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

Chair: Patricia L. Siger

Alan Axelson, MD
CEO and Medical Director
InterCare Psychiatric Services
Barbara E. Barnes, MD
Associate Dean for Continuing Medical Education
University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine
Sonya Borrero, MD, MS
Associate Professor of Medicine - Clinical and Translational Science
Director - Center for Women's Health Research and Innovation
University of Pittsburgh
Brenda Cassidy, DNP, RN, MSN, CPNP-PC
Assistant Professor - Health Promotion and Development
University of Pittsburgh School of Nursing
Jackie Dunbar Jacob, PhD, RN
Dean - School of Nursing
University of Pittsburgh
Representative Dan Frankel
PA House of Representatives
Lynn George, PhD, RN, CNE
Dean and Professor - College of Health and Wellness
Carlow University
Mindy Hutchinson, MD
Vista Behavioral Health Associates
William H. Isler
Board of Directors
The Fred Rogers Company
Maria Kalevitch, PhD
Dean, School of Engineering, Math & Science
Robert Morris University
Vera Krekanova, PhD
Chief Research Officer
Allegheny Conference on Community Development
Tammy Marsico, RN, MSN
Brandi Mauck Phillips, MS
Allegheny HealthChoices, Inc.
Laurie Mulvey, MSW
Tammy Murdock, MD, MMM
Squirrel Hill Health Center
Ron Poropatich, MD
Professor of Medicine - Division of Pulmonary, Allergy, and Critical Care Medicine
Director, Center for Military Medicine Research, Health Sciences
University of Pittsburgh
Ana Radovic, MD, MSc
Assistant Professor of Pediatrics - Division of Adolescent and Young Adult Medicine
Children's Hospital of Pittsburgh of UPMC
Melissa Stephens Williamson
VP, Medical Policy & Clinical Transformation
Highmark, Inc.
Dara Ware Allen, PhD
CEO and Principal
City Charter High School
Tomi Waters, DEd
Associate Dean for Academic Affairs 
Community College of Allegheny County 

Karen Wolk Feinstein, PhD
President and CEO
Jewish Healthcare Foundation

David Ehrenwerth, JD
K&L Gates LLP
Jewish Healthcare Foundation Board Chair

JHF Representatives:

Debra L. Caplan, MPA
Executive-in-Residence of the Forbes Funds

Emily Jaffe, MD, MBA
VP and Executive Medical Director - Highmark Home and Community Services

Marsha Marcus, PhD
Professor of Psychiatry and Psychology
University of Pittsburgh

Wendy Mars, PhD
Associate Professor of Pathology
University of Pittsburgh

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

Valerie Njie, MS

Brad Stein, MD, PhD
Senior Physician Policy Researcher
RAND Corporation

Dan Swayze, DrPh, MBA
VP - Center for Emergency Medicine of Western Pennsylvania

If you would like more information about Health Careers Futures' Board of Directors, please Nancy Zionts at