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Board of Trustees, Officers and Administration

Board of Trustees and Officers

Nita Ahuja, MD
William J. Aseltyne, Esq., Associate Secretary
The Hon. Victor A. Bolden
Nancy Brown, MD
Vincent A. Calarco
Kerwin K. Charles
Keith Churchwell, MD, President
Erik M. Clemons
Jocelyn Cunningham
James L. Elrod Jr.
Mary C. Farrell, Chair
William W. Ginsberg
Joni Hansson, MD

Aaron P. Hollander, Secretary
Thomas B. Ketchum
Gail Kosyla, Treasurer
Ann Kurth
Marietta Lee
Linda Koch Lorimer, Vice Chair
Sister Rosemary Moynihan
Stephen C. Murphy
Christopher M. O’Connor
Peter Salovey
Michael E. Sproule
James P. Torgerson
Eugenia M. Vining, MD

Senior Management

Christopher M. O'Connor

Christopher M. O’Connor, FACHE

Chief Executive Officer & President, Yale New Haven Health

Christopher M. O’Connor is Chief Executive Officer & President of Yale New Haven Health System (YNHHS), the largest and most comprehensive healthcare system in Connecticut and recognized nationally for advanced clinical care. Prior to his role as CEO, Mr. O’Connor first served as Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer when he joined the Yale New Haven Health System in 2012. He was appointed President of YNHHS in 2020, where he was responsible for the operations of the System.

Mr. O’Connor previously served as President and CEO of the Saint Raphael Healthcare System and the Hospital of Saint Raphael, serving in that position until the successful affiliation with Yale New Haven Hospital, September, 2012. Previous roles included serving as President of Caritas St. Elizabeth Medical Center, the 340-bed flagship of the six-hospital system affiliated with the Archdiocese of Boston and Tufts School of Medicine, and as Vice President of Clinical Operations for the Ochsner Health System in New Orleans.

Mr. O’Connor is a member of a number of boards, including serving as chair of the Connecticut Hospital Association (CHA). He is a Fellow of the American College of Healthcare Executives (ACHE). Mr. O’Connor received his Masters in Health Services Administration from George Washington University in 1996 and his Bachelor of Arts, Economics from George Washington University in 1993.

Keith Churchwell, MD

Keith B. Churchwell, MD, FACC, FAHA, FACP


Keith B. Churchwell, MD, FACC, FAHA, FACP is the President of Yale New Haven Hospital and Associate Clinical Professor of Medicine (Cardiology) at Yale School of Medicine. He held the previous positions of Executive Vice President and Chief Operations Officer and Senior Vice President and Executive Director for Heart & Vascular Services, Transplantation Services and Clinical Service Coordinator for the Department of Medicine at Yale New Haven Hospital.

Born and raised in Nashville, Tennessee, he obtained his undergraduate degree from Harvard University and medical degree from Washington University School of Medicine. He spent his formative training years at Emory University Medical School and Affiliated Hospitals, then spending 12 years in private cardiology practice before joining Vanderbilt Medical School as full-time academic faculty in 2006 (he became a member of the clinical faculty at Vanderbilt in 1999). At Vanderbilt he was an Associate Professor of Medicine and Radiology and the Executive Director/Chief Medical Officer at the Vanderbilt Heart and Vascular Institute from 2009-14. Dr. Churchwell is also on the National Board of the American Heart Association and is the Chair of the National Advocacy Committee for AHA through 2021. He sits on a number of local boards in the New Haven area including President of the New Haven Symphony Board, Columbus House and the New England Donor Services.

William J. Aseltyne, Esq.

William J. Aseltyne, Esq.*

Executive Vice President
Chief of Staff and General Counsel

Thomas Balcezak, MD

Thomas Balcezak, MD*

Executive Vice President
Chief Clinical Officer

Alan Friedman, MD

Alan Friedman, MD

Senior Vice President
Chief Medical Officer

Michael D. Holmes

Michael D. Holmes

Executive Vice President
Chief Operating Officer

Cynthia Sparer

Cynthia Sparer*

Executive Vice President
President, Ambulatory Services

Michael Angelini

Michael Angelini

Senior Vice President, Treasurer
Chief Investment Officer

Richard Lisitano

Richard Lisitano

Senior Vice President, Operations

Francine LoRusso, RN

Francine LoRusso, RN

Senior Vice President, Operations
Executive Director, Heart and Vascular, Transplant, Medicine and Radiology Services

Lori Pickens

Lori Pickens

Senior Vice President & Executive Director, Oncology Services

Lisa Stump

Lisa Stump*

Senior Vice President, Technology Services
Chief Information Officer

Melissa Turner

Melissa Turner*

Senior Vice President
Chief Human Resources Officer

Ena Williams

Ena Williams, RN

Senior Vice President, Patient Services
Chief Nursing Officer

Vice Presidents

stephen carbery

Stephen Carbery*

Vice President, Facilities Design, Construction

Thomas Donahue

Thomas Donohue, MD

Vice President, Medicine Services

Robert Hutchison

Robert B. Hutchison III*

Vice President, Marketing and Communications

Stephen M. Jakab

Stephen M. Jakab, CFRE

Interim Vice President, Development

Maxwell Laurans

Maxwell Laurans, MD

Vice President, Surgical Services

Denise Morris

Denise D. Morris*

Vice President, Inclusion, Belonging & Employee/Labor Relations

Deborah Rhodes

Deborah Rhodes, MD*

Vice President, Quality & Care Signature

Michael Schaffer

Michael Schaffer

Vice President, Ambulatory Care

Mark Sevilla, RN

Mark Sevilla, RN

Vice President, Patient Services, Yale New Haven Psychiatric Hospital and Emergency Medicine

Kim Slusser

Kim Slusser, RN

Vice President, Smilow Cancer Hospital Patient Services, Smilow Cancer Hospital

*YNHHS employees with significant YNHH roles