Board of Directors 2017-2018

Michael Corbo is a graduate of Villanova University. Mr. Corbo has worked at The Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia for the past 22 years, working in management roles for both the Departments of Anesthesia and Pediatrics. In his current role he serves as the Finance Officer for the Department of Pediatrics with responsibilities for Finance, Information Systems, Contracting, Malpractice and Billing.

Jill Ackerman started her career in hospital management at Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center in 1994 and has been the Administrative Manager of the Department of Pediatrics for 20 years.  Her responsibilities in this role include operational oversight of inpatient and ambulatory services, facilities management, and non-clinical support staff and project management.

Gail Cohen, has served in the role of Director, Finance & Administration for the Department of Pediatrics for the past 13 years at the University of Colorado.  During that time, Gail has seen the faculty within the Department triple in size, and they now have approximately 750 total faculty.  During her tenure, Gail has previously served on the AAAP Board of Directors twice; once as Communications Director (2008-2010) and once as Program Director (2009-2011).  

Amelia Randall received her bachelor’s degree from the Georgia Institute of Technology and recently received her MBA from Emory University. Ms. Randall has worked for the Department of Pediatrics at Emory University for the past 8 years, originally starting out as a basic science researcher. Her administrative career began in sponsored research administration, and she assumed her current role as the Assistant Clinical Administrator for the department in 2013. 

With over 10 years of experience in healthcare, Alex Chang has held various finance leadership roles in departments of pediatrics and university wide research administration. He has served as the Executive Director of Finance and Administration at Maimonides Children’s Hospital in Brooklyn since 2011. Alex develops strategic plans to expand clinical services, medical education, and community engagement. He also worked in the department of pediatrics at Columbia University Medical Center.

Michelle is Chief Business Development & Administrative Officer for UC San Diego Department of Pediatrics, one of the largest departments within the UCSD School of Medicine.  It is comprised of 18 Divisions with approximately 180 faculty, 50 academic appointees, 54 residents, 50 post-doctoral fellows (both MDs and PhDs) and more than 300 staff employees.  With over twenty years of healthcare administration experience, 

Jack Curran is an Administrative Director in the Department of Pediatrics at Children’s Mercy Kansas City. Jack is responsible for providing leadership for several key research programs – Clinical Pharmacology, Genome Center, Center for Health Lifestyles & Nutrition, Translational Genetics, Bioethics, and Health Outcomes Research. He also serves as a key liaison to the Children’s Research Institute with respect to Research Administration, Research Financial Management, the Internal Grants Program, and Institutional Biorepository. 

Bobby currently serves as the Senior Administrator for the Department of Pediatrics at Oklahoma University School of Medicine. The Department of Pediatrics at OU Children’s is comprised of over 200 faculty and 450 staff. As a member of the department’s leadership team, Bobby works with the Department Chair and hospital leadership in strategic and financial planning for the department. Prior to joining the Department of Pediatrics in 2013 he served as a Department Administrator for Urology and Dermatology. He has over 13 years of experience in academic medicine.

Shelisa joined the AAAP in 2013.  She currently serves as the Chief Administrator for the Department of Pediatrics at the Medical College of Wisconsin.  Shelisa is responsible for directing all business and operational components for a department with 18 clinical pediatric subspecialties, 244 faculty, 68 fellows, 70 residents, 96 advanced practice providers, 287 staff, and >600 grants and contracts.  She also partners with her chair, in conjunction with the Children’s Hospital of Wisconsin and Children’s Specialty Group leadership, to carry out strategic initiatives for the pediatric enterprise. 

For the past 12 years, Maria Ivanova has served in key leadership positions at New York University School of Medicine. Currently she is Administrator for the Department of Pediatrics, where she is responsible for providing leadership and overall administrative direction. In partnership with the Chair of the Department and clinical leaders, she develops and implements strategic goals, manages non-physician staff, and oversees the financial performance of the Department, including faculty group practice, and operating and research budgets. Maria previously served as Director of Clinical Affairs and Affiliation Administrator.