Arizona Board of Regents Approves 17-member Board of Directors of The University of Arizona Health Network

The new board size and structure follows recommendations by the Arizona Medical Education Oversight Task Force.

The first meeting of the new Board will be May 24. This new UAHN Board of Directors succeeds a much larger board, which held its final meeting in April.

The Health Network’s new, 17-member board is  part of a planned downsizing of the Health Network’s original 27-member Board of Directors, which was made up of representatives of the boards of University Medical Center and University Physicians Healthcare when the two organizations merged two years ago into The University of Arizona Health Network.

The new board size and structure follows recommendations by the Arizona Medical Education Oversight Task Force, which was directed by Gov. Jan Brewer to develop a board governance to ensure Arizona has a world-class academic medical center that also serves as a strong clinical health system.

A consulting firm and a search committee of the previous Health Network Board of Directors developed the slate of new board members, which was approved in a special meeting of the Arizona Board of Regents today.

 “The talent and breadth of experience that this new board brings to the governance of The University of Arizona Health Network is very exciting,” said Rick Myers, chairman of the Arizona Board of Regents. “This is a positive next step in the development of academic medicine in Arizona. All is in place now for The University of Arizona Health Network to fulfill its triple mission of education, research and patient care.”

“We look forward to working with our new Board to help direct The University of Arizona Health Network to its full potential,” said Jodi Mansfield, FACHE, interim president and CEO of Health Network. “We also thank our past board members for steering the Health Network through its first two years of integration.”

The following professionals will serve on the new UAHN Board of Directors:

Leo Brennan worked in business for nearly 30 years after graduating from the University of Tulsa with a Bachelor of Science degree in business administration. He served as manager of IT operations at Baylor University Medical Center before moving into the securities industry and serving as a vice president of the Dean Witter Reynolds stock brokerage and securities firm.

Michael Covert, FACHE, serves as president and chief executive officer of Palomar Pomerado Health in northern San Diego. He has more than 40 years of experience in health care administration. Some of his previous positions include president and CEO of the Sarasota Memorial Health Care System and chief operating officer at St. Francis Regional Medical Center in Wichita.  

Mindy Fain, MD, co-director of the Arizona Center on Aging, is chief of the Section of Geriatrics, General Internal Medicine and Palliative Care at the UA Department of Medicine. She also is the executive director of practice innovation at the Arizona Health Sciences Center.

Martha Gilliland, PhD, is vice president of the Research Corporation for Science Advancement in Tucson and serves on the board of directors for the Black & Veatch Corporation. She received her doctorate in environmental engineering and systems ecology from the University of Florida.

Steve Goldschmid, MD, has served as dean of the UA College of Medicine – Tucson since 2009.  A noted gastroenterologist and medical administrator, Dr. Goldschmid served as chairman of the UA College of Medicine Department of Medicine, beginning in October 2006. Before joining the UA in 2000, he served as director of clinical services at Emory University School of Medicine in Atlanta, Ga.

Herma Hightower, PhD, has 30 years of experience in organizational and educational leadership, strategic planning, human and financial resource management, tax administration and communications. She most recently served as director of national programs for the Smithsonian Institution in Washington, D.C.

Len Jessup, PhD, is dean of the University of Arizona’s Eller College of Management. He completed his doctoral studies in management and organizational behavior and management information systems at the Eller College and served in a variety of leadership positions at Washington State University before returning to Tucson.

Kevin P. Larson, CFA, is a senior vice president and chief financial officer for UniSource Energy Corp. He has more than 20 years experience leading and shaping the financial strategy of the utility company.

Nancy C. Loftin is an attorney and former senior vice president and general counsel with Pinnacle West Capital Corp. and Arizona Public Service. She earned her law degree from the University of Arizona and has served on the University of Arizona National Leadership Council.

Steve Lynn is a consultant in the areas of strategic planning, marketing, customer relations, communications and corporate governance for Tucson Electric Power, UniSource energy and other clients. He has more than 25 years consulting experience and has a master’s degree in business and professional speech communication from the University of Arizona.

Jodi Mansfield, FACHE, has served as the interim president and chief executive officer of The University of Arizona Health Network since August. 2011. Prior to her coming to Tucson, Ms. Mansfield held a variety of positions within the Shands HealthCare system in Gainesville, Fla., where she provided executive leadership in the areas of board relations, community and government affairs, capital planning and allocation, medical staff relations and affiliations, quality, planning and information technology.

Anne Mariucci is a member and past Chairman of the Arizona Board of Regents.  She is a private equity investor and currently serves on the board of 2 NYSE companies:  Southwest Gas and Corrections Corporation of America.  She is a former director of Scottsdale Healthcare and the Arizona State Retirement System.  She spent the majority of her corporate career with Del Webb Corporation, where she retired as President. 

Diego Martin, MD, PHD, is professor and head of the UA Department of Medical Imaging. Before joining the UA last year, he was director of MRI and professor of radiology at Emory University.

Dennis R. Minano, an adviser on energy environmental and transportation issues, served as General Motors vice president of environment and energy, overseeing environmental and energy policies worldwide. He is a member of the Board of Trustees of the Nature Conservancy in Michigan and of the Sonoran Institute. He holds a law degree from the University of Detroit Law School where he was an adjunct professor of environmental law.

Santiago Muñoz is the chief strategy officer for UC Health, which includes the five University of California academic medical centers. He previously served as associate vice president for clinical services development and executive director of clinical services development for Health Sciences and Services at the University of California.

Eugene G. Sander, PhD, the 20th UA president, has spent more than 20 years at the University. He previously was vice provost and dean of the UA College of Agriculture and Life Sciences; he served as executive vice president and provost from July 2007 through April 2008 during the search for a permanent provost. He also served as vice president for university outreach from 2006-2009. President Sander announced his retirement, effective July 1, and will be succeeded by Ann Weaver Hart, PhD.

Ole J. Thienhaus, MD is professor and head of the University of Arizona Department of Psychiatry. He previously served as professor and chairman of the Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences at the University of Nevada School of Medicine in Las Vegas and Reno, where he also was dean of the School of Medicine from 2008 to 2010.

About The University of Arizona Health Network

The University of Arizona Health Network (UAHN) was formed in 2010 with the merger of University Medical Center and University Physicians Healthcare. The Health Network includes The University of Arizona Medical Center – University Campus (formerly University Medical Center), The University of Arizona Medical Center – South Campus (formerly UPH/Kino Hospital), dozens of clinics, several health plans, and The University of Arizona Physicians, which is the practice plan of the faculty physicians of the UA College of Medicine.

With approximately 6,000 employees, The University of Arizona Health Network is one of Southern Arizona’s largest employers and the premier academic medical system in the state.

The mission of The University of Arizona Health Network is Advancing Health and Wellness through Education, Research and Patient Care.