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ASHRM Advisory Board

Rebecca Cady

Rebecca is Vice President, Chief Risk Officer at Children’s National Medical Center in Washington, D.C. Rebecca is a Distinguished Fellow of ASHRM as well as a Certified Professional Health Care Risk Manager (CPHRM). She is also a board certified healthcare executive, holding the FACHE designation from the American College of Healthcare Executives. Rebecca holds a Certificate in Strategic Decision and Risk Management from Stanford University. She has been an active volunteer with ASHRM, helping to write a variety of publications including Pearls on Medication Safety and Applying Enterprise Risk Management, and the Risk Financing Playbook and Healthcare Claims and Litigation Playbook. She has served on multiple ASHRM committees and task forces including Chair, ASHRM Federal Legislative Advocacy Task Force; Member, ASHRM Nominating Committee; Member, ASHRM Journal Review Board; Member, ASHRM ERM Committee; and Member, ASHRM Bylaws Committee. Read More


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Barbara McCarthy

Barb is Enterprise Risk Officer at Beverly Hospital, a member of Beth Israel Lahey Health, in Beverly Massachusetts.She is a resource for risk prevention and control for acute care, inpatient behavioral health, and insured physician practices. She supports the medical malpractice program   is a resource for the compliance, privacy,   safety programs. Barb received a diploma in Nursing from New England Deaconess Hospital School of Nursing in Boston, a BSN from Northeastern University, and an MPH from Boston University. Past roles include critical care and inpatient nursing management; performance improvement, infection control, safety, privacy,   employee health leadership as well as Joint Commission coordination. Barb has been an active member of both state   national risk management associations for 17 years   was MA state chapter president in 2009. She was a member of the ASHRM board and deputy-chair of the ERM Task Force, is an ERM faculty member   a member of the Leadership Task Force. Most recently, Barb was elected as the ASHRM President-elect for 2021   ASHRM Risk Manager of the Year for 2020. Read More


Carolyn Bailey

Carolyn is the Director of Risk Management for the Blessing Health System located in Quincy, Illinois and has held this leadership position since 2008. The Blessing Health System consists of two hospitals, two large physician groups, a number of clinics, a four-year nursing and health sciences college, a captive, a foundation, TPA service for area employers who are self-insured, a CIN, and a group of medical specialty businesses (such as a linen company, durable medical equipment, retail pharmacies, etc.) all within a tristate region. Carolyn has oversight for the Risk Management Department on behalf of all the entities within the system and helped to create and sustain the system’s Enterprise Risk Management program. Prior to Blessing, Carolyn worked in the field of Risk Management for over twenty years. Carolyn has experience in all aspects of enterprise risk management, strategic planning, process improvement, safety and security, including co-chair of the health systems Workplace Violence Prevention Committee and Employee Safety Committee, business continuity and disaster preparedness, claims and litigation, loss control, insurance and risk financing. Read More

BOARD MEMBER - Carolyn Bailey

Katie Dufresne

Katie is the Executive Director of Clinical Risk Management at Indiana University Health. She has been a registered nurse for over 20 years, having gained her clinical experience in inpatient hematology/oncology nursing. She has been a registered nurse for over 20 years, having gained her clinical experience in inpatient hematology/oncology nursing. In 2003 Katie began working in healthcare risk management and in 2008 she earned the Certified Professional in Healthcare Risk Management designation. Read More

BOARD MEMBER - Katie Dufresne

Karen Garvey

Karen Garvey serves as the Vice President for Safety   Clinical Risk Management for Parkland Health   Hospital System. Her current responsibilities include oversight of the departments of Regulatory   Accreditation, Patient Safety and Clinical Risk Management and Executive Sponsor of the SPARKs (Supporting Parkland Staff) Peer Support Program and is the Chairperson for Workforce Safety Initiatives involving proactive and reactive strategies to decrease violence in health care. Read More


Jose Guzman

Jose focuses on health care client services, organizing risk management processes and expanding the online risk management platform for Hudson Insurance Group and Napa River Insurance Services, Inc. He has spent over 30 years working within the healthcare industry, over 14 of which were spent focusing on risk management and patient safety. He began his career as a registered nurse working in the Aging Service industry as well as in the acute care and public health settings. His clinical experience is diverse and includes familiarity with; medical –surgical and orthopedic care, critical care, renal transplant/dialysis services, pediatrics, disability management and public health. As well, he has held various nursing leadership positions. He is experienced in developing and performing clinical and operational risk assessments, supporting patient safety principles, and developing quality management programs.Read More

BOARD MEMBER - Jose L Guzman, Jr.

Karen Markwith

Karen is Division Dir. of Risk Management for Virginia Mason Franciscan Health System, Pacific Northwest Division, and a part of Common Spirit Health located in Tacoma, WA, experience includes National Dir. of Enterprise Risk Management for Catholic Health Initiatives with multistate responsibilities. Previously the Dir. of Risk Services for Franciscan Health System well as the Dir. of Provider Services for Franciscan Medical Group. Received graduate degree in Master of Jurisprudence in Health Law from Loyola Law School in Chicago and undergraduate degree in Bachelor of Science in Nursing from Pacific Lutheran University. Co-authored ASHRM 2016 Physician Office Risk Management Playbook as well as the Claims Management chapter for the 2017 Health Care Risk Management Fundamentals. Co-chair of ASHRM Annual Conference Committee for 2021, Chair of ASHRM Annual Conference Committee for 2022.Read More

BOARD MEMBER - Karen Markwith

Rodney Melton

Rodney Melton, MHA, BSN, RN, CPHRM is the Clinical Risk Manager at Baylor Scott   White All Saints in Fort Worth, Texas. He is a Bachelor of Science in Nursing graduate of Midwestern State University, and of the McAda Graduate School at Midwestern State University in the Master of Health Administration program. Prior to coming to Baylor Scott   White he was a Director of Risk Management at a multi-hospital health system in the Dallas Fort Worth area. He has held roles such as Patient Safety Program Manager, Patient Safety Officer, and worked as a bedside nurse in the ICU and Emergency Department. He has been a member of ASHRM since 2009 and was a member of the North Texas Society of Healthcare Risk Management from 2009 to 2017 when the chapter closed. Read More


E Ziemba

Elaine is currently Vice President and Chief Risk Officer for the Stanford Medicine Enterprise. In this role she is responsible for the operational and strategic functions of the enterprise risk program for Stanford Medicine’s pediatric and adult academic medical centers, a large community-based hospital center and two large affiliated physician networks. The Risk function is responsible for all aspects of risk financing, insurance purchases and management, all claims and litigation activities, risk management consultation and education, management and safety oversight of the Owner Controlled Insurance Program (OCIP) and claims administration within the Workers’ Compensation Program. Elaine also holds executive leadership positions in and responsibility for Stanford Medicine’s two distinct captive risk financing entities. Read More

BOARD MEMBER - Elaine Ziemba, MHA, JD



ASHRM Past Presidents

2022 - Barbara McCarthy
2021 - Margaret Garrett
2020 - Hala Helm
2019 - Denise Shope
2018 - Faye Sheppard
2017 - Michael Midgley
2016 - Ann Gaffey
2015 - Ellen Grady Venditti
2014 - Jacque Mitchell
2013 - Andrew Oppenberg
2012 - Mary Anne Hilliard
2011 - Michelle Hoppes
2010 - Theresa Zimmerman
2009 - Georgene Saliba
2008 - Douglas Borg
2007 - Paul English Smith
2006 - Peggy Martin
2005 - Pamela L. Popp
2004 - Jeffrey Driver
2003 - Jane McCaffrey
2002 - Monica Berry
2001 - Geri Amori
2000 - Fay Rozovsky
1999 - Grena Porto
1998 - Leilani Kicklighter
1997 - Peggy L.B. Nakamura
1996 - Jeannie Sedwick
1995 - Roberta Carroll
1994 - Pamela J. Roberts
1993 - Jane C. McConnell
1992 - Murray C. Edge
1991 - Ellen L. Barton
1990 - Barbara Markus Briggs
1989 - Audrey Vanagunas
1988 - R. Stephen Trosty
1987 - Sanford M. Bragman
1986 - James. F. Holzer
1985 - Jane M. Bryant
1984 - William E. Rogers
1983 - William Ryan
1982 - Glenn T. Troyer
1981 - W. Ernest "Ernie" McCollum
1980 - Steven L. Salman