Deborah Berini is president of Penn State Health Milton S. Hershey Medical Center, where she leads the Medical Center on its mission of delivering leading-edge care locally and setting the standard for operational excellence across the system.
Prior to joining the Milton S. Hershey Medical Center in 2018, Berini was chief operating officer at the University of Texas Medical Branch (UTMB) Health System, where she provided leadership and strategic direction for the school’s academic health system. During her tenure, the health system rose in rank from No. 76 to No. 9 nationally in Vizient, an organization that analyzes quality and safety data for university health systems.
Berini led the operational transformation and growth of UTMB Health System from a single campus academic medical center to a regional health system. She championed patient- and family-centered care by engaging patients in the design of new facilities, operational processes and the education of future providers in partnership with the Department of Medicine.
Previously, Berini held a variety of leadership positions at the University of Alabama at Birmingham Hospital and the University of Wisconsin Hospital and Clinics.
She earned her master’s in health administration from Washington University School of Medicine and a bachelor’s degree in biology from Drury College.
Jody Reyes, MSBA, BSN
Senior Vice President and Chief Operating Officer, Penn State Health Milton S. Hershey Medical Center
Jody Reyes is senior vice president and chief operating officer for Penn State Health Milton S. Hershey Medical Center. In this role, she supports the advancement of Hershey Medical Center’s five-year strategic plan and expanded access to its highly specialized services.
Prior to joining Penn State Health, Reyes served as the interim chief operating officer for the University of Virginia Medical Center (UVA), a position she was named to after serving as administrator of its oncology service line and palliative care programs and chief of service lines. Prior to joining UVA Medical Center in 2012, she was a member of the executive nursing team at the City of Hope National Medical Center, Duarte, Calif., and UC San Diego Health, San Diego, Calif. Reyes also has held positions at academic medical centers, National Cancer Institute-designated Cancer Centers and the U.S. Navy.
Her areas of expertise include academic medical center clinical and strategic operations, service line management and operations, quality and safety improvement, patient access, staff experience, population health and clinical nurse education.
An oncology certified nurse, Reyes earned her bachelor’s degree in nursing from Illinois Wesleyan University, Bloomington, Ill., a master’s degree in business administration and management from Boston University, Boston, and a Wharton Nursing Leaders Certificate from the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia.
Robert E. Harbaugh, MD, FAANS, FACS, FAHA
Senior Vice President, Penn State Health Milton S. Hershey Medical Center, Outpatient
Dr. Robert Harbaugh is senior vice president of Penn State Health Medical Group’s Academic Practice Division.
In 2003, he was the first Penn State College of Medicine graduate to return as a department chair when he was appointed professor and chair of the Department of Neurosurgery. Harbaugh also served as director of the Penn State Institute of the Neurosciences and is a professor of engineering science and mechanics at Penn State.
Before joining the Department of Neurosurgery at the College of Medicine, he served as director of Dartmouth’s Cerebrovascular Disease Center, Neurosurgical Laboratory and neurosurgery residency program.
A past president of the Society of Neurological Surgeons and the American Association of Neurological Surgeons, Harbaugh has also served as director of the American Board of Neurological Surgery and vice president of the American Academy of Neurological Surgery. He is a member of the National Academy of Medicine’s Action Collaborative on Clinician Well-Being and Resilience steering committee and the Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education residency review committee for neurosurgery. With a research interest in concussions, Dr. Harbaugh has also served on the National Football League Head, Neck and Spine Committee.
His awards and achievements include being named a University Distinguished Professor of the College of Medicine; Penn State Alumni Fellow; a fellow of the American College of Surgeons, the American Association of Neurological Surgeons and the American Stroke Association; and one of “America's Top Doctors” by U.S. News & World Report. Harbaugh has also served on the board of directors of Penn State Health Milton S. Hershey Medical Center, as well as the Lebanon Valley College and St. Joan of Arc School boards.
After earning his medical degree from Penn State College of Medicine, he completed his general surgery internship and neurological surgery residency at Dartmouth-affiliated hospitals.
Michele Szkolnicki, MEd
Senior Vice President and Chief Nursing Officer, Penn State Health Milton S. Hershey Medical Center
As senior vice president and chief nursing officer at Penn State Health Milton S. Hershey Medical Center, Michele Szkolnicki provides leadership on key nursing initiatives, aligns nursing strategy to support hospital goals and is responsible for overall patient care.
Szkolnicki has more than 25 years of executive experience in a variety of adult and pediatric medical practice environments. Most recently, she served as the Milton S. Hershey Medical Center’s vice president of nursing, acute and ambulatory care. While in that role, she implemented a care continuity plan to manage patient transitions between the hospital and clinics and helped plan the implementation of mobile teleobservation units throughout the medical center and health system.
Prior to joining Hershey Medical Center, Szkolnicki was the chief operating officer of Crozer Keystone Health Access Network, Springfield, Pa. She also held numerous health care and nursing leadership roles in the Philadelphia region, including chief nursing officer and senior vice president of Patient Care Services for Cancer Treatment Centers of America, chief operating officer for Drexel University Physicians and several management and nursing leadership roles with the University of Pennsylvania Health System.
She is the recipient of multiple awards, including the 2017 Neumann University Nursing and Health Sciences Distinguished Alumni Award and the Nurse Administrator of the Year Award, presented by the Philadelphia Business Journal during its 2011 inaugural Healthcare Innovation Awards.
Szkolnicki holds a bachelor’s degree in nursing from Neumann University, Aston, Pa., and a master’s degree in education from St. Joseph’s University, Philadelphia. She is board-certified as a fellow in the American College of Healthcare Executives and is a Certified Medical Practice Executive through the Medical Group Management Association.
Michelle Del Pizzo, MBA
Vice President of Operations, Penn State Health Milton S. Hershey Medical Center
Michelle Del Pizzo has worked at the Milton S. Hershey Medical Center for seven years as the Vice President, Operations working with six clinical departments including Emergency Medicine, OB/GYN, Pediatrics, Radiology, and Medicine. Michelle has responsibility for non-clinical services including the Department of Security and the Emergency Preparedness Program.
Michelle came to Hershey Medical Center in 2011 from Northwell Health where she served in numerous administrative capacities over fourteen years. Michelle’s last position there was the Assistant Vice President of the Emergency Medicine Service Line where she was the administrative leader responsible for the health system’s Emergency Departments and Urgent Care Centers.
Michelle earned her Bachelor’s degree in Business Management from St. John’s University and holds a MBA in Health Care Administration from the Baruch College/Mount Sinai School of Medicine. She is a Fellow in the American College of Healthcare Executives.
Maria Hamilton, MBA
Vice President, Performance Excellence, Penn State Health Milton S. Hershey Medical Center
Maria Hamilton is vice president of performance excellence at Penn State Health Milton S. Hershey Medical Center. In this role, she oversees operational excellence, value-based care programs, regulatory and accreditation services, and health care data performance reporting.
She also serves as course co-director for the Health Systems Science Academy in Penn State College of Medicine ― a faculty development program designed to teach the principles of health systems science, systems thinking and learning health care systems.
Hamilton joined the Milton S. Hershey Medical Center in 2007 and has held various leadership roles. She most recently served as senior director of quality systems improvement, where she had oversight for quality, patient safety, regulatory/accreditation and clinical documentation improvement.
Prior to working at Hershey Medical Center, she held leadership roles at Penn Medicine Lancaster General Hospital, where she served as director of business consulting, and at B. Braun Medical, a global medical device manufacturing company, where she served as the corporate manager of industrial engineering across all U.S. manufacturing sites.
Hamilton earned a Master of Business Administration degree from Lehigh University, Bethlehem, Pa. She also has a bachelor’s degree in industrial engineering from Lehigh University and a bachelor’s degree in physics from Lebanon Valley College, Annville, Pa.
Maher Hanna, MBA
Vice President of Operations, Penn State Health Milton S. Hershey Medical Center
As vice president of operations for Penn State Health Milton S. Hershey Medical Center, Maher Hanna is responsible for the operations of the Department of Family and Community Medicine, Penn State Heart and Vascular Institute, Organ Transplantation, the Clinical Simulation Center and the Department of Pathology. In addition to serving as administrative and business officer to a core group of clinical departments, he strategically partners with nursing leadership and other stakeholders to enhance and support existing clinical programming.
Prior to joining the health system, Hanna served as regional vice president of professional services at the University of Vermont Health Network – Champlain Valley Physicians Hospital, Plattsburgh, N.Y., and the Alice Hyde Medical Center, Malone, N.Y. In this role, he provided leadership for the cardiovascular and oncology service lines, diagnostic imaging services, vascular interventional radiology services, wound management and hyperbaric oxygen services, pharmacy services, clinical and anatomic pathology laboratories and the Adirondack Regional Blood Center.
Earlier in his career, Hanna held multiple leadership positions with Hamad Medical Corporation in Doha, Qatar, King Faisal Specialist Hospital and Research Centre in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia, and Spartanburg Medical Center, Spartanburg, South Carolina.
Hanna earned an MBA from Clemson University, Clemson, S.C., a bachelor’s degree in cytotechnology from the Medical University of South Carolina, Charleston, S.C., and a bachelor’s degree in pre-medicine from Bob Jones University, Greenville, S.C.
Hanna is a fellow with the American College of Healthcare Executives.
Sarah Iriana, MD
Chief Medical Officer, Penn State Health Milton S. Hershey Medical Center
Dr. Sarah Iriana is the chief medical officer of Penn State Health Milton S. Hershey Medical Center. Iriana previously served as the interim chair of the Department of Pediatrics and pediatrician-in-chief at Penn State Children’s Hospital. She is a member of the American Academy of Pediatrics Council on Clinical Information Technology and Committee on Practice and Ambulatory Medicine. In addition, she participated in the Association of Medical School Pediatric Department Chairs’ New Chairs Mentorship Program.
Iriana joined the faculty at the Milton S. Hershey Medical Center as a clinician-educator in 1996. She is a general pediatrician practicing well-child care and preventive medicine. She served as practice site medical director of general pediatrics at 35 Hope Drive in Hershey, associate division chief of general pediatrics at Penn State Health Medical Group Academic Practice Division and associate chief medical officer at Hershey Medical Center. She also served on the Penn State Children’s Hospital expansion team.
Iriana has received numerous recognitions and awards for patient satisfaction. As an educator, she has mentored many medical students, residents and junior faculty. She also developed several research abstracts on pediatric issues for conferences and medical journals and has written articles that have appeared in several publications.
A graduate of the University of Vermont Larner College of Medicine, Iriana completed her pediatric residency at Hershey Medical Center.
Jane Mannon, MHRM
Vice President of Human Resources Operations, Penn State Health Milton S. Hershey Medical Center
Jane Mannon is the vice president of human resources for Penn State Health Milton S. Hershey Medical Center. She completed her undergraduate degree in Psychology from Millersville University and achieved a master’s degree in human resources management from Saint Francis University.
Mona Miliner, MHA
Vice President of Hospital Operations, Penn State Health Milton S. Hershey Medical Center
Mona Miliner has served as vice president of hospital operations at Penn State Health Milton S. Hershey Medical Center since early 2020. In this role, she provides strategic leadership for Penn State Cancer Institute, Dermatology, Ophthalmology, Radiation Oncology, Hematology and Oncology, Radiology, Psychiatry and Behavioral Health and Patient Experience.
Miliner had more than 25 years of industry experience prior to joining Penn State Health. Most recently, she was chief of operations and finance at University of Cincinnati Physicians Company and executive director of business and administration at the University of Cincinnati College of Medicine’s Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Neuroscience. She also served as business director for Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center and development manager for Dayton Children’s Hospital.
A graduate of Ohio University, Athens, Ohio, Miliner holds both a bachelor’s degree and a master’s degree in health care administration and management. She is a fellow of the American College of Health Care Administrators, Healthcare Financial Management Association, American College of Medical Practice Executives (ACMPE) and American College of Healthcare Executives (ACHE).
Miliner serves on the board of directors for the ACHE of Central PA and on the national ACMPE Certification Commission. In 2020, Ohio University presented her with its Medal of Merit for achieving distinction in her chosen field.
Julie Nickell, PhD, MBA
Vice President and Chief Financial Officer, Penn State Health Milton S. Hershey Medical Center and Penn State Health Medical Group, Academic Practice Division
Julie Nickell is vice president and chief financial officer for Penn State Health Milton S. Hershey Medical Center and Penn State Health Medical Group, Academic Practice Division. She is responsible for business planning and execution, financial reporting and analysis, and operating and capital budgeting. She is also involved in accounting, revenue management, physician compensation plans, and Penn State Health strategy.
Previously, Nickell was the chief financial officer for Baylor College of Medicine, Houston, Texas, where she led a team of more than 150 employees at the research health sciences university. She joined the organization in 2011 and served as assistant vice president and vice president of finance and planning before taking on the role of lead financial executive in 2015. Nickell was instrumental in improving the college’s financial infrastructure by finding and organizing resources, building systems and developing effective metrics, performance dashboards and accountabilities.
Nickell’s early career included nearly eight years in public accounting and eight years in real estate investment, compliance, operations and finance.
Both a certified public accountant and a certified financial planner, Nickell holds a doctorate in health care management and policy from the University of Texas School of Public Health, Houston, a Master of Business Administration from Rice University, Houston, and a bachelor’s degree in business administration from the University of Louisiana Monroe, Monroe, La.
Vice President, Penn State Health Milton S. Hershey Medical Center, Outpatient
As vice president of Penn State Health Medical Group’s Academic Practice Division, Stephen Speece oversees administrative and practice operations, coordination and communication with Hershey Medical Center leadership and academic providers and the enhancement of the patient and family experience.
Speece has more than 25 years of health care leadership experience in hospital and physician practice environments, most recently as senior director of Ambulatory Operations and Performance for Penn State Health Medical Group, Community Practice Division. In this role, he created and organized the division’s Operations and Safety Committee, built the infrastructure to onboard physicians and staff, and created an evaluation and reporting structure to support standard quality reporting and performance across three geographical regions.
Speece, who joined the health system in 2006, also served as administrative director of the Centre County Region for Penn State Health Medical Group, Academic Practice Division, and outpatient director for Penn State Health Medical Group.
A U.S. Air Force veteran, Speece’s early career included serving as deputy chief of the Office of the Air Force Surgeon General, Medical Financial Programming Division, and chief financial officer for Tyndall Air Force Base Hospital in Florida.
A graduate of Virginia Commonwealth University, Richmond, Va., Speece earned a master’s degree in health administration. He also holds a bachelor’s degree in business management from Wilmington University, New Castle, Del., and an associate degree in administrative management from the Community College of the Air Force, Montgomery, Ala.
He is an active member of the Medical Group Management Association, the American College of Healthcare Executives, Retired Military Officers Association and the American Society of Military Comptrollers.
Umar Farooq, MD
Associate Chief Medical Officer, Penn State Health Milton S. Hershey Medical Center, Outpatient