Board of Directors
Chairman of the Board
James Wild, MD
Dana Anderson, MD
Kevin P. Kearns, Ph.D.
Mary E. LaRowe, MBA, FACHE
President and Chief Executive Officer
Mary LaRowe joined Brooks-TLC as CEO in April, 2016.
With more than 30 years of healthcare experience, including 25 years in administration and leadership within Western New York, LaRowe held leadership positions with the Healthcare Association of New York State (HANYS), Westfield Memorial Hospital, United Memorial Medical Center (Batavia) as well as the New York State Department of Health.
Most recently, she was the president and CEO of Catholic Health East/Trinity Health’s St. James Mercy Health System in Hornell, New York.
Ms. LaRowe is board certified in healthcare management and a Fellow of the American College of Healthcare Executives.
She earned a Master of Business Administration Degree from the University at Buffalo and a Bachelor of Science Degree in Nursing from D’Youville College.
Kenneth R. Morris, MBA
Chief Operating Officer
Kenneth Morris joined Brooks-TLC in 2018 as vice president of operations.
With 19 years of health care leadership experience, he most recently served as director of North Texas Division of Neuroscience and Baylor University Medical Center, part of Baylor Scott & White Healthcare System, Dallas, Texas.
Mr. Morris holds a Master of Business Administration from the University of Texas at Arlington, a Bachelor of Science Degree in Health Administrative Services from Weber State University, Ogden, Utah and a Certificate of Finance for the Non-Financial Managers at the University of Chicago, Booth School of Business.
Morris is a member of the American College of Healthcare Executives.
With extensive experience in hospital construction and redevelopment, Morris will be invaluable as we build the new Brooks Memorial Hospital.
Marlene Hassenfratz, DO
Chief Medical Officer/Vice President for Quality
Dr. Hassenfratz returned to Western New York and joined the Brooks-TLC Leadership Team in March 2021 after serving in various leadership roles, most recently within the Veteran’s Administration (VA) System.
Dr. Hassenfratz served as chief of staff Roseburg VA Healthcare System in Oregon, deputy chief of staff of the Eastern Colorado VA Healthcare System and as a physician executive of Chillicothe VA Medical Center in Ohio. With over 12 years of physician leadership experience, Dr. Hassenfratz will work with the medical staff and the hospital to align resources and strategies for the future of care delivery.
Additionally, Dr. Hassenfratz is an interventional pain physician and served the Buffalo area in 2009 and 2010. She completed her residency in Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation at the Erie County Medical Center following an internship at Sisters of Charity Hospital.
She holds a Doctor of Osteopathic Medicine Degree from the Lake Erie College of Osteopathic Medicine and a Bachelor of Science Degree from Youngstown State University in Ohio.
Julie Morton, MS, BSN, RN
Interim Chief Nursing Officer/Compliance Officer
Julie Morton joined Brooks-TLC in 2015 as assistant nurse manager and was soon promoted to clinical nurse manager.
In 2017 she was promoted to director of nursing for emergency services.
With over 25 years of nursing leadership experience, Ms. Morton will oversee the delivery of nursing care across the System. In addition to her clinical responsibilities, she will provide direction for the organization’s compliance activities.
Before coming to Brooks-TLC, Ms. Morton served as a charge nurse at UPMC Chautauqua WCA in Jamestown.
Ms. Morton holds a Master of Science Degree in Nursing Executive Leadership from Daemen College, a Bachelor of Science Degree in Nursing from Gannon University and an Associate of Applied Science Degree from Alfred State College of Technology.