Leadership

Senior Leadership

Cooley Dickinson Health Care’s Senior Leadership Team

Lynnette M. Watkins, MD, MBA, President and Chief Executive Officer (CEO)

An ophthalmologist and widely respected health care administrator and leader, Lynnette Watkins, MD, MBA, comes to Cooley Dickinson from the Baptist Health System/Tenet Healthcare -Texas Group, where she served most recently as group chief medical officer.

Dr. Watkins’ tenure at Baptist Health System/Tenet Healthcare includes many accomplishments in performance improvement, quality, safety, provider relations and financial management, and executive oversight for its multi-hospital system that stretches across the state, with more than 3,600 beds and $3.45 billion in patient revenue.

Dr. Watkins also has significant leadership experience in community hospital settings. In addition, she has ties to Massachusetts and the Mass General Brigham system, having completed her residency at Massachusetts Eye and Ear, where Dr. Watkins began her clinical career in ophthalmology and oculoplastic surgery and served on the faculty of Harvard Medical School.

Before joining the Baptist Health System, Dr. Watkins held the position of chief medical officer/chief operating officer at Paris Regional Medical Center in Paris, Texas. She has also served as chief medical officer in Tenet’s Abrazo Community Health Network in Arizona. Her career as a health care executive began in Mishawaka, Indiana, where she was vice president and chief medical officer for the Saint Joseph Health System/Trinity Health.

After earning her undergraduate and medical degrees at the University of Missouri-Kansas City, Dr. Watkins completed her internship in internal medicine at Truman Medical Center in Kansas City before coming to Boston in 1995 as a resident in ophthalmology at Mass Eye and Ear.

After residency, she completed a fellowship in oculoplastic surgery at the University of Iowa, then returned to Mass Eye and Ear, where from 1999 to 2004 Dr. Watkins directed the Emergency Ophthalmology Service/Walk-in Clinic and was an attending physician in the Ophthalmic Plastic Surgery Service. Read her full bio here.

Dr. Watkins and her husband, Ed Sackett, a Presbyterian minister and photojournalist, are the parents of three adult daughters. A second-generation ophthalmologist, Watkins’ father Garey L.C. Watkins, MD, is one of the first African American practicing ophthalmologists in St. Louis.

Angela Belmont, Chief Nursing Officer (CNO) and Vice President, Patient Care Services

Angela comes to Cooley Dickinson with more than 30 years experience as a nurse administrator. She worked for more than 20 years at Faxton St. Luke’s Hospital in Utica, New York, where she also earned both her Bachelor of Science in Nursing and Master of Science in Nursing Administration degrees, at the State University of New York’s Institute of Technology. Most recently, she completed her Doctorate in Nursing Practice in System Leadership from Rush University in Chicago, Illinois.

From 2014-2017, Angela served as Assistant Vice President of Nursing for Mohawk Valley Health System, where she led efforts to significantly improve patient care services and outcomes across the system’s two hospital campuses. Joining Cooley Dickinson Health Care in December of 2017, she is working toward providing leadership, oversight, and support of the system’s established leaders in Patient Care Services; advancing our dyad program of nursing and physician collaboration; and partnering with our Chief Medical Officer, Dr. Estevan Garcia, to focus on quality and patient safety.

Diane Dukette, Chief Development Officer

Diane joined Cooley Dickinson’s senior team at the beginning of 2016, returning to the organization after previously having led our fundraising efforts for a decade from 2003-2013. In the interim she served as vice president, fund development for the Sisters of Providence Health System and championed the capital campaign for the expansion of the Sr. Caritas Cancer Center. She previously served as the Assistant Vice Chancellor for Advancement and Executive Director of Development at the University of Massachusetts, Amherst.

Diane received a bachelor’s degree from Smith College and a master’s degree in business administration from the Isenberg School of Management at the University of Massachusetts.

She is a member of the Association for Healthcare Philanthropy and the Association for Fundraising Professionals of Western Massachusetts, where she was recently a board member.  She has served on the boards of Women in Philanthropy of Western Massachusetts, the Alumnae Association of Smith College, and is a former Chair of the Board of Trustees for the West Springfield Public Library.

Diane is a recipient of the Outstanding Professional Fundraising Executive Award by the Association of Fundraising Professionals, Western Massachusetts Chapter.

Estevan Garcia, MD, CMO - Cooley Dickinson Health CareEstevan Garcia, MD, Chief Medical Officer (CMO)

Dr. Garcia is originally from Texas, having earned his MD from the University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center and completed his residency and fellowship at Childrens’ Medical Center of Dallas, as a Pediatric Emergency Medicine physician. After a few years in Washington State, he relocated to New York City, where he held a number of progressively senior administrative positions including leading Emergency Departments and serving as the Associate CMO for Quality and Safety at Maimonides Hospital. He served as CMO at Brookdale Hospital as part of a team of senior leaders charged with turning around a safety net hospital that was on the verge of closure. He put in place hospital-wide peer review processes, use of Team Stepps and Just Culture, developed physician quality champions, and launched executive walk rounds as well as patient safety huddles on each unit. They made significant improvements and the hospital was stabilized.

Most recently, Dr. Garcia was Vice President and Medical Director of Hospitals Insurance Company, a risk management company similar to CRICO that is owned by and covers a number of hospitals. In this position, he led safety activities including enhancing documentation and communication across 17 hospitals and developed/ran simulation initiatives.

Throughout his career, Dr. Garcia has continued to practice clinically. He also pursued additional educational advancement over the years, having earned a Master’s in Public Administration from NYU’s Graduate School of Public Service and becoming a Certified Physician Executive. He is currently pursuing a Doctorate in Public Health Policy and Management.

Jeff Harness, MPH, Chief Community Relations and Communications Officer

Jeff was appointed the Chief Community Relations and Communications Officer in 2021 and is responsible for internal and external communications, diversity equity and inclusion, community health, government relations, community relations, medical interpreter services, and A Positive Place.

Jeff has been with Cooley Dickinson for more than 30 years and has served in a variety of leadership roles. He began working at Cooley in a direct care role in behavioral health, after working for several years in the Boston area in mental health. He served as the director of the former Western Massachusetts Center for Healthy Communities for 16 years. The program was a partnership between Cooley Dickinson and the Massachusetts Department of Public Health. In that role he led a team that provided technical assistance, consulting, and training on a variety of public health topics including substance use prevention, tobacco control, food systems development, health equity, and more. More recently, he served as Director of Community Health and Government Relations.

Jeff earned an MPH with a concentration in Policy and Management from the University of Massachusetts and a BA in Psychology from Indiana University.

He received a citation from former Massachusetts Governor Deval Patrick for dedicated service to public health in the Commonwealth and a Distinguished Service Award from the University of Massachusetts School of Public Health. He is the past president of the Public Health Institute of Western Massachusetts.

Laurie Lamoureux, Chief Financial Officer (CFO)

Laurie Lamoureux was appointed Chief Financial Officer of Cooley Dickinson Healthcare in 2014. Laurie is a strong leader, a problem solver, collaborative team builder and executive who demonstrates not only strong financial acumen and the ability to manage and complete projects but a deep understanding of operations, clinical care and the interactions between those areas and finance. Born at Cooley Dickinson, she has deep roots in the community and an abiding love for the organization.

Laurie joined Cooley Dickinson in 1987 as a General Accountant. Since that time, she has assumed positions of progressively greater responsibility including Accounting Manager, Controller and Director of Finance before assuming the role of Chief Financial Officer. Laurie has both financial and operational experience, overseeing all Accounting, Financial Operations, Revenue Cycle, Central Registration and Scheduling, Materials Management, Health Information Management, Contracting, Legal, and Information Systems.

Laurie has extensive hands-on experience in business leadership, management, accounting, revenue cycle, budgeting, audits, LEAN principles, workflow redesign, negotiation, recruiting, hiring and prioritization of multiple and complex projects.

Kevin Neill, Vice President, Cooley Dickinson Medical Group (CDMG)

Kevin joined Cooley Dickinson Health Care in 2018 bringing over 30 years of healthcare industry experience. Prior to joining the Cooley Dickinson team, he oversaw operations for a multispecialty private practice in Portland, Maine comprised of over 100 physicians and advanced practice clinicians across four campuses. Prior to his work in Maine, Kevin was the Vice President of Physician Services at Holyoke Medical Center. During his twelve-year tenure at Holyoke Medical Center, Kevin developed and expanded primary care and specialty care services for the system.

Kevin began his healthcare career as a physical therapist and moved into senior leadership positions in the rehabilitation industry, overseeing operations and the provision of patient care in long term care settings. He transitioned to medical practice leadership in 2002. In addition to his Bachelor of Science degree in Physical Therapy, he earned an MBA from the Isenberg School of Management at the University of Massachusetts, Amherst.

Anthony J. Scibelli, MS, MBA, Vice President, Operations and Chief Administrative Officer

Anthony Scibelli is the Vice President, Operations and Chief Administrative Officer responsible for home care & hospice, laboratory, oncology services, pharmacy, medical imaging, rehabilitation, urgent care, environmental services, facilities management, nutritional services, patient transport, safety & security, human resources, organizational development & training, volunteer services and performance improvement. Anthony has been with the organization since December 2014.  Prior to joining Cooley Dickinson, Anthony held the position of Senior Vice President, Human Resources, Support Services and Post-Acute with the Mohawk Valley Health System in Utica, New York.  Anthony earned a bachelor’s degree in education from Worcester State College, Worcester MA and is a graduate of Lesley University in Cambridge MA with a Master’s Degree in Training & Development.  In 2012, he obtained a MBA from the University at Albany in Albany NY.