Meet our Board of directors
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.
Gloria Clough of Concord is the chair of the Emerson Board of Directors and a recent chair of the Emerson Health Care Foundation board. She is a psychiatric clinical nurse specialist. She received her nursing degree from Roger Williams General Hospital School of Nursing, her bachelor's from St. Joseph’s College, a master’s in nursing from Boston College and a master’s of divinity from the Weston Jesuit School of Theology. She established the first chaplaincy program at Emerson in 1991. She is currently chair of the Bridge Over Troubled Waters board and serves on the Orchard House board.
Paul Birch is a private investor, advisor and business owner, and is the board's current vice chair and a past board chair. He was previously president, CEO and director of GEAC Computer Corporation. Prior to that, he was EVP, CFO and director of MRO Software Inc. Mr. Birch’s background was in public accounting with Coopers & Lybrand and Arthur Andersen & Co. He is currently a venture partner at Converge Venture Partners where he serves on its Advisory Committee, founder and managing partner of Acorn Capital Partners LLC, an early-stage consulting and investment company, and president of Wayside Athletic Club. Mr. Birch serves on a number of hospital committees.
Jeff Campbell of Concord is a long-standing supporter of and advocate for Emerson Hospital. He has served since 2003 as a corporator and since 2012 on the Foundation Board, where he was a member of the Bethke Cancer Center Major Gifts Committee and later chaired the Center for Sports and Rehabilitative Therapies Fundraising Committee. Previously, Mr. Campbell’s professional career included positions in computer sales, product management and business operations at Digital Equipment Corp. and Compaq Commuter. An active community volunteer in Concord holding leadership roles for more than two decades, Mr. Campbell has served on the boards of Communities for Restorative Justice and the Emerson Umbrella Center for Arts, and is a past moderator at Trinitarian Congregational Church of Concord. He is currently chair of Concord’s Youth Services Advisory Board.
Richard Churchill, Jr.
Richard Churchill, Jr., treasurer of the board and chair of the Finance Committee, is a retired venture capitalist from Concord, 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 Emerson's Physician Hospital Organization 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.
Christopher M. Coloian
Christopher Coloian is executive vice president of revenue and growth for Cotiviti, a healthcare technology and analytics company based in Waltham, Mass. He has a master's in health administration from Ohio State University, is a member of the Knights of Columbus, an editor of Population Health Management Journal, and is on the board of directors of Regents Surgical. He has been a board member of Emerson Hospital since 2016 and served previously as a corporator.
Eileen M. Deignan, MD
Eileen Deignan, MD, is a board-certified dermatologist, a partner at Dermatology Associates of Concord, and has been a member of the Emerson Medical Staff since 1999. She is the chief of dermatology and the associated chair of the credentials committee. Dr. Deignan holds leadership positions in the Massachusetts Academy of Dermatology, the New England Dermatological Society, and the American Academy of Dermatology. She also serves on the Emerson Hospital quality committee.
James DiGiovanni is secretary of the board and chair of the compensation committee. He is a real estate developer and property manager with Period Property Management of Concord, a family business that owns and manages residential and commercial properties in the region. The Concord resident is also on the board of the Concord Business Partnership. He was a former member of the Concord Lions Club, a former board member of Open Table, and has served on a number of town committees. Mr. DiGiovanni is currently a member of the Rental Housing Association and is a corporator of the Middlesex Savings Bank.
Rose Ann Giordano
Rose Ann Giordano is president of Thomis Partners and an advisory board member of the New England Chapter of the National Association of Corporate Directors (NACD). Previously, she was a vice president of digital at Compaq Computer Corporations and the first woman vice president and corporate officer at Digital Equipment Corporation. Ms. Giordano served on the board of directors of Dataram Corporation, TimeTrade Inc., Geo Environmental Technologies, Inc., NACD, the MIT Enterprise Forum/NE, Common Angels, Elderhostel, and Trinity College of Vermont. She is a member of the Boston Club and Women Corporate Directors. Ms. Giordano serves on Emerson’s governance committee as vice-chair and is a member of the credentialing and the community benefits committees, and was formerly chair of the governance committee. She graduated from Marywood College and the executive program at Stanford University.
John R. Hickling
John Hickling of Concord is chair of Emerson's Audit Committee and sits on the hospital's finance committee and quality committee. A private investor, he is a former partner and founder of Liberty Square Asset Management. Prior to Liberty Square, Mr. Hickling worked for 16 years at Fidelity Investments, both in Boston and London, as a fund manager. He was elected as an Emerson corporator in 2004 and is a member of the Emerson Health Care Foundation board. Mr. Hickling formerly served on the board of 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. He currently teaches an equity analysis section as an Executive in Residence at Babson College. Mr. Hickling is on the Town of Concord's finance committee and also coaches soccer at Concord Academy.
Ronald H. Johnson of Westford is a recent past chair of the board as well as a past chair of the Emerson Health Care Foundation board. He retired as 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 has served as a member of the school committee, board of selectmen, finance committee and zoning board of appeals.
David Lautz, MD, FACS
David Lautz, MD, FACS, is a highly-respected bariatric surgeon and medical director of the Emerson Center for Weight Loss. He earned his medical degree at the University of Chicago, Pritzker School of Medicine, and did his surgical residency at Brigham and Women’s Hospital. He came on staff as an attending at Brigham and Women’s, where he remained for 15 years. As their director of bariatric surgery, he developed the largest bariatric program in the state. He became assistant professor of surgery at Harvard Medical School, where he won multiple awards for his teaching of residents and fellows and where his research was awarded an NIH-sponsored grant. Dr. Lautz has participated in a leadership role in numerous state and national quality initiatives in his field. He is one of the most experienced bariatric surgeons in New England, having performed well over 5,000 procedures, and is specifically known for his work in revisional bariatric surgery.
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. He has been on the active medical staff since 1999. He 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, completed his residency in radiology at Brigham and Women’s Hospital (BWH), and did his fellowship in mammography at BWH and Dana Farber Cancer Institute. Dr. Rose is board certified in radiology and is currently the chair of the Bylaws Committee of the Emerson medical staff.
William Ryan of Maynard is chair of the Governance Committee and is currently an active community volunteer, consultant and traveler. He spent his early years teaching and then moved on to administrative roles in the Acton-Boxborough School district, including as community education director and finance director before serving as superintendent for ten years. He currently serves on the boards for the Discovery Museums, Doli Atamian Campership Program, and Acton Lion’s Club, and is a corporator for Emerson Hospital and Middlesex Savings Bank. In addition, he has been an active volunteer with Acton Community Supper, Acton-Boxborough Arts Council, and Acton Youth Commission.
Christine Schuster, RN, MBA
Ms. Schuster has over 30 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 health care consultant with Coopers & Lybrand. Ms. Schuster received her master’s in business administration, with honors, from the University of Chicago Booth Business School and a Bachelor of Science in nursing from Boston University.
She was appointed to 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 Massachusetts as well as president of the Massachusetts Council of Community Hospitals and a board member of the Massachusetts chapter of the American College of Healthcare Executives. She was recently named to the advisory board of the Massachusetts Health Policy Commission. She is also a member of the American Hospital Association Regional Policy Board and the Massachusetts Health and Hospital Association Board of Trustees, where she recently joined the executive committee as secretary. Christine is also vice chair of the Massachusetts Value Alliance, a purchasing consortium she created with South Shore and Sturdy Hospitals to reduce costs and enhance efficiencies in what is now a 14-member community hospital network. She is also currently a corporator for Middlesex Bank.
Ms. Schuster is a frequent speaker at the local and national level. She has been recognized numerous times for her leadership and community involvement. She was named to The Commonwealth Institute’s 2017 and 2018 lists of Top 100 Women-Led Businesses in Massachusetts. In 2017, Christine received the Excellent Non-Profit Leadership Award from the Middlesex West Chamber of Commerce and the American Hospital Association Grassroots Champion Award (which she also received in 2009). In 2019, 2018 and 2014, she received the American Hospital Association Most Valuable PAC Player Award for her leadership in encouraging advocacy to benefit hospitals and patients. Also in 2014, Becker's Hospital Review named her as one of “130 Women Hospital and Health System Leaders to Know”. In 2011, Ms. Schuster received the Businessperson 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 received the Maynard Elks Distinguished Citizenship Award in 2008.
Jill Stansky of Sudbury is chair of the Emerson board's quality committee and is active in regional philanthropy. She serves as trustee chair of the Sudbury Foundation, a private foundation working to transform lives in the metrowest area of Boston. 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 on the steering committee for Women for UMass Amherst. She is a founder of HOPEsudbury, a grassroots organization which provides emergency financial assistance to Sudbury residents. She is a member of the Emerson Community Benefits Advisory Committee and serves on the Emerson Health Care Foundation board. She was elected to be an Emerson corporator in January 2004.
James A. Street, PhD, MD
James Street, PhD, MD, of Carlisle is the former chair of the department of anesthesia & perioperative medicine at Emerson Hospital, clinical professor at Northeastern University, and medical director of both The Steinberg Wellness Center for Mind & Body and the Emerson Hospital acupuncture program. He is also chair of the community benefit committee and a former president of the Emerson medical staff. 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 interests include wellness, quality and patient safety, and medical group management.
Michael Zak is a general partner emeritus at CRV, an early-stage technology venture capital firm with operations in Boston and Silicon Valley. He holds a Bachelor of Science in engineering from Cornell University and an MBA from Harvard Business School. He is a trustee emeritus at Cornell and is also a member of the board of directors of the Center for a New American Security, a Washington, D.C. think tank.