Howard Brown Health Appoints Key Leaders to Executive Team

(Chicago, IL, January 30, 2024) – Howard Brown Health is thrilled to announce strategic changes to its executive leadership team that will support the organization’s shared culture, foster organizational sustainability, and ensure community access to quality, affirming care. “We are proud to welcome these accomplished professionals to our leadership team. Their diverse backgrounds and proven track records align with our commitment to access and quality care for our community. Together, we will position Howard Brown for the future,” said David Ernesto Munar, President and CEO.

Erica K. McCallum, MBA, CPA, Chief Financial Officer

Following a national search, Erica McCallum has been appointed to the role of Chief Financial Officer. With 20 years of accounting experience, including over 7 years at Howard Brown, McCallum brings expertise in strategic planning, quality management, financial forecasting, and strategic financial planning to the role of Chief Financial Officer. In 2016, McCallum joined Howard Brown as its Controller. In her time at Howard Brown, McCallum has streamlined financial infrastructure, overseen all sectors of the accounting department, and led the successful completion of clean external audits. McCallum’s vision for finance is to focus both on our current financial evolution alongside our long-term sustainability.

“As Howard Brown approaches its 50th year, I am thrilled to be a part of a Finance team that will implement infrastructure to ensure we remain serving patients well into the future. I am committed to bringing greater sustainability to Howard Brown’s operations. Leveraging my expertise, I will drive strategic financial initiatives, optimize our resource allocation, and lead our team toward greater collaborative success. I believe in Howard Brown’s ability to navigate challenges and the ability of harnessing this moment to elevate our organization in its commitment to patient care,” said McCallum.

Dona A. McCullough, MA, MBA, LSSGB, Chief Human Resources Officer

Following a national search, Dona A. McCullough has been appointed to the role of Chief Human Resources Officer. With global and industry-diverse experience, McCullough has used her acumen in driving transformational change to develop effective talent management programming and positively impacting the employee experience in a holistic way. McCullough’s vision for Human Resources at Howard Brown is to strengthen its sustainability, scalability, and agility. This includes all elements involved in engaging a talented workforce.

“As I step into the Chief Human Resources Officer role, my commitment is to champion a healthy workplace culture where our mission and vision serve as a foundational framework for all work performed. I will promote leadership development and innovation and prioritize the well-being of all colleagues. The imperative backdrop to all of this are values promoting diversity, equity, inclusion and belonging.

“Together with the Leadership Team at Howard Brown, I look forward to effectively aligning our core business drivers and strategic priorities with a culture that ensures every employee is positioned for success in their work environment,” said McCullough. 

Magda Houlberg, MD, AAHIVS, Medical Director of Geriatric Medicine

After more than 10 years as Howard Brown’s Chief Clinical Officer, Magda Houlberg has assumed the role of Medical Director of Geriatric Medicine. As one of only a handful of board-certified geriatricians nationwide with LGBTQ+ health experience, Dr. Houlberg will continue her clinical leadership at Howard Brown in this new role and contribute to the growth of the organization’s Geriatric Medicine & Aging Services department. Chief Medical Director, Patrick Gibbons, DO, will continue to provide executive leadership to the clinical practice, working closely with Dr. Houlberg, other specialty medical directors, and site medical directors.  

“When I first started at Howard Brown 15 years ago, there were five medical providers. At the time, I dreamed that one day we might have 30 medical providers. Now, as Howard Brown’s network of care continues to grow, we have nearly 50 medical providers and can see that there is still great need for the humanizing care we offer. I look forward to building Howard Brown’s geriatric practice and working closely with our President and CEO, Chief Medical Director, and clinical providers to maintain Howard Brown’s critical role in our community,” said Houlberg.


Rooted in LGBTQ+ liberation, Howard Brown Health provides affirming healthcare and mobilizes for social justice as an agent of change for individual wellbeing and community empowerment. Howard Brown envisions a future where healthcare and transformative social policies actualize human rights and equity for all. Howard Brown offers primary care, behavioral health, and social services at 11 clinics across the city, regardless of ability to pay.

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