Hillary Rodham Clinton has spent four decades in public service as an advocate, attorney, First Lady, U.S. Senator, U.S. Secretary of State, and presidential candidate.
Clinton was born in Chicago, Illinois on October 26, 1947. After graduating from Wellesley College and Yale Law School, she began her life-long work on behalf of children and families by joining the Children’s Defense Fund. In 1974, she moved to Arkansas, where she married Bill Clinton and became a successful attorney while also raising their daughter, Chelsea. During her 12 years as First Lady of Arkansas, she was Chairwoman of the Arkansas Education Standards Committee, co-founded the Arkansas Advocates for Children and Families, and served on the boards of the Arkansas Children's Hospital, and the Children's Defense Fund.
As First Lady of the United States, from 1993 to 2001, Clinton championed health care for all Americans and led successful bipartisan efforts to improve the adoption and foster care systems, reduce teen pregnancy, and create the Children's Health Insurance Program. She traveled to more than 80 countries standing up for human rights, democracy, and civil society. Her speech in Beijing in 1995 – where she declared that "human rights are women's rights, and women's rights are human rights" – inspired women worldwide and helped galvanize a global movement for women’s rights and opportunities.
In 2000, Clinton made history as the first First Lady elected to the United States Senate, and the first woman elected to statewide office in New York. As Senator, she worked across party lines to expand economic opportunity and access to quality, affordable health care. After the terrorist attacks of September 11, 2001, she secured funding to rebuild New York and provide health care for first responders who risked their lives working at Ground Zero. She also championed the cause of our nation's military and fought for better health care and benefits for wounded service members, veterans, and members of the National Guard and Reserves. In 2006, Clinton was reelected to the Senate, winning 58 out of New York’s 62 counties.
In 2007, she began her historic campaign for president, winning 18 million votes and becoming the first woman to ever win a presidential primary or caucus state. In the 2008 general election, she campaigned for Barack Obama and Joe Biden, and in December, she was nominated by President-elect Obama to be Secretary of State.
In her four years as America's chief diplomat and the President's principal foreign policy adviser, Clinton played a key role in restoring America’s standing in the world and strengthening its global leadership, visiting 112 countries over 4 years, restoring America’s standing in the world. Her "smart power" approach to foreign policy elevated American diplomacy and development and repositioned them for the 21st century – with new tools, technologies, and partners, including the private sector and civil society around the world. She led the effort to impose crippling sanctions on Iran, laying the foundation for a historic agreement to curb its nuclear program, and negotiated a ceasefire between Israel and Hamas that prevented a new war in the Middle East. Across the world, she defended universal values and pushed the frontiers of human rights.
In 2016, Clinton made history again by becoming the first woman nominated for president by a major U.S. political party. As the Democratic candidate for president, she campaigned on a vision of America that is “stronger together” and an agenda to make our economy work for everyone, not just those at the top. She won the national popular vote, earning the support of nearly 66 million Americans.
Hillary Rodham Clinton is the author of five best-selling books, including her groundbreaking book on children, It Takes A Village (1996); Dear Socks, Dear Buddy (1998); An Invitation to the White House (2000); her memoir, Living History (2003), and Hard Choices (2014). She and President Clinton reside in New York, have one daughter, Chelsea, and are the proud grandparents of Charlotte and Aidan.
Eugene A. Woods MBA, MHA, FACHE is the President and Chief Executive Officer of Atrium Health, where he will oversee one of the most comprehensive and highly integrated healthcare systems in the nation. His appointment was announced on Feb. 11, 2016.
Atrium Health, based in Charlotte, N.C., has more than 60,000 full-time and part-time employees. They provide care through more than 11.5 million patient encounters per year at more than 900 care locations in North and South Carolina.
Prior to this appointment, he has been President and Chief Operating Officer of CHRISTUS Health, based in Irving, Texas, a position he has held since June 2011. There his responsibilities included overseeing acute, post-acute and international operations for CHRISTUS Health’s facilities in the United States, Mexico and Chile. CHRISTUS Health has more than 50 hospitals and long-term care facilities, 175 clinics and outpatient centers, and 30,000 associates.
He is a member of the Board of Trustees of the American Hospital Association and has been elected its next Chairman. He will assume that role in 2017.
Woods has 24 years of healthcare leadership experience, having overseen non-profit and for-profit managed hospitals, academic and community-based delivery systems, and rural and urban facilities. Previously, he served in dual roles at Catholic Health Initiatives – as CEO of the eight-hospital Saint Joseph Health System and as Senior Vice President responsible for helping implement national initiatives for the faith-based organization, which operates in 18 states. Prior to that, he served as COO of the Washington Hospital Center, a 968-bed teaching hospital that is part of MedStar Health and located in Washington, D.C.
Woods holds three degrees from The Pennsylvania State University: a bachelor’s degree in health planning and administration, a master’s degree in business administration and a master’s degree in health administration. He and his wife, Ramona, have two teenage sons.
David Entwistle is President and CEO of Stanford Health Care (SHC). He joined SHC in July 2016 with extensive executive experience at leading academic medical centers.
Most recently he served as CEO of the University of Utah Hospital & Clinics (UUHC) for nine years. UUHC is the only academic medical center in the Intermountain West region, with 1,100 board-certified physicians who staff four university hospitals, 10 community clinics and several specialty centers. It is consistently
ranked among U.S. News & World Report’s Best Hospitals and in 2010 was No. 1 on the prestigious University HealthSystem Consortium’s Quality and Accountability scorecard. While serving at UUHC, Entwistle received the Modern Healthcare “Up and Comers Award,” for significant contributions in healthcare
administration, management or policy.
He previously served as Senior Vice President and Chief Operating Officer of the University of Wisconsin Hospital and Clinics in Madison, Wisconsin from 2002-2007; and as Vice President of Professional Services and Joint Venture Operations at City of Hope National Medical Center in Duarte, California.
As a recognized health care thought leader, Entwistle serves on the boards of the American Hospital Association, the AAMC Council of Teaching Hospitals, the Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education and Vizient (formerly University Healthsystem Consortium). He is the past chair of the Utah Hospital Association and was appointed by the governor of Utah to the state’s Medicaid Task Force.
He earned a bachelor's degree in Health Sciences from Brigham Young University and a Master’s in Health Services Administration from Arizona State University. He also was awarded a postgraduate administrative fellowship at the University of Texas M.D. Anderson Cancer Center.
Described by newspapers as a budget hawk, junior Senator from Oklahoma and medical doctor Tom A. Coburn led the fight to reduce wasteful Washington spending, increase accountability and transparency for all taxpayers, restore Constitutional government, and make healthcare more affordable and accessible for all Americans.
During his tenure he also fought for the sanctity of life and private property rights. Sen. Coburn successfully challenged the broken culture of Washington; offering more amendments than any other senator to end waste and protect liberties.
From 1995-2001, Dr. Coburn represented Oklahoma's 2nd Congressional District in the U.S. House of Representatives, and was the first Republican to hold that seat for consecutive terms. He played a central role in Medicare and healthcare debates. After a short time in the House, Dr. Coburn kept his word to serve no more than six years and returned full-time to his medical practice in Muskogee, Oklahoma.
From 1970-78, Dr. Coburn was the manufacturing manager at the Ophthalmic Division of Coburn Optical Industries in Colonial Heights, Virginia, growing the division from 13 employees to more than 350 and capturing 35% of the U.S. market. After the family business was sold, Coburn returned to school to become a physician, attending the University of Oklahoma’s Medical School and graduating with his M.D. Dr. Coburn returned to Muskogee in 1983 to practice family medicine, allergy, and obstetrics. Dr. Coburn has personally delivered more than 4,000 babies.
Dr. Coburn and his wife Carolyn have three children and seven grandchildren.
Sutton-Wallace joined the Medical Center in July 2014. She oversees the strategic direction and operations of all inpatient and ambulatory services of the medical center.
Prior to arriving at UVA, Sutton-Wallace served as senior vice president of hospital operations at Duke University Hospital from 2011-2014. Since 1997, she has held several leadership positions with the Duke University Health System including the oversight of ambulatory services, inpatient operations and surgical services. She has a diverse health care background with experience in the pharmaceutical, insurance and research industries.
Sutton-Wallace is married to Maurice Wallace, and they have two daughters — Sage and Amaya.
As President and CEO of Philadelphia-based Thomas Jefferson University and Jefferson Health since 2013, he has steered one of the nation’s fastest growing academic health institutions based on his vision of re-imagining health care and higher education. In addition, his 2017 merger of Thomas Jefferson University with Philadelphia University creates a pre-eminent professional university that includes top-20 programs in fashion and design.
His track record of success at creating and implementing programs that are shaping the future of health care earned him a place on Modern Healthcare’s list of the “100 Most Influential People in Healthcare” and “Most Influential Physician Executives” in 2017. That same year, his entrepreneurial leadership and success at recruiting helped Thomas Jefferson University Hospital achieve a #16 ranking – and elite Honor Roll status – on U.S.News & World Report’s Best Hospitals list.
Dr. Klasko is a nationally recognized advocate for healthcare transformation, having served as dean of two medical colleges, and leader of three academic health centers before becoming President and CEO at Jefferson. He is author of 1999’s The Phantom Stethoscope, 2016’s We Can Fix Healthcare in America, and editor in chief of the journal “Healthcare Transformation.” His forthcoming 2018 book is titled, Bless This Mess: A Pictorial Primer for the Future of Healthcare.
Under his leadership, Jefferson Health has grown from a three hospital urban academic medical center with annual revenues of $1.8 billion to a major regional academic medical center with more than $5 billion in annualized revenues. Jefferson Health has become a 13-hospital system with partnership mergers that include Abington Health, Aria Health and Kennedy Health. Jefferson has the largest faculty based tele-health network in the country, the NCI-designated Sidney Kimmel Cancer Center, and an outpatient footprint that is among the most technologically advanced in the region.
This rapid growth led in 2017 to GE Healthcare signing with Jefferson Health the largest risk-shared partnership in the U.S. – aimed at saving more than $500 million over eight years.
Jefferson has 2018 annualized revenues of $5.1 billion, more than 30,000 employees, 7,800 students, 6,400 physicians/practitioners and 4,400 faculty.
Through a unique four pillar model, academic-clinical-innovation-philanthropy, Jefferson has attracted venture capital and transformational gifts. Sidney and Caroline Kimmel donated $110 million to Jefferson on June 18, 2014, the largest gift in the University’s history. Philanthropy and innovation have also resulted in the addition of the Marcus Institute, nationally recognized for its modern medical and integrated therapies.
Previously, as CEO of USF Health and Dean of the Morsani College of Medicine at the University of South Florida, Dr. Klasko built the nation’s largest “assessment of technical and teamwork competence” center known as CAMLS (Center for Advanced Medical Learning and Simulation). He also led a partnership with the country’s largest retirement community, The Villages, to create “America’s healthiest hometown,” an innovative primary-care-driven, patient-centric, Medicare-based accountable care model.
Dr. Klasko is ideally suited to lead such initiatives, having completed a grant after receiving his MBA from the Wharton School of Business of the University of Pennsylvania on selecting and educating physicians to be leaders of change. His unique educational program at USF, called SELECT (Scholarly Excellence, Leadership Education, Collaborative Training), is recognized for its focus on choosing medical students based on emotional intelligence and leadership potential.
Dr. Klasko also serves on the board of Teleflex (TFX), a NYSE global medical device company with a market cap of $12 billion. He has served on both the audit committee and governance committee and has been a director since 2008. He also is a trustee of Lehigh University, one of the nation’s leading engineering and business schools.
He is married to Colleen Wyse, a fashion leader and founder of The Philadelphia Trunk Show, and has three children: Lynne, David and Jill.
Thomas E. Jackiewicz serves as senior vice president and chief executive officer for Keck Medicine of USC. He is responsible for oversight of the university’s clinical activities at Keck Hospital of USC, USC Norris Cancer Hospital, USC Verdugo Hills Hospital, and more than 40 affiliated clinics throughout Southern California and the USC Care Medical Group, the physician practice.
Among his duties, Jackiewicz is responsible for the overall medical enterprise strategic plan, business development, information technology systems and electronic records for the clinical operations, and also manages long-term growth of the clinical entities. He oversees acquisition and merger opportunities to expand the health system’s breadth and scope, and is driving development of affiliations and partnerships in key referral areas.
Prior to coming to USC in 2012, Jackiewicz served as CEO of the University of California San Diego Health System and associate vice chancellor of University of California, San Diego Health Sciences. Jackiewicz led that health system during one of its largest periods of growth. His decades-long career also includes leadership roles at the University of Pennsylvania Health System, Stanford University School of Medicine and Columbia University Medical Center.
Jackiewicz has served as national chair on business affairs for the Association of American Medical Colleges (AAMC), and is a current board member for the University Healthsystem Consortium. He is a member of the Berkeley Forum, participating as a visionary expert on improving health care delivery systems, and serves on the Executive Committee for the Dr. Foster Global Comparators, an international collaboration of 50 leaders from worldwide hospital systems that is the first global hospital benchmarking effort. Jackiewicz also heads the USC Health participation on Discover L.A. Medical Care, a consortium of Los Angeles medical centers, business development leaders and tourism organizations who are facilitating medical tourism to the region for Chinese patients.
Jackiewicz earned his master of Public Health degree from Columbia University and has a bachelor’s degree in business administration from the University of Georgia.
Laurie H. Glimcher, MD, president and chief executive officer of Dana-Farber, is also chief executive officer of Dana-Farber/Partners CancerCare, director of Dana-Farber/Harvard Cancer Center, and a trustee of Dana-Farber/Children's Hospital Cancer Care. Dr. Glimcher helped develop Vice President Joe Biden's Moonshot initiative, and witnessed the 21st Century Cures Bill being signed into law.
Dr. Glimcher has served as the Stephen and Suzanne Weiss Dean and Professor of Medicine of Weill Cornell Medical College, and as Cornell's Provost for Medical Affairs. She has served as the Irene Heinz Given Professor of Immunology at the Harvard School of Public Health, where she directed the Division of Biological Sciences. She was also Professor of Medicine at Harvard Medical School, where she headed one of the world's premier immunology programs.
Dr. Glimcher is the recipient of numerous awards and honors, including the Soma Weiss Award for Undergraduate Research, the Distinguished Young Investigator Award from the American College of Rheumatology, the Leukemia Society's Stohlman Memorial Scholar Award, the Arthritis Foundation's Lee S. Howley Award, the FASEB Excellence in Science Award, the American Society of Clinical Investigation Investigator Award, the Klemperer Award, the AAUW Senior Scholar Award, the Huang Meritorious Career Award, the AAI Excellence in Mentoring Award, the Dean's Award for Leadership in the Advancement of Women Faculty, the American College of Rheumatology Distinguished Investigator Award, the Ernst Bertner Award, the William Coley Award, The Vanderbilt Prize, among others. Glimcher recently received the Indiana University School of Medicine Steven C. Beering Award for outstanding research contributions to advancement of biomedical or clinical science, the L'Oréal-UNESCO Award for Women in Science, the 2017 George M. Kober Medal, and the 2017 Award for Distinguished Research in the Biomedical Sciences from the AAMC.
Dr. Glimcher is a Fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, and a member of the National Academy of Medicine of the National Academy of Sciences. She is the former President of the American Association of Immunologists. She is a member of the American Asthma Foundation and Cancer Research Institute Scientific Advisory Boards and served on the Burroughs-Wellcome Fund and HHMI Scientific Advisory Boards. She serves on the Scientific Steering Committee for the Parker Institute for Cancer Immunotherapy and the Scientific Advisory Board for Repare Therapeutics. She is the co-founder of Quest Therapeutics for which she also serves as chair of the Scientific Advisory Board. Dr. Glimcher is on the Corporate Board of Directors of the Waters Corporation and GlaxoSmithKline plc.
A magna cum laude graduate of Radcliffe College with an MD degree cum laude from Harvard Medical School, Dr. Glimcher is the Richard and Susan Smith Professor of Medicine and a professor of Immunobiology at Harvard Medical School.
Howard Kern is President and Chief Executive Officer of Sentara Healthcare, a not-for-profit integrated healthcare organization located in Norfolk, VA with net revenues of $5.1 billion.
Sentara is comprised of 12 acute care hospitals, 10 nursing centers and 3 assisted living centers in Virginia and northeastern North Carolina, with over 1,000 physicians in its four medical groups. Sentara also operates a health plan with 450,000 covered lives in Virginia, Ohio and Alabama (beginning 2017). Sentara has continually ranked as one of the most integrated health care networks in the United States by Modern Healthcare magazine, and is the only health care system in the nation to be named in the top 10 continuously since the survey began.
Mr. Kern’s executive management experience includes 36 years in hospital, managed health insurance, ambulatory services and healthcare finance.
He is a Fellow in the American College of Healthcare Executives and serves on multiple professional and corporate boards. Mr. Kern obtained his Masters in Health Administration from the Medical College of Virginia, and is on the faculty as a lecturer in the School of Health Administration. He also completed the CEO Program for Health Care Leadership at the Leonard Davis Institute for Health Economics at the Wharton School, University of Pennsylvania.
He serves on numerous corporate and community boards including HealthEast, a not-for-profit integrated delivery system in St. Paul, MN and served as Chairman of the Board of Westminster Canterbury Chesapeake Bay, a Continuing Care Retirement Community in Virginia Beach, VA until January 2016. He also serves as a board member of Future Hampton Roads, Hampton Roads Economic Development Alliance, MDLive, ReInvent Hampton Roads, Town Point Club, Virginia Biosciences Health Research Corporation, the Virginia Symphony Orchestra and Virginia Wesleyan College.
As president and CEO of Scripps Health since 2000, Chris Van Gorder has been instrumental in positioning Scripps among the nation’s foremost health care institutions. Now he is leading the restructure of the $3.1 billion, integrated health system to align with the new landscape of health care reform.
Board certified in health care management and an American College of Healthcare Executives (ACHE) Fellow, he also served as 2010 chairman of the association – an international professional society of more than 40,000 health care executives who lead hospitals, health care systems and other health care organizations.
At Scripps Health, Van Gorder oversees all functions of the integrated health system. More than 15,000 employees and 3,000 affiliated physicians provide care at Scripps, which has made the Fortune magazine “100 Best Companies to Work For” list for 10 consecutive years. On the quality front, Scripps has been named to both the U.S. News Best Hospitals list and the Truven Health Analytics 100 Top Hospitals list for several years running.
Named CEO shortly after his arrival at Scripps in 1999, the organization was losing $15 million a year, and employee and physician confidence had hit bottom. Van Gorder responded with a transparent, co-management style, configured an award-winning executive team, streamlined business operations and focused on internal efficiencies, physician relations and workplace culture – leading to a landmark turnaround. In 2008, Van Gorder and the executive team were named the Top Leadership Team in Health Care for large health systems by HealthLeaders magazine. And in 2016, Modern Healthcare for the eighth time named Van Gorder one of the nation’s “100 Most Influential People in Healthcare.”
Scripps now is focused on regional growth and expansion. The organization’s $2 billion plan for the San Diego region saw it double its ambulatory locations and expand its hospital campuses. New growth includes a radiation therapy center (2012), the Scripps Proton Therapy Center (2014), the Prebys Cardiovascular Institute (2015), the Leichtag Foundation Critical Care Pavilion (2015), the John R. Anderson V Medical Pavilion (2016), and the Barbey Family Emergency and Trauma Center (2016). Additionally, in 2016 Scripps and The University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center announced a partnership to create the Scripps MD Anderson Cancer Center, part of a global collaborative of hospitals and health care systems dedicated to ending cancer globally.
Van Gorder’s rise to health care executive has been unconventional. His journey began as a hospital patient, when as a police officer he was critically injured during a family dispute call. After a lengthy recovery and starting a new career in hospital security, Van Gorder continued his education in health care management and rose to levels of increased responsibility.
Van Gorder received his master’s degree in public administration/health services administration at the University of Southern California, completed the Wharton CEO Program at the University of Pennsylvania and earned his bachelor’s degree from California State University, Los Angeles. He continues to serve the public as a reserve assistant sheriff in the San Diego County Sheriff’s Department, in charge of the Law Enforcement and Search and Rescue Reserves. He also is a licensed emergency medical technician (EMT) and an instructor for the American Red Cross.
In October 2010, Van Gorder announced a new direction for Scripps Health. In anticipation of dramatic change in health care, he “turned the organization on its side,” creating a horizontally matrixed management structure to identify and significantly reduce unnecessary variation in patient care and health care operations. The approach led to more than $400 million in performance improvements from 2011 to 2015. Continually striving to reduce cost and inefficiency and bring value to patients, Scripps is now one of a handful of health care systems integrating Lean business concepts as part of its ongoing business strategy, engaging front-line employees and physicians in everyday work and process solutions.
Van Gorder’s first book – The Front-Line Leader: Building a High Performance Organization from the Ground Up – was published in November 2014. He now regularly writes on leadership, corporate culture and health care through his front-line leadership blog – #Frontlineleader – and on Twitter @ChrisDVanGorder.
Michael C. Riordan, is Chief Executive Officer of the Strategic Coordinating Organization (SCO). In this role, Riordan is responsible for setting the strategic direction of the health company and its affiliates, including GHS.
Prior to the formation of the health company, Riordan served as President and CEO of GHS for 10 years. Under his leadership, GHS has become one of the largest not-for-profit health systems in the region with eight medical campuses, more than 150 physician practice sites, nearly 15,000 employees and operating revenues of approximately $2 billion.
Before joining GHS, Riordan served as President and CEO of the University of Chicago Hospitals and Health System and as senior associate hospital administrator for Emory University Hospital and Crawford Long Hospital in Atlanta, Georgia. He also served three years in the United States Marine Corps as a lieutenant.
Riordan currently serves on the governing boards of the Association of American Medical Colleges Council of Teaching Hospitals and Health Systems, and Health Sciences South Carolina. He is Chairman of the Furman University Board of Trustees and serves on the board of Liberty Fellowship, an incubator for leadership in South Carolina.
Riordan earned a bachelor’s degree in liberal arts/English and a master’s degree in education/psychology from Columbia University in New York, as well as a master’s degree in health systems from the Georgia Institute of Technology.
Charles D. (Chuck) Beaman Jr. serves as chief executive officer of Palmetto Health, the largest and most comprehensive integrated health care system in the South Carolina Midlands region. Palmetto Health includes a regional teaching hospital and tertiary center, three acute care hospitals, a heart hospital, a children's hospital and psychiatric and behavioral health facilities.
Beaman served as founding president of Palmetto Health at its inception in 1998, and was appointed chief executive by the board of directors in January 2007. He began his career in health care with the Baptist Healthcare System of South Carolina, Inc., (formerly South Carolina Baptist Hospitals, Inc.) in 1973. Before the creation of Palmetto Health, Beaman served as president and CEO of Baptist Healthcare System of South Carolina, Inc., from 1987 to 1998.
Beaman is a native of Columbia, South Carolina. He earned his bachelor's degree in political science from the University of South Carolina in Columbia and his master's degree in hospital administration from the University of Alabama at Birmingham. He served an administrative residency with the Baptist Medical Centers of Alabama and with the chief executive officer of the Baptist System in Birmingham.
The University of South Carolina School of Medicine conferred upon Beaman its highest recognition, an honorary doctor of public administration, at its graduation ceremonies in May 2010. It was the first honorary doctoral degree ever conferred by the USC School of Medicine. In April 2016, Beaman received the Friend of the School of Medicine Award for his role in forging a strong alliance between the school and Palmetto Health. Beaman received the 2004 South Carolina Hospital Association's Distinguished Service Award, its highest honor presented to individuals who have contributed significantly to health care in South Carolina. He received the 2013 American College of Healthcare Executives (ACHE) Regent's Senior Level Healthcare Executive award, recognizing ACHE affiliates who exemplify the characteristics and qualities of professionalism, life-long learning and development, along with the high ethical standards promoted by the ACHE. He has served as a member of the South Carolina Hospital Association board of trustees in various leadership capacities and was twice elected chairman. Beaman has also served as the southeast regional health care representative to the American Hospital Association Regional Policy board and as president of the National Baptist Healthcare Association. He is a member of the American College of Healthcare Executives, a member of the American Hospital Association and a member of the Healthcare Financial Management Association. He serves as founding vice chair of the Initiant board, a collaboration between four other South Carolina hospitals, as well as an ex officio member of the Palmetto Health board of directors, a member of the Palmetto Health Quality Collaborative board of managers and as a member of the Palmetto Health Foundation board of directors. He has served on a number of other health care boards and committees as chair and as a member.
In his role as a community leader, Beaman serves as a member of the Columbia Community Advisory board for HomeWorks of America, Inc., the South State Bank Advisory board, and the Midlands Business Leaders board. He has served as a member of the City Center Partnership board, as a member of the Benedict College board of trustees, as chair and member of the Midlands Technical College Foundation board and as a member of the SC Chamber of Commerce board. He has chaired the Greater Columbia Chamber of Commerce board and served on their foundation that is sustaining the Chamber's "Navigating from Good to Great" five-year community development initiative. He is a founding director of the Midlands Housing Alliance, which was created to address homelessness in the Midlands. He has served as a member of the board of Transitions which shelters the homeless and assures comprehensive services and programs for the homeless as well as economic progress for the community. He also served on the Psaras Foundation board and now serves on the Fisherman Fund board. In 2012, he received the Ambassador of the Year award from the Columbia Chamber of Commerce. He received the Boy Scouts of America's 2010 Whitney M. Young, Jr. Service Award in recognition of his unselfish service to the youth of America. He was inducted into the Richland School District One Hall of Fame in January 2009 as a district alumna in recognition of his significant contributions to the school district, his communities, the health care profession and society as a whole. In addition, he was recognized by Greater Columbia Business Monthly as one of the "50 Most Influential” in 2012 and 2015. Individuals selected for this honor include men and women in the Midlands who have made an impact on their organization or community in the past year. Beaman is a 2013 Studer Hall of Fame Fire Starter inductee. This award recognizes individuals who have made a difference in their organization and community. Beaman is the first recipient of the inaugural Senator Isadore E. Lourie Award for Excellence in Service to Seniors.
Beaman is an active member at Shandon Baptist Church. He has been married for 38 years to Joni Lynn Rader and they have two adult children, William Blake and Ashley Lynn.
Johnese Spisso assumed the position of President of UCLA Health, CEO of UCLA Hospital System and Associate Vice Chancellor of UCLA Health Sciences in 2016. She is a nationally recognized academic healthcare leader with more than 30 years of experience, and oversees all operations of UCLA’s hospitals and clinics as well as the health system’s regional outreach strategy.
Before coming to UCLA, Spisso spent 20 years at UW Medicine, in Seattle, Washington, where she was chief health system officer and vice president of medical affairs for the University of Washington. While there, she played a major role in expanding collaborations with regional hospitals and in the operational integration of two major community hospitals into UW Medicine. She also helped to lead development of a statewide trauma system.
A registered nurse, Spisso rose through the ranks at UC Davis Medical Center to direct critical care; trauma, burn and emergency services; and the Life Flight Air-Medical Program. Before that, she was a critical-care nurse in the medical, surgical and transplant intensive care unit at the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center Presbyterian.
Spisso received a master’s degree in health care administration and public administration from the University of San Francisco, and a bachelor’s degree in health sciences from Chapman College. She earned her RN at the St. Francis School of Nursing. She has published numerous articles and book chapters on healthcare leadership, and she serves on several national boards, including the American Association of Medical Colleges’ Council of Teaching Hospitals and Health Systems.