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18 Women Leaders Selected for Carol Emmott Fellowship

The Carol Emmott Fellowship, a program of the Public Health Institute, has selected 18 women from 16 health organizations nationwide for its class of 2019. These women will be part of a unique program for accomplished professionals who have demonstrated potential to ascend to senior executive and board-level roles.

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The 14-month program expands the leadership capacity of the fellows, who are chosen for their ability to deliver results within their organizations and potential to advance to senior executive roles in health.

Oakland, CA (Nov.14, 2018)The Carol Emmott Fellowship selected 18 women from 16 health organizations nationwide for its class of 2019. They will be part of a unique program for accomplished professionals who have demonstrated potential to ascend to senior executive and board-level roles.

The fellowship is customized for each cohort and expands the connections and experiences that top leadership candidates require to have the most influence in improving health for all. Fellows are nominated by their sponsoring organization and compete for acceptance into the program with a proposed impact project that transcends their current role to advance an area of health. They continue to work for their organizations during the fellowship, which provides them with more opportunities to increase their visibility in their health communities while building a network of relationships with other top leaders as they implement their impact projects.

The program fills a crucial unmet need in overcoming gender disparity by accelerating the leadership capacity and impact of women leaders in health. Women are significantly underrepresented in senior executive and board-level positions in health. This inequity deprives the fields of health and medicine of the full range of talents, skills, and perspectives that gender parity affords.

“Investing in women leaders will transform healthcare,” said Christine Malcolm, executive director of the Carol Emmott Fellowship. “The fellowship’s mission is shared by the men and women who hold executive positions today, see the gaps created by gender disparity, and are committed to serving as our advisors, mentors, and partners.”

The class of 2019 reflects a broad range of disciplines from palliative medicine to finance. Learn more about the fellows by reading their biographies.

When fellows complete the program, they join the Carol Emmott Fellowship alumnae network. Watch videos of the class of 2017 and class of 2018, and learn how they have made a difference through their impact projects, which include reducing infant mortality, expanding access to mental health services, addressing the opioid crisis, and more.

“Women begin the Carol Emmott Fellowship program with the talent and ideas needed to transform healthcare practice,” said Mary Pittman, DrPH, Carol Emmott Fellowship Board member and CEO and president of the Public Health Institute. “And they emerge with the networks, concrete experience, and support that make those ideas a reality. We’ve seen remarkable change as a result.”

Carol Emmott Fellowship Class of 2019 and Sponsoring Organizations

Cecilia Aviles, RN, BSN, MBA
Area Operations Executive
Sutter Health, Palo Alto Medical Foundation
Sponsor: Sutter Health

Joanne Berrios, CPA, M.Acc.
Chief Financial Officer
GuideWell Health
Sponsor: BDC Advisors

Sandra Culbertson, MD
Chair, Women’s Health
Geisinger Health System
Sponsor: Geisinger Health System

Sheila Dugan, MD
Professor and Interim Section Director of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation
Department of Neurosurgery, Rush University Medical Center
Sponsor: Rush University Medical Center

Angie Everett, LCSW, CCM, LNHA
Service Line Administrator, Post Acute and Rehabilitation Services
North Mississippi Medical Center
Sponsor: BDC Advisors

Wendy Fielding, MBA
Vice President, Financial Planning
Dartmouth-Hitchcock Health
Sponsor: Dartmouth-Hitchcock

Melissa Gerdes, MD, FAAFP, CHCQM
Executive Medical Director Clinical Effectiveness and Integration
John Muir Health
Sponsor: John Muir Health

Linda Gifford, MBA, FACHE
Vice President Detroit Ambulatory Operations
Henry Ford Health System
Sponsor: Henry Ford Health System

Tamera Howell, MD
Physician; Obstetrics and Gynecology Section Co?Chief
Carilion Clinic New River Valley Medical Center
Sponsor: Carilion Clinic

Cynthia Lee, MPA
System Vice President, Strategy and Business Development
Sutter Health
Sponsor: Sutter Health

Catherine Liao, MSPH
Assistant Vice President of Government Relations
Duke University Health System
Sponsor: Duke University Health System

Kelly Motadel, MD, MPH
Chief Medical Officer
Vista Community Clinic
Sponsor: Vista Community Clinic

Ije-Enu Nwosu, MBA
Executive Director, Impact Spending – Buy to Pay
Kaiser Permanente
Sponsor: Kaiser Permanente

Nina O’Connor, MD, FAAHPM
Chief of Hospice and Palliative Care
University of Pennsylvania Health System
Sponsor: University of Pennsylvania Health System

Mary Oseid, MHCDS
Vice President, Regional and System Integration
Dartmouth-Hitchcock Health
Sponsor: Dartmouth-Hitchcock

Amy Ross, MHA
Vice President, Office of Strategic Planning
University of Chicago Medicine
Sponsor: University of Chicago Medicine

Pamela Scagliarini, MBA
Chief Operating Officer, Bridgeport Hospital
Senior Vice President, Yale New Haven Health System
Sponsor: Yale New Haven Health System

Tammy Simon, RN, MSN
Administrator for the Institute for Quality, Innovation and Patient Safety
Marshfield Clinic Health System
Sponsor: Marshfield Clinic Health System



The Carol Emmott Fellowship for women leaders in health is designed to further outstanding women leaders by developing the networks and leadership capabilities required to create impactful change in the health field. It is an independent program based at the Public Health Institute, a global nonprofit headquartered in California. To learn more about the Carol Emmott Fellowship, please visit


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