Board of Directors
Patricia D. Williams: Founder and President
Patricia Williams is Founder and President of Global Health Services Network (GHSN), a U.S. health services management firm. Her 25+ years of consulting and management experience include managed hospital projects in more than 30 countries. For 18 years, Ms. Williams ran the non-profit international division of one of the largest health systems in the U.S. and has extensive experience in private and public sector planning and operations. Born and raised in Asia, Latin America and Europe, her personal healthcare experiences drive her passion for efficient, high quality, and compassionate care.
Her specialties include: international business, health services management, and health professions’ training.
Earl Bridges: Vice-Chairman
Earl Bridges is a technology entrepreneur who founded Good Done Great, and 4Good.org, both of which serve the nonprofit and corporate social responsibility markets with highly disruptive tools for creating communities of givers. Having grown up in Thailand, he identifies as a “third culture kid”, and continues to be involved in international charity work through Global Health Charities and as a film-maker of the series, Good All Over (GoodAllOver.tv).
His specialties include: philanthropy, corporate giving, non-profit success, and cause marketing.
Susan McAdams: Executive Director and Board Secretary
Susan McAdams is a marketing professional whose 27 years span marketing, advertising, sales, project management and strategic counseling to both for-profit and non-profit organizations. She has worked with both large and small advertising agencies and media companies, including BBDO Detroit, Ross Roy, and Clear Channel. Susan has a passion for humanitarian issues and has volunteered with literary and social service organizations such as 826 Michigan and the National Scholastic Art and Writing Competition, as well as South Oakland (Homeless) Shelter in Michigan.
Her specialties include: communications and marketing plans, strategy and brand awareness, community outreach, identification of funding resources and grant writing.
Sandra Bruce, FACHE
Sandra Bruce has more than 35 years of experience in health care leadership. Prior to being named Presence Health’s President and CEO, she served as the President and CEO of Resurrection Health Care. Prior to that she spent 12 years as the President and Chief Executive Officer of Trinity Health’s Saint Alphonsus Health System in Boise, Idaho.
As former President and CEO of Presence Health, the largest Catholic Health System based in Illinois, Ms. Bruce oversaw 150 locations encompassing 12 hospitals, 27 long-term care and senior residential facilities, numerous outpatient services, clinics, home health services, hospice, private duty, a comprehensive behavioral health network and an accredited university. Sponsored by the Franciscan Sisters of the Sacred Heart, the Servants of the Holy Heart of Mary, the Sisters of the Holy Family of Nazareth, Sisters of Mercy of the Americas and the Sisters of the Resurrection, Presence Health employs 22,000 people with 4,000 physicians on its medical staffs.
An influential health care leader and a strong advocate for improving access to care for all, Ms. Bruce was named one of the nation’s 2011 Top 25 Women in Healthcare by Modern Healthcare magazine. In 2009, she was appointed to the Commission on a High Performance Health System (The Commonwealth Fund) to help shape health reform. She has previously served as past chair of the Board of Trustees of the Catholic Health Association of the United States and continues to be an active committee member for the national organization currently serving on the CHA’s Award Committee. She is the current Treasurer for the Illinois Hospital Association’s Board of Trustees and has served on many IHA committees over the last several years. She has also participated on various committees and councils of the American Hospital Association and is currently serving on the AHA’s Equity of Care Council. Ms. Bruce is also active in the City of Chicago currently serving on the World Business Chicago Board and the Art Institute of Chicago Council.
Denise Dorigo Jones
Denise Dorigo Jones is a dynamic leader with a successful history of driving change through developing and implementing innovative HR and Labor Relations initiatives for U.S., Japanese and Mexican owned companies.
Dorigo Jones is skilled at partnering with leadership teams to proactively solve problems and improve performance. She offers broad experience and a consistent record of delivering creative global solutions to achieve business results.
She is currently Director of Human Resources for the U.S. and Canada at Nemak, a Tier 1 automotive supplier with over 20,000 employees across 14 countries generating $4.3 billion in annual revenue.
Her specialties include: human resources talent and organizational development, labor relations, project planning, program management and budgeting, performance and process improvement, efficiency, and change management.
Angela Lee AIA, ACHA, LEED AP, EDAC
Angela Lee is responsible for the overall performance and strategic direction of HKS in Asia Pacific. With 20 years of healthcare planning experience, she has been an integral part of the design and planning of over 1.1 million square meters of healthcare projects worldwide. These LEED and JCI accredited medical projects have ranged in size from 1,400 to 325,000 square meters with bed counts from 30 to 1,650 beds.
Lee’s projects have been honored with design awards from both the AIA and Modern Healthcare. She has been recognized in publications such as Healthcare Design, Health Facilities Management, Healthcare Design Ideas and Medical Construction and Design.
Her specialties include healthcare facility and design, program management, and in-depth knowledge of the Asia Pacific region.
Dr. Okey Nwanyanwu, Ph.D.
Dr. Nwanyanwu joined CDC Nigeria as the Country Director in 2010. He brings with him extensive experience substantiated by his previous positions as CDC Country Director for Guyana and South Africa and his position as Senior Advisor for Global HIV/AIDS. He is an internationally recognized leader in the fields of public health, epidemiology, malaria control, and HIV/AIDS prevention, care, and treatment. Dr. Okey Nwanyanwu holds a Bachelor of Science degree from the University of South Carolina and a Doctor of Public Health degree from the University of Texas, School of Public Health.
His specialties include: public health issues and management, knowledge of West Africa/Nigeria, infectious disease assessment and management.
Dr. Christopher Shoemaker, Ph.D.
Dr. Shoemaker works as Vice President for Strategy at CEVA and is responsible for the long term development of the company’s programs for peace building, democracy transition and support to national security establishments in the United States and abroad. Prior to this, he was Director, Force Integration, Federation of Bosnia and Herzegovina where he was responsible for the development of the most senior political leaders and institutions.
For more than 20 years, he served in the United States Army, traveling to many countries in leadership roles. He later moved to Washington to serve on the staff of the Assistant Secretary of Defense for International Security Affairs. In 1979, Shoemaker joined the staff of the National Security Council at the White House where he served both Presidents Carter and Reagan as an advisor on defense and Middle East policy.
He also served as Special Assistant and Speechwriter to the Chief of Staff of the Army and was the warplan officer for General H. Norman Schwarzkopf. His final assignment was as Chief of Staff, U.S. Army Field Artillery Center at Fort Sill.
Shoemaker received a B.S. from the U.S. Military Academy at West Point, and an M.A. and PhD from the University of Florida. He is the author of several books on international relations and is a member of the Council on Foreign Relations.
His awards and decorations include the Defense Superior Service Medal, the Legion of Merit, the Defense Meritorious Service Medal, the Army Meritorious Service Medal, the Army Commendation Medal, and the Army Achievement Medal. Dr. Shoemaker is also a consulting faculty member at The Lead Life Institute in the areas of leadership and strategy.
His specialties include foreign policy and relations, international security as well as strategic planning and leadership.