2018 Board of Directors

The Institute for Diversity and Health Equity gratefully acknowledges the leadership and support of our board of directors.



Past Chair

Interim Institute President and CEO

Nicholas Tejeda, FACHE

Chief Executive Officer

The Hospitals of Providence Transmountain Campus
El Paso, TX

Ninfa M. Saunders, DHA, FACHE

President and CEO

Navicent Health

Macon, Georgia

Cynthia M. Washington

Interim President and CEO

Institute for Diversity and Health Equity

Chicago, IL



Chief Stephen R. Adkins

Principal Chief, Chickahominy Tribe

Chief Deputy Dir., VA Dept. of Human Resource Management

Charles City, VA

Bruce Bailey

President and CEO

Tidelands Health

Georgetown, SC

Deborah J. Bowen, FACHE, CAE

President and CEO

American College of Healthcare Executives

Chicago, IL

Andrew “Andy” Carter

President and CEO
Hospital and Health System of Pennsylvania

Harrisburg, PA

Andres Gonzalez

Vice President, chief Diversity Officer

Froedtert & Medical College of Wisconsin

Milwaukee, WI

Peggy Harris, MHA, FACHE, CDM, SPHR

Office of Diversity & Inclusion

Carolinas HealthCare System

Charlotte, NC

Suzanne B. Jackson, FACHE

Vice President, Operations | Urgent Care

Physician Services Group | HCA

Coppell, TX

Ramanathan (Ram) Raju, MD,


Senior Vice President and Community Health Officer

Staten Island, NY

Terika Richardson


Advocate South Suburban and Advocate Trinity Hospital

Chicago, IL


Michael Rodgers

Senior VP Advocacy and Public Policy

The Catholic Health Association of the United States

Washington, D.C.

Juana Spears Slade

Director, Diversity and Language Services

AnMed Health

Anderson, SC

David A. Tam, MD, FACHE

Chief Operating Officer

Providence St. John’s Health Center

Santa Monica, CA

John H. Vassall II, MD

Physician Executive for Quality and Safety

Qualis Health

Seattle, WA

Richelle Webb-Dixon


National Association of Health Service Executives (NAHSE)

Houston, TX

Kimberlydawn Wisdom, MD, MS

Senior Vice President, Community Health & Equity and 

Chief Wellness & Diversity Officer

Henry Ford Health System

Detroit, MI