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Lisa Smith Presta, Esq.

Chair, UPMC Hamot Board of Directors

Lisa Presta is a senior partner at the law firm of MacDonald Illig Jones & Britton LLP and the Chair of its Litigation Department. She handles complex, multiparty litigation matters involving commercial disputes, employment issues, and professional services in both state and federal courts. Via appointment by the Supreme Court of Pennsylvania, Ms. Presta serves on the statewide, 12-attorney Rules of Evidence Committee. She also serves by appointment on the federal Lawyers Advisory Committee of the Judicial Council of the Third Judicial Circuit, which comments on proposed rules and acts as a liaison between the Court and the legal community.

In addition to Ms. Presta’s role as chair of the UPMC Hamot Board of Directors, she is a past president of the Erie County Bar Association and the Achievement Center Board of Directors. She currently serves as a board member of the Erie Club.

Ms. Presta graduated from the University of Pittsburgh School of Law, the University of Pittsburgh, and Pennsylvania State University.


David P. Gibbons, MHA, RN

David P. Gibbons, MHA, RN

President, UPMC Hamot

David P. Gibbons, M.H.A., R.N., is the senior vice president of the Health Services Division and the market president for Northwest Pa. and North Central Pa. regions. He was promoted to his current role in Nov. 2021 and remains president of UPMC Hamot, a position he’s held since 2017. Mr. Gibbons joined the UPMC Hamot leadership team in 2012 as the executive vice president and chief operating officer. In addition to his role at UPMC Hamot, Mr. Gibbons also served as president of UPMC Northwest in Venango County, a role he previously held between 2009 until 2012.

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Gregory Beard

Gregory K. Beard, DO

Vice President of Medical Affairs and Chief Medical Officer, UPMC Hamot

A board-certified surgeon and medical director of Trauma and Surgical Critical Care at UPMC Hamot, Gregory K. Beard, DO, completed a fellowship in trauma/surgical critical care at UPMC Presbyterian. He earned his medical degree from Kansas City University of Medicine and Biosciences and completed a surgical residency at Kennedy Memorial Hospital. Dr. Beard is part of the surgical and trauma team at Great Lakes Surgical Specialists.

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Bradley N. Dinger

Chief Financial Officer, UPMC Hamot

Brad Dinger was appointed chief financial officer of UPMC Hamot in June of 2018. As chief financial officer, he is responsible for developing, interpreting, coordinating, and administering policies on finance and related issues in support of the corporation's goals and objectives. Mr. Dinger also oversees finances for UPMC Chautauqua, UPMC Kane, and UPMC Northwest.

Prior to being appointed to this position, Mr. Dinger served as the director of finance for UPMC Hamot and the treasurer of the Hamot Health Foundation. He has worked in the UPMC Hamot health system since 2005. Before joining UPMC he was senior vice president and chief financial officer for Parker/Hunter Incorporated, a stock brokerage and investment banking firm headquartered in Pittsburgh.

Mr. Dinger received his bachelors of science in Business Administration and Accounting from Gannon University and is a certified public accountant.


James E. Donnelly

James E. Donnelly, RN, BSN, MBA

Chief Nursing and Quality Officer

James E. Donnelly joined Hamot Medical Center (now UPMC Hamot) in 1998 and currently serves as both the chief nursing officer and chief quality officer. In this capacity, he has full responsibilities for nursing services throughout UPMC Hamot, as well as oversight of the Emergency Department.

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 Brian Durniok

Brian Durniok

President, UPMC Northwest and UPMC Chautauqua

Brian Durniok was appointed president of UPMC Northwest in February 2017. Durniok served as vice president of human resources at UPMC Hamot, and later UPMC Northwest and UPMC Chautauqua, from 2013 to 2018. He was appointed vice president of operations at UPMC Northwest in 2014. 

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Charles 'Boo' Hagerty

Charles “Boo” Hagerty

Chief Development Officer, Hamot Health Foundation

Charles "Boo" Hagerty is the chief development officer of the Hamot Health Foundation. Mr. Hagerty first joined UPMC Hamot in 2001 as the vice president of marketing and corporate communications. He transitioned to vice president of strategic resources in 2009 before being named vice president of northern tier markets for UPMC Health Plan in 2012.

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Melonie Jackson

Melonie Jackson, MBA

Vice President of Human Resources, UPMC Hamot

Melonie Jackson joined UPMC Hamot as vice president of human resources in July 2018. Ms. Jackson oversees human resources for the Northwest Pa. and New York region as well as the North Central Pa. region. She is responsible for daily human resources activities, including employee relations, employee safety and wellness services, talent acquisition, compensation, and regulatory compliance.

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Lynn M. Rupp

Lynn M. Rupp

Vice President of Administrative Services, UPMC

Lynn Rupp serves as Vice President of Administrative Services at UPMC Hamot as well as serving as President of Regional Health Services. In this capacity, she oversees the physician network for the northern region of UPMC and works directly with the orthopaedic, trauma, radiology, and neuroscience service lines. She also serves on the board of directors for the UPMC Hamot Surgery Center.

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Mark Papalia

Mark A. Papalia, FACHE

President, UPMC Kane

Mark A. Papalia, FACHE, was appointed president of UPMC Kane on June 1, 2018. Mr. Papalia began his career at UPMC Kane in January of 2005 as financial analyst and was later promoted to director of finance in 2009. Most recently, Papalia has served as director of operations.

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