Our leadership team is dedicated to advancing children's health in our community and is driven by a passion to put children first.
Elias Neujahr, MHA, MBA
Chief Executive Officer
Neujahr joined CHoR from CHRISTUS Health System, where he served as president of The Children’s Hospital of San Antonio, affiliated with the Baylor College of Medicine, where he significantly improved quality outcomes and supported operational efficiencies. He led the growth of signature programs, including a congenital heart center, maternal/fetal health and expansions in neurosciences, oncology and orthopaedics. Neujahr also oversaw construction projects that transformed the hospital’s main campus and brought outpatient facilities to the surrounding community.
Prior to that appointment, Neujahr was vice president of operations at Helen DeVos Children’s Hospital and Physicians, part of Spectrum Health in Michigan. During his tenure, the hospital achieved multiple U.S. News & World Report best children’s hospitals rankings. Neujahr previously excelled in several roles at Women and Infants Hospital in Rhode Island, serving as director of ambulatory and physician services and associate vice president of clinical resources before being promoted to vice president of clinical resources.
Neujahr holds master’s degrees in both health care and business administration from the University of Colorado. He completed his undergraduate degree in exercise and sport science at Colorado State University.
Jeniece S. Roane, MS, RN, NE-BC
Associate Vice President of Operations
Roane plays an essential role on the executive team and within VCU Health’s leadership structure. Her extensive pediatric nursing and leadership career drive her work with our teams to enhance the patient experience and improve quality outcomes across our continuum of care. She is critical in crafting the vision for our new inpatient tower and will lead the execution of operational change for the new facility. Roane works with our quality teams to drive quality performance to the top decile.
With more than 25 years of nursing experience, Roane earned her bachelor’s and master’s degrees in nursing from the VCU School of Nursing, and she is currently pursuing her doctorate in nursing. She advocates for our community’s children in her personal time as an active member on the boards of Ronald McDonald House Charities and Family Lifeline.
Donna Johnson, MS, MBA, RN, NE-BC, CPHQ
Associate Chief Nursing Officer
Donna joined the CHoR team in December 2020, bringing a wealth of experience in pediatric clinical care, leadership, safety and quality. Before joining our team, she served in leadership and clinical roles at other leading children’s hospitals. Donna directs all nursing activities for CHoR (excluding VTCC and the Brook Road Campus) while providing guidance and leadership in the delivery of the best possible care and patient experience. Her leadership will be integral to our growth and service excellence – and to the opening of our new children’s tower in the spring of 2023.
Karen Hendricks-Munoz, MD, MPH
Interim Chair of the Department of Pediatrics
Sharon W. Darby, DNP, RN, NHA, FACHE
Associate Vice President, Operations
Associate Chief Nursing Officer
Nursing Home Administrator
Children’s Hospital of Richmond at VCU – Brook Rd Campus
Darby oversees operations in our post-acute, dental and outpatient rehabilitative services on the Brook Rd Campus and in the community therapy centers. Her career has focused on achieving high performing teams with quality outcomes . Her prior experience includes more than 20 years in nursing at VCU Medical Center, with 10 years serving in nursing administration where her managerial duties included newborn and pediatric intensive, intermediate and general care units. Darby has a doctorate in nursing and a masters in health administration and is a licensed long term care administrator.
C.D. Anthony Herndon, MD
Professor and Chief, Urology
David A. Lanning, MD, PhD
Professor of Surgery and Pediatrics
Division of General Surgery
Wei Zhao, MD, PhD, FAAAAI, FACAAI
Vice Chair of Clinical Operations
Pediatric Ambulatory Medical Director
Professor and Chief
Division of Allergy and Immunology
Henry Rozycki, MD
Vice Chair of Research
Division of Neonatal Medicine
Michael Ryan, MD, MEHP
Barry V. Kirkpatrick Vice Chair of Education
Suzanne R. Lavoie, MD
Interim Vice Chair of Education
Professor and Chief
Rocquel Crawley, MBA, BSN, RNC-BC, NEA-BC
Director of Nursing and Operations
Dory Walczak MS, RN, NE-BC, CPHQ
Director of Nursing
Acute Care Pediatrics, Critical Care and Child Life
Walczak provides clinical, operational and financial leadership for inpatient nursing and the Child Life department. She has an extensive pediatric background in critical care, cardiac surgery program development, quality and performance improvement initiatives in hospital acquired conditions, healthcare design/renovation and workflow processes.
Prior to joining CHoR, Walczak was the Nursing Quality Outcomes Manager and the Cardiac ICU Nurse Manager respectively at Children’s National Medical Center. Walczak obtained a Bachelor’s of Science in Nursing and a Master’s in Healthcare Informatics. She holds a Nurse Executive National Board certification, Certified Professional in Healthcare Quality and a LEAN Six Sigma Green Belt certification. She has co-authored publications and given podium presentations at the national level on topics related to nursing quality improvement initiatives and patient safety. Her nursing career has been dedicated to creating high quality, reliable systems of care and developing the next generation of nurses and healthcare professionals to lead in these ever-changing times.