Nursing Management Bio's

Barbara Medvec, RN, MSN, MSA

Barbara Medvec, RN, BSN, MSN, MSA

OHI Senior Vice President and Chief Nursing Officer

Barbara is Senior Vice President, Oakwood Healthcare, Inc. and Chief Nursing Officer, Oakwood Healthcare System. In addition she also serves on the Oakwood Healthcare System Board and Quality Committee of the Board.

Barbara has a Master of Science in Nursing and Business Administration Degree(s) from Madonna University, Livonia Michigan and a Bachelor Degree in Nursing from the University of Michigan. She is certified by the American Nursing Credentialing Center as a Nurse Executive, Advanced (NEA-BC).

Barbara is a member of Sigma Theta Tau International Honor Society of Nursing (Rho Chapter). She serves as President of the University of Michigan Alumni Board and serves on numerous College Board of Visitors and Advisory groups. She is a member of the Michigan Center for Nursing Advisory Board, Michigan and American Organization of Nurse Executives.

Elaine Chandler, RN, MSN, CPAN, CAPA

Elaine Chandler, RN, MSN, CPAN, CAPA

OHS Corporate Director, Clinical Education

Elaine began serving as the Clinical Director of Education in 2007.  She began as a staff nurse in 1978 at Oakwood Hospital - Dearborn in the IICU, then worked over 25 years in the PACU serving as Director and, later, as the Corporate Manager of Education and Quality for Surgical Services.

She has a Masters in Health Systems Management from University of Detroit Mercy and a Bachelors degree in Health Administration from Madonna University. Elaine is a member of the Michigan Organization of Nurse Executives, American Society of PeriAnesthesia Nurses, American PeriOperative Nurses and serves on the Baker College- Allen Park advisory board.  She is passionate about educating staff to grow their knowledge to better care for our patients and families.

Diane Hartley, RN, BSN, MSN

Diane Hartley, RN, BSN, MSN

Oakwood Hospital - Wayne, Director Patient Care Services and Chief Nursing Executive

Diane is the Director of Patient Care Services/Chief Nursing Executive at Oakwood Hospital - Wayne.  She has been with the Oakwood Healthcare System for the past 5 years as a Clinical Manager, Assistant Director of Patient Services, and Director since July of 2007.

Diane has her Masters in Nursing Administration and a Bachelors of Science in Nursing.
She is a GE trained black belt in Six Sigma and is a Fellow with the Healthcare Advisory Board in Leadership. Diane is a member of the Michigan Organization of Nurse Executives and Sigma Theta Tau International Honor Society of Nursing. She sits on the Corporate Professional Excellence Council and the advisory board for Eastern Michigan University School of Nursing.

Valerie Koczara, RN, MSN

Valerie Koczara, RN, MSN

Oakwood Hospital - Southshore, Director of Patient Care Services and Chief Nurse Executive

Valerie is the Director of Patient Care Services and Chief Nurse Executive at Oakwood Hospital - Southshore in Trenton MI.  Valerie began her career in the Detroit area and has served in Staff Nurse, Assistant Nurse Manager, Nurse Educator, Manager and Director Roles in the region.  Prior to coming to Oakwood Valerie was the Vice President & Chief Nursing Officer at Copley Hospital in Morrisville Vermont.

Valerie has a Masters of Science Degree in Nursing from Wayne State University and is licensed as a Nurse Practitioner in Michigan.  She received her Bachelor of Science degree in Nursing from Nazareth College and her Diploma in Nursing from Henry Ford Hospital School of Nursing.   She is a member of Sigma Theta Tau International Honor Society for Nursing and is certified as an Advanced Nurse Executive (NEA-BC) by the American Nurses Credentialing Center as a Nurse Executive Advanced.

Mary Jane Magalotti, RN, BSN, MS

Mary Jane Magalotti, RN, BSN, MS

OHS Director for Nursing Excellence & Retention

Mary Jane is the Director for Nursing Excellence and Retention. In this expanded role Mary Jane will continue to lead quality and documentation initiatives in relation to the Magnet Hospital designation. She will also assume administration of the OSS, Central Staffing and Nurse Recruitment programs with the focus on retention of Oakwood team members. 

She holds a Bachelors of Science in Nursing from the University of Detroit/Mercy and Masters in Organizational Leadership and Administration from Concordia University. She is also a member of the Michigan Organization of Nursing Executives along with the American Organization of Nursing Executives and American Nurses Association.
Mary Jane is dedicated to the Profession of Nursing since 1975 and committed to nursing culture of excellence, the value of professionalism, quality outcomes and collaborative practice with patient/family centered care.

Kimberlie McAllister RN, BSN, MA

Oakwood Hospital and Medical Center Administrator, Nursing Operations

Kim is the Administrator of Nursing Operations at Oakwood Hospital & Medical Center. Kim has been with the Oakwood since 2012 as a Director of Nursing Services and as Administrator, Nursing Operations since September 1, 2013.

Kim has her Master of Arts in Health Care Leadership from Siena Heights University and a Bachelors of Nursing from Wayne State University. Kim is also adjunct faculty for the Health Care Leadership program at Siena Heights University.  

Joanne McKay, RN, MSN, CEN

Joanne McKay, RN, MSN, CEN

OHS Administrator, Emergency Services

Since April 2005, Joanne has been the Administrator of Emergency Services for the Oakwood Healthcare System, working with the ED Managers and Site Leaders at all four acute care facilities and the Oakwood Canton freestanding ED. 

She began her healthcare career at Oakwood Hospital - Wayne in 1975 followed by leadership positions at several other major Detroit area hospitals. She worked at numerous hospitals in Texas and Illinois during and after graduate school studies, as well as serving as the Associate Executive Director of the Emergency Nurses Association and the Board of Certification for Emergency Nurses in Chicago, IL from 1984 to 1990.  Joanne started her own healthcare consulting firm in 1995 and worked nationally on ED process redesign, operational improvement and architectural redesign until 2005.  She returned to Oakwood Healthcare as a Contingent ED Staff RN at the Oakwood Canton facility from 2000 to 2005 while consulting.  

Joanne has a Masters degree in Emergency Nursing from the University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston and a Bachelor’s degree from Mercy College of Detroit. She is certified as an Emergency Nurse through the Board of Certification for Emergency Nursing.  She is also a member of the Michigan Organization of Nurse Executives and the Emergency Nurses Association. 

Sandra Schmitt, RN, BSN

Sandra Schmitt, RN, BSN

OHS Manager of Nursing Development

Since 2002, Sandra has held the position of Manager of Nursing Development for the Oakwood Healthcare System.

In her current role she is responsible for academic affiliation relationships, academic program partnerships, nursing student clinical placement coordination, Oakwood nursing career development programs and recruitment of persons into nursing. Mentoring students is a favorite for her! She not only advises Oakwood employees who want to become nurses or who want to obtain an advanced nursing degree, but often their friends, families and other persons in the community as well. This work led to a Nightingale Award in 2003, an state-wide honor for nurses who uphold nursing core values. She has won numerous other awards and has been the guest speaker at many nursing venues.

She is a member of Sigma Theta Tau International Honor Society of Nursing, a member of the Oakland University Board of Visitors, and sits on approximately 15 nursing school advisory boards.