2017 Board of Directors

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



 Ninfa M. Saunders, Ph. D, FACHE


Saunders is president and CEO of Navicent Health, a nonprofit health care organization in Macon, Ga., whose primary purpose is to coordinate the Medical Center, Navicent Health and other affiliated entities in their mission of providing a comprehensive continuum of high-quality, reasonably priced health care services to the region. Navicent Health has 830 beds for medical, surgical, rehabilitation and hospice purposes.

Past Chair

Richard de Filippi


Filippi, a trustee at Cambridge (Mass.) Health Alliance and managing partner of Ariano Partnership, is the 2015 chairman of the Institute’s board of directors. He is a former AHA chairman, led the AHA’s Equity of Care Committee in 2013 and is a board member of the National Association of Health Services Executives (NAHSE).


Interim Institute President and CEO

Cynthia Washington

Read more about Cynthia here.



Chief Stephen R. Adkins

Adkins is one of his nation’s leading advocates of American Indian rights, culture, and tradition. Charismatic and inspirational, Chief Adkins travels the nation and the world pushing for recognition of American Indians and their 400-year plight. He has successfully lobbied to have Native American policy classes instituted at the University of Virginia and the University of Richmond’s law schools. Chief Adkins also is the first American Indian to hold a post in Virginia’s state government.

Jay Bhatt, D.O.

Bhatt is the chief medical officer and president of the Health Research and Educational Trust (HRET) of the American Hospital Association (AHA). As CMO and president of HRET, he oversees the association’s clinical leadership and health improvement activities. He also leads the AHA’s quality activities in several areas, including HRET, the Institute for Diversity in Health Management and the Association for Community Health Improvement. As a practicing internist, Bhatt directs physician engagement activities and provides leadership on critical policy issues. Prior to joining the AHA, Bhatt was the chief health officer for the Illinois Health and Hospital Association (IHA). He also served as the managing deputy commissioner and chief strategy and innovation officer at the Chicago Public Health Department.


Deborah Bowen, FACHE, CAE


Bowen is the president and CEO of the American College of Healthcare Executives (ACHE), an international professional society of more than 40,000 health care executives who lead hospitals, health care systems and other health care organizations. Bowen has led ACHE since 2013, and previously served as its executive vice president and chief operating officer (COO).  


Andrew "Andy" Carter
Andrew Carter
Carter is the President and Chief Executive Officer of the Hospital and Healthsystem Association of Pennsylvania (HAP). Before joining HAP, Andy served for nearly six years as the President and CEO of the Visiting Nurse Associations of America (VNAA), the official national association for nonprofit, community-based home health and hospice agencies. For the six years prior to joining the VNAA, Carter was the President of the Ohio Children’s Hospital Association, representing six of the nation’s top regional children’s hospitals.


Todd Hallmark, FACHE


Hallmark has served as COO of Choctaw Nation Health Services Authority in Talina, Okla., since 2004. The health care system provides health care to more than 35,000 Native Americans in Southeast Oklahoma. He previously served as director of an inpatient rehab unit with responsibility for acute and outpatient therapy services at Kingwood (Texas) Medical Center.

Peggy Harris, MHA, FACHE, CDM, SPHR

Harris is the assistant vice president of diversity & inclusion at Carolinas HealthCare System (CHS). She is responsible for developing and supporting the organization's diversity and inclusion strategy and overseeing affirmative action compliance. Under her leadership, the CHS Diversity Advisory Committee and the annual Competitive Edge Symposium have inspired a shared understanding of an organizational culture of inclusion. Harris received a Bachelor of Science in Nursing from Florida State University and a Master of Healthcare Administration from UNC-Chapel Hill. She is a graduate of Leadership Charlotte, a Fellow of the American College of Healthcare Executives, a member of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc. and a past recipient of the Diversity in Business Award. She also is a member of the Board of Advisors of the Diversity Forum.

Suzanne Jackson, FACHE


Jackson is CEO of HCA Virginia’s John Randolph Medical Center in Richmond. She served previously as CEO of Dominion Hospital, a 100-bed HCA Virginia behavioral health facility in Falls Church, where she was responsible for improving the quality of the patient health care experience and establishing an internal culture of excellence within the facility. Jackson is an alumna of the SEP


Anthony King, FACHE
Anthony King
King is Chief Executive Officer and Executive Director of The Wellness Plan Medical Centers. Prior to taking the helm of The Wellness Plan Medical Centers, Mr. King successfully served in a variety of executive positions including: President/CEO of the Family Health Center; President of the Kalamazoo County Health Plan; President of Saint Mary’s Health Management Company (Trinity Health) and, Director for a variety of departments and services for Detroit Riverview Hospital (Detroit-Macomb Hospital Corporation).


Robert K. Kuramoto, MD


Kuramoto is a managing partner of Quick Leonard Kieffer. He actively works on all levels of C-suite leadership searches in hospitals, medical groups and academic medical centers with a focus on physician executives. He currently serves on the New England Journal of Medicine’s Advisory Board for physician recruiting.


Ramanathan "Ram" Raju, MD, MBA, FACS, FACHE

Raju is the former President and Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of NYC Health + Hospitals, the largest municipal healthcare system in the nation. Prior to becoming President and CEO of NYC Health + Hospitals, Dr. Raju served as Chief Executive Officer for Cook County Health & Hospitals System (CCHHS) in Chicago, Illinois, one of the nation’s largest and oldest metropolitan hospital systems, consisting of hospitals, a public health department, an ambulatory community health network and a correctional healthcare facility. Dr. Raju is the recipient of numerous national recognitions, including Modern Healthcare’s 100 Most Influential Healthcare Leaders in 2014 and 2015, 50 Most Influential Physician Executives in Healthcare in 2013, 2014, and 2015, and Top 25 Minority Executives in Healthcare for 2012, 2014 and 2016, as well as Becker’s Top 25 Healthcare Executives to Follow on Twitter, and Chicago United’s Business Leaders of Color.

Michael Rodgers


Rodgers serves as senior vice president of advocacy and public policy for the Catholic Health Association of the United States (CHA). He oversees CHA’s advocacy agenda and public policy efforts; serves as spokesperson for CHA on legislative, regulatory and other public policy issues; and advances the advocacy agenda before Congress, the White House and a variety of health-related federal agencies. Prior to joining CHA in 2000, Rodgers was senior vice president at the American Association of Homes and Services for the Aging.


Juana Spears Slade


Slade is the director of diversity and language services at AnMed Health in Anderson, S.C. Under her leadership, AnMed Health has been recognized nationally for its work in cultural and linguistic competence. She is a cultural competence fellow at the AHA’s Health Research & Educational Trust, a member of ACHE and a member of the Institute’s American Leadership Council on Diversity in Healthcare.


David A. Tam, MD, FACHE


Tam has served as the chief administrative officer of Pomerado Hospital, which is part of Palomar Health in Escondido, Calif., for the past six years. Previously, he spent 24 years in the U.S. Navy as a pediatric subspecialist and health care executive, retiring with the rank of captain. When he retired from the Navy, he served as the COO for the Western Region of Tricare – the military’s health insurance program covering 2.9 million lives in 21 states.


Nicholas Tejeda


Tejeda is the CEO at Doctors Hospital of Manteca in Manteca, Calif., where he is responsible for the strategic and operational performance of the acute care hospital and its related outpatient services. Doctors Hospital of Manteca is a part of Tenet Healthcare Corporation. Tejeda is an ACHE Fellow and is the chair of ACHE’s National Early Careerist Committee. He also is the immediate-past president of the National Forum of Latino Healthcare Executives.


John H. Vassall II, MD

Vassall is a board-certified internist and Chief Medical Officer for Swedish. As such he serves as the Chief Safety Officer for Swedish, and oversees the Department of Patient Safety and Quality. He is liaison between Swedish Medical Staff and Swedish Administration and oversees the management of medical education, medical research, medical staff services, clinical effectiveness, regulatory compliance, epidemiology, infection control, employee health, risk management and other areas associated with medical affairs. He served for 15 years as Vice-Speaker and Speaker of the House of Delegates for the Washington State Medical Association and is a member of the Boards of Trustees for both the Washington State Hospital Association and the Washington State Medical Association. In 2006 Dr. Vassall was recognized in the state of Washington as Internist of the Year for outstanding clinical skills and leadership by his peers, the Washington chapter of the American College of Physicians. Dr Vassall is a Seattle University trustee, a member of the Swedish Foundation Board of Governors and serves nationally as a member of the American Hospital Association Board of Trustees.


Kimberlydawn Wisdom, MD, MS

Wisdom is the senior vice president of community health & equity and chief wellness and diversity officer at Henry Ford Health System. She is a board-certified emergency medicine physician, the Chair of the Gail and Lois Warden Endowment on Multicultural Health, and Michigan’s and the nation’s First State-level Surgeon General. In 2012 she was appointed by President Obama to serve on the Advisory Group on Prevention, Health Promotion and Integrative and Public Health. Since 1987, she has been on the faculty of University of Michigan (UM) Medical School’s Department of Medical Education and adjunct professor in the UM School of Public Health. Wisdom focuses on health disparities/health care equity, infant mortality/maternal and child health, chronic disease, unintended pregnancy, physical inactivity, unhealthy eating habits, and tobacco use. She has worked collaboratively with school districts, faith-based organizations and the business community.