About

Tomorrow's Leaders

A program to honor young people who will guide our ministry in the future.

The Catholic health ministry of tomorrow will depend on strong leadership and passionate commitment to the healing mission. Encouraging the promising young leaders of today to continue their careers in the ministry, CHA's Tomorrow's Leaders program each year honors an impressive cadre of dedicated, high-performing individuals who already have demonstrated commitment to advancing the mission of Catholic health care.

The honorees are recognized at the annual Catholic Health Assembly during the Awards Banquet. They are also will be invited to participate in an exclusive leadership formation retreat, prior to the assembly, which brings them face to face with senior leaders from across the ministry.

CHA pays travel and expenses and waives registration fees for the honorees to attend the assembly and the formation retreat.

2017 RECIPIENTS:

Jim Boyle 
Vice President, Information Services, St. Joseph Heritage Healthcare, St. Joseph Health, Anaheim, Calif.

Kevin Cullinan 

Market Director, Perioperative Services and Orthopedics, CHI St. Vincent, Little Rock, Ark.

Kay Gorka 

Manager, Spiritual Care Services, Providence Health & Services Eastern Washington: Providence Sacred Heart Medical Center, Holy Family Hospital, and Medical Clinics, Spokane, Wash.
Kevin D. Howard, DO 
Bon Secours Kentucky Health System, Director, Physician Residency Program, Our Lady of Bellefonte Hospital, Ashland, Ky.

Ji Im 

Director, Community and Population Health, Dignity Health, San Francisco

Rachel Lucy 

Director, Learning and Development, PeaceHealth, Vancouver, Wash.

Michael McQueary 

Manager, Foundation and Advocacy and Government Relations, Mercy Health, Cincinnati
Michael Miller, Jr. 
Regional Chief Mission Officer, Saint Joseph Mercy Health System, Canton, Mich.

Asha S. Rodriguez 

Administrator, CHRISTUS Santa Rosa Hospital – Medical Center, San Antonio

Johnny A. Smith, Jr. 

Senior Director, Public Relations, Ascension, St. Louis

Will Snyder System 

Vice President, External Affairs, Presence Health, Chicago

 

2016 RECIPIENTS:

 

Jessica EstradaJessica L. Estrada
Director, Community Outreach and
Mission Integration, St. Vincent’s
Health System, Ascension Birmingham, Birmingham, Ala.
Anna GrantAnna M. Grant
Director of Integration, Clinical
Excellence, Bon Secours Health
System, Inc., Marriottsville, Md.
Jenny HawkinsJenny Hawkins
Director, Diversity, Ascension Texas, Austin
 Jill KruseJill Kruse, DO
Medical Director, Avera LIGHT
Program, Avera Health,
Sioux Falls, S.D.
Kimberly LuzKimberly Luz
Divisional Director of Community
Outreach, Hospital Sisters Health
System, Springfield, Ill.
Kassie Runsabove Kassie Runsabove
Coordinator, Child Ready Montana,
St. Vincent Healthcare, Billings, Mont.
Alison SantoreAlison Santore
Senior Director, Federal Government
Affairs, Providence Health & Services,
Renton, Wash.
William Scott William Scott
Emergency Department RN,
PeaceHealth Peace Harbor Medical
Center, Florence, Ore.
Steven Squires Steven Squires, Ph.D.
Vice President, Mission and Ethics,
Mercy Health, Cincinnati
Daniel Stricker Daniel Stricker
Vice President, Strategy and
Business Development,
Ascension Senior Living,
St. Louis

2015 RECIPIENTS:

Danielle Gilbert
Administrative Director, Human Resources
Bon Secours Richmond Health System
Richmond, Va.

Eric Gilliam
President
Saint Joseph East, Lexington, Ky.; and Saint Joseph Berea
Berea, Ky.

Justin Joe
Manager of Community Health
Providence Health & Services, South Bay service area
Torrance, Calif.

Sondra Norder
President and Chief Executive Officer
St. Paul Elder Services, Inc.,
Kaukauna, Wis.

Christi Pierce
Vice President of Quality and Safety
Our Lady of the Lake Regional Medical Center
Baton Rouge, La.

Gabriela Saenz
Vice President of Advocacy and Public Policy
CHRISTUS Health
Irving, Texas

Jamie Schaefer
Vice President of Finance and Chief Financial Officer
Avera Sacred Heart Hospital
Yankton, S.D.

Amber M. Sims
Vice President
Saint Thomas Health Alliance, Saint Thomas Health
Nashville, Tenn.

Dr. Raymond Weick
Medical Director
Southern Region, Mercy
Chesterfield, Mo.


Past Recipients

2014

Philip J. Anderson
Director, Spiritual Care
Sacred Heart Hospital
Eau Claire, Wis.

Taryn Duckett
Director, Marketing and Communications
Mercy Home Health and Mercy LIFE
Springfield, Pa.

Kelly Gasior
Vice President, Strategy and Housing Operations
Trinity Senior Living Communities
Livonia, Mich.

Babak M. Goldman, MD
Regional Medical Director, Department of Palliative Medicine
Providence Saint Joseph Medical Center
Burbank, Calif.

 

  Sarah E. Hetue Hill, Ph.D.(c)
System Manager, Palliative Care Initiatives
Ascension Health
St. Louis

Aimee Khuu
Director, Providence Health International
Providence Health & Services
Renton, Wash.

Michael C. Kramer
Vice President, Operations
Mercy Health - West Hospital
Mercy Health
Cincinnati

Edgardo Reyes
Manager, IT Medical Imaging
Saint Anthony Hospital
Chicago

2013

Yousuf J. Ahmad, DrPH
Market President and Chief Executive
Mercy Health
Cincinnati

Kathleen D. Benton, DrPH
Director, Clinical Ethics
St. Joseph's/Candler Health System
Savannah, Ga.

Nicole Breslin
Administrator
Campion Health Center
Weston, Mass.

Kristin E. Carmichael
Domestic Violence Coordinator
CHRISTUS St. Vincent Regional Medical Center
Santa Fe, N.M.

Lynn Detterman
President/CEO
Mercy Willard Hospital
Willard, Ohio

 

Maria Aurora Diaz
Director, Community Health and Center for Diabetes Wellness
Presence Mercy Medical Center
Aurora, Ill.

Denise Mohess, MD
Geriatric Hospitalist, Palliative Care and Hospice
Providence Hospital
Washington, DC

Todd Salnas
President
St. Joseph Health Sonoma County
Santa Rosa, Calif.

Raymond G. Weiss
Director, Mission Services
Felician Village
Manitowoc, Wis.

Maxim Williams
Director, Community Relationship Building
Bon Secours St. Francis Health System
Greenville, S.C.

2012

David M. Belde, Ph.D.
Vice President, Mission and Ethics
Bon Secours Virginia
Richmond, Va.

Josiah (Sy) Johnson
Chief Executive Officer/Chief Mission Officer
PeaceHealth St. John Medical Center
Longview, Wash.

Gregory Kearns
Director, Strategic Management
Bon Secours Baltimore Health System
Baltimore

Tracy Neary
Director, Community Benefit and Mission Outreach
St. Vincent Healthcare
Billings, Mont.

 

Reggie J. Ripple
Director, Home Care Services
St. John Health System
Tulsa, Okla.

Rich Roth
Vice President, Strategic Innovation
Dignity Health
San Francisco

Danielle Sullivan
Director, Nursing Services
Saint Joseph's Rehabilitation and Residence
Portland, Maine

Jonathan Timmis
Senior Vice President and Chief Strategy Officer
St. Vincent Health System
Little Rock, Ark.

2011

Mollie M. Bresnahan
Licensed Clinical Mental Health Counselor
Health Care for the Homeless Program
Mercy Medical Center
Springfield, Mass.

Sr. Melissa Camardo, SCL
Vice President, Mission and Sponsorship
Exempla Saint Joseph Hospital
Denver

Imran Chaudhry, FACHE
Regional Director, Operational Excellence and Project Management
Providence Health & Services California
Burbank, Calif.

Angela M. Haggard
System Service Line Vice President, Medicaid and Community Health Strategy
Presence Health
Mokena, Ill.

 

Stephanie Manson, FACHE
Vice President, Operations
Our Lady of the Lake Regional Medical Center
Baton Rouge, La.

Mark Repenshek, Ph.D.
Healthcare Ethicist
Columbia St. Mary's Health System
Milwaukee

John Paul Slosar, Ph.D.
Senior Director, Ethics
Ascension Health
St. Louis

Fahad Tahir, FACHE
Vice President, Physician Enterprise
Providence Hospital
Washington, D.C.