Henry Ford Health System Board of Directors
Wright L. Lassiter III
President & CEO
Henry Ford Health System
Wright L. Lassiter III is President and CEO of Henry Ford Health System, overseeing the $6.6 billion integrated health system comprised of five acute care hospitals, three behavioral health facilities, a health plan and a wide range of ambulatory, retail and other health services consisting of more than 250 locations across Michigan and 33,000 employees.
He led the Board and senior management through a comprehensive strategic planning effort to position Henry Ford for the future. Under his leadership, Henry Ford has completed two successful mergers, expanding its geographic footprint and generating an additional $1 billion in revenue.
Through his leadership, the System has inked major partnerships with the Detroit Pistons, General Motors, Syapse, Acadia Healthcare, Presbyterian Villages of Michigan, and Beckman Coulter, among others.
Lassiter has 30 years of experience working in large, complex health systems, including Dallas Methodist Health System and JPS Health Network in Fort Worth, Texas. Prior to joining Henry Ford, he was CEO of Alameda Health System in Oakland, California.
He was named “Michiganian of the Year” in 2020 by The Detroit News, and a 2020 “Top 10 Newsmakers” list by Crain’s Detroit Business. Other accolades include “100 Most Influential People in Healthcare” by Modern Healthcare; and “Top 25 Minority Healthcare Executives in U.S. Healthcare” by Modern Healthcare, among many others.
Lassiter is the 2021 chair-elect for the American Hospital Association (AHA) Board of Trustees and will assume the AHA chair role in 2022, becoming the top-elected official of the national organization representing America’s hospitals and health systems.
Lynn Ford Alandt
Lynn Ford Alandt is the president of the Benson and Edith Ford Fund and one of ten trustees of the Eleanor and Edsel Ford House and serves as its Chair.
Ford Alandt is the daughter of the late Edith and Benson Ford, and the great-grand daughter of Clara and Henry Ford. She is a member of the Henry Ford Heart and Vascular Institute Council of Advisors, the Henry Ford Health System Foundation Board and has served on the Henry Ford Health System Board since 1998.
In 2005, she and her husband Paul established The Paul and Lynn Alandt Catheterization & Electrophysiology Center, which was the first electromagnetic navigation suite in Michigan. Lynn and her brother Benson have paid tribute to their parents through significant gifts to the Heart and Vascular Institute, and to establish the Benson Ford Fund.
Ford Alandt has been affiliated with the boards of the College for Creative Studies, The Henry Ford and the Detroit Zoological Advisory Board. In 2012, the Alandts were awarded the Max M. Fisher Award for Outstanding Philanthropists.
Ford Alandt also serves on the Henry Ford Health System Foundation Board.
Stephanie W. Bergeron
President Emerita Walsh College
President and CEO, Bluepoint Partners LLC
Stephanie Bergeron served as president and CEO of Troy, Michigan-based Walsh College from January 2007 until her retirement in April 2017. She is an engaged board member, volunteer and is committed to community
Bergeron is a Vice Chair of Henry Ford Health System, chairs its finance committee and serves on its strategic planning and audit and compliance committees. She is a board member of Sun Communities Inc., a Michigan-based real estate investment trust (REIT), and chairs its audit and compliance committee. Bergeron is a past board chair of the Michigan Association of Certified Public Accountants. She currently volunteers at Arizona State University as an executive mentor to students in the full-time MBA program.
She is a Certified Public Accountant, and prior to her Walsh College presidency served 26 years in finance leadership roles at Goodyear Tire and Rubber Co, Chrysler Corporation and General Motors Corporation. In 2004 she founded Bluepoint Partners LLC, a consulting and financial and capital structure advisory firm, of which she remains president and CEO.
David J. Breen
Senior Executive & Board Director
For decades, David Breen has been an accomplished senior executive and trusted business advisor with diversified experience providing operational, financial and governance expertise to multi-billion-dollar corporations in automotive, industrial products and insurance industries.
Breen had a 42-year career with PricewaterhouseCoopers LLP(PwC) where, in addition to serving clients, he held many management roles at the regional, national and global levels. He was Market Managing Partner for the Michigan and Northwest Ohio practice, Operations Leader for the US Assurance Practice and North American Automotive Industry Leader, among other roles.
Breen is Chair of Henry Ford Health System, serves as a member and Chair of its Strategic Planning and Nominating and Governance Committees, and sits on its Audit and Compliance Committee.
Shari L. Burgess
Former Vice President and Treasurer
Before retiring from Lear Corporation, Shari Burgess led its global corporate financing activities, including capital structure, capital markets, commercial/investment banking and rating agency relationships, as well as global insurance, cash and risk management.
In Burgess’s almost 30 years with Lear, she was part of the leadership team that grew a private $1.4 billion North American seat assembly supplier into a public $20 billion global Fortune 200 Tier I automotive supplier.
Her positions at Lear and her prior experience as Audit Manager with Ernst & Young provided Burgess with a diverse professional background in treasury/investment banking, corporate finance and financial planning and analysis, mergers and acquisitions, investor relations, SEC reporting and accounting. Her leadership of critical corporate transactions demonstrated an in-depth understanding of business strategy, capital markets, stakeholder value creation and corporate governance. She participated in several acquisitions, both private and public, in multiple countries.
Burgess was appointed to the Health Alliance Plan Board in 2012 and as its Chair in 2016. She has served on the Henry Ford Health System Board since 2016.
Burgess serves on the Henry Ford Health System Compensation Committee and the Health Alliance Plan Audit and Compliance and Nominating and Governance Committees.
John F. Harris, J.D.
Harris Law Partners
John F. Harris, J.D., is a partner at Harris Law Partners in Detroit and an adjunct professor at Wayne State University’s Law School and Oakland University.
He retired after 30 years at Ford Motor Co. where he served in several leadership positions including CEO of Ford Global Technologies Licensing, Vice President of Legal Affairs for Ford of Europe and Middle East and Africa and Assistant General Counsel for Distribution, Purchasing & Corporate Transactions.
Harris, an excellent communicator and creative problem-solver with more than 30 years of legal experience in the U.S. and international markets, was at the forefront of designing and implementing a strategy to maximize the value of Ford’s global patent portfolio resulting in several new and transformative initiatives.
He served on the Board of Directors of the Detroit Urban League and Southeastern Michigan from 2014-2018, including as chairman.
Harris serves on Henry Ford Health System’s Audit and Compliance and Nominating and Governance Committees.
David M. Hempstead
David Hempstead concentrates his practice primarily in the areas of income, estate and gift tax planning for high net worth individuals, estate and trust administration, trust litigation, and charitable trusts and foundations.
He is a member of the Probate and Estate Planning and Taxation sections of the State Bar of Michigan, and a member of the Financial and Estate Planning Council of Detroit.
Hempstead is listed in The Best Lawyers in America 2021 (for more than 25 years) under Trusts and Estates and listed in Michigan Super Lawyers 2018 under Estate Planning & Probate. He was named a 2019 “Top Lawyer” for Trusts and Estates by DBusiness Magazine. He is AV Preeminent® Peer Review Rated by Martindale-Hubbell. Crain’s Detroit Business named him one of southeast Michigan’s “Most Powerful People” of 2010.
He serves as a board member for the Edsel & Eleanor Ford House, Detroit Institute of Arts, Henry Ford Health System, College for Creative Studies, Clarence Livingood Fund, and the Wayne Law School Board of Visitors, among others.
Hempstead serves on Henry Ford Health System’s Nominating and Governance and Strategic Planning Committees.
Patricia A. Maryland, Dr.PH
Board Director, President/CEO, Executive Vice President, COO, Regional CEO, Healthcare Thought Leader, and Health Systems Strategist
Patricia A. Maryland, Dr.PH, retired in 2019 as the Executive Vice President for St. Louis-based Ascension, the nation’s largest Catholic and nonprofit health system, and President and CEO of Ascension Healthcare.
She led the development of strategy for Ascension’s healthcare division, with more than $20 billion in operating revenue. Dr. Maryland was named Woman of the Year by the Healthcare Businesswomen’s Association in 2014. Modern Healthcare named Dr. Maryland as one of its Top 25 Women in Healthcare from 2015-2019, and one of its Top 25 Minority Executives and Top 100 Most Influential People in Healthcare in 2017 and 2018.
Dr. Maryland currently serves on the Board of Directors for Encompass Health Corp., Surgery Partners, Inc. and Healthcare Highways. She has more than 37 years of experience working in the healthcare sector, and is a skilled strategist in business transformation, operational performance and growth strategies. She has been a member of more than 25 boards in the nonprofit, private, joint venture and public sectors and has board committee experience on executive, audit, finance, strategy and quality committees.
Dr. Maryland serves on Henry Ford Health System’s Quality and Safety and Strategic Planning Committees.
Charles G. McClure, Jr.
Michigan Capital Advisors
Charles G. “Chip” McClure serves as Managing Partner of Michigan Capital Advisors and has more than 35 years of experience in the transportation industry. Prior to founding Michigan Capital Advisors, McClure served as Chairman of the Board, CEO and president of Meritor, Inc. from 2004-2013.
McClure previously served as CEO, president and member of the Board of Federal Mogul Corp. Before joining Federal Mogul, he served as president, CEO and a member of the Board of Detroit Diesel.
In 2007, McClure was named “Legend CEO” by Automation Alley—a business technology consortium in southeastern Michigan, and has been recognized as one of Northwood University’s six nationally known business leaders. In 2011, Crain’s Detroit Business ranked him as one of Detroit’s Most Powerful People and in 2015, as one of the Hundred Most Connected People in Southeastern Michigan.
He currently sits on the Boards of DTE Energy, Penske Corporation, 3D Systems and Crane Company. He is an Invest Detroit Board Member and sits on its Executive Committee. Additionally, McClure is a member of the Board of the Detroit Regional Partnership.
McClure is a Vice Chair of Henry Ford Health System, serves as a member and Chair of its Compensation Committee and sits on its Strategic Planning Committee.
Barry Graham (“BG”) Porter
Arsenal Capital Partners
Barry Graham (“BG”) Porter is an operating partner with Arsenal Capital Partners, a leading private equity firm that specializes in specialty industrials and healthcare, focused on growth businesses serving hospitals and health systems.
Porter additionally is CEO of Accumen, a performance improvement firm serving hospital and health system clinical laboratories and imaging facilities. He is a board member of Hopebridge, a provider of autism therapy for young children.
He previously was a managing director of Huron Consulting Group, a global professional services firm with expertise in strategy, technology and operations.
Porter was president and CEO of the Studer Group, an outcomes-based healthcare performance improvement firm serving hospitals and healthcare systems to achieve, sustain, and accelerate clinical, operational, and financial results. He led the company to a market leading position, recognition as a recipient of the Malcolm Baldrige National Quality Award and ultimate sale to Huron Consulting Group.
Porter serves on Henry Ford Health System’s Finance, Quality and Safety and Strategic Planning Committees.
Michael S. Rafferty
President and Chief Executive Officer
New Detroit, Inc.
Michael Rafferty joined New Detroit in May 2019, succeeding Shirley Stancato, who retired at the end of that year after leading the nonprofit for 18 years.
Previously, Rafferty spent three years at the Detroit Economic Growth Corporation (DEGC) where he led the DEGC's small business practice and grew the team to 25 people. The new small business and entrepreneurship economic development programs launched during his tenure supported the opening of more than 50 small businesses in Detroit and created a pipeline for another 150 businesses openings.
Prior to his role at the DEGC, Rafferty led the Michigan Nonprofit Association’s Metro Detroit office, focusing on policy and overall technical support for nonprofits in nine counties. He also worked in economic development in Wayne County from 2011-13, and in economic development in Brooklyn for more than three years.
Earlier in his career, he served as a program officer for Local Initiatives Support Corp. in Detroit and a policy analyst for former Detroit City Council member Sheila Cockrel.
Rafferty served on Henry Ford Health System’s Community Health Leadership Council and its Quality and Safety Committee.
Joseph J. Richardson, Jr.
President & CEO
AAA Auto Club Group
Joseph J. Richardson, Jr. is the President & CEO of AAA Auto Club Group, the second largest AAA club in the U.S. and the largest international club to include Quebec, Canada, Puerto Rico and the Virgin Islands with 10,000 dedicated employees and agents providing a broad portfolio of products and services to 14.4 million members, including roadside assistance, personal insurance, banking, life and travel.
Richardson has more than 35 years of Senior Executive experience in the personal lines insurance, banking, life, financial services and roadside assistance industries. His previous experience includes 30 years as a Senior Management Team Executive with Allstate Insurance, helping Allstate transform its business models in several key strategic areas.
Previously, he was a Senior Executive at Farmers Insurance, building its expansion from a West coast-based regional carrier to a national brand. In addition to countrywide oversight of the distribution and brand, he was instrumental in leading Farmer’s entry and growth in numerous Eastern United States markets and developed a new agency model transforming their business model.
Richardson serves on the Boards of Henry Ford Health System and Business Leaders of Michigan, and is a President’s Council member for the Department of Insurance and Financial Services in Michigan. In addition, he is a Director on the AAA National Board serving on the Executive and Finance Committees and he is currently the Chair of the Committee of Club Officials.
Richardson serves as a Trustee of Henry Ford Health System and he is currently the Chair of its Audit and Compliance Committee and a member of the Executive Committee.
Lawrence H. Schultz
Chairman, Great Lakes Industry, Inc.
Director, Henry Ford Health System
Lawrence Schultz has served as a Director of HFHS since 2016 and is a member of the HFHS Finance, Governance and Investment committees. He served previously as an Allegiance Health Trustee from 2005-2017 and was the Allegiance Board Chair from 2008-2014.
He has chaired many Allegiance Health Board committees, including the Executive, Compensation, Governance, Partnership Workgroup, and Health Improvement Organization (HIO), and served as a member of the Finance, Quality, Compliance, and System Integration committees.
Schultz co-led the Governance Excellence initiative that resulted in the adoption of best practice governance models and protocols at Allegiance Health. A passionate advocate for workplace and community health improvement, Schultz was named as the first chair of the HIO Committee of the Allegiance Health Board of Trustees in 2000.
As a longstanding leader in community and workplace health improvement, Schultz was a founding member and the first Chair of the Jackson Business Leaders for Health partnership between employers and the HIO.
He has been an entrepreneur, principal owner, and operator of Great Lakes Industry, Inc., a precision gear manufacturing company in Jackson, Michigan, since 1979.
Global Ford Customer Service Division
Frederiek Toney is president of Ford Customer Service Division and Corporate Officer at Ford Motor Co. Toney joined Ford in 2000 and has experience in managing and building strategy, start-ups, acquisitions, joint ventures, third-party client services, marketing and sales, dealer and customer relations and project management. He also has held leadership roles at Caterpillar and America Honda.
Toney has extensive board experience, including his current role as Chairman of the Board for The National Action Council for Minorities in Engineering (NACME) the largest provider of college scholarships for underrepresented minorities pursuing degrees at schools of engineering. He is also a board member for City Year-Detroit, Developments Centers of Detroit, and Percepta LLC.
He is the recipient of numerous awards, including the 2020 recipient of the Black Engineer of the Year Award (BEYA); 2019 Rainbow Push Coalition “Living Legends”; 2007 World Trade Magazine 50+1 decision makers in global logistics; 2012 and 2017 Black Enterprise list of 100 most powerful executives in Corporate America, among others.
Toney serves on Henry Ford Health System’s Finance and Quality and Safety Committees.
Bishop Edgar L. Vann II
Bishop Edgar Vann has been pastor of Second Ebenezer since 1976. Under his leadership, the church has grown to become one of Metro Detroit’s largest and most impactful faith institutions.
He also consults on an executive level to various federal, state and local officials and business leaders. Among his many accomplishments is his induction into the Board of Preachers at Morehouse College, Atlanta, Georgia.
Bishop Vann is founder and Chairman of the Vanguard Community Development Corporation which has developed over 65 million dollars in housing and commercial property in Detroit. He is also the CEO of EVM Enterprises, a personal development and consulting company.
Highly regarded in the global faith community, Bishop Vann has brought his message of hope and empowerment extensively throughout the United States, the Middle East, Africa, Canada, Mexico, the Caribbean and Eastern Europe. He is a mentor to faith leaders across the country.
Bishop Vann serves as a Vice Chair of Henry Ford Health System and as a member and Chair of its Community Health Leadership Council.
Kathleen L. Yaremchuk, MD
Chair, Department of Otolaryngology,
Head and Neck Surgery
Henry Ford Health System
Kathleen L. Yaremchuk, MD, is chair of the department of otolaryngology, head and neck surgery, at Henry Ford Health System. She is serving a two-year term as chair of Henry Ford Medical Group’s board of governors, the first female physician in its history to serve in this role. The board of governors serves as the executive body of the Henry Ford Hospital Medical Staff and governing body of the Henry Ford Medical Group, and oversees practices and policies related to patient care, quality, safety, research, ethics and appointments.
Dr. Yaremchuk is chair of the Henry Ford Health System Quality and Safety committee and is the first physician to serve in this role. She has served on the Physician Advisory Committee for the National Committee for Quality Assurance and on the National Quality Forum Task Force for Ambulatory Measures.
She contributes clinically in the Department of Otolaryngology-Head & Neck Surgery and the Henry Ford Sleep Disorders Center, where testing and treatment is offered, and research is conducted into the causes, treatment and effects of sleep disorders. She has contributed to many publications related to otolaryngology and sleep disorders.
Dr. Yaremchuk also serves on the Board of Directors for Greening of Detroit, a non-profit organization focused on enhancing the quality of life for Detroiters by planting trees, providing job training and involving our youth in the education of the natural environment.
Andrea L. Zopp
In her role as Managing Partner at Cleveland Avenue, a venture capital investment company in Chicago, Andrea Zopp helps to empower entrepreneurs and set the stage to advance more Black, Latinx, and women-owned businesses on the south and west side of Chicago to support more inclusive investments, economic development, and job creation.
In her previous position as President and CEO of World Business Chicago, she worked closely with the Chicago Consular Corps and multinational companies to attract foreign direct investment, company relocation and expansion.
Zopp has held executive leadership positions at several Fortune 500 companies, including Sara Lee, Sears Holdings and Exelon. She is a champion of job creation, access to education and corporate responsibility, and as President and CEO of the Chicago Urban League, she led initiatives focused on expanding economic opportunity in underserved communities and advocating for social justice.
She served as Deputy Mayor and Chief Neighborhood Development Officer for the city of Chicago and was the first woman and African American to serve as the First Assistant in the Cook County State’s Attorney’s Office.
Zopp serves on Henry Ford Health System’s Community Health Leadership Council and its Compensation and Nominating and Governance Committees.