The Equitas Health Board of Trustees has appointed a four-person Leadership Council to lead the organization on an interim basis as it undergoes a nationwide search for a permanent Chief Executive Officer.
The appointment of the Leadership Council ensures that the organization has an optimal mix of in-depth health center leadership, compliance and operational knowledge in the near term.
The Leadership Council has more than 75 combined years of relevant experience and a true passion for the Equitas Health mission. This group includes the following:
The Leadership Council is a proven model that empowers Equitas Health leaders to continue to progress their departmental strategies, supports them with additional insights from industry veterans and ensures we meet all regulatory requirements. The Board has complete confidence in the team that has been assembled.
“Equitas Health provides critical services to our communities, reaching many historically underserved populations with exceptional care for physical, mental and emotional health. I look forward to meeting even more of our employees, patients, donors and supporters to learn how we can continue to evolve and improve in our next chapter.”
Most recently serving as CEO of Lifeline Ohio Organ Procurement, Inc., Kent joined Equitas Health’s Board of Trustees in 2023, bringing more than 37 years of experience in healthcare administration with specialties in operations and finance. He also serves as vice-chair for the SolVita, Inc., a nonprofit organization established to meet the vital need for blood banking as well as the need for human allograft tissue worldwide. He is a member of the Diversity, Equity and Inclusion task force for the Partnership for Excellence, a nonprofit organization that administers a state-level award program for performance excellence in Ohio, Indiana, West Virginia and Illinois. Until his retirement, Kent was a founding board member of the National Kidney Registry, a nonprofit organization seeking to save and improve the lives of people facing kidney failure. Kent resigned from the Equitas Health’s Board of Trustees in order to help the Leadership Council ensure a productive and effective bridge to new leadership.
Having worked in numerous health services organizations over the years, and with the benefit of already working with Equitas Health, I can confidently say that I have been incredibly impressed with the professionalism, quality of care delivered and commitment demonstrated across the team. I look forward to our continued work together to ensure we are advancing the many ways we serve patients, clients, and our communities.
Currently a member of Facktor Healthcare Consulting’s Health Center Operations group, Thao has served in Director of Clinical Operations, Practice Manager and Practice Administrator roles for over 12 years. Prior to joining Facktor, she served as the Director of Clinic Support Services at Bay Area Community Health, where she oversaw the management of day-to-day clinic operations, including efficiency, quality and safety. She facilitated process improvement initiatives to enhance team-based care and PCMH activities across multiple sites. Thao earned her Bachelor of Science in Biological Sciences from California State University, Hayward and is a Practice Management System/Electronic Health Record Superuser for Epic and eClinicalWorks
It is a privilege to represent my colleagues as part of this leadership team because I know how passionate we all are about this organization and our mission. Our strong team will ensure our best years are yet to come, and I look forward to building a vibrant future together.
Currently serving as Associate Director of Human Resources at Equitas Health, Jonathan has spent the majority of his career supporting organizations in various human resource functions at different levels of leadership, including benefits, internal controls, leave, employee relations and data analysis. Prior to joining Equitas Health, he was an integral member of the Executive Recruiting team at Nationwide Insurance. Within this role, Jonathan assisted in the recruitment efforts of Senior through Executive Leadership positions at one of the largest insurance companies in the nation. Jonathan has also worked as a consultant in the hospitality industry as well as provided payroll and analytics for brands such as Crocs and Zulily. He is a proud graduate of The Ohio State University Fisher College of Business.
The Leadership Council created by the Equitas Health Board of Trustees is truly the best of all worlds – a compelling blend of expertise, experience and diverse points of view that keeps the organization moving forward while also empowering the talented leadership bench already running the organization day-to-day. It is the right choice in a critical moment, and I look forward to learning more about how I can support the continued momentum I’ve seen from this organization.
As the leader of Facktor Healthcare Consulting’s Health Center Operations Group, Andy is passionate about leadership development, process improvement, strategic planning, telehealth and managing human resources, with an emphasis on issues faced by employers in the healthcare industry. He has extensive experience working with nonprofit organizations that serve clients and patients spanning across the wellness continuum, including health and wellness positions at Federally Qualified Health Centers, the Oregon Health & Science University and the YMCA. Andy earned an MBA from Southern Oregon University and holds a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology and Health & Physical Education from the same institution. He also sits on the Westchester Family YMCA’s Board of Directors.