Board of Directors

The following members make up the AMN Healthcare Services, Inc. Board of Directors.  Please select an individual member below to learn more about that director.

  • Douglas D. Wheat

    Director Since: 1999

    Business Experience and Qualifications:  The Board has concluded that Mr. Wheat is qualified to serve on the Board because he possesses significant healthcare staffing industry knowledge as well as extensive expertise in corporate finance and mergers and acquisitions. Such knowledge and expertise are critical to the successful design and implementation of our growth strategy. He is currently the Managing Partner of Wheat Investments, a private investment firm. From 2007 to 2015, Mr. Wheat was the founding and Managing Partner of the private equity company Southlake Equity Group. From 1992 until 2006, Mr. Wheat was President of Haas Wheat & Partners. Prior to the formation of Haas Wheat, Mr. Wheat was a founding member of the merchant banking group Donaldson, Lufkin & Jenrette specializing in leveraged buyout financing. From 1974 to 1984, Mr. Wheat practiced corporate and securities law in Dallas, Texas. Mr. Wheat received both his J.D. and B.S. degrees from the University of Kansas.

     

    Board Experience: Mr. Wheat is the Chairman of the Board of Overseas Shipholding Group and the Chairman of the Board of International Seaways, Inc. He previously served as Vice Chairman of Dex Media, Inc. and as Chairman of SuperMedia prior to its merger with Dex One. Mr. Wheat has also previously served as a member of the Board of Directors of several other companies, including, among others: (1) Playtex Products (of which he also served as Chairman), (2) Dr. Pepper/Seven-Up Companies, Inc., (3) Dr. Pepper Bottling of the Southwest, Inc., (4) Walls Industries, Inc., (5) Alliance Imaging, Inc., (6) Thermadyne Industries, Inc., (7) Sybron International Corporation, (8) Nebraska Book Corporation, (9) ALC Communications Corporation, (10) Mother’s Cookies, Inc., and (11) Stella Cheese Company.

  • Susan R. Salka

    Director Since: 2003

    Business Experience and Qualifications: Ms. Salka has served as our President since May 2003 and our CEO since May 2005. The Board has concluded that Ms. Salka is qualified to serve on the Board because she has nearly three decades of healthcare services industry experience, including 30 years of experience with us in various roles, including Chief Financial Officer and Chief Operating Officer. During her service to the Company, she has helped grow our business both organically and through acquisitions into the national industry leader we are today. Prior to joining us, Ms. Salka worked at BioVest Partners, a venture capital firm, and at Hybritech, a subsidiary of Eli Lilly & Co., which Beckman Coulter later acquired.

     

    Board Experience: Ms. Salka is recognized as a leader in corporate governance and currently serves as a director of McKesson Corp., including as Chairperson of its Corporate Governance Committee and as a member of its Compensation Committee. Ms. Salka served on the Board and the Audit Committee of Beckman Coulter from 2007 until 2011, when Danaher Corporation acquired it. Additionally, she served on the Board of Playtex Products, Inc. from 2001 until Energizer Holdings acquired it in October 2007.

     

    Diversity, Equality and Inclusion: Under Ms. Salka’s leadership, AMN has become the largest and most diversified total talent solutions company in healthcare. Ms. Salka is passionate about corporate social responsibility, diversity, inclusion, and equality. She participates in many of the company’s community initiatives, including the annual medical and community development trip to Guatemala. As one of the top 25 New York Stock Exchange (“NYSE”) female CEOs, she is also an advocate for promoting women in leadership and the boardroom. AMN is part of the Bloomberg Gender Equality Index and Human Rights Campaign Foundation Corporate Equality Index. Ms. Salka serves on the Executive Committee of the Healthcare Leadership Council, a coalition of CEOs from the nation’s top healthcare companies dedicated to improving healthcare delivery and accessibility by working with each other and legislators.

  • R. Jeffrey Harris

    Director Since: 2005

    Business Experience and Qualifications: Board has concluded that Mr. Harris is qualified to serve on the Board because he brings considerable mergers and acquisitions experience, which is a key component of AMN’s strategy. Additionally, Mr. Harris has experience serving as a director on public company compensation and corporate governance committees, which is essential to designing and maintaining our executive compensation programs and guiding our corporate governance strategies. Mr. Harris served as Of Counsel at Apogent Technologies, Inc. from December 2000 through 2003, and as Vice President, General Counsel and Secretary from 1988 to 2000, when the company was named Sybron International.

     

    Board Experience:  Since 2002, Mr. Harris has been involved as an investor in, and a director of, early stage companies. Mr. Harris served on the Board of Sybron Dental Specialties from April 2005 until it was acquired by Danaher Corporation in 2006. Mr. Harris served on the Board of Playtex Products, Inc. from 2001 until Energizer Holdings acquired it in October 2007. Mr. Harris was director of Prodesse, Inc., an early stage biotechnology company, from 2002 until 2009, when Gen-Probe Incorporated acquired it. Mr. Harris also served as director of Apogent Technologies, Inc. from 2000 to 2004, when it was acquired by Fisher Scientific International, Inc. From 2008 until 2018, he served as a director of Guy & O’Neill, Inc. He currently serves on the Board of Brookfield Academy, a non-profit entity, and is Chairman of the Board and a co-founder of BrightStar Wisconsin Foundation, Inc., a non-profit economic development corporation. Additionally, Mr. Harris is a director of Okanjo Partners, Inc., an early-stage technology company.

  • Dr. Michael M.E. Johns

    Director Since: 2008

    Business Experience and Qualifications:  The Board has concluded that Dr. Johns is qualified to serve on the Board because he has extensive “C-suite” healthcare leadership experience and is a recognized healthcare thought leader. This expertise is valuable in shaping our strategy to deliver innovative and expanded service offerings as a healthcare workforce solutions company. Dr. Johns is a Professor in the School of Medicine at Emory University, where he also served as Chancellor from October 2007 through August 2012. Dr. Johns served as Interim Executive Vice President of Health Affairs for Emory University and as Interim Chairman and CEO of Emory Healthcare from September 1, 2015 through January 31, 2016. He served as the Interim Executive Vice President for Medical Affairs and Interim Chief Executive Officer of the University of Michigan Health System from June 2014 through March 2015. From 1996 to 2007, Dr. Johns served as Executive Vice President for Health Affairs and Chief Executive Officer of the Robert W. Woodruff Health Sciences Center of Emory University. From 1990 to 1996, Dr. Johns was Dean of the Johns Hopkins School of Medicine and Vice President of the Medical Faculty at Johns Hopkins University. From 1990 to 1996, Dr. Johns was Dean of the Johns Hopkins School of Medicine and Vice President of the Medical Faculty at Johns Hopkins University. Dr. Johns is a member of The National Academy of Medicine of the National Academy of Science.

    Board Experience:  Dr. Johns serves on the Board of Directors of Intelligent Fingerprinting, a privately held company, as well as several philanthropic entities. He is also a member of the Board of Regents of the Uniformed Services University for the Health Sciences, University of Michigan Medical Center and Vanderbilt University Medical Center. Dr. Johns served on the Board of the Genuine Parts Company from 2000 until April 2015, and at various times during his tenure, was a member of its Compensation, Governance and Nominating Committee and its Audit Committee. He also served on the Board and the Compensation Committee of Johnson & Johnson from 2005 to 2014 and served as a member of the Board of West Health Institute, a non-profit medical research organization. From 1996 to 2007, Dr. Johns served as Chairman of the Board of Directors of Emory Healthcare.

  • Martha H. Marsh

    Director Since: 2010

    Business Experience and Qualifications:  The Board has concluded that Ms. Marsh is qualified to serve on the Board because she has extensive “C-suite” leadership and expertise in the healthcare industry. Ms. Marsh’s experience and understanding of the challenges and opportunities of large healthcare facilities are immensely useful in directing our strategy to innovate and provide enhanced and expanded workforce solutions service offerings to meet our clients’ evolving needs. Ms. Marsh served as President and CEO of Stanford Hospital and Clinics for eight years, from April 2002 until her retirement in August 2010. Previously, Ms. Marsh served as the CEO of UC Davis Medical Center and the Chief Operating Officer of the UC Davis Health System from 1999 to 2002. Prior to that time, she served as the Senior Vice President for Professional Services and Managed Care at the University of Pennsylvania Health System, and before that as President and CEO of Matthew Thornton Health Plan in Nashua, New Hampshire.

    Board Experience: From 2012 through 2019, Ms. Marsh served as a director of Owens & Minor, Inc. as the Chairperson of the Governance and Nominating Committee and also served on its Compensation and Benefits Committee. Since October 2015, she has served as a director of Edwards Lifesciences Corporation and is a member of its Compensation and Governance Committee. She also serves on the Board and the Compensation Committee of Teichert, a privately-held company. Prior to Thoratec Corporation’s acquisition by St. Jude Medical in 2015, she had served on Thoratec’s Board. Ms. Marsh is a past Chair of the Board of Trustees for the California Hospital Association and the California Association of Hospitals and Health Systems and a former director of Ascension Healthcare Network, a privately-held company.

  • Mark G. Foletta

    Director Since: 2012

    Business Experience and Qualifications: The Board has concluded that Mr. Foletta is qualified to serve on the Board, because he brings considerable audit, financial, healthcare and enterprise risk management experience as both an executive officer and director of healthcare companies. The Board has designated Mr. Foletta as a financial expert for its Audit Committee, for which he serves as Chairman. Since February 2017, Mr. Foletta has served as Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer of Tocagen Inc. Mr. Foletta served as the Interim Chief Financial Officer of Biocept, Inc., a publicly-traded diagnostics company, from August 2015 to July 2016, and he also served as Senior Vice President, Finance and Chief Financial Officer of Amylin Pharmaceuticals, Inc. from March 2006 until October 2012. While at Amylin, Mr. Foletta assisted with developing and launching the organization’s initial enterprise risk management assessment. From March 2000 to March 2006, Mr. Foletta served as Vice President, Finance and Chief Financial Officer of Amylin. Mr. Foletta received a Bachelor of Arts from the University of California, Santa Barbara. He is also a Certified Public Accountant (inactive) and a member of the Corporate Directors Forum.

     

    Board Experience: Since November 2014, Mr. Foletta has served on the Board of DexCom, Inc., a publicly-traded company, where he is the Lead Director. From February 2013 through June 2018, Mr. Foletta served as a director of Regulus Therapeutics Inc., and was Chairman of its Audit Committee and a member of its Nominating and Governance Committee. While at Regulus and DexCom, Mr. Foletta helped oversee and guide the launch of each organization’s initial enterprise risk management assessment. Additionally, Mr. Foletta serves as a director of Viacyte, Inc., a privately held company. He previously served as a director and Chairman of the Audit Committee of Ambit Biosciences Corporation (sold in 2014), and also served as a director of Anadys Pharmaceuticals, Inc. (sold in 2011).

  • Daphne E. Jones

    Director Since: 2018

    Business Experience and Qualifications: The Board has concluded that Ms. Jones is qualified to serve on the Board because she brings considerable information technology, global digital technology use, data management and privacy experience as a seasoned “C-suite” executive with extensive experience in multinational corporations. Ms. Jones’ digital use and technology expertise and experience will be critical to our successful execution of our digital strategies. Ms. Jones served as the Senior Vice President - Digital/Future of Work for GE Healthcare, the healthcare business of GE, from May 2017 to October 2017 and prior to that she served as the Senior Vice President - Chief Information Officer for GE Healthcare Diagnostic Imaging and Services since August 2014. Prior to joining GE Healthcare, Ms. Jones was the Senior Vice President, Chief Information Officer for Hospira, Inc., a provider of pharmaceuticals and infusion technologies, from October 2009 through June 2014. Previously she served as Chief Information Officer at Johnson & Johnson from 2006 to 2009 and served in various information technology roles with Johnson & Johnson from 1997 through 2006. Ms. Jones began her career in sales and systems engineering at IBM.

    Board Experience: Ms. Jones serves on the board of Masonite International Corp, where she is a member of the Audit Committee. She also serves on the board of directors for Barnes Group Inc. and Destiny Transformations Group, LLC. Ms. Jones previously served on the board of the Thurgood Marshall College Fund, a not-for-profit organization and the nation’s largest organization exclusively representing the Black College Community.

  • Teri G. Fontenot

    Director Since: 2019

    Business Experience and Qualifications: The Board has concluded that Ms. Fontenot is qualified to serve on the Board because she brings considerable audit, financial and healthcare experience both as an executive officer and director of healthcare companies. The Board has determined that Ms. Fontenot qualifies as a financial expert and appointed her as a member of its Audit Committee. Since March 2019, Ms. Fontenot has served as CEO Emeritus of Woman’s Hospital, the largest independently-owned women’s and infant’s hospital in the United States providing comprehensive subspecialty services to women. From 1996 to March 2019, Ms. Fontenot served as President and CEO of Woman’s Hospital. From 1992 to 1996, Ms. Fontenot served as the Chief Financial Officer and Executive Vice President of Woman’s Hospital. Under her leadership, Woman’s Hospital became the largest birthing hospital and neonatal intensive care unit in Louisiana. Prior to joining Woman’s Hospital in 1992, Ms. Fontenot served as Chief Financial Officer of three other hospitals located in Louisiana and Florida and is a Certified Public Accountant (inactive).

    Board Experience: Ms. Fontenot has served on numerous healthcare boards at a local, state and national level, including the Board of Directors of the Louisiana Hospital Association, and the American Hospital Association where she served as Chairperson in 2012. She is on the American College of Healthcare Executives Board of Governors and a member of its Audit Committee, and she held a six-year term on the Advisory Committee on Research on Women’s Health for the National Institutes of Health. Ms. Fontenot is also a director on the board of the Baton Rouge Water Company, a private company, and a director on the board of Companion Animal Alliance, a not-for profit agency. From 2007 to 2019, Ms. Fontenot served on the board of directors of the Sixth District Federal Reserve Bank of Atlanta, including as its Audit Committee chair for two years. Ms. Fontenot currently serves on the board of directors and is a member of the audit committees for Amerisafe. Inc. and LHC Group, Inc.  Additionally, she is a member of the Clinical Quality Committee for LHC Group, Inc.  She was a member of the board of directors of Landauer (a formerly publicly-held company) until its sale in 2017. She is a Fellow of the American College of Healthcare Executives, where she presents frequently on women’s health and leadership topics.