Mercy Health - Youngstown Leadership Team
President and Chief Executive Officer, Mercy Health – Youngstown
Donald Kline is president and CEO of Mercy Health – Youngstown. He is responsible for the Youngstown region including all hospital and ambulatory operations. He also oversees the physician enterprise. Don is committed to providing inspirational and effective leadership while administering, directing and coordinating all activities of Mercy Health – Youngstown toward the fulfillment of the organization’s values, Mission and strategy, as well as the achievement of its annual goals and objectives. Previously, Don served as interim chief operating officer of Mercy Health – Cincinnati. In that role, he was accountable for operations, placing a strong emphasis on quality, patient experience, physician relations and business development.
Don has more than 28 years of healthcare experience, eight of which have been with Mercy Health. He began his career in the organization as divisional chief financial officer for the Northern division. Most recently, he served as chief financial officer, serving all seven Mercy Health regions by providing strategic and operational support to market presidents and their senior teams. In this system role, Don was instrumental in providing leadership for operations and enhancing integration between system and markets. During his system tenure, he served as interim chief operating officer for the Cincinnati Region, co-chairing the Operations Advisory Committee and contributing as a member of the Lead the Ministry (LTM) Operations Committee.
Since joining Mercy Health, Don has served on numerous committees including the IT Strategy Committee, Physician Operations Group, Quality and Patient Safety Committee and Supply Chain Subcommittee. He has also contributed to a number of task force groups supporting operational improvements across the ministry.
Don earned a Bachelor of Business Administration from Duquesne University and a Master of Business Administration from the University of Pittsburgh.
Donald E. Koenig, JR., JD
Executive Vice President, Chief Operating Officer, Mercy Health – Youngstown and President, St. Elizabeth Youngstown Hospital
Don Koenig is executive vice president and chief operating officer for Mercy Health – Youngstown. He is also the president of St. Elizabeth Youngstown Hospital. Don leads and is responsible for all care sites in the region: three hospitals, two skilled nursing facilities, home care, durable medical equipment, hospice and palliative care, physician practice sites and ambulatory care centers. He is also responsible for ancillary and support services for the region, as well as service line leadership for heart and vascular, neurosciences, emergency medicine and the Behavioral Health Institute.
Don has been a vital member of Mercy Health for more than 18 years. Before coming to Youngstown, he served as vice president and chief corporate responsibility officer for Mercy Health – Cincinnati. There, he built and led the legal and regulatory compliance efforts for the organization.
An active community leader, Don serves on the Board of Directors of the Better Business Bureau of the Mahoning Valley and on the Regional Advisory Committee for the Salvation Army of the Mahoning Valley. He is also an Advisory Board Member for the Youngstown State University James Dale Ethics Center.
Prior to joining Mercy Health, Don was an active commissioned Navy JAG officer. He earned a Bachelor of Arts in International Affairs from George Washington University and a Juris Doctorate from the George Washington University National Law Center.
James F. Kravec, M.D., FACP
Chief Clinical Officer, Mercy Health – Youngstown
As regional chief clinical officer, Dr. James Kravec is responsible for providing physician executive leadership for the Youngstown region’s clinical enterprises, which include the hospital medical staff involved with acute care delivery, Mercy Health Physicians and Mercy Health Select. In collaboration with Regional Chief Operating Officer Don Koenig, he oversees overall Mission and strategic leadership, as well as the assurance of quality care delivery and integration for those clinical enterprises. Dr. Kravec chairs the Amazing Patient Care Council for Mercy Health – Youngstown and is a member of the system-wide Mercy Health Amazing Patient Care Council. He also represents Mercy Health as a member of the Summa Health Board in Akron.
A Youngstown native, Dr. Kravec was born at St. Elizabeth Youngstown Hospital. He graduated from Youngstown State University, earned his medical degree from Northeast Ohio Medical University (NEOMED) and completed his residency in internal medicine at Summa Health Akron City Hospital. He is board certified in both internal medicine and hospice and palliative medicine, and he is a 2012 graduate of the Mercy Health Leadership Academy. Dr. Kravec actively practices internal medicine in the Ambulatory Care Center and is a faculty member for the internal medicine residency at St. Elizabeth Youngstown Hospital.
A part of Mercy Health since graduating residency in 2005, Dr. Kravec has served in various roles in Youngstown, including program director of the St. Elizabeth Youngstown Transitional Residency; associate medical director of Hospice of the Valley; president of Mercy Health Physicians Youngstown; and board member of Mercy Health Physicians. As a medical staff leader, he has served as chairman of the department of internal medicine and treasurer/secretary of the medical staff at St. Elizabeth Youngstown Hospital. At NEOMED, he has served as president of the Alumni Association, internal medicine clerkship director and section chief of general internal medicine for the department of internal medicine.
Sr. Marie Ruegg, RSM
Senior Vice President of Mission and Values, Mercy Health – Youngstown
Sr. Marie Ruegg, RSM, serves as the senior vice president of Mission and values for Mercy Health – Youngstown. In this role, Sr. Marie provides regional leadership for cultural development, mission-based leadership, spiritual care, ethical discernment, community outreach services and volunteers.
As a member of the region’s senior leadership team, Sr. Marie works to develop the corporate agenda, strategic direction and operational effectiveness of the region in the context of Mission and core values, Catholic identity and traditions of the founders.
Sr. Marie earned her Bachelor in Dietetics from Ursuline College of Cleveland and dual master’s degrees in health administration and business administration from the University of Pittsburgh. She also earned a degree in theology from Duquesne University and holds a license as a nursing home administrator.
Matthew A. Love
Senior Vice President and Chief Financial Officer, Northern Division
Matthew A. Love is chief financial officer of the Northern division of Mercy Health, which includes the Youngstown, Lorain, Lima and Toledo regions. In this role, he serves as the steward of the financial and physical assets of the regions and is also responsible for construction, real estate and reimbursement.
With more than 10 years of healthcare experience, Matthew has occupied leadership roles of increasing responsibility. Prior to joining Mercy Health, Matthew was vice president for strategy, planning and operations for LeBonheur Children’s Hospital in Memphis, Tenn., where he led business development and was responsible for the day-to-day operations of the hospital. While there, Matthew developed and implemented a physician employment strategy and implemented the organization’s strategic plan to drive business growth.
Matthew earned a Master of Business Administration from Cleveland State University and a Bachelor of Science in Industrial and Systems Engineering from The Ohio State University. He is a member of the Healthcare Finance Management Association (HFMA) and is a fellow in the American College of Healthcare Executives (FACHE). A board member for the Youngstown/Warren Chamber, Matthew also sits on the Ohio Hospital Association (OHA) Finance Committee.
System Vice President of Human Resources Program Delivery, Mercy Health – Youngstown
As system vice president of human resources (HR) program delivery for Mercy Health – Youngstown, Molly provides strategic leadership for the delivery of all HR programs and services across the region. In this role, she is called upon to transform HR program and service delivery to create a distinctive employee experience.
Molly joined Mercy Health in 1999 and has served in various roles, including senior vice president of human resources for Humility of Mary Health Partners and vice president of human resources for the Eastern and Northeast divisions. As a divisional leader, Molly provided strategic HR leadership to a number of Mercy Health regions including Toledo, Lorain, Youngstown, Springfield and Lima.
A member of the first Leadership Academy of Mercy Health, Molly has contributed to a number of strategic initiatives at a system level, including Mercy Health’s first Strategic Diversity Plan, first Magnet site recognition in the system and state of Ohio, first system-wide RN Retention Initiative and the introduction of Mercy College’s first satellite campus. More recently, Molly has provided executive sponsorship and strategic leadership to the implementation of CareTime across the system.
Molly earned a Bachelor of Science in Human Resource Management from The University of the State of New York, a Master of Business Administration from Bowling Green State University and an applied business degree from Youngstown State University. Locally, Molly serves on the boards of directors for the Swanston Foundation, Youngstown Area Development Corporation and the Area 17 Workforce Investment Policy Board.
Paul S. Homick, JR.
President of Mercy Health Foundation of Mahoning Valley
Paul Homick, Jr. serves as the president of the Mercy Health Foundation Mahoning Valley. In this role, Paul is the principal developer of the Foundation’s fundraising programs and activities. His responsible for leading and strengthening a comprehensive fundraising program in support of Mercy Health’s Mission and goals, in addition to increasing the Foundation’s grant making efforts.
Prior to joining Mercy Health, Paul was the vice president of major gifts at Allegheny Health Network in Pittsburgh, where he designed and implemented major gift fundraising strategies for the oncology service line and Jefferson Hospital, as well as other fundraising initiatives for the seven-hospital healthcare system. He also served as executive director of major gifts at Carnegie Mellon University in Pittsburgh, leading a team of more than 20 fundraising professionals during the university’s $1 billion capital campaign. During his tenure at Carnegie Mellon, Paul led the major gift team in increasing its fundraising productivity by more than 40 percent in gifts within the $50,000 to $1 million range. He also successfully designed and executed a $12 million fundraising strategy for the Jared L. Cohon University Center.
Paul holds a Juris Doctorate from Duquesne University School of Law, a Doctorate in Cannon Law from the Pontifical Lateran University in Rome, a Bachelor of Theology from Sant’ Anselmo University/Saint Vincent Seminary and a Bachelor of Arts from Saint Vincent College. A member of the Pennsylvania Bar Association, Paul chairs the Committee on Charitable Organizations and is a member of the Board of Directors of the Pennsylvania Bar Foundation. He also serves on the boards of the Bayer Center for Nonprofit Management at Robert Morris University and WQED in Pittsburgh.
Nikki Carter, FACHE
Vice President of Strategy & Business Development, Mercy Health – Youngstown
Nikki Carter serves as the vice president of strategy and business development for Mercy Health – Youngstown. In this role, she is responsible for strategic planning, business development, market research, service line support, property management, branding, marketing and communications. In collaboration with the chief financial officer, Nikki provides strategic and business development guidance to senior leadership in various operating departments to ensure that overall business development effectiveness exceeds or meets growth goals.
Prior to her role with Mercy Health, Nikki served as vice president of oncology services at Cleveland Clinic, where she was accountable for strategic and operational planning, program development and financial management. Most recently, Nikki secured $15 million in capital funding to develop Howland Medical Center. The center is the only comprehensive outpatient medical center in Trumbull County, and was the collaborative development of a comprehensive five-year primary care strategic plan with the chief clinical officer.
Nikki earned a Master of Business Administration and a Master in Public Health, both from West Virginia University. She is a member of and has earned board certification from the American College of Health Executives (ACHE) and is a member of the National Association of Health Service Executives. An active community leader, Nikki serves as the board chair for the Center for Health Affairs CHAMPS and the board secretary for Students Motivated by the Arts (SMARTS). She is also an active member of the YMCA of Youngstown Board of Trustees.
Joseph Anthony Shoaff
Vice President of Legal Services and General Counsel, Mercy Health – Youngstown
Joseph Shoaff serves as the vice president of legal services and general counsel for Mercy Health – Youngstown. In this role, he manages legal services for Mercy Health – Youngstown facilities, which include: three acute care hospitals (St. Elizabeth Youngstown Hospital, St. Elizabeth Boardman Hospital, and St. Joseph Warren Hospital); Humility House and Assumption Village long-term care facilities; Hospice of the Valley inpatient hospice; Mercy Health - Home Care; and affiliated entities throughout the region’s three counties. Joseph provides the full range of healthcare legal services, including general corporate matters, medical staff, contracting, PACE, litigation, real estate, compliance, labor and cost management of outside legal services through effective use of the CounselLink billing system.
Prior to joining Mercy Health in 1999, Joseph worked in the health law division for two law firms in Akron, Ohio, and he clerked for the City of Akron’s Civil Division. He earned his Doctorate in Jurisprudence from the University of Akron School of Law, where he served on the Akron Law Review and graduated summa cum laude. He earned his bachelor’s degree in applied science from Youngstown State University. Previously, Joseph was a respiratory therapist at St. Elizabeth Youngstown Hospital.
Lori DeNiro, MSN, R.N., NE-BC
Regional Chief Nursing Officer, Mercy Health – Youngstown and Chief Nursing Officer, St. Elizabeth Youngstown Hospital
Lori DeNiro is the regional chief nursing officer for Mercy Health – Youngstown, as well as the chief nursing officer for St. Elizabeth Youngstown Hospital. In these roles, Lori works in close collaboration with the chief nursing officers of St. Joseph Warren Hospital and St. Elizabeth Boardman Hospital, and she oversees and coordinates the nursing care and daily operations for the region. She reports directly to the region’s executive vice president and chief operating officer.
As the lead nursing executive, Lori works to align the nursing staff with Mercy Health’s Mission, vision, values and promise. She is responsible for quality and patient safety initiatives and strategic planning, and she manages nursing budgets, establishes nursing policies and procedures, participates in departmental decision making, partners with physicians, drives the patient experience and maintains excellence in nursing through Magnet accreditation status.
Lori joined Mercy Health in 1986, working in various nursing leadership positions of increasing responsibility, including nurse coordinator, nurse manager, senior director of nursing and, most recently, chief nursing officer for St. Elizabeth Youngstown Hospital.
Under Lori’s leadership, St. Elizabeth Boardman Hospital received its first Magnet designation and joined both St. Joseph Warren and St. Elizabeth Youngstown hospitals in this prestigious recognition. Among her many noteworthy achievements, Lori helped pioneer the opening of St. Elizabeth Boardman Hospital in 2007; supported the successful implementation of the electronic medical record, EPIC; developed top talent for team leadership; increased certification of the nursing specialty; decreased St. Elizabeth Youngstown Hospital registered nurse vacancy rates; and was instrumental in several successful Joint Commission and State of Ohio surveys.
Lori graduated from St. Elizabeth School of Nursing with her diploma in nursing. She then earned her Bachelor of Science in Nursing from Jacksonville University and her Master of Science in Nursing from Regis University, Ruerkert-Hartman College for Health Professions. A member of the Honor Society of Nursing, Sigma Theta Tau International (STTI), Lori is a graduate of the Mercy Health Leadership Academy and the Centers for Creative Leadership Program. She is also a member of the Eastern Ohio Organization of Nurse Executives (EOONE) and the Mercy Health Amazing Patient Care Council. An American Nursing Credentialing Centers (ANCC) board-certified nurse executive, Lori participates in many local community and nursing events and initiatives.
Kathy Cook, MSN, RN, FACHE
President, St. Joseph Warren Hospital
Kathy Cook is the president and Northern region leader for the Trumbull County area for Mercy Health – Youngstown. In this role, she is responsible for driving the strategic vision for quality, service, operations and growth across the region’s northern communities, in alignment with Mercy Health’s Accountable Care Organization Model. This includes the development and execution of the organization’s integrated network of patient-centered care through St. Joseph Warren Hospital, St. Joseph Outpatient Surgery Center, Howland Medical Center, Tod Miner Emergency Department, Andover Emergency Department and physician practices. In addition to her hospital leadership role, Kathy is also the executive leader for the oncology service line across Mercy Health – Youngstown.
Previously, Kathy served as the chief nursing officer (CNO) for St. Elizabeth Youngstown Hospital. Under her leadership, the hospital achieved significant improvement in employee engagement, patient experience and patient safety scores. St. Elizabeth also received its second Magnet redesignation during her time as CNO.
Part of Mercy Health in 1983, Kathy has held various leadership positions of increasing responsibility at all three Mercy Health – Youngstown hospitals. She has served on several boards throughout the Valley and led the partnership between Mercy Health – Youngstown and the Akron Children’s Hospital Beeghly campus.
Kathy received her diploma from St. Elizabeth School of Nursing, a Bachelor of Science in Nursing from Youngstown State University and a Master of Science in Nursing from Gannon University. She is a fellow of the American College of Healthcare Executives and is board certified with the American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC). She is also a graduate of the Mercy Health Leadership Academy and the Centers for Creative Leadership. Kathy is involved with several community groups, including serving as a member of the Executive Committee of Trumbull 100 as well as a member of the boards of directors for Kent State Trumbull Campus; Northeast Ohio Adoption Agency; and the Warren Education, Cultural and Civic Foundation.
President, St. Elizabeth Boardman Hospital
Genie Aubel is the president and Southern region leader for the Mahoning County area for Mercy Health – Youngstown. In this role, she is responsible for driving the strategic vision for quality, service, operations and growth across the region’s southern communities, in alignment with Mercy Health’s Accountable Care Organization Model. This includes the development and execution of the organization’s integrated network of patient-centered care through St. Elizabeth Boardman Hospital, Austintown Emergency Department, ambulatory medical centers and physician practices. In addition to her hospital leadership role, Genie is also the executive leader for the orthopedics and spine and women’s service lines across Mercy Health – Youngstown.
Genie has more than 25 years of healthcare experience and has been instrumental in the growth of the Boardman campus. She planned the multi-phased evolution of the campus that included the Cancer Center (1999), the temporary emergency department (2001), the ED and Diagnostic Center (2003), the Wellness Center (2004), the St. Elizabeth Board Health Center (2007) and the addition of a second tower that included full women’s services (2014). Also under her leadership, St. Elizabeth Boardman Hospital received the Healthgrades 2014 Outstanding Patient Experience Award.
Prior to her current role, Genie served as vice president of ambulatory services. In this role, she collaborated with physician leaders to develop ambulatory operations, as well as financial and human resources management.
Genie earned a Bachelor of Public Administration from Miami University and a Master of Health Services Administration from The Ohio State University.
Paul Olivier, FACHE
Senior Vice President and Chief Network Integration Officer, Mercy Health – Youngstown
Paul Olivier serves as the chief network integration officer responsible for the Youngstown clinically integrated network (CIN). The CIN consists of nearly 600 doctors and is the regional vehicle for advancing collaboration among Mercy Health – Youngstown hospitals, employed physicians and affiliate physicians to improve the delivery of care. Paul also manages state and federal government relations for the organization. Prior to his current role, Paul served as senior vice president of physician enterprises, senior vice president of business development and quality officer for Mercy Health – Youngstown.
With more than 23 years of experience in a variety of health system and hospital leadership roles across the country, Paul has served in positions with the St. Joseph Health System in California and Children’s National Medical Center in Washington, D.C. He has led a number of strategic planning processes, hospital-physician practice mergers, medical practice operations, legislative advocacy initiatives and quality improvement programs, including Lean Six Sigma deployment.
Paul earned a Master of Health Services Administration from the George Washington University and a Bachelor of Business Administration from Providence College. He is a fellow in the American College of Healthcare Executives, a member of the Medical Group Management Association, a graduate of Mercy Health’s Leadership Academy, and serves on several area boards.