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Diversity, Equity & Inclusion Council Announced

Photo of Amy S. GalianaAmy S. Galiana
Shawntia Washington, MS-NLA, RNShawntia Washington, MS-NLA, RN

One of the actions Highland is taking to foster a culture of diversity, equity, and inclusion is the formation of a Diversity, Equity & Inclusion (DEI) Council. Co-chaired by Shawntia Washington, MS-NLA, RN, Director of Nursing, Emergency Department, Observation Unit, Family Maternity Center, and Ambulatory Services and Amy S. Galiana, Chief Human Resources Officer, the following employees are inaugural members of the Council:

  • Tsega Belete, MT (ASCP)-Laboratory Manager
  • Tonya Cato, Officer, Safety & Security
  • Chin-Lin Ching, M.D., FACP, Medical Director, Palliative Care
  • Patty Corvaia, Internal Communications Manager
  • Amy Eisenhauer, MS, CPC, NBC-HWC-Patient Relations Manager
  • Chris Fluit, M.Div., Social Work/Spiritual Care Manager
  • Liz Follaco, Learning and Development Specialist
  • Ryan Gilmartin, MHA, Senior Program Administrator, UR Medicine Geriatric Group
  • Wen Ying Glover, Diet Office Assistant, Nutritional Services
  • LaQuanda McKinney, LPN, Emergency Department
  • Shana Nickson, Patient Registration Associate, Medical Imaging
  • Caroline Northrup, MS, RN-BC, West 4 Nurse Manager
  • Ryan Schultz-Nurse Practitioner, Department of Medicine
  • Derrick Travis, Environmental Services Supervisor
  • Lisa Wall, RRT/RT-Respiratory Care Department Manager
  • Melissa Young, BSHA, MA, CRCST, Associate Director, Central Sterile Processing

The DEI Council is accountable to the DEI Executive Committee which is responsible for supporting the success of the Council.  The Executive Committee will meet periodically with the co-chairs to review progress and provide input, guidance and support.  The Executive Committee will also report progress to the Highland Hospital Board of the Directors on a periodic basis.

  • Bilal Ahmed, M.D., FACP, FRCP (Edinburgh), Associate Medical Director
  • Cindy Becker, RN, MSN, MBA, FACHE, Vice President & COO
  • Melissa Derleth, MS, RN, NE-BC, Chief Nursing Officer
  • Amy Galiana, Chief Human Resources Officer
  • Steve Goldstein, President & CEO
  • Tom Greiner, Jr., Board Member
  • Maureen Malone, Director of Public Relations
  • Chris Modesti, Board Member
  • Jerome Underwood, Board Member
  • Shawntia Washington, MS-NLA, RN, Director of Nursing,Emergency Department, Observation Unit, Family Maternity Center, and Ambulatory Services
  • Kathleen Whelehan, Board Member

The Council’s vision is to grow the diverse representation of Highland Hospital’s workforce, promote an inclusive workplace and ensure a culture where all employees have the opportunity to achieve their goals and meet the needs of patients, families and the community.         



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