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DANVILLE, Pa. – Heather Acker has been appointed chair of Geisinger Health’s board of directors effective Jan. 1, 2024. Ms. Acker joined the Geisinger board in 2013 and became vice chair in 2016 before transitioning into her new role as chair while John C. Bravman, PhD, president of Bucknell University, finished his term as chair from 2016 to 2023. 

“Geisinger is an incredible organization that has delivered high-quality health care to communities throughout central and northeastern Pennsylvania for more than 100 years. It is a privilege to be a part of the leadership of this organization to continue to make better health easier for our patients, members and communities,” Ms. Acker said. 

Ms. Acker has held a variety of board leadership roles in her career. She served as chair of the Geisinger Health Audit & Compliance Committee, Geisinger Health Plan Audit Committee as well as the Geisinger Investment Sub-Committee. Ms. Acker co-chaired the American Heart Association’s Go Red for Women Campaign in 2022 and co-chaired the 2023-2024 Campaign for the United Way of Lackawanna, Wayne and Pike Counties in Pennsylvania.

“Heather has a deep commitment to Geisinger’s mission,” Dr. Bravman said. “Under her leadership, the board will continue to help Geisinger grow and provide the critical services needed in the communities it serves.”

Ms. Acker recently retired as executive vice president and chief financial officer of Gentex Corporation in Carbondale, Pa. She had held the position of chief financial officer for 20 years and has been executive vice president since 2010. Ms. Acker earned her undergraduate degree in mathematics from Bucknell University and received her MBA, with distinction, from the Wharton School of Business of the University of Pennsylvania, with a concentration in finance.

“Heather has been a leader in our community for years,” Jaewon Ryu, MD, JD, president and CEO of Geisinger Health said. “I look forward to continuing to work with her to bring world-class health care to Pennsylvania.” 

About Geisinger
Geisinger is committed to making better health easier for the more than 1 million people it serves. Founded more than 100 years ago by Abigail Geisinger, the system now includes 10 hospital campuses, a health plan with more than half a million members, a research institute and the Geisinger College of Health Sciences, which includes schools of medicine, nursing and graduate education. With more than 25,000 employees and 1,700+ employed physicians, Geisinger boosts its hometown economies in Pennsylvania by billions of dollars annually. Learn more at or connect with us on Facebook, Instagram, LinkedIn and Twitter.


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