HonorHealth Board of Directors

Mike Welborn - Board chair

Mike Welborn retired as the president of global brand development for P.F. Chang’s China Bistro in 2019. Mike had the blind luck to invest in the first P.F. Chang’s in Scottsdale in 1993. He joined the company in 2005 and started the global business in 2009, which has grown to over 100 restaurants in 25 countries. Previously, his career was in financial services, including as chairman/CEO of Bank One Arizona and Citibank Arizona and as a member of the executive leadership team with Bank One (now JPMorgan Chase) in Chicago. Mike has served on the HonorHealth board since 2006 and is currently its board chair. He has also served on the boards of P.F. Chang’s, Pei Wei Asian Diner and Peter Piper Pizza. Mike’s previous community board chair roles include Greater Phoenix Leadership, Greater Phoenix Economic Council, Valley of the Sun United Way and Arizona YPO and WPO. He also headed the Governor’s task force, which led to the development of a new stadium for the Arizona Cardinals. His spouse of 32 years, Patricia, serves on the Arizona State Board of Education and is board chair of a charter school for low-income and minority students. Mike and Pat enjoy active travel, hiking, biking, golf and skiing. The Welborn family has taken 19 bicycle trips around the world. Mike received his Bachelor of Arts from Johns Hopkins and his Master of Business Administration from Harvard.

Frank Pugh - Vice chair

Frank Pugh serves as Arizona Market president of BOK Financial Insurance, a subsidiary of BOK Financial, a regional financial services company. BOK Financial Insurance provides brokerage and consulting services in risk management and employee benefits. Mr. Pugh has been with BOK Financial Insurance for over 25 years. Prior to establishing what is now the Arizona location of BOK Financial Insurance. Frank was a healthcare management and finance executive working for healthcare systems and large medical practices. He is vice chair of the board of HonorHealth, and he also serves as the chairperson of the HonorHealth Captive Insurance Exchange. Frank created and chairs a leadership forum for CEOs of nonprofit organizations. He is past director and chair of the board of John C. Lincoln Health Network and past director and chair of the John C. Lincoln Health Foundation. Frank's previous community service includes volunteer work of various types with Valley of the Sun United Way, Gift of Life and Boys & Girls Clubs of Metropolitan Phoenix.

Julie Arvo MacKenzie

Julie Arvo MacKenzie is an attorney at Engelman Berger, PC. Before joining the firm, she practiced at national law firms for over 25 years, including as a partner at Lewis Roca Rothgerber Christie, where she primarily concentrated on public finance, including bond financings for numerous housing, hospital, education, and economic development projects. Julie then continued her career as in-house counsel for a healthcare conduit issuing authority. She attended the University of Michigan Law School and also received her bachelor's degree from the University of Michigan. Her memberships and board participation include former chair and current board member for HonorHealth Desert Mission (since 2006); past board member of the Arizona Women Lawyers Association, Maricopa Chapter; member of the National Association of Bond Lawyers; and member of the Arizona Society of Healthcare Attorneys. Julie has served on the HonorHealth Board since 2013. She is rated “AV/Preeminent Attorney” with Martindale-Hubbell.

Drew Brown

Drew Brown has served on the board of HonorHealth and its predecessor organizations since 1997. He served as board chair from 2010-2012. Drew currently chairs the Strategic Planning Committee and serves on the Nominating and Governance and Executive Committees of the board. He is a founding partner of DMB, a real estate development and investment firm doing business in Arizona and other western states. He guided the company’s growth and evolution for the past 35 years and provided strategic and creative leadership for each of DMB’s major projects. Prior to Founding DMB in 1984, Drew was a partner and director in the Phoenix law firm of Fennemore Craig, where he specialized in real estate and finance. He earned his bachelor’s degree from the University of Dayton and received his juris doctorate from the University of Notre Dame Law School. Mr. Brown has been active in a number of professional, civic and community organizations. He is a member of the board of directors of Phoenix Art Museum, The Flinn Foundation, Arizona Commerce Authority and is a member of Notre Dame Law School Advisory Council. He previously served as a trustee of the Urban Land Institute and chairman of Greater Phoenix Leadership. Mr. Brown resides with his wife, Laurie, in Paradise Valley, Arizona.

Peter Hathaway

Pete Hathaway joined the HonorHealth board in 2009 through the John C. Lincoln Health Network. He has served as the Audit and Compliance Committee chair since 2013. He also serves on the Executive and Compensation Committee and the Finance Committee. Pete was a past member of the Information Technology Committee. He retired from JDA Software, Inc. in 2013 where he served as the chief financial officer for four years. Prior to JDA, Pete served for six years as the CFO of Allied Waste Services (now Republic Services). For eight years prior to this, he held a variety of finance and accounting roles. Prior to Allied he also worked in the solid waste industry in Italy for Browning-Ferris Industries, Inc. Pete started his career in 1979 with the public accounting firm Arthur Andersen & Co. and served as a certified public accountant in the audit and attest division for 11 years. In addition to HonorHealth, Pete serves on the board of directors of Societal Innovations Holdings, Inc., which designs and develops software for distributed computing and the internet-of-things. He is also an advisory board member of D&L Communications, Inc., which provides compliant displays for the healthcare industry. Pete and his wife enjoy living in Scottsdale, Arizona, in the winter and Telluride, Colorado, in the summer. He is active in the outdoor community in each location, indulging in photography, skiing, backpacking, canyoneering, mountain biking and fly fishing.

Fred Hessler

Fred Hessler is a retired managing director of Citigroup where he headed its healthcare group for the not-for-profit sector from 1990 through 2013. Fred oversaw strategic advisory, mergers and acquisitions, and banking services to health systems, free-standing hospitals, physician groups, managed care plans and related ancillary companies. He is one of the founders of the nationally recognized AHA/HFMA/Citigroup Healthcare Investor Conference.

Fred joined the HonorHealth board in 2018. He is currently a member of the board of directors of PierianDx and the Center for Health Design. Fred has also served on the boards of Surgical Care Affiliates (SCAI), MedAssets (MDAS), LHP Hospital Group, Public Health Institute, Health Research and Education Trust, Health Insights Foundation and the National Center for Healthcare Leadership. He also served on the American Hospital Association Operations Committee and chaired its Investment Committee from 2002 to 2016. Fred was a member of The Center for Healthcare Governance’s Blue Ribbon Panel on Trustee Core Competencies. Prior to joining Citigroup in 1985, Fred was a partner and regional director of healthcare at Ernst & Young. He is a non-practicing certified public accountant. Fred is a graduate of Wayne State University. Fred and his wife, Kathie Mundy, reside in Scottsdale, Arizona.

Todd LaPorte - President and CEO

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Kathryn Jo Lincoln

Kathryn Jo Lincoln was elected to the predecessor John C. Lincoln Health Network board in 2010. Currently, she chairs its Investment Committee, to which she was appointed in 2016. As chief investment officer of the Lincoln Institute of Land Policy, Kathryn is responsible for the management of a $600 million portfolio, guiding strategic allocation, policy development, investment selection process and drawing policies, all of which have contributed meaningfully to achieving the current asset base. As chair of the Lincoln Institute board, she plays a crucial role in the strategic direction and planning of the institute, with ongoing involvement in the development of education programs, demonstration projects and impact measurement. Kathryn is also the chair of Claremont Lincoln University, a director at the Lincoln Electric Company, where she chairs the Nominating and Corporate Governance Committee, and co-chairs the International Center for Land Policy Studies and Training in Taiwan. In recognition of her service in Taiwan, the ROC government awarded Kathryn the Council of Agriculture’s Second-Class Agriculture Medal in 2006 and the Ministry of Foreign Affairs Friendship Medal of Diplomacy in 2008. Previously, she served as a director of Chautauqua Institution, Chautauqua Foundation, Johnson Bank, AZ, the Andrew Young School of Public Policy in Atlanta and the Tesseract School. She is a fellow of the National Association of Corporate Directors and a graduate of Hollins University She received her Master of Business Administration from the College of William and Mary. She sings professionally on occasion and resides in Paradise Valley, Arizona.

Kathleen Wade

Kathleen Wade has served on the HonorHealth board since the merger of Scottsdale Healthcare and John C. Lincoln Health Network. Prior to the merger, Kathleen served on the John C. Lincoln Health Network board. She held various positions on that board, including two three-year terms as chair and various committee chair positions. Kathleen retired as a regional president of Standard Pacific Homes, a national public homebuilder in 2011. Prior to joining Standard Pacific Homes, Ms. Wade was Co-CEO of Continental Homes, a public homebuilder. She has served on the boards of three public companies and one private company. She currently serves on the board of Lutheran Social Services. In the past, she has been a board member and chair of the Homebuilders’ Association of Central Arizona, chair of the Arizona Chapter of the March of Dimes, board member of Phoenix Country Day School, and board member and finance chair of New Global Citizens. Kathleen holds a Bachelor of Science in accounting from Arizona State University and is a certified public accountant (inactive) in Arizona. She resides in Arizona.

Steve Wheeler

Steve Wheeler joined the HonorHealth board in 2008 through Scottsdale Healthcare and served as board chair for eight years from 2011-2018. He retired as an executive vice president of Arizona Public Service Company in 2010. Prior to joining APS, Steve was a managing partner of the 450-attorney southwestern law firm of Snell & Wilmer. He currently serves as a director of HonorHealth and is also a director and vice chairman of the Flinn Foundation, director of the Helios Education Foundation, director of Great Hearts America, and a director of New Learning Ventures. He was previously chairman of the Valley of the Sun United Way, chairman of the Greater Phoenix Chamber of Commerce, chairman of the Fiesta Bowl, president of the Arizona Theatre Company, chairman of the Commission on the Arizona Environment, chairman of the Arizona Board of Legal Specialization, and vice chairman of the Phoenix Art Museum. Through gubernatorial appointment, he has also been involved in state initiatives on childhood education, transportation, and the environment. Steve is an honors graduate of Princeton University and Cornell Law School.

Alpa Shah, MD, FCCP

As chief of medical staff at HonorHealth Scottsdale Osborn Medical Center, Alpa Shah, MD, brings exceptional clinical leadership, institutional knowledge, and unique expertise in medical staff governance to her role. Dr. Shah’s focus is to create a vision and establish direction for the medical staff, promote strategic initiatives and programs, and engage with medical staff and administrative leadership to build an environment of extraordinary patient care. She serves on the HonorHealth Board of Directors and is a member of the Board Quality and Strategic Planning Committees. Dr. Shah is also an active member of the Network Bylaws Committee. Appointed to the medical staff in 2006, she is the recipient of multiple teaching awards and maintains her academic appointment at the HonorHealth Scottsdale Osborn Family Medicine Residency Program. She is a medical consultant and case reviewer for the Arizona Medical Board. Dr. Shah moved to Arizona after completing her medical training and fellowship at the University of Rochester Medical Center-Strong Memorial Hospital and New York Medical College Brooklyn-Queens. She is a fellow of the American College of Chest Physicians and is board-certified in internal medicine, pulmonary disease, and critical care medicine. Dr. Shah is an actively practicing clinician and is a managing partner of SPCC, a pulmonary and critical care practice located in Scottsdale, Arizona.

Andrew Kassir, MD, FACS, FASCRS, FRCSI

Andrew Kassir, MD, is the president of the Colon & Rectal Clinic of Scottsdale. Dr. Kassir graduated from The Royal College of Surgeons in Ireland, where he earned his doctorate of medicine. After surgical training in Ireland and a research fellowship at the University of California in San Diego, he completed a general surgery residency in Phoenix as well as a colon and rectal fellowship at the Colon and Rectal Clinic in Orlando, Florida. Dr. Kassir has academic appointments as associate professor of surgery at Creighton Medical School at the University of Arizona. He was recently appointed to the HonorHealth Board of Directors and serves on several board committees for both the board and medical staff. Dr. Kassir has presented at many prestigious national meetings, such as the American Society of Colon and Rectal Surgeons, The Arizona Chapter of The American College of Surgeons, and The World Robotic Society. He has co-authored numerous articles and published in several journals and textbooks, including The Diseases of Colon & Rectal Surgery and Sabiston Surgery Textbook.

Charles Mitchell

Charles Mitchell is the CEO and co-founder of All About People, which was ranked among the top 500 African-American-owned companies and the third largest minority-owned company in the state of Arizona. He is a member of the HonorHealth Board and serves on the Quality and Nominating Governance committees. Charles served on the national board for INROADS and is the past Minority Business Enterprise Chair of the Pacific Southwest Minority Development Council. He is currently the Founding and Governing Board Chair of Vista College Preparatory Charter School in Phoenix and a founding and former national board member of SEED SPOT. He also serves on the board of the Phoenix Regional Board of Teach for America and the national board of directors for Building Excellent Schools. In addition, Charles is on the President's Council for Self-Enhancement, Inc. board and is a new board member of Greater Phoenix Leadership. After receiving an MBA from the University of North Carolina, Charles served as a director at GE Capital Mortgage Corporation before leaving to attend law school. Upon graduating from American University, he joined the law firm of Fennemore Craig in Phoenix where his practice areas included securities law, mergers and acquisitions, and general corporate representation. He is also a Harvard Business School alumnus of the Owner/President Management Program (OPM). Charles and his wife Sherri are proud parents of Haley, Jadyn and Tate along with his wife, Sherri. He and his family reside in Scottsdale, Arizona.

Heidi Jannenga, PT, DPT, ATC

Heidi Jannenga, PT, DPT, ATC, is the co-founder and chief clinical officer of WebPT, a leading software platform for physical, occupational and speech therapists. She has been recognized as one of Health Data Management’s “Most Powerful Women in Healthcare IT,” and in 2018, she was named the “Ed Denison Business Leader of the Year” at the Arizona Technology Council’s Governor’s Celebration of Innovation. Her newest venture is Rizing Tide, a scholarship program designed to broaden the reach, impact and accessibility of BIPOC leaders in the physical therapy profession. She is a founding member of the Arizona chapter of Golden Seeds, an early-stage investment firm focusing on women founders and leaders creating lasting impact, and serves as a board member for the Greater Phoenix Economic Council, the Arizona Community Foundation, Arizona School for the Arts and the Flinn Foundation. Heidi holds a post-professional Doctorate of Physical Therapy from Evidence in Motion, as well as a Master of Science in Physical Therapy from the University of St. Augustine for Health Sciences and a Bachelor of Science from the University of California, Davis in Biological Science and Exercise Physiology. She and her family reside in Phoenix, AZ.