Gilchrist’s executive management team brings together a wealth of expertise in health care management and oversight. They help ensure the highest quality care, counseling and support for the families we serve.
Meet our executive management team:
Catherine Y. Hamel, MA
Cathy Hamel has over 20 years executive experience in healthcare management from small physician practice management to Fortune 500 business development and operations responsibilities, including acquisition and development activities. She held executive positions at NeighborCare At Home, Severn Healthcare, Inc., Columbia Healthcare Corporation and TeamCare. At Columbia HealthCare Corporation she participated on a team that submitted an application and subsequent survey for the Malcolm Baldridge Quality Award for Healthcare. She was directly responsible for the Information Management survey responses. Cathy has been with Gilchrist since August of 2008 and started as the organization’s Chief Operating Officer. She was promoted to Executive Director in November 2009 and President in 2015. In addition, she was appointed to the position of Vice President of Continuing Care Services for GBMC Healthcare, in July 2011. Cathy serves as the President of the Hospice Alliance in Maryland where she was instrumental in building a state-wide program for children’s hospice services, Alliance Kids. She also serves on the Board of Global Partners in Care where palliative and hospice care is promoted internationally.
W. Anthony Riley, MD
Chief Medical Officer
W. Anthony Riley, M.D. is the Chief Medical Officer of Gilchrist. He joined the organization in 1994 as founding medical director of Gilchrist Hospice Care. He also serves as Division Head of the Geriatrics Section at Greater Baltimore Medical Center, where he has been a member of the medical staff since 1983. In these roles he provides medical leadership to a practice of over 40 physicians and nurse practitioners. This practice provides geriatric, palliative medicine, hospice, and medical director services in the home, residential facilities, long term-care facilities, the office, and hospitals in the Baltimore region. Dr. Riley also is the founding medical director of the Elder Medical Care Home Care program.
Dr. Riley serves as the Board Chairman of the Greater Baltimore Health Alliance, which is the accountable care organization (ACO) associated with GBMC. He also serves as Chair of its Quality Committee. Dr. Riley’s professional interests include: physician management, health care reform, and innovative health care delivery.
Dr. Riley is a graduate of the University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine. He completed his residency in internal medicine and a fellowship in primary care at the University of Maryland.
He has served on the faculty of the residency programs at both University of Maryland and at GBMC. Under his leadership, Gilchrist currently serves as a training site for the Johns Hopkins palliative medicine fellowship program.
Dr. Riley is an expert and frequent lecturer on doctor-patient communication and medical decision-making in serious illness.
CFO & Sr. Director of Business Operations
Wayne Barth has over 20 years of finance experience in a health services organization. He joined Gilchrist in December of 2007 as Controller and was then promoted to Senior Director of Business Operations. Wayne has been responsible for all financial aspects of a complex healthcare provider of rehabilitation services in long-term care. He has extensive knowledge of financial systems and experience in evaluating operations to ensure efficiency. His prior positions include Controller, Vice President of Accounting and Vice President of Financial Planning and Analysis at Symphony Health Services, LLC. Wayne is on the Board as the Treasurer of Hospice and Palliative Care Network of Maryland.
Lori D. Mulligan
Sr. Director of Strategic Initiatives
Lori has been involved in development and marketing for healthcare organizations for the past 30 years. Since 1994, she has served as Director of Development and Marketing for Gilchrist. Lori has extensive background in major gifts, capital campaigns, annual giving, direct mail and special events. She also has experience in public relations, media campaigns and new program development.
Michele Sullivan, RN
Sr. Director of Clinical Operations
Michele Sullivan has over 25 years of healthcare experience. She previously worked for Erickson Retirement Communities as the Director of Operations responsible for all aspects of start up for their assisted living and long-term care facilities. (1997-2009) She came to Gilchrist in 2009 as the Associate Clinical Director for Inpatient Services, which has expanded by 40 beds and two new locations during her tenure, including the Joseph Richey House integration. Her current role is as the Senior Director of Clinical Operations with oversight of Hospice Home Care, Hospice Residential Community Care, Hospice Center Care, and hospice referrals and admissions.
Sr. Director Business Development and Community Partnerships
Anne Evans joined Gilchrist in September 2012. She directs the business development team and partnerships within the health care delivery system. Anne brings expertise in consultative sales, managed care contracting, market analysis, and program innovation which she gained through 30 years of experience in the post-acute provider arena. She holds a B.S. in Business Administration from Towson University where she graduated summa cum laude and serves as member of the Advisory Board for the Towson University health care management program.
Sr. Director of Development
Shannon Wollman has been a development professional for over 19 years within the Greater Baltimore area. Her extensive background includes major gifts, annual and planned giving programs, special events, donor concierge services, staff development and management. Shannon began her career as a major gifts officer at Sinai Hospital and Levindale Hebrew and Geriatric Hospital, part of the LifeBridge Health system, and successfully oversaw a $20 million capital campaign for the Herman & Walter Samuelson Children’s Hospital. In 2011, Shannon joined Johns Hopkins and in 2013 became director of development for the Heart and Vascular Institute, where she oversaw all fundraising efforts for the program. Over the course of her six-year tenure there, more than $40 million was successfully raised for the research and programmatic priorities of the divisions of Cardiology and Cardiac Surgery. Before joining Gilchrist in December 2018, Shannon most recently held the position of Vice President of Development at Howard County General Hospital: a Member of Johns Hopkins Medicine. A graduate of Towson University, Shannon grew up in Baltimore and spent 10 years in New York City pursuing a theatrical career before returning to Maryland. Shannon and her family reside in Ellicott City.
Director of Marketing
Stacy Bellmore has over 25 years of health care and marketing experience. She previously worked for Block, McGibony, Bellmore & Associates, a nationally known hospital consulting firm, as Vice President. She was responsible for strategy, marketing, continuous quality improvement and certificate of need. She also worked for Erickson Retirement Communities as Director of Financial Feasibility and then as Director of Sales Optimization. From Erickson, she moved to TESSCO Technologies, where she held multiple roles in product and marketing. Stacy joined Gilchrist in 2017, where responsibilities include rebranding, creating a new website, communication activities for service lines, advertising, publications, collateral and social media. Stacy resides in Owings Mills with her husband. They have five adult children.
Kathy Guggino, MPA, CJCP
Director of Quality, Patient Safety & Staff Development
Kathy Guggino joined Gilchrist in June of 2018. Kathy has held various positions within the Johns Hopkins Health System where she spent the majority of her career. Kathy has an MPA, with a Health Policy specialization, from New York University and is a Certified Joint Commission Professional. Kathy has over 15 years of healthcare quality, regulatory compliance, patient safety and strategic planning experience with expertise in performance improvement tools and methods. She and her team are accountable for advancing Gilchrist along its journey to become a High Reliability Organization through Leadership Engagement, Robust Process Improvement and improving the safety culture. The team responsibilities include the measurement of key quality metrics including the patient and family experience and subsequent improvement activities, the decrease of preventable harm events, accreditation and the orientation, education and development of staff.
Director of Elder Medical Care
Leana Hoover, Licensed Nursing Home Administrator, has 25 years of experience in healthcare. With a background in nursing, she has spent 15 years in the long-term care industry, where she developed her interest in providing care to the geriatric population. During her work in skilled nursing facilities, she served in the capacity of Director of Nursing and then progressed to Nursing Home Administrator. She is an active member of the Health Facilities Association of Maryland and currently serves on the board working with other healthcare providers serving the geriatric community.
Director of Counseling and Support
Diane Sancilio is a clinical social worker with 16 years of management experience both in the public and private sectors of the field of child welfare as well as in hospice care. Her responsibilities included leading teams to develop and run programs, ensure high quality services, foster partnerships in the community, fundraising and business development. Most recently, Diane came from another hospice organization where she was the Director of Volunteer Services and Chair of the nationally recognized We Honor Veterans Program. She joined Gilchrist in May of 2017.
Karen Otto, SPHR
Human Resources Manager
Karen Otto joined Gilchrist in November 2019. Karen has over 20 years of human resources experience and possesses a broad-base knowledge of human resources practices. She has worked as a human resources business partner at both GBMC and MedStar Health, supporting nursing departments and focusing on employee retention and engagement. Karen spent the majority of her career in the private sector, holding multiple human resources positions at PHH Corporation and PHH Arval. She brings experience in strategic consulting, organizational design, and collaboration with leaders to drive organizational performance. Karen is a ‘hands-on’ practitioner with a passion for innovation. Karen holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Human Services from Notre Dame of Maryland University, where she graduated magna cum laude. She is a certified Senior Professional in Human Resources.