Administrative Team


Philip W. Eaton, MS


Philip W. Eaton

Philip Eaton was named President/CEO of Rosecrance Health Network in 1982, but his connection to Rosecrance began in 1971 as a young social worker. His understanding of the roots of Rosecrance and his vision for the future has set the standard for the organization for more than 25 years. Under his leadership, Rosecrance opened Northern Illinois’ first chemical dependency treatment center for adolescents and Illinois’ only licensed recovery homes for female adolescents. Eaton holds a Master of Science Degree in Community Mental Health from Northern Illinois University and a Bachelor’s Degree in Sociology from Trinity College. He has served as Chairman and a Board member of the National Association of Addiction Treatment Providers (NAATP) and the Illinois Alcoholism and Drug Dependency Association (IADDA). Eaton was awarded the Northern Illinois University College of Health and Human Services Alumni of the Year Award in 2001; the Administrator of the Year Award by the American College of Addiction Treatment Administrators in 2002 and was the recipient of the Distinguished Community Award from the University of Illinois College of Medicine in Rockford in 2002. In 2011, Eaton was named Alumnus of the Year by Trinity College in Deerfield, IL.


Judith Jobe, MS, CSADC

Senior Vice President and Chief Administrative Officer

Judith Jobe

Judi Jobe directs and coordinates all activities related to organizational development and performance improvement. In her tenure with Rosecrance, she has developed and implemented numerous programs that have received national and state recognition and have been adopted at best practice models. Jobe secured grants to establish a long-term recovery home for women with children and the study of adolescent aftercare models. She holds a Bachelor of Science in Family Services from Northern Illinois University, and a Master of Science in Management from Cardinal Stritch College. Jobe is a Certified Senior Addictions Counselor and Senior Professional in Human Resources. She is a member of board of the Illinois Alcohol and Other Drug Abuse Professional Certification Association, serving as Chair of the Education and Training Committee. She also was appointed by the Governor to serve on the Illinois Task Force on Women’s Issues in Treatment.


John F. Schuster, MBA

Chief Financial Officer


John F. Schuster is responsible for all Rosecrance financial operations. He has nearly 30 years of experience in healthcare administrative leadership. Schuster is a certified public accountant with a bachelor’s degree in economics from the University of Chicago and a master’s in business administration from the University of Illinois. He is affiliated with the American College of Healthcare Executives and the Healthcare Financial Management Association, and previously taught at Marquette University, Southern Illinois University and Webster University.


David Gomel, MS, CADC

Senior Vice President and Chief Operating Officer


Dave Gomel is the Senior Vice President and Chief Operating Officer for Rosecrance Health Network. Gomel has more than 19 years experience in the Behavioral Health field providing direct clinical services as well as holding numerous administrative roles. Gomel earned a Master of Science Degree in Health Service Administration from the University of St. Francis and a Bachelor’s Degree in Psychology from Northern Illinois University. He is also a certified Alcohol and Other Drug Abuse (AODA) Counselor. Gomel serves on a number of local, state and national behavioral health committees, nonprofit boards and trade organizations. Dave is an active member of the Rockford community volunteering with many charitable organizations.


Mary Ann Abate, MS, LSW

Vice President of Public Policy


Mary Ann Abate is the Vice President of Public Policy for Rosecrance Health Network. She addresses issues impacting behavioral health services by closely following pending bills, laws and regulations that could potentially impact substance abuse and mental health treatment, funding and access. Mary Ann addresses issues such as prevention, treatment and education and provides advocacy for Rosecrance in order to implement new public policy as necessary. Mary Ann is a licensed Illinois social worker who obtained her MS  in Community Mental Health from Southern New Hampshire University. She also received a graduate certificate in clinical services to individuals with co-occurring  substance abuse and psychiatric disabilities from Southern New Hampshire University.  Mary Ann began at the Janet Wattles Mental Health Center in 1982, where she previously served as director. She most recently served as Rosecrance VP of Community Mental Health from 2011 to present. She has long been active in community service organizations, including Easter Seals Children’s Development Center, Junior League and Source. Mary Ann currently serves on the Board of Carrie Lynn Center for Children, Homeless Task Force and Illinois Mental Health Advisory Board.


Janis Waddell, MS, CSADC

Senior Vice President of Marketing


Janis Waddell oversees all local, regional and national marketing efforts of the organization including working with private and public sector referral sources. She has more than 25 years’ experience in the addictions field, including 10 years of providing direct clinical services to adolescents. She earned her Bachelor’s Degree in Education from Western Illinois University and a Master’s Degree in Counseling/Education from Northern Illinois University. Her areas of expertise include behavioral healthcare marketing, insurance managed care contracting, adolescent and adult substance abuse treatment, and current trends. Janis joined Rosecrance in 1984.


Lynne Vass, CFRE

Senior Vice President of Development

Lynne Vass

Lynne Vass oversees The Rosecrance Foundation, public relations, strategic planning and church relations. She holds a Bachelor of Science degree from the Indiana University Kelly School of Business, a Master’s Degree in Business Education from Indiana University and is a Certified Fund Raising Executive. She has more than 30 years of philanthropic experience and 6 years of trust banking experience. Vass is a member of the Leadership Illinois Advisory board and former Vice President of the Leadership Illinois board of directors, a member of the Northern Illinois Planned Giving Council board of directors, a member and former President of the Association of Fundraising Professionals, Rockford Area Chapter, and a former Chairman of the Rosecrance board of directors. She has been with Rosecrance since 1991.


Thomas Wright, MD, Addictionologist

Chief Medical Officer/Senior Vice President of Medical Affairs

Thomas Wright

Dr. Thomas Wright oversees all medical operations for Rosecrance. He specializes in working with adolescents who have a co-existing or secondary diagnosis in addition to an addiction disorder. He has more than 20 years’ experience in the field. Dr. Wright is certified as a child and adolescent psychiatrist by the American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology and in addiction medicine by the American Society of Addiction Medicine. He served on the faculty at Northwestern Medical College in Chicago and at The University of Illinois College of Medicine at Chicago and Rockford. Dr. Wright is a regular conference presenter and has been recognized as a medical educator and leader in the field of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry. He joined Rosecrance in 2005.


Ann Bown, BA

Executive Assistant to the President/CEO


Ann Bown is the Executive Assistant to the President/CEO for Rosecrance Health Network. She provides a broad variety of administrative tasks for the President/CEO. Ann communicates directly, and on behalf of the CEO with the Rosecrance Board of Directors, executive team members and others on matters related to the CEO’s initiatives. She manages special projects and is the liaison between board members and the CEO’s office. Ann provides leadership for all Rosecrance support staff in establishing office practice standards. She holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Business Management from Cardinal Stritch University and has over 16 years experience with the organization. Ann serves on several nonprofit boards in the community.