Al Pilong Jr.
CEO, Novant Health UVA Health System
Al Pilong, Jr. joins Novant Health UVA Health System from Munson Healthcare in Traverse City, Michigan where he most recently served as president of Munson Medical Center and chief operating officer of Munson Healthcare. During his time with Munson Healthcare, Pilong led the organization to receive an “A” Leapfrog Hospital Safety Grade, a magnet designation for nursing for the third time and accreditation as a Blue Distinction Center for cardiac care, maternity care, and knee and hip replacement, among other awards and recognitions. Prior to his role with Munson Healthcare, Pilong served as the president of Winchester Medical Center and senior vice president of Valley Health in Winchester, Virginia.
Pilong holds a Master of Business Administration from Saint Joseph’s University in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, a Master of Divinity from Alliance Theological Seminary in Nyack, New York and a Bachelor of Science from the Rutgers University Ernest Mario School of Pharmacy in Piscataway Township, New Jersey. He also completed an executive management program at the University of Pennsylvania Leonard Davis Institute of Health Economics in Philadelphia and holds board certification in healthcare management as a fellow of the American College of Healthcare Executives.
Charles "Chuck" Coder
CFO, Novant Health UVA Health System
Chuck Coder serves as chief financial officer of Novant Health UVA Health System and is responsible for financial operations of the entire joint operating company which includes Culpeper Medical Center, Haymarket Medical Center and Prince William Medical Center, as well as the System’s three ambulatory surgery centers, multiple employed physician clinics throughout the region, imaging facilities, Novant Health UVA Health System Cancer Center and Novant Health UVA Health System Caton Merchant House, an assisted living facility. Since joining Novant Health UVA Health System in April of 2016, Coder has served as the primary financial liaison to both parent partner organizations.
Prior to joining Novant Health UVA Health System, Coder held executive financial leadership roles with healthcare systems across the country. At Community Health System, Coder served as market chief financial officer of the Virginia Region where he was responsible for all financial operations of the system’s three Virginia hospitals. Coder also previously served as chief financial officer for South Baldwin Regional Medical Center in Foley, Alabama, and chief financial officer at Spring Hill Regional Hospital in Spring Hill, Florida.
He holds a Bachelor of Science in Accounting and a Master of Business Administration from the University of West Florida.
Julie Hixson Suijk
Vice president and chief human resources officer, Novant Health UVA Health System
Julie Hixson Suijk serves as the vice president and chief human resources officer of Novant Health UVA Health System. As chief human resources officer, Hixson Suijk will oversee all human resource management functions, including the creation of a talent strategy to successfully execute and achieve strategic, operational and financial objectives. She will evaluate capabilities, resources and organizational needs to develop and lead a comprehensive service delivery model for the health system.
Prior to joining Novant Health UVA Health System, Hixson Suijk served as the leader of human resources at Fauquier Health/Lifepoint Health in Warrenton, Virginia, where she developed a clinical certification bonus program to recognize career development, launched a system-wide ambassador program to improve staff engagement and fostered relationships with area community colleges and high schools to build a local talent pipeline. Hixson Suijk also served as the vice president of human resources and director of human resources for Valley Health System in Winchester, VA.
Hixson Suijk earned a masters degree in organization development and knowledge management from George Mason University in Arlington, VA and a bachelor's degree in finance from James Madison University in Harrisonburg, VA. She has been certified by the Society for Human Resource Management and the HR Certification Institute.
Stephen Smith, MD
President and COO, Novant Health UVA Health System Haymarket Medical Center and Prince William Medical Center
Stephen M. Smith, MD, FACEP, is president and chief operating officer of Novant Health UVA Health System Haymarket Medical Center and Prince William Medical Center. Previously, Dr. Smith served as vice president of medical affairs for Prince William Medical Center and Haymarket Medical Center. Dr. Smith joined Novant Health UVA Health System in 2009 as regional medical director of emergency services and since that time has been elevated to serve in a variety of roles including as Trustee of the Prince William Health System Board in 2013. He also served as medical staff president prior to being named vice president of medical affairs. In 2012, he served as chair of the performance improvement committee for Prince William Medical Center, and in 2015 served as chairman of the Prince William Health System Board Quality. Dr. Smith is currently a member of the UVA Health System Board Quality Subcommittee.
Prior to joining Novant Health UVA Health System, Dr. Smith held a variety of medical leadership and executive roles with healthcare systems and hospitals located in Washington, DC and Maryland.
Dr. Smith holds a Bachelor of Science in Biology from Stanford University and is a graduate of Howard University College of Medicine. Dr. Smith completed his residency at Martin Luther King Jr. /Drew Medical Center in Los Angeles, California where he was chief resident.
Vice President, Service Line and Ambulatory Development, Novant Health UVA Health System
Heather Aram is vice president of service line and ambulatory development for Novant Health UVA Health System. In this role, she has strategic and operational oversight of the Novant Health UVA Health System Cancer Center, Prince William and Haymarket ambulatory surgery centers, Virginia service line and network development and social responsibility.
Aram was a member of the Novant Health team in Charlotte, NC for approximately12 years, most recently as director of strategic growth, prior to coming to Northern Virginia in 2011. She was actively involved in the development of Novant Health UVA Heath System Haymarket Medical Center. Prior to joining Novant Health, Aram worked in medical device sales and clinical training and is a former labor and delivery nurse.
In addition to her work at Novant Health UVA Health System, she demonstrates a strong conviction to support Novant Health UVA Health System communities through volunteerism. She currently serves on the Prince William County George Mason University Advisory Board, Didlake Board of Directors, Hylton Performing Arts Board of Directors and Prince William Medical Center Foundation Board. Aram is also a past chair of the Prince William County March for Babies Walk, DC Metro March of Dimes Board of Directors and the Prince William County Chamber of Commerce Board. She is also a graduate of Lead Virginia. As a finalist for the Heroines of Washington Award in 2014, Aram was honored with a nomination that recognizes inspirational women from the DC Metro Area for their volunteerism. Her passion is working with Helping Haitian Angels, a non-profit Christian organization caring for orphaned and abandoned children in Northern Haiti. Aram received her Bachelor of Science in Nursing from the University of North Carolina Charlotte.
Board of Trustees, Officers and Physician Representatives
Vik Khot, MD, CPE, FAAPL, DFAPA - Chair
Dr. Vik Khot is medical director, NMCare, Healthcare Services at Humana, Inc. He is the immediate past medical director of behavioral health for Novant Health UVA Health System Northern Virginia market and past president of the medical staff. Currently he serves as the chairman of the department of psychiatry at Novant Health UVA Health System. He completed his residency from the Medical College of Wisconsin Affiliated Hospitals and his fellowship in adult biological neuropsychiatry from the National Institute of Health/NIMH. He is a diplomat of the American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology, a distinguished fellow of the American Psychiatric Association and a fellow of the American Association for Physician Leadership. Dr. Khot is currently serving a second term as a trustee since 2013 and is currently vice-chair of the Board of Trustees. He also serves as a trustee on the Novant Health UVA Prince William Health Center Foundation. Over the last two decades he has been a clinician, educator and administrator at Prince William Medical Center and a champion of patient safety and quality. He is an associate clinical professor of psychiatry at George Washington University, Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences, Washington, DC. Dr. Khot has continuously received the American Medical Association Physician Recognition Award for Continuing Medical Education with Commendation for Self-Directed Learning from 1994 to present. He has been recognized by his peers as a Top Doctor in the Washingtonian Magazine and/or Northern Virginia Magazine continuously since 1999. He is a commissioned officer in the Navy Reserve Medical Corps and has been serving as a lieutenant commander since 2016. He has a CPE (Certified Physician Executive) from the American Association for Physician Leadership since November 2016 and was inducted as a FAAPL (Fellow of the American Association for Physician Leadership) as of January 2019. Dr. Khot is married with two grown children.
Jacqueline Krick, Vice-Chair
A native of Colombia, South America, Jackie Krick is a marketing and communications professional and an entrepreneur. She is an advocate for minority, women-owned small businesses, and youth education. As President and Founder of ECU Communications (ECU), a full-service digital marketing communications agency in Manassas, VA, she brings a three-decade career in providing award-winning marketing, advertising, strategic planning services to a diverse client base.
Specializing in the development of multimedia programs and digital solutions for varied audiences, Jackie’s passion for delivering high quality work and exceeding expectations has resulted in exceptional client ratings year over year. ECU’s portfolio consists of work for notable federal, state & local government, nonprofit and private sector clients.
Jackie’s storied foundation in the field of marketing began before she founded ECU Communications in 2004. In the role of Vice President of Marketing for a government contractor, she oversaw all marketing and advertising programs for the federal government. In addition, she previously held other marketing related positions in support of information technology services, including hardware, software and networking solutions as Director of Marketing, and Channel Marketing Manager.
A rare combination of drive, competence, and purpose, Jackie focuses her special attention in support of underserved charitable interests, both in Northern Virginia and nationally. Her desire to continually give back to the community, led her to IMPACTO Youth, a 501c3 organization she founded in 2013, with the mission to “ shape, advance and improve the lives of economically and socially disadvantaged youth through education”.
Jackie and her husband, Ken, reside in Bristow, Virginia. They have two children, and a granddaughter.
Steve Danziger is the Manassas Site Executive and Senior Manager of Quality and Performance Assurance for BAE Systems in Manassas, responsible for the site's operation and improving the overall quality and efficiency for the site's ($100M/yr in business) products and technology. He has been an engineer and a manager in semiconductor development and production for various defense and commercial semiconductor organizations working with state-of-the-art technologies, starting at IBM, and eventually becoming the Director of Manufacturing Operations for Micron Technologies. He earned a BS degree in physics from Queens College City University of New York and an MS degree in physics from Pennsylvania State University. He is serving in numerous community-development and policy-related roles, including chairman of the Prince William Soil and Water Conservation Board, Didlake Inc. board member, Prince William Chamber of Commerce Public Policy committee member, and Fairfax County Water Authority board member. He holds three patents and more than 30 publications on technical and management topics.
Carl S. Armato
Carl S. Armato is the president and chief executive officer for Novant Health. Since joining Novant Health in 1998 as the vice president of finance and operations for the physician divisions in both Charlotte and Winston-Salem, Armato has also served as senior vice president of materials management and logistics for Novant Health. In 2003, Presbyterian Healthcare appointed Armato as chief operating officer and then promoted him to president and chief executive officer in January 2004. In 2008, the health system promoted him to president of Novant Health markets and in 2011 as chief operating officer. The board of trustees appointed him to his current position in January 2012. Prior to joining Novant Health, Armato was vice president of operations for First Care Physicians and director of finance for the General Health System in Baton Rouge, LA. He was also a senior tax/audit consultant for Ernst & Young in the Baton Rouge office. Armato holds a Bachelor of Business Administration - Accounting from the University of Southwestern Louisiana and a Master of Business Administration from Norwich University of Vermont.
Stephen Nelson is an investment advisor with United Brokerage Services and has been working in the investment field since 1985. He received his bachelor’s degree in finance from Virginia Tech and his masters of business administration with a concentration in finance from the University of South Carolina. Steve has served in numerous community development roles in the past including: Chair of the PW Chamber of Commerce, Chair of the PWHS Foundation, President of the Bull Run Kiwanis, Co-Chair of the Manassas Business Council, Board Trustee for the Caton Merchant House, Board of Regents for Leadership Prince William and others. He is married and has two adult children.
Executive Coach and founder of PKS Associates, coaching talents have all been learned… as an Executive Administrator, Human Resources Professional, Church Business Administrator, Director at the Department of Health and Human Services and small business owner. She currently serves on the Board of Regents for Leadership Prince William and Board of Director for the Matthew’s Center. Pam has served on the Board of Directors for Connected to Connect Board of Directors and the Creative and Performance Arts Center, Inc.
Pam holds a bachelor’s degree in Psychology and master’s degree in Management. Pam was selected and participates in prestige Leadership Prince William Program where she served on a collaborative leadership community engagement project management team that refurbished and beautified locations in the Town of Occoquan including Mamie Davis Park, the town dock, installed new community gardens, town gateways, and a public art project. Pam serves as the First Mount Zion Baptist Church community liaison for The Americans In Wartime Museum’s Voices of Freedom Project.
Pam's diverse professional and community experience gives her the extraordinary, real-world ability to identify a common vision and energize leaders to identify individual, organizational and community needs, and design results driven solutions that maximize human capacity.
Patrick Small, CEcD, Director of Economic Development
Patrick Small currently serves as the Director of Economic Development for the City of Manassas. In that capacity he is responsible for all aspects of business attraction, retention, expansion and for tourism. Mr. Small was hired by the City in August, 2014; prior to that he served as the Economic Development Director for the City of Portsmouth, Virginia. His other roles in Virginia include being the Assistant County Administrator in Isle of Wight County and Director of Economic Development/CEO of the Chamber of Commerce in Lancaster County.
Mr. Small has more than 20 years of executive level experience designing and launching innovative programs to create sustainable economic growth on the local government level. During his career he has assisted companies with investing more than $1 billion in new capital and with creating or saving more than 6,000 jobs. He is also an accomplished real estate developer completing more than $100 million in public development projects.
Patrick was born and raised in Maryland. He began his local government career in Florida and holds a BS in International Affairs from Florida State University. Patrick is also a graduate of the Economic Development Institute at the University of Oklahoma and is an accredited Certified Economic and Community Development professional by the International Economic Development Council. He lives in the City with his wife Melissa and their daughter.
Ross Switkes, MD
Ross Switkes, M.D., has been a practicing Emergency Medicine physician for the past 18 years. He received his medical degree from the New York Medical College in 1993. After an internship in Internal Medicine he served as a Medical Officer in the US Navy aboard the USS Boxer, a helicopter aircraft carrier. He then trained in Emergency Medicine at the University of Maryland from 1997-2000. Dr. Switkes has held numerous administrative roles and is currently the Associate Director of Emergency Services at Novant Health, UVA Health Prince William Medical Center. He has participated in Peer Review and Patient Experience Committees, and is the current Chair of Credentials and Clinical Improvement Committees. He was elected Vice Chief of the Medical Staff in 2017 and is the Chief of Staff elect. Dr. Switkes also currently serves on the Board of Trustees. He is married and has two children.
Kevin Kelley, Secretary
Kevin P. Kelley was born in Germany and spent his formative years overseas in Germany, Guyana, Liberia and Cyprus before finally landing in Manassas. Kevin graduated from Stonewall Jackson High School where he met his wife Tonya.
Earning Associate degrees from Northern Virginia Community College in Accounting and Business Management he went on to receive his Bachelors of Science in Accounting, Magna Cum Laude, from Marywood University in Scranton PA.
Kevin is a local small businessman and entrepreneur founding Falcon Promotions and Print Solutions in 1998 as Falcon Graphic Solutions. With headquarters in Old Town Manassas the company, in the beginning, was primarily a business forms and commercial printing distributor but with markets and the economy changing the company has evolved into an advertising specialty distributor with it’s primary products and services being corporate apparel and promotional products with business forms and printing holding a smaller place in the product mix.
Kevin is a Past Chairman of the Board for the Prince William Chamber of Commerce, a recipient of the Loy E. Harris Award from the City of Manassas, a Past Lt. Governor for Capital District Kiwanis, a Past President of the Kiwanis Club of Bull Run, a member of the Manassas Business Council and serves on the Economic Development Authority for Fauquier County.
Kevin and Tonya reside in Warrenton and have two grown children and four grand-children.
Mr. McDonald spent over 30 years in the Aerospace/Defense industry working for IBM, Loral, Lockheed Martin and BAE Systems. His career included designing digital chips, managing complex research and production programs, and finally directing BAE Systems Space Electronics business. The extremely high reliability Space Electronics products designed, developed and produced served many mission critical programs for the DoD, Intelligence Community, NASA and Commercial Space communities. Mr. McDonald holds a Bachelor of Science in Electrical Engineering from Brown University. He currently chairs the George Mason University Science and Technology Campus Advisory Board and is a member of the Leadership Prince William Board of Regents and the Prince William County Economic Advisory Group. He is married and has three adult children.
Jonathan Way is currently Vice Mayor of Manassas. He has served as a City Councilman for the past nine years and previously on the City’s Planning Commission for five years.
Mr. Way retired to Manassas after a 37 year career with Exxon-Mobil in a variety of professional and managerial positions in the USA and four foreign countries. These include managing the construction of the world’s highest capacity tankship fleet for the Saudi Arabian government, managing Exxon’s Caribbean tanker fleet operations, and directing a uranium exploration mine in Germany.
He is a graduate of the U.S. Merchant Marine Academy and also holds a Master’s Degree in Industrial Management from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.
He lives with Shirley, his wife of almost 50 years (Oct 1, 2016), who is the founding member and coordinator of Manassas Therapy Dogs which serves Novant Prince William and Haymarket as well as Caton Merchant House and various schools and nursing homes in the area. His two grown daughters also live in Northern Virginia.
Maria Elena Pace, M.D.
Maria Elena Pace, M.D., is a practicing board certified Radiologist who previously served as Community Division Chair at Novant Health UVA Health System Prince William Medical Center and Novant Health UVA Health System Haymarket Medical Center. She was a previous partner with Virginia Radiology Associates from 2002-2017 and served multiple leadership roles including serving on the Medical Executive Committee as the Radiology Department Chair and Vice Chair. She serves on the Breast Program Leadership and Breast Cancer Committees.
Dr. Pace received her medical degree from Eastern Virginia Medical School. She completed her residency in Diagnostic Radiology and Fellowship in Cross Sectional Imaging at the University of Maryland Medical Systems. Dr. Pace served as an active duty Lieutenant Commander at the National Naval Medical Center. Her roles included Staff Radiologist, Program Director and Fellowship Program Director of Cross Sectional Imaging.
Dr. Pace is fluent in Spanish. Her areas of interest are women's imaging, breast imaging, breast biopsy and interventions. She is married with two children and is an avid UVA sports fan.
Jackson Miller has served the people of Virginia since 2004. First, as a member of the Manassas City Council (2004-2006), and then as a member of the Virginia House of Delegates representing the 50th district (VA50) (2006-2018).
After serving in the United States Army Reserves (1989-1999) and as Police Officer in Arlington County and Prince William County, Miller became an owner and realtor at Crossroads Realtors in 2000, a role he still holds today. His service to his country and community led to his appointment as President of the Prince William County Police Association.
A graduate of Virginia Commonwealth University with a degree in Urban Planning, he is a proud family man with two sons.
Karla I. Lacayo
Since 2012, Dr. Karla I. Lacayo has worked as an Attending Physician and Medical Director of the Department of Emergency Medicine at the Haymarket Medical Center for Novant Health UVA Health System. She is also a Member on the Medical Executive Committee (2012-present), the Joint Practice Governance Committee (2012-present), and the Peer Review Committee (2017-present).
Prior to serving in this capacity, Dr. Lacayo was an Attending Physician and Assistant Director at the Department of Emergency Medicine at the Virginia Hospital Center, where she was a member of the Pharmacy and Therapeutics Committee (2011 –2012), the Radiology Committee (2009 – 2012), and the Morbidity and Mortality Committee (2008 – 2009).
Dr. Lacayo graduated from the Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine with Honors in Emergency Medicine, Obstetrics and Gynecology, Psychiatry and Primary Care. She is fluent in Spanish and a fan of Hispanic poetry.
Serving in the Office of the Superintendent, Matt Guilfoyle serves as associate superintendent for Communications and Technology Services for Prince William County Public Schools (PWCS). He is responsible for the strategic management of communication and marketing, information and instructional technology, and business and community partnerships in support of the Division. In his role, Guilfoyle also serves on the Board of the SPARK Education Foundation for PWCS and is responsible for the oversight of the SPARK Executive Director. Guilfoyle is also responsible for the oversight of legislative outreach and PWCS government relations.
Prior to his joining PWCS, Guilfoyle served as executive director of communications and community relations for Fairfax County Public Schools. Guilfoyle also previously served as public affairs officer for the Architect of the Capitol, director of global internal communications for The Nature Conservancy, deputy assistant Chief Administrative Officer for the U.S. House of Representatives. He also worked as the deputy manager for corporate communications and government relations for Computer Sciences Corporation. Additionally, he held roles with Ketchum Public Relations and American Management Systems.