Fellows - Class of 2018
Margaret Damiano, MBA
University of California, San Francisco at Zuckerberg San Francisco General (Sponsored by Blue Shield of California Foundation)
Associate Dean for Administration and Finance, University of California, San Francisco at Zuckerberg San Francisco General
Margaret Damiano is responsible for managing the financial, capital, and personnel aspects of the affiliation agreement between the two organizations. Prior to this role Margaret worked for UCSF at ZSFG for approximately 11 years in leadership roles in multiple departments. Before joining UCSF, Margaret worked at various consulting firms and industries in the Bay Area. Margaret received her BBA degree from the University of Michigan and her MBA from the University of San Francisco.
Karen T. Harris, RN, MSN, WHNP-BC
Henry Ford Health System
Chief Nurse and Operations Executive, Henry Ford West Bloomfield Hospital
Karen Harris has over 29 years of experience in healthcare and earned both her Bachelor of Science in Nursing and her Master of Science in Nursing degrees from Wayne State University. Karen has been a consultant for AWHONN Consulting Group, and Dynamics Research Corporation, where she performed site assessments, perinatal risk assessments, lectures, and training on teamwork behaviors. For many years Karen served as a clinical nurse specialist for intrapartum, antepartum, and women’s health for an organization that had over 6,600 births. She is certified as a women’s health nurse practitioner and served as a regional perinatal coordinator. Karen has held various leadership positions with the Association of Women's Health, Obstetric, and Neonatal Nurses including: 2015 National President; Michigan Section Chair; and 2008 AWHONN Convention Co-chair. Karen is a published author in peer-reviewed nursing journals and has lectured throughout the nation.
Philynn Hepschmidt, M.Ed.
University of Pennsylvania Health System
Associate Executive Director, EHR Transformation, Penn Medicine
Philynn Hepschmidt is responsible for the strategic design and execution of EHR Optimization and Enterprise-Wide Program Management with focus on optimal use of technology to improve workflow, outcomes, and provider efficiency. Philynn led the design of a clinician-focused EHR optimization team responsible for providing advanced education and support to 10,000 plus end-users. In addition, through her strategic leadership, Penn Medicine has continued focus on development of the patient portal to improve patient access, engagement and satisfaction, and quality of clinical care. Philynn has worked over 15 years in healthcare, and prior to her current role at Penn Medicine, she was the Senior Director of Ambulatory Applications, responsible for leading the successful implementation of EPIC across 170-plus ambulatory specialty practices, and 1800 physicians. Philynn brings unique skill in not only a solid understanding of technical functionality and capability, but similarly deep understanding of operational workflows, provider behavior and perhaps most importantly, stakeholder management. She is known for her ability to foster collaboration, lead complex projects and provide a results-driven presence to any situation. Philynn has a Masters of Education from Arcadia University and an undergraduate degree in Public Health from West Chester University.
Marissa Kiefer, MHSA
Riley Children’s Health (Sponsored by BDC Advisors)
Vice President, Maternity and Newborn Health & Statewide Partnerships, Riley Children's Health
Marissa Kiefer is responsible for developing the statewide strategic platform for maternal and pediatric healthcare that distinguishes Riley Children’s Health as the provider of choice for the full spectrum of care in the state of Indiana for expectant moms and children. Marissa has been a part of the IU Health organization since 2005 and started with the employed physician practice group, IU Health Physicians. Prior to IU Health, Marissa held a variety of roles at Children’s National Medical Center in Washington, DC. Marissa received her Bachelor of Science in Public Health, majoring in Health Administration, from Indiana University in Bloomington and her Masters of Health Services Administration from The George Washington University in Washington, DC
Monica Kogan, MD
Rush University Medical Center
Attending Physician, Director Pediatric Orthopaedic Surgery Division, Residency Director, Assistant Professor Rush University Medical Center
Monica Kogan currently practices at Midwest Orthopaedics at Rush where she serves in a leadership capacity as Residency Director at Rush University Medical Center in the Department of Orthopaedic Surgery. She did her Orthopaedic Surgery Residency at Northwestern Memorial Hospital, and then a Pediatric Orthopaedic Surgery Fellowship at Primary Children’s Hospital/Shriner’s for Sick Children in Salt Lake City, UT. She began her career as an Attending Surgeon at Children’s Hospital Oakland in 2001 and then moved to Midwest Orthopaedics at Rush in 2006. She has been involved with the Perry Initiative program, mentoring female high school student and medical students to the world of orthopaedic surgery. She became the Residency Director in 2013 and also serves as an Oral Board examiner for the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons. She has led two consecutive surgical mission trips to the Dominican Republic, and has been very active with the resident’s curriculum. She has an interest in identifying ways to improve the resident education in order to teach both surgical skills and interdisciplinary teamwork necessary to be an effective and compassionate physician.
Michelle Lopes, MSN, RN, NEA-BC
John Muir Health
Senior Vice President Patient Care Services/Chief Nursing Officer, John Muir Health, Walnut Creek Medical Center
Michelle Lopes has been in this role for 3 1/2 years and has worked for John Muir Health for the past 26 years. Michelle is proud to be leading an organization of extraordinary nurses and as she was born in Walnut Creek, it is an honor to serve in the community where she was raised. Professionally, Michelle is passionate about hospice care and early education for children (especially those that are underserved) and currently serves on the board of Hospice of the East Bay as well as CocoKids, whose mission is to champion and advance quality child care and early education. Michelle has been married to her husband Steve for 28 years and they have two sons, Ryan, 24, and Michael, 21, who are the light of her life. Her son Ryan became engaged this summer and the Lopes family is very much looking forward to upcoming wedding plans.
Elizabeth M. Mahler, MD
Vice President, Patient Health Management, Sutter Health
Elizabeth M. Mahler, a Board Certified Internist and Hospitalist, is responsible for leading enterprise strategy and clinical transformation efforts related to population health management and the delivery of personalized, patient-family engaged care, particularly for high-need, vulnerable populations. Dr. Mahler oversees the Sutter Center for Integrated Care, which defines and implements core care delivery practices to ensure person-centered, health literate care delivery. She also sponsors and supports enterprise wide Clinical Improvement Communities related to Hospital Medicine and Palliative Care/Advanced Illness Management, and is the Physician Executive Sponsor of Sutter’s Management and Clinical Excellence program. Dr. Mahler was previously a founding shareholder and Chief Medical Officer (CMO) of the East Bay Physicians Medical Group (EBPMG), a Sutter-affiliated multi-specialty medical group located in the East Bay (San Francisco Bay Area). Dr. Mahler received her Bachelor’s degree in Mass Communication from the University of California, Berkeley. She earned her medical degree and residency from the University of California, San Francisco..
Jessica Melton, MHA
Duke University Health System
Vice President, Medical Surgical and Critical Care Services, Duke University Hospital
Jessica T. Melton has been in her current role since May of 2017, and has worked at Duke for over 10 years serving in a variety of operational and strategic positions. Prior to her current position, Jessica served as the Vice President for Emergency Services and Patient Flow since 2012. Additionally, Jessica held the roles of Administrative Director of Emergency Preparedness and Trauma for Duke Hospital, and the Director of the Duke Preparedness and Response Center. Jessica received both her Bachelor of Science degree and her Master of Healthcare Administration, with concentrations in Finance and Community Preparedness and Disaster Management, from The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. Jessica additionally completed a Hospital Administrative Fellowship at Duke University Hospital in 2009. Jessica and her husband Doug are proud parents of three-year-old twins, Isaac and Vivian.
Teresa Mock, MD, MBA
Senior Vice President, Mercy Medical Center North Iowa/Trinity Health
Teresa Mock is a graduate of University of Iowa School of Medicine and completed her Family Medicine Residency at Mercy Medical Center-North Iowa in Mason City, Iowa. Following several years in private practice, Dr. Mock joined Trinity Health as Senior Vice President of Mercy Medical Center-North Iowa. She has executive responsibility over North Iowa Mercy Clinics, a network of 45 Primary Care Clinics in North Iowa, the Accountable Care Organization, Mercy Home Care and Durable medical equipment and Mercy Skilled Nursing facility. Recently Dr. Mock assumed responsibility for the Behavioral Health Service line, and is currently leading a $11.2 Million project for expansion of Behavioral Health facilities at Mercy North Iowa.
Maria Padin, MD, FACOG
Dartmouth-Hitchcock Health System
Chief Medical Officer, Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center
Maria Padin is an Ob/Gyn and currently the CMO of Dartmouth Hitchcock Medical center. Dr. Padin assumed this role in 2015. Prior to becoming CMO at the Lebanon Campus, Dr. Padin was the Medical Director for the Dartmouth Hitchcock Clinic in Concord NH. Dr. Padin has been an active member of ACOG holding various leadership roles. Maria has four adult children. She enjoys boating, cooking and spending time with family.
Shaun Raleigh, MBA, RMA
Executive Director, Affinia Health Network/Mercy Health
MShaun Raleigh is responsible for overseeing care delivery transformation efforts for over 141,000 lives in value based contracts valued at over $750 million. Previously, Shaun was with Blue Cross Blue Shield, where she led efforts to bring together value based programs across the country, and engaged in many public speaking events on the topic. Shaun received her MBA from the University of Phoenix and in her free time, loves to help the local school, is passionate about fitness and recharges by spending quality time with her family.
Meredith Sciarrio, MBA
Providence St. Joseph Health
Director, Strategy & Integration, Community Partnerships Division, Providence St. Joseph Health
Meredith Sciarrio, as a member of the division’s leadership team, Meredith directs divisional strategic planning and facilitates collaboration across the division’s diverse functional teams, which include Community Benefit/Investment, Community Partnerships, Environmental Stewardship, Global Partnerships, Government & Public Affairs, Mission Integration, Philanthropy, PSJH’s commitment to mental health and wellness, and the University of Providence. She ensures the division’s alignment and compliance with organizational strategic and financial planning, budgeting and goal setting. Meredith oversees the division’s portfolio of initiatives and manages a team of project and program managers to support these initiatives and divisional evaluation and reporting systems. She also advances key strategic, cross-functional initiatives of large complexity and scope to create measurable impact in communities served. Prior to joining Providence, Meredith was a Research Assistant and Fellow for the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation and has a background in strategic consulting and operations. Raised in New Hampshire, Meredith holds an M.B.A. from the University of Washington and B.A. from Boston College. She lives in the Seattle area with her fiancé, Peter.
Melody States, RN, CNOR, CASC
Chief Operating Officer, Sutter Surgery Center Division, Sutter Health
Melody States joined the SSCD in 2017 after serving 19 years as Executive Director for the Palo Alto Medical Foundation’s Division of Ambulatory Surgery Centers. Melody grew up in South Africa, where she began her career as a nurse working in the operating theater. She moved to California in 1985. In 2016, the Silicon Valley Business Journal recognized her with its “Silicon Valley Women of Influence” award. Melody is a visionary leader with strategic thinking and strongly believes in developing others to reach their full potential. Melody feels her success in part may be attributed to the adoption of Lean and Daily Engagement Systems (DES) thinking.
Julie Stoss, JD
Vice President, Government Relations, Kaiser Permanente
Julie Hutcheson Stoss focuses on providing strategic counsel and legislative and analytical support to Kaiser Permanente’s legislative representatives in Washington DC and our state capitals. She is the Chair of Californians Allied for Patient Protection and is a Board Member for the Civil Justice Association of California. Prior to joining Kaiser Permanente in 1999, Ms. Stoss was a senior consultant for Assembly Member Liz Figueroa focusing on health care issues. She also clerked for the Honorable Cecil F. Poole, U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit and worked in private practice at McCutchen, Doyle, Brown and Enersen in San Francisco specializing in litigation and bankruptcy. A native Californian, Ms. Stoss received a BA in Political Science from the University of California at Berkeley and a law degree from Harvard University.
Lisa Stump, MS, RPh, FASHP
Yale New Haven Health System
Senior Vice President and Chief Information Officer, Yale New Haven Health and Yale School of Medicine
Lisa S. Stump is a graduate of the University of Connecticut and The Ohio State University, a Fellow of the American Society of Health System Pharmacists and was named a Health Information Management Systems Society (HIMSS) Most Influential Women in Health IT. Lisa is a goal-oriented leader who has successfully directed large-scale information technology initiatives and sets strategy for technology, digital medicine and analytics supporting the patient care, teaching and research missions of YNHHS and YSM. She lives in Southington, Connecticut with her husband and three children.
Andrea Wary, M.Ed., BSN, RN
Geisinger Health System
Associate Vice President, Department of Emergency Medicine, Geisinger Health System
Andrea Wary is responsible for oversight of the system’s Life Flight Critical Care Air and Ground Program along with Geisinger's Division of EMS. In addition, Ms. Wary has extensive experience in outpatient clinical operations and operational quality improvement. She has published in peer reviewed journals related to performance improvement. Ms. Wary has her Masters of Education from Pennsylvania State University and Bachelor of Science in Nursing from Carlow University, with a minor in communications. She has also completed a post graduate certificate in nurse management from Pennsylvania State University.
Haimanot (Monnie) Wasse, MD, MPH
Rush University Medical Center
Professor of Medicine, Vice Chair of Patient Quality & Safety, Director, Interventional Nephrology, Rush University Medical Center
Dr. Monnie Wasse, in addition to serving as Vice Chairperson for Quality and Patient Safety for the Department of Medicine and as chair of the Departmental Quality Improvement Committee, is also the Director of Interventional Nephrology, a new program at Rush University, focused on the planning and maintenance of dialysis vascular access for patients with kidney disease. A distinguished physician and scientist, Dr. Wasse received her MPH and MD degrees at the University of Washington in Seattle, and formerly directed the Interventional Nephrology program at Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine and Emory University School of Medicine in Atlanta. She has served as principal investigator of studies funded by the National Institutes of Health and the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation. Dr. Wasse is President-Elect of the American Society of Diagnostic and Interventional Nephrology and serves in other executive positions for professional societies nationally.
Teri Wilczek, MS, CFRE
Marshfield Clinic Health System
Chief Philanthropy Officer, Marshfield Clinic Health System Foundation