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.
Paul Birch, chair of the board, is a private investor, advisor and business owner. 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, president of Wayside Athletic Club, and he is on the board of Overseers of the New England Aquarium. Mr. Birch serves on the Emerson Health Care Foundation Board and 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.
Gloria Clough of Concord is the vice chair of the Emerson Board of Directors and a recent chair of the Emerson Health Care Foundation Board. She is a psychiatry 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.
Christopher M. Coloian
Christopher Coloian is senior vice president of revenue and growth for Verscend Technologies, a healthcare analytics company based in Waltham. 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. Christopher is the past chairman of the board of Population Health Alliance. He has been a corporator of Emerson Hospital since 2014.
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 treasurer of the Emerson Hospital Medical Staff, associate chair of the Credentials Committee, and has been the chief of dermatology since 2007. 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 Foundation Board.
James DiGiovanni is secretary of the board and 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 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.
Rose Ann Giordano
Rose Ann Giordano is president of Thomis Partners and an advisory board member of the NE Chapter of the National Association of Corporate Director and TechSandBox. Previously, she was a vice president of Digital and Compaq Computer Corporations and the first woman vice president and corporate officer at Digital Equipment. She served on the board of directors of Dataram Corporation, TimeTrade Inc., Geo Environmental Technologies, Inc., The National Association of Corporate Directors, 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. She serves on Emerson’s Governance and Finance Committees and was formerly chair of the Governance Committee.
John R. Hickling
John Hickling of Concord is chair of Emerson's Audit 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.
Ronald H. Johnson of Westford is a recent past chair of the 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 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 25 years of health care experience. Prior to joining Emerson as president and CEO in 2005, she served as president and CEO of Quincy Medical Center and 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. She spent five years as a healthcare management consultant with Coopers & Lybrand. In 2005, Ms. Schuster was appointed by Governor Romney to serve on the Board of Directors of the Massachusetts Health Education and Financing Authority (MAHEFA). She was subsequently elected chair of the MAHEFA Board. She is currently a Board member of the American Hospital Association (AHA) Metropolitan Regional Council and Voluntary Hospitals of America, Northeast. She is clerk of the Massachusetts Council of Community Hospitals as well as chair of the Board of Power Options, Inc. In 2007, Ms. Schuster was named to Governor Patrick’s transition team, serving on the Health Care Taskforce. She has also served on the AHA Regional Policy Board and the Massachusetts Hospital Association Board (MHA), where she chaired the Clinical Issues Advisory Council (CIAC) 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 2014, Becker's Hospital Review named her as one of “130 Women Hospital and Health System Leaders to Know.” Ms. Schuster was named to The Commonwealth Institute’s 2017 list of Top 100 Women-Led Businesses in Massachusetts. In 2011, she 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 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. 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.
Jill Stansky is the quality committe chair for the board and 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. At Emerson, Ms. Stansky chairs the Community Benefits Advisory Group and serves as vice-chair of the Quality Committee. She is a founder and board member of HOPEsudbury, a grassroots organization which provides 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 to be an Emerson corporator in January 2004.
James A. Street, PhD, MD
James Street, PhD, MD, of Carlisle is 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 Wellness Center for Mind & Body and the Emerson Hospital acupuncture program. He is also 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.
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.