Mary Ann Christopher

Mary Ann Christopher

Mary Ann Christopher is a nationally recognized health care executive who has a distinguished record of CEO and governance experience. Christopher has served as President and CEO of the nation’s two largest not for profit community based health care corporations, Visiting Nurse Association Health Group in NJ and Visiting Nurse Service of New York. In those capacities she has led multi-corporate community based health systems having overseen home care, hospice and other post-acute services, a Medicare Advantage health plan, a Medicaid health plan for dually eligible members, and a system of federally qualified health centers.

She has over 25 years experience leading major health care turnarounds, mergers and acquisitions, joint ventures and product diversification strategies, recently in the areas of population health, telehealth and health coaching.

Ms. Christopher has served as a director on the boards of universities, trade associations, hospital, community based behavioral health system, correctional health, comprehensive senior living corporation, assisted living, medical day care and skilled nursing facilities. She has served as Chair and Vice Chair of Boards of Trustees and has distinguished herself by serving on Executive, Audit, Finance, Quality, Compensation, University Affairs, and Governance committees. She currently serves as the Chair of the National Advisory Committee for the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation New Jersey Nursing Initiative.

Mrs. Christopher graduated Summa Cum Laude from Fairfield University with a BSN and Seton Hall University with her MSN and was inducted as a member of Sigma Theta Tau. She was awarded honorary doctoral degrees by Fairfield University and Monmouth University. She is a Fellow of the American Academy of Nursing, New York Academy of Medicine, the Public Health Leadership Institute of CDC, and the Wharton Nurse Executive Program. Mrs. Christopher has held faculty appointments at Columbia University, New York University, Rutgers University and Seton Hall University.

Ms. Christopher has received numerous awards and recognitions. Notable among them are having been named One of the Top 50 Most Powerful Health Care Leaders in NJ, the prestigious American Nurses Association Honorary Human Rights Award, and congressional and industry recognition for her leadership in directing large scale emergency response efforts.