Board of Directors 2018-2019

Sandie Bolina is currently the Administrator/Chief Business Officer for the Department of Pediatrics at Vanderbilt University Medical Center & Monroe Carell Jr. Children’s Hospital at Vanderbilt. Prior to Vanderbilt, Sandie was at the Ann & Robert H. Lurie Children’s Hospital of Chicago and Feinberg School of Medicine (FSM) at Northwestern University for twenty years, where she served as the Department Administrator of Pediatrics for fifteen years.

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.

Liz McCarty is currently the Executive Director and Vice Chair for Administration for Pediatrics at Emory University, where she has been for 13 years. She partners closely with leadership at Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta in conducting the new joint venture of the Emory + Children’s Pediatric Institute. She served on the AAAP Board as Secretary from 2015-2017, and hosted the AAAP 2017 Annual Meeting in Atlanta.

desiree brown

Desiree Brown is the Administrator for the Department of Pediatrics at the University of South Florida Morsani College of Medicine.  She has served in this role for 6 years, and been with the Department of Pediatrics since 2010.  Prior to joining Pediatrics, she held various other roles at the university where she began her administrative career in Human Resources. Desiree received her master’s degree in Industrial/Organizational Psychology from Adelphi University, and her bachelor’s degree from the University of South Florida

 Mike Propst is the Director of Finance and Administration of the Department of Pediatrics at Stanford University. Mike has a BA in Film from UC Santa Cruz and an MBA from the Haas School of business at UC Berkeley. He has been in the Department of Pediatrics since 2004, mostly in clinical finance roles. Mike lives in San Francisco and enjoys traveling and bike riding in his free time.

Zhenming Tan is currently the Associate Administrator for Pediatrics at Indiana University School of Medicine overseeing the department’s academic operation. As a member of the department’s leadership team, Tan assists the Chair and the Vice Chair of Administration in strategic and financial planning of the department. 

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. 

Kristi Baker is the Administrator for Betty H. Cameron Women's & Children's Hospital in Wilmington, North Carolina.  In that role, Kristi provides senior level multi-departmental leadership in all aspects of planning, strategy and administration.

Susan Kline joined the Duke team in 2014 to serve as Vice Chair of Finance and Administration for the Department of Pediatrics in the School of Medicine and Chief Administrator for the pediatric practice plan within the Private Diagnostic Clinic, PLLC (Duke Health’s overarching practice plan).

With more than a decade of experience in academic medicine, Melody provides valuable insight into overall strategic direction and oversight of the operations of the Department of Pediatrics and the research business operations of Lurie Children’s Medical Center. She provides purposeful leadership and management over all aspects of the day-to-day administration of the department while championing Lurie Children’s values and priorities to enable the department and research enterprise to achieve its strategic, operational and financial goals. 


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