2015 HealthONE Board of Trustees
President & Chief Executive Officer, Mile High United Way
Christine Benero is President and Chief Executive Officer of Mile High United Way, the first United Way in the country.
Christine is the former Chief Executive Officer of the American Red Cross Mile High Chapter, in Denver, Colorado. Prior to joining the American Red Cross, Christine was the Director of the Office of Public Liaison for the Corporation for National Service in Washington, DC. She served in two Presidential administrations working for both Presidents Bill Clinton and George W. Bush.
Christine has served as Vice President of the National Civic League, a national nonprofit organization committed to civic renewal and community-based democracy and as a Community Affairs Corporate Program Officer for Target Stores in Minneapolis, MN.
In her volunteer life, Christine is on the Board of the National Civic League, Community Wealth Ventures, the Denver Metro Chamber of Commerce Leadership Foundation and the Women’s Foundation of Colorado. Christine was named the 9News Leader of the Year in 2007 and in 2009 received the Community Leader Award by Goodwill Industries and was named by both the Rocky Mountain News and The Denver Post as one of “Nine to Watch in 2009.” In 2010 she was named a “Woman of Distinction” by the Girl Scouts of Colorado and in 2011 received a “Las Madrinas” award from Centro San Juan Diego.
She is a past President of the Association of Junior Leagues International, a past chairman of the Women’s Foundation of Colorado, Coalition for America’s Children and the Kiwanis International’s Young Children: Priority One Advisory Board. She was a delegate both to the Presidents’ Summit for America’s Future in 1997 and to the NGO Forum at the UN Conference on Women in Beijing in 1995.
Christine holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Special Education from Boston University, a Masters in Education from Harvard University, Graduate School of Education, and was selected as a 2007 Gates Fellow for the Senior Executive Program at the Kennedy School of Government at Harvard.
Chairman, Columbine Capital Corp. and Collegiate Peaks Bank
Mr. Boyles presently serves as Chairman of Columbine Capital Corp, and Collegiate Peaks Bank. Mr. Boyles has 37 years commercial banking experience. He is the former Co‑Chairman, and President of the $1.7 billion, Guaranty Bank & Trust Company, Denver, CO. Mr. Boyles served as President of the Guaranty organization for 22 years. He is one of the initial incorporators of Columbine Capital Corp. Mr. Boyles has served as the 10th Federal Reserve District representative to the Federal Reserve Advisory Counsel and currently serves on the Rose Foundation Investment Committee.
Jerome Buckley, MD
Dr. Buckley received his medical degree from Creighton University in Omaha. In 1992 he received his MBA from the University of Colorado at Denver. Dr. Buckley is Board certified and a Fellow of the American Academy of Allergy Asthma and Immunology, the American College of Allergy and Asthma, and the American Academy of Pediatrics. He also belongs to the American Medical Association, Colorado Medical Society, and the American College of Physician Executives and is a member of multiple professional societies. Buckley has been listed in Best Doctors in America, is author/co-author of numerous papers, a pulmonary function teaching monograph, and allergy/asthma textbook chapter and has been a frequent presenter at specialty medical meetings and liability insurance meetings.
Dr. Buckley is past Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of COPIC Insurance Company, which insures approximately 80 percent of all physicians in Colorado who require private medical professional liability insurance and nearly all the smaller independent hospitals.
As part of a documented history of service to the medical community and recipient of numerous professional and community awards, Buckley has helped establish a clinic for the medically indigent (Metro Community Provider Network – MCPN); co-founded a camp for severely asthmatic children (Champ Camp); volunteered to help Pueblo establish and develop a program (Health Access Pueblo Program) for the working uninsured; and is working with a team in exploring a pilot project to address children born with Neurological Impairments with a “no-fault” compensation program.
Forrest Cason, PhD
Chief Financial Officer, Mental Health Center of Denver
As CFO of the Mental Health Center of Denver, Forrest’s responsibilities include supervision of corporate accounting, managed care contract administration, facilities, information systems, procurement, treasury management and business development. He has broad-based executive experience in the governmental, for-profit and not-for-profit sectors managing the planning and implementation of large scale projects, including the development and implementation of capital financing strategies. He was recognized by Association TRENDS as the “2013 Nonprofit CFO Transformational Leader: State Organization”.
Forrest currently serves as Vice-Chair of the Colorado Regional Health Information Organization Board of Directors. He has served on the board of directors of many Colorado not for profits including Clayton Early Learning, Colorado Public Radio, Colorado Educational and Cultural Facilities Authority, University of Colorado Hospital, and YouthBiz.
Prior to coming to MHCD in 2007, Dr. Cason served the University of Colorado Hospital as Senior V.P., CFO from 1998 to 2006, followed by a transition term as Sr. V.P., Corporate Finance and Treasurer. From 1996 to 1998 Forrest was the CFO for the newly formed Stapleton Development Corporation. His prior work experience includes seven years in public finance investment banking and eight years as an executive in state and local government organizations in Colorado. He received his B.A. from the University of Colorado – Boulder, and his M.A. and Ph.D. from Clark University, Worcester, Massachusetts.
Chief Financial Officer, HealthONE and HCA Continental Division
Mr. D’Argonne joined HCA in 1984 and served as the Assistant Controller at Parkland Hospital in Baton Rouge, LA and Controller at North Monroe Hospital in Monroe, LA. Mr. D’Argonne has served as CFO for HealthONE and the HCA Continental Division since 2001. Prior to that, Mr. D’Argonne served as Controller and then CFO at Wesley Medical Center from 1994 to 2001. Mr. D’Argonne earned his Bachelor of Science degree in Accounting from Louisiana State University in 1981. Mr. D’Argonne is a member of various health care related organizations.
Matthew J. Fleishman, MD
Radiology Imaging Associates
Dr Fleishman has been practicing radiology in Denver as a member of Radiology Imaging Associates since 1997. Based at Swedish Medical Center, he has been chief of the radiology department since 2000. Earning his medical degree from Columbia University College of Physicians & Surgeons, he completed internship in Medicine and fellowship training in Nuclear Medicine at the Presbyterian Hospital in the City of New York. He went on to complete residency training in Diagnostic Radiology and additional fellowship training in Thoracic Imaging at the Mallinckrodt Institute of Radiology, Washington University Medical Center in St Louis. He is certified by the American Board of Radiology and the American Board of Nuclear Medicine and is a Fellow of the American College of Radiology. In 2011, he completed a Masters Degree program in Medical Management from Heinz College at Carnegie Mellon University in Pittsburgh. Dr Fleishman is a board member of COPIC Insurance Company.
Dr Fleishman brings his training in Nuclear Medicine and Thoracic Imaging to a longstanding clinical focus on the diagnosis and imaging management of lung cancer and complex lung disease.
Active in medical staff leadership at Swedish Medical Center for more than 10 years, Dr Fleishman has served in a variety of roles on the Medical Executive Committee and is a past President of the Medical Staff. He is also past Chairman of the Council of Medical Staff Presidents for the HealthOne hospital system in Denver.
Outside of medicine, Dr Fleishman enjoys fly fishing, skiing and cycling. With his wife Stacey, they have two young children; Sydney and Charlie.
President, HCA-American Group
Jon Foster is the President of HCA’s American Group, one of two operating groups for Hospital Corporation of American (HCA), the largest hospital system in the world. In addition to serving as a senior officer of HCA, Foster’s responsibilities as President of the HCA American Group which includes oversight of 80 hospitals across Colorado, Georgia, Kansas, Kentucky, Louisiana, Missouri, Oklahoma, Tennessee and Texas. Finally, Foster serves as President of HCA-Texas, the largest hospital system in Texas. The HCA American Group has annual revenues of $17+ billion and employs 80,000 staff members.
Prior to his current role, Foster served as President and CEO of Austin, Texas-based St. David’s HealthCare, a $1.2 billion, seven-hospital healthcare system, with 60 locations throughout the central Texas region.
Prior to coming to St. David’s HealthCare, Foster served as the executive vice president of operations for the Baptist Health System of East Tennessee. His career began in 1986 at the Methodist Healthcare System in Houston, Texas, where he served until 1991.
Foster holds a BBA degree from Baylor University and an MS degree in Healthcare Management from Trinity University. While at Trinity, he was named a Foster G. McGaw Scholar. In 2000, the 30,000-member American College of Healthcare Executives gave Foster the prestigious Robert S. Hudgens Award recognizing him as the “Young Healthcare Executive of the Year” for the United States and Canada.
Mr. Foster has served on numerous national and state-level governing boards and currently serves as a past-Chair of the Texas Hospital Association Board of Trustees. In addition, he serves as a board member for the American Hospital Association Regional Policy Board, the Austin Economic Development Corporation, the Texas Quality Coalition, the University of Texas College of Pharmacy Advisory Board, and the board of the Young Presidents’ Organization (YPO) Austin Chapter.
Mr Foster and his wife, the former Laura Chapman, have two daughters, Haley and Lindsey. They reside in Nashville, Tennessee.
John Hughes, Jr., CPA, ABV, CVA
John is a Certified Public Accountant and received a BS in Accounting from Colorado State University. He was a founder, president and managing shareholder of Levine, Hughes & Mithuen, Inc., CPA's, until the firm merged in 2006 into Clifton Gunderson, LLP, a national CPA firm, where he was a partner in the Rocky Mountain Client Service Center. His professional specialties include business management valuation, accounting and tax consulting services for privately owned businesses. He retired as a partner of CliftonLarsonAllen, LLP f/n/a Clifton Gunderson, LLP, as of December 31, 2012.
In 2007 John earned his Accredited Business Valuation (ABV) designation through AICPA. He successfully completed the certification process with the National Association of Certified Valuation Analysts (NACVA) to earn his designation of Certified Valuation Analyst (CVA) in 2002. In 1999, he also earned the Tax Planning and Advising for Closely Held Businesses Certificate of Educational Achievement (CEA). Additionally, John has served as court appointed receiver, and testified in court as a receiver and as an expert witness in divorce matters, business valuations, lost earnings and tax issues.
John is a member of the Colorado Society of Certified Public Accountants (CSCPA), Past Vice President and member of the Board of Directors and served on various CSCPA committees. Additionally he is a member of the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants (AICPS) and served on various AICPA committees and is a member of the National Association of Certified Valuation Analysts.
John's service in civic organizations includes serving as a Board Member for the HCA-HealthONE Trustees, board member of The Colorado Health Foundation, the advisory board of Support Inc., and president of the Southeast Rotary Club and Southeast Denver Rotary Club Foundation. He was a former member of the Business Advisory Board for Colorado State University Accounting Department, the Professional Advisory Board for the Denver Foundation, and the South Metro Denver Chamber of Commerce Business of the Year Selection Committee and a former chair, treasurer and member of the board of directors of the South Metro Denver Chamber of Commerce, and the former President, Vice President and Treasurer of the South Denver Kiwanis Club. He was also a former member of the advisory boards for Citywide Banks and UMB Bank, and the boards of the Castlewood Water and Sanitation Districts. John is active in several other church and community organizations including past chairman of the Parish Council and member of the Finance and Administration Committee for All Souls Catholic Church.
Vice Chairman of the Board, Cassidy Turley Fuller Real Estate
Mr. Kortz has been involved in real estate transactions in excess of $1 billion and has served as a consultant to major corporations in a variety of real estate matters. A Denver native and graduate of Tulane University and the University of Denver College of Law, he has played an active role in consulting with law firms and other professional organizations in their expansion, contraction and relocation needs. He is Past Chair of the Denver Metro Chamber of Commerce, The Children’s Hospital, Colorado Children’s Health Foundation, Rose Community Foundation, and Rose Health Care Systems. He was a Commissioner on the Blue Ribbon Commission for Health Care and a board member of a number of cultural, arts, scientific, and business and banking organizations.
Director, Denver Team Washington University in St. Louis
A native of Denver, Maureen McDonald is passionate about connecting individuals and organizations from the public, private, and nonprofit sectors to improve our communities. Her firm provides consulting and implementation services on strategic partnerships for businesses, educational and nonprofit organizations.
For over 12 years, Maureen served as the Executive Director of the Denver Metro Chamber Leadership Foundation, and developed award-winning community leadership programs designed to inspire civic engagement and community investment. She has also served in development for the Denver Museum of Nature & Science, securing resources to inspire curiosity and connect citizens to the natural world.
Previously, Maureen served in institutional advancement roles for St Mary’s Academy, the University of Colorado Denver, University Hospital, and her alma-mater, Washington University in St. Louis. Maureen has recently achieved a longtime dream: to return to work with Washington University in a consulting role, as Director, Denver Team for the new, locally-delivered Executive MBA Program launching September, 2013.
Maureen serves as a Board Member for the HCA-HealthONE Trustees, the Colorado Nonprofit Association, the Colorado Children’s Chorale, and the Colorado Women’s Forum. In 2009, she was appointed by Colorado Governor Bill Ritter to serve on the Commission on Community Service, (Serve Colorado), was re-appointed by Governor John Hickenlooper in 2011 and served through 2012.
She is a graduate of the Leadership Denver class of 2000, the Center for Creative Leadership’s 2007 Executive Leadership Program, and the 2008 Senior Executives Program for State & Local Leaders at the John F. Kennedy School of Government at Harvard. Her BA from Washington University is in Comparative Arts and Literature.
A longtime resident of Park Hill in Denver, Colorado, Maureen is married to David Baker, a graphic designer. They have two adult children, Andrew and Elisabeth. Maureen and David have a large extended family and enjoy spending time with all generations. Maureen loves photography, travel, fitness, singing, and being outdoors in her beloved home state of Colorado.
Chair, President and Founder, Western Skies Group
Western Skies, Inc., was established in 1971 and WSi Personnel Services in 1987 by John McWilliams. He is currently active in the areas of health care consulting, real estate sales, and the development of medical facilities, commercial office buildings, shopping centers, art museums, hotels, and land subdivisions. Since Western Skies’ inception, John has guided the firm to the successful completion of real estate developments and transactions valued in excess of $1 billion. In addition, he has assembled over 50 real estate partnerships, joint ventures, and syndications. In 1986, John initiated the formation of Integrated Medical Campus. IMC was a national company in scope that created physician and hospital integration strategies, developed the strategies into ambulatory healthcare programs, and implemented the programs. John’s prior corporate experience included positions with Xerox and Control Data Corporation. He has also been part owner of a construction company.
Throughout his career, John has been and is still active on the Board of Directors and leadership positions of many local community, religious, professional and charitable organizations as well as numerous metro districts and homeowner associations. These include, but are not limited to, The Colorado Health Foundation, Cherry Creek Arts Festival, Cherry Creek Commerce Association, Race for the Cure, Center for Nursing Excellence, Denver Chamber of Commerce, NAIOP, Lower Downtown District (LODO), Downtown Denver Partnership, Alternative Pregnancy Center, and Eagle Lake Camp. John received a Bachelor’s of Arts Degree from Regis University and was an instructor at the University of Virginia’s Darden Business School and at Denver University Business School. John is a Realtor and holds a Real Estate Broker’s license in the State of Colorado.
Co-Founder, Robinson Dairy
Richard L. “Dick” Robinson is a fourth generation native of Denver. He attended schools in Denver, graduating from East High School, and then attended Colorado State University, graduating with a B.S. degree in Agriculture and was awarded an Honorary Doctorate in 2007 by CSU.
After decorated service in the U. S. Army, Dick began his career in the dairy business, working in the milk plant operated by his family. He has spent his entire working career in the dairy business. Dick and his brother Eddie formed the present Robinson Dairy in 1975, by purchasing the assets of Roberts Dairy for their operations in Denver. They sold the company to Dean Foods in 1999 and presently serve as Co-Chief Executive Officers of the Denver operation.
He has been active in a multitude of community and charitable organizations. He presently serves as a member of Consolidated Containers LLC. He serves on the boards of the Denver Art Museum and Regis University. He is past Chairman of the Rose Community Foundation, past Director of US Bancorp in Minneapolis, past Chairman of the Denver Area Council Boy Scouts of America, past Chairman of the Greater Denver Chamber of Commerce, past Chairman of Mountain States Employers Council and past Chairman of the CSU Board of Governors. Dick is also the past Chairman of the Milk Processors’ Education Program that presents the milk moustache ads.
Dick, an avid golfer, is a member of the Castle Pines Golf Club, Denver Country Club, and Green Gables Country Club. He has been married to Marcia for 56 years and has two children, John and Ellen, and two grandchildren.
Chief Financial Officer, HCA-American Group
Richard “Rick” Shallcross is the Chief Financial Officer – American Group of Nashville, Tennessee-based HCA, the nation’s leading provider of healthcare services. He is responsible for HCA’s operations in Colorado, Georgia, Kansas, Kentucky, Louisiana, Missouri, Oklahoma, Tennessee and Texas. This includes 80 hospitals and annual net revenues of approximately $17+ billion.
Shallcross began his career with HCA in 1995 when the company acquired Rose Healthcare System in Denver where he was CFO. In 1996 he moved to the Utah/Idaho Division as CFO, and in 1997 he returned to Denver as CFO of the Continental Division (12 hospitals in three states). Prior to joining Rose Healthcare System, he was an audit manager for Arthur Andersen.
Shallcross is a Certified Public Accountant and holds a bachelor’s in accounting from the University of Denver. He and his wife, Kim, reside in Nashville and have two sons.
Principal, The Pauls Corporation