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.

Lauri Auer, Director, Network & Business Development, Administration

Lauri brings a wealth of leadership experience in healthcare strategy, business development, planning, network development, marketing and consulting in the acute and post-acute healthcare care setting. During her 30-plus years in the healthcare industry, she has worked in acute care hospitals, home care, hospice, skilled nursing and rehabilitation facilities, providing healthcare strategy consulting services through both consultation (Auer Consulting and Business Strategies, LLC), and in business development leadership roles for VNA Care Network and Hospice, Kindred Healthcare, Encompass Health and Steward Healthcare.

Lauri earned her MBA in organizational leadership at Johnson and Wales University and her Bachelor of Arts at the University of Massachusetts. She is a member of the American College of Healthcare Executives. As Director of Network and Business Development, her focus at Cooley Dickinson will be on growth, healthcare strategy and strengthening access to care for healthcare consumers in Western Massachusetts.

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.

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.

Ann Lebrun, RN, BSN, DNP, Interim Chief Nursing Officer (CNO)

Ann Lebrun, RN, BSN, DNP, joined Cooley Dickinson in 2007 as a staff nurse educator in the Intensive Care Unit. Since then, Ann has served in a variety of nursing roles, most recently as nursing director of Critical Care services overseeing ICU, Telemetry, Respiratory Therapy, Patient Observers, Hemodialysis, and the Resource Pool. She holds a BSN from Old Dominion University in Norfolk VA, a MSN from UMass Amherst, and a Doctorate in Nursing Practice from Old Dominion University with a concentration in Nurse Executive Leadership. Earlier in her career, Ann worked in ICUs throughout Virginia and South Carolina. She is passionate about patient safety and experience.

 

Sari Miettinen, MD, MHCM, FAAP, Chief Medical Officer; Medical Director, Cooley Dickinson Medical Group (CDMG)

As the Chief Medical Officer, Dr. Miettinen oversees medical staff partnerships, quality, patient safety, hospital provider recruitment, and clinical informatics. In addition, Dr. Miettinen sees patients at Sugarloaf Pediatrics.

Prior to joining Cooley Dickinson in 2019, Dr. Miettinen practiced as a pediatrician at Texas Children’s Pediatrics in Houston, TX, and founded Optimum Practice Management before serving as the Medical Director for Heywood Medical Group in Gardner, MA.

Dr. Miettinen earned a Bachelor of Arts in Biology from Rice University and completed medical school at Baylor College of Medicine. She also received a Master in Health Care Management at Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health. She believes in a patient-centered and team-based approach to care for patients and families.

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.