Leadership for the next century of excellence in healthcare education.
Patty Thierry Sheridan, MBA, RHIA
Senior Vice President of HIM Services
Patty Thierry Sheridan is a trailblazer who is passionate about health information management (HIM), leadership and volunteerism. She has a track record of leveraging HIM, business and leadership experiences to create innovative HIM solutions and develop successful leaders. As Senior Vice President of HIM Services for CIOX Health, Ms. Sheridan is responsible for driving growth in clinical data abstraction/extraction and oncology data services and performing innovative HIM evidenced-based research via the CAREinnoLab, a private-public partnership with the University of Pittsburgh. Prior to joining CIOX Health, she was the president of Care Communications, Inc., and has also held senior roles at the American Health Information Management Association (AHIMA) including chief operating officer, vice president of professional practice, and acting chief executive officer. Patty has also held HIM roles in acute care teaching facilities.Patty has held board positions in health information organizations including President/Chair of the Board of Directors of AHIMA and New York Health Information Management Association (NYHIMA). She is the recipient of AHIMA’s Distinguished Member Award and the Illinois Health Information Management Association’s Professional Achievement award. She has published research articles and thought pieces and authors the column “Hands-on Help,” in the online magazine, Advance for Health Information Professionals and Executive Insight. Patty is a frequent speaker on the topics of health information management and leadership.
Sister Kathleen Stadler, CSFN, MSN, MBA, RN
Provincial Secretary, Holy Family Province
Sisters of the Holy Family of Nazareth
Board Vice Chair
Sister Kathleen Stadler has been a Sister of the Holy Family of Nazareth for more than 50 years. Sister Stadler’s ministry has always been related to healthcare. God’s call has taken her to Holy Cross Hospital in Taos, New Mexico (nursing), Saint Mary of Nazareth Hospital in Chicago (nursing, nursing education and administration) and to Presence Health’s Resurrection Retirement Community where she was the Executive Director. She has also served her congregation in a variety of roles including local superior, general chapter delegate and many committees. She is now the provincial secretary/counselor for her congregation. Sister Stadler earned her BSN from Loyola University, an MSN from the University of Illinois at Chicago and an MBA from Dominican University.
Robert Christie, JD
Greenberg Traurig, LLP
Mr. Christie concentrates his practice in the areas of commodities and securities law and commercial litigation. He represents clients in connection with enforcement actions and regulatory matters before the CFTC, SEC, NFA, FINRA, and various exchanges. Mr. Christie has extensive experience defending clients in arbitration at NFA, FINRA, CME, and other arbitration forums, in addition to representing clients in CFTC reparations proceedings and state and federal courts. Mr. Christie’s business litigation experience includes representing clients in employee actions concerning federal and state discrimination laws, non-compete agreements, and general commercial disputes. Mr. Christie is also a member of the Board of a university for healthcare professionals. Mr. Christie was general counsel of the Chicago Yacht Club, a Section 501(c)(7) organization and from 2006 through 2009, he was general counsel of the Chicago Yacht Club Foundation, a Section 501(c)(3) organization. As a general counsel of the Foundation and in an effort to regain the confidence of its donors, Mr. Christie rewrote the Foundation’s Bylaws. The revised bylaws provided for, amount other things, staggered terms for the Board of Trustees, a transparent governing structure, heighten compliance initiatives, through the creation of Audit, Investment, and Grant Review committees, and the creation of institutionalized conflict of interest policy.”
Maryann Barnes, BSN, MA
System Chief Nursing Executive
Maryann Barnes is the System Chief Nursing Executive for Presence Health. She is currently certified in Holistic Nursing and has held certifications in Nursing Administration and Perioperative Nursing. Prior to Presence Health, Maryann worked for St. John Providence Health in Detroit, part of Ascension Health and the Detroit Medical Center. She is committed to working in Catholic Health. Maryann graduated from Michigan State University with a BSN and the University of Detroit Mercy with a Masters in Healthcare Administration.
J. Marc Golan, CPA
Chief Financial Officer
Franciscan Alliance - Northern Indiana Region
Mr. Golan is a CPA and is currently the Chief Financial Officer for the Franciscan Alliance – Northern Indiana Region which includes five Northern Indiana Hospitals located in Hammond, Dyer, Munster, Crown Point and Michigan City as well as their associated medical groups. He oversees a Total Net Revenues of approximately $1B. His regional direct line reports include VP Finance, Budget, Health Information Management, Patient Access, Managed Care, Productivity, Business Development, Decision Support, Materials Management, ACO and ABO Finance. He has held various financial positions throughout his career, predominately within healthcare and also had extensive experience in performing financial audits and assisting with mergers, acquisitions, refinancing across industries. Mr. Golan is a member of the ResU Finance Committee.
Mary Anne Kelly, MBA
Metropolitan Chicago Healthcare Council (retired)
Ms. Kelly joined the Metropolitan Chicago Healthcare Council (MCHC) as vice president in 2003 after serving as executive director of the American Hospital Association’s American Society for Healthcare Human Resources Administration (ASHHRA). Before joining the AHA, she had been manager of MCHC’s Human Resource Services. Kelly led the Council’s Workforce Development Division and served of the Board of Instituto Health Sciences Career Academy in Pilsen–a new Charter High School authorized by the Chicago Public Schools to annually prepare 600 youth for success in competitive colleges and universities and job readiness certification in the healthcare industry. She retired from MCHC in 2012.
System Vice President, Human Resources
As System Vice President, Human Resources, Tom Koelbl is responsible for strategic leadership in the areas of Talent Acquisition and Management, Organizational Effectiveness, HR Operations, Learning & Development, Labor and Employee Relations, Total Rewards and Employee Health. Tom previously served as Regional Vice President of Human Resources for Banner Health in Arizona where he led human resources operations and was a recognized leader in talent management for human resources staff. He also served as Vice President of Human Resources for 11 years at Swedish American Health System in Rockford, and 13 years at Riverside Health System in Kankakee. Tom earned his bachelor’s degree from University of Illinois at Champaign-Urbana and his MBA in Human Resources from DePaul University in Chicago. He is a Fellow in the American College of Healthcare Executives and certified as a Senior Professional in Human Resources.
Emma Ortiz, MS, REAP
Director, Accounting & Administration
Illinois Hispanic Chamber of Commerce
As Director of Finance and Administration for the Illinois Hispanic Chamber of Commerce, Emma Ortiz oversees Accounting and Finance, Administration, Human Resources and Information Technology. Previously dedicating 13 years of her career to Higher Education, Emma served in various financial capacities at the City Colleges of Chicago. Her most recent appointment was Executive Director of Business Operations at Richard J Daley College where she was responsible for the leadership and management of the Finance, Operations and Facilities Divisions, respectively. She also served as Vice President for Banco Popular North America where she held positions in Commercial Lending as well as Retail Management, and was ultimately responsible for 10/20 branches for the Illinois Region. Emma earned her BS in Finance from Northeastern Illinois University in Chicago and received her MS in Organization Management from Dominican University in River Forest.
Linda S. Ramirez, MSN, PCCN, RN
Director of In-Patient Nursing
Presence Resurrection Medical Center
Ms. Ramirez is the Director of In-Patient Nursing at Presence Resurrection Medical Center (RMC). She implemented the Dedicated Education Unit (DEU) at RMC in conjunction with Resurrection University’s College of Nursing in September 2016. She is on the Board of Directors at Resurrection University and is the President of the ResU Alumni Association.
Ms. Ramirez began her career as a Nurse Technician at the former Our Lady of the Resurrection Medical Center. She has held various roles in her professional career as a staff nurse and charge nurse in the areas of neuro-medical/surgical, orthopedics, pediatrics and med-surg. Prior to those roles, she was a resource nurse and registry case manager.
Ms. Ramirez is a graduate of Saint Mary of Nazareth School of Nursing; she completed her BSN in 1997 from Lewis University, and went on to complete her Master’s degree in Nursing Administration from West Suburban College of Nursing in 2009 (now Resurrection University).
Airica Steed, Ed.D, MBA, RN, CSSMBB, FACHE
System Vice President, Service Line Operations
As the System Executive Leader for Clinical Service Line Operations and Contracted Services for Presence Health, Dr. Airica Steed is charged with spearheading and leading large-scale strategy and continuous improvement initiatives to drive system-level integration, high quality care, profitable growth, customer satisfaction and operational excellence. She previously served as the first appointed Enterprise Chief Experience Officer (CXO) for the University of Illinois Health System and as Vice President at Advocate Healthcare.
Dr. Steed has held high honors such as Diversity MBA Magazine’s “Top 100 Executive Leaders Under 50,” Becker’s Hospital Review “Top 130 Female Healthcare Leaders to Know” and has received the Modern Healthcare “Up & Comer” award. Dr. Steed is recognized as a seasoned transformational change leader and trailblazer and international expert in Lean Six Sigma. She is an expert in Malcolm Baldrige framework with a solid combination of experiences at the C-Suite and Big 4 consulting level spanning multiple market verticals.
She is widely published and has been an active speaker at conference in the industry at the regional, national and international levels. She has served several terms on the Board of Examiners for the Malcolm Baldrige National Quality Award. Dr. Airica Steed attained a BSN in Nursing, an MBA with a specialized certificate in Leadership and Organizational Development and a Doctorate in Leadership.
Brenda Williams, BA
President, Russell Williams Group, Inc.
As Founding Partner of the Russell Williams Group, Brenda Williams brings 30 years of strategic planning, branding and creative problem-solving expertise to develop long-term solutions to challenging business issues. Her approach fuses rigor and analysis with creativity and intuition to develop ground breaking results. Engagements include global corporate decision-making areas such as vision development, corporate positioning and internal branding. Prior to forming RWG, Williams served 14 years at Chicago-based Leo Burnett advertising agency as founder and managing director of The Lab, a multinational subsidiary specializing in brand and strategy consulting. Ms. Williams graduated with honors from the University of Colorado, with a double major in Communications and Psychology. Additionally, she attended graduate studies at Northwestern University and executive studies at University of Chicago, Harvard University and Tuck University. Ms. Williams currently serves as an Advisor to Abundant Venture Partners, whose mission is “improving the human condition.” Education reform is a passion for Williams; she currently sits on the Parent Leadership Board for Teach for America which is focused on ending education inequality. Most recently, she developed a program called myGPS (my Guided Personal Story) which takes her years of experience in business and advertising to help youth create a personal vision for their lives as they move forward into adulthood.
Pamela Zarkowski, JD., MPH
Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs
University of Detroit Mercy (UDM)
Ms. Zarkowski is the Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs at the University of Detroit Mercy (UDM). In this combined executive position, she is the chief academic officer of the University and responsible for the administration of all academic departments and programs, and a member of the UDM President’s Cabinet. Ms. Zarkowski has been a faculty member in the University’s School of Dentistry since 1978, she attained the rank of professor in 1994. She was appointed Interim Vice President of Academic Affairs in 2007 and was officially appointed Vice President of Academic Affairs in 2008. Prior to that position, Zarkowski was Executive Associate Dean of UDM’s School of Dentistry from 2002-2007. She is published in the areas of community oral health and legal and ethical issues for dental professionals.