2022 Board of Directors
Patricia Sullivan, PhD, RN (Chair)
Chief Quality Officer
Pat Sullivan, PhD, is Vice President of Quality and Patient Safety at the University of Pennsylvania Health System where she is responsible for clinical effectiveness and quality improvement efforts. Prior to this role, she led the implementation of clinical risk reduction efforts including the creation of an Office of Patient Affairs as well as the adoption of a Patient Advocacy Reporting system that uses patient complaints to identify and intervene with providers who are at risk.
Dr. Sullivan has over 25 years of healthcare experience ranging from bedside nurse to hospital senior leader. She received her Bachelor of Science in Nursing from Hunter College, a Master’s in Public Health from Columbia University, and was awarded a Ph.D. in Health Policy and Management from New York University in 2003.
Dr. Sullivan currently serves as the Chair-Elect, Board of Directors, American Heart Association, Great Rivers Affiliate. She is a frequent speaker for national organizations including the University Health System Consortium, Harvard Risk Management Foundation, American College of Healthcare Executives and the American Organization of Nurse Executives. She joined the HCIF Board in 2018.
Natalie Levkovich (Vice Chair)
Health Federation of Philadelphia
Natalie Levkovich is the Executive Director of the Health Federation of Philadelphia, a position she has held since 1987. She served as Director of Program Development for the three prior years. The Health Federation serves as a keystone supporting a network of Community Health Centers as well as the broader base of public and private-sector organizations that deliver health and human services to vulnerable populations.
As leader of this nonprofit public health organization, Ms. Levkovich has played a critical role in convening and connecting organizations in the public and private sectors and mobilizing resources to expand service capacity and increase access to care. Under her leadership, the organization has grown to a current operating budget of nearly $30 million and employs 100 staff.
Ms. Levkovich serves on the Community Advisory Board of the Penn Prevention Research Center and was previously chair of the Collaborative Family Healthcare Association. She has served on numerous other local and national governing and advisory boards, and previously served on the HCIF Board from 2012 -2017.
Vanessa Benton, MBA
Deputy Chief, School Planning & Space Management
School District of Philadelphia
Vanessa earned her bachelor’s degree in accounting from the University of Pittsburgh and her master’s in business administration from the Darden School of Business at the University of Virginia. She is a native Philadelphian and an active member of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc.
Vanessa Benton has a strong track record of accomplishments in both the private and education sectors. She began her professional career in the financial services sector in a variety of roles at the PFM Group, Bank of America and Wachovia (now Wells Fargo).
She moved to the education sector when she joined Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools, spending almost five years supporting C-level leaders while also managing major strategic initiatives. Vanessa has also worked for a charter school network, led a non-profit that served middle school students, consulted with school districts and charter management organizations to resolve complex issues, facilitated professional development workshops to help school leaders improve their critical thinking and decision-making skills, and worked for an education technology firm supporting personalized learning initiatives in client districts.
Michelle Burroughs, EdD, MBA
Vice President, Director of Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion
Dr. Michelle L. Burroughs is the Vice President, Director of Diversity, Equity and Inclusion (DE&I) at WSFS Bank. She is focused on creating and delivering a work environment designed to foster a culture of inclusion and ensure the long-term sustainability of the Company’s DE&I efforts.
Dr. Burroughs joined WSFS with almost twenty years of experience building and leading collaborative environments with a focus on diversity initiatives. She most recently served as Community Engagement Director at Nemours Children’s Hospital, where she was a core leader on the D.R.I.V.E. (Diversity, anti-Racism, Inclusion, Value, and Health Equity) taskforce, provided strategic management of community engagement activities, and promoted equity in healthcare to reduce disparities in underserved or marginalized communities.
Dr. Burroughs is a resident of Newtown, Pa. where she lives with her husband and daughter. She is an active member of the community, serving as a member of the Bucks County chapter of the NAACP, Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc., and is a member of the Equity Leadership Team for the Pennsbury School District. Dr. Burroughs also recently joined the Forum for Executive Women and represents WSFS on the Pennsylvania Diversity Council Board of Directors. She received her doctorate in educational leadership from Delaware State University, her master’s in business administration from Pennsylvania State University, and is currently enrolled at the Cornell University’s School of Industrial and Labor Relations pursuing credentials as a diversity professional.
Victor Caraballo, MD, MBA
Vice President Quality Management & Chief Safety Officer
Independence Blue Cross
Dr. Victor Caraballo is the Vice President of Quality Management and Chief Safety Officer for Independence Blue Cross. In his role, Dr. Caraballo is responsible for all activities associated with ensuring health plan compliance with the accreditation standards of the National Committee for Quality Assurance (NCQA). These activities encompass member safety, provider performance improvement, and a variety of other quality improvement activities designed to improve health care quality and safety. Dr. Caraballo is actively involved in leading Health Equity activities in Independence as well as across many stakeholder organizations. He is involved in value-based clinical solutions and has direct responsibility for overseeing the Credentialing, Delegation Oversight, and Worksite Well-Being functions. Dr. Caraballo is actively involved in numerous community activities whose goal is to improve health care quality. Dr. Caraballo leads the Independence COVID-19 corporate pandemic program team. He also serves on the health information exchange HSX Clinical Advisory Committee.
Dr. Caraballo has served as a physician surveyor for NCQA since 2006 and as a member of the Review Oversight Committee (ROC) since 2010. Dr. Caraballo served as chair of the ROC from 2014 to 2018 and has also served on the NCQA Standards Committee since 2014.
Prior to his position at Independence Blue Cross, Dr. Caraballo was the Director of Penn Rapid Care and Assistant Professor in the Department of Emergency Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania Medical Center.
Dr. Caraballo holds both an undergraduate and medical degree from Brown University and holds a Master of Business Administration degree from The Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania. He is board certified in Emergency Medicine and is a Fellow of the American College of Emergency Physicians.
Chaudron Carter-Short, EdD, MSN
Associate Vice President of Professional Practice, Magnet, & Nursing Education
Temple University Health System
Dr. Chaudron Carter Short is the Chief Nursing Officer and Vice President of Patient Care Services at Temple University Hospital. Dr. Short is a highly qualified healthcare executive with over 19 years of extensive leadership experience, 7 of which as a senior leader. Known for the development and execution of programs to improve productivity, profitability, and effectiveness with a focus on patient care. Collaborator within cross-functional teams on projects to meet the needs of patients in demanding environments; ability to apply a solution-oriented approach to resolve conflict, manage staff, and work with strategic partners to achieve optimal results.
Prior to joining Temple, Dr. Short served as a Clinical Director at Cooper University Hospital in NJ, a 630-bed facility, where she was responsible for clinical, operational, and financial leadership for the surgical, orthopedic, and stroke service lines. Prior to joining Cooper, she was employed for 10 years at Penn Medicine (Pennsylvania & Presbyterian Hospitals) in a variety of leadership roles.
Dr. Short holds a B.S. degree in nursing from Holy Family University, Philadelphia, PA; two Master degrees, Health Administration and Health Education from Saint Joseph’s University, Philadelphia, PA; and another Master degree in Executive Nursing Leadership from Wilmington University, Wilmington, DE. She also received her Doctorate in Educational Leadership from Saint Joseph’s University.
Joanne Craig, MS
Chief Impact Officer
Foundation for Delaware County
Joanne Craig is the Chief Impact Officer at The Foundation for Delaware County. She administers the foundation’s public health programs – WIC, Healthy Start, Nurse-Family Partnership, Cribs for Kids, El Centro – Hispanic Resource Center, Drug Free Communities and Chester High School Health Resource Center programs. Joanne also administers the foundation’s grant making services.
Joanne has several decades of experience working in public health, nonprofit management, and philanthropy. She has spent her career working with underserved communities and vulnerable populations. A graduate of the University of Delaware and Eastern University; Joanne holds a Master of Science degree in Nonprofit Management.
Joanne has experience working to improve Women’s Health and MCH health status and services, drive down the high racial disparity rates of infant mortality and morbidity and maternal mortality in Delaware County. Joanne has experience developing collaborations and partnerships. She has developed programs, services and projects to positively affect health status in the Delaware County community to assure no baby is born too soon or too small, survives their first year of life; and no mother dies in pregnancy or in the year after birth.
Joanne’s work has impacted tens of thousands of families in Delaware County over the years. She is considered a thought leader and actively participates in advocating for women’s services and maternal and child health services across Pennsylvania on a variety of coalitions like the Pennsylvania Perinatal Partnership, Pritzker Initiative and nationally the National Healthy Start Association and Nurse-Family Partnership Administrators Innovation Committee. Joanne has been active in Delaware County and the Southeastern Pennsylvania region on advisory committees and boards.
Allison Hess, MBA
Vice President of Health Innovations
Allison Hess is the Vice President of Health Innovations for Geisinger. She has been part of the Geisinger family for 14 years and is responsible for the oversight and implementation of health and wellness programs for Geisinger patients and insured members, employees and community members. She started her career in community health education/corporate wellness and has continued to expand to include innovative community-based population health initiatives driven by data analysis and clinical outcome measurements.
Ms. Hess has earned a Bachelor of science in Health Education and her MBA from Bloomsburg University. She has been the recipient of several awards focused in various areas of health including health equity, worksite wellness and supply chain. She has also been recognized nationally for her work with the Fresh Food Farmacy program.
Ms. Hess has 20 years of experience in the health and wellness field. Her most recent work involves community based strategies impacting food insecurity and other social determinants of health.
Matthew Hurford, MD
President & CEO
Community Care Behavioral Health
Dr. Matthew Hurford is the President and Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of Community Care Behavioral Health Organization, the nation’s largest not-for-profit behavioral health managed care organization and the Vice President of Behavioral Health at the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center (UPMC) Insurance Services Division. As part of UPMC, Community Care provides behavioral health coverage for over one million Medicaid beneficiaries in 41 Pennsylvania counties. In addition to leading the dynamic team at Community Care, Dr. Hurford has executive responsibility for behavioral health strategy across the UPMC Insurance Services Division and its 4+ million members. Dr. Hurford has worked in public-sector psychiatry for nearly 20 years holding various leadership positions in academic, government and managed care systems.
Prior to joining Community Care, Dr. Hurford served as the Chief Medical Officer of the City of Philadelphia’s Department of Behavioral Health and Intellectual Disability Services (DBHIDS) and Community Behavioral Health (CBH), a not-for-profit behavioral health managed care organization that managed approximately $850 million in Medicaid funding. He served as an Assistant Professor and is now a Clinical Associate faculty member at the Perelman School of Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania’s Center for Mental Health Policy and Services Research. He is a board-certified psychiatrist who has provided care to people with serious mental illness and substance-use disorders in diverse settings including the Indian Health Service on the White Mountain Apache Reservation in Arizona and community mental health centers in Philadelphia. Dr. Hurford received his Bachelor’s degree in Political Science from Swarthmore College, and his Medical degree from Temple University School of Medicine. He completed his residency and chief residency in psychiatry at the Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania.
Now retired, Elaine Markezin enjoyed a long and successful career as a health plan executive, both as a line manager and a consultant. With more than 30 years of broad-based senior management experience in strategic planning, organizational development, and project management, she has held senior executive positons in for-profit and not for profit organizations. Before retirement, she served as senior vice president of operations and chief operating officer at Health Partners Plans, one of Southeastern Pennsylvania’s largest health maintenance organizations. She oversaw provider network management, member and provider services, information services and operations for Health Partners Plans’ Medicaid, Medicare and CHIP lines of business.
Ms. Markezin has an MBA from the Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania and a bachelor’s degree from Wellesley College.
Currently, Ms. Markezin is an active volunteer, regularly getting her hands dirty volunteering in the St. Peter’s historic graveyard at 3rd and Pine Streets in Philadelphia, functioning as the project manager for the church’s youth Chorister Academy, and acting as the HCIF Board sponsor for the COACH public health program.
Ms. Markezin is in her second term as an HCIF Board member, having previously served on the Board from 2013-2018.
Chief of Staff
Pennsylvania Senator Tim Kearney
Sara McCullough is the Chief of Staff for Senator Tim Kearney, 26th Senate District. As the Senator’s Chief, she is responsible for overseeing a team of District and Harrisburg office staff who provide constituent relations and community outreach services as well as legislative and policy solutions focused on solving problems and creating a more responsive government at the district, regional and statewide levels.
Prior to coming to the PA Senate in 2018, Sara was the Associate Vice President for Impact at the United Way of Greater Philadelphia and Southern New Jersey. While there, she oversaw all strategic and programmatic aspects of their Education, Workforce Development and Basic Needs Investments, including Trauma Informed Care and Capacity Building work.
Sara has been in the nonprofit sector for 30 years including United Way of Central Massachusetts and United Way of Southeast Delaware County with early direct service in the developmental disabilities field. Her career includes senior administrative responsibilities with United Way planning and investments, community based grants and contracts and mergers. She has a BA in Sociology from The College of Wooster and a certificate in Nonprofit Executive Leadership from the Nonprofit Executive Leadership Institute, Bryn Mawr Graduate School of Social Work. Ultimately the power of change lies in telling and honoring the truth, local communities, volunteers and relationships.
Mark Mullen, MD
Vice President, Lifecare
Mark Mullen, MD is a practicing physician with Holland Medical Associates, a primary care group with 6 practitioners and 2 office locations in Bucks County, PA. He also serves as Vice President of Life Care at the Holy Redeemer Health System, with Medical Director roles at Holy Redeemer Lafayette and St. Joseph’s Manor. Previous appointments include medical director and physician advisor roles at Evangelical Manor, Paul’s Run, and Aria Health. He also serves on the board of Little Flower Manor in Darby, PA.
A Magna Cum Laude graduate of Muhlenberg College, he earned his medical degree from Thomas Jefferson University and completed his residency at the Medical College of Pennsylvania. Dr. Mullen is board certified in geriatric medicine and internal medicine. He joined the JCIF Board in 2019.
Najja Orr, MBA
President & CEO
Philadelphia Corporation for Aging
Najja Orr assumed the role of President and CEO of Philadelphia Corporation for Aging (PCA) during an unprecedented time in PCA’s history as services had to quickly adapt during the COVID-19 pandemic. Under his direction, services are continuing to meet the ever-evolving needs of Philadelphia’s older adults. This includes delivering more than 2 million meals to older Philadelphians through home-delivered and community-based meal programs since the start of the pandemic.
Orr is a member of the Philadelphia Department of Public Health’s (PDPH) Vaccine Advisory Committee and has joined the PDPH on several COVID press conferences to speak on PCA services and supports for those impacted by COVID-19. In June 2020, he also testified before the United States Senate Special Committee on Aging about the impact of social isolation and loneliness in older adults due to the pandemic. Orr joined PCA in 2017 as the chief strategy officer, leading the agency’s planning department. Prior to coming to PCA, Orr worked for the Bucks County Area Agency on Aging since 2002 and served as the agency’s director since 2011.
Orr has served on several boards during his tenure in the aging field and held a number of positions. Orr currently sits on the American Society on Aging board of directors and is member of the Fellowship of The College of Physicians. He has also served as chair of the Pennsylvania Department of Aging Cultural Diversity Advisory Council, PCA Care Connections, and the Bucks County Commissioners Senior Task Force; president of the Bucks County Foundation on Aging and Innovations Home Care; board secretary and southeast regional representative for the Pennsylvania Association of Area Agencies on Aging; a member of the Bucks County Area Agency on Aging Cultural Diversity Committee, the National Association of Area Agencies on Aging, and the United Way of Greater Philadelphia and Southern New Jersey Vision Council.
Orr is a doctoral candidate at Temple University. He currently holds a master’s degree in business administration from Drexel University and a bachelor’s degree in psychology from Morehouse College.
Jonathan Stallkamp, MD
Senior Vice President & Chief Medical Officer
Main Line Health
Jonathan B. Stallkamp, MD has been Senior Vice President and Chief Medical Officer of Main Line Health since December of 2021. Dr. Stallkamp has oversight for medical staff functions (2800 members), clinical quality and safety, and the health system’s neurosciences service line.
Dr. Stallkamp has practiced as an academic hospitalist at Lankenau Medical Center since he joined the Main Line Health Medical Staff in 2005. He has served in various roles within the health system including System Medical Director for Hospital Medicine, Vice President of Medical Affairs for Riddle Hospital, and Regional Vice President of Medical Affairs for Bryn Mawr Hospital and Lankenau Medical Center. Dr. Stallkamp earned his undergraduate degree from Yale University, medical degree from Jefferson Medical College, and completed his residency in Internal Medicine at Northwestern.
Richard Webster, RN, MSN, NEA-BC
Thomas Jefferson University Hospitals
Richard J. Webster is the President of Thomas Jefferson University Hospitals (TJUH) and Magee Rehabilitation Hospital, a role he assumed in 2015. The TJUH division includes: Thomas Jefferson University Hospital, The Jefferson Hospital for Neurosciences, Jefferson Methodist Hospital, and Magee Rehabilitation Hospital. TJUH is the academic flagship for Jefferson Health, an 18-hospital system based in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.
Mr. Webster began his career in healthcare as a staff nurse and has held a variety of clinical and administrative positions throughout his career. As division president for TJUH, he is responsible for the strategic and operational leadership for the nationally ranked organization. Known as an engaging and accessible leader, Rich is committed to creating a culture focused on quality, safety, inclusion, and employee and patient engagement.
Mr. Webster obtained his Bachelor and Master of Science in Nursing from Thomas Jefferson University. He is a board certified advanced nurse executive through the American Nurses Credentialing Center. In addition, he serves on the boards of the Health Care Improvement Foundation, Rothman Orthopedic Specialty Hospital, Physicians Care Surgical Hospital, Jefferson Surgery Center at the Navy Yard and Hospital Management Services, LLC.
Norman Weinstein, Esq.
Galfand Berger, LLP
Norman Weinstein is Of Counsel at Galfand Berger, LLP. A graduate of George Washington University and Temple University School of Law, Norman has practiced in Workers’ Compensation and Social Security law for over 36 years.
A Trustee of the Philadelphia Bar Foundation, Norman is also past President of the Philadelphia Volunteers for the Indigent Program (VIP), past Co-Chair of the Workers’ Compensation Section of the Pennsylvania Trial Lawyers Association and the Workers’ Compensation Committee of the Philadelphia Bar Association. He is past President of the Hebrew Immigrant Aid Society (HIAS) and Council and Trustee of the Jewish Federation of Greater Philadelphia as well as Chairman of the Jewish Federation of Greater Philadelphia Young Leadership Council. Norman has performed pro bono work for the Support Center for Child Advocates and other organizations.
Norman served on the steering committee for the Northeast Philadelphia Health Center Planning Project. Recently, the Secretary of Health for the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania appointed Norman to the Pennsylvania Department of Health Equity’s Advisory Committee. Norman’s current interest/focus is the building of the relationship between public health and public interest law.
Daniel Wolfson, MHSA
Executive Vice President, COO
Daniel B. Wolfson is the Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer of the ABIM Foundation, a not-for-profit focused on advancing medical professionalism and physician leadership to improve the health care system. Mr. Wolfson leads the Foundation’s Building Trust agenda, which includes a variety of activities designed to increase organizational trust, promote the imperative of trusting science and facts, and increase equity and reduce systemic racism in the U.S. health care system. Mr. Wolfson also leads the Choosing Wisely® campaign, a multi-year effort that has engaged more than 80 specialty societies to promote conversations between clinicians and patients about utilizing the most appropriate tests and treatments and avoiding care that may be unnecessary and could cause harm.
Mr. Wolfson was previously the President and CEO of the Alliance of Community Health Plans, where he spearheaded the creation of the Healthcare Effectiveness Data and Information Set (HEDIS). Prior to that, he was the Director of Planning and Research at Fallon Community Health Plan. During that time, he led the product development team that launched the first Medicare risk contract.
Mr. Wolfson received his master’s degree in health services administration from the University of Michigan School of Public Health.
Stephanie A. Zarus, PharmD
Managing Director of Healthcare Innovation
Avancer Group, Inc.
Professionally, Stephanie Zarus has over twenty-five years of experience as a health care entrepreneur. She co-founded Hospice Pharmacia, LLC, a medication management and pharmacy service provider for terminally ill patients. Then, transformed Hospice Pharmacia’s technology and operational systems, into excelleRx, which eventually became a $220 million national technology-based tele-pharmacy operation, providing both clinical consultation and medication distribution services to 85,000 patients in approximately 40% of the hospice industry. In 2005, as excelleRx prepared for an initial public offering (IPO), the company was successfully merged with the Fortune 500 health care company Omnicare.
Academically, Stephanie was part of the founding team establishing the Mayes College of Healthcare Business and Policy, University of the Sciences in Philadelphia (now merged into St. Joseph’s University) where she served as Associate Dean and Assistant Professor of Pharmaceutical and Healthcare Business as well as Dean’s professor and Chair of the Board of Visitors. There she enjoyed teaching leadership and entrepreneurism to pharmacy and pharmaceutical business students. Prior to her corporate experience, Stephanie was the Vice President for Professional Programs and Associate Dean for Advanced Learning for the Philadelphia College of Pharmacy and Science (PCPS), where she supported the founding of the School for Advanced Learning.
Educationally, Stephanie holds a Bachelor of Science and Doctor of Pharmacy degrees from the Philadelphia College of Pharmacy and Science (PCPS). She completed her residency in pharmacy administration at the VA Medical Center in Philadelphia and completed Executive Certificate Programs from Harvard University’s Kennedy School Executive Education in the Art and Practice of Leadership Development and from the Kellogg Graduate School of Management of Northwestern University.
Philanthropically, Stephanie serves on the not-for-profit boards of WHYY (finance committee), Healthcare Improvement Foundation (governance committee), Knowlton Foundation for Leadership Development (secretary), and the Session of Calvary Presbyterian Church, Riverton, NJ (chair of Endowment and co-clerk of Session). Stephanie also served on the boards of the Moorestown Friends School (assets, development, strategic planning), the Foundation for Enhanced Ministry (strategy and funding), the United Way of Southeastern Pennsylvania (campaign cabinet for higher education), and Catholic Health East (quality committee).
She is an active member of two area book clubs and the rnc photography club. Stephanie currently spends half of her time on the Pocono Plateau, where she and her partner are learning to cultivate sustainable forest and farmland. Her greatest joy remains time spent with family and friends.