August 2003

Esther Anderson Named Chair of Catholic Health Initiatives’ Board of Stewardship Trustees


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Esther Anderson, OSF, PhD, has been named chair of the Board of Stewardship Trustees of Catholic Health Initiatives, effective August 1. Sister Esther succeeds Maryanna Coyle, SC, whose two terms as Board chair ended July 31. Sister Maryanna served for seven years as Catholic Health Initiatives’ first board chair.

"We’re very fortunate to have someone with Sister Esther’s expertise in health care governance to lead our Board of Stewardship Trustees," said Kevin Lofton, president and chief executive officer of Catholic Health Initiatives. "Her belief in Catholic Health Initiatives, along with her integrity and vision, will drive our organization as we continue to fulfill its mission."

After serving as an elementary school teacher and principal, Sister Esther became provincial coordinator of ministries and provincial minister for the Sacred Heart Province of her congregation, the Sisters of St. Francis of Philadelphia. Most recently, she served as vice president of the Sisters of St. Francis Corporation. She has served on the boards of many health care organizations, including three years as chair of the board of Franciscan Health System, Aston, Pa., one of Catholic Health Initiatives’ predecessor organizations. She served on the Steering Council that helped form Catholic Health Initiatives and has been a member of the Catholic Health Initiatives Board of Stewardship Trustees since 1996.

Sister Esther holds a doctorate in organizational behavior and development from Union Institute and University, Cincinnati, Ohio; master’s degrees in religious studies from Gonzaga University, Spokane, Wash., and teaching from Lewis and Clark College, Portland, Ore.; and a bachelor’s degree in social studies and education from Marylhurst College in Marylhurst, Oregon.

Sister Esther is a frequent speaker to boards of directors and religious congregations. She is a member of the Catholic Health Association, the Leadership Conference of Women Religious, and the Franciscan Federation.