Past Leadership

​IHA has benefited from nearly a century of exceptional leadership. 

Between visionary and devoted presidents—IHA has only had three in the last 57 years—and an annual influx of new leadership through the role of IHA’s Chairman, the Association has flourished over the course of the last century. 

We are proud of the men and women who have led IHA through the constantly evolving American health care landscape of the last 100 years. Their expertise and experience has not only strengthened IHA, it has made Indiana’s hospitals safer, more solvent and more prepared for the challenges ahead. 

PAST  IHA PRESIDENTS: 

Douglas J. Leonard, FACHE (President, 2007—2017) 
As former CEO of Columbus Regional Hospital, Doug Leonard received national awards for his innovative leadership style and achievements in quality and patient safety. Since taking on the role of IHA president, he has continued this mission.  Under his leadership, IHA: 

  • Continued to develop the Indiana Patient Safety Center 
  • Strengthened its data collection and analysis tools, with an emphasis on transparency 
  • Built stronger relationships with members 
  • Intensified its workforce development efforts 
  • Added new education programs 

Kenneth G. Stella (President, 1984–2007):
In early 1984, Ken Stella was serving as the administrator of Morgan County Memorial Hospital in Martinsville when he was elected by the IHA board as its second president. With 16 years of hospital leadership under his belt, Ken was uniquely prepared to lead the association and its members into an era of: 

  • Deregulation 
  • Heightened competition 
  • Changing delivery systems and physician relations 
  • Transition from institutional models to business-like models 
Ken’s outgoing, gregarious style was ideal for building the grassroots network of the Stella era. IHA became more externally focused under his leadership, with increased emphasis on the involvement of members, hospital trustees and elected officials. When he retired in 2007, IHA had been transformed into a lean, focused, highly respected national organization. 

Elton TeKolste (President, 1960–1983):
Elton "Tek" TeKolste was appointed the first CEO of IHA in 1960. An accountant by trade, Tek's analysis and predictions of crucial hospital concerns such as reimbursement and cost containment demonstrated his unique quality of foresight. 

Under his leadership, the association gained a national reputation for dealing with the collective issues of hospitals. Tek’s contribution to the industry, and to IHA in particular, is honored each year through the TeKolste Luncheon at IHA’s Annual Meeting. 

IHA CHAIRMEN: 

IHA is grateful for the dedication and expertise of our current and past chairmen. 

Current  Chairman:
Bob Brody, President/CEO, Franciscan Alliance, Inc. 

Past Chairmen: 

2016 -  Bryan Mills
2015  -  Martin Padgett 
2014  -  Michael J. Packnett
2013  -  Daniel F. Evans Jr. 
2012 -  Bradford W. Dykes 
2011  -  Linda E. White 
2010  -  Blake A. Dye 
2009  -  Matthew Bailey 
2008  -  Robert C. Keen 
2007  -  David R. Doerr 
2006  -  Vincent C. Caponi 
2005  -  Charles H. Mason 
2004  -  Douglas J. Leonard 
2003  -  Douglas J. Leonard 
2002  -  Gregory W. Lintjer 
2001  -  Gregory W. Lintjer 
2000  -  William J. Loveday 
1999  -  John R. Walling 
1998  -  Roger J. Allman 
1997  -  David S. Ridderheim 
1996  -  George S. Poor 
1995  -  Robert T. Brodhead 
1994  -  Stephen O. Leurck 
1993  -  Jack Basler 
1992  -  Frank H. Learned 
1991  -  Thomas H. Kramer 
1990  -  William R. Brockman 
1989  -  John B. White 
1988  -  Frank Shelton 
1987  -  John R. Birdzell 
1986  -  Kenneth R. Spoon 
1985  -  Dennis W. Dawes 
1984  -  Donald I. Gent 
1983  -  Dale S. Strassheim 
1982  -  Allen M. Hicks 
1981  -  Herman A. Kohlman 
1980  -  Leigh E. Morris 
1979  -  Sister M. Martin McEntee 
1978  -  Roland E. Kohr 
1977  -  David A. Johnson 
1976  -  Don D. Hamachek 
1975  -  Mark Slen 
1974  -  David D. Kramer 
1973  -  Harry T. Haver 
1972  -  Sister Juliana Beuerlein 
1971  -  Elton T. Ridley 
1970  -  C. L. Morris 
1969  -  Franklin E. Simek 
1968  -  Walter G. Ebert 
1967  -  Nolan R. Lackey 
1966  -  Emery K. Zimmerman 
1965  -  Arthur S. Malasto 
1964  -  Sister Mary McDonough 
1963  -  Jack A. L. Hahn 
1962  -  Richard W. Trenkner 
1961  -  Wilbur C. McLin 
1960  -  Everett A. Johnson 
1959  -  Albert L. Boulenger 
1958  -  Olive M. Murphy 
1957  -  Herbert A. Schacht 
1956  -  Sister Mary Vetusa Saffert 
1955  -  Ralph M. Haas 
1954  -  Ralph M. Haas 
1953  -  Dorothy G. Adams 
1952  -  Edmund J. Shea 
1951  -  Sister Mary Ellen Radebaugh 
1950  -  Helen M. Boyer, R.N. 
1949  -  J. Milo Anderson 
1948  -  Sister M. Vincentina Traffas 
1947  -  Sister Andrea Hickey 
1946  -  Charles W. Myers, M.D. 
1945  -  Sister Mary Reginald Dexter 
1944  -  Sister Mary Reginald Dexter 
1943  -  Frank G. Sheffler 
1942  -  Hannah Rosser 
1941  -  Sister Rose MaGuire 
1940  -  Nellie G. Brown 
1939  -  Earl C. Wolf 
1938  -  J. B. H. Martin 
1937  -  Edgar Blake Jr. 
1936  -  Gladys Brandt 
1935  -  Clarence C. Hess 
1934  -  E. C. Moeller 
1933  -  Edward Rolands 
1932  -  George W. Wolf 
1931  -  Edward T. Thompson, M.D. 
1930  -  William A. Doeppers, M.D. 
1929  -  Albert G. Hahn 
1928  -  Albert G. Hahn 
1927  -  M.F. Steele, M.D. 
1926  -  M.F. Steele, M.D. 
1925  -  Herman A. Duemling, M.D. 
1924  -  C.N. Combs, M.D. 
1923  -  Robert E. Neff 
1922  -  C.S. Woods, M.D.