Institute and Department of General Surgery
Geisinger

Dr. Denise Torres became Chair of the Surgery Institute and the Department of Surgery for Geisinger in 2022.  Previously she had served as the Trauma Medical Director for Geisinger Medical Center.  She is the current Chair of the Pennsylvania Committee on Trauma and has been the Co-Director of the Pennsylvania TQIP Collaborative.  Dr. Torres obtained her Doctor of Medicine from Drexel University School of Medicine.  She completed her General Surgery residency at Temple University Hospital and her fellowship in Surgical Critical Care from University of Maryland Shock Trauma Center.  She is an associate professor of Surgery for the Geisinger Commonwealth School of Medicine.  Her clinical interests include all aspects of acute care surgery.

STEPH WILLDING, MPA

(Foundation sponsored Fellow)
CEO
CommunityHealth

Steph Willding became the chief executive officer in November 2019 of CommunityHealth, the nation’s largest volunteer-based free health center. Steph is a skilled health care leader, adept at developing and implementing transformative initiatives across organizations. Willding has committed her career to building and leading organizations that invest in communities and empower those communities to break the cycle of broken systems and lead healthy, fulfilling lives. Prior to CommunityHeath, Willding served as chief officer of strategy, planning and development at Chicago Family Health Center. She holds a Master of Public Administration from the University of Illinois at Chicago, and a B.A. in International Studies from DePaul University. 

DEREMIUS WILLIAMS, MPA

Senior Vice President, Payer Strategy and Innovation
Yale New Haven Health

Deremius Y. Williams is a member of the senior leadership team of Yale New Haven Health System in CT, serving as Senior Vice President of Payer Strategy and Innovation. In this capacity she is responsible for leading the development, communication and realization of system-wide strategies for contracting strategy, payer relations, employer engagement, account management and product development for both fee for service and value based care models, including opportunity development and market expansion. She works closely with colleagues to develop and implement payer contracting and service strategies that ensure competitiveness and improved access, and enhances collaboration across the system through high value consulting.  Williams is motivated to develop and execute on strategies that position the health system positively with its constituents through partnerships and mechanisms that enhance value with respect to access, quality and the total cost of care experience for employers and consumers. 

CHRISTINE YANG, CHCIO

(Foundation sponsored Fellow)
Vice President & Chief Technology Officer
Alameda Health System

Christine Yang is a business-minded Healthcare IT executive who specializes in strategy, people development, governance, process and operations. Since March 2022 Yang has been the VP & CTO for Alameda Health System. In addition to the technology areas, she is also responsible for Cybersecurity, Clinical Technology and Biomedical Engineering for Alameda Health System. Christine partners with the C-Suite to establish governance and processes to ensure integrated oversight and support to operations from technologies perspective. Prior to Alameda Health System, Yang had a 24-year tenure at Stanford Children’s Health and Stanford Health Care where she had various IT leadership roles. Yang was a leading contributor in keeping Stanford Children’s Health on the leading edge of Healthcare IT industry. 

Jennifer Blaha, MBA

Vice President, Operations
Cedars-Sinai Medical Center

Jennifer Blaha has been a part of the Cedars-Sinai team for over 14 years. In her current role as Vice President of Operations, she works in close partnership with the Chairpersons and Institute Leaders overseeing the clinical and academic missions of the Departments of Surgery, Orthopedics, Neurosurgery, Neurology, Psychiatry, OBGYN, Pediatrics, Comprehensive Transplant, Pain, and our Respiratory and Pulmonary Services. Her responsibilities encompass directing and supporting the quality, financial, performance improvement and service activities in all areas of these departments as well as across the Medical Center. During her tenure at Cedars-Sinai, Jennifer has served in positions in Surgery, Orthopedics, Performance Improvement, Research and Interventional Services. She has developed and maintained an impressive track record for improving clinical quality, patient satisfaction and operational efficiency throughout the hospital. Prior to joining Cedars-Sinai, Jennifer was a Senior Consultant and Six Sigma Master Black Belt for General Electric and consulted in hospitals across the country.

Stella Wan Qin Cao, MS, MPA, FACHE

(Foundation Sponsored Fellow)
Director, Office of Managed Care
San Francisco Department of Public Health

Stella Cao is a healthcare administrator with over 20 years of experience in serving the underserved including Medicaid, uninsured, and other vulnerable populations. Her expertise focuses on payor negotiation and contracting, program management and leading teams to improve the patient experience, and operations and financial sustainability of public programs. Her passion to serve the underserved was rooted in her upbringing and experience as an immigrant.

Alesia Coe, DNP, RN, NEA-BC

Vice President Patient Care Services and Chief Nurse Executive
University of Chicago Medicine

Alesia Coe has over thirty years of professional nursing experience. She is currently the vice president patient care services and chief nursing officer at The University of Chicago Medical Center in Illinois. She also serves as an adjunct nursing professor at Saint Xavier University. She received her bachelor’s and master’s of science in nursing from Saint Xavier University and her Doctor of Nursing practice from The University of Alabama. She holds a Nurse Executive Advanced certification and is a member of the following professional organizations: American College of Healthcare Executives, Chicago Health Executive Forum, Chi Eta Phi Sorority, Incorporated: Alpha Eta Chapter, Sigma Theta Tau International: Alpha Lambda Chapter, Illinois Organization of Nurse Leaders and American Organization of Nurse Leaders.

Stacy Gray MD, AM

Associate Clinical Professor
City of Hope

Stacy W. Gray, M.D., is an associate clinical professor with a primary appointment in the Division of Clinical Cancer Genomics within the Department of Population Sciences and a secondary appointment in the Department of Medical Oncology & Therapeutics Research. She completed her internal medicine residency and hematology/oncology fellowship at University of Chicago Hospitals. During her clinical training, she was awarded an Irving B. Harris Fellowship. Subsequently, she completed a research fellowship at the National Cancer Institute-funded Center of Excellence in Cancer Communication Research at University of Pennsylvania’s Annenberg School for Communication. She continued her research training through a second postdoctoral fellowship at Massachusetts General Hospital, simultaneously joining Dana-Farber as a medical oncologist and cancer outcomes researcher in the Division of Population Sciences and the Lowe Center for Thoracic Oncology. Through her research, Dr. Gray is working to understand the factors that drive the use of novel and established cancer genomic tests and therapies, identify gaps in lung cancer prevention, research and care, and design interventions to improve the delivery of precision cancer medicine. Dr. Gray serves on the ASCO Cancer Research Committee, holds multiple leadership roles in an National Institutes of Health research consortium, and has presented her research both nationally and internationally.

Juell Homco, PhD, MPH

Assistant Professor
University of Oklahoma

Dr. Juell Homco is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Medical Informatics at the University of Oklahoma School of Community Medicine (OUSCM). Dr.Homco leads the OUSCM’s community analytics efforts. This team is responsible for providing advanced data analytics, performance dashboards, and quality improvement support to the OU Physicians-Tulsa clinics, the Oklahoma Primary Healthcare Improvement Cooperative (OPHIC), the Sooner Health Access Network, and numerous multidisciplinary researchers across Oklahoma. As Associate Director of OPHIC, she helps lead a consortium of researchers and practitioners transforming health care delivery through statewide dissemination and implementation projects. Her research interests involve using epidemiologic and applied informatics methods to understand the impact of advanced health information technology on healthcare utilization, clinician behavior, and population health. Dr. Homco completed her PhD in Epidemiology at the University of Oklahoma and received her MPH from Saint Louis University with a concentration in epidemiology and biostatistics.

Sucharita Kher, MD

Vice Chair, Clinical Operations and Quality, Department of Medicine
Tufts Medical Center


Dr. Sucharita Kher is the Vice-Chair for Clinical Operations and Quality in the Department of Medicine and a Pulmonologist and Critical Care Physician at Tufts Medical Center. She is a highly regarded clinician in the intensive care unit and the ambulatory practice, with clinical interests in asthma, COPD, and tobacco dependence. Before embarking on the Vice-Chair role in April 2021, as the Director of Inpatient Services, Dr. Kher led several initiatives to improve inpatient clinical operations, including expanding physician coverage for the COVID surge and enhancing patient and physician satisfaction and length of stay. As the Medical Director for the Pulmonary Clinic, she developed the first Asian Lung Clinic providing culturally sensitive, efficient and accessible care for language minorities. She is an avid advocate for lung health. Dr. Kher earned her medical degree at University of Mumbai (India), residency at Cook County Hospital (Internal Medicine), and fellowship at Tufts Medical Center (Pulmonary & Critical Care). She is an Assistant Professor of Medicine at Tufts University School of Medicine.

Caprice Knapp, PhD

(Foundation Sponsored Fellow)
Principal
Health Management Associates

Caprice Knapp is a principal at Health Management Associates. From 2019 to 2022, she was the North Dakota Medicaid Director. She has more than 20 years’ experience working on Medicaid and CHIP in the private sector, state and federal policymaking, and academics. In the private sector she was the federal policy director for Molina Healthcare, Inc. In academics, she was an Associate Professor in the Department of Health Outcomes and Policy at the University of Florida (UF) conducting external quality review activities for Texas and Florida Medicaid and CHIP programs and maternal and child health research. In the policymaking arena, she worked in the Governor’s Office of State Planning and Budgeting in Colorado as well as the U.S. House of Representatives Energy and Commerce Committee as a Robert Wood Johnson Health Policy Fellow. Knapp’s career has been focused on vulnerable populations, delivery system reform, and global health. At the University of Florida, Knapp earned a PhD in economics and completed postdoctoral training in health services research. She has authored more than 80 peer-reviewed publications, 60 government reports, and two books.

Rachel Manotti, MHA

Vice President, Strategy & Market Advancement
Geisinger

Rachel Manotti, MHA is Vice President, Strategy & Market Advancement at Geisinger Health System where she leads strategic planning, strategic insights, and business development. Manotti joined Geisinger in 2007 as an Administrative Fellow in hospital operations. Since that time, she has worked in public relations and marketing, and progressive roles within strategy, planning and business development. She was appointed to her current role in 2020. Her professional interests center around strategic problem solving, complex planning activities and the application of data and analytics to drive meaningful insights and decision making in an integrated healthcare delivery and financing environment. She earned her Bachelor of Science degree at Ithaca College in Ithaca, NY, and her Master of Healthcare Administration degree from Cornell University in Ithaca, NY.

Heather Marstiller, MBOE

Vice President Continuous Improvement, Duke University Hospital
Duke University Health System

Heather Marstiller is the Vice President of Continuous Improvement for Duke University Hospital (DUH) in Durham, North Carolina. She is responsible for leading the development and implementation of a lean management and improvement system within Duke Hospital and across the Duke Health enterprise. Prior to starting her role at DUH in 2019, she served the Duke Primary and Urgent Care network for 14 years fulfilling various roles including operational and improvement leadership positions. While with Duke Primary Care she led the development of the continuous improvement system which facilitated team engagement in achieving improvements in quality, safety and experience outcomes for the organization. She holds a Bachelor of Arts degree from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and a Masters of Business in Operational Excellence from the Fisher College of Business at The Ohio State University.

Marissa McKeever, Esq

Chief of Staff and Senior Advisor to the Interim Dean of Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine / CEO of Johns Hopkins Medicine
Johns Hopkins Medicine

Marissa McKeever, Esq. is the Chief of Staff and Senior Advisor to the Interim Dean of Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine / CEO of Johns Hopkins Medicine. Previously she was the Director of Government and Community Affairs for Sibley Memorial Hospital, Johns Hopkins Medicine. She joined the organization in May 2015 and is responsible for representing local legislative and regulatory interests and driving community health improvement priorities for Johns Hopkins Medicine in DC, with a particular focus on underserved neighborhoods. She is passionate about advancing health equity and creating strategic partnerships that address the social determinants of health, build community capacity, and utilize place-based solutions. McKeever previously served as a senior legislative assistant for the Council of the District of Columbia, engaging in policy and legislative research and analysis. She also practiced health law, advising on federal and state statutory and regulatory matters. She earned her JD from Harvard Law School and bachelor’s degree in Communication from Messiah College. She is a member of the bar in Maryland and DC.

Terri Newmier

Chief Human Resources Officer
Marshfield Clinic Health System

Terri Newmier is the chief human resources officer for Marshfield Clinic Health System. She leads the Health System’s human resources team responsible for talent acquisition, benefits, and compensation. Her work critically supports the Health System’s mission and values by driving strategic initiatives that position the organization as a top employer in the state. She joined Marshfield Clinic Health System in 2001 and served in roles of progressive responsibility since. She holds certifications through the Society for Human Resource Management and HR Certification Institute, and received her Bachelor of Business Administration in Human Resources from University of Wisconsin-Madison.

Stefanie Ann Roberts Newman, MSN, RN, NEA-BC

VP Patient Care Services and CNO
Henry Ford Health System

As Vice President of patient care services and Chief Nursing Officer, Stefanie Roberts Newman led Henry Ford West Bloomfield’s Nursing Department through the Covid pandemic on her arrival in 2020. She continues those efforts and is leading the journey to Magnet designation for Henry Ford West Bloomfield. She previously served as VP and CNO at Bethesda North Hospital from 2010 until 2019. She successfully led Bethesda North’s Magnet designation and redesignation efforts, which have only been achieved by 8 percent of hospitals in the nation. From 2007 to 2010, Roberts Newman was the Assistant VP for patient Care services at Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center, where she led the Critical Care Division through a successful Magnet designation.

Kathleen (Katie) O’Leary, RN, MPH, CHES, CPHQ

Vice President, Care Continuum Services
Yale New Haven Health

After serving as the Executive Director for Safety and Quality for YNHHS since 2012, Katie O’Leary began work on the YNHHS Post-Acute Care Services strategy in October 2018 to develop home based services including home hospital, home infusion nursing, hospice and other post-acute services. She received an undergraduate Nursing degree from Sacred Heart University and Masters in Public Health from Southern Connecticut State University, respectively. O’Leary maintains certifications in Health Education and Healthcare Quality. She is an adjunct professor at Southern in the school of Public Health teaching wellness and population health change management. She is also an annual guest Lecturer on quality measurement and process improvement in Public Health at Yale School of Medicine. Her interest and publications are in the areas of patient safety culture and healthcare improvement for populations.

Priti Patel, MD

Chief Medical Information Officer
John Muir Health

Dr. Priti Patel is the Chief Medical Information Officer at John Muir Health, a not-for-profit health care organization in the San Francisco Bay Area. She has been practicing family medicine since 2002 and began her career in clinical informatics in 2012 during the implementation of John Muir Health’s first enterprise-wide, electronic health record. In the years following, she obtained board certification in Clinical Informatics and served as the Associate Chief Medical Information Officer. She advocates for the needs of clinicians and is passionate about developing and implementing innovative digital tools to deliver safe, high-quality, and efficient patient care. Clinically, she enjoys teaching family medicine residents while volunteering with the John Muir Mobile Health Clinic, a community service program committed to providing culturally sensitive quality care to vulnerable patients. Dr. Patel earned her B.S. in Bioengineering at Columbia University, and her M.D. from Albany Medical College, and completed her residency at the University of New Mexico.

Florencia Polite, MD

Chief Division of General Obstetrics & Gynecology
Penn Medicine

Dr. Florencia Greer Polite is a Professor of Clinical Obstetrics & Gynecology who serves as Chief of the Division of General OBGYN at Penn Medicine and Vice Chair of Clinical Operations. She is a native of Philadelphia and a graduate of Harvard College and the University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine. She completed her residency training in Obstetrics and Gynecology at NYU and Bellevue hospitals and joined the faculty at NYU upon graduation. In 2010, Dr. Polite joined the faculty at LSU in New Orleans, her husband’s hometown, where she served as the Residency Director, Division Chief for General OBGYN and the Director of Faculty Development during her tenure. In September 2018, Dr. Polite was recruited back to PENN Medicine to serve as the Chief of the Division of General Obstetrics and Gynecology, the largest division in the department of OBGYN.

Angelique Richard, PhD, RN, CENP

Chief Operating Officer
City of Hope

Dr. Angelique Richard is the chief operating officer for City of Hope. Prior to joining City of Hope, she was the senior vice president and chief operating officer at Rush University Medical Center. She was also the associate dean for Practice at Rush University College of Nursing. She provides administrative oversight & have accountability for hospital operations and professional nursing practice. Dr. Richard has extensive executive level experience in the field of nursing, leadership and hospital operations. Her focus and many contributions have been on improving quality and patient safety, advancing nursing practice, education and research and improving equity and access of healthcare to the underserved and underrepresented. These efforts have lead her organizations to achieving top rankings nationally in quality, safety, patient care and nursing. Dr. Richard started her Bachelor of Science in Nursing at Lake Forest College, completing her BSN and MSN at Rush University. She also received a Doctor of Philosophy from the University of Illinois.

Garima Singh, MD, FAPA

(Foundation Sponsored Fellow)
Chief Medical Officer
Burrell Behavioral Health

Dr. Garima Singh is a Chief Medical Officer at Burrell Behavioral Health and is triple board certified in American board of Child and adolescent psychiatry, General psychiatry and Addiction medicine. She also serves as an adjunct faculty in the Department of Psychiatry, University of Missouri and participates as an expert panel for ECHO Child and adolescent psychiatry. Dr. Singh has been actively involved in teaching, multiple committees and research projects related to mental illness and Autism. In her current role she also focuses on novel methods of healthcare delivery including telehealth, integrated and collaborative care models especially for rural and underserved areas. She has several publications and has presented in state, national and international level. She specializes in child psychiatry and especially cares of those with special needs, Autism, developmental delays. She is passionate about bullying prevention and expansion of mental health services.

Elizabeth Stedina, MBA, MS

Vice President of Data Analytics
Dartmouth Health

Elizabeth Stedina joined Dartmouth Health in 2002 as a financial analyst and later assumed the role of the Director of financial planning overseeing the budgeting, analysis, cost accounting and decision support areas. In 2015, she moved out of finance into analytics and is currently the Vice President of Data Analytics at DH overseeing the Analytics Institute (AI), a centralized reporting and analytics team that provides support for the clinical, research and education missions of the organization. This division includes data warehousing, cost analysis and quality measurement and reporting. Stedina received an MBA from the University of Vermont and a Masters in Science in Health Services Research at The Dartmouth Institute.

Brenda Sulick, PhD

Chief Advocacy and Engagement Officer
National Council on Aging

Dr. Brenda Sulick is the chief advocacy and engagement officer at the National Council on Aging. Prior to NCOA, Dr. Sulick was the vice president of public, government, and community affairs at SCAN Group/Health Plan and responsible for developing and executing government relations strategies at the state and federal levels. She has held positions in Washington, D.C. as Health and Long-Term Services and Supports Policy Integration Director at AARP; senior policy advisor at the National Committee to Preserve Social Security and Medicare; vice president of Congressional Affairs at the National PACE Association; and director of Federal Health Policy at the Alzheimer’s Association. In 2006-2007, Dr. Sulick was the national recipient of the John Heinz Senate Fellowship in Aging, and worked for U.S. Senator Blanche Lincoln, a member of the Senate Finance Committee and Special Committee on Aging.

Timshel Tarbet, MBA

Providence Health Plan
Chief Healthcare Experience & Equity Officer

Timshel Tarbet, MBA, is the chief healthcare experience & equity officer at Providence Health Plan. Previously, she was the chief equity officer. Prior to starting at Providence in mid 2023, she was the VP of business excellence & diversity strategy at SCAN Health Plan. At SCAN, Tarbet was focused on leading initiatives expanding inclusivity both from a HR standpoint and as a means for SCAN to differentiate itself by serving new and existing populations in ways that are linguistically and culturally competent. Prior to SCAN Timshel worked at Portland based Cambia Health Solutions, which is part of the BCBS association of plans. During her tenure at Cambia, Timshel led the ethics department where she succeeded in transforming the program into a nationally recognized, award-winning program. She also spent time at Cambia leading the enterprise risk management and corporate accountability areas and in HR as an HR business partner, manager compensation, diversity, equity and inclusion, and HRIS.

Lakshmi Warrior, MD, MPH, FAAN

(Foundation Sponsored Fellow)
UChicago Medicine
Vice Chair, Department of Neurology

Dr. Lakshmi Warrior is the vice chair, department of neurology for UChicago Medicine. Previously, she was the chair of neurology and the medical director of the stroke program at Cook County Health. Her passion is providing equitable, high quality health care for patients regardless of their ability to pay and has led several efforts to improve workflow and quality of care across organizations. 

Rahma Warsame, MD

Associate Professor of Medicine
Mayo Clinic

Dr. Rahma Warsame is an Associate Professor of Medicine and Oncology. She is a hematologist who specializes in treatment of blood cancers specifically Multiple myeloma and Amyloidosis. She is the Associate chair of Equity, Inclusion, & Diversity for the Department of Medicine with a role to develop the strategy to improve patient equity within the Department of Medicine. Dr. Warsame is also an Associate Program Director for the Internal medicine residency at Mayo Clinic. Her research focuses on patient reported outcomes such as quality of life, as well as financial toxicities in cancer. In addition, she studies and publishes on issues with respect to equity, diversity, and inclusion in healthcare. Dr. Rahma Warsame completed her residency and hematology/oncology fellowship, and advanced dysproteinemia fellowship at Mayo Clinic, Rochester and joined faculty at Mayo Clinic in 2017.

Palav Babaria, MD, MHS

CA Department of Health Care Services
Chief Quality Officer and Deputy Director of Quality and Population Health Management
Foundation-Sponsored Fellow

 

Dr. Palav Babaria was appointed Chief Quality Officer and Deputy Director of Quality and Population Health Management of the California Department of Health Care Services beginning in March 2021. She was formerly the Chief Administrative Officer of Ambulatory Services at Alameda Health System. In that capacity, she operationally and clinically oversaw 26 specialty clinics, four large primary care FQHCs, specialty and integrated behavioral health, and is responsible for all outpatient value-based payment programs. Prior to that role, she served as Medical Director of K6 Adult Medicine Clinic. She also has over a decade of global health experience and her work has been published in the New England Journal of Medicine, Academic Medicine, Social Science & Medicine, L.A. Times, and New York Times. Her areas of interest include ambulatory transformation in resource-limited settings, shifting to value-based care, and issues of gender in medicine. Babaria received her bachelor’s from Harvard College, as well as her MD and Masters in Health Science from Yale University. She completed her residency training in internal medicine and global health fellowship at the University of California, San Francisco.

Holly Beeman, MD, MBA

(Fellowship sponsored by Palo Alto Medical Foundation)
El Camino Health
Chief Quality Officer

In November of 2021, Dr. Holly Beeman was named the Inaugural Chief Quality Officer at El Camino Health in Mountain View, CA. Formerly the Chief Surgical Officer of Palo Alto Foundation Medical Group, one of the largest multispecialty medical groups in the country, she led and managed 1600 physicians to ensure they were able to provide exceptional, consistent, and efficient health care to 1 million patients in the San Francisco Bay Area. Beeman’s ability to successfully lead and navigate complex and high intensity situations in the operating room as an OBGYN surgeon translates seamlessly to her abilities and effectiveness as a healthcare executive. She thrives when inspiring leaders to be their best and imbues multifunctional teams with a sense of optimism for what can be achieved to transform healthcare. To enrich the morale, engagement, and work product of the 1600 physicians she supported, Beeman recruited and mentored more than 100 physician leaders since becoming the Chief Surgical Officer, a role she created in 2015. During this time the physician confidence in physician leadership increased from 23% in 2015 before she began her role, to 70% in 2020 mid-COVID pandemic, as evidenced in the annual American Medical Group Association physician satisfaction survey.

Jennifer Brooks-Mason

SCAN Health Plan
Vice President Digital Strategy

Jennifer Brooks-Mason is the Vice President of Digital Strategy at SCAN Health Plan, a Medicare Advantage plan in California. In this role, Jennifer leads SCAN’s digital efforts including defining the vision, strategy, and piloting the execution of SCAN’s digital roadmap. Her leadership has helped drive significant growth in digital adoption with the health plan’s constituents (e.g. members, providers, brokers), elevate SCAN’s ability to service its membership and create efficiencies with SCAN’s business partners, as well as being recognized for national awards such as the Webby and Stevie Award for Innovation. She has held various roles within the Information Technology domain throughout her healthcare career and has strong expertise in project management, process improvements, and technology implementations. Prior to her current role, Brooks-Mason served as Senior Director of SCAN’s Project Management Office, delivering on critical strategic initiatives. She was awarded the Project Management Professional “PMP” distinction and obtained her Bachelor of Arts from The George Washington University.

Yvette M. Brown, MD, FACOG

Keystone Rural Health
Medical Director, Keystone Women’s Care
Foundation-Sponsored Fellow

Dr. Yvette Brown received her Bachelor of Science Degree from Meredith College and her Medical Degree from the Medical College of Pennsylvania. She is a Board Certified Obstetrician/Gynecologist and the Medical Director for Keystone Women’s Care in Pennsylvania. Brown has held positions as a Board member of the Cumberland Valley Network, Board Chair of the Cumberland Valley Physicians, and Chair of the Depart of Obstetrics and Gynecology. She is an Associate Professor at The Penn State Hershey Medical College. Brown is a recipient of the Meredith Distinguished Alumna award, Teacher of the Year Award for Penn State Hershey Medical College, and Best of the Best Obstetrician/Gynecologist in South Central Pennsylvania.

Carolyn Tung-Conti, MS

Cedars-Sinai Medical Center
Executive Director, Departments of Orthopaedics and Surgery

Carolyn Tung-Conti is the Executive Director of the Departments of Surgery and Orthopaedics at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center, Los Angeles, California since March 2017. In this role, she oversees the Department’s administrative, research, and ambulatory clinic operations. She joined Cedars-Sinai in 2015 as a Manager in Strategic Planning and Business Development. From 2003-2015, she was a consultant with The Camden Group, a boutique healthcare firm providing strategy and business planning consulting to healthcare providers, hospitals, and health systems. As a vice president with the firm, she led projects developing and implementing clinically integrated networks to prepare organizations for value-based care. Having grown up in Charleston, South Carolina, she has lived in West Los Angeles since 2003.

Kenyatta Elliott, MBA, MHA

Duke University Health System
Associate Vice President

Kenyatta Elliott joined Duke Primary Care in May 2018 where she serves as an Associate Vice President, overseeing the administration, coordination, performance, and monitoring of operational and business activities. This spans across a growing primary care network of over 45 Family Medicine, Internal Medicine, Pediatric, and Urgent Care practices sites across central NC. Prior to joining Duke, she served as an Assistant Administrator of Ambulatory for Johns Hopkins Hospital. She holds a Bachelor of Science in Maternal Child Health, and a post graduate certificate in Health Education. She also holds Master’s degrees in Health care Administration and Business Administration. She is a wife and mother who is passionate about her family and the community she serves.

Elisabeth Erekson, MD, MPH, FACOG, FACS

MaineHealth
Department Chair-Obstetrics and Gynecology
Chief-Women’s Health Service Line

Dr. Elisabeth Erekson became the chair of the department of obstetrics and gynecology and the chief of the women’s health service line at Maine Medical Center within the MaineHealth System in early 2020. Prior to arriving in Maine, she served as the interim chair of obstetrics and gynecology and vice-president of the women’s health service line at Dartmouth-Hitchcock Health from 2017 to 2019 where she led an operating margin turn-around of $2 million in FY2018 and successfully recruited 9 physicians and 7 Advanced Practice Providers. As a practicing clinician-scientist who is board-certified in Obstetrics and Gynecology and the sub-specialty of Female Pelvic Medicine and Reconstructive Surgery (also known as Urogynecology), her research has focused on outcomes in gynecology, the epidemiology of female pelvic floor disorders, health services research in women’s health, and quality improvement. Erekson also has a strong focus on quality improvement and outcomes in surgery. She has served a voting member of the National Quality Forum’s (NQF) Standing Surgical Committee for the endorsement of quality metrics in surgical care since 2013.

Michelle N. Figueroa

One Brooklyn Health
Senior Vice President Finance
Foundation-Sponsored Fellow

Michelle N. Figueroa is a graduate of Saint Joseph’s College, she has over 20 years of progressive financial and leadership experience in various HR settings. She began her career at the Center for Alternative Sentencing and Employment Services in 1998. From 1999 to 2008, she worked for the City Of New York Human Resources Administration, ending her tenure as an Assistant Deputy Commissioner for Budget Administration. She joined NYC Health & Hospitals in 2008 as Budget Director and worked collaboratively with all stakeholders to develop positive outcomes. Over the years, she held various positions including budget director, patient accounting director, service line administrator for ambulatory care, network accounts receivable director and deputy CFO. She joined NYC Health & Hospitals in 2017 as CFO and was promoted to chief financial/operating officer in 2019 and to COO in 2022. In 2023, she was hired by One Brooklyn Health as the senior VP Finance.

Ginette Hawkins, MSW

SCAN Group and Health Plan
Senior Vice President, Chief Risk Officer

Ginette Hawkins is the Senior VP, chief risk officer for SCAN Group and Health Plan. She formerly served as Vice President of Compliance and Compliance Officer for SCAN Health Plan. She is responsible for leading both the organization’s Compliance Program and Special Investigations Unit, which investigates potential fraud, waste, and abuse. Hawkins regularly presents to the plan’s board of directors and leads staff education efforts around the importance of ethical conduct and compliant performance. Previously, she served as the Director of Regulatory Affairs and was a manager in SCAN’s Home and Community Based Services unit where she led a team of social workers that performed in-home assessments of at-risk individuals. Prior to joining SCAN in 2006, she was the program director of an adult day health care center that served the senior and disabled communities. Hawkins earned a Master of Social Work Program degree from the University of Southern California, and a bachelor’s degree in social work from California State University, Long Beach. She is a regular guest lecturer and speaker at social work events, and mentors students and young professionals in this field.

Staci A. Hermann, PharmD, MS

Wolters Kluwer
Vice President of Clinical Content (Medi-Span)

Staci A. Hermann, PharmD, MS is the VP of clinical content for Wolters Kluwer. Previously she was Dartmouth Health’s chief pharmacy officer. She earned her PharmD degree from The University of Rhode Island and her master’s in Hospital Pharmacy Administration from The University of Wisconsin-Madison. During that time, she completed a two-year health system administration residency at The University of Wisconsin Hospital and Clinics. Hermann was the pharmacy operations and informatics manager at The University of Kansas Hospital from 2007 to 2012. She managed the pharmacy portion of Mass General Brigham’s Epic project in 2013. She returned to pharmacy in 2014 as the Assistant Director of Pharmacy for Tufts Medical Center, and for Lahey Hospital and Clinics in 2015. Hermann became the System Director of Pharmacy for the Dartmouth-Hitchcock Health system in 2016. She has been actively engaged in professional organizations throughout her career (Vizient and the American Society of Health-System Pharmacists).

Krista Hoglund, ASA, MAAA

Marshfield Clinic Health System
Security Health Plan Chief Executive Officer

Krista Hoglund is the Chief Executive Officer for Security Health Plan. Prior to this promotion in December 2021, she served as the Chief Actuary & Financial Officer for Security Health Plan of Wisconsin, part of the Marshfield Clinic Health System and one of Wisconsin’s largest regional health plans serving more than 208,000 members. She has long been a champion for Security Health Plan’s strategic imperative calling for stewardship of financial and human resources. One of her main areas of focus is reducing total cost of care for Security Health Plan customers, and across the healthcare industry.

Hoglund joined Marshfield Clinic Health System in 2008, serving in progressively more responsible roles since that time. She earned her Associateship in the Society of Actuaries in 2010 and has served as Security’s Appointed Actuary since 2016. She holds a Bachelor of Science in Applied Mathematics from the University of Wisconsin-Stout.

Lorraine Lee, MHA, BSPharm

Yale New Haven Health
Senior Vice President, Clinical Operations

Lorraine “Lori” Lee is the Senior Vice President, Clinical Operations and formerly held the position of Vice President, Corporate Pharmacy and Corporate Supply Chain Services for Yale New Haven Health. She previously filled the role of Chief Pharmacy Officer from 2014-2019 and added Corporate Supply Chain in 2018. Lee is a pharmacist by training starting at Yale New Haven Health in 1986. She has held various leadership roles within pharmacy services and supply chain. She is responsible for the strategic oversight for pharmacy services and supply chain throughout the system; including financial, clinical integration, operational and medication/device safety objectives. She serves on many state and national executive forums within pharmacy and supply chain professional organizations. Lee holds a Masters of Health Administration from Simmons College in Boston where she was a member of the Upsilon Phi Delta Honor Society and a Bachelors of Pharmacy from University of Rhode Island.

Nicole Sandusky McCann, Esq

Johns Hopkins Health System
Vice President Provider/Payer Transformation

Nicole “Nicki” Sandusky McCann started her career in health care policy as committee counsel to the Maryland House of Delegates Appropriations Committee where she provided policy and legal advice related to healthcare to members of the Maryland General Assembly. She began her career at Johns Hopkins in 2010 as the Director of Health Policy for Government Affairs. In this role, her responsibilities included advising Johns Hopkins Health System (JHHS) senior leadership regarding health policy issues and advocating on behalf of JHHS to advance industry priorities under Maryland’s rate-setting system. In April 2018, she transitioned to a new role at Johns Hopkins serving as Chief of Staff for The Johns Hopkins Hospital, leading efforts on the development and advancement of strategic objectives; fostering strong community partnerships; and collaborating with hospital leadership, providers, and staff to build and launch programs that align with Maryland’s Total Cost of Care Model and improve patient satisfaction and experience. McCann was promoted to the position of Vice President for Provider/Payer Transformation for JHHS in November of 2019. In this role, she is responsible for collaborating with health system leadership and the provider community to facilitate strategic responses to matters related to the payer market.

Emily S. Moorhead, FACHE

Henry Ford Jackson Hospital
President

Emily S. Moorhead is a healthcare executive with rapidly advancing leadership experience that spans diverse for-profit and non-profit networks as well as healthcare consulting services. Her roles have included Chief Operating Officer, Chief Strategy Officer, Director of Transforming Operations, Senior Consultant of Hospital Operations and Operational Excellence, and Regional Director of the Healthcare Division at GE. Her passions include providing the kind of healthcare services that bring a smile to the faces of even the sickest patients and facilitating the integration of health and wellness into everyday life. Moorhead earned an MBA from the University of Michigan, Dearborn, MI, graduating With Distinction. She also attained a Bachelor of Science degree in Chemistry, from Michigan State University, East Lansing, MI.

Kari Evan Roberts, MD

Tufts Medical Center
Tufts University School of Medicine Academic Dean for Tufts Medicine

Dr. Kari Roberts serves as the inaugural Tufts University School of Medicine (TUSM) academic dean for Tufts Medicine. A highly regarded, thoughtful, and collaborative leader, Dr. Roberts previously served as associate professor of medicine at TUSM, and as Tufts Medicine’s VP of education.

Dr. Roberts, the associate chief medical officer for graduate medical education at Tufts Medical Center, assumed the role of Tufts Medicine’s first vice president of education in 2021. Since then, she has spearheaded system-wide education programs at Tufts Medicine, including undergraduate and graduate medical education. She has worked closely with leaders across the system to create new and expanded clinical education opportunities for residents, fellows, and TUSM medical students. These include clinical experiences, simulation, quality academies, group learning, technology training, and faculty education. Dr. Roberts has also worked to expand opportunities for students enrolled in TUSM’s professional degree programs, including physician assistant and physical therapy programs.

Clinically, Dr. Roberts’ practice includes pulmonary hypertension, critical care, and general pulmonary medicine. She shares her clinical experience in these settings with pulmonary critical care fellows and internal medicine residents, as well as TUSM medical students, who consistently acknowledge her as an outstanding medical educator and mentor.

Dr. Roberts began her career at Tufts Medical Center in the Division of Pulmonary, Critical Care, and Sleep Medicine. Her passions include patient safety and quality improvement, mentorship, and pulmonary vascular disease research. Boston Magazine has repeatedly honored her as a Top Doctor in Pulmonary Medicine. She received the Magnani Award for Outstanding Female Faculty from Tufts’ Women in Medicine and Science Committee and, in 2020, was one of 21 women nationally selected to participate in the Carol Emmott Foundation Fellowship.

Dr. Roberts is a graduate of Dartmouth College and Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine. She completed her internal medicine residency at The Johns Hopkins Hospital and subspecialty training in pulmonary and critical care medicine at New York Presbyterian Hospital.

Lorna Rodriguez-Rodriguez, MD, PhD

City of Hope
Vice-Chair Surgery, Professor of Gynecologic Oncology, City of Hope National Medical Center-Department of Surgery

Dr. Lorna Rodriguez has worked at Albert Einstein College of Medicine as an Assistant Professor of Gynecologic Oncology and worked in the laboratories of Dr. Mathew Scharff and Susan Horowitz, she then moved to University of Rochester where she received a PhD in Biochemistry in 1996, and then became an associate professor and Director of the Gynecologic Oncology Division and then spent the next 18 years as Professor at Rutgers Cancer Institute of New Jersey, first as Division Chief and then as Director of the Precision Medicine Initiative of the Center. In 2019 she became Vice Chair in the department of Surgery at City of Hope and is part of the Enterprise Leadership Team. Her laboratory research has contributed to the knowledge of the role of the CD44 receptor in multidrug resistance. She currently is part of the Governance Committee at COH for Diversity, Equity and Inclusion. This role is a new path in her leadership trajectory.

Tristé Lieteau Smith, MD, JD

Near North Health (sponsored by UChicago)
Chief Executive Officer

Dr. Tristé Smith is the Chief Executive Officer at Near North Health. Prior to her role at Near North, Dr. Smith was the Executive Director of the Urban Health Initiative Strategy and Innovation at the University of Chicago from 2014 – 2021. She was responsible for developing strategies that leveraged UChicago Medicine’s community engagement and health equity capabilities across campus- wide health, research, clinical, and educational portfolios. Prior to joining the University of Chicago, Smith served in the roles of Chief Integrity Executive, Director of Government Relations, and Associate General Counsel at Northwestern Memorial Hospital where she oversaw the hospital’s compliance program, developed and managed strategies to inform and influence public policy at the county, state, and federal levels, and coordinated its enterprise-wide efforts related to tax-exemption and community benefit. She received an M.D. from Harvard University Medical School and holds a J.D. from the University of Chicago.

Mika Taylor

Keck Medicine of USC
Chief of Financial Planning and Analytics

Mika Taylor is the chief of financial planning and analytics at Keck Medicine of USC.  Prior to her current role, she was the VP, finance and Optum performance and began her career at John Muir Health in 2005. She promoted within John Muir Health into various accounting, financial planning, and analytics roles. Taylor previously served as executive finance director.

Vicky Tilton, DNP, MSN, RN

Valley Children’s Healthcare
CNO, VP Patient Care Services

Vicky Tilton is the CNO, VP Patient Care Services, at Valley Children’s Healthcare, a 260 non-for-profit pediatric facility in Central California. In her current role, she is responsible for inpatient operational oversight along with championing strategic initiatives associated with patient care delivery. She has been a registered nurse for over 20 years and has held several leadership roles with many outstanding pediatric organizations. Tilton is proud to be an active board member for the Ronald McDonald Charity House. She earned her Master in Executive Nursing Leadership and is currently preparing for her Doctorate in Executive Nursing Leadership through Purdue University Global. She is quite passionate about her teams as well as the patients and families she has the opportunity to serve. Her goals include completion of her DNP, and she aspires to become a Chief Nursing Officer, as well as a future author focusing on transformational leadership.

Lisa Walke, MD, MSHA, AGSF

University of Pennsylvania Health System
William Maul Measey-Truman G. Schnabel, Jr., MD Professor of Geriatric Medicine and Gerontology, and Chief of the Division of Geriatric Medicine

Dr. Lisa M. Walke is Chief of the Division of Geriatric Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania Perelman School of Medicine since 2018. She determines and advances the strategic direction of the clinical, research, and education programs of the division. She earned an undergraduate degree in Sociology from Harvard University, a medical degree from the Mount Sinai School of Medicine and a master’s degree in Healthcare Administration from the University of New Haven. She was an Internal Medicine resident at Montefiore Medical Center and a Geriatric Medicine and Clinical Epidemiology fellow at Yale before serving on the Yale faculty from 2003-2018. She became an American Geriatrics Society (AGS) fellow in 2014 and was named AGS Outstanding Mid-Career Clinician Educator of the Year in 2017. She serves on the Association of Directors of Geriatric Academic Programs Board since 2019 and the American Board of Internal Medicine Geriatric Medicine Board since 2020.

Karena Weikel, ASA, MAAA

Priority Health (sponsored by Geisinger Health Plan)
Senior VP, Advanced Analytics & Chief Actuary

Karena Weikel is the Senior Vice President of Advanced Analytics and Chief Actuary at Priority Health.  Previously, she served at Geisinger Health Plan from 2009-2021 in a variety of roles, including Chief Actuary. She is a risk professional who began her career in healthcare experience in 2001. Weikel has experience in managing overall cost of care (expense, vendor), trend mitigation, vendor relations, underwriting, provider and medical economics, risk adjustment, operational and regulatory reporting, pricing and rate filing, trend analysis, reserve and organization-wide financial analytics for all lines of business.

CYNTHIA E. BOYD, MD, MBA

Rush University Medical Center
Vice President, Corporate Compliance-Rush University Medical Center, Associate Professor of Medicine, and Assistant Dean, Admissions and Recruitment-Rush Medical College

Dr. Cynthia Boyd is vice president for corporate compliance and chief compliance officer at Rush University Medical Center. She is responsible for the oversight of the compliance program and in providing awareness, education, direction and support to the board of trustees, the audit committee of the board, senior management and Rush staff regarding the resolution and prevention of compliance issues. In addition to many speaking engagements, Boyd has published in peer-reviewed journals on compliance related topics. She is distinguished nationally on various issues in medical education including the admissions process, diversity and inclusion, and professional development. She is a longstanding member of the faculty at Rush Medical College of Rush University and currently serves as the dean for admissions and recruitment. Boyd received her undergraduate degree from the University of Colorado, Boulder and her medical degree from the George Washington University School of Medicine and Health Sciences. She holds an MBA from the University of Chicago Graduate School of Business with certification in health administration and policy. She is an associate professor in the department of medicine and a fellow of the American College of Physicians.

GINA L. CALDER, MPH, FACHE

BJC HealthCare
Former President, St. Charles County Hospitals

Gina Calder was named president of BJC HealthCare hospitals in St. Charles County, Mo. in February 2021. Formerly, Calder served as the Administrator at Milford Campus of Bridgeport Hospital and served previously as vice president of ambulatory services at Bridgeport Hospital, a member of Yale New Haven Health System. She has had operational, strategic planning, and business development responsibility for 13 inpatient, outpatient, and ambulatory areas totaling $40 million in revenue and 80,000 patient visits annually. She also successfully planned and implemented Park Avenue Medical Center, which opened in spring 2016 and is the first outpatient center for Bridgeport Hospital and the largest for Yale New Haven Health. Calder works to influence policy and healthcare delivery to eliminate disparities in access to quality care and improve health outcomes. She serves on the boards of Optimus Health Care and FitHaven and is the immediate past president and founding member of the Connecticut chapter of the National Association of Health Services Executives. In 2024, Calder was named to the third national cohort of ELEVATE, a leadership development initiative for Black healthcare executives at NAHSE. She was recognized in 2015 as one of the Connecticut NAACP’s 100 Most Influential Blacks in the state. In 2016, she received Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc. Fairfield County Alumnae Chapter’s Dorothy I. Height Community Service Award and the Connecticut Association of Healthcare Executives Leadership Award. She earned her MPH and undergraduate psychology degrees from Yale University and is a fellow of the American College of Healthcare Executives.

CAROLYN CARPENTER, MHA, FACHE

Johns Hopkins Health System
President, Johns Hopkins National Capital Region

Carolyn Carpenter is currently president of the president of  Johns Hopkins National Capital Region. Previously, she served as vice president of Sentara Healthcare and chief operating officer of Sentara Norfolk General Hospital. As vice president, she served as the system executive for the Sentara Cancer Network spanning 12 hospitals in Virginia and North Carolina. In her more than twenty years of progressive responsibility in academic health center, Carpenter has distinguished herself by building high performing teams, developing novel organizational models to create value, and planning and executing program growth. Prior to arriving at Sentara, Carpenter held multiple roles at Duke Health including chief operating officer of Duke University Hospital, associate dean of the Duke School of Medicine and associate vice president of Duke Health System as the senior administrator for the Duke Cancer Institute. Carpenter received her B.A. at the University of Pennsylvania and her MHA from Medical College of Virginia. She is a fellow of the American College of Healthcare Executives and an adjunct assistant at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill School of Public Health.

TRACEY W. CRISS, MD

Carilion Clinic
Associate Professor of Psychiatry-Virginia Tech Carilion School of Medicine; Vice President of Medical Staff Affairs, Carilion Medical Center; Associate Dean for Clinical Science Years 3 and 4-Virginia Tech Carilion School of Medicine

Dr. Tracey Criss has been practicing psychiatry at Carilion Clinic for 25 years. She serves as vice president of medical staff affairs and credentialing at Carilion Medical Center. She is the associate dean for clinical science years 3 and 4 at the Virginia Tech Carilion School of Medicine and an associate professor in the department of psychiatry. Criss has significant interest in severe major depression and the prevention of suicide, practices in outpatient psychiatry, and delivers electroconvulsive therapy at Carilion Medical Center. Throughout her time at Carilion Clinic, Criss has been engaged in teaching residents, medical students, and physician assistant students. Criss is a graduate of the West Virginia University School of Medicine, completed residency at Akron General Medical Center, and completed a mini-fellowship in electroconvulsive therapy at Long Island Jewish Medical Center-Zucker Hillside Hospital. Research interests include curricular development and stress in medical students. She, her husband Glenn, and daughter Jordan are all sports fans and enjoy playing golf together as a family.

BARBARA FONTE (RONDA), MHSA

(Fellowship sponsored by BDC Advisors/University of Miami)
Jackson Health System 
Vice President, Managed Care and Population Health

Barbara Fonte, MHSA, is the vice president of managed care and population health, for Jackson Health System, one of the largest academic and public health systems in the United States. Fonte manages the $1.5 billion dollar payer contracting strategy that helps subsidize Jackson’s charitable mission to care for the unfunded and most vulnerable populations of the County. Prior to rejoining Jackson in 2018, Fonte expanded her scope with an extensive career in South Florida based healthcare administration, serving a chief administrative officer for the University of Miami Health System, and held leadership positions in physician relations, patient access and multispecialty physician group practice at Miami Children’s Hospital.

GIRLYNDA GONZALES, MSN, RN, CCRN, NEA-BC

John Muir Health
Vice President of Patient Care Services

Girlynda Gonzales started her journey at John Muir Health in Walnut Creek over 22 years ago as a unit secretary/cardiac monitor technician. She continued to work full time while pursuing her nursing degrees. She has had the opportunity to serve in multiple, progressive leadership roles. This past year as the executive director of adult inpatient services, she has come to realize that despite differences across the specialties in patient care and nursing practice, nursing leadership is the foundation for success. She is ready to face a new challenge for a goal that she firmly believes in. She is proud and blessed to be part of an organization whose core values and mission statement are aligned with her own philosophies and guiding principles. She is excited to take the opportunity to continue her pursuit of continuity of care and a seamless and exceptional patient experience. She looks forward to enhancing her skills as a nurse leader and becoming part of a dynamic and innovative group of female executives.

THOMASINE GORRY, MD, MGA

Incyte Corporation
Senior Medical Director for Global Risk Management and Safety Surveillance

Dr. Thomasine Gorry is the senior medical director for Global Risk Management and Safety Surveillance at Incyte Corporation. Previously, she served as an associate professor of clinical ophthalmology in the department of ophthalmology at the University of Pennsylvania Perelman School of Medicine. She also served as the medical director for quality and safety for Scheie Eye Institute and the department of ophthalmology. Dr. Gorry serves on many health system-wide committees. Through committee work, she leads efforts to improve medical quality, medical communications, electronic medical records, risk reduction, and safety management throughout the health system. She has received numerous honors, including an award for leadership in research and election to the Leadership Academy of the Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania. In addition, she was the recipient of the Penn Medicine Quality and Safety Award.

RICHA D. GUPTA, MBBS, MHSA

Senior Executive

Richa Gupta started her healthcare experience in medical school in India. After deciding to switch from the clinical track to administration, she got her master’s in health systems administration at University of Michigan. She completed an administrative fellowship and UNC Chapel Hill and moved to Chicago to be part of the newly created internal consulting team at Northwestern Memorial Hospital. After four years in performance improvement, she spent another four years in surgical services as director. She started at Rush in 2011, to start the performance improvement program. She moved into the chief quality officer role and led the improvement arm of the organization, including performance improvement, safety, infection prevention, patient experience, and clinical resource management. She focused her attention on advancing Rush’s high reliability journey through adoption of a Lean management system. She was promoted to COO of the Rush University Medical Group in May 2019.

TONYA HONGSERMEIER, MD, MBA

Elimu Informatics
Vice President and Chief Clinical Innovation Officer 

Dr. Tonya Hongsermeier is the VP and Chief Clinical Innovation Officer at Elimu Informatics. She formerly served as chief medical informatics officer at Lahey Health, an integrated healthcare system serving New England. Formerly, she was a principal informatician in clinical informatics research and development at Partners Healthcare System and has served as a team lead on both the Agency for Healthcare Research and quality-funded Clinical Decision Support consortium project and the Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology-funded Advancing Clinical Decision Support project. Prior to this, she served for five years as senior corporate manager for clinical knowledge management and decision support. In this capacity she built a knowledge management team and led implementation of a collaboration, CDS authoring, and content management platform for enterprise Clinical Decision Support. She also served as a co-chair for the Semantic Web Healthcare-Life sciences Special Interest Group for the World Wide Web Consortium. She received her MD from Boston University and completed her residency in medicine and fellowship in clinical nutrition at the Deaconess Hospital. She received an MBA in healthcare management from BU School of Management in 1995, and has held several positions in industry leading a variety of informatics efforts. Prior to joining Partners Healthcare System, she was vice president for knowledge management solutions and patient safety at Cerner Corporation.

CHANTEL JOHNSON, RN, PHD, NE-BC

Bay Area Medical Foundation—Sutter Health
Pediatrics and Women’s Health Service Line Executive

Chantel Johnson is the Pediatric Service Line director at the Palo Alto Medical Foundation (PAMF) in the San Francisco Bay Area. She oversees operations at all pediatric primary care across 24 clinics. Johnson also works closely with pediatric urgent care and specialty services. She is known for her ability to foster collaboration, lead complex projects, and provide clinical insight into healthcare operations. Experienced in both ambulatory and acute care, Johnson served in several leadership positions in neonatal intensive care units in the Seattle area prior to joining PAMF. She holds her R.N. degree and Ph.D. in nursing from the University of Washington. Johnson is the committee chair in the Association of California Nurse Leaders (ACNL). She is passionate about improving the health of children in her community.

JERI KOESTER

Marshfield Clinic Health System
CIO, Marshfield Clinic Health System, Inc.

Jeri Koester assumed the role of Interim CIO and then CIO of Marshfield Clinic Health System in early 2019. She previously was vice president of IT business management at Marshfield Clinic Information Services (MCIS Inc.) since October 2016. Prior to that role, Koester was the vice president of operations, the IT division and was instrumental in leading Marshfield Clinic’s transition of their IT department into a for-profit subsidiary of the health system. Her experience also includes senior project management for one of the nation’s largest window and door manufacturers completing a restructure of the manufacturing footprint. She also brings business startup experience from one of the leading software companies in the fenestration industry where she managed sales and sales projections, client accounts, project implementations, and development teams. Koester earned her Bachelor of Business Administration degree from the University of Wisconsin – Eau Claire and is a certified project manager professional from the Project Management Institute.