President & CEO, Trillium Health
What’s the most important lesson you’ve learned in your career?
The most important lesson that I have learned in my career is the value of being a good listener and inviting others with diverse perspectives and experience to the table to enrich decision-making. This includes working in partnership with community stakeholders to ensure our services and programs are those they value and are provided in a way that is acceptable and meets the needs of our community members. I have learned how powerful shared decision making is to unite people for a common purpose and find a path forward together.
What’s been your biggest success?
My biggest success in my career truly has been the trust placed in me as Trillium Health’s president and CEO for the past six years. I am proud to see how we work together and in partnership to increase access to health care for those most vulnerable in our community. Achieving designation as an FQHC has broadened our reach and we have grown over 400% in the number we serve. It has been the honor of my life to lead our nearly 300 staff members who work day in and out to enrich and save lives as they provide extraordinary care always to all those whom we are fortunate to serve.
What are your hopes for the Rochester community this year?
My hope for our Rochester community this year is that we continue our fight against racism, and take action to foster diversity and inclusion to ensure everyone can live without fear and have access to the unalienable rights of health care, safety, food, and housing. I hope we turn the corner in controlling the pandemic and continue the collective spirit that has been fostered over this past year, people are reemployed, we see a revitalization of the arts, and that all of us can safely spend time with those we love and celebrate the important milestones that were missed.
What do you do to unplug in your free time?
To unplug from the demands of life, I most enjoy spending time with my husband at our lake cottage in the Finger Lakes where we unwind with lots of cooking, walking the trails and enjoying the year-round beauty of Upstate New York, and when summer comes, relaxing on the lake with friends, loved ones, and neighbors. As we recover from the pandemic, I look forward to spending time with my first grandchild, McKinley, who joined our world safely, healthy, and hungry in early February and my second grandchild due in early April!