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Succession Planning and Management: Preparing Your Organization’s Sustainable Leadership

Institute for Leadership Studies - Dominican University of California

Wednesday, March 18, 2015 from 7:00 AM to 9:00 AM (PDT)

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“Succession Planning and Management: 
Preparing Your Organization’s Sustainable Leadership

No matter how certain your future appears, things change.  Succession planning is an often overlooked essential part of doing business.  Learn from a top succession planning expert for Fortune 500 companies and hear how North Bay organizations plan for succession to carry their organizations forward in the future.

Keynote Speaker:

                 Sarah Gevirtz, Human Relations Business Engagement Manager,   Intel Corporation


Mike J. Cohill                      President & CEO, Sutter Health-West Bay

Patty Garbarino                President and CEO of Marin Sanitary

Kristina L. Derkos             Senior Vice President of Employee Relations & Development,
                                                                Redwood Credit Union

Agenda Timeline:


7:30 a.m.         Program begins with Welcome and Introductions

7:30 a.m.         Welcome:  Dr. Denise Lucy

7:35 a.m.         Intro of Keynote & Panel Moderator:  Cynthia Murray

7:40 a.m.         Keynote Speaker:  

            Sarah Gevirtz, M.A., Human Relations Business Engagement Manager, Intel Corporation

8:10 a.m.         Panelists

Mike Cohill,                 CEO, Sutter Health – West Bay;

Patty Garbarino,         President, Marin Sanitary Service

Kristina L. Derkos        SPHR, Senior Vice President of Employee Relations & Development Redwood Credit Union

Each panelist has 10 minutes to:

  • present succession planning/management practices at their company
  • offer any challenges, lessons learned, changes in practice or need, etc. 
  • 15 minute Q & A session after all panelists speak

8:55 a.m.  Denise makes closing remarks


Sponsors make it possible:  Redwood Credit Union

Presenters:     Dominican University of California

                        North Bay Leadership Council

                        Stanton Chase



Kristina L. Derkos  BIO

Kristina L. Derkos, SPHR, is the Senior Vice President of Employee Relations and Development for Redwood Credit Union. Kristina has over 20 years of experience in Human Resources/Training & Development in both the private and public sectors in both union and non union environments. Prior to joining Redwood Credit Union, Kristina was the Northern California Human Resource Manager for Waste Management, Inc., covering Northern California, which encompassed a span of approximately 4,000 employees. Kristina earned her Associates of Arts degree from the SRJC, her Bachelor’s in Public Administration from the University of San Francisco, and her Masters of Professional Studies in Human Resources and Employment Relations at Penn State. Additionally, she holds a Certificate in Human Resources Management from Sonoma State University and is certified as a Senior Professional in Human Resources with SHRM. Finally, she has served on numerous boards including the SRJC Business Office Technology Board and the Northern California Human Resources Board; in addition she is currently serving as President for PASCO HR Board.  In her role at Redwood Credit Union, she is responsible for strategically leading all aspects of the HR function.   As the Senior Vice President of Employee Relations and Development, she is responsible for the development and implementation of HR programs that support the overall business plan across the organization in the areas of core HR processes, employee relations, organizational development, performance management, compensation & benefits, and retention efforts.  

Patricia “Patty” Garbarino is President of Marin Sanitary Service, Marin Recycling Center and Marin Resource Recovery Center and has been since 2000. Patty began her career at Marin Sanitary Service in 1987, in company Development and Human Resources, a combination that facilitated her learning both the operations and administration of the business. Today Patty is responsible for policy development and implementation and the overall management and oversight of the operations of the Company. In addition to her administrative and management responsibilities, Patty remains directly involved in all aspects of the Company’s governmental and community relations as well as the Public Education Program. Marin Sanitary Service, Marin Recycling Center and Marin Resource Recovery Center have been lauded by the California Integrated Waste Management Board as having the highest recycling rate in California since 2002 and the Marin County Board of Supervisors awarded Marin Sanitary Service Business of the Year in 2006.


Sarah Gevirtz  BIO

Ms. Gevirtz, Human Resources Business Engagement Manager, currently works for Intel Corporation supporting a 7500 person worldwide team.  She is formerly with several Fortune 500 companies including L-3 Communications, General Dynamics, and Agilent Technologies.  Ms. Gevirtz has over 16 years of experience working at a senior level in both global and US-based organizations.  She knows how to find and hire the right talent, create business strategy to enable success, redesign organizations for maximum effectiveness, coach key leaders on organizational dynamics and change management, identify and develop the next generation of leaders, partner with peers, and design company cultures where employees thrive. Gevirtz has multi-industry experience in strategic planning, acquisitions, divestitures, workforce planning, talent review, project management, transition management, multi-national/cross cultural issues, facilitation, employee relations, metrics, and training & development.


Gevirtz earned a Bachelor's degree in Physical Education: Physical Therapy from San Francisco State University in 1991 and received a Master's degree in Psychology: Organization Development from Sonoma State University in 1999. She is a proud mother of a second-year college student, an avid gardener and enjoys riding her bicycle and swimming.



Michael J. Cohill BIO

Michael J. Cohill is Sutter Health West Bay Regional President and CEO Sutter Pacific Medical. In addition, Mr. Cohill provides executive leadership to Sutter Coast Hospital in Crescent City. Previously, he held responsibility over Supply Chain Services, Facilities, Planning and Development of Sutter Health. Sonoma County Operations including Sutter Medical Center Santa Rosa and Sutter Medical Foundation North Bay, whose physician services are provided by Sutter Medical Group of the Redwoods. Mr. Cohill held multiple senior leadership positions in Sutter Health’s Central Valley Service Area. Prior to his Sonoma County assignment he served as CEO of the Central Valley Service Area, with responsibility for the administration, integration and growth of Sutter affiliates in the San Joaquin, Stanislaus and Merced Counties. His Central Valley experience also includes tenures as Chief Operating Officer and later chief Executive Officer of Sutter Gould Medical Foundation in Modesto, CA. Mr. Cohill, a member of Sutter Health’s leadership team for more than 30 years possesses experience in a hospital and physician organization management and integration, as well as a thorough knowledge of Northern California’s unique and challenging health care environment.  Mr. Cohill began his career with Sutter Health in 1980 as an Associate Administrator at Sutter General Hospital in Sacramento. Four years later he became Administrator of Monticello Medical Center in Longview, WA, which was one of Sutter Health’s earliest affiliates. From 1986 to 1993 he held the position of Administrator of Sutter Memorial Hospital.

Mr. Cohill holds a bachelor’s degree from Loyola College in Baltimore, MD and a master’s degree in Health Services Administration from St. Louis University. He is actively involved in the Sonoma Health Alliance, serves on the Board of the redwood Empire Chapter of the American Red Cross.

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Creekside Room, Caleruega Hall 100 Magnolia Ave., corner of Magnolia & Palm Dominican University of California

Wednesday, March 18, 2015 from 7:00 AM to 9:00 AM (PDT)

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Institute for Leadership Studies - Dominican University of California

The mission of the Dominican Institute for Leadership Studies (ILS) is to help students, faculty, staff and community members become better leaders. We advance our mission by promoting the study, teaching, and practice of effective, ethical leadership. Our ultimate goal is to facilitate positive individual, organizational and societal change, engaged citizenship, and socially responsible leadership. 

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