Executive Team Members

Our leadership team is responsible for directing the work at University of Utah Health, as well as the Huntsman Mental Health Institute.

Dan Lundergan | Chief Executive Officer

Executive Assistant: McCall Wade, 801-585-1325

Dan Lundergan has worked for the University of Utah Health for over four decades and has held numerous positions within the organization. His past experience includes, but is not limited to the management of the surgical services and ambulatory clinics, as well as working with Dr. John Dixon, for six years in the Laser Institute, where he coordinated the administrative functions, established a post-graduate educational program for physicians around the nation and participated in various research projects published in academic books and journals.

Dan works with the executive team to develop strategies to ensure the hospital’s ongoing financial viability and fulfill its safety, satisfaction, and quality priorities. Dan works closely with the senior vice president's office in coordinating master space planning, strategic planning, and various initiatives that impact the University of Utah Health System.

Dan continuously participates in innovative strategies to prepare for the ever changing health care industry. As a vital executive for hospital operations, Dan’s key roles are merging institutional strategies into operational accomplishments. In doing so, he is creating a successful data-driven environment under an umbrella of intuition and insight.

Dan is passionate about creating an atmosphere with positive working relationships, the flexibility to learn from mistakes, and an overall environment of trust, honesty, and mutual respect. Dan values teamwork and envisions a culture change within hospital operations for local and national health care policies. Dan has a deep appreciation for the University of Utah Health’s multi-mission to provide exceptional quality and patient experience while advancing science and education. He is committed to making a difference for both the patients and their families.

Alison Flynn Gaffney | Interim Chief Operating Officer, Executive Director of University of Utah Hospital, Service Lines, & System Planning

Executive Assistant: Yvette Robinson, 801-585-5650

Alison Flynn Gaffney has been with University of Utah Health since 2017, and currently serves as the interim chief operating officer at U of U Health Hospitals and Clinics and executive director of University of Utah Hospital and is responsible for the U of U Health Services Lines, and System Planning. Previously Alison was the executive director responsible for the U of U Health Perioperative, Imaging, Lab, and Ancillary Services.

Prior to joining U of U Health, Alison has worked for close to three decades in several senior-level strategic, operations, and consulting roles at academic medical centers, community hospitals, and consulting companies. Alison was most recently at GNYHA Ventures, Inc. and has worked for other global organizations, such as Giuliani Partners, LLC, and New York Presbyterian Hospital Weill-Cornell Medical Center. In these roles and others, Alison has been a proven leader in health systems operations, financial management, supply chain, faculty and staff development, and strategic planning.

Alison received her BS in health care administration and MHA in health services administration from Iona College in NY. Alison is a board certified fellow (FACHE) of the American College of Healthcare Executives (ACHE) and certified materials and resource professional (CMRP) through the Association for Healthcare Resource & Materials Management (AHRMM).

Alison also teaches at the David Eccles School of Business MHA Program and serves on a countless number of Boards past and present, including but not limited to: Ronald McDonald House Charities of the Intermountain West, Women Who Succeed, and the Saint John the Baptist Elementary & Middle Schools volunteering her time and expertise to impact organizations and people in a positive ways.

Charlton Park | Chief Financial Officer & Chief Analytics Officer

Executive Assistant: McCall Wade, 801-585-1325

Charlton Park is the chief financial officer and chief analytics officer of the University of Utah Hospitals and Clinics. Park oversees the financial planning, budgeting, general accounting, operational and capital financial planning, analytics, and revenue cycle functions. He has played an important role in the development of various integration models across several clinical programs, using financial and clinical data to increase collaboration and alignment between physician specialties and the hospital.

Charlton also played a key role in developing the organizations’ Value Driven Outcomes (VDO) initiative which provides accurate, actionable cost accounting, and outcomes information at the visit level.

Charlton received his bachelor of science degree in information systems from the University of Utah in Salt Lake City, Utah, and his MBA and master of health sector management degrees at Arizona State University in Tempe, Arizona.

Sarah Sherer | Chief Hospital Human Resource Officer

Executive Assistant: Cortney Hamel, 801-581-3787

As the University of Utah Health’s Chief Human Resources Officer, Sarah Sherer works with her human resources team to focus on people-first strategies. The HR division supports over 13,000 employees and works diligently to foster an environment of respect, inclusion, strategic collaboration, and innovation. She is passionate about building relationships that help move the mission of top quality of care for patients forward, while empowering others to be intentional and create an environment of safety.

Sarah received her bachelor of science degree in human resource management from Westminster College and her masters of human resources management from Southern New Hampshire University. She loves education and has been a guest lecturer for different universities sharing her love of how human resources can be a positive partner in any organization. She is also involved in her community, participating as a board member for several organizations.

Donna M. Roach, CHCIO, FCHIME, FHIMSS | Chief Information Officer

Donna Roach

Executive Assistant: Javier Cime801-587-1286

Donna Roach serves as the chief information officer for the University of Utah Hospitals and Clinics (UUHC). Previous to this, she was the vice president for information services at BJC HealthCare and Washington University Medical School and oversaw the Epic program for the 15 BJC Hospitals, the 700 physician medical group, in addition to the 2,200 physician member Washington University Medical School Faculty Practice Plan and affiliated practices.

With more than 35 years’ experience in the health care industry, Roach has focused on health care information technology for the past 30 years. She was with Ascension Information Services, serving as the chief information officer in the St. Louis corporate office, the Gulf Coast, Kansas, Michigan, and New York markets. Prior to this, she held the CIO role at Bronson Health in Kalamazoo, Michigan, and Advocate Condell Medical Center in Libertyville, Illinois.

Roach earned her bachelor of science degree, health administration, from the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign and her master of science in health systems management from Rush University Medical College in Chicago. She completed her fellowship at the Veterans Administration, Chicago.

Roach is a certified health care chief information officer, a fellow within the College of Healthcare Information Management Executives and Healthcare Information Management Systems Society and served on the board for the College of Healthcare Information Management Executives. Previously, she was the president of the Michigan Chapter of Healthcare Information Management Systems Society and chair for the Michigan Hospital Association Technology Board.

She has taught at the University of Illinois – Circle Campus, Rush University Medical College, Department of Health Systems Management, and UCONN, Health Administration.

Linda Tyler | Chief Pharmacy Officer

Executive Assistant: Susan Madsen, 801-585-5044

Linda S. Tyler, PharmD, FASHP, is chief pharmacy officer for University of Utah Health and associate dean at the University of Utah College of Pharmacy in Salt Lake City. She is responsible for the comprehensive pharmacy services of four hospitals, four infusion services, and 14 retail pharmacies, as well as ambulatory clinical services and the University of Utah Drug Information Service (DIS).

She also serves as residency program director for the two-year combined health system pharmacy administration residency and master of science degree program. She has served as the senior pharmacy leader for the organization since 2008.

Dr. Tyler earned both her bachelor of science in pharmacy and doctor of pharmacy degrees at the University of Utah. She completed a residency in pharmacy practice at University of Nebraska Medical Center.

Tracey Nixon | Chief Nursing Officer

Executive Assistant: Bridgette Maitre, 801-581-2682

Tracey Nixon is the chief nursing officer of University of Utah Health, providing leadership for nursing and advocating for patients and staff across the hospital system. With a tenure of nearly 15 years at U of U Health, Tracey is a critical care nurse by background and has led nursing teams in capacity management, cardiovascular services, and critical care units.

To improve the hospital's ability to meet growing demands for inpatient stays, Tracey established the capacity management team and implemented improved processes and metrics for understanding and improving patient throughput. As a result of her efforts, Tracey and the nursing team have been recognized nationally for their work to improve the flow of patients through the hospital.

Prior to joining the U, Tracey used her business and process improvement skills as a project professional in the engineering and construction industries. Tracey received her BSN and MSN in nursing from the University of Utah, and is a member of the American Organization of Nurse Leader and the American College of Healthcare Executives.

Tom Miller, MD | Chief Medical Officer

Executive Assistant: Sandra Black, 801-581-2482

Thomas L. Miller, MD, is the chief medical officer for University of Utah Health and the executive director for the ambulatory clinics. He is also a faculty member of the University of Utah's School of Medicine.

As a member of the University of Utah Hospital Administrative Team, Dr. Miller is responsible for overseeing all executive and clinical medical issues of the hospital. He is also a practicing and teaching clinician in the division of general medicine, department of medicine.

Dr. Miller received his BA in chemistry from Colorado College and MD from George Washington University in Washington, DC. He completed residency and chief residency in internal medicine at the University of Utah, department of medicine in 1992.

Bart Adams | Executive Director of the University of Utah Orthopaedic Center

Executive Assistant: Rachel Ward, 801-581-7985

Bart is the executive director of University of Utah Health's Orthopaedic Center and directs all the operational activities of the orthopaedic center and the orthopaedic service line at University of Utah Health. In this capacity, he works collaboratively with the executive team of the hospitals and clinics and the Department of Orthopaedics in achieving and aligning initiatives that advance orthopaedics at University of Utah Health.

Prior to arriving at U of U Health, Bart was chief executive officer at Pioneer Valley Hospital. He also served as chief operating officer at Salt Lake Regional Medical Center. Bart has held several hospital management positions, compiling more than 20 years of management experience in health care that stemmed from clinical positions in laboratory medicine.

Bart received his BS from Brigham Young University and his MBA from Indiana University.

Don Milligan, MBA | Executive Director of Huntsman Cancer Institute at the University of Utah


Executive Assistant: Jason Cluff, 801-585-6272

Donald F. Milligan serves as executive director of the cancer hospital at Huntsman Cancer Institute (HCI), the only National Cancer Institute-designated comprehensive cancer center in the five-state Mountain West. This state-of-the-art, freestanding specialty hospital houses cancer care services for the University of Utah Health system.

Milligan is the senior administrator over clinical cancer programs. He provides oversight of operational aspects of the HCI Cancer Hospital, including leadership of the programming and design planning for a major expansion, the Kathryn F. Kirk Center for Comprehensive Cancer Care and Women’s Cancers, scheduled to open to patients in 2022.

Milligan has served in various leadership roles at HCI and U of U Health for more than two decades. He holds a master of business administration.


Ross VanVranken | Executive Director of Huntsman Mental Health Institute Behavioral Health

Executive Assistant: Cristine Platt, 801-587-3115

Ross VanVranken is the executive director for the Huntsman Mental Health Institute (HMHI), formerly UNI, with the University of Utah Health. HMHI is a $180 million gross enterprise, supporting a system of behavioral health care anchored by a 170-bed acute psychiatric and substance use hospital. HMHI services all ages, disorders, and socioeconomic groups.

Mr. VanVranken’s primary role is to ensure HMHI’s commitment to providing the highest standard of care across the full continuum of behavioral health services, which includes outpatient specialty programs and crisis diversion services. He is responsible to assure the integration between clinical care, education, research, and tasked with maintaining HMHI’s standing as a community leader in the area of behavioral health.

Mr. VanVranken has been a leader in behavioral health dating back to the early 1980s. He is an active participant in clinical and service delivery at both the regional and national level. 

Mr. VanVranken has been the director of the university’s mental and behavioral health hospital and services since 1991. First as the director of the Western Institute of Neuropsychiatry (WIN), then when WIN was renamed the University Neuropsychiatry Institute (UNI) in 1994, and again when UNI became HMHI in January 2021. 

Prior to this, Mr. VanVranken served in a variety of clinical and administrative capacities in both the private sector and for the University Hospital. He is a native of Utah receiving his undergraduate degree in psychology and master’s degree in social work from the University of Utah.

Tad Morley | Executive Director of Outreach & Network Development

Executive Assistant: Camille Russell, 801-581-8879

Tad A. Morley, MHA, FACHE, executive director of business and network development and vice president of outreach and network development has worked for the University of Utah Health since March 2013. In his current role, he oversees the business operations of University of Utah Health's outreach and regional network development. He and his team work with physicians, hospitals, payers, and employers to deliver coordinated and collaborative health care.

Prior to joining the organization, Tad worked as a CEO and COO at hospitals in Utah, Nevada, Idaho, and Oregon. Tad was also a member of Leavitt Partners, a leading domestic and international health care consulting firm. He provided strategic counsel to hospitals, health systems, and payers and advised private equity health care investors. His expertise in the health care industry has made Mr. Morley a sought after speaker at conferences and senior executive meetings nationwide.

Mr. Morley graduated from Brigham Young University with a bachelor of arts in organizational communications and received a master in healthcare administration from the University of Minnesota. He is a fellow in the American College of Healthcare Executives.

Wayne Imbrescia | Executive Director of Ambulatory Services and the John Moran Eye Center

Executive Assistant: Yvette Robinson, 801-581-5650

After over 26 years of professional experience with the John A. Moran Eye Center, Wayne accepted a new position as executive director of ambulatory services as of February 2013. Wayne currently holds the executive director positions for both ambulatory services and John A. Moran Eye Center for the University of Utah Health.

With Wayne’s extensive expertise in ophthalmology, he has held several technical and administrative professional roles at Moran since 1986 and has served as Moran’s executive director since 2005. The Moran Eye Center is currently the largest eye care and vision research center in the Mountain West. The center is dedicated to serving the visually impaired through patient care, research, education, and community outreach. With its eleven satellite locations, the center hosts more than 100,000 patient visits and 5,000 surgical procedures each year.

Wayne provides senior administrative leadership in the areas of strategic business development, operational improvement, financial performance, clinical operations, and quality of care. In his new role with ambulatory services, Wayne oversees ten community clinics, serving more than 170,000 patients each year and works directly with ambulatory directors and managers in setting strategic and operational direction. Ambulatory services are often the entryway into the hospital’s system of care.

Outside U of U Health, Wayne currently serves as president for the University Administrators of Ophthalmology. Prior to joining U of U Health in 1986, Wayne directed the medical imaging services at the King Khalid Eye Specialist Hospital in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia. Wayne received his bachelors' in mass communication and his master’s in public health and health services administration from the University of Utah.