Cheryl joined the University of Texas Medical Branch at Galveston as Executive Vice President and Chief Business & Finance Officer on October 13, 2014.
As Executive Vice President and Chief Business & Finance Officer, she oversees six major areas of operational support for UTMB Health, including: finance; facilities and business operations; human resources; information services; contract administration; and revenue cycle. Reporting directly to UTMB President Dr. David L. Callender, Cheryl is responsible for UTMB’s financial and business support performance.
Cheryl’s career spans more than 30 years of service in public accountancy and financial leadership of major, mission-based health systems. From 2011-2014, she worked with Catholic Health Initiatives (CHI), serving on a number of corporate-level teams addressing national financial operations, mergers and acquisitions, national payor strategy, and clinical and operational effectiveness. During the same time, she has served as senior vice president for finance and market chief financial officer at CHI’s Memorial Health Care System in Chattanooga, Tennessee.
Prior to her work with CHI, Cheryl held leadership positions at Ascension Health’s Providence Hospital in Washington, DC, where she was responsible for a successful turnaround, and Providence Healthcare Network in Waco, Texas. In addition, she held progressively responsible roles at Sacred Heart Health System in Pensacola, Florida.
In 2013, Cheryl was recognized as one of the “130 Women Hospital and Health System Leaders to Know” by Becker’s Hospital Review. Cheryl is a member of the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants and the Healthcare Financial Management Association. She earned her BS degree in accounting from Florida State University and her MS degree in health care management from Troy State University.