Rosecrance’s Administrative Team
President and Chief Executive Officer
Philip Eaton was named President and CEO of Rosecrance Health Network in 1982, but his connection to Rosecrance began in 1971, when he was a young social worker. His understanding of the roots of Rosecrance and his vision for the future have set the standard for the organization for more than 30 years. Under Eaton’s 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 the 2002 Distinguished Community Award from the University of Illinois College of Medicine in Rockford. In 2011, Eaton was named Alumnus of the Year by Trinity College in Deerfield, IL.
Senior Vice President and Chief Administrative Officer
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 as 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 degree in family services from Northern Illinois University and a master of science degree 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.
President of Rosecrance, Inc.
David Gomel is President of Rosecrance, Inc., a subsidiary of the Rosecrance Health Network. he has more than 26 years in the behavioral health field with both clinical and administrative experience. Gomel holds a doctorate of philosophy in public policy and administration with an emphasis in nonprofit administration, a master of science degree in health service administration, and a bachelor’s degree in psychology. Gomel serves on a number of local, state and national behavioral health committees, nonprofit boards, and trade organizations, and he is the current chair of the Illinois Association of Behavioral Health. Gomel is an active member of the Rockford community, volunteering with many charitable and athletic organizations. He joined Rosecrance in 1993.
Vice President and 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 he previously taught at Marquette University, Southern Illinois University and Webster University.
Chief Medical Officer/Senior Vice President of Medical Affairs
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 and is certified as a child and adolescent psychiatrist by the American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology. Dr. Wright is also certified 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. Dr. Wright received the Clinician of the Year award for clinical excellence from Addiction Professional in 2015. He joined Rosecrance in 2005.
Senior Vice President of Marketing
Janis Waddell oversees all local, regional and national marketing efforts for the organization, including working with private and public-sector referral sources. She has more than 30 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. Waddell’s areas of expertise include behavioral healthcare marketing, insurance managed care contracting, adolescent and adult substance abuse treatment, and current trends. She joined Rosecrance in 1984.
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, including funding and access. Abate addresses issues such as prevention, treatment and education, and she provides advocacy for Rosecrance in order to implement new public policy as necessary. Mary Ann is a licensed Illinois social worker who obtained her master of science degree 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. Abate began at the Janet Wattles Mental Health Center in 1982, where she later 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. Abate currently serves on the board of Carrie Lynn Center for Children, Homeless Task Force and Illinois Mental Health Advisory Board.
Anne Boccignone, MBA
Vice President of Communications & Development
Anne Boccignone oversees the activities of The Rosecrance Foundation and communications and branding strategies for Rosecrance Health Network. She hails from Beloit, Wisconsin, and has nearly 25 years of experience in private, public and nonprofit sector marketing and communications. Prior to joining Rosecrance, Boccignone spent more than a decade working in the advertising industry in Minneapolis and then as a brand strategist for a strategic communications firm in Illinois. She received her Bachelor of Arts from University of Wisconsin – Madison and an MBA from University of St. Thomas, in St. Paul, MN. Boccignone serves on several local non-profit arts and service organizations; she joined Rosecrance in 2014.
Vice President and General Counsel
Kelly Epperson is the first-ever in-house General Counsel for Rosecrance. She has extensive experience representing physicians, hospitals and behavioral health providers. Epperson provides comprehensive legal services to Rosecrance, including directing corporate activities to protect Rosecrance’s legal interests; assisting with global join ventures, strategic partnership deals, and mergers and acquisitions; analyzing novel legal issues that uniquely impact behavioral healthcare providers; researching and influencing legislative changes at the state and federal levels; working to minimize legal exposure while maximizing legal rights; and positioning Rosecrance to be a legally sound not-for-profit so it can continue to fulfill its mission. Epperson is a 2008 graduate of the Northern Illinois University College of Law, where she was Symposium Editor of the Law Review and received the Outstanding Woman Student Award. Prior to law school, she received a bachelor’s degree in east Asian studies, economics and history from the University of Wisconsin at Madison.
Executive Assistant to the President/CEO
Ann Bown is the Executive Assistant to the President/CEO for Rosecrance Health Network. She performs a broad variety of administrative tasks for the President/CEO. Bown 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. Bown 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 more than 16 years’ experience with the organization. In addition, Bown serves on several nonprofit boards in the community.