Meet Our Co-Chairs for the MITSS 16th Annual Dinner and Fundraiser

Robert Hanscom

Robert Hanscom joined Coverys in August 2013 and is Vice President of Business Analytics. In that role, he is responsible for oversight of enterprise-wide data quality, data governance, comparative benchmarking, and the advancement of analytics to support the business in delivering on its overall strategy.

Prior to joining Coverys, Robert was with CRICO, the malpractice self-insurance captive for the Harvard system, for 14 years. At CRICO, he was Senior Vice President of Loss Prevention and Patient Safety and headed up CRICO’s external consulting division, CRICO Strategies. Previous to that, Robert was Vice President of Clinical Services at Lahey Clinic in Burlington, MA for a period of five years. Earlier in his career, Robert worked for both Massachusetts General Hospital and for a law practice in Maine.

Robert received his B.A. in History from Pacific Union College (California) and his Juris Doctorate from Pepperdine University School of Law.

Amanda Stefancyk Oberlies, PhD, MBA, RN, CENP

Amanda Stefancyk Oberlies is the Chief Executive Officer of the Organization of Nurse Leaders (ONL) of Massachusetts, Rhode Island, New Hampshire and Connecticut, a 1,000-plus personal membership organization for current and aspiring nurse leaders. ONL specializes in advocacy and leadership development.

Prior to joining ONL, Ms. Oberlies was employed by the American Organization of Nurse Executives (AONE), a subsidiary of the American Hospital Association. In her role as Director for the Center of Care Innovation and Transformation, Ms. Oberlies led the quality agenda and the Care Innovation and Transformation (CIT) program— bringing the program to more than 200 pre-acute, acute, and post-acute organizations. Major responsibilities included strategy development, driving growth, project management, marketing, budgetary oversight, new program and business plan development. The CIT program improved patient, staff, and organizational outcomes; and growth in nursing leadership.

Prior to joining AONE in 2011, Ms. Oberlies served as nursing director at the Massachusetts General Hospital. Here she led her unit’s participation in the AONE/Robert Wood Johnson-sponsored, national initiative Transforming Care at the Bedside (TCAB), and authored a year-long American Journal of Nursing article series highlighting her unit’s success and lessons learned from TCAB.

Ms. Oberlies has served on many national committees and boards, has received multiple awards and honors, has published more than 15 peer-reviewed articles, and has spoken extensively on the national stage.
Ms. Oberlies completed her undergraduate studies at Saint Joseph’s College in Maine, received a Master’s in Nursing and a Master’s in Business Administration from Johns Hopkins University, and her PhD in Health Services Research from Vanderbilt University.

Maria van Pelt, PhD, CRNA

Dr. van Pelt graduated from Pennsylvania Hospital School of Nurse Anesthesia in 1998 and received her master’s degree in anesthesia from St. Joseph’s University. She received a master’s in the science of nursing from Villanova University in 2004, a post master’s certificate in teaching from the University of Pennsylvania in 2010 and a PhD in Nursing from Villanova University 2015. She is the Nurse Anesthesia Program Director and Associate Clinical Professor at Northeastern University.

Dr. van Pelt’s research interest is the aftermath of perioperative catastrophes and the impact on patient safety and provider wellness. She has been lecturing extensively and has been recognized nationally for her work within this research domain for the past decade. She is a 2012 American Association of Nurse Anesthetists (AANA) Foundation Doctoral Fellow and a 2014 American Hospital Association / National Patient Safety Foundation Patient Safety/Leadership Fellow who co-developed and implemented the Massachusetts General Hospital Department of Anesthesia Clinician Peer Support Program.

Dr. van Pelt is a member of the AANA Practice Committee. She is the Massachusetts State Peer Advisor and AANA Foundation Advocate for Massachusetts. Dr. Van Pelt serves on the APSF Executive Committee and APSF Board of Directors and is the Chair for the APSF Committee for Education and Training.

Leadership Committee

Planning Committee

  • Janet Bean
  • Rosemary Galvin
  • Megan McIntyre
  • Stacy Webber
  • Gina Cravedi
  • Markus Josephson
  • Sue Nevins
  • Kathy Foss
  • Lindsay Kenney
  • Erin O’Donnell