Chief Operating Officer • Senior Vice President for Corporate Compliance and Organizational Effectiveness

Meet Jennifer

Jennifer joined The Wright Center for Community Health as Chief Operating Officer in August 2016, although she represented The Wright Center for Community Health as private counsel since 2012. As Chief Operating Officer for The Wright Center for Community Health and Senior Vice President for Corporate Compliance and Organizational Effectiveness for The Wright Center for Graduate Medical Education, she is responsible for the oversight of organizational effectiveness and integrity, the effective engagement of all stakeholders in carrying out the mission of the organizations, and ensuring that the organization’s activities align with the system’s mission, core values, and standards. As General Counsel, Jennifer is responsible for non-clinical legal compliance and risk management initiatives, oversees the Human Resources department and is responsible for all legal aspects of the business, including but not limited to drafting affiliation agreements. Along with Dr. Thomas-Hemak, Jennifer redesigned the formal corporate structure of The Wright Center for Community Health system of entities, creating a shared model of governance that respects the stewardship and valued contributions of patients, providers and learners in the overall enhancement of the healthcare delivery system and the evolution of the community-based curriculum of graduate medical education to develop a needs-responsive workforce. Jennifer is responsible for overseeing the activities of those governing boards, and ensuring that the members of all six boards are educated and fully engaged as active fiduciaries, and leads discussions of enhanced infrastructure and effective policy development with governance and executive management.

Having graduated from Villanova University School of Law in 1998, Jennifer spent some of her 20 years as an attorney in federal service as a Law Clerk to Judge William J. Nealon and an Assistant United States Attorney for the Middle District of Pennsylvania. In private practice, she represented corporate clients in the arenas of organizational development, compliance, governance education and fiduciary engagement. Before attending law school, Jennifer graduated from Bucknell University with a Bachelor of Music in Vocal Performance degree, and the University of Minnesota with a Master of Music in Vocal Performance degree. Jennifer is currently a Director with the Greater Scranton Chamber of Commerce and has served on many non-profit boards over the years. She enjoys volunteering and doing DIY projects when not working on The Wright Center for Community Health initiatives.

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