Meet the 2021-2022 Mentors

The Next Generation Leaders Fellowship welcomed its 2021 cohort of mentors. Each of the 32 fellows of the Next Gen Leaders Fellowship was matched with an executive level health care leader during the 12-month program. Fellows and mentors worked closely throughout the year on a capstone project and other professional development goals.

Ever wondered what mentorship is like from the eyes of our recent fellows? Watch this video to learn why mentorship matters.

Current Mentors
2020 - 2021 Mentors

Ann Hendrich, PhD, RN, FAAN


Hendrich II Fall Risk Model



Barb Edson

Executive Director, Virtual Care Center

UNC Health



Barbara Jacobs

Chief Nursing Officer

Anne Arundel Medical Center



Benjamin Anderson

Vice President, Rural Health and Hospitals

Colorado Hospital Association



Brooke Buckley, MD, FACS

Chief Medical Officer 

Henry Ford Wyandotte Hospital


Christine Waszynski

Christine Waszynski

President, Specialist in Geriatric Medicine

American Delirium Society, Hartford Healthcare


Cynthia Barginere

Cynthia Barginere

Chief Operating Officer

Institute for Healthcare Improvement



Daniel Gross

Former Executive Vice President, Chief Operating Officer

Retired, Sharp Healthcare


David Lee

David Lee

Vice President of Employer Services



David Omura

David Omura

Medical Center Director and Chief Executive Officer

Columbia VA Health Care System


Deborah Conley

Deborah Conley, MSN, APRN-CNS, GCNS-BC

Service Executive Geriatrics

Methodist Hospital



Douglas P. Cropper

President & CEO

Genesis Health System


James M. Lai

James M. Lai

Associate Chief of Clinical Affairs for Geriatrics

Yale University School of Medicine



Jim Diegel

Chief Strategy Officer

Maui Health System


Joan Wynn

Joan Wynn

Clinical Assistant Professor

East Carolina University College of Nursing



Joanne Carrocino

President & CEO

Cape Regional Health System


Joanne Reifsnyder

Joanne Reifsnyder, PhD, MSN, MBA, FAAN

Executive Vice President, Clinical Operations and Chief Nursing Officer

Genesis HealthCare



John Chessare, MD

President & CEO

GBMC Healthcare



John Nunes, MD, FACOG

Chief Medical Officer

HCA Healthcare


Jonathan Bandel

Jonathan Bandel

Chief Innovation Officer and Vice President of Strategy and Innovation

White Plains Hospital


Julieanne Eddy

Julieanne Eddy, RN, MPH, CHPN

Executive Director, Palliative Care & Inpatient Geriatric Services

University Hospital



Karen Frush

Chief Clinical Officer

Safe and Reliable Healthcare



Linda Knodel

Senior Vice President, Chief Nursing Executive

Kaiser Permanente


Maria Carney

Maria Carney

Chief, Division of Geriatrics and Palliative Medicine and Medical Director, Post Acute Services

Northwell Health System


Mindy Fain

Mindy Fain


University of Arizona Center on Aging



Patrice Weiss, MD

Chief Medical Officer

Carilion Clinic



Robert G. Larrison, Jr., FACHE


Carolinas Rehabilitation Network


Ron Werft

Ron Werft

President & CEO

Cottage Health


Sonja Rosen

Sonja Rosen

Chief, Section of Geriatric Medicine, Department of Medicine, and Medical Director, Geriatrics




Vance Jackson, FACHE, FACMPE

President & CEO

Davis Health System