Kaleida Health Administration
Jody L. Lomeo
President and CEO
Jody L. Lomeo assumed the role of president and CEO of both Kaleida Health and the Great Lakes Health System of Western New York in April 2014 after being named interim president and CEO in January 2014.
While interim president and CEO, Lomeo re-energized the organization through his style of collaboration and inclusive leadership. His focus on engaging physicians, nurses and staff fosters new ways to deliver more efficient high quality patient care at the bedside. Lomeo also launched a primary care strategy with Erie County Medical Center (ECMC) and HealthNow, and worked to build partnerships with UBMD, Buffalo Medical Group and numerous other community physicians and physician groups, as well as organized labor.
Lomeo previously served as CEO of ECMC from January 2009 through April 2014. Prior to that, he was a member of the Erie County Medical Center Corporation Board of Directors for more than eight years.
During his tenure at ECMC, Lomeo oversaw remarkable change because of his focus on patient care and the community. He has been a principal driver of collaboration between ECMC, Kaleida Health and the University at Buffalo as he previously served as vice chair of Great Lakes Health, the entity through which that collaboration is implemented.
Lomeo provides guidance to a number of community organizations as a volunteer board member, including D’Youville College and the Healthcare Association of New York State. He and his wife, Mary, live in Clarence, New York with their three children.
Executive Vice President for Business Development and Affiliations
Donald Boyd was appointed senior vice president of business development for Kaleida Health in May of 2009.
Boyd had been the president at Millard Fillmore Gates Circle Hospital and a vice president for Kaleida Health since August 2006. In his site president role, he helped lead the hospital's growth, particularly in the vascular service lines such as cardiac, stroke and vascular surgery plus the integration efforts for the Gates Vascular Institute.
In his current role, Boyd lead Kaleida Health's numerous growth initiatives, including the development of the Gates Vascular Institute (GVI), integration of Buffalo General and Millard Fillmore Gates Circle Hospitals, help with the implementation of the professional steering committee (PSC) recommendations for Great Lakes Health, ECMC and Kaleida Health, coordination of physician alignment plus other business development opportunities throughout Western New York.
A Williamsville resident, Boyd has been with Kaleida Health since its inception in 1998. He previously served as vice president for ambulatory services and business development, director of ambulatory services, manager of quality improvement and director of Kaleida Health's ambulatory surgery center in Williamsville.
He has a Master of Business Administration with a concentration in corporate finance and healthcare systems management, from the University of Buffalo (UB). He also holds a Bachelor of Arts in community mental health and psychology from UB.
David P. Hughes, MD
Executive Vice President
Chief Medical Officer
After serving as senior vice president and chief clinical integration officer for Kaleida Health, David P. Hughes, MD, MPH, was named executive vice president and chief medical officer in June 2014. In this role, Dr. Hughes will focus on physician relations and business development as well as the organization's clinical strategies.
Dr. Hughes is an accomplished physician, business owner, entrepreneur and engineer. He has served as Kaleida Health's medical director for employee health, an attending physician in emergency medicine at Kaleida Health and ECMC, an assistant clinical professor in emergency medicine for the University at Buffalo (UB), as well the president of the Governing Board for the State University of New York at Buffalo (SUNY) Faculty Practice Management Plan.
Dr. Hughes received his master's degree in public health from the Medical College of Wisconsin and his medical degree from UB. He completed his residency in emergency medicine at Wake Forest University Medical Center in North Carolina. He received his bachelor's in mechanical engineering from Kettering University in Flint, Michigan.
Prior to entering medical school, Dr. Hughes was a process engineer at the General Motors Tonawanda Engine Plant.
Michael P. Hughes
Senior Vice President
Public Affairs & Marketing
Michael P. Hughes is the Senior Vice President of Public Affairs & Marketing for Kaleida Health, Western New York's largest employer and largest provider of healthcare services.
Recruited to Kaleida Health in 2004, he is responsible for the organization's external affairs, including marketing, communications, media relations, government affairs, community relations, advertising, grants, creative services and medical photography.
Active in the community, Hughes was appointed in 2008 to the board of the Niagara Frontier Transportation Authority (NFTA), becoming the youngest Commissioner in the history of the authority. He currently serves on the Canisius College Board of Regents, the Board of Directors for Buffalo Place, the Buffalo Police Athletic League and the West Seneca Zoning Board of Appeals. His public affairs/government relations committee work includes the Amherst Chamber of Commerce, Buffalo Niagara Medical Campus and the Buffalo Niagara Partnership. Hughes also coaches youth hockey and soccer in West Seneca.
Prior to joining Kaleida Health, Hughes served as the Public Affairs and Marketing manager for Rural/Metro Medical Services, a national ambulance company. He oversaw all media, government and community relations, marketing, and contract compliance in Western New York. He also served as the statewide public information officer for Rural/Metro's nationally recognized "Disaster Response Team."
Hughes previously served as the director of communications for Erie County. In that role, he was the primary spokesman for New York State's second largest county government and its highest elected official.
Hughes has been named to Business First's "Healthcare 50" list, as well as the “40 Under 40” list. In 2010, Canisius College named Hughes the Marilyn G.S. Watt Alumni Award winner, which is presented annually to a notable alumnus from the Communication program. In addition to this, he has won numerous awards from International MarCom and the Western New York Chapter of the Public Relations Society of America.
Hughes completed Harvard Business School's executive management program in Cambridge, Massachusetts. He earned a Master of Business Administration (MBA) from Medaille College as well as bachelor’s degree in communication from Canisius College. Hughes is a graduate of Leadership Buffalo (2002) and the Buffalo FBI's Citizen's Academy (2003).
Executive Vice President
Chief Nursing Executive
Cheryl Klass currently serves as executive vice president and chief nursing executive for Kaleida Health. In this role, she provides oversight for nursing across the entire organization.
Cheryl Klass came to Kaleida Health in 2004 when she was named president of Women & Children's Hospital of Buffalo and vice president for Kaleida Health. In December 2011, Klass was appointed senior vice president of operations, Buffalo General Medical Center, which also includes the Gates Vascular Institute and HighPointe on Michigan. Klass most recently served as vice president, Kaleida Health, and president, Buffalo General Medical Center.
Klass has a comprehensive and very successful background in both adult and pediatric healthcare operations. She began her career as a registered nurse at Children's Hospital of Buffalo in 1977, but quickly advanced into nursing leadership roles that included director of the pediatric, surgical and critical care divisions of the hospital. She also eventually served as the chief nursing officer of Children's Hospital for many years before relocating to Chicago in 1993 to accept the role of chief operating officer for Children's Memorial Medical Center, part of the Northwestern Healthcare System.
Klass returned to Buffalo in 2000 and served as the chief operating officer of Mercy Hospital of Buffalo and chief operating officer of Sisters Hospital of Buffalo, as well as vice president of Women's Health for the Catholic Health System, before returning to Children's in 2004. She earned her Bachelor of Science in Nursing from Niagara University and her Master of Business Administration from the J. L. Kellogg Graduate School of Management at Northwestern University in Evanston, Illinois.
Mary Lou Klee
Interim Chief Human Resources Officer
Mary Lou Klee, vice president of corporate employment and compensation, was appointed interim chief human resources officer for Kaleida Health in March 2017.
Klee has been with Kaleida Health since 2006, when she joined the organization as a corporate recruiter. She has been promoted twice, first to director of corporate employment and most recently to her current position as vice president.
Klee has nearly 30 years of experience in the human resources field. Prior to Kaleida Health, she served as human resources director for Clairol, an international consumer products company. Before that, she owned and operated Klee & Associates, Inc., a distribution company for specialty operating room equipment. She also spent 10 years as general manager for a large recruitment firm in Denver, CO.
Alyson Spaulding, Esq., was named general counsel for Kaleida Health in March 2015. In this role, Spaulding is responsible for providing primary legal counsel for Kaleida Health and its corporate affiliates. In addition, she oversees Risk Management, Emergency Management, Internal Audit and Corporate Compliance, and Research Management.
Spaulding served as interim general counsel since August 2014. Prior to that, she was associate general counsel, Corporate Risk Management, where she directed Kaleida Health's risk management, emergency management and regulatory affairs functions, in addition to overseeing the commercial insurance portfolio and legal services related to professional and general liability.
Spaulding, who has been with Kaleida Health since its inception, obtained her bachelor's degree from the University of Rochester where she completed a double major, and her Juris Doctor degree from Syracuse University College of Law, where she was a member of both the Law Review and Moot Court.
Jonathan T. Swiatkowski
Executive Vice President
Chief Financial Officer
In June 2014, Jonathan T. Swiatkowski, CPA, was named executive vice president and chief financial officer for Kaleida Health after serving as the vice president for finance and business operations since 2006.
As vice president for finance and business operations, Swiatkowski guided Kaleida Health through major milestones, including the expansion of Millard Fillmore Suburban Hospital; the closure and sale of the former Millard Fillmore Gates Circle Hospital; the financing, construction and opening of the Gates Vascular Institute and HighPointe on Michigan; and the planning, financing and fundraising for the new John R. Oishei Children's Hospital.