Our Leadership

Executive Team

John M. Haupert, FACHE - Chief Executive Officer

John Haupert joined Grady in 2011. John is a board-certified Fellow in the American College of Healthcare Executives and recipient of the ACHE Regent’s Leadership Award. Nationally, John serves on the Board of Trustees of the American Hospital Association and Chairs the AHA Committee on Health Strategy and Innovation. He is a former Chair of the Board of Directors of America’s Essential Hospitals. John is the 2019 chair of the Georgia Hospital Association Board of Directors. Haupert is a graduate of Trinity University in San Antonio, where he earned a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration and a Master of Science Degree in Health Care Administration.

Joselyn Butler Baker - President, Grady Health Foundation

Joselyn Butler Baker was named president of the Grady Health Foundation in 2018. She brought with her more than 25 years of experience as a strategist, communicator, and fundraiser for a number of Georgia’s leading organizations and individuals, including the Georgia Chamber of Commerce, MARTA, U.S. Senator Johnny Isakson, and former governor Roy Barnes.
Baker attended Oglethorpe University, for which she now serves on the Board of Trustees

Kelley Carroll, MD - Chief of Ambulatory Medicine

Dr. Kelley Carroll joined Grady in 2017, after serving as Assistant Chief of Staff for Ambulatory Care at Harris Health System in Houston, Texas. Carroll directly oversees all aspects of ambulatory operations, including Grady’s six neighborhood health centers, primary clinics, specialty care clinics, and the Ponce De Leon HIV/AIDS Center. Carroll is a 2002 graduate of George Washington University School of Medicine and Health Sciences. She completed her residency in family medicine at the University of Texas McGovern Medical School in Houston.

Lindsay Caulfield - Chief Marketing & Experience Officer

Lindsay Caulfield joined Grady 2012, recruited from global public relations agency Cohn & Wolfe, where she served as executive vice president. Over her career, she developed and led fully integrated marketing communications programs, public relations initiatives, and strategic planning for Fortune 500 companies, as well as several Atlanta area brands. She has counseled CEOs and worked with corporate communications and marketing teams. Caulfield received a Master of Science in Health Communication from Tufts University School of Medicine and a Bachelor of Science in English Literature from Northeastern University.

Jacqueline Herd - Chief Nursing Officer

Jacqueline Herd joined Grady in 2016. Her experience as a nurse executive includes serving as chief nursing officer at Columbus Regional Health’s Midtown Medical Center, Atlanta Medical Center, and two California health systems. Herd earned her B.S. in Health Science and M.S. in Nursing from California State University-Dominguez Hills, and a doctorate in Nursing Practice from Walden University in Baltimore, Maryland.

Matthew Hicks - Chief Policy Officer

Matthew Hicks came to Grady in 2011. Prior to joining the health system, Matthew served as Associate Legislative Director for the Association County Commissioners of Georgia (ACCG). He is responsible for managing the vital relationships between Grady and its government partners. Hicks earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in Psychology from Emory University.

Robert Jansen, MD - Chief Medical Officer/ Chief of Staff

Robert Jansen joined Grady in 2015. Before coming to the health system, he was President of WellStar Medical Group and Executive Vice President/Chief Administrative Medical Officer of WellStar Health System. Dr. Jansen holds a Doctor of Medicine Degree from Emory University School of Medicine and a Master of Business Administration Degree from Kennesaw State University. He completed his internship and residency in internal medicine at Barnes Hospital, Washington University. After a year of research at the National Institutes of Health, he returned to Washington University and completed a fellowship in nephrology.

Timothy Jefferson, Esq. - Chief Legal Officer

Timothy Jefferson joined Grady in 1998 as the health system’s general counsel. In addition to his general counsel role, Timothy has served Grady as chief operating officer from 2001 to 2003 and interim president and CEO in 2007. Jefferson holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Political Science and a Juris Doctorate from Columbia University Law School. He is a graduate of Leadership Atlanta and a member of the American College of Healthcare Executives, the National Association of Health Services Executives, and the American Health Lawyers Association.

Ben McKeeby - Chief Information Officer

Ben McKeeby joined Grady in 2010 and was named Chief Information Officer in 2014. Before coming to Grady, Ben was a healthcare technology consultant at PricewaterhouseCoopers, where he assisted various organizations through many transformative initiatives. McKeeby received a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration, and a Master’s Degree in Decision and Information Science from the University of Florida – Warrington College of Business.

Richard Rhine - Chief Financial Officer

Richard Rhine joined Grady in 2013. His career in healthcare management began at St. John Medical Center in Tulsa, Oklahoma. He has served in leadership positions at Exempla Healthcare in Denver, Parkland Health and Hospital System in Dallas, and Hospital for Special Surgery in New York City. Rhine received a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration from Oklahoma State University and earned a Master of Science in Not-For-Profit Administration from the University of Notre Dame.

Rick Roche - Chief People Officer

Rick Roche joined Grady in 2020 after serving as the interim Chief People Officer. Roche served as the HR executive for Children’s Hospital Medical Center in Cincinnati, University Health Care System in Augusta, Memorial University Medical Center in Savannah, The Health Care District of Palm Beach County, and the University of Miami Health System. He served in the United States Navy with the submarine task force based in Groton, CT. Roche is a graduate of Xavier University – Williams College of Business and earned his Masters of Business Administration and Management from Lesley University.

Shannon Sale - Chief Strategy Officer

Shannon Sale came to Grady in 2012. She works to identify areas of opportunity and execute strategies for growth, while also focusing on the acute, ambulatory, and non-acute functions and facilities. Before joining the health system, she was a senior manager at Kurt Salmon Associates. Sale is a graduate of Wake Forest and earned her Masters of Health Administration from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.

S. Rob Todd, MD - Chief of Acute Care Surgery

Dr. Rob Todd joined Grady in 2019. He comes to us from Baylor College of Medicine, where he served as professor, chief of Acute Care Surgery, and director of the Surgical Residency Program in the Michael E. DeBakey Department of Surgery. In his five years at Baylor as section chief, chief of General Surgery, director of the Ginni and Richard Mithoff Trauma Center at Ben Taub Hospital, and medical director of the Trauma Surgical Intensive Care Unit. Dr. Todd received his Bachelor of Business Administration degree in Finance from The University of Texas at Austin in 1992 and received a Doctorate of Medicine in 1996 from Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center School of Medicine.

Michelle Wallace - Chief of Clinical Operations

Michelle Wallace came to Grady in 2012. She is responsible for numerous clinical services including include emergency, trauma, burn, pharmacy, imaging and respiratory. She is a Fellow in the American College of Healthcare Executives, a member of the American College of Healthcare Executives, American College of Nurse Executives, and Georgia Hospital Association’s Georgia Organization of Nurse Leaders. Wallace received her a Bachelor’s of Science in Nursing from Medical College of Georgia in Augusta, and a Master’s of Science of Nursing-Family Nurse Practitioner from Troy University in Phoenix City, AL. She holds a Doctorate in Nursing Practice-Nurse Executive from the Massachusetts General Hospital Institute of Health Professions.


Grady Memorial Hospital Corporation Board of Directors

Frank Blake, Chair

Frank Blake is a retired chairman and CEO of The Home Depot. Over his illustrious career, Blake has served as deputy secretary for the U.S. Department of Energy, general counsel for the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, deputy counsel to Vice President George Bush and law clerk to Justice Stevens of the U.S. Supreme Court. He currently serves on the board of directors for the Georgia Aquarium, Delta Air Lines and Proctor & Gamble.
In February 2019, the Georgia Historical Society inducted Blake as one of the newest Georgia Trustees – the highest honor bestowed by the state of Georgia.

Erica Qualls-Battey

Erica Qualls-Battey, is the area general manager for Marriott International and general manager of the Atlanta Marriott Marquis. She serves of the board of several organizations including the YWCA, the Metro Atlanta Chamber of Commerce, the Atlanta Hotel Council, the Atlanta Business League and the Atlanta Convention & Visitors Bureau. Qualls-Battey is also involved in local and national community organizations, including the Children’s Miracle Network, United Negro College Fund, United Way, and the International Women’s Forum of Georgia. She holds a degree in psychology from San Jose State University.

Mark P. Becker

Mark P. Becker is president of Georgia State University. He sits on several boards and committees of civic, government and professional bodies, including the Georgia Chamber of Commerce, the Georgia Aquarium, Georgia Research Alliance, and the Atlanta Committee for Progress. Becker earned his bachelor’s degree in mathematics from Towson State University, and his doctoral degree in statistics from Pennsylvania State University.

Annette Bernard, MD

Annette Bernard, MD, is a member of the Piedmont Hospital medical staff and is in private practice in Atlanta’s Old Fourth Ward. In 1992, she joined the Emory School of Medicine faculty and served as the director of general medicine clinics at Grady. Bernard is a graduate of Youngstown State University and the Northeastern Ohio Medical College. She completed her internship and residency training at the University of Michigan.

William A. Bornstein, MD, PhD

William Bornstein is Professor of Medicine and has the distinction of Master Clinician in the Emory University School of Medicine Department of Medicine. He also serves as the Chief Medical Officer and Chief Quality & Patient Safety Officer for Emory Healthcare. Bornstein is a Board-certified internist and endocrinologist. He received his undergraduate degree in mathematics from Dartmouth College and his M.D. and Ph.D. (Cell & Molecular Biology) from the Medical College of Georgia.

H. James Dallas

James Dallas is president of James Dallas & Associates. An author, speaker and consultant, he retired in September 2013 as Senior Vice President of Quality, Operations and IT at Medtronic, Inc. Dallas serves on the boards of for-profit and non-profit organizations. He holds a Bachelor of Science in accounting from the University of South Carolina Aiken, and Master of Business Administration from the Goizueta Business School at Emory University.

Edward J. Hardin

Edward J. (Jack) Hardin, a founding partner of Rogers & Hardin, advises corporate directors and their companies on corporate governance, corporate law and domestic and international business transactions. Hardin has received multiple professional and community service recognitions. He serves on numerous boards including the Regional Commission on Homelessness, the Georgia Legal Services Foundation, the Fulton County Board of Health, and Georgia Works!, and Invesco Mortgage Capital Inc., a real estate investment trust (REIT). Hardin earned a BA degree from Wesleyan University and a Juris Doctor from Vanderbilt University.

John Hollins

John Hollins is an account executive specializing in new business development in commercial advertising and production for CBS 46 TV and Peachtree TV in Atlanta, and president & CEO of Tiger USA Baseball, a non-profit organization developed to give young baseball players the exposure needed to receive college scholarships. John is a past president of 100 Black Men of DeKalb County, and has been honored by the Atlanta Braves as a community hero for his work. John earned a Bachelor of Science in marketing from Georgia State University.

Valerie Montgomery Rice, MD

Valerie Montgomery Rice is the sixth president of the Morehouse School of Medicine and the first woman to lead the institution. A renowned infertility specialist and researcher, Dr. Montgomery Rice joined Morehouse in 2011 as dean and executive vice president. She founded the Center for Women’s Health Research at Meharry Medical College in Nashville, where she also served as dean of the School of Medicine and senior vice president of health affairs. Montgomery Rice holds a bachelor’s degree from the Georgia Institute of Technology and a medical degree from Harvard Medical School. She also completed the Executive Leadership in Academic Medicine program at Drexel University College of Medicine, Philadelphia.

Robert Sheft

Robert Sheft is Chairman and CEO of Installation Made Easy, Inc. (IME). IME develops and coordinates home improvement programs marketed through retailers on a nationwide basis. He is also a senior advisor to Roark Capital Group, a private equity firm based in Atlanta. Sheft serves on the Boards of IME, GreenSky, Inc. and Startek, Inc., as well as the Georgia Innocence Project and YRF Darca, an organization that develops, funds and manages educational programs for disadvantaged children in Israel. He received a Bachelor of Science from the University of Pennsylvania’s Wharton School and a Juris Doctor from Columbia Law School.

Pamela S. Stephenson, Esq.

Pamela S. Stephenson is an attorney and state legislator from Lithonia. She was appointed director of the Georgia State Health Planning Agency in 1996 by then Governor Zell Miller. There, she was responsible for regulatory oversight of all Georgia hospitals. In 2000, former Gov. Roy Barnes appointed her to the State Medical Education Board. She was elected to the Georgia General Assembly in 2002. Stephenson has a Master’s Degree in Health Planning from the University of Michigan, a law degree from Atlanta’s Woodrow Wilson College of Law and a Bachelor’s Degree from Eastern Michigan University. She is also a graduate of the Harvard University Government Program.

David P. Stockert

David Stockert is a director of Mid-America Apartment Communities, a real estate investment trust focused on the acquisition, selective development, redevelopment and management of multifamily apartment homes throughout the Southeast and Southwest regions of the U.S. He was chief executive officer, president and director of Post Properties for 15 years, retiring in 2016. Stockert works with a number of organizations including the Metro Chamber of Commerce, the National Multi-Housing Council, the YMCA of Metro Atlanta, and Central Atlanta Progress. He has a bachelor’s degree in accounting from the University of Colorado and a Master’s Degree in Business Administration from Columbia University.

Vikas P. Sukhatme, MD, ScD

Vikas Sukhatme is dean of the Emory University School of Medicine and chief academic officer for Emory Healthcare. He came to Emory in 2017 from Harvard Medical School, where he served for eight years as Chief Academic Officer and Harvard Faculty Dean for Academic Programs at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center in Boston. Sukhatme holds a bachelor’s and doctorate (ScD) in theoretical physics from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. He received his MD in the Harvard-MIT program in Health Sciences and Technology, Harvard Medical School. He completed his residency in medicine and clinical fellowship in nephrology at Massachusetts General Hospital, and a fellowship in immunology at Stanford University.

Bernie Tokarz

Bernie Tokarz is manager with Cornerstone On Demand Inc. and former director of public policy for the Greater North Fulton Chamber of Commerce. He was appointed by former Governor Nathan Deal to the Board of Directors of the Georgia Regional Transportation Authority in 2015. Tokarz earned a bachelor’s degree in agriculture from the University of Georgia. He serves as secretary of The Fulton-DeKalb Hospital Authority Board of Trustees.

Carol B. Tomé

Carol Tomé has served as chief financial officer of The Home Depot since May 2001 and was named execute vice president of corporate services in January 2007. She serves on the UPS board of directors and currently is chair of the audit committee. In 2012, she chaired the board of The Metropolitan Atlanta Chamber of Commerce, the second woman chair in the organization’s 150 year history. Tomé is a trustee or board member for a number of organizations, including the Policy Advisory Board for the Harvard Joint Center for Housing Studies and the Atlanta Botanical Garden. She holds a bachelor’s degree in communication from the University of Wyoming and a Master of Business Administration in finance from the University of Denver.

Sam A. Williams

Sam Williams, former president and CEO of the Metro Atlanta Chamber of Commerce, is Assistant Director for External Relations, Professor of Practice at Georgia State University. He serves as chairman of several boards and organizations, including the Atlanta Convention and Visitors Bureau and the Jekyll Island Authority. Williams was founding chairman of the Atlanta World Trade Club and a member of the Carter Center Board of Councilors, the National Council on Philanthropy, the Emory University Board of Visitors, and the Georgia Tech Board of Advisors. He is a graduate of Georgia Institute of Technology and Harvard Business School.