CHA membership elects four new board trustees

June 2024

During the Membership Assembly at the 2024 Catholic Health Assembly in San Diego, voting members of the association elected four new members to three-year terms on the CHA Board of Trustees, beginning July 1:

  • Rachelle Barina, chief mission officer and senior vice president of mission for Hospital Sisters Health System of Springfield, Illinois.
  • Kendra Calhoun, senior vice president of marketing, communications and digital strategy for Avera Health of Sioux Falls, South Dakota.
  • Anna Newsom, chief legal officer of Providence St. Joseph Health of Renton, Washington.
  • John Starcher, president and CEO of Bon Secours Mercy Health of Cincinnati.

The members also voted to reelect three trustees whose terms were expiring to a second, three-year term:

  • Sr. Patricia Codey SC, president, Catholic HealthCare Partnership of New Jersey in Princeton.
  • Shelly Schlenker, executive vice president and chief advocacy officer, CommonSpirit Health of Chicago.
  • Fahad Tahir, president and CEO, Ascension Saint Thomas in Nashville, Tennessee, and senior vice president and ministry market executive for Ascension Tennessee.

Two board members' terms will end June 30:

  • Laura Kaiser, president and CEO of SSM Health of St. Louis.
  • Fr. Joseph Cardone, chief mission officer of Bon Secours Mercy Health of Cincinnati.

During the assembly, Ascension CEO Joe Impicciche was installed as chair of the CHA board for 2024 to 2025. Orest Holubec will become the vice chairperson/chairperson-elect. Holubec is executive vice president and chief communication officer for Providence St. Joseph Health. The outgoing CHA board chair, Damond Boatwright, will become speaker of the membership assembly. Boatwright is president and CEO of Hospital Sisters Health System.


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