NCHL Welcomes Three Extraordinary Executives to our Board of Directors

Thursday, January 26, 2023

Three well-respected executive leaders, equally committed to advancing evidenced-based healthcare leadership, join the Board of Directors at the National Center for Healthcare Leadership.


CHICAGO January 26, 2023, ­– The National Center for Healthcare Leadership (NCHL) is thrilled to share news about the addition of three new board members, Maxine Carrington, Farheen Dam, and Jeffrey Simms. All three individuals are recognized executive leaders who bring a breadth of experience that will contribute to the advancement of healthcare leadership. The current board of directors and the team at NCHL are incredibly pleased to have these talented individuals join the board and contribute to the growth and success of the organization.

I am thrilled to welcome these extraordinary leaders, each of whom brings the experience and expertise to assist us in advancing leadership and organizational excellence. In light of the leadership and workforce shortages that our industry continues to face, it is more important than ever to build diverse, inclusive, and collaborative relationships in the US and abroad as we work together to solve these significant challenges,” NCHL Board Chair, Jill Schwieters, said.

  • Maxine Carrington, JD, Senior Vice President and Chief People Officer, Northwell Health. Carrington comes to this role with vast experience, currently serving at New York’s largest health care provider private employer. Since joining Northwell in 2008, Carrington has served in progressively responsible leadership roles and has successfully driven team member engagement and development at every layer of the health system. “I am honored to join NCHL’s exceptional Board of Directors, working alongside others who are committed to positively impacting healthcare through supporting NCHL in advancing its incredible mission,” said Carrington.
  • Farheen Dam, North America Health Solutions Leader, Aon. Dam is responsible for leading the growth, strategy and execution of the Health and Benefits business and identifying trends and innovation in the market. Dam brings more than 25 years of experience in the industry. Dam is pleased to join the board at NCHL and says “NCHL’s emphasis on Health Care leadership, community and collaboration are critical in this ever-evolving Health Care landscape. I am honored to join the Board and support NCHL and their member’s mission.”
  • Jeffrey Simms, Assistant Professor and Director of Professional Development and Alumni Affairs, Department of Health Policy & Management at the UNC Gillings School of Global Public Health. He has been in his role with UNC Chapel Hill for 14 years and has also served as the Interim Associate Dean for Inclusive Excellence at Gillings. Simms also has held a senior leadership role with the NC Department of Health and Human Services as the Assistant Director of the NC Medicaid Program and Deputy Director of the NC Office of Rural Health for ten years. “Over the years, I’ve been involved with an academic program that has benefited tremendously from NCHL’s great work and the opportunity to serve on the board to assist the organization in continuing to be a major thought leader in the healthcare management and leadership space is important to me,” Simms shared about his appointment to the Board.

NCHL is pleased to have nationally recognized leaders continuing to serve on our board including, Jill Schwieters, Senior Managing Director, Surgical Directions; Jeanne Armentrout, Executive Vice President & CAO, Carilion Clinic; Bob Clarke, Chairman, Furst Group and NuBrick Partners; Richard “Chip” O. Davis, PhD, CEO, Rochester Regional Health; David Ertel, CFO, Vizient, Inc.; David Gillan, Chief of Client Retention and Strategy, Sodexo Healthcare; Carrie Harris-Muller, Senior Vice President and Chief Population Health Officer, OhioHealth; M. Michelle Hood, Executive Vice President & COO, American Hospital Association; Beverly Malone, PhD, President and CEO, National League for Nursing; Jessica Melton, President, Suburban Hospital, Johns Hopkins Medicine; and Barbara Ralston, Senior Consultant, Strategic Development, Dignity Health International.

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