HCWH United States Board of Directors

Aparna Bole is Sustainability Manager for University Hospitals Health System (UH), a pediatrician at UH Rainbow Babies & Children’s Hospital, and Assistant Professor of Pediatrics at Case Western Reserve University School of Medicine (CWRU).  In her dual role, she is especially interested in the intersection between sustainability and pediatric public health. UH is a $3.5 billion Northeast Ohio health system anchored by a 1032 bed medical center that is the primary teaching affiliate for CWRU, as well as eight wholly owned community hospitals, three joint venture hospitals, and twenty six major ambulatory centers.  Dr. Bole leads a system level sustainability program focused on reducing waste; increasing energy efficiency; purchasing healthier products and foods; and educating patients and staff, including about 25,000 employees and 5,000 affiliated physicians. She also is active in patient care and medical education, is an advocate for sustainability in public policy, and represents UH in regional initiatives focused on sustainable and inclusive economic development in Cleveland and NE Ohio. Dr. Bole serves on the Executive Committee of the American Academy of Pediatrics’ Council on Environmental Health.


Charlotte Brody joined BlueGreen Alliance as Director of Chemicals, Public Health and Green Chemistry in January 2010. Prior to joining the BlueGreen Alliance, she was the National Field Director for Safer Chemicals, Healthy Families, a nationwide effort to pass smart federal policies to protect us from toxic chemicals. A registered nurse, Charlotte previously served as the Director of Programs for Green For All, Executive Director of Commonweal, and a co-founder and Executive Director of Health Care Without Harm.


John Cleveland is currently President and a founder of the Innovation Network for Communities, a new national non-profit whose mission is to develop and spread scalable innovations that transform the performance of community systems. He has been working for over 30 years in human, social and natural capital formation strategies, sustainable development, green building design, organizational learning, socially responsible businesses, school reform, and economic development. He also serves as the part time Executive Director for the Boston Green Ribbon Commission, a high level CEO group in Boston that supports the implementation of the Boston Climate Action Plan.Between 1999 and 2006, John served as Vice President of IRN, Inc., a strategic planning and market intelligence firm located in Grand Rapids, Michigan. IRN provides strategic planning, market research, automotive forecasting and merger and acquisition due diligence for mid-sized manufacturing companies. Prior to joining IRN, he worked as a private consultant; as director of Continuous Improvement for Grand Rapids Community College; and as director of the State of Michigan’s industrial extension service. 


Kathy Gerwig is Vice President, Workplace Safety and Environmental Stewardship Officer for Kaiser Permanente, one of America’s leading health care providers and not-for-profit health plans serving almost nine million members. Kathy is responsible for developing, organizing and managing a nationwide environmental initiative for the organization. Under her leadership, Kaiser Permanente has become widely recognized as an environmental leader in the health care sector. Kathy has testified twice to Congress on the need for federal chemical policy reform, and she has appeared at numerous hearings on environmental and safety issues. Kathy is also Kaiser Permanente’s national leader for Workplace Safety, responsible for strengthening efforts to eliminate workplace injuries for the organization’s 164,000 employees and 15,000 physicians. She is on the boards of several leading non-governmental organizations focused on safety and environmental sustainability in health care.


Blair L. Sadler, Senior Fellow, Institute for Healthcare Improvement (IHI), is also a member of the faculty at the University of California, San Diego, Schools of Medicine and Management. Under his leadership as former President and CEO, Rady Children's Hospital in San Diego received the Ernest A. Codman Award for its work in developing clinical pathways. Mr. Sadler was a board member of the Center for Health Design, has been heavily involved in developing the business case for building better hospitals through evidence-based design, and was a founder of the Center's Pebble program that disseminates pioneering work on evidence-based design. He is a frequent speaker on the topics of building optimally safe hospitals through evidence-based design and the hospital trustee role in patient safety and quality. He is faculty for the IHI program on Effective Crisis Management, an active participant in the IHI Fellows Alumni Program, and lead author of the IHI white paper on evidence-based environmental design. He is co-author of the book Transforming the Healthcare Experience Through the Arts


Tory Dietel Hopps , Managing Partner, Dietel Partners manages portfolios for clients with both domestic and international interests. She works closely with the Dietel Partners team to define strategy, identify grantee and funding partners and provide assistance to grantees with their strategies, resource development and capacity building needs. Tory works closely with funding partners to help with field building in the areas of interest to her clients. She believes strongly in working towards better dynamics between the funding and grantseeking communities and takes a humanist approach to her work.Prior to joining Dietel Partners, Tory had a 25 year career in nonprofit resource development, management and governance with a particular focus in education and health and human services. She was trained by BoardSource as a nonprofit governance consultant and was a principle of Turning Point Consulting which focused on strategic planning and organizational capacity building in the nonprofit sector.


Sister Susan Vickers is the Vice President of Community Health for Dignity Health. She is responsible for directing and overseeing system-wide community benefit initiatives, corporate social responsibility and ecology programs. In conjunction with her community health work, Susan directs Dignity Health's shareholder initiatives. She collaborates with other members of the Interfaith Center on Corporate Responsibility (ICCR) to raise social responsibility issues with the management of companies in Dignity Health's investment portfolio. Susan took a leadership role in developing Dignity Health's system wide commitment to improved environmental performance and in the decision-making process which led Dignity Health to endorse the Ceres Principles for environmental protection and conservation. Susan currently serves as board member of Practice Greenhealth, Partners for the Common Good Loan Fund, Interfaith Center on Corporate Responsibility, and St. Mary Medical Center Foundation. Prior to joining Dignity Health, Susan served on the Leadership Team of the Sisters of Mercy — Regional Community of Burlingame, California. She has worked as pastoral minister/administrative assistant in assisted rental housing for elderly and handicapped persons and spent twenty years in teaching and administering elementary schools.