Senora D. Simpson, PT, MPH, Dr.PH

Officer

Chair
Term: 2016 - 2018

Assistant Professor
Department of Physical Therapy, Howard University College of Nursing and Allied Health Professions

Regina Knox Woods

Officer

Vice Chair
Term: 2016 - 2018

Ms. Knox Woods is Vice President, Government Affairs, for the District of Columbia for MedStar Health and oversees all government relations activities, including those from the legislative and executive branches on behalf of MedStar’s District hospitals—Georgetown University Hospital, National Rehabilitation Hospital, and Washington Hospital Center.

She oversees the business, civic, and community relations for the Georgetown University Hospital, serving on the boards of high-profile neighborhood organizations and works closely with the leadership of the District of Columbia Hospital Association serving in leadership roles on such critical committees as the Government Relations and Financial Planning and Emergency Preparedness Committees.

Ms. Knox Woods provides professional guidance to MedStar Health leadership on District-related legislative, program, and policy matters. She continues to identify collaborations and partnerships that support the goals of MedStar Health for its District of Columbia facilities and other operations.

Ms. Knox Woods holds an MA in Organizational Communications from Howard University and a BA in English from Dickenson College.

Jeffrey F. Turner, BS

Officer

Secretary/Treasurer
Term: 2016 - 2018

Senior Banking Officer having previously served as Regional President of PNC Bank, President/CEO of Mercantile Peninsula Bank and President/CEO of Peninsula Bank, Mercantile Bankshares; community affiliations including Trustee of Peninsula Regional Medical Center and Director of Community Foundation of the Eastern Shore.

Margaret “Peggy” Schiff, MBA, CPA

Member

Term: 2016-2018

Ms. Schiff retired from The Washington Post after working in the industry for over 30 years. Prior to joining the Post, she was an independent auditor with Price Waterhouse & Co. During her last 20 years at the Post she served as Chief Financial Officer/Vice President of Human Resources and Administration, part of the Corporation's senior executive team. Along with the QHS and DFDC boards, Ms. Schiff serves on the Audit and Finance Committees of CareFirst Blue Cross Blue Shield of Maryland, is a Trustee for the University of Maryland College Park Foundation and other not-for-profit advisory boards including the Girl Scout Council of the Nation's Capital and The International Women's Media Foundation. In 2002 she was recognized as one of Maryland's "Top 100 Women." Ms. Schiff has a BS in Accounting from the University of Maryland, an MBA in Finance from The George Washington University and maintains an active CPA license in Maryland.

Melvin D. Gerald, MD, MPH

Member

Term: 2016 - 2019

Melvin Douglas Gerald, MD completed his undergraduate education at Morehouse College in Atlanta, Georgia. He graduated from Howard University School of Medicine and completed a family medicine residency from Freedmens-Howard University Hospital. Dr. Gerald obtained a Master of Public Health degree in public health from Johns Hopkins University School of Public Health and Hygiene. For a period of time he was involved in academic medicine, but later established primary care group practices. Dr. Gerald is currently President and CEO of Gerald Family Care in the Washington, DC and Maryland areas, as well as G&G Family Care in North Carolina. During his distinguished medical career, Dr. Gerald served on the board of the American Academy of Family Physicians for three years and has received numerous outstanding awards and recognition for his service, contributions, and altruism for humanity.

Veronica Sharpe, MHSA

Member

Term: 2016-2018

Ms. Sharpe has served as the President of the District of Columbia Health Care Association since 2003. Prior to that, she worked as a healthcare consultant, hospital administrator, and a nuclear medicine technologist.

As a consultant, she provided consulting and executive management services to healthcare providers in various settings and currently serves as a member of the District of Columbia Medical Care Advisory Committee. She is also a member of the American Health Care Association Quality Committee.

Ms. Sharpe received her undergraduate degree at the University of Maryland and has a Master’s in Health Services Administration and a Master’s Certificate in Long-Term Care Management from the George Washington University.

J. Bruce Williams

Member

Term: 2016 - 2018

Former President and Owner of Carl J. Williams & Sons, Inc. construction company; Partner O’Neill & Williams commercial property management; Board of Directors The BowMar Millwork Corporation; Chairman of the Building Board of Adjustments and Appeals for the City of Salisbury, Maryland; Advisory Board—Maryland State Bank; Salvation Army Advisory Board; Past President of Eastern Shore Chapter of Associated Builders and Contractors.

The maximum size of the Board will not exceed 15 members. The term of office of each Trustee shall be no longer than three (3) years; said Trustees shall serve staggered terms. A Trustee may serve a maximum of two (2) three (3) year terms, for a total of six (6) years. Members are seated January 1 of each year. Typically one third of the Board is appointed each year. The Board of Trustees meet quarterly. Compensation is $500.00 per meeting.