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Keith A. Myers
Keith A. Myers, president/CEO, has served at the helm of MorseLife Health System since 2007, and brings with him an impressive history of accomplishment and extensive background in health care. He came to MorseLife after holding that position for more than seven years at Montefiore in Beachwood, Ohio. A seasoned professional, Mr. Myers has a significant background in the management of multi-faceted health care organizations and particular expertise in operations, financial management, quality improvement, strategic planning, board relations and institutional advancement. Keith is a former board member for the Florida Board of Nursing Home Administrators, a gubernational appointment. He also is Not-For-Profit Vice President on the Board of Directors of the Florida Health Care Association (FHCA), Florida’s largest advocacy organization for senior care providers. He has been Nursing Home Chair and Regional Vice Chair of Advocacy for the Florida Association of Homes and Services for the Aging (FAHSA) and on the Board of Directors of the Florida Health Care Association’s Quality Foundation. He has also been a board member of the Association of Jewish Aging Services (AJAS), a member of the American Association of Homes and Services for the Aging, and the American Health Care Association. He was Chairman for the Social Services Division of the Jewish Community Federation of Cleveland. As a testament to his work in the field of philanthropy, Keith was recently invited to serve on the Advisory Board of the George H. Heyman Jr. Center for Philanthropy and Fundraising at New York University. He holds a Master’s degree in Health Services Administration from George Washington University and a Bachelor’s degree in Health Care Management from the Medical College of Virginia, as well as a Certificate in Executive Management in Health Care from Case Western Reserve University in Cleveland, Ohio.
Hong S. Chae, CPA
Senior Vice President of Finance/CFO
With nearly thirty years of senior-level financial management experience in the health care field, Hong S. Chae, CPA, is Senior Vice President of Finance and Chief Financial Officer for MorseLife Health System. In this multi-faceted role, Hong represents MorseLife in all financial matters by setting fiscal policy and preparing and directing the reporting and analysis of the organization’s financial position. Hong comes to MorseLife from Judson Services, Inc., a senior care organization in Cleveland, Ohio, where he served for over 15 years as its Vice President of Finance/Chief Financial Officer. Prior to that, he was Senior Vice President of Finance for Richmond Heights General Hospital in Richmond Heights, Ohio. Earlier in his career, he served as Manager of Cost Accounting for St. Vincent Charity Hospital and Health Center in Cleveland, Ohio and Supervising Senior Accountant for Peat, Marwick, Mitchell and Company, a certified public accounting firm also in Cleveland. Hong is a member of the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants, The Healthcare Financial Management Association and the AAHSA Budget & Finance Committee. He holds a Bachelor’s degree in Business Administration from Cleveland State University.
Alan Sadowsky, Ph.D.
Senior Vice President of Community-Based Services
As Senior Vice President of Community-Based Services, Dr. Alan Sadowsky is responsible for the overall direction and operations of MorseLife Home Care, which offers skilled and private home health care services; Morse Life’s care management and counseling program; and Palm Beach PACE (Program of All-Inclusive Care for Elderly), the managed care program serving seniors at risk of nursing home placement. He is also responsible for the direction of all research projects and development of grant proposals, and oversees MorseLife Learning Institute.
Dr. Sadowsky is past president of Region IX Palm Beach Treasure Coast Area Agency on Aging. He is a voluntary assistant professor of Medicine Division of Gerontology in Geriatric Medicine, University of Miami Medical School, and an adjunct professor at the Graduate College, Union Institute. Dr. Sadowsky is a member of the Gerontological Society of America, and the American Society on Aging. Dr. Sadowsky completed his undergraduate degree at the University of Pennsylvania and his Master’s and Doctoral training at the University of California, Los Angeles.
Carmen Shell, RN
Senior Vice President of Health Center
Carmen has been with MorseLife since 2000. In her present capacity, she is responsible for the leadership and vision of the Nursing Department. She is also responsible for maintaining regulatory compliance, developing the annual budget and continuing education for the nursing staff.
Carmen is the second Vice President for the Florida Association of Directors of Nursing Administration (FADONA) and president of the Palm Beach County Directors of Nursing Association.
Trisha Hewes, Esq.
Vice President of Market Development
Trisha Hewes leads the MorseLife market development team in increasing business for our on-campus and home-based services.
With an extensive background in business development, Trisha joined MorseLife in 2014 from Southern SNF Management, Inc. in Hollywood, Florida. There, she was Regional Director of Business Development. In this multi-faceted role, she successfully led the sales, marketing and customer service functions for multiple facilities in Florida and Alabama. Prior to that, she was the Regional Sales and Marketing Consultant for Sea Crest Health Care Management, LLC in Tampa, Florida.
She holds a Doctor of Jurisprudence degree from Nova Southeastern University and a Bachelor’s degree in Organizational Management and Leadership from Palm Beach Atlantic University. She is a member of the Bar in New York, Florida and District of Columbia.
Mary Alice Pappas
Senior Vice President of MorseLife Foundation
Mary Alice Pappas is Senior Vice President of MorseLife Foundation. In her multi-faceted role, Ms. Pappas leads MorseLife’s initiative to build its major gifts, as well as oversee annual and planned giving.
Ms. Pappas joined MorseLife from Northern Trust in Palm Beach where she served for more than seven years as Vice President, Wealth Strategist. Raised in Rochester, Minnesota, she began her career in the shadow of the renowned Mayo Clinic where she gained a deep appreciation for the importance of treating people with utmost respect, dignity and professionalism in the health care setting.
In her role at MorseLife, Ms. Pappas has come full circle – now working for a renowned charitable nonprofit that takes the concept of customer service, care with dignity and highest standards of excellence to grand levels. With more than 30 years of executive leadership experience working for health care, hospitality and financial service industry organizations, Pappas is well known nationally for bringing a hospitality model to healthcare at Intracoastal Health Systems in the 1990s, and for her leadership on many charitable and philanthropic boards including The Breast Cancer Research Foundation, Boys & Girls Clubs, Susan G. Komen Breast Cancer Foundation, Planned Parenthood and Hospice.
Karl Dhana, MD, CMD
Senior Vice President of Medical Affairs
Dr. Dhana first joined MorseLife Health System during his fellowship training at Harvard. Upon completion of his post-doctoral studies, he rejoined MorseLife as the Medical Director of the Hospice In-Patient Unit. Dr. Dhana became MorseLife’s full-time Medical Director in August 2004.
As Medical Director, Dr. Dhana is responsible for the overall leadership and supervision of the medical services provided throughout the campus, including Morse Health Center, MorseLife Home Care/Kramer Senior Services Agency and The Tradition of the Palm Beaches.
Dr. Dhana also supervises four geriatric nurse practitioners, hospitalist and the network of sub specialists who treat residents on the Katz campus.
Dr. Dhana is a member of the American Geriatrics Society, the American Medical Directors Association, Palm Beach County Medical Society and the American Association of Hospice and Palliative Care. Dr. Dhana is a voluntary professor of medicine at the University of Miami, Miller School of Medicine and was appointed to the Governor’s Alzheimer’s Disease Advisory Committee in May 2005. Dr. Dhana is a clinical assistant professor in the Department of Internal Medicine at NOVA Southeastern University College of Osteopathic Medicine.
Ivan Merkelj, MD
Medical Director, Palm Beach PACE
Dr. Merkelj joined MorseLife in 2013 as Medical Director for Palm Beach PACE, a managed care program for seniors at-risk of nursing home placement. As medical director, Dr. Merkelj is responsible for the overall leadership and supervision of the medical services provided to Palm Beach PACE enrollees in its West Palm Beach and Delray Beach sites.
Prior to joining MorseLife Health System, Dr. Merkelj served for 8 years as Medical Director of the Florida PACE Program in Miami, Florida. Dr. Merkelj is a Diplomate, American Board of Internal Medicine, America Board of Geriatric Medicine and a member of the American Geriatrics Society and American College of Physicians.
He received his M.D. from the National University Federico Villarreal in Lima, Peru and completed an internship and residency in Internal Medicine at Saint Agnes Hospital of Baltimore, and a fellowship in Geriatric Medicine at Duke University Medical Center.
Vice President of Events
Joan Bever comes to MorseLife Health System with over 35 years of experience in the planning of events at major venues throughout Palm Beach County. In her role as Vice President of Events, Joan will focus on the planning and execution of MorseLife’s fund raising events.
Prior to joining MorseLife, she maintained an event and hospitality consultancy firm, and worked for 22 years as Director of Food, Beverage and Event Sales for The Breakers. She was also Director of Social Catering for The Ritz Carlton in Palm Beach and Catering Manager for The Boca Raton Resort Club. Joan attended the University of Maryland and Prince George’s Community College.
Richard P. Kropp, Ed.D, SPHR, SHRM-SCP
Vice President of Human Resources
With over 35 years of experience, Richard P. Kropp, Ed.D, SPHR, SHRM-SCP is Vice President of Human Resources for MorseLife Health System, the major employer of choice and center of excellence in the care of seniors located in Palm Beach County. In his multi-faceted role, Richard is responsible for the development and implementation of all human resources policies and procedures, as well as recruitment, talent and professional development, and benefit management for more than 4,500 employees working for six operating entities.
Prior to joining MorseLife Health System in 2018, Richard was Vice President of Human Resources for CharterCARE Health Partners in Providence, Rhode Island, and before that, Vice President and Chief Human Resource Officer for Prospect Medical Holdings in Waterbury, Connecticut. He also served as Senior Vice President and Chief Human Resource Officer for Blue Cross Blue Shield of Rhode Island and Vice President for Human Resources of Lourdes Health System in Camden, New Jersey.
Richard holds an Ed.D degree in Human Resources from Boston University, and an MPS, Human Resources and Employee Relations from Pennsylvania State University.