Fellows - Class of 2019
Cecilia Aviles, RN, BSN, MBA
Sutter Health, Palo Alto Medical Foundation
Area Operations Executive
Cecilia Aviles is an area operations executive for Sutter Health’s Palo Alto Medical Foundation (PAMF) in the San Francisco Bay Area. Aviles has 30 years’ experience in health care. She currently oversees the operations of PAMF’s Peninsula Divisions multi-specialty clinics. Experienced in both ambulatory and acute care, Aviles has served in several leadership positions in operations, strategy and business development. She holds her R.N. degree from San Francisco State University and Master of Business Administration from Northwestern’s Kellogg School of Business. Aviles was recognized in 2018 as one of the Bay Area’s Top Hispanic Nurses. She is passionate about improving the health in her community and exceptional patient experience.
Joanne Berrios, CPA, M.Acc
GuideWell Health (Underwritten by BDC Advisors)
Chief Financial Officer
Joanne Berrios is vice president and chief financial officer for GuideWell Health Inc. In this role, Berrios is responsible for financial oversight across the GuideWell Health organization including Diagnostic Clinic Medical Group, Florida Health Care Plans, Capital Health Plan, and GuideWell Emergency Medicine Doctors. Berrios is an experienced, innovative leader in finance, health care strategy and business development. Since 2007, she has also served in a part-time capacity as the chief financial officer for Family First Primary Care in Orange Park, Fla. Berrios holds a master’s degree in accounting from the University of North Florida, a bachelor’s degree in accounting from the University of Florida, and is a Certified Public Accountant.
Sandra Culbertson, MD
Geisinger Health System
Chair, Geisinger Women’s and Children’s Institute
Dr. Sandra Culbertson joined Geisinger Health System in June 2017 as chair of Women’s Health department. As of January 2019, she takes the role of chair of the Geisinger Women’s and Children’s Institute. She is maintaining her role as chair of Women’s Health and will continue her work in expanding high quality comprehensive obstetric and gynecologic care for the women of central Pennsylvania. Culbertson is a clinical professor at the Geisinger Commonwealth School of Medicine. She is a board certified urogynecologist and she specializes in treatment of recurrent urinary incontinence and recurrent pelvic organ prolapse. Culbertson is a graduate of the University of Virginia (undergraduate and medical school) and she completed her residency and fellowship at the University of Chicago.
Sheila Dugan, MD
Rush University Medical Center
Professor and Interim Section Director of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation in the Department of Neurosurgery
Dr. Sheila A. Dugan has been at Rush University Medical Center since 2003, previously at Partner’s HealthCare. She is professor of physical medicine and rehabilitation and section chief since 2017. She has been director of the Program for Abdominal and Pelvic Health and co-investigator on the Study of Women's Health Across the Nation (SWAN) since 2004. She is chair of the Rush Women's Leadership Council since 2006. She is a co-investigator on National Institutes of Health-supported community-based participatory research in health equity. She has served on the Board of the American College of Sports Medicine and Chaired the Strategic Health Initiative for Women, Sports and Physical Activity from 2005 to 2009.
Angie Everett, LCSW, CCM, LNHA
North Mississippi Medical Center (Underwritten by BDC Advisors)
Service Line Administrator, Post Acute and Rehabilitation Services
Angie Everett began her career at North Mississippi Medical Center in 1990. She is currently the service line administrator for post-acute and rehabilitation services, providing oversight for care management and care transitions at North Mississippi Medical Center, the flagship hospital for North Mississippi Health Services, and the largest rural hospital in America. Everett provides strategic leadership to post-acute services across a robust continuum of care while aligning those services with the system's clinically integrated network, host of community hospitals, and accountable care organization. She is a licensed certified social worker, a certified case manager, a licensed nursing home administrator, and serves as a surveyor for the Commission on Accreditation for Rehabilitation Facilities. Everett earned her undergraduate degree in social work from Mississippi State University and her Master in Social Work from the University of Southern Mississippi. Everett has a passion for leading initiatives to improve patient centered care transitions.
Wendy Fielding, MBA
Vice President, Financial Planning
Wendy Fielding has been vice president of financial planning for the Dartmouth-Hitchcock Health system since 2009. Fielding’s responsibilities include providing business and analytical decision support, overseeing the annual financial planning cycle for the organization, and developing long-term financial projections that align with the system’s strategic vision. Prior to joining D-H, Fielding held positions as the chief financial officer at Mount Desert Island Hospital in Bar Harbor, Maine, and director of financial reporting and analysis at Boston Medical Center. She is a trustee at Cheshire Medical Center and the treasurer of the AVA Gallery and Art Center. A 2015 graduate of the Leadership New Hampshire program, she holds a Master of Business Administration in healthcare management from Boston University and a Bachelor of Science degree in finance from Bentley University.
Melissa Gerdes, MD, FAAFP, CHCQM
John Muir Health
Executive Medical Director Clinical Effectiveness and Integration
Dr. Melissa Gerdes joined John Muir Health in May of 2017 in a new role as medical director of clinical effectiveness with responsibilities for patient quality, safety, and value-based care in clinical integration, accountable care, and physician network areas. In October 2017, she was promoted to executive medical director of clinical effectiveness and integration with additional responsibilities of cross-continuum care management and coordination. Gerdes is also volunteer faculty for the John Muir Health Family Medicine Residency Program and serves as a board member of the Integrated Healthcare Association. As a family medicine physician, she has been active in the Texas Academy of Family Physicians and served as president in 2010-2011. She also served as a member and Chair of the American Academy of Family Physicians Commission on Quality and Practice. Gerdes earned a B.S. in communications at Northwestern University, her M.D. at Loyola University Stritch School of Medicine in Chicago, and completed her residency at the University of Texas at Tyler, where she was chief resident.
Linda Gifford, MBA, FACHE
Henry Ford Health System
Vice President Detroit Ambulatory Operations
Linda Gifford started her career in operations as a radiation therapist at Henry Ford Hospital. After earning her MBA, she moved to positions of increasing responsibility. As practice manager of the Cancer Institute, Gifford spearheaded a $5.4 million grant for the CMS demonstration project, “Racial and Ethnic Disparity in Cancer Screening and Treatment in African Americans.” After serving as senior administrator for neurosciences, she transitioned to the role of vice president of ambulatory operations. Gifford is now interim chief operating officer for the medical group while maintaining the VP role. Additionally, Gifford has strong ties to the community and serves on the boards of both Lourdes Senior Community and the Michigan Roundtable for Diversity and Inclusion. She is a fellow of the American College of Healthcare Executives.
Tamera Howell, MD
Section Chief New River Valley Obstetrics and Gynecology
Dr. Tamera Howell is an ob-gyn physician at Carilion Clinic, and the immediate past president of Carilion Clinic New River Valley Medical Center. She is section chief of New River Valley Obstetrics and Gynecology. She also serves as a board member of New River Valley Medical Center, and director of the Urinary Sexual Health Center and Robotics Program Carilion New River Valley Medical Center. Howell has dedicated her career to family, community, God, and women's health care. She is a passionate supporter of women leaders in medicine and committed to advancement of these individuals and other younger women in health care roles. She enjoys outdoor activities, including horseback-riding, kayaking, and riding motorcycles. A former college athlete, Howell loves many sports and supports The Virginia Tech Hokies.
Cynthia Lee, MPA
System Vice President, Strategy and Business Development
Cynthia Lee has been with Sutter Health for 15 years, starting her career at Alta Bates Medical Center and then moving to the system. Currently, she is the system vice president of strategy and business development. Prior to returning to Sutter, she was employed by Kaiser Foundation Hospitals and Healthplan as the vice president of delivery system strategy and business development for the Northern California Region and led her own healthcare strategy consulting firm. She has more than 25 years of experience in market-facing strategy, mergers and acquisitions, network development and clinical service line development. She is married to Patrick and they have 3 sons: Tyler, a mechanical engineer; Evan, a college student majoring in business; and Max, a high school sophomore. Family time is spent playing music together, visiting Disneyland and cheering on their alma mater the Cal Bears during football season.
Catherine Liao, MSPH
Duke University Health System
Assistant Vice President of Government Relations
Catherine Liao is responsible for leading the implementation of a comprehensive and diversified federal government relations program, working to strengthen Duke Health’s identity and reputation on biomedical research, education, training, and service. Prior to joining Duke, she worked for nearly six years in the Washington Office of Congressman David Price, handling health, education, labor, and housing appropriations issues. She has worked as a research assistant at the North Carolina Institute of Medicine, assisting staff with review of federal health reform legislation and recommendations for implementation at the state level. She also completed an administrative fellowship and served in the Office of the Chief of Staff at the Durham Veterans Affairs Medical Center. Liao holds a Bachelor of Arts in political science from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and a Master of Science in Public Health from the University of North Carolina Gillings School of Global Public Health.
Kelly Motadel, MD, MPH
Vista Community Clinic
Chief Medical Officer
Dr. Kelly Motadel grew up in a suburb of San Diego, where she lives and works now. She did her undergraduate education at Yale University before spending a year in Philadelphia volunteering with the homeless. She returned to San Diego for her medical education at University of California, San Diego before heading to Fresno for her pediatric residency training at the UC San Francisco-Fresno program. While in her residency training, she simultaneously achieved her Masters of Public Health from California State University, Fresno. After her chief residency year, she settled in San Diego county at Vista Community Clinic (VCC), quickly rising into leadership. During her 15 years with VCC, the organization has nearly tripled in size and now extends across three counties. Now she would like to extend her reach beyond the clinic and has recently been more involved with political advocacy work, especially as it pertains to healthcare for the underserved.
Ije-Enu Nwosu, MBA
Executive Director, Impact Spending - Buy to Pay
Ije-Enu Udeze Nwosu is an executive and key strategist at Kaiser Permanente, serving as the chief of staff to the chairman and CEO since 2010. In her leadership role, Nwosu provides high-level counsel to the CEO and to the senior executive team for one of America’s leading integrated health care systems and not-for-profit health plans. She is accountable for leading key initiatives in support of the organization’s business priorities and shaping the strategic agendas for the organization’s executive forums. Joining the organization as a business analyst, she also served as a senior operations manager where she drove the development and execution of a region's strategic, operational and service delivery plans, specifically leading a redesign of specialty care. Nwosu was named a “Top 40 under 40” executive by the San Francisco Business Times and was recognized by Modern Healthcare with both the “Up and Comer” award and as one of the “Top 10 Minority Executives in Healthcare to Watch.” A committed community leader, she serves on the boards of Girls Inc. of Alameda County, MAKERS@ (a partnership that is disrupting the ways companies think about female leadership) and Utuh USA (an organization supporting education and economic revitalization in Eastern Nigeria).
Nina O'Connor, MD, FAAHPM
University of Pennsylvania Health System
Chief of Hospice and Palliative Care, University of Pennsylvania Health System
Dr. Nina O’Connor attended Yale University and completed medical school, residency, and a faculty development fellowship at the University of Virginia. She later completed a fellowship in hospice and palliative medicine at the University of Pennsylvania. She joined the faculty at Penn in 2013 and quickly assumed leadership for the palliative care program at the Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania. She founded the palliative care program at Penn Presbyterian Medical Center and served as program director for the Hospice and Palliative Medicine Fellowship from 2014 to 2017. In 2016, O’Connor became chief of palliative care for the University of Pennsylvania Health System and the chief medical officer for Penn Hospice. In this role, she supports palliative and end-of-life care for all Penn Medicine hospitals and practices. O’Connor 's interests include measurement of palliative care value, barriers to hospice care, and serious illness communication training. She is partnering with the Penn Center for Innovation to redesign care for patients with advanced heart failure and with Harvard’s Ariadne Labs to implement systematic conversations about goals and values for all Penn patients with a serious illness.
Mary Oseid, MHCDS
Vice President, Regional and System Integration
Mary Oseid has 25 years of experience in healthcare finance, operations and leadership. In her current role as vice president of system integration and regional services for Dartmouth-Hitchcock Health, Oseid leads the organization's efforts to integrate clinical and support services across system member locations. She is also the organization’s leadership liaison to out-of-system regional partners, manages the New England Alliance for Health and has responsibility for the system’s telehealth program. Oseid has served in this role since 2014. Oseid started her career in finance as an auditor and consultant for a large accounting firm. She joined Dartmouth-Hitchcock in 1994 in a finance role and worked her way up to Director of Finance for Dartmouth-Hitchcock Clinic. In 2000, her professional focus shifted to operations when she assumed leadership for the ambulatory division at Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center.
Amy Ross, MHA
University of Chicago Medicine
Vice President, Office of Strategic Planning
Amy Ross is the vice president of the Office of Strategic Planning. She joined University of Chicago Medicine (UCM) in 2017. Currently, Ross ' role focuses on strategic planning, service line development, and integration, mergers, and acquisition activities. Prior to joining UCM, she held leadership roles at Northwestern Medicine and NorthShore University Health System and in healthcare consulting at The Chartis Group and Deloitte. Ross' prior experience is in large academic medical centers and health systems where she worked in operations, strategic planning and service line development, and IT system implementation. Her roles have included clinical and non-clinical program management and development across the care continuum and day-to-day operations in both the inpatient and ambulatory settings. Ross holds a Master of Health Administration degree from the University of Minnesota and a Bachelor of Arts degree in Biology from the College of St. Benedict.
Pamela Scagliarini, MBA
Yale New Haven Health System
Senior Vice President; Chief Operating Officer, Bridgeport Hospital
Pamela Scagliarini is the chief operating officer at Bridgeport Hospital and senior vice president of Yale New Haven Health System (2014 to present) having responsibility for patient care operations, ancillary services, and non-clinical operations for all inpatient and outpatient facilities ($540 million in revenue). Scagliarini oversees the development and execution of a seven-year capital plan comprised of approximately $50 million per year. Pam has profit-and-loss responsibility, leading significant programmatic growth and cost management initiatives while meeting the patient care and community mission of the hospital. She also co-created the Northeast Purchasing Coalition LLC with VHA, Inc. that continues to serve hospitals across the New England region. Scagliarini serves on the Girl Scouts of Connecticut Board and chairs the Board Development Committee and the Greater New England Supplier Diversity Council Board and chairs the inaugural Governance Committee. Pam is a Lean In Women’s Leadership Forum leader within her organization.
Tammy Simon, RN, MSN
Marshfield Clinic Health System
Vice President for the Institute for Quality, Innovation and Patient Safety
Tammy Simon is the administrator for the Institute of Quality, Innovation and Patient Safety for Marshfield Clinic Health System (MCHS). She provides direction and support to the ambulatory and acute care operations leadership team for aspects of clinical care related to quality improvement, patient safety, clinical improvement, value based care, care management strategies, patient experience programs. Simon leads the organization in its efforts to develop a consistent model of high quality, patient-centered care while relying on evidence-based guidelines to produce favorable clinical and financial outcomes for patients with chronic conditions. Simon has been part of MCHS since 2001. Prior to MCHS, she worked in a variety of roles at St. Joseph's Hospital in Marshfield, Wis., and St. Mary's Hospital in Milwaukee. Simon received her BSN in Nursing at Concordia University in 1989 and her MSN with a focus on Nursing Leadership in Healthcare Systems at Regis University in 2009.