donna hyland ceo with patient

Executive team leaders are responsible for all activities of the organization, ensuring that Children’s is staying true to its mission, vision and values while developing and executing a strategy for doing so.

Donna Hyland
President and
Chief Executive Officer
Ruth Fowler
Chief Financial Officer
Linda Matzigkeit
Chief Administrative Officer
Ron Frieson
Chief Operating Officer
Lucky Jain
Chief Academic Officer
Linda Cole
Chief Nursing and Hospital Operations Officer
James Fortenberry
Chief Medical Officer
Daniel Salinas
Chief of Community Clinical Integration
Janine Musholt
President of Foundation
Jeremy Meller
Chief Information Officer

These physician leaders provide expert medical knowledge and oversight in decisions regarding Children’s.

Paul Chai, MD
Chief, Heart Center
Chief, Cardiothoracic Surgery
James Fortenberry
Chief Medical Officer
Gary Frank, MD
Medical Director, Quality Regulatory and Accreditation
Satya Gedela, MD
Chief, Brain Health Center
Chief, Neurology
Douglas Graham
Chief, Aflac Cancer and Blood Disorders Center
Srikant B. Iyer
Chief, Emergency Services
Chief Quality Officer
Lucky Jain, MD, MBA
Chief Academic Officer
Stephanie M. Jernigan, MD
Chief, Medicine
Campus Director, Egleston Hospital
Clinton Joiner
Chief Research Officer
Ami Klin
Director, Marcus Autism Center
William T. Mahle
Chief, Heart Center
Chief, Cardiology
Michael D. Mallory, MD, MPH
Chief, Medicine
Campus Director, Scottish Rite Hospital
Beverly B. Rogers, MD
System Medical Director and Service Chief, Pathology
Rene Romero, MD
System Medical Director, Transplant
Daniel Salinas
Chief of Community Clinical Integration
Usha N. Sathian, MD
Service Chief, Urgent and Community Care
Michael L. Schmitz
Chief, Orthopaedics and Sports Medicine Center
Stephen F. Simoneaux, MD
System Medical Director and Service Chief, Radiology

This team is the leadership body for Children’s Physician Group practices. The team sets clinical and operational priorities, manages overall financial performance, sets quality targets, and identifies staffing needs for the physician practices.

Team members: 

  • James Fortenberry, MD, FCCM, FAAP
    Chief Medical Officer
  • Lucky Jain, MD, MBA
    Chief Academic Officer
  • Usha Sathian, MD
    Service Chief, Urgent and Community Care
  • Heather Balberde
    Vice President, Physician Practice Operations
  • Darilyn Brown
    Senior Director, Physician Practice Operations
  • Brandon Yoder
    Vice President, Finance Operations
  • Michelle Reid
    Senior Director, Human Resources 

The Medical Executive Committee is the primary authority over professional staff and performance improvement activities regarding professional services provided by those with clinical privileges. The committee acts on reports and recommendations from departments, sections and committees and is accountable to the Board for the medical care of patients admitted to or receiving treatment at our hospitals.

Current presidents:


The Board of Trustees is the governing body of Children’s. It is composed of local volunteer leaders who share a commitment to serving the community by enhancing the lives of children.

Stephanie V. Blank
Stephanie V. Blank
Community Volunteer
David Banks, MD
David Banks, MD
Medical Staff President Scottish Rite
W. Paul Bowers
W. Paul Bowers
Chairman, President and CEO, Georgia Power
Paul Brown
Paul Brown
Chief Executive Officer, Inspire Brands
Mark Chancy
Mark Chancy
Community Volunteer
Mike Cote
Mike Cote
Chairman and CEO, SecureWorks
Alan Dahl
Alan Dahl
Managing Partner, EDG Partners
Allison Dukes
Allison Dukes
Chief Financial Officer, Invesco
Sarah Fanning
Sarah Fanning
Vice President of Federal Government Relations Travelers Companies, Inc.

Mark Gilreath
CEO, Digestive Health

Ernest L. Greer
President Greenburg Traurig LLP

Babette Henagan
Founder and Managing Partner, Linx Partners, LLC

Thomas M. Holder
Chairman and CEO Holder Construction Company

Donna W. Hyland
President and CEO Children's Healthcare of Atlanta

Jocelyn Hunter
Vice President and Deputy General Counsel at The Home Depot

Andrés Irlando
President, Zayo Group 

Mark Kauffman
President & CEO Treadmaxx Tire Distributors

Jenna Kelly
President, Northern Georgia Region at Truist

Wonya Lucas
President and CEO - Crown Media Family Networks

William Mahle, MD
Chief, Heart Center
Chief, Cardiology

Hala Moddelmog
President and Chief Executive Officer, The Woodruff Arts Center

Charles H. Ogburn
Community Volunteer

Beatriz Perez
SVP & Chief Communications, Sustainability & Strategic Partnerships Officer, The Coca-Cola Company

Asif Ramji
Chief Growth Officer, Fidelity Information Systems

Jeff Seaman
CEO Rooms To Go
Edwin Smith, MD
Urologist at Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta, Clinical Associate Professor of Urology at Emory University School of Medicine
Steven R. Tosone, MD
Steven R. Tosone, MD
Medical Staff President Egleston

Tristan Walker
Founder and Chief Executive Officer, Walker & Company Brands