Genesis Health System Board of Directors

Steve BahlsSteve Bahls, Rock Island, Illinois

Bahls joined Augustana College 2003 as its eighth president. He started serving the Genesis board in 2009 and became chair of the board in 2018.  He serves on the Compensation, Executive and Governance Committees. Bahls, an active leader in the community, has served as chair of the boards of the Illowa Council of the Boy Scouts of America, the Illinois Quad City Chamber of Commerce, the Putnam Museum and Science Center, the Quad Cities Chamber Foundation, the Lutheran Education Conference of North America, the Quad City Cultural Trust and the Illinois Federation of Independent Colleges and Universities.  He serves on the board of Capital University and is member of the Council of the American Bar Association Section on Legal Education. Earlier in his career, he was a business lawyer in Milwaukee, a law professor at the University of Montana and the dean of Capital University Law School.

Mark BawdenMark Bawden, Davenport, Iowa

Bawden is a native of Davenport, Iowa and a graduate of Williams College in Massachusetts. He retired as Chairman and CEO of Bawden Printing Inc., a family owned book manufacturing company formally located in Eldridge, Iowa. As a member of the Genesis Board of Directors since 1996, Mark has served in several roles including past board chairman, past Medical Review Committee member, past (first) chairman of Genesis Philanthropy as well as serving on temporary committees and various fundraising activities. Mark currently serves as chairman of the Compensation and Patient Experience Committees, a member of the Governance Committee, Vice chairman of Genesis Philanthropy and a board member of the Genesis Heart Institute. Mark and his wife Rita have three children and nine grandchildren and they reside in Bettendorf. Mark has been active in the community for many years, having retired from the boards of the Quad City Cultural Trust, US Bank and M.A. Ford Manufacturing Co.

Peter BensonPeter Benson, Moline, Illinois

Benson is the Executive Vice President of Trust and Fiduciary Administration for Quad City Bank & Trust Company.  From 2014 through December 31, 2019, he also served as the Chief Legal Officer for the Bank’s parent company, QCR Holdings, Inc.  Prior to joining the Bank in 2014, he was a senior partner of Lane & Waterman, LLP, where he practiced healthcare law, nonprofit law, and estate and trust planning, among other disciplines.  Benson has been on the Genesis board since 2014.  He is the current Chair of the Medical Review Committee and serves on the Executive, Finance and Governance Committees.

Greg BushGreg Bush, Davenport, Iowa 

Bush, President and Chief Executive Officer of McCarthy-Bush Corp., is the fourth generation head of the family’s Davenport-based business, which includes construction, mining, real estate development, and steel fabrication subsidiaries. Bush graduated from the United States Air Force Academy, where he played varsity football and captained the wrestling team, and then trained as an A-10 Thunderbolt pilot. Bush has been active in many civic and trade organizations, serving as President of the Iowa Limestone Producers Association, President of the National Lime Association and Chairman of the Board of the National Stone, Sand, & Gravel Association. He joined the Genesis board in 1999 and serves as chair of the Finance Committee and is a member of the Audit and Compliance Committee and Executive Committee.

Edmund P. Coyne
Edmund P. Coyne, M.D., F.A.C.P., F.A.C.C., Bettendorf, Iowa

Dr. Coyne, who joined the board in 2008, is a cardiologist, Radiation Safety Officer and President of Cardiovascular Medicine, PC, the Quad Cities’ largest cardiac specialty physician group. Dr. Coyne is the chair of the board’s Quality and Safety Committee and is past chair of the Genesis Heart Institute. He received his medical degree from Tufts University in Boston, Mass., and completed his Internal Medicine Residency at St. Elizabeth’s Hospital in Boston. While a major in the Air Force, he completed his Cardiology Fellowship at Wilford Hall U.S.A.F. Medical Center in San Antonio, Texas. Dr. Coyne is a Diplomate, American Board of Internal Medicine with a subspecialty of cardiovascular disease and interventional cardiology, and a Diplomate, National Board of Medical Examiners.

Doug CropperDoug Cropper, Pleasant Valley, Iowa

Cropper grew up in Salt Lake City, Utah, where his father was a dentist and volunteered at the local children's hospital. It made enough of an early impression on him that he decided to pursue a career in health care. Cropper’s first job was an operating room orderly at St. Mark’s Hospital in Salt Lake City, Utah. Now, with more than 40 years of health care experience, he has fulfilled a life-long career goal to be a CEO of a health system. Cropper has guided Genesis to national recognition for its safety and quality patient care.

Prior to joining Genesis in 2008 as President and CEO, Cropper served as an executive vice president with Inova Health System, based in Falls Church, Virginia, and campus administrator of the 900-bed Inova Fairfax Hospital, named by U.S. News & World Report among "America's 50 Best" hospitals. Between 1991 and 2003, Cropper held various leadership positions with Fairview/HealthEast, based in Minnesota. His last assignment with Fairview/HealthEast was CEO of St. Joseph's Hospital and health system vice president. He is a 1984 graduate of the University of Utah and holds a Master's degree in Health Care and Hospital Administration from the University of Minnesota (1988). An Eagle Scout, Cropper has volunteered for years with his church and the Boy Scouts of America. Cropper and his wife, Lynne, have four children.

Karen FitzsimmonsKaren Fitzsimmons, M.D., Bettendorf, Iowa

Dr. Fitzsimmons, who joined the Board in 2020, is a pathologist at Genesis Health Group. She received her medical degree from the University of Iowa College of Medicine and completed an anatomic pathology/clinical pathology residency and surgical pathology fellowship at the University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics. After completing her training, Dr. Fitzsimmons joined the Genesis Medical Staff in 1997. Dr. Fitzsimmons was the Medical Director of the Laboratory at Genesis Medical Center, DeWitt Campus, from 2010 until 2015. She is the current Medical Director of the Laboratory at Genesis Medical Center, Davenport East Campus. Dr. Fitzsimmons is the Chair of the Department of Pathology at Genesis Medical Center, Davenport, and Chair of the Credentials Committee, Genesis Medical Center, Davenport.

Patricia GrovesPatricia Groves, Ph.D., R.N., Iowa City, Iowa

Dr. Groves is an Associate Professor at the College of Nursing, University of Iowa. She received her PhD in nursing from the University of Missouri-Columbia, with a focus in healthcare systems and a cognate of organizational communication. Her research explores the intersection of bedside nursing practice, organizational culture, and patient safety, with a focus on communication with patients about safety. She teaches courses on quality and safety, clinical data management, and conducting quality improvement and evidence-based practice projects. Dr. Groves uses her 20 years of nursing experience as she sits on the Quality and Safety, Medical Review, and Patient Experience Committees.

Dave HellerDave Heller, Davenport, Iowa

Dave Heller is president and CEO of Main Street Baseball and owner of three Minor League Baseball teams: the Quad Cities River Bandits (High-A affiliate - Kansas City Royals), Wilmington (Del.) Blue Rocks (High-A affiliate – Washington Nationals), and the Billings Mustangs (independent, Pioneer League).

In 2016, Main Street Baseball earned Ballpark Digest’s coveted “Minor League Baseball Organization of the Year” award – among the industry’s highest honors. Heller’s teams are known for three things: fun, innovative promotions; making significant ballpark improvements benefiting both fans and players; and giving back generously to each club’s home community. Over the course of his time in Minor League Baseball, Heller’s clubs have won eight league championships. They also love giving back: his Quad Cities club donated more than $2.5 million over five years to area charities, helped raise $101,000 for flood relief, and won multiple U.S. Army Gold Awards for its community service. Its “Bandit Scholars” program, which pays an entire year’s college tuition, funds four such scholarships. In 2015, 2017, 2019 and again in 2021, Ballpark Digest honored the River Bandits with its “Commitment to Charity” award in Minor League Baseball, the only team to win that distinction four times (no other club has won twice). His other clubs have been similarly feted: fellow league members awarded Wilmington the prestigious Matt Minker Award for its charitable work five years in a row (2014-2019).

Mark KilmerMark Kilmer, Davenport, Iowa

Kilmer is President of The Republic Companies, one of the largest independent wholesale distributors of electrical and HVAC equipment and supplies in the Midwest. He began his service to Genesis on the board of directors of St. Luke's Hospital, now Genesis Medical Center, East Rusholme Street Campus in 1991. A past Chairman of the board, he currently sits on the Finance, Patient Experience, Community Benefit Advisory and Governance committees. Kilmer is a Director of Quad City Bank & Trust and was named Board Chairman in 2007. He also serves as a Director of QCR Holdings.  He is a past chairman of the Scott County Family Y board of directors and also has served on the boards of Rejuvenate Davenport, the Vera French Foundation and Citizen's Federal Savings Bank. He also is a two-term past Chairman of the PGA Tour's John Deere Classic.

David LarsonDavid Larson, Bettendorf, Iowa

Larson brings global business and broad leadership experience to Genesis. He was a senior leader and corporate officer with Deere & Co., John Deere, for more than 37 years. He managed and supported all phases of Deere's businesses including significant focus in operations, engineering and product development, quality and reliability, mergers and acquisitions, and strategy throughout the John Deere enterprise worldwide. Dave joined John Deere in corporate engineering and subsequently held positions of increasing responsibility including general manager, division vice president, corporate director, managing director, corporate vice president, and enterprise strategy officer. Dave continues working as an adjunct faculty member within the Graduate and Executive Education program at the University of TN, as well as an occasional lecturer in the MBA programs at William and Mary and the University of Iowa. Dave consults with the leaders of a handful of corporations across the world, helping them focus on strategy, value, digital transformation, and global growth. Dave holds undergraduate and graduate degrees from William and Mary, the University of Iowa, and has done additional post-graduate work at Dartmouth and Columbia.

Ed MottoEd Motto, M.D., Bettendorf, Iowa

Dr. Motto is a retired internist. He joined the Genesis board in 1996, serving two terms as chairman. His current committee assignments include Finance, Governance, Home Health & Hospice Oversight and Quality and Safety.  Dr. Motto also has served terms as Genesis Medical Center Medical Staff President and as Internal Medicine Section Chairman. He received his medical degree from the University of Iowa College of Medicine and completed his residency at University of Iowa Hospitals & Clinics. Dr. Motto is board certified by the American Board of Internal Medicine.

Melissa PepperMelissa Pepper, Bettendorf, Iowa

Melissa Pepper is Russell's Chief Strategy Officer. She is responsible for talent acquisition, talent management, personal and professional development, culture, HR management, employer brand, marketing, and business development. Prior to Russell, she has served as President at Total Solutions and Director of Marketing at Lane & Waterman. 

She received her undergraduate degree in Communication Studies and English from Augustana College and is an MBA graduate of The University of Iowa Tippie College of Business. She is passionate about serving the community and actively volunteers her time with multiple organizations, including Genesis Health System (Board Member), IH Mississippi Valley Credit Union (Board Member), United Way of the Quad Cities (Campaign Committee), and is the founder of Lead(h)er.

Robin PetersenRobin Petersen, DeWitt, Iowa

Robin has been a resident of Clinton and Scott Counties her entire life.  She graduated Summa Cum Laude with a BA in accounting in 1986 from St. Ambrose University and passed the CPA exam in May of 1987. Robin is Vice President of Operations for Ag Spectrum Company and has been employed there since 2003.  Previous to that, she was in public accounting with KPMG (audit and tax), owned her own firm and was employed by two local firms doing taxes and bookkeeping.  She started her service to Genesis as a member of the DeWitt Community Hospital board of directors and later joined the Genesis Health System Board.  She served in that role until 2009 and returned to the board in 2019.  She serves on the Misericordia Board of Directors and is a member of the Audit & Compliance and Community Benefit Advisory Committees.  Previously, she has served two terms as council member and various other positions for her Church, STAR Committee volunteer and was involved in various roles with the DeWitt Chamber and Development Committee.

LaShonda PoliteLaShonda Polite, East Moline, Illinois 

LaShonda is a business savvy finance executive who loves her southern roots. Raised in Jacksonville, FL, she settled in the Quad Cities by way of John Deere. Early in her career, she served as an Analyst in the Treasury Department buying and selling commercial paper and again managing interest rate derivatives. She was also an Audit Lead and Accounting Supervisor before choosing to leave John Deere and become VP, Finance & Chief of Staff for a government consulting firm headquartered in the Washington, DC area. LaShonda held these roles and worked for ITG for 8 years where she sustained company operations and drove short and long-term profitability, even amid economic and credit crises. She currently works for the Department of Defense as the Audit Remediation, Team Lead for the Joint Munitions Command in Rock Island, IL.

LaShonda is extremely passionate about personal finance and educating others on the subject. She has been a guest speaker at events across the Quad Cities, Chicago metropolitan area, Florida and other locations. LaShonda strives to enrich the lives of others through financial education and literacy, helping individuals, business owners, and families get the best out of life.

Chris WahligChris Wahlig, Davenport, Iowa 

Chris Wahlig joined the board in 2007, serving two terms as chairman. He serves on the Executive Committee, Audit and Compliance Committee and Finance Committee as well as a director of the Genesis Accountable Care Organization and Misericordia Insurance Company.

Chris Wahlig is president of Wahlig Consulting, L.C. The company provides business analysis and planning services. He was Vice President of Finance and Chief Accounting Officer of Lee Enterprises until his retirement in 2001. Prior to joining Lee in 1990, he was an audit partner with McGladrey & Pullen (now RSM US LLP), a national firm of certified public accountants. He also served as treasurer and director of the Community Foundation of the Great River Bend and Director of the Adler Theater Foundation, a support organization for the performing arts.

C. Dana Waterman IIIC. Dana Waterman III, Davenport, Iowa

C. Dana Waterman III graduated from Phillips Academy, Andover MA and Dartmouth College, Hanover NH, and from the University of Iowa College of Law.  He joined the Quad Cities law firm of Lane & Waterman in 1971 and served as its Managing Partner from 2001 to 2016, the fourth generation of the Waterman family to lead the firm. In 2017, he transitioned to an Of Counsel role, in which he continues to advise business organizations and individuals on matters related to organization, operations, governance, financing, transactions, risk and compliance issues, as well as personal wealth planning.  He joined the Genesis Health System board in 2006, and presently serves as its vice chair and member of the Executive, Governance, Compensation and Audit committees.   He also serves on the boards of directors of Augustana College; Quad Cities Chamber Foundation; Quad Cities Contributors Council; and the Iowa Law School Foundation, of which he is past president and board chair. He previously served as board chair of the Quad Cities Chapter of the American Red Cross, the Putnam Museum and Science Center and the Quad Cities Chamber of Commerce (and predecessor organizations).  He also serves on the board of directors of several privately-held companies, as a co-trustee of The Hubbell-Waterman Foundation and as a founding co-trustor of the Quad Cities Cultural Trust.  In 2015 he was inducted into the Quad-Cities Business Hall of Fame by Junior Achievement of the Heartland, and in December 2016, he was appointed a Civilian Aide to the Secretary of the Army for Iowa (East).  Dana and Faye, his wife of 50+ years, reside in Bettendorf when not visiting their three adult children and seven grandchildren in Wheaton IL, Los Altos Hills CA, and Pleasant Valley. 

Dale ZudeDale Zude, Davenport, Iowa 

Zude is a lifelong resident of the Quad Cities, having been born at St. Luke’s Hospital. He has been in the automobile business in the area since 1976, serving as Partner, President and General Manager of Courtesy Car City and Key Auto Mall in Moline and Courtesy Ford and Kimberly Car City in Davenport.  As a member of the Genesis Board of Directors since 1998, Zude serves on its Compensation Committee and Chairs its Governance Committee.  His interest in health care goes back much further, to the mid-1970s, when he worked in the Emergency Room at Moline Public Hospital and as an EMT-A at Illini Hospital, now Genesis Medical Center, Illini Campus.  Zude currently serves as Vice Chair of HAVlife Foundation and previously served the community as Chairman and Vice Chairman of the Illini Hospital Board, President of Short Hills Country Club, Board member of the Quad City Chamber of Commerce, Director of Illinois Auto Dealer Association, Board member of the United Township High School Board of Education and Booster Club President.


 Board Committee Assignments

Executive Committee

Steven C. Bahls, Chair
C. Dana Waterman, III, Vice-Chair
Peter Benson, Secretary
Gregory J. Bush, Treasurer
Douglas P. Cropper, President and CEO
G. Christopher Wahlig, Immediate Past Chair

Audit and Compliance Committee

David C. Larson, Chair
Gregory J. Bush
Kyle R. Day
Roger J. Hill
Robin Petersen
William R. Storm
G. Christopher Wahlig
C. Dana Waterman III
Executives: Vice President, Finance and CFO;
Chief Compliance and Enterprise Risk Officer

Community Benefit Advisory Committee

Mark Kilmer, Chair
Tom Bowman
Douglas P. Cropper
Michele Dane
Melinda M. Gowey
Maureen “Mo” Hart
Tony Knobbe
William Langley, M.D.
Charlene E. Maaske
Joseph Malas
Robin Petersen
Alfred Ramirez
Kelly Thompson
Executive: Executive Director of Genesis Foundations

Compensation Committee

Mark D. Bawden, Chair
Steven C. Bahls
David C. Larson
LaShonda W. Polite
Edward J. Rogalski, Ph.D.
C. Dana Waterman III
Dale D. Zude
Executive: Vice President, Human Resources

Finance Committee

Gregory J. Bush, Chair
Peter J. Benson
Douglas P. Cropper
Laura Ekizian
Steve Geifman
Mark C. Kilmer
Edwin V. Motto, M.D.
LaShonda W. Polite
Michael C. Poster
G. Christopher Wahlig
Executive: Vice President, Finance and CFO

Governance Committee

Dale D. Zude, Chair
Steven C. Bahls
Mark D. Bawden
Peter J. Benson
Douglas P. Cropper
Mark C. Kilmer
Edwin V. Motto, M.D.
Melissa C. Pepper
C. Dana Waterman III
Executive: Vice President, Legal Affairs

Home Health and Hospice Oversight Committee

Edwin Motto, M.D., Chair
Janet C. Enslein, RN, Ph.D.
Ann Garton
Laura L. Kopp
David C. Larson
Ann O'Donnell, D.O.
Glen Roebuck
Reverend Katie Styrt
Executive: Post Acute Services Executive Director

Medical Review Committee

Peter Benson, Chair
Kurt A. Andersen, M.D.
Iurie Caraman, M.D.
Michael Cloos, D.O.
Christopher Crome, M.D.
Stephen DeLessio, M.D.
Karen Fitzsimmons, M.D.
Patricia Groves, Ph.D., RN
Dennis Palmer, D.O.
Robin Petersen
LaShonda W. Polite
Executive: Chief Medical Officer
Staff: Manager of Medical Affairs

Patient Experience Committee

Mark Bawden, Chair
Douglas P. Cropper
Patricia Groves, Ph.D., RN
David Heller
Dave Herrell
Dan Huber
David C. Larson
Mark C. Kilmer
Pastor Sara Olson-Smith
Maria Ontiveros 
Melissa Pepper
Executive: Innovation Officer
Staff: Kurt Andersen, M.D.; Doug Boleyn; Curt Coleman; Heidi Kahly-McMahon; Theresa Main; Monique Most; Glen Roebuck, Jordan Voigt

Quality and Safety Committee

Edmund Coyne, M.D., Chair
Iurie Caraman, M.D.
Sandra L. Cassady, PT, Ph.D.
Michael Cloos, D.O.
Douglas P. Cropper
Stephen DeLessio, M.D.
Karen Fitzsimmons, M.D.
C. Wayne Gallops, D.O.
Patricia Groves, Ph.D., RN
James W. Koehler
Edwin V. Motto, M.D.
Dennis Palmer, D.O.
Michael Persson, Jr., M.D.
Executive: Chief Medical Officer
Staff: Nurse Executive