The Governing Board ensures alignment of the direction and growth of the fellowship with the vision and mission. They provide fellows with the opportunity to make a difference in healthcare and in the role of women in health leadership.    

Barbara Anderman, MA

CEF Board Member and National Advisory Board Chair
Former Executive Search Consultant, Russell Reynolds Associates

Barbara Anderman is a former executive search consultant with Russell Reynolds Associates. She dedicated her 12 years to the health services practice. She was also a leader in the healthcare transformation practice, specializing in recruiting key digital talent into executive-level leadership roles in specialty areas.

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Odette C. Bolano, FACHE, MHA, BSN

CEF Board Member and National Advisory Board Member
President and CEO at Saint Alphonsus Health System

Odette Bolano is a seasoned healthcare executive, serving as president and CEO of Saint Alphonsus Health System. She most recently served as president at Saint Alphonsus Regional Medical Center in Boise, Idaho. Prior to her time at Saint Alphonsus, Bolano served as senior vice president and area manager for Kaiser Permanente-East Bay in Oakland California. Bolano also served as the president and CEO of St. Joseph Health System and the regional CEO in Texas.

David Blumenthal, MD, MPP

CEF Board Member and National Advisory Board Member
President of The Commonwealth Fund

Dr. David Blumenthal is president of The Commonwealth Fund, a national philanthropy engaged in independent research on health and social policy issues. He is formerly the Samuel O. Thier Professor of Medicine at Harvard Medical School and chief health information and innovation officer at Partners Healthcare System in Boston. From 2009 to 2011, he served as the national coordinator for health information technology. Blumenthal is the author of more than 250 books and scholarly publications, including most recently, Heart of Power: Health and Politics in the Oval Office.


Joanne M. Conroy, MD

CEF Board Member and National Advisory Board Member
CEO and President of Dartmouth-Hitchcock and Dartmouth-Hitchcock Health

Dr. Joanne M. Conroy serves as CEO and president of Dartmouth-Hitchcock and Dartmouth-Hitchcock Health, the largest private employer in the state of New Hampshire. Prior to arriving at Dartmouth-Hitchcock, Conroy served as CEO of Lahey Hospital & Medical Center. From 2008 to 2014, she served as chief healthcare officer of the Association of American Medical Colleges (AAMC), focusing on the interface between the health care delivery system and academic medicine in the role of health care reform.




CEF Board Chair
Senior Director of Product Management, Yahoo

Parker Emmott, Carol B. Emmott’s son, leads the vision and implements the founding values of the fellowship. He is currently a senior director of product management at Yahoo, where he leads sports video products, and previously led monetization products for Flickr. Prior to joining Yahoo, Emmott was co-founder and CEO of Waddle, which developed a mobile product for private group photo sharing. Before starting Waddle, Emmott worked for the venture capital firm Norwest Venture Partners, after starting his career at Lehman Brothers. Emmott holds a bachelor’s degree in economics from Johns Hopkins University, and an MBA from Northwestern University’s Kellogg School of Management. 

Cameron Emmott, MD

CEF Board Vice-Chair
Retired from Private Practice

As Carol B. Emmott’s husband, Dr. Emmott brings historical strength and understanding to the fellowship’s guiding principles and mission. An accomplished surgeon and urologist, his many years of practice aid in the fellowship’s program formation, fellow needs, and forward-thinking vision. Emmott attended medical school at the University of Oklahoma. His residency in urology at UCSF brought him to California, where he continued private practice in Burlingame as a urologic cancer surgeon for the past 35 years. He is a member of the board of governors for Mills Peninsula Hospital and a member of Mills Peninsula Foundation’s board of directors.

Kathryn Johnson

CEF Board Member and National Advisory Board Member
Former CEO Health Forum, Global Health Consultant

Kathryn Johnson served as the CEO of Health Forum for 25 years and retired in 2002. She's the co-founder of the Center for Global Service and an active consultant on global health issues. She has served on numerous boards, including chairing the boards of the Institute for Research on Learning and the American Society of Association Executives. She is a former W. K. Kellogg Foundation fellow. Currently, Johnson serves on boards of the UN’s World Food Program-USA, Global Women’s Leadership Program at Santa Clara University’s Business School, the Health Technology Center, Samueli Institute, Food Commons 2.0, Omni Med, and RENEW. She also serves on advisory boards of: MedShare Western Council, Living Goods, We Care Solar, and Care for Peace.

Christine Malcolm, MBA

CEF Executive Director and Ex Officio Board Member
Principal, Salt Creek Advisors LLC

Christine Malcolm serves as executive director and ex officio board member of the Carol Emmott Fellowship, following a nationally recognized career in two environments as a senior executive at Kaiser Permanente and several leading academic health systems, and as a managing director in consulting, most recently for Navigant. During her career, Malcolm has repeatedly led transformational change in some of the premier health plans, healthcare systems, academic medical centers, specialty providers, medical schools, and children’s hospitals in the U.S. She recently served on an independent review panel named by the Senate to review the Department of Defense Health System, and is honored to be currently serving as a senior advisor to the Veteran’s Health Administration in its modernization.

Mary Pittman, DrPH

CEF Board Member and National Advisory Board Member
CEO and President, the Public Health Institute

Mary Pittman is CEO and president of the Public Health Institute (PHI), a global nonprofit headquartered in Oakland, California. A nationally recognized leader in improving community health, addressing health inequities among vulnerable people, and promoting quality of care, Pittman leads efforts to bring healthcare and public health together to improve population health. Under her leadership, PHI has expanded its global portfolio as well as being recognized as one of the 50 best nonprofit workplaces in the nation. Pittman previously headed the Health Research and Educational Trust, an affiliate of the American Hospital Association, and the California Association of Public Hospitals.

Barbara van Dillen

CEF Board Member
Principal, van Dillen Partners, Inc.

Barbara van Dillen formerly served as vice president of sales and marketing for IMG, an international sports marketing firm for over 14 years. She started and managed the Midwest region for IMG in Minneapolis followed by a move to London, working with international clients. For several years, she developed a robust consulting business working with corporations and nonprofits in developing integrated partnerships. She has the proven ability to match corporate partners with organizational objectives and to design actionable programs to achieve targeted goals. Some of her clients have included the Exploratorium, the MacArthur Foundation, the San Francisco Botanical Garden, 3M, HP, United States Golf Association, and the British Museum, among others. 


Betsy Wright

CEF Board Member
Retired, Nonprofit Executive

Betsy Wright, Carol B. Emmottʼs older sister, grew up in Bartlesville, Oklahoma. When her youngest child was in grade school, Wright began work on a Master of Social Work. She was recruited to work with the medical director of Hillcrest Medical Center in Tulsa. She became head of the Department of Community Relations for the hospital, and after six years at Hillcrest, Wright was recruited to become executive director of the American Lung Association. In 1991 she moved to Portland, Oregon, and became executive director of Ronald McDonald House. With her husband, George, also a former nonprofit executive director, she created C3 Strategies and C3 Publications. During 23 years working with many local and regional nonprofits, her primary work evolved into providing consulting to capital campaigns.