Tomorrow's Leaders

Honoring 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.

2024 Recipients


Rachelle Barina
Chief Mission Officer, Hospital Sisters Health System

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Haley Busch, PharmD, BCPS
Quality Manager, Opioid Stewardship Program Coordinator, CHI Saint Joseph Health

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Bridget Fitzpatrick
Chief Operating Officer, Richmond Community Hospital, Bon Secours Mercy Health

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Faith Halford
Systems Manager Materials Management, St. Joseph’s/Candler Health System

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Thomas Klein, FACHE
Chief Operating Officer, Ascension Medical Group Michigan

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Carrie Meyer McGrath
System Director, Formation Design and Delivery, CommonSpirit Health

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Sam Prokopec
Executive Director, St. Joseph's Elder Services

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Shekinah Singletery
Director of Community Health & Well-Being, Trinity Health Ann Arbor and Livingston Hospitals

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Megan Timm
Regional Director of Community Health, SSM Health, Wisconsin

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Caleb Townes
Director of Consumer Patient Experience, Ascension Alabama

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Dan Woods, MSN, RN
Sr. Director of Emergency Services and Hospital Throughput, St. Dominic Jackson Memorial Hospital

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Zach Zirkelbach
Chief Financial Officer, Ascension St. Vincent

2023 Recipients

John R. Albright Jr.

John R. Albright, Jr.
Director of Home Care and Georgia Infirmary, St. Joseph's/Candler Health System, Inc., Savannah, Ga.

Elliott Bedford

Elliott Bedford, Ph.D., Director, Ethics Integration, Ascension St. Vincent, Indianapolis; Ascension Via Christi, Wichita, Kan.

Dzenan Berberovic, M.A., CFRE, Chief Philanthropy Officer, Avera Health, Sioux Falls, S.D.

Jessica Darnell

Jessica Darnell, MSN, RN, CENP, Vice President Nursing and Chief Nursing Officer, Ascension Saint Thomas Hospital Midtown, Nashville, Tenn.

King, Lauren

Lauren King, Senior Director, Talent Strategy and Innovation, HR, Ascension, Saint Louis

Dr. John Kohler Sr.

John Kohler, Sr., MD, MBA, Southern Illinois Regional Chief Medical Officer, Medical Group President, SSM Health, Saint Louis

Li, Brian

Brian Li, System Director, Community Health Strategic Initiatives, CommonSpirit Health, San Francisco

Tyler Limbaugh

Tyler Limbaugh, Regional Integration Officer, Ascension Florida and Gulf Coast, Jacksonville, Fla.

Zachary Melick

Zachary Melick, Director of Business Transformation, PeaceHealth, Vancouver, Wash.

Ratish Kumar Mohan

Ratish Kumar Mohan, Biomedical Engineer, Hospital Sisters Health System, Springfield, Ill.

2022 Recipients


David Benner, Chief Ancillary Officer, CHRISTUS Health, Irving, Texas
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Sarah Reddin, Vice President, Ministry Formation - Mission Integration, Ascension, St. Louis
Jacquelyn Bombard, Executive Director Federal Relations, Providence St. Joseph Health, Renton, Wash.
Andrew Ritz, Vice President, Operations, Mercy Hospital, Durango, Colo.
Amanda Bottolfson, Director, Medical/Surgical, Swingbed, ICU, and PCS Staffing, Avera Sacred Heart Hospital, Yankton, S.D.
Heather Runnels, Vice President, Patient Care Services, Our Lady of the Lake Ascension, Gonzales, La.
Ashley Brand, System Director, Community Health, Integration & Housing, CommonSpirit Health, San Francisco
Ryan E. Stuhlreyer, Vice President, Service Line Strategy, Bon Secours Mercy Health, Richmond, Va.
Andrew G. Ochs, MBA, MAHCM, Regional Director, Mission Integration, SSM Health, Oklahoma City, Okla.
Adrienne Webb, Director, National Communication, Issues and Reputation Management, Providence St. Joseph Health, Renton, Wash.


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Andrew Arai, Executive Director, Mission, Innovation and Assessment, Providence St. Joseph Health, Renton, Washington
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Michael Talley, RRT, MHA, Vice President, Clinical Improvement and Virtual Care, CHRISTUS Health,
Irving, Texas
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Doug Baxter-Jenkins, Community Integration Program Manager, Virginia Mason Franciscan Health, Tacoma, Washington
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Wes Tidwell, Vice President/Chief Operating Officer, Ascension Seton Williamson, Round Rock, Texas
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Catherine Kroll, Director of Infection Prevention, PeaceHealth, Vancouver, Washington
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Rainy Tieman, Clinical Nurse Manager of Labor/
Delivery and OB Emergency Department, St. Mary’s Medical Center, a member of SCL Health, Grand Junction, Colorado
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Trent Pepper, Senior Vice President/General Counsel, Benedictine, Minneapolis
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Kimberly King Webb, Senior Vice President and Chief Human Resources Officer, CHRISTUS Health,
Irving, Texas
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Kyle Prochaska, Regional Director, Planning, Design and Construction, SSM Health, Madison, Wisconsin
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Baligh Yehia, MD, MPP, MSc, Senior Vice President, Ascension, and President, Ascension Medical Group,
St. Louis
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Megan L. Roberts, MHA, Director, Orthopedic Services, CHI St. Vincent, Little Rock, Arkansas


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Natalie Blum,, System Director, Quality and Infection Prevention, PeaceHealth, Vancouver, Washington
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Prub Khurana, Chief Strategy Officer, Providence St. Joseph Health, Irvine, California
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Lindsay Flannery, Vice President, Patient Care Services, Avera Sacred Heart Hospital, Yankton, South Dakota
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Tiffany Parker, Director, Inpatient Behavioral Health, Addiction Services and Domestic Violence Services, St. Agnes Hospital, Fond du Lac, Wisconsin
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Wendy Gaudet, Vice President, Operations, Our Lady of the Lake Regional Medical Center, Baton Rouge, Louisiana
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Aaron Puchbauer, President and Chief Executive Officer, HSHS Good Shepherd Hospital, Shelbyville, Illinois
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Morgan Griffith, Vice President, Digital Strategy and Transformation, Bon Secours Mercy Health, Cincinnati
Nathaniel Schlicher, MD, JD, MBA, FACEP, Regional Medical Director, Quality Assurance for Emergency Medicine, CHI Franciscan Health, Tacoma, Washington
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Karthik Iyer, MD, Chief Medical Officer and Medical Director Critical Care, Mercy Hospital Jefferson, Festus/Crystal City, Missouri
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Bernardita Ureta, Vice President, Mission, Red de Salud UC CHRISTUS, Santiago, Chile


Tiffany Capeles, Director, health equity, CHRISTUS Health, Irving, Texas

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



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


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


Becket Gremmels, PhD
System Director, Ethics
Irving, Texas


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


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


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


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


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


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


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



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.


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


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

Eric Gilliam
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
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.


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

Edgardo Reyes
Manager, IT Medical Imaging
Saint Anthony Hospital

2013 Recipients

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

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

Nicole Breslin
Campion Health Center
Weston, Mass.

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

Lynn Detterman
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
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 Recipients

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

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 Recipients

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

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

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

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