Leadership

WHCM is an all-volunteer organization dedicated to the advancement of women in healthcare careers.

Meet your WHCM team! We are a dynamic group coming from diverse backgrounds and industries, and yet we can all agree on a few basic ideals. Women are awesome. Through networking and education, women can flourish. And by engaging and empowering professional women economically, we can activate a community of current and future leaders who have the power to change the world. We hope you’ll join us on this exhilarating journey.

Officers

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Want to volunteer your time and talents on one of our committees?

Jennifer PendletonJen Pendletonchairwoman

Jennifer Pendleton

Healthcare Administrator with financial, operational and practice management experience working within the health care industry. Experience in workflow development, proficiencies in leadership and communication.

“I enjoy being in charge of the membership satisfaction portion of WHCM for several reasons, primarily understanding
what our members are looking for in their positions within healthcare leadership”

My role as Chapter President for the National Association of Professional Women includes responsibility for event coordination, coaching and mentorship for women at all stages of their careers.

Debbie ZirmanDebbie Zirmanco-chairwoman

Debbie Zirman

Debbie Zirman leads population health management programs and performance improvement initiatives that drive organization success with value-based payment programs, HEDIS and Stars metrics, hospital operations and the delivery of patient care.

She is passionate about bridging connections, networking, and developing close partnerships to achieve mutual goals so has greatly enjoyed helping to coordinate events and build relationships within WHCM.  Debbie is very excited about her new role serving members and contributing to the organization’s success.

Linda GreenLinda Greentreasurer

Linda Green

Linda Green is an independent health care consultant based in Newton, Massachusetts. Linda’s current projects include supporting a state level policy health care reform policy process; development of managed care procurements; and increasing use of all payer claims data sets. Linda was previously the Director of Health Data at the Massachusetts Division of Health Care Finance and Policy and the Director of Managed Care Reimbursement for the MassHealth program.

Linda holds a master’s degree in public administration from New York University.

Rachel LabasRachel Labaspast chairwoman/
webmaster

Rachel Labas

Rachel is Media and Public Relations Supervisor at Signature Healthcare – which includes Brockton Hospital as well as Signature Medical Group – 150 physicians and other direct care providers and 2,000 employees operating from eleven locations in Southeastern Massachusetts. In her role, Rachel manages internal and external web content as well as handling writing needs and media interactions for the organization.

Prior to Signature Healthcare, Rachel worked at Lois Paul and Partners, a Boston-based public relations firm, where she assisted in the management of life-sciences and high-tech clients.

Rachel holds a Bachelor’s degree in Communications from Boston University and a Master’s Degree in Healthcare Administration from Suffolk University.

WHCM’s success as an all-volunteer professional organization is attributable to high levels of member engagement. Serving on a committee is a great way for members to gain leadership experience and develop new skills.

Steering Committee Members

Nancy FeeneyNancy Feeneyco-chair
events

Nancy Feeney

Over 25 years in the health care.  Hoping to help influence quality initiatives our health care environment.

Lives in Arlington, Ma.  Can be found at the dog park evenings and weekends with Mia.

profile iconMegan O’Halloranco-chair
events

Kathy KeoughKathy Keoughspring forum
committee

Kathy Keough

Kathy Keough is Director of Government Relations for Atrius Health, where she is responsible for state and federal legislative and regulatory issues. Ms. Keough has over 30 years of experience in the health care industry, specifically in the areas of health care policy and related regulatory issues. She has held a variety of public policy positions in the private sector as well as the public sector, having worked at the Massachusetts Department of Public Health where she held a variety of policy positions. Ms. Keough serves as a member of the American Medical Group Association (AMGA) Government Affairs Leadership Council, the Public Policy Council for the Visiting Nurse Association of America (VNAA) as well as the Massachusetts Women’s Political Caucus Political Action Committee.

Ms. Keough was awarded the Outstanding Public Policy Advocate of the Year by the Visiting Nurse Association of American during its annual meeting in New Orleans in March of 2015 and previously was the recipient of the “Pharmacist of the Year Award” by Massachusetts Pharmacists Association for her work in passing historic legislation affecting the practice of pharmacy in the state, the first non-pharmacist to receive this prestigious award. A graduate of Suffolk University, where she received a Bachelor’s Degree in Journalism, Ms. Keough received her Master’s Degree from the McCormick Institute of Public Policy from the University of Massachusetts in Boston. Ms. Keough is also involved with a number of charitable organizations in the state and is a board member of the Massachusetts Women’s Political Caucus Political Action Committee.

Claudine SwartzClaudine Swartzspring forum
committee

Claudine Swartz

Claudine’s journey into the healthcare arena began in California as a consumer facing an all too familiar problem – the inability to access health insurance. Throwing herself into the complicated policy discussion on health reform, she testified for coverage without pre-existing condition limitations. In Washington, DC she continued this focus, developing proposals included in the Affordable Care Act and an expertise in Medicaid and Medicare financing. Post Affordable Care Act passage, Claudine has immersed herself in the intricacies of healthcare operations — helping healthcare leaders define regulatory impacts and develop response strategies.

As founder & principal of Strategic Policy Solutions, LLC., Claudine collaborates with healthcare clients in evaluating market opportunities and creating business development strategies with a keen eye toward the regulatory landscape. Claudine is passionate about helping healthcare innovators tap into the Medicaid and Medicare markets. She holds a Masters in Public Policy from the University of California, Berkeley.

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Stephanie Therrienfall forum
committee

Shereen DunkleyShereen Dunkleynetworking events
committee

Shereen Dunkley

Hello, my name is Shereen Dunkley, I lived in Philadelphia for over 10 years and currently reside in Boston. I am also a career changer who recently graduated from college with a Bachelor of Science with a concentration in Healthcare. My experience has been in hospitality where I specialized in Food & Beverage for over 10 years. I have a lot of transferable skills from hospitality that can be applied to a career in healthcare.

With my experience and recent accomplishments, I am seeking a career that I am excited about where I can make helpful contributions. I joined WHCM to learned from accomplished women. Also, to find my personal career fit, and to help newcomers find their place in healthcare.

When I do have time, I enjoy photography, cooking, and watching classic movies from the 1920’s.

profile iconSheryl Selbynetworking events
committee

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Sheryl has worked on practice set-up, has managed practices, and has helped existing practices implement new processes and improve existing ones to enable them to adapt to our constantly changing and challenging health care environment while continuing to provide quality patient care.

She has also worked in insurance administration, publishing, and as a real estate broker. Sheryl is a Boston native and a graduate of the Ross School of Business Administration at the University of Michigan from which she earned an MBA.

She is a member of Toastmasters and current president of her club. She enjoys singing in a chorus, reading and watching movies, and yoga.

profile iconCelene Wongnetworking events
committee

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Celene Wong is the Project Manager for the Center for Patients and Families at Brigham and Women’s Hospital. In her role, she supports the Executive Director for the Center for Patients and Families, creating and implementing service line and departmental patient and family advisory councils and patient engagement in research. She organizes and sustains the patient family advisory councils by working with the chair and/or co-chair: of each advisory council preparing the council meetings, providing guidance to the councils, and their advisors on the projects they are working on. Celene is deeply committed to patient family-centered care and believes in bringing the patient’s and families’ “lived experience” to promote communication and patient and family engagement among hospital staff and researchers.

Celene graduated from Simmons College with a Masters in Health Care Administration. In her free time she enjoys traveling, baking and exercising. She recently welcomed her first child this past Summer. Celene is interested in the networking events committee as it will allow her the chance to meet new people and learn more about potential healthcare opportunities.

Kimberly SmallKimberly Smallchair
membership

Kimberly Small

Kimberly is a personal financial planner who is dedicated to helping people establish a solid financial foundation, minimize risk, and position themselves for prosperity. Compassionate and caring, she enjoys helping people work through their financial questions, solve problems and contribute to their financial success.

Through Klarity Financial™, Kimberly has been able to combine her leadership and financial planning skills to help other women develop into better leaders, achieve financial success and become more successful in their own right, no matter how they define success.

With over 20 years of experience, Kimberly has a deep technical knowledge of comprehensive financial planning and how to apply various strategies to help clients achieve their goals. The common thread throughout her life has been developing strong, working relationships with people. Starting at an early age, she was exposed to hard work and ethics as the child of a military father and a mother who was an executive of an international construction company. Constantly moving and meeting new people became the norm, and she developed a genuine interest in understanding other people's needs,
adapting to new situations, and being part of a community where listening and caring were at the forefront. She is an avid golfer and Crossfit enthusiast.

Jennifer PendletonJen Pendletonmembership satisfaction
committee

Jennifer Pendleton

Healthcare Administrator with financial, operational and practice management experience working within the health care industry. Experience in workflow development, proficiencies in leadership and communication.

“I enjoy being in charge of the membership satisfaction portion of WHCM for several reasons, primarily understanding
what our members are looking for in their positions within healthcare leadership”

My role as Chapter President for the National Association of Professional Women includes responsibility for event coordination, coaching and mentorship for women at all stages of their careers.

Rita CramerRita Cramerjobs
committee

Rita Cramer

Rita Cramer’s career-long interest in healthcare has led her down many roads. She is currently a Senior Project Manager at Fresenius, where she works on applications that both improve quality measurements for kidney dialysis patients, and also enable clinicians to spend more time with patients. In the past, she has focused on HIE/ACO/Integrated Care, health care benefits and health care finance as a project manager, consultant, and banker.

Tanya ZucconiTanya Zucconimembership
coordinator

Tanya Zucconi

Tanya Zucconi brings 20+ years healthcare experience from the provider, vendor, and research views, most recently in the population health space. Prior to her healthcare work, Zucconi spent seven years at Harvard in data management and data archiving, focusing on longitudinal, qualitative research, and CRM.  Her professional interests include integrating strategy, infrastructure and technology along a continuous improvement and change management path, and personally she is an avid Red Sox fan and gardener.  Tanya looks to WHCM to provide networking, an opportunity to identify organizational bench-strength, and an opportunity to learn from and with other women in healthcare management.

Whitney GriesbachWhitney Griesbachmembership
coordinator

Whitney Griesbach

Whitney is currently a Practice Manager at Healthcare Associates, Primary Care at BIDMC and is passionate about the patient, provider, and staff experience. She is a Candidate for a Master’s of Healthcare Administration from Southern New Hampshire University.

Jocelyn ReavesJocelyn Reavesmembership
coordinator

Jocelyn Reaves

Jocelyn holds a Bachelor’s in Biological Sciences and a Master’s Degree in Public Health (with a concentration in Health Policy and Management) from Boston University School of Public Health. Her previous work across the health sector has included pharmaceutical and medical device consulting, and program management for population health programs for a large MSO in the Boston area. She is passionate about the nuances and opportunities that exist in healthcare and even more
passionate about bringing people together to incite change in the field. Jocelyn joined the WHCM membership committee in part to make meaningful connections and facilitate meaning for others.

Jayne WhiteJayne Whitemembership
coordinator

Jayne White

Jayne Deane-White is a product management professional with over 15 years of experience with commercial payers in New York state. Jayne also has experience in driving innovations in health care product delivery as well as in analytic and business development roles. Jayne is particularly interested in gaining experience with MassHealth’s new reform agenda – Accountable Care Organizations, and is exploring opportunities with several organizations.

Jayne holds a Bachelor of Arts from Bowdoin College and a Master of Science in Health Policy and Management from the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health. She raised three children and recently became a first-time grandparent. Jayne recently moved back to the Boston area and now lives in Norwell, MA. She is happy to return to her roots and is looking forward to making new connections – particularly through being on the Membership Committee of Women in Health Care Management.