The Leadership Council

In addition to the direction in strategy, development and activities provided by our AHA leaders, The Leadership Council comprised of executive leaders with diverse backgrounds from AHA member organizations help advance the Center forward.


Rod Hochman, M.D. – Chair

Region 9

President and CEO


Renton, WA

Chair-Elect, AHA Board of Trustees

Leonard Achan

Region 2

Chief Innovation Officer and SVP, Innovation and Business Development

Hospital of Special Surgery

New York, NY

LaVone Arthur

Region 7

Chief Strategy Officer

Baylor Scott & White Health

Dallas, TX

Health Forum Board Council Liaison

Rob Casalou

Region 5

President and CEO

Trinity Health Michigan

Livonia, MI

Health Forum Board Chair

Bechara Choucair, MD

Region 9

Chief Community Health Officer

Kaiser Permanente

San Francisco, CA

Alisahah J. Cole, MD

Region 3

Chief Community Impact Officer

Atrium Health

Charlotte, NC

Eduardo Conrado

Region 6

EVP and Chief Strategy and Innovation Officer


St. Louis, MO

Tina Freese Decker

Region 5

President and CEO

Spectrum Health

Grand Rapids, MI

Shereff Elnahal

Region 2

President and CEO

University Hospital

Newark, NJ

Eric Garrard

Region 4

Chief Executive Officer

Emory Rehabilitation Hospital

Atlanta, GA

Neil Gomes

Region 2

Chief Digital Officer and SVP, Technology Innovation and Consumer Experience

Thomas Jefferson University and Jefferson Health

Philadelphia, PA

HRET Board Council Liaison

Matt Hanley, MD

Region 6

Chief Clinical Officer

SSM Health

St. Louis, MO

Manoja Lecamwasam

Region 5

System Vice President, Intellectual Property, Life Sciences and Device, Strategic Innovation

CommonSpirit Health

Providence, RI


Todd Moore

Region 5

Chair, Revenue Strategy and Innovation

Mayo Clinic

Rochester, MN

Erica Peterson

Region 6

Senior Director

Sanford Health

Chamberlain, SD

Greg Poulsen

Region 8

Senior Vice President and Chief Strategy Officer

Intermountain Healthcare

Salt Lake City, UT

HRET Board Chair

Michael Reagin

Region 3

Senior Vice President and Chief Innovation and Information Officer

Sentara Healthcare

Norfolk, VA


Terika Richardson

Region 5


Advocate Lutheran General Hospital

Park Ridge, IL

Ries Robinson, MD

Region 8

SVP & Chief Innovation Officer

Presbyterian Healthcare Services

Albuquerque, NM

Stephen Robinson, Jr.

Region 7

Chief Executive Officer

Ochsner Medical Center – Kenner

Kenner, LA

Lynn Simon, MD

Region 4

President, Clinical Operations and CMO

Community Health Systems

Franklin, TN

Sara Vaezy

Region 9

Chief Digital Strategy and Business Development Officer


Renton, WA

Eric Yablonka

Region 9

Chief Information Officer

Stanford Health Care

Palo Alto, CA

Angela Yochem

Region 3

EVP and Chief Digital Officer

Novant Health

Winston Salem, NC

Lamont Yoder

Region 8

Chief Executive Officer

Baywood Campus: Banner Baywood Medical Center & Banner Heart Hospital Gateway Campus: Banner Gateway Medical Center & Banner MD Anderson Cancer Center

Phoenix, AZ