Leadership Team

A Strong and Trusted Chapters Health System Leadership Team

Kathy Fernandez
President/Chief Executive Officer

Kathy L. Fernandez, BSN, MHA

As the president/CEO of Chapters Health System, one succinct goal drives Kathy Fernandez – delivering compassionate and high-quality healthcare. Kathy started her career as an oncology nurse, but in time found herself drawn to the hospice mission after she developed and implemented an inpatient hospice unit at a local hospital.

In 1993, she joined Hospice of Hillsborough (as Chapters Health System was then known) and was named president and chief executive officer in 1998. 
Under Kathy’s visionary leadership, the company has experienced a significant increase in the number of patients served and expanded programs
to address the needs related to aging, complex medical conditions and 
end-of-life concerns.  Kathy has also played a key role in the company’s major accomplishments overseeing:

  • The organization’s first The Joint Commission accreditation survey and subsequent reaccreditations.
  • Expansion of the company’s hospice services into Polk, Highlands and Hardee counties.
  • Acquisition of Good Shepherd Hospice, and thereby maintaining its non-profit status.
  • Construction of three freestanding hospice houses.
  • Reorganization of the corporate structure to better serve patients, families and employees.
  • Addition of a hospital-based palliative care consultation service.
  • Affiliation with HPH Hospice and HPH Home Health, which expanded Chapters Health System’s services into Citrus, Hernando and Pasco counties.
  • And the transformation from a hospice and palliative care organization to a multi-level health system addressing issues related to aging, complex medical conditions and end-of-life concerns.

Kathy earned a Bachelor of Science in Nursing from the University of Tampa and a Master of Science in Health Administration from the University of St. Francis in Joliet, Illinois.

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Darrell White
Chief Legal Officer

H. Darrell White, Esq.

As chief legal officer, H. Darrell White is responsible for managing Chapters Health System’s Legal Department and overseeing the provision of legal advice and support to the executive staff and boards of directors regarding pending legislation and regulations, compliance, fraud and abuse, employment, not-for-profit corporate law, advance directives, HIPAA, state licensing, transactional, contracting and medical malpractice issues.

Darrell has more than 26 years of legal experience on matters ranging from regulatory compliance and contractual transactions to complex administrative litigation.

Prior to joining Chapters Health System, Darrell was a member and the managing shareholder at McFarlain & Cassedy, P.A., in Tallahassee and was an attorney in the General Counsel’s Office at the Florida Department of Health and Rehabilitative Services. Darrell earned his undergraduate degree in History, Sociology and Religious Studies from Anderson University in Anderson, Indiana. He attained his Juris Doctor degree in Law from Florida State University in Tallahassee.

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Ronald Schonwetter
Chief Medical Officer

Ronald S. Schonwetter, M.D. As the chief medical officer at Chapters Health System, Ronald S. Schonwetter, M.D., is dedicated to accessible care for patients as they face the challenges of advancing age or illness.

Dr. Schonwetter is certified in Internal Medicine and Hospice and Palliative Medicine by the American Board of Internal Medicine. He also previously earned certification as a medical director, a hospice administrator and in geriatric medicine.

Dr. Schonwetter earned his medical degree from the University of South Florida (USF) College of Medicine. He completed his internship and residency programs in the area of Internal Medicine at the Baylor College of Medicine in Houston. In addition, Dr. Schonwetter completed a two-year fellowship in geriatric medicine at Baylor College of Medicine and The Veterans Administration Medical Center in Houston. He previously served as professor and division director of Geriatric Medicine at the USF College of Medicine as well as director of the Geriatric Medicine Fellowship Program.

Dr. Schonwetter has held various positions with the American Board of Hospice and Palliative Medicine including serving as the board’s chair, and the American Academy of Hospice and Palliative Medicine, serving as the academy’s president in 2006.

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David O’Neil
Chief Financial Officer

As chief financial officer, David O’Neil is responsible for the financial operations of Chapters Health System; provides direct supervision of finance, accounting, revenue cycle, financial planning, decision support and information technology and serves as financial advisor to Chapters Health System senior leadership and the boards of directors.

David has more than two decades of experience serving as chief financial officer with healthcare systems.

Prior to joining Chapters Health System, David held senior leadership positions with Morton Plant Mease Health Care in Clearwater, Town and Country Hospital (now known as Tampa Community Hospital) in Tampa, Helen Ellis Memorial Hospital (now known as Florida Hospital North Pinellas) in Tarpon Springs, and Maury Regional Hospital in Columbia, Tennessee.

David earned his undergraduate degree in Business/Accounting from Minnesota State University, Mankato in Mankato, Minnesota and his Master’s degree in Hospital Administration from the College of St. Francis in Joliet, Illinois.

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Audra Farish
Chief Human Resources Officer

Audra Farish

As chief human resource officer, Audra oversees all functions of the Human Resources Department. She is also responsible for the Training and Organizational Development Department along with several key initiatives including The Chapters Way.

Audra comes to us with more than 16 years of human resources experience, predominantly in the healthcare arena at an executive level. Her recent accomplishments include leadership for an HR Shared Services division, implementation of a strategic Enterprise Business Solution Center, establishment of a training sustainability model and experience with mergers and acquisitions.

Audra earned her Bachelor’s degree at the University of Georgia in Athens, Georgia and Juris Doctor and Master of Business Administration at Georgia State University in Atlanta, Georgia.

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Pam Saucier
Chief Compliance and Clinical Officer

Pam Saucier

As chief corporate compliance officer, Pam Saucier is responsible for corporate functions related to compliance, risk management, quality assessment and performance improvement, and regulatory affairs. Additionally, her responsibilities include the integration of interdisciplinary standards and practices, and clinical information systems to support clinicians and patient services throughout Chapters Health System. Pam oversees Health Information Management with the ultimate responsibility for setting clinical standards for all Chapters Health System affiliates.

Pam has 23 years of experience in hospice and clinical operations, including her role as the chief operating officer/senior vice president with Haven Hospice in Gainesville, Florida. She was responsible for the day-to-day operations for 12 offices and five inpatient hospice centers in a 13,000-square mile service area.

Pam has a Bachelor’s degree in Nursing from Vanderbilt University in Nashville, Tennessee and a Masters degree in Business Administration from Belmont University in Nashville, Tennessee.

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Sheryl Sypek
Chief Information Officer

Sheryl Sypek

As chief information officer, Sheryl Sypek oversees all aspects of development of the strategic direction and operational oversight of the clinical Information Technology Department.  Sheryl is focused on capturing and transforming the business culture into creativity, collaboration and innovation to enable the integrated care delivery model that supports excellence in quality of care and sound business decision-making for Chapters Health System.

Sheryl has led provider IT organizations as a CIO for the last 20 years, including Cape Cod Healthcare in Hyannis, Massachusetts, Jordan Health System in Plymouth, Massachusetts and Central Vermont Medical Center in Berlin, Vermont. She also was the Vice President of Information Technology for Infinium Software and most recently was Vice President of HealthNET Systems Consulting. She brings expertise in both strategic and operational leadership for health care information technology across the continuum of patient care.

Sheryl received her Bachelor of Science in Business Administration from Bryant University in Smithfield, Rhode Island and her Masters in Healthcare Management from Cambridge College in Cambridge, Massachusetts.

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Don Evans
Chief Integration and Business Development Officer

Don Evans

As the chief integration and business development officer, Don Evans develops and implements acquisition strategies, and leads business development initiatives. In addition, he provides leadership and direction for the Support Services division of Chapters Health System.

Don has nearly three decades of health care experience at the executive level and a wide range of expertise in acute care and post acute care settings. Prior to joining Chapters Health System, he held the position of chief executive officer (CEO) for three large non-profit hospitals including Florida Hospital North Pinellas (formerly Helen Ellis Memorial Hospital) in Tarpon Springs and Florida Hospital Carrollwood (formerly University Community Hospital-Carrollwood). In addition, Don was the CEO of the 70-bed HealthSouth Rehabilitation Hospital of Largo.

Don began his journey with Chapters Health System as a business development consultant in the corporate office. He later assumed the role of executive director of Good Shepherd Hospice from 2012 to 2014, and was instrumental in building and opening the 16-bed Lakeland Hospice House.

Don earned his bachelor’s degree in accounting from the University of West Florida in Pensacola and his masters of business administration from Brenau University in Gainesville, Georgia. He is also a Fellow in the American College of Healthcare Executives.

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Sharon Jones
Vice President of Development

Sharon Jones, FAHP, CFRE

As vice president of development, Sharon Jones directs and manages extensive fundraising projects that support the subsidiaries of Chapters Health System.

Prior to joining Chapters Health System, Sharon held marketing and development positions with the Munroe Foundation and Charter Springs Hospital, both located in Ocala, Florida.

Sharon is a graduate of the University of Florida in Gainesville, Florida, is certified as a fundraising executive and is a certified fellow with the Association of Healthcare Philanthropy. She was elected to the 2015 Board of Directors of the Association for Healthcare Philanthropy, which is an international professional organization dedicated exclusively to developing the men and women who encourage charity in health care organizations across North America. Sharon is also the chair of the Association for Healthcare Philanthropy’s Madison Institute, whereby she oversee an intensive five-day learning experience for health care development professionals.

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Paul Marois
Executive Director, Good Shepherd Hospice

Paul Marois, RN, MBA

Paul Marois is the executive director at Good Shepherd Hospice. He joined the organization in June 2016. In his role as executive director, Paul is directly responsible for overseeing the operations and services that Good Shepherd Hospice delivers in Polk, Highlands and Hardee counties. He manages more than 280 staff members who provide care for more than 3,675 patients every year.

Marois started his career in healthcare as a clinician in nursing homes and assisted living facilities. His positions ranged from Regional Director of Quality Improvement to Director of Nursing to Facility Administrator. In 2012, Marois joined Gentiva Hospice as the Area Executive Director for Rhode Island and Massachusetts and was later promoted to Area Vice President of Business Development for the New England Region overseeing both hospice and home care in four states. He was accountable for growth including integrated marketing for the long term acute care and nursing home division.

Marois received his Bachelor of Science degree in Social and Healthcare Services from Roger Williams University in Bristol, Rhode Island and his Bachelor of Science in Nursing and Master of Business Administration from Salve Regina University in Newport, Rhode Island. He is also licensed as a Nursing Home Administrator and Assisted Living Resident Administrator.  Marois is also one of only 17 certified Hospice and Palliative Care Administrators in Florida.

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