Tomorrow's Leaders

Honoring the 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. CHA's Tomorrow's Leaders Program encourages the promising young leaders of today to continue their careers in Catholic Health ministry. Each class consists of an impressive cadre of dedicated, high-performing individuals who already have demonstrated commitment to advancing the healing mission.

Honorees will participate in an exclusive leadership formation event on June 6, the day before the 2020 Catholic Health Assembly in Atlanta, which will bring them face to face with senior leaders from across the ministry. They also will be recognized during Assembly 2020 at the Awards Banquet on June 8. Honorees are required to be present for both events. CHA will pay for travel, lodging and related expenses, as well as waive the registration fee to attend.

Nominees for the Tomorrow’s Leaders Program must be currently working in a ministry organization and must be age 40 or younger at time of nomination. Three letters of recommendation must accompany an entry for this category, which can be attached during the online submission process (see the SAMPLE nomination form below for further details). The letters must be provided by three additional sources, other than the person submitting the nomination. Nomination in a prior year does not preclude renomination for this or a different CHA award.

Deadline for nominations: Dec. 11, 2019

Nomination Guidelines & Entry Form

2019 RECIPIENTS:

Tiffan Capeles
Tiffany Capeles, Director, Health Equity, CHRISTUS Health, Irving, Texas
Cody McSellers McCray
Cody McSellers-McCray, Regional Director, Community Health, AMITA Health, Chicago, a member of Ascension
W. Carson Felkel
W. Carson Felkel, II, MD, Lead Physician, Behavioral Health Program, Bon Secours St. Francis Health System, Greenville, S.C.
Scott O'Brien
Scott O'Brien, Chief Operating Officer, Washington- Montana Region, Providence St. Joseph Health, Spokane, Wash.
Jenna K. Floberg
Jenna K. Floberg, Executive Director, Villa Loretto Nursing Home and Villa Rosa Assisted Living,
Mt. Calvary, Wis., a member of SSM Health
Peter Powers
Peter Powers, Chief Executive Officer, St. Anthony Hospital, Lakewood, Colo., a member of Centura Health/ CommonSpirit Health
Sunny Lay
Sunny Lay, Director, Nursing Operations, St. Anthony Hospital, Gig Harbor, Wash., a member of CHI Franciscan Health/CommonSpirit Health
Sara Vaezy
Sara Vaezy, Chief Digital Strategy Officer, Providence St. Joseph Health, Renton, Wash.
Bryan Lee
Bryan Lee, President and Chief Executive Officer, 
Our Lady of Lourdes Regional Medical Center, Lafayette, La., a member of Franciscan Missionaries of Our Lady Health System
Heather Wall
Heather Wall, Chief Nursing Officer, PeaceHealth Sacred Heart Medical Center at RiverBend, Springfield, Ore.
Abby Lowe McNeil
Abby Lowe McNeil, Vice President, Communications and Public Affairs, CHRISTUS Health, Irving, Texas

2018 RECIPIENTS:

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Benjamin Farber
Chief Nursing Officer
PeaceHealth Sacred Heart Medical Center
University District
Eugene, Ore.

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Matthew J. Gonzales, MD
Chief Medical Information Officer
Institute for Human Caring
Providence St. Joseph Health
Torrance, Calif.

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Becket Gremmels, PhD
System Director, Ethics
CHRISTUS Health
Irving, Texas

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Camille Grippon
Director, Ecology and Global Ministries
Bon Secours Health System, Inc.
Marriottsville, Md.

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Tara T. Haney
Vice President, Operations
Health Leaders Network
Franciscan Missionaries of Our Lady Health System, Inc.
Baton Rouge, La.

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Michelle M. Heavens
Senior Director, Operational Excellence
Ascension Medical Group
Ascension Healthcare
St. Louis

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Kyle Klosterman
Vice President, Mission and Formation
Mercy
Chesterfield, Mo.

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Jameika A. Sampson
Director, Community Health and Well-Being
Mercy Hospital and Medical Center
Chicago
(a member of Trinity Health)

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Jemi Samuel, MD
Medical Director, Hospitalist Service
St. Vincent's Medical Center
Bridgeport, Conn.
(a member of Ascension Healthcare)

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Kevin J. Tellinghuisen
Operations Administrator
Essentia Health St. Mary's Medical Center
Duluth, Minn.

 
 

2017 RECIPIENTS:


Jim BoyleJim Boyle 

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

Ji ImJi Im 

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

Asha RodriguezAsha S. Rodriguez 

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

Kevin CullinanKevin Cullinan 

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

Rachel LucyRachel Lucy 

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

Johnny SmithJohnny A. Smith, Jr. 

Senior Director, Public Relations, Ascension, St. Louis

Kay GorkaKay Gorka 

Manager, Spiritual Care Services, Providence Health & Services Eastern Washington: Providence Sacred Heart Medical Center, Holy Family Hospital, and Medical Clinics, Spokane, Wash.

Michael McquearyMichael McQueary 

Manager, Foundation and Advocacy and Government Relations, Mercy Health, Cincinnati

Will SnyderWill Snyder 

System Vice President, External Affairs, Presence Health, Chicago

Kevin HowardKevin D. Howard, DO 

Bon Secours Kentucky Health System, Director, Physician Residency Program, Our Lady of Bellefonte Hospital, Ashland, Ky.

Michael MillerMichael Miller, Jr. 

Regional Chief Mission Officer, Saint Joseph Mercy Health System, Canton, Mich.

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.