Linda E. White
President and Chief Executive Officer, Deaconess Health System
Linda has been an administrator at Deaconess since 1985, most served as Deaconess Hospital’s president and CEO and was the city’s 2001 Athena Award recipient. Linda is a native of Terre Haute, Indiana.
Linda received her master’s degree in business administration from the University of Evansville in 1983, where she also earned her bachelor's degree in nursing in 1976. Linda completed the Deaconess School of Nursing diploma program in 1974 to become a registered nurse. She also earned a bachelor's degree in mathematics at Indiana State University in 1970.
Linda’s civic and community involvement includes a long list of local organizations. She has served on the board of directors of Leadership Evansville, Operation City Beautiful, the Ark Crisis Nursery and Junior League of Evansville. She is the immediate past president of the board of directors of the Boys and Girls Club of Evansville, the YWCA, the United Way of Southwestern Indiana, the Metropolitan Evansville Chamber of Commerce, the American Heart Association–Greater Midwest Affiliate and the YMCA. She is a member of the American Organization of Nurse Executives, the Indiana Organization of Nurse Executives, VHA Central Nurse Executives and Sigma Theta Tau International Honor Society of Nursing.
Linda holds an advanced certification as an American nurse administrator and is a fellow in the American College of Healthcare Executives.
Chief Administrative Officer, Deaconess Hospital and Deaconess Gateway Hospital
Chief Operating Officer, Deaconess Health System
Shawn has been an administrator at Deaconess since 2001 and most recently served as Deaconess Gateway Hospital’s Chief Administrative Officer. Shawn is a native of Evansville, Indiana.
He received his master’s degree in business administration from Indiana University. Shawn earned a bachelor's degree in industrial management from Purdue University in 1991.
Shawn’s civic and community involvement includes serving on the boards for Jacobsville Area Community Corporation, The Evansville Urban Enterprise Weed and Seed Program, Vanderburgh County Foundation and the Warrick County Chamber of Commerce. He is a member of the American College of Healthcare Executives.
Christina M. Ryan
Chief Executive Officer, The Women's Hospital
Christina has been an administrator at Deaconess since 1999 when she was recruited to help with the initial plans, construction and successful opening of The Women’s Hospital in Newburgh, Indiana. Christina is a native of Chicago, Illinois.
Christina received her bachelor's degree in nursing with a minor in psychology at Elmhurst College in Elmhurst, Illinois. She then went on to graduate school and received her master's degree in health administration at Indiana University.
Christina assumed the role of Director of Women and Children Services at St. Margaret Mercy Healthcare Centers in Northwest Indiana in 1989 where she worked on a federal grant and was awarded $7 million to help reduce infant morbidity and mortality for the cities of Gary, Hammond and East Chicago. She was appointed by the Mayor of Hammond to oversee the funds and programming, and opened a prenatal clinic for the indigent, a home for pregnant teenagers where completing high school and learning to care for their newborn was part of the curriculum. In addition, she opened a pediatric intensive care unit and new birthing center.
Christina’s civic and community involvement includes a long list of local organizations. She actively serves on the boards of: Southwest Division Chair for March of Dimes, Welborn Baptist Foundation Advisory Committee for Movement, Building Healthier Communities, Leadership Evansville Public Schools Foundation Board, Secretary Advisory Council for Infant Mortality, and The American Hospital Association Governing Council for Maternal Child Health.
Cheryl Rietman, MSN, RN
Chief Administrative Officer and Director of Operations, Deaconess Cross Pointe
Cheryl has been an administrator at Deaconess since 2007. Prior to the administrator position, Cheryl served as Director of Operations since the opening of Deaconess Cross Pointe in 1999. Cheryl has been employed with Deaconess since 1972 and has served in a number of clinical management positions.
Cheryl is a 1972 graduate of Deaconess School of Nursing. She received her bachelor's degree in nursing in 1989 and her master's degree in nursing in 1996 from the University of Evansville.
Cheryl currently serves on the board of directors of Court Appointed Special Advocates (CASA) and previously served on the Evansville Interparochial High School Board of Directors.
David Christeson, MD, CPE
Chief Physician Administrative Officer, Deaconess Clinic
Prior to Deaconess merging with Welborn Clinic, David was a staff member, CEO and chairman of the board of trustees at Welborn Clinic since 1998. David is a native of Webster City, Iowa.
David received his bachelor’s degree from Creighton University in Omaha, Nebraska, in 1971 and his doctorate of medicine degree from the University of Iowa in Iowa City, Iowa, in 1975. David completed his family practice residency at St. Luke’s/Mercy Hospital Family Practice residency program in Davenport, Iowa.
David is board certified in family practice. He was also a full-time physician staff member at the U.S. Naval Regional Medical Center in Charleston, South Carolina, from 1978 to 1980. David served on the board of directors for the Indiana Health and Hospital Association from 2002 to 2008 and is currently on the board of directors for Deaconess Health System and Deaconess Clinic.
Chief Executive Officer, HealthSouth Deaconess Rehabilitation Hospital
Barb joined the hospital in 1989 and became chief executive officer in 1998. She graduated from the University of Southern Indiana with an associate’s degree in respiratory therapy and a bachelor’s degree in health occupations education. She obtained a master’s degree in public administration from Indiana University. Barb serves on the board of directors for Evansville ARC, ANEW and March of Dimes. She is a member of the Chamber of Commerce, Rotary, Tri-State Business Group on Health and the Indiana Hospital Association Rehab Task Force. She has been nominated twice for the ATHENA Award.