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Our Leadership Team


Gessner, Christopher

Christopher Gessner

President and Chief Executive Officer

CEO Council

Aurilio, Lisa

Lisa Aurilio, MSN, MBA

Chief Operating Officer

Bigham, Michael MD, pediatric intensivist

Michael Bigham, MD

Chief Quality Officer; Pediatric Intensivist

Brown, Shelly

Shelly Brown, MAOL, CFRE

Chief Development Officer and Executive Director of the Foundation

Edwards, Gordon

Gordon Edwards

Chief Financial Officer

Forbes, Michael MD

Michael Forbes, MD, FAAP, FCCM

Chief Academic Officer; William H. and Rebecca D. Considine Endowed Chair for Pediatric Research; Head, Rebecca D Considine Research Institute

Grayem, Kristene MSN, CNS, PPCNP-BC, RN-BC

Kristene Grayem, MSN, APRN-CNP

Chief Population Health Officer; Executive Director, Akron Children’s Health Collaborative

Kosiewicz, Joy

Joy Kosiewicz

Interim Chief Legal Officer

chief human resources officer

Rhonda Larimore

Chief Human Resources Officer

Lyden, Shawn

Shawn Lyden, JD

Chief Strategy Officer

McGregor, Robert

Robert McGregor, MD

Chief Medical Officer

Rashid, Harun vice president and chief information officer

Harun Rashid

Vice President, Information Services; Chief Information Officer

Williams, Bernett

Bernett Williams, MPA

Chief Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Officer; Vice President for Community Initiatives

Christine Young, CNO

Christine Young, MSN, MBA, RN, NEA-BC, DNP

Grace Wakulchik Endowed Chair for Nursing; Chief of Hospital Based Services; Chief Nursing Officer

Chiefs and Chairs

Baccon, Jennifer MD, PhD

Jennifer Baccon, MD, PhD, MHCM

Chair, Pathology and Laboratory Medicine; Medical Director of Value Analysis in Supply Chain

Bhalla, Tarun

Tarun Bhalla, MD, MBA, FAAP

Chair, Anesthesia & Pain Medicine; Interim Director, Akron Children's Health Collaborative; Pediatric Anesthesiologist

Cohen, Bruce H., MD, pediatric neurologist

Bruce H. Cohen, MD, FAAN

Chair, NeuroDevelopmental Science Center; Philip H. Maynard Chair in NeuroDevelopmental Science Fund; Chairman, American Academy of Neurology Advocacy Committee; Pediatric Neurologist

Dwyer, Jennifer MD

Jennifer Dwyer, MD, FAAP

Chief of Primary Care; Pediatrician

Hord, Jeffrey MD

Jeffrey Hord, MD

Director, Division of Hematology-Oncology; Pediatric Hematologist-Oncologist; LOPen Charities and Mawaka Family Chair in Pediatric Hematology/Oncology; Vice President, American Society of Pediatric Hematology/ Oncology 2023-2024

Jones, Kerwyn MD

Kerwyn Jones, MD

Medical Staff President; Pediatric Orthopedic Surgeon; Sports Medicine Physician; Department Quality Officer

Lane, John MD

John Lane, MD, FACC

Director, Pediatric Cardiology and Adult Congenital Heart Service; Pediatric Cardiologist; Sunrise Endowed Chair in Pediatric Cardiac Surgery

Mahesh, Shefali MD

Shefali Mahesh, MD

Dr. Noah Miller Endowed Chair in Pediatric Medicine; Immediate Past President, Medical Staff; Pediatric Nephrologist

Ritzman, Todd MD

Todd Ritzman, MD, FAAOS, FAOA

Chair, Department of Orthopedics; Director, Spine Center; Pediatric Orthopedic Surgeon

Rubin, Michael MD

Michael Rubin, MD

Chair, Department of Pediatric Radiology;
Pediatric Radiologist

Strand, Marya

Marya Strand, MD, MS

Chair, Department of Neonatal and Perinatal Medicine; Thomas R. & Mary Lynn Crowley Endowed Chair in Neonatology and Maternal Fetal Medicine; Neonatologist-Perinatologist; Maternal Fetal Medicine Specialist

Szigethy, Eva

Eva Szigethy, MD, PhD

Director, Pediatric Psychiatry and Psychology; The Lois C. Orr Endowed Chair in Pediatric Psychiatry

Wulkan, Mark, MD

Mark Wulkan, MD, FACS, FAAP

Chair, Department of Surgery; Bruce F. Rothmann, M.D. Endowed Chair in Pediatric Surgery; Pediatric Surgeon

Vice Presidents

Bragg, Janae

Janae Bragg, MBA

Vice President, Talent Management

Carr, Beth MSN, MBA, RN, NEA-BC

Beth Carr, MSN, MBA, RN, NEA-BC

Vice President, Patient Services; Associate Chief Nursing Officer

Dinger, Brian, MBA

Brian Dinger, MBA

Vice President, Primary Care and Regional Services

Earle, Shana

Shana Earle

Vice President, Professional and Support Services

Ettinger, Carole

Carole Ettinger

Vice President, Information Services Division

Matthew Groninger

Matthew Groninger, MHA

Vice President, Medical and Surgical Subspecialties

Hopper, Megan

Megan Hopper

Vice President, Principal Giving

Khan, Jawad

Jawad Khan

Vice President, Enterprise Analytics

LaMancusa, Alicia

Alicia LaMancusa, CPA, MBA

Vice President, Finance

Lapolla, Brian

Brian Lapolla, AIA, MBA, LEED AP

Vice President, Operations

Michael Mainwaring

Michael Mainwaring

Vice President, Business Development

Olivier, Paul

Paul Olivier, FACHE

Vice President, Akron Children's Hospital Mahoning Valley

Randeri, Deepesh

Deepesh Randeri

Vice President, Information Security

Rusch, Matt

Matt Rusch, MBA

Vice President, Revenue Cycle

Rush, Sarah

Sarah Rush, MD

Vice President, Informatics; Chief Medical Information Officer; Pediatric Neuro-Oncologist; Marci M. Matthews Endowed Chair in Telehealth

Sanzone, Tina

Tina Sanzone, MHA, BSN, RN

Vice President, Access and Patient Navigation

Speicher, Tina

Tina Speicher

Vice President, Total Rewards

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