The Board of Directors guides Health Careers Futures' (HCF) strategic direction and advances its mission of aligning the supply and demand of regional healthcare workers. Board members are drawn from the healthcare workforce and industry sectors, as well as from regional non-profit organizations and training providers.

The Board, along with HCF staff and community partners:

  • Ensures that HCF projects and activities align with the organization's mission and purposes
  • Informs staff of future trends in Board members' areas of expertise and healthcare workforce development
  • Shares new ideas for applicable projects for which a need exists
  • Promotes HCF (and its projects) in southwestern Pennsylvania and beyond

Co-Chairs: Mark DeRubeis, MBA and Patricia Kroboth, PhD

Barbara E. Barnes, MD
Associate Dean for Continuing Medical Education, University of Pittsburgh
Debra Caplan, MPA
JHF Board of Trustees
Mark DeRubeis, MBA
Chief Executive Officer
Premier Medical Associates
Tanya J. Fabian, PharmD, PhD
Director - Pharmacy Research and Pharmacy Services
Western Psychiatric Institute and Clinic of UPMC
Representative Dan Frankel
PA House of Representatives
William H. Isler
Board of Directors
The Fred Rogers Company
Jackie Dunbar Jacob, PhD, RN
Dean - School of Nursing
University of Pittsburgh
Judith A. Kaufmann, DrPH, CRNP
Director - DNP Program; 
Associate Professor of Nursing
Robert Morris University
Kevin Kearns, PhD, MPA
Professor of Public and Nonprofit Management
University of Pittsburgh Graduate School of
Public and International Affairs
Vera Krekanova
Chief Strategy Officer
Partner4Work
Patricia Kroboth, PhD
Dean - School of Pharmacy; 
Dr. Gordon J. Vanscoy Distinguished Service Professor
University of Pittsburgh
Jane Montgomery, MBA
Vice President of Clinical Services and Quality
Healthcare Council of Western PA
Pearl B. Moore, RN
Retired, Oncology Nursing Society
Valerie Njie
Executive Director
Bidwell Training Center
Ellen Ormond, PhD
Assistant Clinical Professor of Psychiatry,
Biobehavioral Oncology Program
University of Pittsburgh Cancer Institute
Rema Padman, PhD
Professor of Management Science and Informatics
Carnegie Mellon University
Ed Ricci, PhD, MLitt
Professor of Sociology in Public Health;
Director - Institute for Evaluation Science in Community Health
University of Pittsburgh Graduate School of Public Health
Matt Rimer
Director - Talent Acquisition
UPMC
Eric Rodriguez, MD, MPH
Associate Professor of Medicine
Division of Geriatric Medicine
University of Pittsburgh
Melissa Stephens
Government Compliance Officer
Highmark, Inc.
Raymond L. Wolfe, JD
Chief Operating Officer
Pittsburgh Mercy Health System
Karen Wolk Feinstein, PhD
President & Chief Executive Officer
Jewish Healthcare Foundation
(EX OFFICIO)

JHF Representatives:

Lenore Blum, PhD
Carnegie Mellon University

Ilana Diamond, MBA
Managing Director
AlphaLab Gear

Anne Newman, MD, MPH
Katherine M. Detre Endowed Chair of Population Health Science
University of Pittsburgh Graduate School of Public Health

Sam Reynolds, MD
Allegheny Health Network

Becky Surma, MPH
Community Volunteer

If you would like more information about Health Careers Futures' Board of Directors, please Nancy Zionts at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..