Sutter Health values and nurtures effective leadership at all levels of our not-for-profit network. Our most senior leaders have a special responsibility to help our organization create a culture of accountability and high performance. They help us live up to our promise to partner with patients and each other to deliver high-quality, personalized care. Representing the diverse communities of Northern California, our Sutter Health board of directors oversees network operations and ensures we meet our mission to enhance the well-being of people in our communities through a commitment to compassion and excellence in health care services.
President and Chief Executive Officer
Patrick Fry joined Sutter Health in 1982 as an administrative resident at Sutter General Hospital in Sacramento. Over the years, he held increasingly responsible administrative positions at the affiliate and regional levels, with responsibilities covering the breadth of Sutter Health services.
After serving as regional president for Sutter Health affiliates in the Sacramento region, Mr. Fry became president of the organization’s eastern operations and later assumed leadership of the western division. In 2000, he became Sutter Health’s second-in-command, serving as chief operating officer and executive vice president. In 2005, Mr. Fry became president and CEO of the not-for-profit health care organization.
Mr. Fry is past chairman of the California Hospital Association board of directors and now serves on the American Hospital Association Governing Council and American Hospital Association Regional Policy board. In addition, he heads the board of directors of VHA Inc., a national network of more than 1,400 not-for-profit hospitals and 23,000 non-acute-care provider organizations that work together to improve clinical performance and efficiency.
Mr. Fry’s educational background includes a bachelor’s degree in public health administration from the University of California, Davis, and a master’s degree in health services administration from George Washington University in Washington, D.C. He is a member of the American College of Health Care Executives, the Medical Group Management Association and the Leadership Institute.
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Michael R. Gaulke
For 18 years, Michael Gaulke held senior management roles, including CEO, at Exponent Inc. He now serves as chairman of the board for the company, which specializes in engineering and scientific consulting.
Before joining Exponent, Mr. Gaulke served as the executive vice president and chief financial officer for Raynet Corp., a telecommunications company. Earlier in his career, he served as a senior executive at Spectra-Physics and as a consultant for McKinsey & Co.
Mr. Gaulke sits on the board of Cymer, a semiconductor equipment manufacturer. In 2008, Oregon State University inducted him into its Engineering Hall of Fame.
For 25 years, Mr. Gaulke has focused on advancing health care quality and access as a trusted adviser to Sutter-affiliated Palo Alto Medical Foundation. He also served as chairman of the board of directors for Sutter Health’s Peninsula Coastal Region.
Mr. Gaulke lives in Atherton.
Lisa Gevelber serves as vice president of marketing for the Americas region and the ads and commerce division of Google Inc. With 20 years’ experience in marketing, she is a leading expert in online and mobile consumer behavior.
Ms. Gevelber and her team at Google brought YouTube, Android, Chrome and Google Play to new countries and helped marketers all over the world reimagine storytelling in the digital age.
Earlier in her career, Ms. Gevelber served as vice president of marketing, sales and business development for the social commerce site Polyvore. She also worked as vice president of product management and general manager at Intuit.
A graduate of the University of Michigan, Ms. Gevelber began her career at Procter & Gamble. She lives in the Bay Area.
After serving on the Sutter Health West Bay Region board of directors, Peter Jacobi joined the Sutter Health board of directors in January 2011.
Applying his experience in international business from nearly 30 years with Levi Strauss & Co., Mr. Jacobi serves as a member of the board of directors for Crocs Inc., a casual-shoe manufacturer.
His leadership led him to serve on several not-for-profit boards, including the Levi Strauss Foundation, the Prince of Wales Business Leadership Forum, the Michigan School of Engineering, the President’s Advisory Board of San Jose State University, the New Hampton School board of trustees and the Marin Theatre Company.
A business and industrial management graduate of San Jose State University, Mr. Jacobi lives in Mill Valley.
An operating partner with Boston-based private equity firm Advent International, Rick Jelinek previously served 19 years as CEO of OptumHealth, part of the Minnesota-based UnitedHealth Group. Before taking his role at OptumHealth, Mr. Jelinek oversaw several divisions at UnitedHealth as CEO, including the company’s Medicare Advantage business, Secure Horizons; its Medicaid and children’s health insurance subsidiary, AmeriChoice; and its Emerging Businesses Group.
Mr. Jelinek serves on the boards of directors for the Minnesota Children’s Museum and for Connolly, a recovery auditing services firm serving the health care and retail markets. He also sits on the advisory board for the Griffith Leadership Center at the University of Michigan School of Public Health.
After receiving a bachelor’s degree in business administration from the University of Southern California, Mr. Jelinek earned a master’s degree in health services administration and an MBA from the University of Southern California. He grew up in California and lives in Minnesota.
John F. Koster, M.D.
John F. Koster, M.D., who joined the board in 2015, is the former CEO and president of Providence Health & Services based in Renton, Wash. He retired from a 16-year career with the not-for-profit Providence system, which operates hospitals and other health care services in Alaska, California, Montana, Oregon and Washington. He served for a decade as CEO and president and earlier as chief operating officer and chief medical officer for Providence.
Before joining Providence, Dr. Koster served as senior vice president of VHA Inc., a membership organization serving the health care industry. He also held senior leadership positions at Presbyterian Healthcare Services in Albuquerque, N.M., and at Blue Cross Blue Shield of Colorado, New Mexico and Nevada.
An internist, Dr. Koster has appeared frequently on Modern Healthcare magazine’s annual list of Most Influential Physician Executives.
Richard M. Levy, Ph.D.
Richard Levy served as chairman of the Sutter Health board of directors. He also served on the board for Sutter Health’s Peninsula Coastal Region.
Dr. Levy also is the nonexecutive chairman of the board and former CEO of Varian Medical Systems, a Silicon Valley-based company that provides high-energy radiation equipment, hardware and software for treating cancer, as well as X-ray tubes for diagnostic radiology.
Dr. Levy is chairman of the advisory board of the Markkula Center for Applied Ethics at Santa Clara University. He has served as a board member for United Way Silicon Valley since 2002, including chairing the board from 2008 to 2009. He is an active founding member of the advisory committee of the Dartmouth Institute for Health Policy and Clinical Practice. He also participates in summits for the Center for Corporate Innovation Inc., with a focus on improving the national health care system.
He has served as board chairman of the American Electronics Association and as board member of the Diagnostic Imaging and Therapy Systems Division of the National Electrical Manufacturers Association.
Dr. Levy holds a bachelor’s degree from Dartmouth College and a doctorate in nuclear chemistry from the University of California, Berkeley. He lives in Portola Valley.
Sharon L. McCollam
Sharon McCollam serves as executive vice president, chief administrative officer and chief financial officer for consumer electronics firm Best Buy Co. Inc.
Ms. McCollam has decades of experience as a senior leader in the retail industry. Before joining Best Buy, she served as executive vice president, chief operating officer and chief financial officer for home-goods retailer Williams-Sonoma Inc. She also held various finance-related executive positions at Dole Fresh Vegetables Inc., including chief financial officer, vice president and controller.
Ms. McCollam serves as a member of the board of directors for Art.com, an online specialty art retailer. She served on the boards of directors for Williams-Sonoma from 2010 to 2012 and for Del Monte Foods from 2007 to 2011.
She holds a bachelor’s degree in accounting from the University of Central Oklahoma and is licensed as a certified public accountant. She lives in Redwood City.
Todd Murray, attorney and owner of the Law Office of Todd A. Murray, has practiced law for more than 30 years in Northern California, specializing in business, civil litigation and estate planning.
Mr. Murray serves as a judge pro tem for the Sacramento and El Dorado County Superior Courts and as an administrative hearing officer for the Sacramento County Civil Service Commission.
An involved community member, Mr. Murray has been part of the Sutter Health family for nearly 30 years. He served as the last chairman of the Sutter Community Hospitals board and the first chairman of the Sutter Health Sacramento Sierra Region and Sutter Medical Foundation boards. For many years, he headed the medical affairs committee for Sutter Medical Center, Sacramento, and he continues as chairman of the medical center’s community benefits committee.
In addition, Mr. Murray has served as board member and president of the Ronald McDonald Camp at Eagle Lake, the Sacramento-area Special Olympics, the Active 20-30 Club of Sacramento and the Point West Rotary Club. He also serves on the board of Capital Public Radio in Sacramento.
Mr. Murray earned a bachelor’s degree in business administration from the University of Iowa and a juris doctor degree from the University of the Pacific, McGeorge School of Law.
David G. Nasaw
With more than 40 years of real estate investment experience, David Nasaw is co-founder of Metropolitan Real Estate Equity Management in New York and founder of Metropolitan Real Estate Advisors in San Francisco. The two firms manage more than $3 billion of equity in residential, commercial and industrial properties in the United States, Europe and Asia.
Mr. Nasaw graduated from Northwestern University and holds a master’s degree in business administration from the Kellogg School of Management. He lives in Ross.
Robert R. Peabody Jr., M.D.
Dr. Peabody is a board-certified ophthalmologist with more than two decades of medical experience. He earned an undergraduate degree from Stanford University and a medical degree from the George Washington University School of Medicine. He completed his internship at Santa Clara Valley Medical Center and residency at Texas Tech University.
Dr. Peabody practices within Medical Vision Technology Inc., an eye care group with offices in Davis, Roseville and Sacramento. In addition to seeing patients in his clinic, Dr. Peabody has served as the group’s president since 1989.
Dr. Peabody holds several leadership positions at various Sutter Health affiliates. He serves as a steering committee member and chairman of the Ophthalmology Department at Sutter Physician Alliance; on several Sutter Independent Physicians committees since 2003, including appointment to the board in 2006 and election as board chairman in 2009; and on the boards of Fort Sutter Surgery Center and Sutter Outpatient Services.
With extensive experience as a consultant, Dr. Peabody has advised on medical and legal cases, acted as an expert witness and provided patient examinations for workers’ compensation, malpractice and civil cases. He lives in the Sacramento area.
Michael A. Roosevelt
A member of the Sutter Health board from 1996 to 2006, Michael Roosevelt rejoined the board in 2009.
A Berkeley resident, Mr. Roosevelt served on the California Pacific Medical Center board of directors when the medical center’s then-parent organization, California Healthcare System, merged with Sutter Health in 1996. He was among the original members of the post-merger board and served as board chairman in 2006. In 2007, he led the Sutter Health governance assessment steering committee, which recommended a new regional governance structure for the organization.
A shareholder in San Francisco law firm Friedman, McCubbin, Spalding, Bilter, Roosevelt & Montgomery APC, Mr. Roosevelt is a Harvard University graduate. He his law degree at Columbia University.
Mr. Roosevelt has served as a board member and chairman of San Francisco Home Health Services and the Visiting Nurse Association of San Francisco.
A former director of the Berkeley Community Fund, Mr. Roosevelt participates in several professional associations. He serves on the board of directors of the Association for the Preservation of the Presidential Yacht Potomac.
Todd Smith, M.D., MBA
Todd Smith, M.D., serves as chairman of the Sutter Health board of directors. An orthopedic surgeon with Modesto-based Sutter Gould Medical Foundation, Dr. Smith specializes in surgery of the hand and upper extremities. He earned an undergraduate degree from the University of California, Berkeley, and a master’s degree in business administration from California State University, Hayward.
A native of Fresno, Dr. Smith graduated from Georgetown University School of Medicine in Washington, D.C., and completed his residency training at Vanderbilt University Medical Center in Nashville. He also completed a fellowship in hand and upper-extremity surgery at the University of Virginia.
Dr. Smith served on the board of directors for Sutter Health’s Central Valley Region.
Joan Smith-Maclean, M.D.
A family medicine physician and site director of the Davis track of the Sutter Health Family Medicine Residency Program, Dr. Smith-Maclean served on the Sutter Health Sacramento Sierra Region board of trustees from 2000 to 2011. She is a former chief of staff at Sutter Davis Hospital and has been a member of the medical executive committee since 1992.
A Davis native and longtime family medicine physician in Yolo County, Dr. Smith-Maclean helped establish Davis-based Sutter West Medical Group and served on its board of directors for many years. She helped found the Sutter Health Family Medicine Residency Program and is a clinical professor of family and community medicine at the University of California, Davis.
Dr. Smith-Maclean holds bachelor’s and master’s degrees from UC Davis and is a graduate of the College of Human Medicine at Michigan State University. She lives in Davis.
Barry L. Williams
Barry Williams is the retired managing general partner of Williams Pacific Ventures, a San Francisco-based venture investment and consulting firm. He previously worked at McKinsey & Co. and Bechtel Investments and served as CEO of the American Management Association.
A graduate of Harvard University, Mr. Williams has participated on the boards of several health care institutions, as well as several corporate boards. He lives in Oakland and Menlo Park.