Ann Chinnis, MD, is the CEO of Matrix Executive Coaching. Her clients have included Chairs of Academic Departments, residency directors, ED medical directors, Vice-Chair for education and operations, community physicians, Chief Medical Officers, Chief Medical Informatics officers, nursing directors and nursing informatics directors.
Dr. Chinnis is Adjunct Professor of Emergency Medicine at West Virginia University School of Medicine (WVU SoM) where she served as Chair of the Department of Emergency Medicine from 1999-2006. She is a Board Certified Emergency Physician and has worked as a staff Physician and medical director in a variety of Emergency Departments — from rural settings to high-volume academic trauma centers.
Ann obtained her undergraduate degree in Biology at Yale University in New Haven, CT. She was awarded her MD degree at Eastern Virginia Medical School in Norfolk, VA, in 1981. In 1997, she completed a Master of Science in Health Administration at Virginia Commonwealth University in Richmond. She was selected as a fellow in Drexel University College of Medicine’s Hedwig van Ameringen Executive Leadership in Academic Medicine — (ELAM) Program, a leadership program focused on preparing senior women faculty to move into positions of institutional leadership. After her ELAM fellowship, she served as a core faculty of the ELAM program for five years to develop and teach the finance curriculum.
In 2006, Ann was asked to assume leadership of the WVU Epic project as the Executive Director. The enterprise-wide project implemented Epic health information software throughout all the sites of service of University Health Associates (UHA – the WVU faculty practice plan with 32 sites of service in the state) and West Virginia University Hospital (WVUH). Dr. Chinnis was responsible for all facets of the implementation including managing the budget and timeline of the project, directing personnel and pace, engaging clinicians and communicating with stakeholders throughout the enterprise. Dr Chinnis completed the Certificate program in Clinical Informatics at Oregon Health Sciences University-American Medical Informatics Association 10×10. During this time, she served as Associate Dean for Clinical Informatics at WVU SOM.
In 2010, she completed training and certification through the University of Georgia as a Sherpa Certified Executive Coach and founded Matrix Executive Coaching. Ann Chinnis is a Sherpa Certified Executive Coach (CSC) through the University of Georgia. She is also a graduate of the Sherpa Leadership Institute, is a certified Sherpa skills trainer and most recently, was selected as one of five Sherpa Master coaches.
The Sherpa coaching method is a process-driven system of coaching directed to achieve professional excellence. The Sherpa definition of coaching is “a regular, one-on-one meeting with a trained facilitator, designed to produce specific, positive changes in business behavior in a fixed time frame.” The coaching engagement is typically 12-20 weeks in length with one-on-one coaching sessions conducted weekly either in person or via web conferencing. The Sherpa process has been used to improve performance metrics in many types of organizations from Fortune 500 companies to health care organizations of all sizes. Matrix Executive Coaching offers one-on-one executive coaching, team coaching and leadership development.
Connie Felton is COO of Matrix Executive Coaching. Connie is a certified Radiology and Nuclear Medicine technologist with a specialty in PET/CT and radiology administration. She has over 20 years within the radiology and nuclear medicine fields including responsibilities in management and academic medicine.
Her past experience in the radiology field include serving as a staff technologist, director of the Center for Advanced Imaging at West Virginia University School of Medicine and Associate Administrator of the Radiology department for West Virginia University School of Medicine.
Professional accomplishments include facilitating the accreditation of a Positron Emission Tomography Training Program through the Society of Nuclear Medicine, receiving the WVU School of Medicine Dean’s award for Excellence in Clinical Services, growing imaging volumes by approximately 15% annually for nine straight years, establishing and managing an LLC to provide mobile PET/CT services throughout the state of West Virginia and assisting in the build, testing and implementation of an electronic medical record for the entire clinical enterprise at West Virginia University including all clinical operational workflows from front end applications, technologists and physician, pharmacy, inpatient and outpatient to the financial applications.
In her role as COO of Matrix Executive Coaching, Connie has provided oversight to the start up of the company and is responsible for it’s day-to-day operations. She addresses the financial, legal, technical, marketing, advertising and client support aspects of the firm.
Working with Ann Chinnis has been an amazing journey. Ann provided me with a personalized, results-oriented leadership exploration which has opened my eyes to who I am and what I want to be as a leader. Ann guided me on this journey to openly look at myself to explore my strengths and weaknesses. The tools she teaches and the support she provides are extremely helpful to engage your talents to set you on a course for success. I would highly recommend her coaching services.— Mary Lynne Withrow, RN, MSN
My coaching experience has been outstanding. There is nothing like having an expert's perspective to help guide you to success in your work. I'm more focused professionally, my life is more balanced, and I can't wait to take on whatever is next.— Joe Minardi, MD, RDMS FACEP