The Carol Emmott Fellowship 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 reflects 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
Karen T. Harris, RN, MSN, WHNP-BC , Chief Nurse and Operations Executive , Henry Ford West Bloomfield Hospital , Sponsor: Henry Ford Health System
Philynn Hepschmidt, MEd, Associate Executive Director, EHR Transformation, Penn Medicine, Sponsor: University of Pennsylvania Health System;
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;
Monica Kogan, MD, Attending Physician, Director Pediatric Orthopaedic Surgery Division, Residency Director, Assistant Professor, Rush University Medical Center, Sponsor: Rush University Medical Center;
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;
Elizabeth M. Mahler, MD, Vice President, Patient Health Management, Sutter Health, Sponsor: Sutter Health;
Jessica Melton, MHA, Vice President, Medical Surgical and Critical Care Services, Duke University Hospital, Sponsor: Duke University Health System;
Teresa Mock, MD, MBA, Senior Vice President, Mercy Medical Center North Iowa/Trinity Health, Sponsor: Trinity Health;
Maria Padin, MD, FACOG, Chief Medical Officer, Dartmouth-Hitchcock, Sponsor: Dartmouth-Hitchcock Health System;
Shaun Raleigh, MBA, RMA, Executive Director, Affinia Health Network/Mercy Health, Sponsor: Trinity Health;
Meredith Sciarrio, MBA, Director, Strategy & Integration, Community Partnerships Division, Providence St. Joseph Health, Sponsor: Providence St. Joseph Health;
Melody States, RN, CNOR, CASC, Chief Operating Officer, Sutter Surgery Center Division, Sutter Health, Sponsor: Sutter Health;
Julie Stoss, JD, Vice President, Government Relations, Kaiser Permanente, Sponsor: Kaiser Permanente;
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;
Andrea Wary, MEd, BSN, RN, Associate Vice President, Department of Emergency Medicine, Geisinger Health System, Sponsor: Geisinger 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;
Teri Wilczek, MS, CFRE, Chief Philanthropy Officer, Marshfield Clinic Health System Foundation, Sponsor: Marshfield Clinic Health System.
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.