Our Leadership Team

Our leadership team at Gillette provides strategic direction toward a commitment to superior medical care and sound financial management.


Barbara Joers

Chief Executive Officer, President
Barbara Joers became Gillette’s chief executive officer in October, 2013. Before joining Gillette, she held several leadership positions in health care and worked in pediatric hospitals for more than a decade. Most recently, she served as vice president at Children’s Hospital of Wisconsin. Joers also held previous leadership roles at Vanderbilt University Medical Center and was chief operating officer at Monroe Carell Jr. Children’s Hospital at Vanderbilt. She received her bachelor’s degree in hospital administration from Marymount University in Arlington, Virginia and her master’s degree in health services management and policy from George Washington University in Washington, D.C.

Steven Koop, M.D.

Medical Director
Steven Koop, M.D., has been Gillette’s medical director since 2001. Before becoming a member of Gillette’s medical staff in 1985, Koop was a privately practicing pediatric orthopedic surgeon. Koop received his bachelor of arts degree in 1975 from St. John’s University in Collegeville, Minn., and his medical degree in 1979 from the University of Minnesota Medical School.

Karen Brill

Vice President of Patient Services
Karen Brill has been Gillette’s vice president of patient services since 2009. She previously managed Gillette’s Pediatric Intensive Care Unit and Orthopedics/Surgical Unit. Before joining Gillette, Brill was an assistant nurse manager at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center in Los Angeles. Brill received her baccalaureate of nursing degree in 1987 from the University of Manitoba, and her master of healthcare administration degree in 2007 from Bellevue University in Nebraska.

James Haddican

Vice President of Finance, Chief Financial Officer
James Haddican has been Gillette’s chief financial officer since 1999. Previously, he served as director of financial planning for Regions Hospital and director of finance for the Wilder Foundation. Haddican received his bachelor of science degree in accounting in 1982 from the University of Northern Colorado and his master of business administration degree in 1996 from the University of Southern Colorado.

Kathryn Wardrop

Vice President of Strategic Planning and Support Services
Kathryn Wardrop has been Gillette's vice president of strategic planning since 1988. Prior to joining Gillette, Wardrop held positions with Control Data Corporation in Minneapolis and GCA Corporation in Boston. Wardrop received her bachelor of science degree in physics in 1974 and a master of arts degree in communication in 1976, both from the University of Minnesota.

Elizabeth Rivard

Vice President of Human Resources
Elizabeth Rivard has been Gillette’s vice president of human resources since 2001. Prior to joining Gillette, Rivard was the director of labor relations for Children’s Hospitals and Clinics of Minnesota. Before that, she held human resources management positions at Fairview Health and Minneapolis Children’s Medical Center. Rivard received her bachelor of science degree in 1971 from the University of Minnesota and her master of business administration degree in 1994 from the University of St. Thomas.

Tim Getsay

Vice President of Information Systems
Tim Getsay became vice president of information systems in April, 2013. Prior to joining Gillette, he served as the associate vice chancellor of management information systems at Vanderbilt University and Vanderbilt University Medical Center in Nashville, Tennessee. Getsay received his bachelor of arts degree in psychology in 1989 from Kenyon College and a master of labor and human resources degree from Ohio State University in 1991.

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