Sutter Health Board of Directors
Geraldine R. Brinton
Ms. Brinton is a former board chair of Sutter Health-affiliated California Pacific Medical Center in San Francisco.
Throughout her business career, Ms. Brinton has worked in management consulting and direct business management. In addition to health care, her current business interests are in property management and winery development.
After receiving a bachelor's degree in accounting from Duke University, Ms. Brinton earned a master's degree in business administration from Harvard Business School. She resides in the Sonoma area.
Ms. Brown, along with her husband Chip Brown, founded Hills Newspapers, Inc. At one time, they were responsible for the publication of 18 community newspapers and magazines in the East Bay, Monterey Peninsula and San Joaquin Valley areas.
Closely involved in her community, Ms. Brown is a former board chair for Sutter Health-affiliated Alta Bates Summit Medical Center in Oakland and Berkeley. She has served on the governing boards of numerous other civic, academic and corporate entities. She currently serves on the boards of the Oakland Public Library Foundation, Samuel Merritt University and Holy Names University. Ms. Brown attended Maryville College of the Sacred Heart in St. Louis and the San Francisco College for Women.
Gary L. Depolo
A native Californian, Mr. Depolo received his bachelor’s of science degree from the University of California, Los Angeles and is a certified public accountant. A former member of the board of trustees of Sutter Health-affiliated Alta Bates Summit Medical Center, Mr. Depolo has received the Distinguished, Outstanding, and Meritorious Award for service to Alta Bates Summit.
Mr. Depolo’s background includes a long and distinguished career with the Transamerica Corporation culminating in his role as executive vice president, responsible for finance, corporate staff and administrative functions. He joined Transamerica in 1963 as assistant treasurer after six years on the audit and tax staffs of Ernst & Ernst. He became Transamerica’s controller in 1968, was named vice president in 1971, senior vice president in 1977 and executive vice president in 1989. He retired from the corporation in 1991.
Mr. Depolo is a resident of Orinda.
President and Chief Executive Officer
Mr. 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—both at the local affiliate level and region level—with responsibilities covering the breadth of Sutter Health's services.
After serving as regional president for Sutter Health’s affiliates in the greater Sacramento region, Mr. Fry became president of the organization’s eastern operations. He later assumed leadership of Sutter Health’s Western Division and in 2000 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.
The California Hospitals Association elected Mr. Fry Board of Trustees chair for 2010. His 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 (ACHE), the Medical Group Management Association (MGMA) and the Leadership Institute.
Michael R. Gaulke
Mr. Gaulke is the president, CEO and executive chairman of Exponent, Inc. For the past 17 years, he has held senior management roles at Exponent Inc., which specializes in engineering and scientific consulting. Before joining Exponent, Mr. Gaulke served as the executive vice-president and chief financial officer for Raynet Corporation, a fiber-to-the-curb telecommunications company. His earlier roles include serving as a senior executive at Spectra-Physics and a consultant with McKinsey & Company. In 2008, Oregon State University inducted Mr. Gaulke into its Engineering Hall of Fame.
For 22 years, Mr. Gaulke has focused on advancing health care quality and access as a member of the Board of Trustees of the Sutter Health-affiliated Palo Alto Medical Foundation.
Mr. Gaulke and his wife live in Atherton.
Alexander Gonzalez, Ph.D., is president of California State University, Sacramento (CSUS).
Before joining CSUS, Dr. Gonzalez was president of California State University, San Marcos, and spent 18 years at California State University, Fresno, in the roles of professor, department chair and provost. He has served on President Bush’s Advisory Commission on Educational Excellence for Hispanic Americans and spent six years as a commissioner for the Western Association of Schools and Colleges. Dr. Gonzalez was chair of the governing board of the Hispanic Association of Colleges and Universities and is currently a member of the board of trustees at Pomona College and the Policy and Global Affairs Committee of the National Research Council.
Dr. Gonzalez holds a bachelor's degree in history from Pomona College and a doctorate and master's degree in psychology from the University of California, Santa Cruz.
Jim Gray has been associated with the Sutter Health network and its affiliates for more than 20 years. A former board member of Sutter Davis Hospital, he also served on the board of Sutter Health’s Sacramento Sierra Region, including a two-year term as chairman. In addition, Mr. Gray has served on numerous committees within Sutter Health and chaired the board of directors for two years.
Mr. Gray is a partner and broker with Cassidy Turley/ BT Commercial Real Estate. He also is founder and chairman of the board of Community Business Bank.
Holding a degree in housing and community development from the University of California, Davis, Mr. Gray is a certified commercial investment member of the Commercial and Investment Real Estate Institution of the National Association of Realtors. He is a former chair of the Yolo County Planning Commission, co-founder and chair of Davis Community Housing, and a founder and board member of Yolo Community Bank, which merged with North Valley Bancorp.
Mr. Gray and his family reside in Davis.
David H. Jeppson
With more than 40 years of experience in the health care industry, Mr. Jeppson has a deep understanding of the challenges facing today's hospitals and physician organizations.
Mr. Jeppson is retired from his role as executive vice president of Intermountain Health Care, a respected, Utah-based not-for-profit health care system. He is also the former CEO of two medical institutions: University of Colorado Medical Center and University of Washington Medical Center. Mr. Jeppson has also served as regent, governor and board chairman to the American College of Health Care Executives and board chairman to the Health Care Forum.
Author of numerous articles on the health care industry, Mr. Jeppson is a guest lecturer to U.S. universities and an international consultant to health care organizations in the Republic of South Africa, China, Egypt, Hong Kong, Taiwan and Western Europe.
Richard M. Levy, Ph.D.
Dr. Levy is secretary of the Sutter Health Board of Trustees and a board member of the Sutter Health Peninsula Coastal Region. He is also the non-executive chairman of the board and former CEO of Varian Medical Systems. This leading Silicon Valley-based company provides high-energy radiation equipment, hardware and software for treating cancer, as well as X-ray tubes for diagnostic radiology.
Dr. Levy has served as a board member of United Way Silicon Valley since 2002, including chairing the board from 2008 to 2009. He is co-chair of the Advisory Committee of the Dartmouth Institute for Health Policy and Clinical Practice and is an active participant in summits for CCI (Center for Corporate Innovation, Inc.), with a focus on improving the national health care system.
He has also served as board chair of the American Electronics Association and 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 resides in Portola Valley.
Todd Murray, attorney and owner of the Law Office of Todd A. Murray, has been practicing law for more than 30 years in Northern California, specializing in business, business litigation and estate planning. Mr. Murray serves as a judge pro tem for the Sacramento and El Dorado County Superior Courts and is 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. Among his many roles, Mr. Murray served as the last chairman of the Sutter Community Hospitals Board and the first Chairman of the new Sacramento Sierra Region and Sutter Medical Foundation Boards. For many years, he also chaired the Medical Affairs Committee for Sutter Medical Center, Sacramento.
In addition, Mr. Murray has served as a 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.
Mr. Murray received his bachelor’s degree in business administration from the University of Iowa and graduated from the University of the Pacific, McGeorge School of Law.
A longtime resident of Marin County, Mr. Pansini is president and chief executive officer of Savoy Corporation, a San Francisco-based firm that owns and manages commercial real estate in Northern California. He was formerly president and chief executive officer for Jandy Industries, Inc., based in Marin County.
Mr. Pansini is also a former board chair and board member of three groups: the Novato Community Hospital Board of Directors, Marin Community Health and Sutter Marin. Mr. Pansini has served on advisory and governing boards for multiple Northern California companies and community organizations. He attended College of Marin and the University of San Francisco. Mr. Pansini chairs the Sutter Health Board.
Michael A. Roosevelt
Formerly a member of the Sutter Health board from 1996 to 2006, Mr. Roosevelt rejoined our board in 2009. A Berkeley resident, Mr. Roosevelt served on the California Pacific Medical Center Board of Directors when CPMC’s then-parent organization—California Healthcare System—merged with Sutter Health in 1996. Mr. Roosevelt was among the original members of the post-merger board and served as board chair 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 the San Francisco law firm of Friedman, McCubbin, Spalding, Bilter, Roosevelt, Montgomery & Hastings, APC, Mr. Roosevelt is a Harvard University graduate who earned his law degree at Columbia University. Mr. Roosevelt has served as both a board member and chairman for San Francisco Home Health Services and the Visiting Nurses Association of San Francisco. A former director of the Berkeley Community Fund, Mr. Roosevelt remains active in several professional associations. He currently serves on the board of directors of the Berkeley Community Fund and the Association for the Preservation of the Presidential Yacht Potomac.
Todd Smith, M.D., MBA
Dr. Smith, an orthopedic surgeon with Modesto-based Sutter Gould Medical Foundation, specializes in surgery of the hand and upper extremities. A native of Fresno, Dr. Smith earned an undergraduate degree from University of California, Berkeley and a master’s degree in business administration from California State University, Hayward. He graduated from the 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 currently serves on the Board of Directors for the Sutter Health Central Valley Region.
Elizabeth Vilardo, M.D.
Dr. Vilardo, an internist with the Palo Alto Foundation Medical Group (formerly Camino Medical Group) received her doctorate of medicine from the University of California, San Francisco, and a master’s in business administration from Pepperdine University. Her thesis project was a strategic analysis and plan for the affiliation of Camino Medical Group and the not-for-profit Palo Alto Medical Foundation.
Active in the community, Dr. Vilardo currently serves on the Palo Alto Medical Foundation board of directors. Previously, she served for 14 years as a member of the Camino Medical Group board of directors—chairing the board for seven years. Dr. Vilardo was also a board member for the Sunnyvale Medical Clinic (which became Camino Medical Group), chief of medicine at El Camino Hospital and chief of medicine at Camino Medical Group.
For four years in a row, Dr. Vilardo was named a “Top Doc” by San Francisco Magazine and has been featured in Bay Area Check Book. In 1994, she won a TWIN award (Tribute to Women in Industry), and in 2002, she was nominated for a “Women of Achievement” award.