Mercy Medical Center - North Iowa's Dr. Theresa Mock Selected for National Fellowship Program

Mercy Medical Center - North Iowa's Dr. Theresa Mock Selected for National Fellowship Program

Friday, December 1, 2017

The 14-month program expands the leadership capacity of the fellows, who are chosen for their ability to deliver results within their organizations and potential to advance to senior executive roles in health.

OAKLAND, CALIFORNIA (November 30, 2017) – The Carol Emmott Fellowship selected 18 women from 15 health organizations nationwide for its class of 2018. They will be part of a one-of-a-kind program for accomplished professionals who have demonstrated potential to ascend to senior executive and board-level roles.  Teresa Mock, MD, MBA, Senior Vice President of Mercy Clinics at Mercy Medical Center - North Iowa was selected for the fellowship program.

The fellowship is tailored to expand the connections and experiences that top leadership candidates require to have the most influence in improving health for all. Fellows are nominated by their sponsoring organization and compete for acceptance into the program with a proposed impact project that transcends their current role to advance an area of health. They continue to work for their organizations during the fellowship, which provides them with more opportunities to build networking relationships with other top leaders as well as exercise high-level skills as they implement their impact projects.

The program fills a crucial unmet need in overcoming gender disparity by accelerating the leadership capacity and impact of women leaders in health. Women are underrepresented in senior executive and board-level positions in health because of systemic barriers that influence decision making.

“We will all benefit when men and women from diverse backgrounds, disciplines, and perspectives lead together,” said Christine Malcolm, executive director of the Carol Emmott Fellowship. “The fellowship’s mission is shared by the men and women who hold executive positions today, see the gaps created by gender disparity, and are committed to serving as our advisors, mentors, and supporters.”

The newly selected class represents an expansion of the program, growing from 15 to 18 fellows and from 12 sponsoring organizations to 15. The class of 2018 also reflects a broader range of disciplines from emergency medicine and surgery to healthcare information technology and finance. Learn more about the fellows by reading their biographies.

When fellows complete the program, they join the Carol Emmott Fellowship alumnae network. Watch this video to learn about the class of 2017 and how they are making a difference through their impact projects, which cover areas as broad as the opioid crisis, care disparities, and suicide prevention.

“Healthcare faces daunting challenges and the Carol Emmott Fellowship provides opportunities for these talented leaders to advance medicine and healthcare delivery,” said Mary Pittman, DrPH, Carol Emmott

Fellowship Board member and CEO and president of the Public Health Institute. “The vision of the fellowship program is to engage leaders who aspire to lead healthcare in new and more collaborative ways.”

    Carol Emmott Fellowship Class of 2018 and Sponsoring Organizations

    Margaret Damiano, MBA

    Associate Dean for Administration and Finance

    University of California, San Francisco at Zuckerberg San Francisco General

    Sponsor: Blue Shield of California Foundation

    Karen T. Harris, RN, MSN, WHNP-BC

    Chief Nurse and Operations Executive

    Henry Ford West Bloomfield Hospital

    Sponsor: Henry Ford Health System

    Philynn Hepschmidt, M.Ed.

    Associate Executive Director, EHR Transformation, Penn Medicine

    Sponsor: University of Pennsylvania Health System

    Marissa Kiefer, MHSA

    Vice President, Maternity and Newborn Health & Statewide Partnerships

    Riley Children’s Health

    Sponsor: BDC Advisors on behalf of Riley Children’s Health

    Monica Kogan, MD

    Attending Physician, Director Pediatric Orthopaedic Surgery Division, Residency Director, Assistant Professor

    Rush University Medical Center

    Sponsor: Rush University Medical Center

    Michelle Lopes, MSN, RN, NEA-BC

    Senior Vice President Patient Care Services/Chief Nursing Officer, John Muir Health, Walnut Creek Medical Center

    Sponsor: John Muir Health

    Elizabeth M. Mahler, MD

    Vice President, Patient Health Management, Sutter Health

    Sponsor: Sutter Health

    Jessica Melton, MHA

    Vice President, Medical Surgical and Critical Care Services

    Duke University Hospital

    Sponsor: Duke University Health System

    Teresa Mock, MD, MBA

    Senior Vice President, Mercy Medical Center North Iowa/Trinity

    Sponsor: Trinity Health

    Maria Padin, MD, FACOG

    Chief Medical Officer


    Sponsor: Dartmouth-Hitchcock Health System

    Shaun Raleigh, MBA, RMA

    Executive Director, Affinia Health Network/Mercy Health

    Sponsor: Trinity Health

    Meredith Sciarrio, MBA

    Director, Strategy & Integration, Community Partnerships Division, Providence St. Joseph Health

    Sponsor: Providence St. Joseph Health

    Melody States, RN, CNOR, CASC

    Chief Operating Officer, Sutter Surgery Center Division, Sutter Health

    Sponsor: Sutter Health

    Julie Stoss, JD

    Vice President, Government Relations, Kaiser Permanente

    Sponsor: Kaiser Permanente

    Lisa Stump, MS, RPh, FASHP

    Senior Vice President and Chief Information Officer, Yale New Haven Health and Yale School of Medicine

    Sponsor: Yale New Haven Health System

    Andrea Wary, M.Ed., BSN, RN

    Associate Vice President, Department of Emergency Medicine

    Geisinger Health System

    Sponsor: Geisinger Health System

    Haimanot (Monnie) Wasse, MD, MPH

    Professor of Medicine, Vice Chair of Patient Quality & Safety, Director, Interventional Nephrology, Rush University Medical Center

    Sponsor: Rush University Medical Center

    Teri Wilczek, MS, CFRE

    Chief Philanthropy Officer, Marshfield Clinic Health System Foundation

    Sponsor: Marshfield Clinic Health System


    Sponsor: Trinity Health


The Carol Emmott Fellowship for Women Leaders in Health is designed to further outstanding mid-career women leaders by developing the networks and leadership capabilities required to create constructive change in the health field. It is an independent program based at the Public Health Institute, a California nonprofit. To learn more about the Carol Emmott Fellowship, please visit us at

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