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Robert J. Henkel, FACHE

President and CEO, Ascension Health
Executive Vice President, Ascension

Robert J. Henkel, FACHE, is the President and CEO of Ascension Health. He also serves as an Executive Vice President of Ascension. Before being named President and CEO, he served as the President, Healthcare Operations and Chief Operating Officer at Ascension Health. Prior to 2004, he served as President of the Great Lakes and Mid-Atlantic States Operating Group at Ascension Health.

Rhonda C. Anderson

Senior Vice President and Chief Financial Officer

Rhonda Anderson  is the Senior Vice President and Chief Financial Officer for Ascension Health. As CFO, she provides strategic and operational financial leadership to the CEO and management team of the health system.

Mark D. Barner

Senior Vice President and Chief Information Officer, Ascension
Chief Executive Officer, Ascension Information Services (AIS)

Mark D. Barner serves in a dual role as Senior Vice President and Chief Information Officer (CIO) for Ascension and as the Chief Executive Officer of Ascension Information Services (AIS), a subsidiary of Ascension, providing information technology services across Ascension and its other subsidiary organizations. Mark’s duties include management of IT operations, strategy, project execution and service delivery.

Scott Caldwell

Chief Executive Officer, The Resource Group
Senior Vice President, Ascension

Scott Caldwell serves as the Chief Executive Officer of The Resource Group, LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Ascension. In this role, he is responsible for guiding resource and supply management strategy and operations, including those for the group purchasing organization.

Lee Coulter

Chief Executive Officer
Ascension Health Ministry Service Center

Lee Coulter is Chief Executive Officer of the Ascension Health Ministry Service Center (MSC). The MSC is based in Indianapolis and houses a large cross-functional team of associates delivering an array of Finance, Human Resources and Supply Chain services to Health Ministries.

Susan L. Davis, RN, Ed.D., FACHE

Alabama/Florida/Community Health Ministries Ministry Market Leader, Ascension Health
President and CEO, Sacred Heart Health System

Susan L. Davis, RN, Ed.D., FACHE, serves as the Alabama/Florida/Community Health Ministries Ministry Market Leader for Ascension Health. She provides strategic and operational leadership while promoting alignment among Health Ministries within the Alabama/Florida/Community Health Ministries regional markets and with the System Office on issues related to Mission and Vision. She also serves as the President and CEO of the Sacred Heart Health System in Pensacola, Fla.

Nicholas F. Desien

Kansas/Oklahoma/Wisconsin Ministry Market Leader, Ascension Health
President & CEO, Ministry Health Care

Nicholas F. Desien serves as the Kansas/Oklahoma/Wisconsin Ministry Market Leader for Ascension Health. He provides strategic and operational leadership while promoting alignment among Health Ministries within the Kansas/Oklahoma/Wisconsin market and with the System Office on issues related to Mission and Vision. He also is the President and CEO of Ministry Health Care, Milwaukee, Wis.

Eric S. Engler

Senior Vice President and Chief Strategy Officer, Ascension Health

Eric Engler is the Senior Vice President and Chief Strategy Officer for Ascension Health, the largest Catholic and largest nonprofit healthcare provider in the United States. In this role, Eric has executive oversight and thought leadership responsibility for the ongoing development, implementation and management of Ascension Health’s Strategic Direction towards realizing the organization’s Vision by 2020.  

Mark Frey

Illinois and Senior Ministries Ministry Market Leader
President and CEO, Alexian Brothers Health System

Mark Frey is the President and CEO of Alexian Brothers Health System, and serves as the Illinois and Senior Ministries Ministry Market Leader. He provides strategic and operational leadership for Alexian Brothers Health System while promoting alignment among the facilities in his market with the System Office on issues related to Mission and Vission. In addition, Mr. Frey shares accountability for strategic positioning and operational performance of St. Catherine's Nursing Center in Emmitsburg, Md., and Seton Manor in Orwigsburg, Penn.

Jesus Garza

Arizona/Texas Ministry Market Leader, Ascension Health
President and Chief Executive Officer, Seton Healthcare Family

Jesus Garza is the President and Chief Executive Officer of Seton Healthcare Family in Austin, Texas, and serves as the Arizona/Texas Ministry Market Leader for Ascension Health. He provides strategic and operational leadership for Seton Healthcare Family while promoting alignment among Health Ministries within the Arizona/Texas market and with the System Office on issues related to Mission and Vision. In addition, Mr. Garza shares accountability for strategic positioning and operational performance of the Health Ministries in his market, which include Seton Healthcare Family, Providence Healthcare Network in Waco, Texas and Carondelet Health Network in Tucson, Ariz.

Timm Glover

Senior Vice President, Mission Integration, Ascension Health

Timothy (Timm) L. M. Glover serves Ascension Health as the Senior Vice President, Mission Integration. In this role, he provides for the spiritual, strategic and collaborative leadership required for the deepening integration of the Mission, Vision, Values and Catholic Identity of Ascension Health throughout all sponsored ministries and partnerships. He works closely with leadership at the System, Health Ministry and local levels in defining creative ways to express Ascension Health’s Catholic Identity within the ever-changing healthcare environment and collaborating to support our Health Ministry CEOs in their role as leaders in a ministry of the church.

Sister M. Therese Gottschalk

Senior Executive Advisor to the President and CEO, Ascension Health
Executive Vice President, Ascension

Sister M. Therese Gottschalk is the Senior Executive Advisor to the President and Chief Executive Officer of Ascension Health and Executive Vice President of Ascension.  She also serves on the boards of Ministry Health Care, the St. John Health System and Via Christi Health.

Ziad Haydar, MD

Senior Vice President, Clinical Excellence, and Chief Medical Officer, Ascension Health

Ziad Haydar, MD, is Senior Vice President, Clinical Excellence, and Chief Medical Officer of Ascension Health. Dr. Haydar leads the organization’s Clinical Excellence initiatives, including collaboration with physician, nursing and executive leaders across Ascension Health, to build on the organization’s nationally recognized patient safety initiatives.

Peter M. Leibold

Chief Advocacy Officer

Peter M. Leibold is the Chief Advocacy Officer for Ascension Health. In this role, Leibold works closely with executive leadership, advocacy and government affairs leaders across the Health Ministries of Ascension Health. He leads the execution of an integrated advocacy and government affairs strategy to enhance Ascension Health’s ability to lead the transformation of healthcare, with continued emphasis on providing access for vulnerable populations.

Gwen MacKenzie

Senior Vice President and Michigan Market Leader, Ascension Health

Gwen M. MacKenzie is Senior Vice President and Michigan Market Leader, Ascension Health. She provides strategic and operational leadership while promoting alignment among Health Ministries within the Michigan regional market and with the System Office on issues related to Mission and Vision.

Stuart G. Marcus, MD, FACS

New York/Connecticut Ministry Market Leader, Ascension Health
President/CEO, St. Vincent’s Health Services

Stuart G. Marcus, MD, FACS, is the President and Chief Executive Officer of St. Vincent’s Health Services (SVHS) in Bridgeport, Conn., and serves as the New York/Connecticut Ministry Market Leader for Ascension Health. He provides strategic and operational leadership for St. Vincent’s Health Services while promoting alignment among Health Ministries within the New York/Connecticut market and with the System Office on issues related to Mission and Vision. In addition, Dr. Marcus shares accountability for strategic positioning and operational performance for the Health Ministries in his market including St. Vincent’s Health Services, St. Mary's Healthcare, Amsterdam, NY, Our Lady of Lourdes Memorial Hospital, Binghamton, NY, and Mount St. Mary's Hosptial and Health Center, Lewiston, NY.

Patricia A. Maryland, Dr.P.H.

President, Healthcare Operations
Chief Operating Officer, Ascension Health

Patricia A. Maryland, Dr.P.H., is the President, Healthcare Operations and Chief Operating Officer of Ascension Health. She previously served as the President and Chief Executive Officer of St. John Providence Health System, Warren, Mich., and as the Michigan Ministry Market Leader for Ascension Health, where she provided strategic and operational leadership for St. John Providence Health System while promoting alignment among Health Ministries within the Michigan market and with the System Office on issues related to Mission and Vision.
Christine Kocot McCoy, JD

Senior Vice President, Legal Services and General Counsel, Ascension Health

Christine Kocot McCoy is the Senior Vice President, Legal Services and General Counsel for Ascension Health. In this role she is responsible for leading Ascension Health Legal Services and Risk Management. As General Counsel, she provides legal counsel to the organization, Board of Trustees and executive management. She leads affiliation initiatives; assists with business development activities; and manages outside legal relationships on behalf of Ascension Health. In Risk Management, Ms. McCoy is responsible for leading the associate health and safety, claims management, insurance, and loss prevention programs for Ascension Health and its Health Ministries. She was previously Vice President, Risk Management for Ascension Health.

Bonnie Phipps

Baltimore/DC, Kansas City, Mo., Pasco, Wa., and Lewiston, Id., Ministry Market Leader, Ascension Health
Chief Executive Officer, Saint Agnes HealthCare

Bonnie Phipps is the President and Chief Executive Officer of Saint Agnes HealthCare in Baltimore, and serves as the Baltimore/DC, Kansas City, Mo., Pasco, Wa., and Lewiston, Id., Ministry Market Leader for Ascension Health. She provides strategic and operational leadership for Saint Agnes Healthcare while promoting alignment among Health Ministries within her market and with the System Office on issues related to Mission and Vision. In addition, Ms. Phipps shares accountability for strategic positioning and operational performance of the Health Ministries in her market, which are Saint Agnes HealthCare; Providence Hospital, Washington. D.C.; Carondelet Health, Kansas City, MO; Lourdes Health Network, Pasco, Wash.; and St. Joseph Regional Medical Center, Lewiston, Idaho.

Michael H. Schatzlein, MD

Tennessee/Indiana Ministry Market Leader, Ascension Health
Chief Executive Officer, Saint Thomas Health

Michael H. Schatzlein, MD, is the Chief Executive Officer of Saint Thomas Health in Nashville, Tennessee, and serves as the Tennessee/Indiana Ministry Market Leader for Ascension Health. He provides strategic and operational leadership for Saint Thomas Health while promoting alignment among Health Ministries within the Tennessee/Indiana market and with the System Office on issues related to Mission and Vision. In addition, Dr. Schatzlein shares accountability for strategic positioning and operational performance of the Health Ministries in his market including Saint Thomas Health, St.Vincent Health, Indianapolis, and St. Mary's Health System, Evansville, Ind.

Carol L. Schmidt, FACHE

Senior Vice President, System Integration

Carol L. Schmidt, FACHE, is the Senior Vice President, System Integration for Ascension Health. In this role, Carol leads the implementation of strategic System-wide initiatives and the integration and assimilation of new Health Ministries into Ascension Health. She works closely with leaders across the Ascension national ministry to develop and execute implementation approaches that advance national agendas and for Health Ministries joining the organization, as well as helping to foster a culture consistent with Ascension’s Mission, Vision and Values.

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