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HAP Board Announces New Directors, Leadership

Michele M. Volpe, Penn Presbyterian Medical Center CEO, Named Board Chair

December 15, 2020

The Hospital and Healthsystem of Pennsylvania (HAP) is pleased to announce its board’s new class of directors and leadership.

Michele M. Volpe, FACHE, chief executive officer (CEO), Penn Presbyterian Medical Center, has been named the new chair of HAP’s Board of Directors. Volpe was unanimously voted Chair-elect on July 28, 2020; she will begin her term as chair on January 1, 2021. Volpe has been a member of the Board of Directors since 2016 and has served as its treasurer since 2019.

“Now, more than ever, our Board of Directors needs the steady hands of seasoned leaders to steer the hospital community through the COVID-19 crisis and into a post-pandemic world,” said Andy Carter, HAP president and CEO.

“I have every confidence that—with the leadership of Michele Volpe—this class of directors will bring the right mix of best practices, collaboration, and new ideas to help us evolve to meet the changing needs of our hospitals and health care workforce, and the patients they serve.”

Volpe will succeed Cornelio (Cor) Catena, FACHE, chief development officer, Commonwealth Health, as chair. Catena will continue his service to the board as its immediate past chair.

Carter also extended appreciation to the departing directors for their leadership and contributions to the board. “I specifically want to thank Cor for his leadership of the HAP board,” Carter continued. “Especially during this difficult time, we are grateful for Cor’s enthusiastic service and unwavering commitment.”

HAP is governed by a 28-member board that is comprised of health care leaders from across the commonwealth. The board works to set the association’s strategic direction and priorities relating to fostering a robust hospital community and promoting access to high-quality care across the commonwealth.

The full list of directors includes:


  • Chair—Michele M. Volpe, CEO, Penn Presbyterian Medical Center
  • Chair-elect—James Brexler, president and CEO, Doylestown Health
  • Treasurer—Kenneth DeFurio, president and CEO, Butler Health System
  • Secretary—Mark Sevco, president, UPMC Children’s Hospital of Pittsburgh 
  • Immediate Past Chair—Cornelio Catena, chief development officer, Commonwealth Health

Board Members Re-nominated for Second Term

  • Steve Fontaine, president and CEO, Penn Highlands Healthcare
  • Doug Hock, executive vice president and chief operating officer (COO), Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia
  • Phil Okala, COO, University of Pennsylvania Health System

Nominations for Initial Two-year Term

  • Richard Allen, CEO, Warren General Hospital
  • Shelly Buck, president, Riddle Hospital, Main Line Health
  • William Caldwell, CEO and market president, Conemaugh Health System
  • Steve Massini, CEO, Penn State Health
  • Bruce Meyer, MD, president, Jefferson Health
  • Mark Rubino, MD, president, Forbes Hospital, Allegheny Health Network
  • Brook Ward, president and CEO, Washington Health System
  • James Woodward, president and CEO, Trinity Health Mid-Atlantic


  • Paul Bacharach, trustee, Excela Health

Continuing Board Members for 2021

  • Beth Duffy, president and COO, Einstein Medical Center Montgomery
  • Joel Fagerstrom, executive vice president (EVP), COO, St. Luke’s University Health Network
  • Roxanna Gapstur, PhD, president and CEO, WellSpan Health
  • Edward Hartle, MD, EVP, CMO, Geisinger
  • William M. Jennings, president and CEO, Reading Hospital
  • Hugh Lavery, senior vice president, Government/External Affairs, Jefferson Health 
  • Tom Marchozzi, chief financial officer, Lehigh Valley Health Network
  • Stephen Wolfe, president and CEO, Indiana Regional Medical Center
  • Mike Young, CEO, Temple University Health System
  • Andy Carter, president and CEO, HAP (Ex-officio)

More information about the Board of Directors can be found at HAP’s website.

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