The sponsors who form Providence Ministries as of 2012 are:

  • Anita Butler, SP – provincial treasurer of Mother Joseph Province;
  • Juliana Casey, IHM – former executive vice president for mission integration for Catholic Health East;
  • Johnny Cox – a pioneer in ethics in theology and health care;
  • William J. (Bill) Cox – president and CEO of the Alliance of Catholic Health Care;
  • Barbara Savage, PA – vice president of mission leadership for Providence Health Care, and
  • Barbara Schamber, SP – the first provincial superior of Mother Joseph Province (2000 to 2004) and a Sisters of Providence historian.

Anita Butler, SP, has been a Sister of Providence for 54 years and currently is the provincial treasurer of Mother Joseph Province. Her ministries include 23 years in teaching and in administration, and a total of 13 years as provincial treasurer. She also has been regional director of long-term care for Providence in Oregon, superior and administrator at St. Joseph Residence, Seattle, and for 23 years has been chair of the trustees of the Providence Health & Services Cash Balance Retirement Plan. Sister Anita also has extensive board and committee service, including the Archdiocese of Portland Catholic Charities, where she was treasurer, Providence Health Plan in Oregon, the Providence Health System Governing Board and Board of Directors; the Providence Portland Medical Center Foundation, and the Providence Health & Services Investment Committee.

In addition, she is chair of the Providence Health & Services Retirement Investment Subcommittee and a corporate member of Providence Health & Services.

Her educational background includes a B.S. degree in elementary education from the University of Great Falls (MT), an M.Ed. in secondary administration from Loyola University of Los Angeles, and studies at the Graduate School of Finance at the University of Notre Dame.

Juliana Casey, IHM, is former executive vice president for mission integration for Catholic Health East. Sister Casey, of Ardmore, Penn., was educated in Detroit, Mich., by the Servants of the Immaculate Heart of Mary and entered the congregation in 1965.  She was sent to the Catholic University of Louvain to study theology in the aftermath of Vatican II and received her doctorate of sacred theology and her Ph.D. there. She has taught theology and scripture, and served as provincial of the Northeast Province of her congregation for six years. 

She is a former staff member of the Catholic Health Association, and later served on the staff of Catholic Health East in a role that included facilitation of its Sponsors’ Council.  One of her first tasks there was development of a new model for sponsorship for the system that was approved by the Vatican in July 2000. For the next ten years she served as staff to the new public juridic person, Hope Ministries, as well as to the other sponsors.  Sister Juliana also was part of a small group that designed and conducted a multi-system Collaborative Formation Program for persons who would become sponsors.  She retired from CHE in December 2010, but continues to be a consultant.

Johnny Cox was hired by Gonzaga University in 1972 as the first person to teach ethics as a theological discipline. Sacred Heart Medical Center, Spokane, hired him as the first ethicist employed full time in a community hospital in North America, and he later was appointed as the first vice president of mission for Providence Services. St. Joseph Health System recruited him to lead implementation of its ‘Next Generation Ethics’ program, integrating clinical ethics with quality management and patient safety. He also served on the St. Joseph Health System Executive Management Team and participated in design of the Ministry Leadership Center, serving on its board until he retired in 2007. He also was appointed by Bishop William L. Skylstad to the board of the Washington State Catholic Conference. He has a B.S. degree in nursing from Seattle University, an M.A. in theology from the University of Notre Dame, and a Ph.D. in Christian social ethics from the Claremont Graduate University.

William J. (Bill) Cox is president and CEO of the Alliance of Catholic Health Care. Bill has more than 30 years of national and state-level experience as an innovative leader in health care.  He leads the Sacramento-based Alliance of Catholic Health Care, based in Sacramento, Calif., which is a statewide forum comprised of four health systems and three independent hospitals that operate a total of 54 Catholic and community-based hospitals in California.  Through the Alliance, Catholic health care leaders collaborate to strengthen and promote the Catholic mission in health care by engaging in leadership formation, church relations, ethics and advocacy. 

Prior to joining the Alliance, Bill was executive vice president of the Catholic Health Association, in Washington, D.C.  His many accomplishments include leading five Catholic health care systems in the western United States in the development of the Sacramento-based Ministry Leadership Center (MLC), which provides an experience-based, theologically sound three-year formation program for senior managers.  PH&S was one of the founding systems of MLC.  In addition to the board of directors of the MLC, Bill serves on the board and as chair of Providence Hospital in Washington, D.C., and on the board of directors of the Alliance for Advancing Not-for-Profit Health Care, in Washington, D.C.  

Barbara Savage, PA, attended Carroll College School of Nursing and was a bedside nurse for 12 years, caring for the mentally ill, the acutely ill in the ICU, and patients facing terminal illness. She accepted the call to leadership to make an impact on decisions facing patient care. Her first management experience was overseeing staff and community health education at Holy Family Hospital, Spokane, where she initiated programs in wellness, prevention and in disease management. When the Hospital Corporation of America (HCA) assumed management of Holy Family, Barbara attended its Health Education Center in Nashville, and then conducted leadership conferences for HCA hospital management staff. She was invited by Blue Cross of Washington and Alaska to launch HealthPlus, a health maintenance organization in Eastern Washington, became its executive director, and then took the role of vice president of Eastern Washington operations.

She also served as interim CEO of HealthPlus before being invited to return to Holy Family as assistant administrator for the Dominican Network in 1990. A variety of management and leadership roles followed in clinical, performance improvement, planning and marketing, community health improvement and mission leadership. The latter role began in 1994 with the Dominican Network and continues today with Providence Health Care. Barbara was one of founders of Hospice of Spokane in the 1970s and was a longtime board member and volunteer. She also has been a volunteer with the American Cancer Society, the Transitional Living Center for homeless women and children, Spokane Health Improvement Partnership (including as its first executive director), and the board of directors of the Catholic Foundation.

Barbara Schamber, SP, entered the Sisters of Providence in 1961. Her ministries in the religious community began with teaching and administration in Providence schools in Seattle and Vancouver, Wash., Portland, Ore., and Burbank, Calif. She was provincial superior from 1985 to 1991 and also chair of the board of directors of Providence Health Corporations. She was called to serve as the first provincial superior of the newly formed Mother Joseph Province in 2000 and continued in that role through 2004 while also serving as presiding member of Providence Health System.

Sister Barbara’s service experience includes membership in the Washington State Catholic Conference, the Leadership Conference of Women Religious, and the Western Catholic Education Association. She also has been a member of the Archdiocese of Los Angeles School Evaluation Committee and of the Catholic Health Association Sponsorship Committee. In addition, she has been a trustee of the board of directors of Catholic Community Services Western Washington/Archdiocesan Housing Authority and is co-chair of the Sisters of Providence Sponsorship Planning Committee. Her personal experience includes working to improve the living conditions of the poor in other countries, including the Philippines, El Salvador, Haiti, Uganda and Cameroon.

She graduated from Providence High School in Burbank, Calif., and was educated in the College of Sister Formation of Seattle University, where she received a B.A. degree in social sciences. She also has a master of educational administration degree from Central Washington University and certificates of elementary and secondary teaching and administration for the states of Washington and Oregon. Sister Barbara is completing a book on the 150-year history of the Sisters of Providence in the West.

One of the original Providence Ministries sponsors, Charles (Chuck) Hawley, died September 29, 2011.  He formerly served as vice president for public affairs for PH&S.