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.”