Genesis Health System Board of Directors - Genesis Health System

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 American, the Illinois Quad City Chamber of Commerce, the Putnam Museum and Science Center and the Lutheran Education Conference of North America.  He currently serves as chair of the board of the Quad City Cultural Trust and the Illinois Federation of Independent Colleges and Universities.  Earlier in his career, he was a practicing lawyer, a law professor and a law school dean.

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 Committee, a member of the Governance Committee, chairman of the Patient Experience 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 and currently serves on 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 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.

Chris CoxChris Cox, Bettendorf, Iowa

Christopher J. Cox, Deere and Co. retiree, was elected to the Genesis Health System Board of Directors in 2011 and is a member of the Quality and Safety Committee. Cox worked for John Deere for over 41 years and served as Environmental Manager for John Deere, North America, Europe, Africa, and Middle East.

Over the span of his career, he worked in Deere and Co.’s Foundry, Agriculture, Golf and Turf, and Construction and Forestry Divisions. He was responsible for environmental regulatory compliance, technical oversight, professional development and the Environmental Management System (EMS). Additionally, Cox served as Director/Manager of Occupational Safety and Health at a number of John Deere facilities.

Cox’s past leadership roles have included serving as: President of the Board of Directors of Iowa Illinois Safety Council; President of the American Society of Safety Engineers, Quad City Chapter; and, Board Member of the American Society of Safety Engineers, Region 7, Chicago. He has been named Quad City Senior Engineer of the Year by the QCA Engineering and Science Council. Over the years, he also has been active in the United Way in Waterloo and the Quad Cities, serving on the Leadership Giving Board and as a Loaned Executive.

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

Doug 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 his own career in health care. His first job was an operating room orderly. Now, with more than 39 years of health care experience, he has fulfilled a life-long career goal to be a CEO of a health system. With a focus on safety and quality, Cropper has guided Genesis to national recognition for its 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 St. Paul, 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 and four grandchildren.

Patricia Groves, Ph.D., R.N.Patricia Groves, Ph.D., R.N., Columbia, Missouri

Dr. Groves is an Assistant 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 four Minor League Baseball teams: the Quad Cities River Bandits (Single-A affiliate - Houston Astros), Wilmington (Del.) Blue Rocks (Advanced-A affiliate - Kansas City Royals), Billings Mustangs (short-season affiliate - Cincinnati Reds), and Lowell Spinners (short-season affiliate - Boston Red Sox).

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 seven league championships.

They also love giving back: his Quad Cities club donated more than $1.5 million over three 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 and again in 2019, Ballpark Digest honored the River Bandits with its “Commitment to Charity” award in Minor League Baseball, the only team to win that distinction three 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 four of the five years since Heller bought it.

Heller graduated summa cum laude and Phi Beta Kappa from Brown University and earned a Master's Degree in Politics from Oxford University (Nuffield College). He went on to Yale University, where he taught an undergraduate seminar on 20th Century politics. His lives in Davenport, Iowa, with his wife, June, and his two sons, Dylan and Cade. Dave serves on the Genesis Patient Experience and special Innovation Advisory Committees.

Roger HillRoger Hill, Camanche, Iowa

A Senior Vice President and trust officer for DeWitt Bank & Trust Co., DeWitt, Iowa, Hill began his affiliation with Genesis predecessor DeWitt Community Hospital (now Genesis Medical Center, DeWitt) by joining its board in 1983, making him one of the health system’s longest-serving board members. He currently sits on the board's Audit & Compliance, Community Benefit Advisory, Executive and Medical Review committees. He also serves as secretary of the board and serves on the Genesis DeWitt Quality & Safety committee. Hill's community activities also include Treasurer of the Low Moor, Iowa, Lions Club; Treasurer of Central Community Education Foundation and Lincolnway Community Foundation. In addition, Hill is Chair of the Eden Township Trustees of Clinton County; a member of the American Angus & East Iowa Angus Association and an alumni of Iowa Wesleyan College.

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 serves as the chair of Community Benefit Advisory Committee and sits on the Finance, Patient Experience, 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.

George Kontos, M.D.George Kontos, M.D., Bettendorf, Iowa

Dr. Kontos, who joined the board in 2010, is a cardiovascular and thoracic surgeon at the Genesis Medical Center, Illini Campus. Dr. Kontos is also a member of the board’s Medical Review Committee. He received his medical degree from Loyola University’s Stritch School of Medicine in Maywood, Illinois, completed his general surgery residency at Mayo Clinic, and his cardiothoracic surgery residency at the University of Alabama at Birmingham. Dr. Kontos is board certified by the American Board of Thoracic Surgery and is a Diplomate of the American Board of Surgery.

David Larson.David 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. Dave serves as the chair of the Board’s Audit and Compliance Committee and sits on the Compensation, Home Health and Hospice Oversight and Patient Experience Committees.

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

Dr. Motto is a retired internist whose practice, Internal Medicine Associates, P.C., was located on the campus of Genesis Medical Center, East Rusholme Street, and is the Medical Director of the Genesis Renal Dialysis Unit. He joined the Genesis board in 1996, serving two terms as chairman. His current committee assignments include Finance, Governance 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, Davenport, Iowa

Melissa Pepper is a high-energy leader with experience in marketing, public speaking, leadership development, and business development. As President at Total Solutions, she oversees all areas of the business with a special focus on integrating services to meet client needs. In her tenure at Total Solutions, she has led the company’s new brand awareness campaign and added services to their suite of offerings, including an online training platform and marketing services.

Melissa's career path is a unique one; with an English and Communications degree, she started her career as a civil servant for the Illinois Student Assistant Commission (ISAC) and later moved into leadership roles at Mississippi Valley Regional Blood Center and Lane & Waterman. Within these different workplaces, Melissa’s creative style allowed her to collaborate successfully with stakeholders to ignite change and achieve positive outcomes.

Melissa is the founder of Lead(h)er, the nonprofit mentorship organization that has matched over 350 women with mentors since 2016. Melissa also serves on numerous boards and committees, including Genesis Health System (Board Member), SAL Family and Community Services (Board Member), Genesis Foundation (Board Member), Women United (Co-Chair), Quad Cities Chamber of Commerce Membership Committee (Chair), and IH Mississippi Valley Credit Union (Supervisory Committee). On the Genesis Board, Melissa sits on the Governance, Patient Experience and special Innovation Advisory committees. Melissa is a regular columnist for the Quad-City Times’ Voices of the Quad Cities and has been a guest on the Schooled in Business podcast. She is often invited to speak at business and community events, most recently for PR Network, United Way of the Quad Cities, and Quad Cities Chamber of Commerce.

Melissa graduated summa cum laude from Augustana College and earned her MBA from University of Iowa. She and her husband Dan have two sons, Grayson and Brooks. She enjoys the mom life, strong coffee, long runs, and podcasts.

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 Finance 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.

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; Adler Theater Foundation; Grow Quad Cities-Iowa and Illinois, not-for profit affiliates of the Quad Cities Chamber; and the Iowa Law School Foundation, of which he is past chairman. 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 48+ years, reside in Bettendorf when not visiting their three adult children and grandchildren in Wheaton IL, Los Altos Hills CA, and Pleasant Valley.

Dale ZudeDale Zude, Moline, Illinois

Zude has been in the automobile business in the Quad Cities since 1988 and is President and General Manager of Courtesy Car City in Moline and Kimberly Car City in Davenport. 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 has been a Genesis board member since 1998. He serves on its Compensation committee and chairs its Governance committee.

Executive Committee

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

Audit and Compliance Committee

David Larson, Chair
Gregory J. Bush
Roger J. Hill
William R. Storm
William M. Tank, Jr.
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
Roger J. Hill
Tony Knobbe
William Langley, M.D.
Charlene E. Maaske
Robin Petersen
Alfred Ramirez
Mark G. Rogers
Executive: Executive Director of Genesis Foundations

Compensation Committee

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

Finance Committee

Gregory J. Bush, Chair
Peter J. Benson
Douglas P. Cropper
Mark C. Kilmer
Edwin V. Motto, M.D.
Robin Petersen
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

Glen Roebuck, Chair
Kathleen Andresen
Janet C. Enslein, RN, Ph.D.
Ralph Kelly
Laura L. Kopp
David C. Larson
Ann O'Donnell, D.O.
Reverend Katie Styrt
Executive: Post Acute Services Executive Director

Medical Review Committee

Peter Benson, Chair
M. Walid Al Sheikha, M.D.
Kurt A. Andersen, M.D.
Andrew Andresen, M.D.
Jennifer Bell, M.D.
Iurie Caraman, M.D.
Douglas P. Cropper
Patricia Groves, Ph.D., RN
Nidal Harb, M.D.
Roger J. Hill
George Kontos, Jr. M.D.
Martha Thornton, D.P.M.
Executive: Chief Medical Officer
Staff: Manager of Medical Affairs

Patient Experience Committee

Mark Bawden, Chair
Douglas P. Cropper
Allyson Davidson
Patricia Groves, Ph.D., RN
David Heller
Mark C. Kilmer
David C. Larson
Pastor Sara Olson-Smith
Melissa Pepper
Jim von Maur
Amy Westfall
Executive: Innovation Officer
Staff: Kurt Andersen, MD; Doug Boleyn; Curt Coleman; Heidi Kahly-McMahon; Theresa Main; Monique Most; Glen Roebuck, Jordan Voigt

Quality and Safety Committee

Edmund Coyne, M.D., Chair
M. Walid Al Sheikha, M.D.
Jennifer Bell, M.D.
Iurie Caraman, M.D.
Sandra L. Cassady, PT, Ph.D.
Christopher J. Cox
Douglas P. Cropper
Patricia Groves, Ph.D., RN
James W. Koehler
Edwin V. Motto, M.D.
Michael Persson, Jr., M.D.
Martha Thornton, D.P.M.
Executive: Chief Medical Officer
Staff: Nurse Executive

Innovation Advisory Committee:

Douglas P. Cropper, Chair
Jose Armendariz, M.D.
Rob Frieden
Kelli Goslee-Frank
Melinda M. Gowey
David Heller
Kate Murphy
Macey Patterson
Melissa Pepper
Michelle Posten
David Weiser
Executive: Innovation Officer