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18 Women Leaders Selected for Carol Emmott Fellowship

November 29, 2017

The 14-month program expands the leadership capacity of the fellows, who are chosen for their ability to deliver results within their organizations and potential to advance to senior executive roles in health

Oakland, California (November 30, 2017) – The Carol Emmott Fellowship, based at the Public Health Institute, selected 18 women from 15 health organizations nationwide for its class of 2018. They will be part of a one-of-a-kind program for accomplished professionals who have demonstrated potential to ascend to senior executive and board-level roles.

The fellowship is tailored to expand the connections and experiences that top leadership candidates require to have the most influence in improving health for all. Fellows are nominated by their sponsoring organization and compete for acceptance into the program with a proposed impact project that transcends their current role to advance an area of health. They continue to work for their organizations during the fellowship, which provides them with more opportunities to build networking relationships with other top leaders as well as exercise high-level skills as they implement their impact projects.

The program fills a crucial unmet need in overcoming gender disparity by accelerating the leadership capacity and impact of women leaders in health. Women are underrepresented in senior executive and board-level positions in health because of systemic barriers that influence decision making.

“We will all benefit when men and women from diverse backgrounds, disciplines, and perspectives lead together,” said Christine Malcolm, executive director of the Carol Emmott Fellowship. “The fellowship’s mission is shared by the men and women who hold executive positions today, see the gaps created by gender disparity, and are committed to serving as our advisors, mentors, and supporters.”

The newly selected class represents an expansion of the program, growing from 15 to 18 fellows and from 12 sponsoring organizations to 15. The class of 2018 also represents a broader range of disciplines from emergency medicine and surgery to healthcare information technology and finance. Learn more about the fellows by reading their biographies.

When fellows complete the program, they join the Carol Emmott Fellowship alumnae network. Watch this video to learn about the class of 2017 and how they are making a difference through their impact projects, which cover areas as broad as the opioid crisis, care disparities, and suicide prevention.

“Healthcare faces daunting challenges and the Carol Emmott Fellowship provides opportunities for these talented leaders to advance medicine and healthcare delivery,” said Mary Pittman, DrPH, Carol Emmott Fellowship Board member and CEO and president of the Public Health Institute. “The vision of the fellowship program is to engage leaders who aspire to lead healthcare in new and more collaborative ways.”


Carol Emmott Fellowship Class of 2018 and Sponsoring Organizations

Margaret Damiano, MBA
Associate Dean for Administration and Finance, University of California, San Francisco at Zuckerberg San Francisco General
Sponsor: Blue Shield of California Foundation
Maria Padin, MD, FACOG
Chief Medical Officer Dartmouth-Hitchcock
Sponsor: Dartmouth-Hitchcock Health System
Karen T. Harris, RN, MSN, WHNP-BC
Chief Nurse and Operations Executive, Henry Ford West Bloomfield Hospital
Sponsor: Henry Ford Health System
Shaun Raleigh, MBA, RMA
Executive Director, Affinia Health Network/Mercy Health
Sponsor: Trinity Health
Philynn Hepschmidt, M.Ed.
Associate Executive Director, EHR Transformation, Penn Medicine
Sponsor: University of Pennsylvania Health System
Meredith Sciarrio, MBA
Director, Strategy & Integration, Community Partnerships Division, Providence St. Joseph Health
Sponsor: Providence St. Joseph Health
Marissa Kiefer, MHSA
Vice President, Maternity and Newborn Health & Statewide Partnerships, Riley Children’s Health
Sponsor: BDC Advisors on behalf of Riley Children’s Health
Melody States, RN, CNOR, CASC
Chief Operating Officer, Sutter Surgery Center Division, Sutter Health
Sponsor: Sutter Health
Monica Kogan, MD
Attending Physician, Director Pediatric Orthopaedic Surgery Division, Residency Director, Assistant Professor, Rush University Medical Center
Sponsor: Rush University Medical Center
Julie Stoss, JD
Vice President, Government Relations, Kaiser Permanente
Sponsor: Kaiser Permanente
Michelle Lopes, MSN, RN, NEA-BC
Senior Vice President Patient Care Services/Chief Nursing Officer, John Muir Health, Walnut Creek Medical Center
Sponsor: John Muir Health
Lisa Stump, MS, RPh, FASHP
Senior Vice President and Chief Information Officer, Yale New Haven Health and Yale School of Medicine
Sponsor: Yale New Haven Health System
Elizabeth M. Mahler, MD
Vice President, Patient Health Management, Sutter Health
Sponsor: Sutter Health
Andrea Wary, M.Ed., BSN, RN
Associate Vice President, Department of Emergency Medicine Geisinger Health System
Sponsor: Geisinger Health System
Jessica Melton, MHA
Vice President, Medical Surgical and Critical Care Services Duke University Hospital
Sponsor: Duke University Health System
Haimanot (Monnie) Wasse, MD, MPH
Professor of Medicine, Vice Chair of Patient Quality & Safety, Director, Interventional Nephrology, Rush University Medical Center
Sponsor: Rush University Medical Center
Teresa Mock, MD, MBA
Senior Vice President, Mercy Medical Center North Iowa/Trinity Health
Sponsor: Trinity Health
Teri Wilczek, MS, CFRE
Chief Philanthropy Officer, Marshfield Clinic Health System Foundation
Sponsor: Marshfield Clinic Health System



For more information, contact Elisa Williams, Communications Director at the Carol Emmott Fellowship: ElisaAWilliams@gmail.com, 503-381-6978

About the Carol Emmott Fellowship for Women Leaders in Health
The Carol Emmott Fellowship for Women Leaders in Health is designed to further outstanding mid-career women leaders by developing the networks and leadership capabilities required to create constructive change in the health field. It is an independent program based at the Public Health Institute, a California nonprofit. To learn more about the Carol Emmott Fellowship, please visit us at CarolEmmottFellowship.org.

The Public Health Institute, an independent nonprofit organization, is dedicated to promoting health, well-being and quality of life for people throughout California, across the nation and around the world.