Get to know our executive leadership team at Phoenix Children's.
Phoenix Children's Hospital Executives
- Robert L. Meyer, President and CEO
- David Higginson, Executive Vice President, Chief Innovation Officer
- Kari Cornicelli, Executive Vice President, Chief Financial Officer
- Carmen Neuberger, JD, Executive Vice President, Legal Affairs and General Counsel
- Daniel J. Ostlie, MD, Surgeon in Chief and Chair of Surgery
- Jared T. Muenzer, MD, MBA, Physician in Chief, Phoenix Children’s Hospital, Chief Operating Officer, Phoenix Children’s Medical Group
- Michael Ritchey, MD, Chief Medical Officer
- Jodi Carter, MD, Chief Clinical Integration Officer
- Rich Lehmuth, Senior Vice President, Strategic Planning
- Brian Meyer, Chief Information Officer, Senior Vice President, Information Technology
- Tamra L. Kaplan, Senior Vice President, Operations
- Betsy Kuzas, Senior Vice President, Construction and Special Projects
- Page Bachman, Senior Vice President, Human Resources
- Chad Johnson, Senior Vice President and Executive Director, Phoenix Children's Care Network
- Terrence L. Stull, MD, Senior Vice President of Research and Chief Research Officer
Phoenix Children's Hospital Foundation Executives
- Steve Schnall, Senior Vice President and Chief Development Officer, Foundation
- Tim Harrison, Vice President, Corporate Partnerships & Special Events
- Kelly Lane, CFRE, Vice President, Foundation Operations
- Kelley Morris, Vice President, Individual Giving
Robert L. Meyer
President and Chief Executive Officer (CEO)
Robert L. “Bob” Meyer serves as Chief Executive Officer for Phoenix Children’s, recognized as a leading children’s hospital for its high volume and quality care. Phoenix Children’s is one of the country’s largest and busiest children’s hospitals, with 433 licensed beds and a medical staff of nearly 1,000 practitioners across 75 pediatric specialties.
Under his leadership, the organization has clarified its vision for quality, growth and integration. With a focus on bringing care closer to home, Phoenix Children’s has grown from a single campus to offer services in a dozen clinical locations statewide and growing.
The entity’s inpatient, outpatient, emergency, trauma and urgent care services have been recognized as a "Best Children’s Hospital" by U.S. News & World Report, and by The Leapfrog Group, a coalition of employers who use the collective leverage of their large healthcare purchasing power to structure their insurance contracts to reward the highest performing hospitals. Phoenix Children’s is one of only 13 they named a "Top Children’s Hospital."
Through a strategic alliance with Dignity Health Arizona, Phoenix Children’s serves as the pediatric affiliate of Dignity’s four Arizona hospitals. Meyer championed clinical integration and the establishment of Phoenix Children’s Care Network, Arizona’s only physician-led pediatric clinically integrated network. PCCN now features nearly 700 pediatric providers focused on delivering the highest quality care while managing the cost of care.
Meyer’s commitment to pediatric medical research and education is clear. Phoenix Children’s has a growing genomic research emphasis, having recently established the Chan Soon-Shiong Children’s Precision Medicine Institute. The Hospital also serves as the Department of Child Health for the University of Arizona College of Medicine-Phoenix. A robust residency program and growing fellowship offerings are equipping the next generation of pediatricians and specialists.
Meyer joined Phoenix Children’s in 2003, taking over the leadership of current operations and future growth for Phoenix Children’s, Phoenix Children’s Medical Group and the Phoenix Children’s Foundation.
Previously, Meyer served as Vice President and National Director for Health Strategy Practice for Cap Gemini Ernst & Young, based in Irvine, Calif. As a consultant, he was tapped by Phoenix Children's to stabilize the organization and cast a vision for future growth following a challenging chapter in the hospital’s history. During a tenure as interim CEO, Meyer is credited for the rapid and significant turnaround of the hospital's finances and operations, and in the permanent role he has been heralded for his strong operational and financial management skills, ability to unify diverse constituencies and his strategic focus to realize the vision and mission of the hospital and advance pediatric healthcare in Arizona.
Meyer earned his Bachelor of Business Administration from the University of Michigan, and became a Certified Public Accountant in 1981.
Executive Vice President, Chief Innovation Officer
David Higginson has dedicated more than 25 years to children's health care and joined Phoenix Children's in 2011 as the Chief Information Officer (CIO). As CIO, he oversaw all aspects of information technology strategy, project execution, systems design, and technology infrastructure maintenance. Phoenix Children's implemented a fully integrated EMR, Billing, and ancillary clinical systems with a single database and product line integration under his direction. Before transitioning to his current role as Chief Innovation Officer in 2020, David served as Phoenix Children's Chief Operating Officer beginning in 2018, where he was responsible for Nursing, Operations, Information Technology, Supply Chain, Process Optimization and Marketing.
Higginson is an innovator and entrepreneur. He successfully launched and developed his own health care software company, commercialized numerous innovations into patents and successful products and is passionate about operational efficiency and process improvement. He regularly speaks at health care conferences on the evolving role of technology as the efficiency platform underpinning care delivery and the importance of operationalizing the insights provided by data in the EMR. In 2016, Higginson was named "CHIME Innovator of the Year" and was awarded AZ Top Tech's "CIO of the Year" in 2017 and the Phoenix Children's IT department has twice been recognized as the Best Healthcare IT department in the US.
Before taking his position at Phoenix Children's, Higginson was Chief Information Technology Officer at Arkansas Children's Hospital (ACH) in Little Rock. During his 16-year tenure at ACH, he implemented more than 500 systems and was instrumental in building the IT and research departments as the hospital doubled in size.
After obtaining his degree in accounting/finance from the University of Liverpool in the United Kingdom, he qualified as a Chartered Management Accountant in 1994 while working as an investment analyst in London. At the age of 10, he began developing computer systems. He combined his keen interest in computing with his financial expertise when he developed systems for the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) and the UK's Royal Mail.
Executive Vice President, Chief Financial Officer
Kari Cornicelli, Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer at Phoenix Children's, brings more than 30 years of experience to the organization, with expertise in healthcare finance and value growth. As Chief Financial Officer, Cornicelli leads broad financial initiatives across the health system in both for-profit and nonprofit environments. She works to grow enterprise value and has significant experience in developing healthcare reform initiatives like population health strategies. Transparent and collaborative, Cornicelli takes great pride in mentoring younger professionals.
Cornicelli joined Phoenix Children’s from San Diego, where she worked as the Vice President and Chief Financial Officer for the Sharp Metropolitan Medical Campus. During her successful 22-year tenure, Cornicelli worked to grow the enterprise into the 1,036-bed, $1.3 billion enterprise it is today.
Active in the Healthcare Financial Management Association, Cornicelli has served as both the San Diego Chapter president and national chair. She has contributed to several national task forces, and she frequently speaks at healthcare finance conferences.
Cornicelli previously served on the California Hospital Association Board of Directors and on the Neighborhood Healthcare Board of Directors. In 2015, she was named to Becker’s Hospital Review’s list of 150 Hospital and Health System CFOs to Know and Becker’s 130 Women Hospital and Health System Leaders to Know in 2017, 2016 and 2015.
Cornicelli earned a degree in accounting from Weber State University. She is a licensed Certified Public Accountant and a Healthcare Financial Management Association Fellow and a graduate of the California Healthcare Leadership Program.
Carmen Neuberger, J.D.
Executive Vice President, Legal Affairs and General Counsel
Carmen Neuberger, J.D., joined Phoenix Children’s Hospital as General Counsel in 2007. As Executive Vice President and General Counsel, Neuberger is responsible for managing the legal environment at Phoenix Children’s. This includes providing legal guidance across the enterprise, developing hospital-wide policies and procedures, counseling the hospital on business transactions and managing complex contractual relationships and affiliations. As General Counsel, Neuberger is responsible for overseeing legal affairs, quality and risk management, compliance/privacy, government relations and security.
Neuberger graduated cum laude with a BS in Nursing from Duke University. She worked as a critical care nurse for five years before earning her law degree at the George Washington University National Law Center in Washington, D.C.
Neuberger comes to Phoenix Children’s with more than 30 years of experience in health care law. She started her legal career with eight years in private practice and joined the Georgetown University Office of University Counsel. Most recently, she served as Senior Corporate Counsel for MedStar Health, a complex tri-state health care system based in the mid-Atlantic region and comprised of nine hospitals and approximately 30,000 employees. Neuberger has served as an adjunct faculty member for the Georgetown University School of Nursing and Health Studies, is an active member of the American Bar Association and the American Health Lawyers Association and is admitted to practice in Arizona, Virginia and Washington, D.C.
In 2015, Neuberger was named the Arizona "Non-Profit Attorney of the Year" by the Association of Corporate Counsel. In 2019, the Phoenix Business Journal recognized Neuberger as the winner of the Health Care Heroes award (non-physician category). In 2019, Neuberger was selected as a finalist by the Phoenix Business Journal for General Counsel of the year. Neuberger currently serves as a member of the National Advisory Child Health & Human Development Council of the National Institutes of Health, a four-year appointment she received from the U.S. Secretary of Health and Human Services. As a member of the Council, Neuberger is tasked with advising and making recommendations to the U.S. Secretary on research relating to reproductive health and pediatric growth and development.
Daniel J. Ostlie, MD
Surgeon-in-Chief and Chair of Surgery
As Surgeon-in-Chief and Chair of Surgery, Dr. Ostlie is accountable for Phoenix Children's Hospital’s surgical services and leadership within all surgical divisions, including General Surgery, ENT, Dermatology, Urology, Congenital Heart Surgery, Orthopedics, Neurosurgery, Ophthalmology, Plastic Surgery, Trauma, Anesthesiology and Transplant.
Dr. Ostlie also provides administrative and clinical leadership to four clinical program centers that encompass multiple divisions. These include the hospitalists and critical care program, the neurosciences institute, and the heart center. He remains committed to education and research, and has administrative oversight for both the research and educational endeavors at Phoenix Children’s Hospital.
Prior to joining Phoenix Children’s, Dr. Ostlie served as Surgeon-in-Chief at American Family Children’s Hospital in Madison, WI, and held Professor of Surgery and Professor of Pediatrics positions at University of Wisconsin School of Medicine and Public Health. Dr. Ostlie completed his residency in general surgery at Mayo Clinic Scottsdale from 1995 to 2000, during which time he also spent one year as a research fellowship at Cambridge University, Cambridge, UK. After general surgery residency, he completed his pediatric surgery fellowship and surgical critical care fellowship at Children’s Mercy Hospital, Kansas City, MO, where he stayed on, starting as a staff surgeon. During his 10 years with the institution, he rose through numerous leadership roles, including vice chair of the Department of Surgery and program director of both the Pediatric Surgery Residency and Surgical Critical Care Fellowship. Dr. Ostlie and his wife have immediate family in the Phoenix area and are excited to continue their support of the communities and children of the Valley.
Jared Muenzer, MD, MBA
Physician in Chief, Phoenix Children’s Hospital
Chief Operating Officer, Phoenix Children’s Medical Group
As Senior Vice President and Chief Operating Officer of Phoenix Children’s Medical Group (PCMG), Dr. Muenzer is accountable for the overall operations of more than 500 employed physicians and providers. He also spearheads the development, communication and implementation of effective growth strategies and process improvement for the medical group and associated service lines. Dr. Muenzer also provides administrative and clinical leadership to four clinical centers that encompass multiple divisions. These include the Center for Cancer and Blood Disorders, Emergency and Urgent Care services, Aerodigestive and Medical Subspecialties. Dr. Muenzer remains committed to Patient, Safety and Quality and has administrative oversight for these programs at Phoenix Children's Hospital.
Prior to this position, Dr. Muenzer served in the division of Emergency Medicine as a physician. He has also served as Medical Director of Phoenix Children's Medical Group, Associate Director of the Emergency Department, Program Director of the Pediatric Emergency Medicine fellowship program and Vice President of the Medical Staff.
Michael Ritchey, MD
Chief Medical Officer
Michael Ritchey, MD, earned his medical degree from Louisiana State University School of Medicine. Upon graduation, he completed his internship and urology residency at Wilford Hall USAF Medical Center and pediatric urology fellowship at Mayo Clinic. He has held faculty positions in urologic surgery at University of Michigan and University of Texas Health Science Center where he served as Chairman of the Department of Urology.
Dr. Ritchey moved to Phoenix in 2005, where he began his career caring for Arizona children with urological conditions. In addition to being former co-Division Chief of the Division of Urology at Phoenix Children's, he is currently a Professor of Urology at Mayo Clinic Arizona and Creighton University. He is Professor of Child Health at University of Arizona College of Medicine. In the role of Chief Medical Officer, Dr. Ritchey will lead patient safety and quality across Phoenix Children’s Hospital and Phoenix Children’s Medical Group. Dr. Ritchey will also be responsible for supervision of the Medical Staff office and will lead ongoing efforts to provide the best clinical care for patients and families.
Jodi Carter, MD
Chief Clinical Integration Officer
After growing up in Phoenix, Jodi Carter, MD, earned a Bachelor of Arts degree from Georgetown University in Washington DC. She returned to Arizona for medical school and earned her medical degree from the University of Arizona. She then completed a pediatric internship and residency at Dartmouth Hitchcock Medical Center in New Hampshire in 2003.
Dr. Carter joined Phoenix Children’s as a hospitalist in 2007 and is currently an assistant professor of pediatrics at both the University of Arizona College of Medicine and the Creighton University School of Medicine. From 2010-2016, Dr. Carter served as medical director for the Utilization Review at Phoenix Children’s. In January 2017, she became medical director for Phoenix Children’s Care Network, Arizona’s only pediatric, clinically-integrated network.
In the role of Chief Clinical Integration Officer, Dr. Carter will focus on integration efforts across all Phoenix Children’s entities and community partners, working to align our population health strategies, including patient safety and quality, care coordination and payer contracting.
Senior Vice President, Strategic Planning
As Chief Strategy Officer, Richard “Rich” Lehmuth plays a key role in defining and executing Phoenix Children’s Strategic Plan. Lehmuth brings over twenty years’ experience in strategic and financial planning and deployment. For the past decade, Lehmuth served as System Vice President of Strategy and Business Development at OhioHealth, which is the largest healthcare delivery network in central and southeastern Ohio with over 29,000 associates and 3,000 beds. Significant accomplishments include the development and implementation planning on the system’s Neuroscience Institute, the cultivation of a multifaceted relationship with MD Anderson, the development of a system-wide primary care strategy, the business case and pilot of a network of freestanding emergency departments, and the development of strategy and implementation planning for three ambulatory facilities.
Lehmuth earned his Bachelor of Arts in English Literature and Master of Health Administration from St. Louis University. In Ohio, Lehmuth served on the Mid Ohio Regional Planning Commission, which focuses on the environment and economic development, and the AIDS Resource Center Ohio, as well as, volunteered in meal preparation for the Columbus Homeless Shelter Board.
Chief Information Officer, Senior Vice President, Information Technology
Brian Meyer is the Chief Information Officer (CIO) and Senior Vice President of Information Technology at Phoenix Children’s Hospital. In this role, he oversees all aspects of information technology, information security, data and analytics, systems implementation, and the growth and maintenance of the technology infrastructure for Arizona’s largest children’s hospital.
Meyer joined Phoenix Children’s in 2010. Prior to his role as CIO, Meyer served as Vice President of Information Technology where he managed the computing application systems supporting Phoenix Children’s Revenue Cycle, Finance, Human Resources, and Supply Chain, as well as led and developed the company’s project management office and IT governance process. Meyer also oversaw the company’s Marketing and Communications organization where he was responsible for managing and developing marketing, communications, and public relations across the enterprise.
Meyer is an experienced leader in the healthcare information technology community with more than 20 years of experience in business process improvement, information technology strategy, governance, and implementations. Before joining Phoenix Children’s, Meyer was director of practice operations for an Oracle business partner in Cincinnati, OH.
Meyer received his Bachelor of Business Administration in Information Systems at the University of Cincinnati.
Tamra L. Kaplan
Senior Vice President, Operations
Tamra Kaplan joined Phoenix Children’s in 2019 as Senior Vice President, Operations, as an accomplished health care executive with broad, in-depth knowledge of hospital operations and a successful track record of leading operational excellence within an integrated health care delivery system. She is known for her collaborative leadership and patient centeredness in achieving service excellence, exceptional care delivery and positive patient outcomes.
Kaplan began her career at MemorialCare Health System in Southern California, spending ten years as senior vice president and chief operating officer for Long Beach Medical Center and Miller Children’s & Women’s Hospital. Most recently, she led the pediatric and women’s services initiatives including a newly formed collaboration with UCLA Mattel for regional pediatric services. Previously, she held leadership positions in lean management, ancillary and support services as well as ambulatory pharmacy services.
Throughout her career, Kaplan has mentored and coached many individuals and guided countless teams in rapidly changing environments. She also volunteers her time through the UC Irvine BioSci undergraduate mentor program as well as serves on the Boards for Women in Healthcare Administration and the Concordia University Irvine MHA Program.
Kaplan received her Bachelor of Science in biology from the University of California, Irvine, and her PharmD from the Thomas J. Long School of Pharmacy & Health Sciences at the University of the Pacific. She is a certified lean leader and lean fellow as well as an active member in the American College of Healthcare Executives.
Senior Vice President, Construction and Special Projects
Betsy Kuzas has more than 20 years of industry experience with a concentration in consulting. She was a Senior Manager with Capgemini (formerly Ernst & Young) in healthcare management consulting. Specific areas of experience and demonstrated results include strategic planning, operational improvement and enterprise turnaround, ranging from strategic agenda development, program and services planning/growth development, operations assessments and implementation. Betsy was the Project Director for the Capgemini turnaround at Phoenix Children's Hospital. Following Capgemini, she was the Senior Vice President, Clinical Services at Beth Israel Medical Center–Continuum Health Partners, Inc.
Her responsibilities include patient care organization, professional services, support services and construction. She is currently responsible for the master facility plan, including the $538-million Expansion Campus project and satellite development. Her accomplishments to date include implementation of the hospital's satellite strategy – specifically design, construction, operating budget and go-live – performance turnaround of outsourced Support Services, and assembling the team for the Master Facility Plan by developing an in-house Planning Design and Construction model, and implementation of the Thomas Campus Master Plan.
Betsy earned an MBA at Baldwin Wallace College, MT (ASCP) – University Hospital Heath System of Cleveland, and a BA from Miami University of Ohio.
Senior Vice President, Human Resources
Page Bachman joined Phoenix Children's Hospital as Senior Vice President of Human Resources in 2017. He and his HR leadership team focus their efforts on providing world-class HR services to compliment and support Phoenix Children’s world-class medical care and rapid growth initiatives. He serves as a member of the Phoenix Children’s leadership council, and is a strategic partner who understands the value of building collaborative and trusting relationships between senior leaders, physicians and staff.
Prior to joining Phoenix Children’s, Bachman was Vice President of Human Resources for the Kansas/Oklahoma region of Ascension Health, consisting of two health systems – St. John Health System in Tulsa and Via Christi Health in Wichita – where he oversaw all elements of HR in the region. Prior to that, he held various roles at Memorial Hermann Healthcare System in Houston, Texas, including in-house legal counsel, director of employee relations, and HR director for corporate divisions.
Bachman earned his BA in Economics from Syracuse University in 1988 and a law degree from the New England School of Law in Boston in 1997. He served in the U.S. Peace Corps in the Dominican Republic and Uruguay from 1989-1992, and has served in leadership positions on various boards of directors, including Goodwill Industries of Tulsa and the Tulsa Area United Way. He is licensed to practice law in the Commonwealth of Massachusetts.
Senior Vice President and Executive Director, Phoenix Children's Care Network
Chad Johnson joined Phoenix Children’s as Senior Vice President and Executive Director of Phoenix Children’s Care Network in January 2015. Mr. Johnson formerly served as the Chief Executive Officer at Children’s Health Network in Minneapolis, MN, a role he had held since February 2012. Prior to moving into the CEO role, Chad supported Children’s Hospitals and Clinics with their Strategy and Business Development efforts from July 2006 to February 2012. He has also supported numerous healthcare organizations through a consulting firm he founded in 1999 specializing in program management and healthcare strategy.
Terrence L. Stull, MD
Senior Vice President of Research and Chief Research Officer
Dr. Stull has overall executive management responsibility for developing, coordinating and stimulating research activity, and ensuring that our research infrastructure supports our investigators. His role includes enhancing external funding and ensuring compliance with all applicable laws and regulations, and he works with leaders across Phoenix Children's Hospital to recruit and develop scientific talent. Dr. Stull will work with our community and academic partners to build pediatric research not only at Phoenix Children's but across the region.
Dr. Stull has been the Chair of Pediatrics at the University of Oklahoma from 1994 to 2016, and he built a superb department that excels in providing care, teaching and research. He has maintained a funded research laboratory throughout his career, and he moved his personal research mission to Phoenix Children's. Dr. Stull graduated from the University of Alabama in Birmingham School of Medicine. He then completed a pediatric residency at Stanford and a pediatric infectious disease fellowship at Seattle Children’s Hospital. Dr. Stull is a member of various professional societies, including the American Pediatric Society, Society for Pediatric Research and Infectious Disease Society of America. He has participated in research throughout his career, is a frequent invited speaker and has published more than 200 articles, chapters, reports, commentaries and abstracts.
Phoenix Children's Hospital Foundation Executives
Senior Vice President and Chief Development Officer, Foundation
Steven Schnall has served Phoenix Children's Hospital since 1983. In his current role as Senior Vice President and Chief Development Officer of Phoenix Children's Hospital Foundation, Steve provides strategic leadership for all aspects of philanthropy for the Hospital. Under his direction, the Foundation has led numerous successful campaigns that supported development of Phoenix Children's. A 5-year, $250M funding initiative has been focused on building a world-class children's hospital.
Steve's prior roles at Phoenix Children's included Vice President, Business Development and Outreach where his responsibilities included strategic planning, marketing and public relations, community relations, physician relations and grants. He has also served as Vice President, Ambulatory Services and additional administrative posts for the hospital.
Steve is a graduate of Arizona State University where he received a BA in Psychology. He received his MA in Organizational Management from University of Phoenix.
Vice President, Corporate Partnerships and Special Events, Foundation
Tim Harrison is the Vice President, Corporate Partnerships and Special Events for Phoenix Children’s Hospital Foundation, providing senior-level strategic planning and leadership around Corporate Development, Account Management and the Special Events departments.
Prior to joining Phoenix Children’s as the Director of Cause Related marketing, Tim held leadership roles in media sales and the restaurant industry in both the US and Europe. Additional non-profit experience includes serving as a Director for Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals.
Tim is a native of England and graduated from the University of Brighton with a BA in International Hospitality Management.
Vice President, Foundation Operations, Foundation
Kelly Lane began her career at the Phoenix Children’s Hospital Foundation in 1999, as one of the first members of the management team established to lead strategic efforts to build Arizona’s first free-standing children’s hospital. Since that time, she’s had an illustrious career serving in multiple leadership roles specializing in program development and business management. Today, Kelly is still devoted as the Vice President of Foundation Operations at the Phoenix Children's Hospital Foundation.
In this role, she leads the Foundation's communications, donor relations, research and development services functions, and is a member of the hospital’s senior leadership team. Kelly brings more than 25 years' experience in executive leadership, strategic development and marketing communications. Prior to joining the Foundation, her career was focused in the financial services industry, where she led the operations division for Wells Fargo Bank Arizona. Kelly has a Bachelor’s degree in Business Management and Organizational Development from Western International University, where she graduated magna cum laude. She is a Certified Fundraising Executive and speaks nationally on topics pertaining to non-profit business development.
Vice President, Individual Giving
Kelley Morris joined Phoenix Children’s Hospital Foundation in 2019. In her role as Vice President of Individual Giving, Kelley provides leadership and strategic oversight of a team responsible for Major and Principal Gifts, Annual Giving, Planned and Legacy Giving and Foundations. She also serves as a member of the hospital’s senior leadership team.
Kelley brings more than 20 years of experience in healthcare philanthropy. Prior to joining Phoenix Children’s, Kelley held senior fundraising positions at City of Hope Medical Center, University of Southern California-Doheny Eye Institute, Cedars-Sinai Medical Center and Baylor College of Medicine.
Kelley has a Master’s Degree in Health Care Administration from Texas Woman’s University, and a Bachelor of Science Degree from the University of Texas Medical Branch.