James Schaum joined the organization as Interim Chief Executive Officer in October, 2016. He has served on the VNA Mid-Ohio Advisory Board since 2006, as the Mid-Ohio Advisory Board Chair and as a VNA of Ohio Board Member for two years. James has also been a member of the VNA of Ohio’s Finance Committee. His background is in pharmacy. He has held other leadership positions as the COO of Adena Health System, CEO of Allen Memorial Hospital, CEO of The Rehab Center, and as the CEO of Emergycare in Erie, PA. James graduated from WVU School of Pharmacy and has his Master’s Degree in Healthcare Administration from The Ohio State University.
Gene Karlen brings years of human resources experience and expertise to his role as Chief Human Resources Officer. Joining the organization in 2016, Gene provides direction over the Human Resources activities across the organization. He is charged with the strategic planning and execution of Human Resources strategies, programs, policies and practices that support strategic objectives. Gene earned his Bachelor Degrees in Communication from Baldwin Wallace University and his Master of Labor Relations & Human Resources from Cleveland State University.
After serving as a case manager, clinical manager, and most recently, executive director of operations for the organization, Michelle Kerr serves as the Chief Clinical Officer and provides leadership over Clinical Operations, Clinical Quality and Clinical Development functions. As a highly skilled registered nurse, Michelle has extensive clinical, operational, and financial training with multiple departments. Michelle earned her Bachelor of Science from The University of Akron and her Master of Science from Chamberlain College of Nursing.
Lisa Kristosik brings years of supervisory knowledge and oversees all operational aspects of home health and hospice services. Lisa is charged with the development and execution of the operational policies and procedures and the supervision of the day-to-day operations including patient admissions, accreditation and quality standards, and team and culture management. Joining the organization in 2010, Lisa has served as Director of Nursing, Associate Chief Clinical Officer and Chief Clinical Officer. Before VNA of Ohio, she served as the Director of Home Health at Montefiore. Lisa holds an Associate Degree from Lakeland Community College in Nursing and Medical Technology. She earned her Bachelor of Science in Nursing from Indiana Wesleyan University, and her Master of Science in Nursing from Walden University.
Janis Lyons brings years of finance and risk management leadership to the organization. In her role as Chief Financial Officer, she participates and executes in the strategic planning and implementation of financial operations across the organization. Janis provides leadership to the financial departments to ensure maximum productivity and success. Prior to VNA of Ohio, Janis held various leadership roles at PNC Financial Services Group, formerly National City Corporation. Janis earned both her Bachelor of Science in Finance and her Master of Business Administration with a Finance concentration from Cleveland State University.
Dr. Christine Marsick is responsible for the medical components of the hospice program including oversight of nursing care for each patient. She offers counsel to patients and families navigating hospice and end-of-life care, while providing leadership and education for the hospice interdisciplinary care team. Before permanently joining VNA of Ohio in 2013, Dr. Marsick acted as the organization's on-call physician since 2010. Previously, she served as house surgeon at Robinson Memorial Hospital and Marymount Hospital. Dr. Marsick received her Bachelor of Art in Comparative Literature from Cornell University, her post-baccalaureate Premedical Program Certificate from Columbia University, and her Juris Doctorate and Medical Doctorate from the University of Illinois.