Leadership at Arkansas Children's 

President and Chief Executive Officer - Marcella (Marcy) L. Doderer, FACHE

Arkansas Children's CEO Marcy DodererMarcy Doderer took the helm as president and chief executive officer of Arkansas Children's Hospital (ACH) on July 15, 2013. Prior to her role at ACH, she served as a member of senior leadership for CHRISTUS Santa Rosa Health System in various capacities since 2002. 

Doderer became administrator for CHRISTUS Santa Rosa Children’s Hospital in 2008 and led the effort to transform the facility into the free-standing Children’s Hospital of San Antonio. Her previous leadership experience includes positions at CHRISTUS St. Joseph’s Health System and McCuistion Regional Medical Center, both in Paris, Texas, and Presbyterian Hospital of Dallas, Dallas, Texas.

Doderer is a Fellow in the American College of Health Care Executives (ACHE) and active in many professional organizations. She has served on various boards and committees at the state and national level aimed at improving child health. She is currently a member of the Children’s Hospital Solutions for Patient Safety Board of Directors, serves on the Education Committee of the Children’s Hospital Association and the board of Healthy Active Arkansas.

As a professional and a mother, Doderer is passionate about improving healthcare for children in Arkansas. She obtained her BS in Finance from Trinity University, San Antonio, Texas, and MA in Hospital and Health Administration from The University of Iowa.  

Executive Staff

Chanda Cashen Chacón, Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer

Chanda Cashen Chacon

Chanda Cashen Chacón is executive vice president and chief operating officer for Arkansas Children’s in Little Rock. She has overall executive responsibility for operational leadership and accountability for system operations, which includes Arkansas Children’s Hospital (ACH) and the new Arkansas Children’s Northwest (ACNW) campus, currently under construction in Springdale with an opening date of January 2018. Cashen Chacón graduated from Vanderbilt University with degrees in Biology and Spanish and from Yale University with a Master’s Degree in Public Health Management. She is also a Fellow in the American College of Healthcare Executives. 

Prior to Arkansas Children’s, she served at Texas Children's Hospital for over 14 years in progressive leadership roles including ambulatory operations, pharmacy, the Heart Center, the Fetal Center, and Women’s Services. In January 2015, she was named as president of the Texas Children's Hospital West Campus the first community hospital in the Texas Children's system that is growing rapidly to meet the needs of the West Houston community. She volunteered her time as a court-appointed Child Advocate serving children in CPS custody, and was an active member of PEO a philanthropic organization focusing on the advancement of women by awarding scholarships, grants, awards, and loans focusing on education. Chacón is passionate about leadership and developing others and frequently presents on these topics at graduate schools, non-profit organizations, and healthcare professional organizations.

Gena Wingfield, CPA, Executive Vice President of Finance

Gena Wingfield, CPA

Gena Wingfield, CPA, has been the chief financial officer for Arkansas Children's Hospital since 1998 and is currently executive vice president/Finance for Arkansas Children’s. Since joining the hospital in 1985, Wingfield has held previous roles in Finance, including controller and interim chief information officer.  A graduate of the University of Central Arkansas in 1983 with a BBA in Accounting, she began working in public accounting for Arthur Young & Co. (now Ernst & Young) until joining Arkansas Children’s Hospital. Wingfield has served as a member of the Child Health Association (CHA) Audit/Compliance Committee and the CHA Financial Services Committee. She serves on the Finance Committee for the Children’s Hospitals’ Solutions for Patient Safety, and has served on the Finance Committee of the Women’s Foundation of Arkansas. Wingfield is also a member of the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants, Arkansas Society of Certified Public Accountants and the Healthcare Financial Management Association. 

Jayant (Jay) K. Deshpande, MD, MPH, Senior Vice President and Chief Medical Officer

Jayant (Jay) K. Deshpande, MD, MPH

Jayant (Jay) K. Deshpande, MD, MPH, is the senior vice president and chief medical officer of Arkansas Children’s Hospital (ACH). Dr. Deshpande holds faculty appointments in the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences, College of Medicine Departments of Pediatrics and Anesthesiology. Previously, Deshpande served as pediatric anesthesiologist-in-chief and executive physician, Pediatric Quality and Safety at Monroe Carell, Jr. Children’s Hospital at Vanderbilt and vice-chair for Pediatric Anesthesiology at Vanderbilt University Medical Center Department of Anesthesiology. Deshpande brings a wealth of experience and knowledge in local and national health care regulation and policy, accrediting bodies and standards. He is responsible for helping ACH and its medical staff gauge ACH’s current levels of quality and safety, and for leading changes to improve both to levels comparable to leading pediatric hospitals across the country.

Lee Anne Eddy, MSN, RN, NEA-BC, Senior Vice President and Chief Nursing Officer

Lee Anne Eddy, MSN, RN, NEA-BC

Lee Anne Eddy, MSN, RN, NEA-BC, has served as senior vice president and chief nursing officer at Arkansas Children's Hospital since December 2013.  She began at ACH in September 2011 as the vice president of Ambulatory Services.  Prior to joining ACH, she worked extensively at Children’s Hospital of Wisconsin, at all levels in children’s health from bedside nurse through vice president.  Eddy is board-certified  Nurse Executive, Advanced and holds an MSN from Marquette University in Milwaukee, WI.

Jonathan (Jon) Goldberg, Senior Vice President and Chief Information Officer

Jonathan (Jon) Goldberg is senior vice president and chief information officer for Arkansas Children’s. He has over 25 years of healthcare leadership experience spanning health systems, technology start-up, and consulting. Goldberg is responsible for technology, telecommunications, and Health Information Management. Currently, he is overseeing a transformative set of initiatives underway to redefine how care is provided to children in the state through the use of technology and analytics.    

Goldberg’s career began at the New York City Health and Hospital Corporation, the country’s largest public health system, followed by roles at Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center and Lenox Hill Hospital, also of New York. He has served as a consultant providing strategic advisory services to hospitals and was one of the first employees of Omnicell, a health care technology startup based in Palo Alto, CA.

Prior to Arkansas Children’s Hospital, Goldberg served since 2004 as vice president and chief information officer for Albany, New York-based St. Peter’s Health Partners, the largest health system in the Upstate New York region.

Goldberg is a founder and former board member of Hixny, a health information exchange in New York. He holds certifications with the College of Health Information Management Executives (CHIME) and the Healthcare Information and Management Systems Society (HIMSS).  A major health information systems thought leader, he is a frequent presenter and industry commentator on current topics related to information technology in health care. He is a 2006 recipient of the Albany Business Review “40 under 40” award.

Goldberg holds a BA in Public Administration from the State University of New York at Albany and a Master’s degree in Health Administration from Long Island University.

Gregory L. Kearns, Pharm D, PhD, FCP, FAAP, Senior Vice President and Chief Research Officer

Gregory L. Kearns, PharmD, PhD, FCP, FAAP, serves as the senior vice president and chief research officer for Arkansas Children’s and president of the Arkansas Children’s Research Institute.  Dr. Kearns currently holds the Ross and Mary Whipple Family Distinguished Research Scientist endowed chair at Arkansas Children’s.  He also holds an academic appointment at the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences as professor of Pediatrics.  Prior to rejoining the faculty at Arkansas Children’s, Dr. Kearns was the Marion Merrell Dow / Missouri chair of Pediatric Research and chief research officer at the Children’s Mercy Hospital in Kansas City, MO. He received his undergraduate degree (BS Pharm.) from the St. Louis College of Pharmacy (1977) and his PharmD from the University of Cincinnati (1979). Kearns completed a residency at the Children’s Hospital Medical Center in Cincinnati (1977-1979) followed by a fellowship in Clinical Pharmacology and Toxicology at the LSU School of Medicine in Shreveport (1979-1983).  In October of 2002, he earned his PhD degree in Clinical Pharmacology from the Erasmus University School of Medicine in Rotterdam, the Netherlands.

Kearns’ service includes past membership on the American Board of Clinical Pharmacology (1995-2000), presidency of the American Society for Clinical Pharmacology and Therapeutics (2003-04) and two terms as a member of the Board of Regents of the American College of Clinical Pharmacology. His awards include the Distinguished Investigator Award from the American College of Clinical Pharmacology (2004), the Sumner J. Yaffe Lifetime Achievement Award in Pediatric Clinical Pharmacology (2008), the William H. Elliott Distinguished Service Award from ASCPT (2013), the Mentor Award from ASCPT (2014), election as an Honorary Fellow of the American Academy of Pediatrics (2014) and recipient of the Rawls Palmer Progress in Medicine Award from ASCPT (2018). Kearns is currently the Chair of the American Academy of Pediatrics Section on Clinical Pharmacology and Therapeutics.  He also is serving his third, 4 year term  as regular member of the  Expert Committee on the Selection and Use of Essential Medicines for the World Health Organization.

Over the past 35 years, Kearns’ research has focused on developmental regulation of pharmacokinetics/pharmacodynamics, the evaluation of mechanisms underlying adverse drug reactions and most recently, the integration of pharmacogenetics into Phase II clinical trials in children. He has received continuous support from the National Institutes of Health for over 25 years for research and education initiatives in Pediatric Clinical Pharmacology. Kearns has co-authored over 290 peer-reviewed publications since 1976.

Rhonda McKinnis, J.D., Senior Vice President and General Counsel

Rhonda McKinnis, J.D. is senior vice president and general counsel for Arkansas Children’s, including Arkansas Children’s, Inc., Arkansas Children’s Hospital, Arkansas Children’s Northwest, Arkansas Children’s Research Institute, and the Arkansas Children’s Foundation. McKinnis presides over Legal Affairs, Corporate Compliance, and Enterprise Risk Management. Her experience includes 17 years of trial practice in medical malpractice defense, medical products liability defense, employment law, civil rights, and constitutional law, including time in private practice, service as an assistant attorney general, and in-house for the University of Arkansas System.

In 2008, she hung up her trial shoes to become senior associate university counsel for the University of Colorado, and moved to Little Rock in late 2010 to accept the chief legal officer position for Arkansas Children’s Hospital. McKinnis is licensed to practice before the United States Supreme Court, the 8th and 10th Circuit Courts of Appeal, the U.S. District Courts for Arkansas and Colorado, and the Arkansas Supreme Court. She is a member of the Arkansas, Colorado, and District of Columbia Bar Associations and the American Health Lawyers Association, where she currently serves as a vice-chair of the Children’s Hospital Affinity Group. She serves on the Board of the Thea Foundation supporting arts in education, and acts as a moderator for the Arkansas Literary Festival.

Trisha Montague, MSN, RN, NEA-BC, Senior Vice President and Administrator - - Arkansas Children's Northwest

Trisha Montague, MSN, RN, NEA-BC

Trisha Montague, MSN, RN, NEA-BC, serves as senior vice president and administrator for Arkansas Children’s Northwest. The new campus, now under construction in Springdale, Arkansas, represents a $427.7 million investment over the next five years. Montague has more than 30 years of experience in executive leadership in patient care delivery and pediatric nursing practice. Her career has been dedicated to the care of sick children and families and she has been privileged to work with a variety of children’s hospitals across the United States. Her previous experience includes building new spaces and programs for children’s hospitals in both New Jersey and Texas.

Montague received a Bachelor of Science degree in Nursing from Loretto Heights College in Denver where she started her career at Colorado Children’s Hospital. She continued her formal nursing education with a Master of Science Degree in Nursing Administration from the University of Colorado Health Sciences Center.

Fred Scarborough, CFRE, Chief Development Officer and Chief Communication Officer

Fred Scarborough, CFRE

Fred Scarborough, CFRE, serves as chief development officer and chief communication officer for Arkansas Children’s. A member of the fundraising profession since 1995, he has achieved an uncommon level of success among his fundraising peers. Consistently exceeding the most challenging of organizational goals, he has attained success in every major area of resource development, helping to secure more than $400 million for the organizations he has served.

Scarborough also oversees Public Relations, Marketing, Communications and Volunteer Engagement.  He also serves as president of Arkansas Children’s Foundation (ACF), Fred and the Foundation staff are actively engaged in mobilizing large numbers of individual donors and volunteers in support of the Arkansas Children’s mission through relationship-centered, metrics-driven fundraising.

Previously, Scarborough served as senior vice president for Major Gifts – ACHF, director of development for the Arkansas Symphony Orchestra, and director of development for Meals on Wheels (CareLink). Committed to excellence in all forms, he is mission-focused, metrics-driven and success-oriented. His strengths include the capacity to first envision organizational possibilities and then enroll others in that vision. In 2002, he was named the Arkansas Symphony Orchestra’s first Honorary Member and in 2004 was named Outstanding Fundraising Professional by the Arkansas Chapter of the Association of Fundraising Professionals (AFP).

Scarborough holds a Bachelor of Arts in Communications from the College of the Ozarks, Point Lookout, Missouri, and a Masters of Arts from the Fulbright College of Fine Arts in the University of Arkansas at Fayetteville. He is highly sought after as a speaker and teacher in the field of fund development, currently serving as Adjunct Faculty for the Clinton School of Public Service where he teaches Fundraising in the 21st Century. He serves as a member of the Board of Directors for the Woodmark Group (a consortium of 26 free-standing children’s hospitals), having co-chaired the International Woodmark Summit. Scarborough continues to be a frequent presenter at AFP, Association for Healthcare Philanthropy (AHP) and Woodmark Group Summit trainings, as well as regional fundraising conferences. He serves as the Benchmark Committee chair for the Woodmark Group and on the Board Trustees for Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals.

Scarborough has served as dean of Major Gifts for the AHP Regional Conference, presented at the National AHP Conference, and served as keynote speaker at the National Performing Arts Conference by invitation of the American Symphony Orchestra League’s Volunteer Council. His core courses, Metrics-Driven Major Gifts Fundraising and Accountable Annual Gift Fundraising, consistently draw a capacity crowd. A recipient of a National Endowment for the Arts citation for excellence in program development and a former member of Actor’s Equity Association, he has been active with the Arkansas chapter of AFP since 1995, having served in a variety of offices including president. He lives in Little Rock, Arkansas with his wife, Mary Holt Scarborough, and their two sons, Isaac and Nama.

Robert W. Steele, MD, MBA, Senior Vice President and Chief Strategy Officer

Robert W. Steele, MD, MBA

Robert W. Steele, MD, MBA, a pediatrician, joined Arkansas Children’s in June 2014 as the senior vice president/chief strategy officer. Dr. Steele serves as the primary senior leader responsible for business development, market positioning, external relations, and catalyst for unified strategic planning. He is responsible for coordinating development of and implementing the long-range and annual strategic planning process, service line and business planning and implementation, physician/medical staff planning, community needs assessment, and new business development and outreach. Steele also serves as the president of Arkansas Children’s Medical Group. His clinical expertise, coupled with his experience in managed care contracting and ACO development, is currently being utilized to head the formation and operations of a statewide pediatric clinically integrated network in Arkansas.

Andree L. Trosclair, L.C.S.W., J.D., SHRM-SCP, Senior Vice President of Human Resources

Andree L. Trosclair, L.C.S.W., J.D., SHRM-SCP

Andree L. Trosclair, L.C.S.W., J.D., SHRM-SCP, serves as senior vice president of Human Resources for Arkansas Children’s. Trosclair joined Arkansas Children’s Hospital 30 years ago and has served as the leader of Human Resources since 1997. Currently, she is responsible for the administration of Human Resources programs, Organizational Development, Clinical and Simulation Education, Occupational Health, an on-site Employee Medical Clinic and Child Enrichment Center, and the ACH Fitness and Wellness Programs.

Trosclair holds a bachelor’s degree from the University of Louisiana at Lafayette and is a graduate of the Bowen School of Law and Graduate School of Social Work in Little Rock. She is a frequent guest presenter and lecturer at local, state and national programs. In addition, Trosclair is a former board member on the National Board for HIPPY (Home Instruction Preparing Parents, Disability Rights (PAIMI), and the Allen School and Habitat for Humanity.

Robert S. Williams, MD, FAAP, Chief Medical Officer - Arkansas Children's Northwest

Robert S. Williams, MD, FAAP, Chief Medical Officer - Arkansas Children's NorthwestArkansas Children's has named Robert S. Williams, MD, FAAP, chief medical officer (CMO) for Arkansas Children’s Northwest (ACNW). Previously, Williams served as an assistant professor of pediatrics for the University of Oklahoma Health Sciences Center. He worked closely with electronic medical record systems as the information technology medical director at the Children’s Hospital at OU Medical Center before being named the medical director for pediatric emergency medicine. Williams earned his undergraduate degree in English from the University of California and received his medical degree from St. George’s University. He completed both his pediatric residency and fellowship in pediatric emergency medicine at the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences and Arkansas Children's Hospital.

Michael Howard, BSN, MM, MSN, MHA, Chief Nursing Officer - Arkansas Children's Northwest

Michael Howard ACNW CNOArkansas Children's has named Michael Howard, BSN, MM, MSN, MHA, chief nursing officer (CNO) for Arkansas Children’s Northwest (ACNW). He will be responsible for planning, organizing and directing the overall operations of Nursing/Patient Care Services at ACNW. The announcement was made today by ACNW Senior Vice President/Chief Administrator Trisha Montague.

Howard comes to ACNW from the Children’s Hospital of San Antonio, where he served as the director of pediatric emergency services. For more than nine years he led the emergency services team and facilities, which includes two emergency departments, an urgent care center, a center for abused children and a staff of 120 personnel.

Michael received a Bachelor of Nursing from Waynesburg College in 1996. He went on to complete a master’s in Management, a master’s in Health Administration and a master’s in Nursing from the University of Phoenix.

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