Board of Directors

Our Board of Directors are Executive Leaders in Healthcare and Corporate America who are dedicated and committed to the advancement of diversity and inclusion for African Americans/Blacks in governance.

Antoinette Hardy-Waller, MJ, BSN, RN is Chief Executive Officer of The Leverage Network, a non-profit organization committed to the promotion and advancement of African Americans to Governance and Board roles in healthcare.

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Caretha Coleman

Chair // Coleman Consulting

Caretha Coleman, Director, Adviser, Executive Coach, Community Advocate, Volunteer.  Getting her start at Hewlett Packard, Caretha has spent 40 years in the technology industry working with start-ups and early stage

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Eric Conley

President // Froedtert Hospital

Eric Conley is the senior vice president and chief operating officer at Froedtert Health joining the organization in July of 2018. He is responsible for the planning, development and oversight of the day-to-day operations of Froedtert Hospital, an 800 bed $1.8 billion organization,

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Ramon Gregory

SVP // Samsung Electronics America

Ramon Gregory is senior vice president, Customer Support Services for Cardinal Health, where he has overall responsibility for the company’s customer contact centers, pricing support and Medical Field Service team. Ramon provides strategic thought leadership, support and inspiration to nearly 1,500 employees.

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Partner // Heidrick & Struggles

Michael J. Loiacano is a partner at Heidrick & Struggles, focusing on recruitment and advisory services at the board, chief executive and senior executive level in the Healthcare Services sector. Based in the firm’s Chicago office, he is a member of the global Healthcare and Life Sciences and CEO and Board of Directors Practices.

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Community Relations/Public Affairs // UPS

a Rue Martin, Jr. is Manager of Community Relations/Public Affairs for United Parcel Service, UPS, a publicly traded Fortune 500 company. He joined UPS in 1987 as a delivery driver in Portland, Oregon and quickly rose through the ranks securing roles in Customer Service, Employee Relations and Human Resources. 

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Partner // McGuireWoods

As the Chairwoman of the firm’s Healthcare Department, Amber Walsh chairs one of the largest healthcare practices in the United States and is a leader in promoting the advancement of women in the private equity sector.

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Chief Diversity Officer // CommonSpirit Health

Rosalyn Carpenter is the Chief Diversity Officer for CommonSpirit Health, the merged entity of Catholic Health Initiatives (CHI) and Dignity Health, encompasses 800+ care locations, approximately 150,000 employees, and $29.2 billion in revenues. Delivering clinical excellence through hospitals and care centers covering 21 states, CommonSpirit Health is accessible to nearly one in four U.S. residents.

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Former CHRO // Ascension Health

Challis Lowe is a Board member and Business Strategist with Operational and P&L experience. Provided leadership and oversight on difficult governance and risk management issues; management of human and financial assets.

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President & CEO // Cascade Comprehensive Care

Tayo Akins

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Chief Operating Officer // Institute for Healthcare Improvement

Results-driven, visionary executive with 20 years of experience in senior leadership positions in both academic and complex teaching facilities with a proven track record of success in achieving goals and meeting patient needs.

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Area Executive VP // Arthur J. Gallagher Risk Management Services, Inc.

Bonnie Boone is a producer and client executive for Gallagher’s risk management practice group.  She develops strategy and places professional liability and other casualty lines for a broad range of large clients.

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Chief Operating Officer // Peach State Health Plan

Urcel Fields serves as Chief Operating Officer of Peach State Health Plan, the Georgia subsidiary of Centene Corporation, a diversified, multi-national healthcare enterprise that provides a portfolio of services to government sponsored healthcare programs.

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SVP / Area Manager // Kaiser Foundation Health Plan

Corwin Harper Will be updated soon.

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Chief Medical Information Officer // University of Utah Health

Maia Hightower, M.D. Strategic IT executive with over twelve years of senior leadership experience in healthcare IT and physician executive leadership with academic medical centers, clinically integrated networks, and accountable care organizations. Drives transformational change by breaking down complex systems problems into measurable capabilities, continuous improvement frameworks, and a multi-year strategic plan. An authentic and…

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Founder and Principal // C-Suite Assets

Patricia A. Howard Patricia is an executive with more than 25 years of experience in the healthcare industry. She possesses strong payer, provider, hospital, care management, IT, administrative and global operations expertise. Her product portfolio experience spans the healthcare ecosystem and business operations, including behavioral health, dental, medical, M&A, strategy, risk management, organizational design, and…

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Chief People Officer // EmblemHealth

Donna Hughes Global Human Resources and Legal Executive Transformational | Solution Driven | Business-Focused | Relationship Builder Proven expertise in driving global human capital strategies aligned with short and long-term business objectives, while positioning the organization as an employer of choice. Successful in leading all HR functions. Recognized for building high-performing, collaborative teams to deliver…

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Executive Partner // Dell Technologies - Healthcare Vertical

Noland Joiner Noland Joiner has over 34 years of experience in various technology consulting and general operational management roles as a corporate executive, non-profit board member, educator, entrepreneur and executive coach. He specializes in driving process improvement and implementing a wide array of enabling technologies across multiple industries, which include healthcare, life sciences, financial services,…

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Emeritus Associate Medical Director // Kaiser Permanente

Susan Leggett-Johnson, M.D. Will be updated soon.

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President & CEO // Peach State Health Plan

Wade Rakes serves as President and Chief Executive Officer of Peach State Health Plan, the Georgia subsidiary of Centene Corporation, a diversified, multi-national healthcare enterprise that provides a portfolio of services to government sponsored healthcare programs.

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VP of Sarbanes/Oxley (SOX) // Kaiser Permanente

Okorie Ramsey is the Vice President of Sarbanes/Oxley (SOX) for Kaiser Foundation Health Plan, Inc. and Kaiser Foundation Hospitals. 

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Chief Medical Officer // Peach State Health Plan

James Richardson, M.D. Will update soon.

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Senior Vice President and Chief People Officer // NewYork Presbyterian

Shaun E. Smith Will update soon.

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Physician Executive // Oncology Services University of Illinois Cancer Center

John Stewart, IV, M.D. Dr. John H. Stewart, IV, MD, MBA is currently the Physician Executive for Oncology Services and Associate Director for Clinical Research for the UIC Cancer Center. He holds the position of Professor with tenure in the Department of Surgery. Dr. Stewart received his medical degree from Howard University and completed his…

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Chief Financial Officer // Parkland Community Health Plan

Peter Waziri Peter provides financial leadership for Parkland Community Health Plan’s operational and clinical management functions including network strategy, hospital, physician, and ancillary contracting, network management, risk contract reporting, medical cost containment, and growth. He also works with providers to find innovative ways to address the social determinants of health and foster greater coordination of…

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Chief Administrative Officer (Retired) // CommonSpirit Health

Patricia (Pat) Golden Webb is a board-level leader in health care. She formerly served as senior executive vice president and chief administrative (January 2019 to December 2020) officer for Chicago-based CommonSpirit Health, one of the nation’s largest health systems.

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