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Board Members

Meet key members of our team.

Our doctors practice world-class medicine. Our nurses deliver compassionate care. Our technicians and staff provide invaluable support. Our board members provide guidance and oversight to ensure that we are fulfilling our mission to the community. Learn all about them below


Paul Birch

Paul Birch, vice chairman and chair of the Finance Committee, is a partner at CommonAngels and a member of its investment committee, a business owner and advisor to early stage companies. He was previously a director and chair of the Audit Committee of Double Take Software. He was previously president, CEO and director of GEAC Computer Corporation and EVP, CFO and director of MRO Software Inc. Mr. Birch’s background was in public accounting with Coopers & Lybrand and Arthur Andersen & Co. Mr. Birch also serves on the Emerson Health Care Foundation Board.


Richard Churchill, Jr.

Richard Churchill, Jr., of Concord, is a retired venture capitalist, formerly a partner of TA Associates and co-founder of M/C Venture Partners. He and his wife own and operate The Cottage, a home furnishings and design business in Concord. Mr. Churchill is also a member of the Emerson Health Care Foundation Board. He is a former trustee of Concord Academy and Nashoba Brooks School. Mr. Churchill is a graduate of Dartmouth College and Harvard Business School.


Gloria Clough

Gloria Clough of Concord is chair of the Emerson Health Care Foundation Board. She is a clinical specialist in psychiatry and mental health with a private practice in Concord. She received her undergraduate degree from the Roger Williams General Hospital School of Nursing and her master’s in nursing from Boston College. She also holds a bachelor’s in psychology from St. Joseph’s College and a master’s of divinity from the Weston Jesuit School of Theology. Ms. Clough established the first chaplaincy program at Emerson in 1991.


Christine Cournoyer

Christine Cournoyer of Concord is CEO of N-of-One, a company that specializes in precision medicine, matching diagnosis and treatment strategy to an individual’s unique molecular makeup. Previously, she was president and COO of Picis of Wakefield (now a division of United Healthcare), a leading company in the healthcare IT market. She served on the boards of Stride Rite Corporation, GTECH and BJ’s Wholesale Club. Cournoyer is currently a Corporator for Emerson Hospital and a member of the Boston Club and Women Corporate Directors.


James DiGiovanni

James DiGiovanni of Concord is a real estate developer and property manager with Period Realty Trust of Concord, a family business that owns and manages residential and commercial properties in the region. Mr. DiGiovanni is on the board of the Concord Business Partnership and is a board member of Open Table. He has been active in the Concord Lions Club and has served on a number of town building committees. Mr. DiGiovanni is currently a member of the Rental Housing Association and is a corporator of the Middlesex Savings Bank.


Donald Driscoll, Jr., MD

Donald Driscoll, Jr., MD, of Concord, is president of the Emerson medical staff and is an orthopedic surgeon practicing in Concord and Westford. He is a member of the Emerson Health Care Foundation Board. Dr. Driscoll is a graduate of Harvard College and Tufts University Medical School. He is a member of the American Academy of Orthopedic Surgery and completed his residencies at New England Deaconess Hospital and the New England Medical Center and his fellowship in total joint replacement at Massachusetts General Hospital. He supports a number of high school teams in the region.


Rose Ann Giordano

Rose Ann Giordano of Acton is chair of Emerson’s Governance Committee and is a high-tech consultant. She formerly served in sales and marketing for Compaq Computer’s Customer Services Division and was the first woman vice president and corporate officer at Digital Equipment Corporation. Ms. Giordano serves on the Board of Directors of TimeTrade Inc. and the MIT Enterprise Forum. She is a member of the Advisory Board of the National Association of Corporate Directors.


Eric Haartz

Eric Haartz, chair of the Board Quality Committee, is CEO of Haartz Corporation, an Acton-based manufacturer of engineered coated materials for automotive and marine industries throughout the world. A resident of Concord, Mr. Haartz is involved with the Middlesex West Chamber of Commerce School-Business Partnership Committee. He is also active in the Horseless Carriage Car Club of America and, along with his wife, Denise, has been an active supporter of the Emerson Hospital Auxiliary.


John R. Hickling

John Hickling of Concord is a private investor. He is a former partner and founder of Liberty Square Asset Management. Prior to Liberty Square, he was at Fidelity Investments, both in Boston and London as a fund manager. Mr. Hickling serves on the board of the Emerson Health Care Foundation and the Concord-Carlisle Community Chest. He earned his undergraduate degree in economics from Bowdoin College and received his Chartered Financial Analyst designation from the Institute of Chartered Financial Analysts.


Winston R. Hindle, Jr.

Winston Hindle, Jr. is secretary of the Emerson Hospital Board and Director of the Emerson Health Care Foundation. Mr. Hindle resides in Concord and is a retired senior vice president of Digital Equipment Corporation. He joined Digital in 1962 as assistant to the president and founder, Kenneth Olsen. A graduate of Amherst College, Mr. Hindle received his master’s degree from MIT Sloan School. He is a board member of one private company, a trustee of the Concord Museum and former chair of the board of Wheaton College in Norton, Mass.


Ronald Johnson

Ronald Johnson of Westford is chairman of the Emerson Hospital Board. He retired as founder and executive vice president of PhotoMetrics Inc. in Woburn. Mr. Johnson is a graduate of Boston University with a degree in aeronautical engineering and specialization in high-altitude physics, optical scanning and materials analysis. Long active in the civic affairs of Westford, he served as a member of the School Committee, Board of Selectmen, Finance Committee and Zoning Board of Appeals.


John Lowe III, PhD

John Lowe, III, PhD, of Concord is associate professor and dean of undergraduate programs in the School of Management at Simmons College. A graduate of Duke University, he earned his master’s in health services administration from The Ohio State University, and his PhD in public policy analysis from the University of Illinois. Currently, he is a member of the Trustee Advisory Council of the Massachusetts Hospital Association and trustee delegate to the Regional Policy Board of the American Hospital Association.


Amaresh Mahapatra, PhD

Amaresh Mahapatra, PhD, of Acton, is chair of the Community Benefit Advisory Group for Emerson and is president of Linden Photonics, a company he co-founded in 2002. Linden Photonics manufactures a range of optical fiber cable for use by agencies of the defense department and their contractors as well as by advanced technology firms. Dr. Mahapatra became a Corporator of Emerson Hospital in 2004.


David I. Rose, MD

David I. Rose, MD of Sudbury is chair of radiology at Emerson Hospital and president of the North Bridge Imaging Group. A member of Emerson’s active medical staff since 1999, Dr. Rose was a hospital board member from 2006 until 2012, and he served as president of the medical staff from 2007 until 2009. He received his medical degree at the University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine and completed both his residency in radiology and his fellowship in mammography at Brigham and Women’s Hospital. Dr. Rose is board certified in radiology.


Christine Schuster, RN, MBA

Ms. Schuster has over 25 years of health care experience. Prior to joining Emerson in 2005, she served as president and CEO of Quincy Medical Center and previously Athol Memorial Hospital. She also served as chief operating officer of the Extended Care Division of Tenet Saint Vincent Healthcare System in Worcester and director of critical care at New England Deaconess Hospital. Early in her career, she was a healthcare consultant with Coopers & Lybrand. Ms. Schuster received her master’s in business administration, with honors, from the University of Chicago Graduate School of Business and a bachelor of science in nursing from Boston University. Ms. Schuster was appointed by Governor Romney and served on the Board of Directors of the Massachusetts Health Education and Financing Authority where she was elected chairman of the board. She currently serves as chairman of Power Options, the leading energy buying consortium in Mass as well as a board member of the Massachusetts Council of Community Hospitals and a corporator for Middlesex Bank. In 2007, Ms. Schuster was named to Governor Patrick’s transition team, serving on the Health Care Taskforce. She has also served on the Voluntary Hospitals of America, Northeast Board, American Hospital Association (AHA) Regional Policy Board and the AHA Metropolitan Regional Council and the Massachusetts Hospital Association Board, where she chaired the Clinical Issues Advisory Council and the Leadership Education Committee. She currently serves on the MHA Standing Committee on Finance. Ms. Schuster is also engaged in civic affairs and has served on the Board of the Concord Chamber of Commerce and the Concord Economic Council. In 2011, Ms. Schuster received the Citizen of the Year Award from the Concord Chamber of Commerce as well the “Prescription for Excellence Award” from the Mass Medical Health Law Report. She also received the 2009 American Hospital Association Grassroots Champion Award and the 2008 Maynard Elks Distinguished Citizenship Award. She was also recognized by Modern Healthcare magazine and Witt Kieffer Associates as one of their “Up and Comer” Award recipients.


Jill Stansky

Jill Stansky is active in regional philanthropy. She serves as a trustee of the Sudbury Foundation, a private foundation working to transform lives in the metrowest area of Boston. She is a founder and Board member of HOPEsudbury, a grassroots organization which providers emergency financial assistance to Sudbury residents. She is a member of the Executive Council and Visiting Committee of the Susan F. Smith Center for Women’s Cancers at the Dana Farber Cancer Institute and is a member of the Steering Committee for Women for UMASS. She was elected Corporator in January 2004.


James A. Street, PhD, MD

James Street, PhD, MD, of Bedford is president of the medical staff and the chair of the Department of Anesthesia & Perioperative Medicine at Emerson Hospital, vice president of Emerson Anesthesia Associates, associate professor of Anesthesia at Northeastern University, and medical director of both the Emerson Hospital Integrative Health and Wellness Center and the Emerson Hospital acupuncture program. Dr. Street is a graduate of the University of Miami School of Medicine. He completed his medical internship at Mount Auburn Hospital and his anesthesia residency through the Harvard Medical School program at Brigham and Women’s Hospital. He is a member of the Massachusetts Medical Society, American Society of Anesthesiologists, New England Society of Anesthesiologists, Massachusetts Society of Anesthesiologists, Society for Pediatric Anesthesia, and the Anesthesia Patient Safety Foundation. His clinical interests include quality and patient safety, ambulatory and pediatric anesthesia, integrative therapies and wellness and anesthesia education.


Vlassis Travias, MD, FACOG

Vlassis Travias, MD, FACOG of Concord is an obstetrician/gynecologist at Concord OB/GYN, having joined the active medical staff in 2001. Past secretary of the medical staff and associate chair of OB/GYN, Dr. Travias has served on several hospital committees, including credentials. He received his medical degree from Mount Sinai School of Medicine and completed his residency at State University of New York Downstate Medical Center. Dr. Travias is board certified in obstetrics and gynecology.


Michael Zak

Michael Zak of Concord is chair of the Compensation Committee. He is a general partner at Charles River Ventures, where he serves as the principal sponsor for investments in a number of information technology markets. In 2002, he was recognized as the Venture Capitalist of the Year by the Massachusetts Telecommunications Council. Mr. Zak has a bachelor’s degree in engineering from Cornell University and an MBA from Harvard Business School. He has served as a board member of Cornell University’s Foundation.