Board of Directors

In addition to its governance and fiduciary roles, the Board serves as the final selecting body for all project funding. Its members share a passion for making health care work better. They represent a wide range of internal and external expertise, competencies, and perspectives. The Board plays a critical role in helping us understand, think strategically, and prioritize innovative solutions to critical health care issues.

Dotty Beckwith

Dorothy Beckwith

Co-Founder, The Beckwith Institute

Nicholas Beckwith

G. Nicholas Beckwith III

Chairman, UPMC Board of Directors
Co-Founder, The Beckwith Institute

All Board Members

Timothy Billiar, MD
Chair, Department of Surgery
University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine

Derek Angus, MD
Executive Vice President and Chief Innovation Officer UPMC

Bruce Bowden
Partner, Leech Tishman

Deborah Brodine
President, UPMC Community Provider Services

Louise Brown
Executive Director, Shadyside Hospital Foundation

Jeanne Cunicelli
Executive Vice President, UPMC Enterprises

Leslie C. Davis
Senior Vice President, UPMC
Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer
UPMC Health Services Division

Jackie Dunbar-Jacob
Dean, University of Pittsburgh School of Nursing

Robert Edwards, MD
Chairman, Department of Ob/Gyn/Reproductive Sciences
Magee-Womens Hospital of UPMC
Director, Transformational Medicine UPMC

Toren Finkel, MD/PhD
Director, Aging Institute, Professor of Cardiology
G. Nicholas Beckwith III and Dorothy B. Beckwith
Chair in Translational Medicine

Mark Gladwin, MD
Chair, Department of Medicine
Director, Vascular Medicine Institute
University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine
Co-Director/Research, UPMC Heart and Vascular Institute

Steven Handler, MD
Director, Geriatric Telemedicine Programs
Chief Medical Informatics Officer, UPMC Senior Communities

Talbot Heppenstall
Executive Vice President and Treasurer, UPMC
President, UPMC Enterprises

Dawndra Jones
Vice President, Patient Care Services and Chief Nursing Officer
UPMC McKeesport

Ed Karlovich
Chief Financial Officer
UPMC Health Services Division

Mark Laskow
Managing Director
Greycourt & Co., Inc.

Joon Sup Lee, MD
Chief, Division of Cardiology
University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine
Co-Director, UPMC Heart and Vascular Institute

Louis Leff, MD, FACP
Medical Director, eRecord
UPMC Shadyside

Holly Lorenz
Chief Nurse Executive, UPMC

Oscar Marroquin, MD
Chief Clinical Analytics Officer
UPMC Health Services Division

Ed McCallister
Senior Vice President & Chief Information Officer
UPMC Information Services Division

Bartley P. Griffith, Jr. 
Shady Side Academy

Stephen Perkins, MD
Chief Medical Officer, Commercial and Medicare Services
UPMC Health Plan

Sandra L. Rader
Vice President, Patient Care Services Administration and Chief Nursing Officer UPMC Presbyterian & Shadyside

Mark Roberts, MD
Co-Director, Center for Research on Healthcare
Chair, Department of Health Policy and Management
University of Pittsburgh Graduate School of Public Health

Fred Rubin, MD
Chairman, Department of Medicine
UPMC Shadyside

James M. Schuster, MD
Chief Medical Officer, Behavioral Health and Medicaid Services
Vice President, Behavioral Health Integration
Chief Medical Officer, Community Care Behavioral Health
UPMC Insurance Services Division

Steven D. Shapiro, MD
Executive Vice President and Chief Medical and Scientific Officer, UPMC
President, UPMC Health Services Division

Graham Snyder, MD
Associate Professor of Medicine
Medical Director – Infection Prevention
UPMC Health System

John P. Surma
Retired Chairman and Chief Executive Officer
United States Steel Corporation

Jessica Trybus
Entrepreneur at X, The Moonshot Factory (formerly Google[x])

Gail Wolf
Professor, University of Pittsburgh School of Nursing (Retired)
Former Chief Nursing Officer, UPMC

V. Thomas Worrall, MD
Orthopaedic Surgeon, UPMC (Retired)
Former Medical Director, Wolff Center at UPMC (Retired)

Donald M. Yealy, MD
Chief Medical Officer and Senior Vice President,
Health Services Division, UPMC

Student Board

The Beckwith Institute welcomes the opportunity to inspire and encourage the next generation of health care leaders through our Student Board.  Each year, The Beckwith Institute appoints two high school students as non-voting members of the Board, offering them the opportunity to learn about options in the health care field while working on projects alongside our staff.

Nora Navid

Nora Navid

Senior, Shady Side Academy

Nora Navid is a rising junior at Shady Side Academy and a Pittsburgh native. Her interest in health care stems from her work as a National Geographic volunteer in Costa Rica and from her witnessing the dedicated work of medical employees in her family. In the upcoming school year, she will be enrolled in Advanced Bio and a Science Research Seminar. As a member of the Pre-Med Club, she is currently organizing a group study of human circulation that includes dissecting pig hearts and practicing endovascular surgery with a simulator device. As a violinist in the Pittsburgh Youth Symphony Orchestra and the Oberlin Credo Symphony Orchestra, Nora has explored the mental and emotional benefits of music therapy in elderly and at-risk patients.


Karen Linares Mendoza

Junior, Shady Side Academy

Karen is a rising junior at Shady Side Academy whose passion in medicine derives from the value of person to person attention and interaction. In school she is involved in the Service Learning Club which has allowed her to participate in several volunteer opportunities to help others while creating a firsthand relationship with the people as well. Most recently, she organized and sewed masks that were donated in light of the mask-shortage during the pandemic. Additionally, last winter Karen researched and produced an experiment that would challenge the question: How mental is physical pain? Her results provided many points of discussion that she hopes to continue to analyze as a leader of the Pre-Med Club in the following years.
Karen enjoys running in Cross Country and Track, and is also a member of the Jazz Band at Shady Side Academy.

UPMC Executive Support

Executive support is provided by UPMC to ensure that the vision and mission of The Beckwith Institute is executed. These individuals work closely with all UPMC leaders to identify innovation opportunities, solicit proposals, and provide grantees with essential support and monitoring to ensure timely progress and successful completion of projects.


Tami Minnier

Executive Director, The Beckwith Institute
Chief Quality Officer, UPMC

Amy Ranier

Amy K. Ranier

Director, The Beckwith Institute
Senior Director, Patient Experience
Wolff Center at UPMC


Cassandra M. Heinle

Project Manager, The Beckwith Institute
Wolff Center at UPMC

Susan Martin

Susan C. Martin

Senior Director, Clinical Improvement/Patient Safety Department
Wolff Center at UPMC


Jerry Shaffer

CFO, Community Provider Services


Danette Hoffer

Director, Finance
Community Provider Services


Maria Greaves

Financial Analyst Senior
Community Provider Services