UnityPoint Health  Executive Team

The leaders of UnityPoint Health work together to ensure that the patient is surrounded with an excellent team of health care professionals. Our vision of "Best Outcome for Every Patient Every Time" means that your care will be coordinated within the clinic, hospital and home. From your perspective, this should be the simple comfort of knowing that your health care professionals are on the same page.

Our leaders are in place to ensure that we provide our health care professionals with the tools and direction they need to accomplish that.

Kevin Vermeer

President and Chief Executive Officer

Kevin VermeerKevin Vermeer became Chief Executive Officer in January 2016. Vermeer was named President of UnityPoint Health in March 2015 in addition to his title of Chief Strategy Officer. Vermeer most recently served as Executive Vice President, Chief Strategy Officer and UnityPoint Health Partners CEO. 

He formerly served as CFO for UnityPoint Health /Trinity in Rock Island, Illinois and Interim CEO of UnityPoint Health / Trinity in Muscatine, Iowa. Vermeer also worked for UnityPoint Health / Allen Hospital in Waterloo, Iowa and at Sister of Charity hospitals in Colorado Springs and Denver, Colorado. He holds a bachelor's degree in accounting from the University of Nebraska in Lincoln and a master's degree in Management from New England College in Henniker, New Hampshire. He is a member of the Healthcare Finance Management Association and the American College of Healthcare Executives.

Troy Caraway

Senior Vice President, Insurance Division
Chief Executive Officer, Physicians Plus Insurance Corporation

Troy Caraway, UnityPoint HealthTroy Caraway joined UnityPoint Health in July 2014, as Senior Vice President, Insurance Division & CEO, Physicians Plus Insurance Corporation (PPIC). Troy is responsible for the Insurance Division of UnityPoint Health, which includes Physicians Plus Insurance Corporation and the Accountable Care Organization – UnityPoint Health Partners. 

Prior to joining UnityPoint Health/Physicians Plus Insurance Corporation, Troy spent the last 14 years in various leadership roles with Optum, a $37 billion technology and services division of UnitedHealth Group. His most recent role as the Senior Vice President for Member Acquisition and Retention, focused on developing and executing new growth strategies that enable health plans in effectively targeting, acquiring and retaining customer relationships through integrated platforms, analytics, service and consulting solutions.  He has a proven track record in Fortune 30 Employers, Benefit Consultants, Managed Care Organizations and Hospital Systems and Provider Groups.

Troy earned his bachelors of Science degree from California Polytechnic State University in San Luis Obispo, California.

Denny Drake

Senior Vice President, Corporate Integrity and General Counsel

Denny DrakeDrake joined Iowa Methodist (now UnityPoint Health / Des Moines) in 1986 as general counsel and has served in that position for UnityPoint Health since its inception in 1995. He also has served as Compliance Officer for UnityPoint Health since 1997. Prior to joining Iowa Methodist, Drake had nine years of experience in civil litigation and corporate law. He received his juris doctorate from Drake University Law School in Des Moines, Iowa, and in 1991 completed the Stanford Executive Program in the Graduate School of Business, Stanford University, Stanford, California.

Kara Dunham

Vice President, Finance

Kara DunhamDunham became Vice President, Finance at UnityPoint Health in 2011. She formerly served as Executive Director of Finance at UnityPoint Health / Des Moines for 10 years and in various roles in the finance division of UnityPoint Health / Des Moines since 1994. Dunham received her bachelor's degree in Accounting from the University of Northern Iowa in Cedar Falls, Iowa. Dunham is an active member of the Healthcare Financial Management Association and currently serves as Treasurer for the HFMA - Iowa Chapter.

Mark Johnson

Senior Vice President and Chief Financial Officer

Mark JohnsonJohnson became Vice President, Supply Management at UnityPoint Health in 2012 . Johnson began his healthcare career at UnityPoint Health / Sioux City in 1987 and had been there for 25 years, serving as CFO from 2000 to 2011. He most recently served as the Interim COO for UnityPoint Health Consolidated Services in Urbandale, Iowa, from 2010 to 2011. He received his bachelor's degree in Math and Finance from Hillsdale College in Hillsdale, Michigan. Johnson is an active member of the Healthcare Financial Management Association.

Brian Jones

Vice President, Payor Innovation; CEO, UnityPoint at Work

Brian JonesJones became Vice President, Payor Innovation for UnityPoint Health in 2013. Brian provides leadership and strategic direction for system-wide payor strategies, relationships and practices to support the UnityPoint Health value-based care model. In March, 2015 Jones also assumed the role of CEO of UnityPoint at Work. A new organization from UnityPoint Health designed to meet the unique needs of employers and third party administrators. Prior to joining UnityPoint Health, he served as Senior Vice President, Business Development for Health to You, LLC, a subsidiary of HCA in Nashville, TN. He holds a bachelor's degree in Management from St. Louis University and a master's in Business Administration from University of Dallas. Jones is a member of the American College of Healthcare Executives and Healthcare Finance Management Association.

Matthew Kirschner

Vice President, Treasury
Matthew KirschnerKirschner joined UnityPoint Health in 2013 after spending 14 years in investment banking with Morgan Stanley and JPMorgan. Prior to banking, he spent 4 years at Ernst & Young in management consulting. He received his bachelor's degree in Psychology from the University at Albany, in Albany, New York and a master's degree in Business Administration from the Columbia Business School in New York City, New York. 

Katie Marchik

Vice President, Supply Chain Management

Katie MarchikMarchik joined UnityPoint Health in 2009 after serving as Director of Finance for UnityPoint Health / Quad-Cities for five years. Prior to that, she worked in public accounting with McGladrey & Pullen, LLP. Marchik received her bachelor's degree in Accounting from the University of Northern Iowa in Cedar Falls, Iowa.

Mary Ann Osborn

Vice President, Care Transformation

Mary Ann Osborn, Vice President, Care TransformationMary Ann Osborn M.A.RO, joined UnityPoint Health as Vice President of Care Transformation in December 2015. She is responsible for the deployment of T.H.E. Care Model and other related care transformation strategies across all sites of care. She is also responsible for leading, directing and fully deploying the core competencies that fundamentally transform the models of care which support the unique individualized needs of customers, patients and families. 

Prior to this role, Osborn served as Senior Vice President and Chief Clinical Officer at UnityPoint Health – Cedar Rapids and has been in administration for St. Luke's since 2002. She received her BSN from McVey University, Cedar Rapids, Iowa and her masters of arts in nursing at the University of Iowa with an emphasis on executive leadership. During her tenure there, she was passionate about the integration of clinical practice and performance improvement, and led large-scale change such as an electronic medical record conversion. Professional achievements include leading St. Luke's to Magnet Designation (2009) and contributing to Iowa Recognition for Performance Excellence Gold Award (2010).

Emily Porter

Vice President, People Excellence

Emily PorterPorter became a Vice President of People Excellence in 2011. Prior to that she served as UnityPoint Clinic Director of Human Resources for seven years where she oversaw human resources, physician recruitment and communications. Porter holds a bachelor's in business administration from the University of Iowa.

Sabra Rosener

Vice President, Government Relations

Sabra RosenerRosener became Vice President, Government Relations in 2010 after serving as Director of Government Relations at UnityPoint Health for three years and law department attorney for four years. Prior to that, she held positions at Wellmark Blue Cross Blue Shield, Ruan Transportation and the Iowa Court of Appeals. She also has served as an adjunct professor at Drake University Law School. Rosener received her Bachelor's of Arts degree in 1992 from the University of Northern Iowa in Cedar Falls, Iowa and her J.D., with honors, in 1995 from Drake University Law School in Des Moines, Iowa.

Aric Sharp

Vice President, Accountable Care Organization

Aric Sharp

Sharp is the VP of Accountable Care for UnityPoint Health. He helps lead UnityPoint Health Partners and population health initiatives across UnityPoint Health. Mr. Sharp currently serves on the Board of Directors for the American Medical Group Association and its Public Policy Committee. Prior to joining UnityPoint Health, he served as the CEO of Quincy Medical Group. He has over 17 years of experience leading multispecialty group practices, is a Fellow in the American College of Healthcare Executives and a Certified Medical Practice Executive. He holds a Master degree in Hospital and Health Administration from the University of Iowa and a Bachelor of Business Administration in Finance from Iowa State University. Sharp was recognized by Modern Healthcare as one of 12 Up & Comers under 40 years old from across the United States.

Susan K. Thompson

Senior Vice President, Integration and Optimization 

Susan Thompson

Susan K. Thompson, M.S., R.N., is Senior Vice President of Integration and Optimization for UnityPoint Health (UPH). In this role, she partners closely with Chief Operating Officers and other members of the senior leadership groups to evaluate, identify and deploy initiatives that support the hospitals' abilities to achieve the Triple Aim of improving care, improving the health of populations and lowering costs.

Previous to assuming this role, Ms. Thompson was the Chief Executive Officer of UnityPoint Health-Fort Dodge. She received her Master of Science in Health Services Management from Clarkson College in Omaha, Nebraska.

As an active member of the Fort Dodge community, Ms. Thompson was named the 2010 Catalyst by the Greater Fort Dodge Growth Alliance, an award recognizing outstanding leadership and contributions to the community. In 2015, Ms. Thompson was named as a Commissioner to MedPAC.

David M. Williams, M.D.

President and Chief Executive Officer, UnityPoint Clinic and UnityPoint at Home

David Williams, MD

Dr. David M. Williams serves as President and Chief Executive Officer for UnityPoint Clinic and UnityPoint at Home, which together service as the ambulatory division of UnityPoint Health. 

Dr. Williams is residency trained and board certified in pediatrics and has more than 18 years of clinical experience. He received his Doctor of Medicine degree from Creighton University in Omaha, Nebraska, and completed his pediatric residency at Oregon Health Sciences University in Portland. He is a member of the American Association for Physician Leadership, a Fellow of the American Academy of Pediatrics and a licensed physician and surgeon in the state of Iowa. Dr. Williams is also a graduate of the UnityPoint Health Physician Leadership Academy, the American College of Physician Executives Physician Leadership Development Program and a Certified Physician Executive. He is currently enrolled in the Masters of Medical Management program at Carnegie Mellon University