Health System Executive TeamAdministrative Fellowship

UTMB Administrative Fellows receives a high level of exposure to the Health System Executive Team. Fellows are part of the executive team and participate in multiple committee meetings and executive team retreats. Fellow participation is emphasized, and fellows are often called upon to offer their insight, allowing the fellow to develop the necessary skills to be a effective member of a management team. Members of the UTMB Health System Executive Team are listed below.

Donna Sollenberger

Donna K. Sollenberger, Executive Vice President and CEO, UTMB Health System

Donna K. Sollenberger serves as the preceptor for the UTMB Administrative Fellow. She is a nationally recognized leader in health care administration, and serves as Executive Vice President and Chief Executive Officer of the UTMB Health System. Over her career, Donna has been the preceptor of over 15 administrative fellows. She takes pride in fellows and their accomplishments, and continues a strong mentorship relationship throughout her fellows' careers.

Sollenberger oversees the health system’s clinical activities, including two hospitals and more than 70 clinics on Galveston Island and on the mainland. Under Sollenberger’s leadership, the UTMB Health System achieved many awards including AACN Magnet status for Nursing, the AACN Gold-level Beacon Award for SICU nursing, and the THA Bill Aston Award for Quality for early recognition and intervention for sepsis.

Sollenberger is from Springfield, Illinois and earned her bachelor's and master's degrees from the University of Illinois at Springfield. Prior to joining UTMB Health in September of 2009, Sollenberger was Executive Vice President and CEO of the Baylor Clinic and Hospital from October 2007 until September 2009. From 1999-2007, Sollenberger served as president and CEO of the University of Wisconsin Hospitals and Clinics (UWHC). She has also served as Executive Vice President and COO of City of Hope National Medical Center in Los Angeles, Vice President for Hospital and Clinics at M.D. Anderson Cancer Center in Houston, and Chief Administrative Officer of Surgery at Southern Illinois University School of Medicine.

Ms. Sollenberger currently serves on the University Healthcare Consortium’s Performance Improvement Committee. She served on the American Hospital Association’s (AHA) Section for Metropolitan Hospitals Governing Council, the AHA Nominating Committee, the AHA Committee on Performance Improvement, and the Board of the Wisconsin Hospital Association.

She is a past member of the Board of Directors for the University of Illinois Alumni Association and served on the Board of Directors of Madison Gas and Electric Energy (MGEE), a publicly traded energy company.

Deb McGrew

Deborah McGrew, MHA, Vice President & Chief Operating Officer

Most recently, Ms. McGrew was the Associate Vice President, reporting to the Chief Executive Officer, at the University of Alabama at Birmingham Hospital (UAB), a 1,146-bed quaternary care academic medical center with total operating revenue of $1.2 billion and annual discharges of 50,000 patients. At UAB, Ms. McGrew was responsible for leadership of the Center for Psychiatric Medicine, a 120-bed inpatient psychiatric hospital; the Comprehensive Transplant Center, one of the largest solid organ transplant programs in the world; operation of the UAB hospital-based clinics; Critical Care Transport which provides both air and ground transportation; Laboratory Services which performs over two million tests annually at two hospitals and multiple outpatient sites; Respiratory Services; Infusion Services; the Palliative Care and Geriatric Service Line; and the Hospital Health Club. She arrived at UAB in 2005 and held progressively responsible positions within the organization.

Prior to her work at UAB, Ms. McGrew was Administrative Director of Transplant Services at the University of Wisconsin Hospitals and Clinics (UWHC) from 2003-2005. Ms. McGrew completed her BA in Biology at Drury College in Springfield, Missouri, graduating cum laude. She received her MHA in Health Administration from Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis, Missouri, graduating with high honors. She completed her administrative fellowship at the City of Hope National Medicine Center, a comprehensive cancer center and research institute located in the greater Los Angeles area.

She is a member of the American College of Healthcare Executives and Momentum, a Women's Leadership Development Program in Alabama. She is on the Board of Trustees of the Alabama Department of Mental Health, appointed by the Governor in 2012; a Board Member of One Roof, an organization that serves the homeless; the Birmingham Literacy Council; and served as Board Member and Chair of the Program Committee for the Alabama Kidney Foundation from 2006-2010.

Emily Blomberg

Emily Blomberg, Associate Vice President, Health System Operations

Emily Blomberg serves as the program sponsor for the UTMB Administrative Fellow. She brings insight into achieving a successful fellowship under the mentorship of Donna Sollenberger both as a past fellow and as a program sponsor.

Prior to joining UTMB, Emily was Director of Business Development for the Department of Surgery at UW Health, the clinical component of the University of Wisconsin in Madison. In that capacity, Emily developed budgets and marketing plans for strategic areas and worked collaboratively with other departments to provide integrated clinical services to advance UW Health's mission. Prior to that, she served as Senior Management Analyst at Baylor College of Medicine in Houston. In this role, she worked under the direction of the CEO and the Director of Operations to provide administrative support for all operational and management activities for the Baylor Clinic and Hospital building project. From 2004 to 2006, she was an administrative fellow for Donna Sollenberger at UW Health.

Emily received her BS degree in Business from the University of Minnesota in Minneapolis and her MHA degree from the Curtis L. Carlson School of Management at the University of Minnesota.

Ann O'Connell

Ann O'Connell, MBA, Vice President, Ambulatory Operations

Ann was formerly the Vice President for Ambulatory Care at Oregon Health Sciences University (OHSU), a position she has held since 2009. She joined the OHSU team in 1989. In this position, she managed more than 60 ambulatory practices with more than 1000 physicians and 2000 staff who see over 750,000 patient visits annually. Ann supervised all of the directors and ambulatory practice managers and has full responsibility for a $120M operation.

During her tenure, Ann has focused a great deal of time and attention on developing and implementing a comprehensive quality plan for ambulatory care that addresses patient satisfaction, clinical quality, access and cost. Ann and her team have successfully standardized and streamlined the referral management process across the network which resulted in patient access improvements. She has experience in developing and implementing new models of ambulatory care that are needed in a health reformed environment. Ann led OHSU's three medical home demonstration projects resulting in very innovative changes in the models of care. These projects have been acknowledged at the state and local level and have been replicated in many other practices.

A nurse by training, Ann's early career was spent as a Surgical Nurse and as a Clinical Nurse Specialist. Early in her career at OHSU Ann moved from nursing to administration. She spent time in recruitment at OHSU's School of Nursing and then served as program director for OHSU's Nursing Personnel and Support Services. This work in human resources prepared Ann well for the challenges of managing staff in the ambulatory world.

Ann received her Bachelor's degree in Nursing and her Master's degree in Nursing Administration from East Carolina University in Greenville, North Carolina; and her Master's degree in Healthcare Management from Oregon Health Sciences University. In 2007, Ann received the OHSU Ambulatory Nurse Leader of the Year award and in 2013 the ROSE Award for recognition of Outstanding Service Excellence.


David M. Connaughton, CPA, CHFP, Vice President, Finance - Clinical Enterprises

David M. Connaughton, CPA, CHFP, is the Vice President, Finance - Clinical Enterprises. David is the chief financial executive for UTMB Hospitals and Clinics and Correctional Managed Care, as well as the President and Chief Executive Officer of UTMB HealthCare Systems. Since joining UTMB, David has held numerous, increasingly responsible positions until assuming his current role in April 2008. David has been involved in most divisions of UTMB including healthcare, managed care, correctional managed care, faculty group practice, academics and business and finance. David received a B.B.A. in Accounting from Texas Tech University. David's career began with Arthur Andersen & Co., where he was a member of the Dallas healthcare practice group. While at Arthur Andersen, David gained broad exposure to a large variety of healthcare clients, audits and projects. He also served as the Director of Accounting for Santa Rosa Healthcare Corporation from 1988 to 1991, where he helped lead the transformation of accounting and business operations at Santa Rosa. He is a member of the Healthcare Financial Management Association, the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants and Texas Society of Certified Public Accountants.


Mark Kirschbaum, RN PhD, Chief Quality, Safety and Clinical Information Officer

Mark S. Kirschbaum, PhD, RN is UTMB Health's Chief Quality, Safety and Clinical Information Officer. Before joining UTMB Health, Mark served as the Senior Vice President, Quality and Information, at UW Hospital and Clinics. Mark has over 30 years experience in management, education, and clinical positions. He has devoted much of the past fifteen years of his career to operational process analysis and system design, including information system and quality architectures, to improve clinical outcome and program performance and support multidisciplinary patient care operations. Kirschbaum was recently named co-chair of the Legal and Policy Committee of the WIRED for Health Board (Wisconsin Relay of Electronic Data for Health or WIRED for Health.) In addition, Kirschbaum has been involved in local improvements as a Baldrige examiner with Wisconsin Forward and Minnesota Council for Quality.


David Marshall, DNP, JD, MSN, RN, NEA-BC, CENP, Assistant Vice President & Chief Nursing and Patient Care Services Officer

David currently serves as Chief Nursing and Patient Care Services Officer for UTMB Health. David began his association with UTMB in 1983 as a staff nurse, advancing to the positions of Assistant Head Nurse, Nurse Manager, Nursing Supervisor, Nurse Administrator, and Director of Nursing. In 2001, he assumed the role of Chief Nursing Officer. David has served on the American Nurses Association Congress on Nursing Practice and Economics, the American Nurses Credentialing Center's Commission on Accreditation, and the Committee on Practice Issues for the Texas Nurses Association. He also served on the Board of Directors of American Organization of Nurse Executives and is a past chair of the Galveston County Branch of the Greater Houston Area Chapter of the American Red Cross. He is an active member of a federal disaster medical assistance team, and was deployed to Florida in 2004 and to New Orleans in 2005.


Owen Murray, DO, MBA Vice President, Correctional Managed Care

As the chief physician executive for UTMB's correctional managed care program, Dr. Murray oversees the medial, mental health and dental services for more than 120,000 offenders within the Texas Department of Criminal Justice. UTMB's correctional care health system provides medical services in 100 facilities throughout Texas with about 3,800 staff.

Dr. Murray oversees program development, quality assurance, outcomes management, the pharmaceutical formulary , disease management guidelines, offender correspondence, peer review, litigation coordination, financial management, business development, continuing medical education, and staff recruitment and development.

Dr. Murray oversees program development, quality assurance, outcomes management, the pharmaceutical formulary , disease management guidelines, offender correspondence, peer review, litigation coordination, financial management, business development, continuing medical education, and staff recruitment and development.

Murray graduated from the Chicago College of Osteopathic Medicine and completed a family practice residency at Michigan State University. He worked as a physician in the Cook County Jail system and the Illinois department of corrections until he was recruited by UTMB in the 1990s. He received a master’s of business administration degree from the University of Houston Clear Lake.


Skip Brown

Skip Brown, MD, Interim Chief Medical Officer

Dr. Brown received his degree in Medicine from the Louisiana State University School of Medicine in New Orleans. He then came to UTMB as a Pediatric resident and completed his residency in 1978. He then began his practice of pediatrics in Longview, Texas for the next 32 years.

During his practice he has been involved in many activities at the state and national level in medicine and pediatrics. Dr. Brown has served as President of the Texas Pediatric Society. He has chaired several committees for the TPS as well. He is the incoming vice-chair of the Texas chapter of the AAP. Dr. Brown has been Chair of the Socioeconomics Council for the Texas Medical Association and is a member of the Committee on Medicaid for the TMA. Additionally, Dr Brown has chaired the Public Health Benefits Review and Design Committee for Texas HHSC for the past 4 years. (The committee to evaluate and recommend for reimbursement by Texas Medicaid).

On the national level, Dr. Brown is a member of the Committee on Practice and Ambulatory Medicine for the AAP. He also serves as a member of the editorial board of a website for pediatric information for families and caregivers that is sponsored by the AAP. He is the parent of four wonderful grown children and the grandfather of four.

Jeremy Brynes

Jeremy Brynes, MBA, Associate Vice President, Health System Business Development

Jeremy was the Assistant Administrator/Director of Business Development for Memorial Hermann Northwest Hospital, a position held since 2006. In this role, he was responsible for leading the hospital’s Neuroscience, Oncology, Heart & Vascular, Pediatric and Orthopedic & Rehabilitation service lines. In addition, he oversaw several operational functions and ancillary services including the cancer center, wound care center, environmental services, food & nutrition services, patient relations and volunteer services. 

Preceding Memorial Hermann Northwest, Jeremy served as Director of Patient Support Services at Baptist Hospitals of Southeast Texas (Beaumont) where he led the hospital’s patient experience work and oversaw environmental services and food and nutrition services. Jeremy has experience in a variety of roles in the fields of healthcare and advertising including Vice President of Operations for Medical Design Technology and Director of Production for a Washington, DC-based marketing/ad agency. 

Jeremy received his Bachelor’s degree in Economics and Management from the State University of New York (SUNY Cortland) and his MBA. from Tulane University.


Annette Macias-Hoag

Annette Macias-Hoag, RN, Associate Vice President, Health System Operations

Annette Macias-Hoag services as Associate Vice President, Health System Operations. Prior to joining UTMB, Annette was the Director of Patient Care, Heart & Vascular Institute at Memorial Hermann TMC where she was responsible for the direction and leadership of operational and clinical activities for the Cardiothoracic Surgery units and nursing services as well as Neuroscience clinical areas and house-wide telemetry. Prior to this position, she served as Director of Clinical Services at Baylor College of Medicine, where she oversaw operational, financial, programmatic and personnel activities for the Baylor Clinics and Hospital Pulmonary Care Services, Emergency Care Programs, Endoscopy Services, and Nursing Services. Annette received an Associate's degree in Nursing from Madison Area Technical College, a Bachelor's degree in Nursing from the University of Wisconsin and a Master's degree in Healthcare Administration from the University of Phoenix. She served as a nurse at the University of Wisconsin, an academic medical center located in Madison, where she later became a Care Team Leader and was promoted to Clinical Nurse Manager of the UW Cardiothoracic Surgery and Transplant, a 27-acuity-adaptable-unit. Annette is currently a member of the American Academy of Medical Administrators, American Association of Critical Care Nurses, ACHE and Texas Nurses Association.

Tom Riley

Tom Riley, Vice President and Chief Health Strategies Officer

Tom Riley manages the Health System's strategy and approach to market growth incluing the alignment of the Health System's relationships with external partners, affiliations and health providers. He also oversees the development of the UTMB Accountable Care Organization structure and Health Information Exchanges.