Update from the Board: November 13, 2017

November 13, 2017
To Mazzoni Center Community:
The Mazzoni Board of Directors met on October 19th and we are sharing an update on the news and actions that resulted from that meeting here with you.  We hope to see many of you at our ribbon cutting and community celebration on November 16.  For details and to register, visit our website.
New Board Executive Committee
We are pleased to announce the appointment of new officers for the Executive Committee of the Board.  Christopher Pope will assume the role of President, Louis A. ThomasPh.D. will serve as Vice President and Acting Secretary, and Anthony F. Verdi, Ph.D. will remain in the role of Treasurer.  The Board voted to make the Secretary position a temporary appointment through February 2018 as a group of new Board members is expected to begin its service with Mazzoni Center later this month.  In February, the Board will revisit the role of Secretary with the hope that a new Board member will serve in that capacity.  You can read bios for the new Executive Committee members here.
Ongoing Board Recruitment
We reported in our last update that interest in Board service and the caliber of our initial pool of new candidates has been extremely high. Staff and community members will have the opportunity to meet this new pool of board members at the ribbon cutting for Mazzoni Center’s building on November 16. We are encouraged by the diverse group of people who are volunteering to bring their unique perspectives and expertise to the table and by the excitement they have demonstrated for being part of Mazzoni Center’s future.
Investigation Update
The independent investigation into the allegations surrounding Mazzoni Center’s former Medical Director is complete and has been submitted to the Pennsylvania State Board of Medicine. It is now the responsibility of the Pennsylvania Medical Board to address these issues moving forward. Because of the sensitive nature of the patient information included in this report, we are not at liberty to share it publicly.  We know that this may be dissatisfying to some people; but we are hopeful that, as a community, we can continue our march forward and advance Mazzoni Center’s mission as a safe, welcoming place, where high-quality, comprehensive health and wellness services are provided in an LGBTQ-focused and supportive environment that recognizes and celebrates the differences within the communities we serve.    
CEO Search Update
The process to identify our next CEO is progressing, and we remain committed to engaging our dedicated Mazzoni Center staff and community leaders as integral participants in the search process.  We have convened an advisory search committee of 14 individuals who represent the Board, senior staff, managers and front-line staff, as well as the community.
Advisory CEO Search Committee:
Chris Bartlett
Dr. Nancy Brisbon
Iveliz Crespo
Patricia Dunne
Christie Eastburn
Stephen Glassman
Joniece Greer
Amber Hikes
Airen McClure
Karen Minyety
Judy Morrissey
Christopher Pope
Roberto Rodriguez-Garcia
Tony Verdi
Executive CEO Search Committee:
Kelly Harris
Karen Minyety
Christopher Pope
Louis Thomas
Tony Verdi
To learn more about the search committee members, visit the website here.
In addition, the Board has chosen Advanced Corporate Research Solutions, LLC (ACRS) to guide us in the search process.  This firm, which successfully placed our current interim CEO, was selected following evaluation and due diligence.  Led by Amy Smith, search consultant, and charged with acting as our partner in identifying a diverse, qualified candidate pool, ACRS will be a valuable addition to our efforts to select a new executive leader for Mazzoni Center.  We encourage you to read the firm’s and Amy’s full bio here.  
Our next step is to finalize the job description and initiate the search process, which we expect will begin in the next week.
Thank you for your continued support and for all you do for Mazzoni Center.  Our collective community is working every day toward our goals.  As a board, we are so grateful for that and for the thoughtful insights of every staff member, community advocate and partner as we work together to build a better organization, one that continues to ensure our patients and clients receive top quality care each and every day.  
If you have any questions, you can reach us at [email protected].
On behalf of Mazzoni Center's Board of Directors