UMMS Leadership Biographies
John W. Ashworth III
Interim President and Chief Executive Officer
Senior Vice President, Network Development
University of Maryland Medical System
Associate Dean, University of Maryland School of Medicine
Mr. Ashworth was promoted to Senior Vice President for Network Development for the University of Maryland Medical System and Associate Dean of the University of the Maryland School of Medicine in June 2004. He is responsible for developing the Medical System’s statewide network, directing acquisition strategies, and working to strengthen partnerships with hospitals and physician groups throughout Maryland. Additionally, Mr. Ashworth continues to serve as the Medical System’s principal liaison to the Shock Trauma Center and other hospital emergency services, as well as to community-based health advocacy and support groups relating to trauma and emergency care. Prior to becoming Senior Vice President for Network Development, Mr. Ashworth served as CEO of the University of Maryland Medical Center (UMMC), and before that as its chief operating officer. He had previously been director of the R Adams Cowley Shock Trauma Center and had also served as senior vice president for strategic planning and program development.
Mr. Ashworth served for a second time as CEO of UMMC from September 1, 2015 thru August 31, 2016. Mr. Ashworth has held numerous national leadership posts, including chairman of the American Trauma Society. He received a B.A. degree from the University of Virginia and an M.H.A. degree from George Washington University. He served for nearly 20 years on the part-time faculty and as preceptor in the Department of Health Policy at the Johns Hopkins University Bloomberg School of Public Health. Additionally, he is emeritus faculty in the Department of Emergency Health Services at the University of Maryland, Baltimore County.
Mr. Ashworth, a Vietnam veteran, retired as Lieutenant Colonel after 22 years in the U.S. Army’s active and reserve components.
Megan Arthur is responsible for overseeing all legal affairs throughout the System. She manages the System's internal legal staff and supervises the System's use of external legal resources. Her major responsibilities include integrating legal services across the Medical System, negotiating and drafting a wide range of transactional agreements and documents, advising the Board of Directors and Corporate staff on legal matters related to strategic plans, and managing outside litigation and specialty counsel.
A graduate of the University of Maryland School of Law, Arthur was previously executive vice president, general counsel, and corporate compliance officer for Magellan Health Services. She was also associate general counsel at CareFirst, Inc, and an associate at Venable, Baetjer & Howard.
Christine Bachrach is the Chief Compliance Officer and Vice President for the University of Maryland Medical System. She is responsible for oversight of compliance across the system, including the development and implementation of new measures to improve the effectiveness of each hospital's regulatory compliance program.
Previously, Bachrach was Chief Compliance Officer for HealthSouth, where she established an enterprise methodology for regulatory compliance risk assessments, including integrating efforts from Sarbanes-Oxley requirements. Prior to joining HealthSouth, she was a principal at Navigant Consulting. Before that, Bachrach worked at Arthur Andersen.
She has an undergraduate degree from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute in industrial engineering and decision support and, through a Graduate Fellowship, a master's degree in engineering and operations research from the University of California at Berkeley. Bachrach has been recognized as Certified in Healthcare Compliance Fellowship (CHC-F) by the Health Care Compliance Association.
Kristin Jones Bryce is vice president, external affairs and system integration for the University of Maryland Medical System (UMMS), where she focuses on policy within a rapidly evolving health care environment, relationship building, and government affairs on behalf of the System’s 13 hospitals, academic and community-based clinicians, ambulatory care network, health plans, and University of Maryland School of Medicine partners. Prior to joining UMMS in October 2015, Kristin served for 10 years as chief of staff to Speaker Michael E. Busch in the Maryland House of Delegates. Before that, she was the Speaker’s legislative counsel.
Kristin began her career in Annapolis shortly after graduating from law school in 1997 when she was hired as a policy analyst by the Department of Legislative Services. In that capacity, she served as committee counsel to the House Economic Matters Committee focusing on health and insurance issues.
Kristin graduated cum laude with a B.A. from the University of Massachusetts and earned her Juris Doctor from the University of Maryland School of Law. She was admitted to the Maryland bar in 1998. Kristin was named one of the Baltimore Sun’s 50 Women to Watch in 2013. In December 2017, Senate President Thomas V. “Mike” Miller appointed her to a 4-year term on the Governor’s Salary Commission. She also serves as a member of the UMBC Public Policy External Advisory Board and as a Trustee on the Governing Board of the Living Legacy Foundation.
Alison Brown is president of UMMC's Midtown Campus, a community teaching hospital operated as a second campus of the University of Maryland Medical Center. In this role she is responsible for the operation of the hospital and its outpatient programs; assuring excellence in patient safety and quality, patient experience, medical staff relations, clinical program development, operational effectiveness, financial management, human resources management and effective community engagement.
Brown was responsible for leading the health system's comprehensive marketing, communications, media relations and community health services and programs prior to her appointment to UMMC's Midtown Campus.
Prior to joining the Medical System in 1992, Brown was a senior manager in KPMG's national management consulting health care strategy practice. Brown earned a Bachelor of Science in Nursing degree from the University of Vermont and a Master of Public Health degree from Johns Hopkins University. She has served as adjunct faculty at the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health in the Department of Health Policy and Management. She was elected to membership in the Hopkins Chapter of the Delta Omega Honor Society in 2003.
She has served on the board of directors for the United Way of Central Maryland. She was inducted into the "Circle of Excellence" for being thrice named one of "Maryland's Top 100 Women" by The Daily Record. She is a member of the Executive Alliance, a Maryland organization fostering women in corporate leadership. In 2017, she was named one of Maryland's "Top 25 Women to Watch" by the Baltimore Sun.
Jon Burns is senior vice president and chief information officer for the University of Maryland Medical System. He is responsible for all information technology services and strategies across the twelve hospital system. Additionally, he is responsible for supply chain strategies, integration, and operations for the Medical System. Burns, who has 31 years experience in the health care industry in the not-for-profit provider sector, has primary interest in the integration of information technology with clinical and business operations to improve outcomes, operational effectiveness, and business efficiency.
Prior to joining UMMS in May of 2006, Burns was Senior Executive of Information Technology for the Cleveland Clinic Health System. Burns was also responsible for technology services to the Cleveland Clinic Lerner College of Medicine and a number of emerging technologies initiatives across the Cleveland Clinic Health System. He served as the Chief Technology Officer of eCleveland Clinic, an Internet-based care delivery model.
Prior to joining Cleveland Clinic in 1997, he had served in a number of senior level administrative, financial and operational positions at Forum Health, UNC Hospitals, Chapel Hill, North Carolina, and the Geisinger Health System in Danville, Pennsylvania. While at UNC, he was appointed as Faculty Associate at UNC's School of Public Health-Department of Health Policy and Administration.
Janice Eisele is the senior vice president for development at the University of Maryland Medical System Foundation (UMMSF). She is responsible for strategic leadership and operational oversight of the Foundation, which generates private financial contributions for the University of Maryland Medical Center including the R Adams Cowley Shock Trauma Center, the Marlene and Stewart Greenebaum Cancer Center, the University of Maryland Children's Hospital, University of Maryland Rehabilitation & Orthopaedic Institute and the University of Maryland Medical Center Midtown Campus.
Eisele joined UMMSF from the University of California, San Francisco (UCSF), where she was assistant vice chancellor for medical development beginning in 2004 and was responsible for the institution's "grateful patient" giving program. From 2001-2004, she served as director of development for UCSFs Department of Medicine. Prior to moving to San Francisco, she held development roles locally at the Johns Hopkins University and the University of Maryland, Baltimore County.
Michelle A. Gourdine, MD, is the Interim Chief Medical Officer and Senior Vice President for Population Health and Primary Care for the University of Maryland Medical System, where she oversees efforts across System sites to both develop and implement population health strategies and deliver primary care services in hospitals, clinics and other care sites. Dr. Gourdine serves as a Clinical Assistant Professor in the Departments of Epidemiology and Preventive Medicine and Pediatrics at the University of Maryland School of Medicine, and is a Senior Associate in the Department of Health Policy and Management at the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health. She is secretary of the University System of Maryland Board of Regents, and serves as chair of the Committee on Education Policy and Student Life. Dr. Gourdine is also a member of the Maryland Health Benefits Exchange Board.
A graduate of the Johns Hopkins School of Medicine, Dr. Gourdine was a resident in the Department of Pediatrics at the Johns Hopkins Hospital and practiced community-based Pediatrics from 1991–1995. She is the recipient of numerous awards and honors. Dr. Gourdine previously served as Deputy Secretary for Public Health Services for the Maryland Department of Health and Mental Hygiene (DHMH) and as Health Officer and Director of the Baltimore County Department of Health.
Donna Jacobs's areas of emphasis at the University of Maryland Medical System include Medicaid and other reimbursement issues, and she's also working on developing corporate strategies related to women's and children's health programs and mental health services.
Prior to joining the Medical System, Jacobs was Deputy Chief of Staff to Maryland Governor Parris Glendening. Jacobs has advised the Governor on important health care policy issues, including the Cancer and Tobacco Control initiatives and the Maryland Children's Health Program.
A graduate of Wesleyan University in Middletown, Connecticut and the Georgetown University Law Center, Jacobs has practiced law for two firms: Semmes, Bowen & Semmes in Baltimore and Weinberg and Green, LLC. Her legal practice focused on civil litigation with an emphasis on insurance-related matters.
Jacobs has held leadership roles with civic, community and professional organizations, including President of the Alliance of Black Women Attorneys, Commissioner on the Maryland Attorney Grievance Commission, Chair of the advisory board of the Baltimore City Child Care Resource Center and a member of the board of the House of Ruth.
Mary Lanham is the senior vice president and chief marketing and communications officer for the University of Maryland Medical System. She is responsible for the planning, development and execution of the system’s comprehensive marketing, communications and media relations strategies to ensure proper brand management and messaging. Lanham has been with the health system for 17 years and currently provides oversight for marketing, physician marketing, web and digital strategies, creative services, media relations, internal communications, corporate communications and customer relationship management.
Prior to her current role, Lanham was the vice president for system marketing and brand strategy and began her career at UM Baltimore Washington Medical Center. She earned her Bachelor of Arts degree in communications from Pfeiffer University and her Master of Arts degree in publications design from the University of Baltimore.
Michelle Lee is senior vice president of corporate finance and system controller and chief financial officer for the University of Maryland Medical System. Ms. Lee is a financial reporting expert with more than 25 years of experience in the health care sector. She is responsible for the Medical System's finance-shared services functions comprised of financial reporting, general accounting, tax compliance and strategy, disbursements, payroll and treasury, including investment and debt management, as well as the System's financial portfolio.
Ms. Lee joined the University of Maryland Medical System in 2000 as the senior director for financial reporting for the University of Maryland Medical Center. Since that time, Ms. Lee has been instrumental in the creation of the Medical System’s consolidated corporate finance function as the System has grown into a 13-hospital system. Prior to joining the University of Maryland Medical System, Ms. Lee was an audit senior manager in the Baltimore Office of KPMG, the international accounting firm. A certified public accountant, Ms. Lee earned a Bachelor of Science degree in business administration from the University of Baltimore in Maryland. Ms. Lee has served in various capacities on the Board of Healthcare Financial Management Association and currently serves on the Executive Council of Women United of the United Way of Central Maryland.
Kate McCann is a senior vice president and is chief human resource officer for the University of Maryland Medical System. She is responsible for developing and implementing HR strategy across the system to maximize competitive advantage, and translating business strategy into HR Shared Service initiatives. In this role, she collaborates with system leaders, including hospital CEOs and corporate executives, to effectively administer HR products, providing HR consultative solutions and approaches that drive business results.
Prior to joining the Medical System in 2013, McCann was a leader at Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center in New Hampshire. She earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Business and HR Management from Southern New Hampshire University and is completing her Master of Science degree in Human Resource Development from Towson University. She serves on the board of directors for the Baltimore Workforce Development Board.
Keith Persinger is the Senior Vice President and Chief Performance Improvement Officer for the University of Maryland Medical System, a position that encompasses many of the skills and talents Persinger has demonstrated in roles of increasing responsibility at the University of Maryland Medical Center since 1993. Most recently, Persinger served as Executive Vice President, Chief Financial Officer and Chief Operating Officer at UMMC, where his areas of responsibility included oversight of patient care services and hospital operations, financial and strategic management, decision and operations support and financial and capital planning.
Persinger, who holds both a bachelor's degree and an MBA from Loyola University Maryland, is widely recognized for his collaborative management style and his ability to implement measurable improvement across many areas.
Dr. Pollak is The James Lawrence Kernan Professor and Chair of the Department of Orthopaedics at the University of Maryland School of Medicine. He also serves as Senior Vice President for Clinical Transformation and Chief of Orthopaedics for the University of Maryland Medical System.
Dr. Pollak received BS and MD degrees from Northwestern University and completed an orthopaedic surgery residency at the integrated Case Western Reserve University/University Hospitals of Cleveland program. In 1994, he completed a fellowship in orthopaedic trauma at the University of California Davis Medical Center. He has served in the past as Treasurer, Chair of the Extremity War Injuries Project Team and as Chair of the Board of Specialty Societies for the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons. He is a Past President of the Orthopaedic Trauma Association and the Maryland Orthopaedic Association.
Dr. Pollak has served on the faculty of the School of Medicine since 1994 and has held numerous leadership positions. He has served in the past as Head of the Division of Orthopaedic Traumatology and Chief of Orthopaedics at the R Adams Cowley Shock Trauma Center where he has spent the majority of his professional career in clinical practice.
Dr. Pollak is currently Chair of the Maryland Health Care Commission and Vice Chair of the Major Extremity Trauma Research Consortium. His current responsibilities also include Editor of the AAOS Orange Book Series, Medical Director of the Baltimore County Fire Department, and Special Deputy US Marshal.
Jeffrey Stavely is the chief audit executive of the Corporate Internal Audit Group for the University of Maryland Medical System. The internal audit group works with senior management and the Board of Directors Audit Committee to assess key operating risks and ensure that the medical system has a strong internal control structure.
Stavely joined the University of Maryland Medical System in 2005 as the manager of the Business Process Improvement Project, which focused on improving business practices and strengthening internal controls. He has a bachelor's degree in accounting from Towson University, and is a certified public accountant, a certified internal auditor and a certified information systems auditor. His past experience includes providing audit and accounting services at several local and national accounting firms, such as SC&H Consulting, where he was an audit manager, and KAWG&F, Deloitte & Touche and Smith & Downey.
Mark Wasserman has served in his current position since 1997. Prior to joining the University of Maryland Medical System, Wasserman was assistant to the vice president for business development for AMTRAK and vice president for First Fidelity Bank, where he was responsible for business development, government and public affairs. From 1991 to 1995, he served as Maryland's Secretary of Economic and Employment Development and prior to that served as Chief of Staff to the Governor of Maryland. In 1986, Wasserman managed a successful gubernatorial campaign for William Donald Schaefer.
From 1976 to 1985, Wasserman served on the physical development staff for the Mayor of Baltimore. Wasserman earned a B.A. degree from the George Washington University and a master's degree in Community Planning from the University of Maryland. Wasserman is currently a board member of the Juvenile Diabetes Foundation, The Babe Ruth Museum, and Medical Mutual.
Jerry Wollman is a senior vice president and Chief Administrative Officer for the University of Maryland Medical System (UMMS). He is responsible for leading and facilitating key strategic and operational issues for the Office of the CEO of UMMS. Most recently, Wollman served as business director at the American Nurses Credentialing Center in Silver Spring, Maryland.
Previously, Wollman worked at UMMS as assistant vice president for executive affairs and later as vice president for corporate operations. He also served as the senior administrator for the Department of Radiation Oncology at the University of Maryland School of Medicine.
Wollman earned his nursing degree in 1986 from the University of Maryland and was an RN on the burn unit at Children's National Medical Center in Washington, D.C. from 1986 to 1989. He moved to the Washington Hospital Center in 1989, where he was a cardiovascular nurse until 1995. In 1996, he earned his Masters of Health Science degree in Health Finance and Management from the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health.