Ella Health Taps the Expertise of Two Top Executives


At Ella Health, we are committed to providing you with the best care possible. That means creating centers that make you feel comfortable, finding staff who will make you feel welcome and bringing on advisors who have the expertise and insights to transform how women’s health care is delivered.

We are pleased to announce that we have appointed two women to our Board of Directors who are dedicated to ensuring that you have a better health care experience when you come to an Ella Health center: Sharon Knight, Patient Engagement Solutions Leader with AVIA, and Mary Ann Tocio, President and Chief Operating Officer of Bright Horizons Family Solutions.

Sharon Knight

Sharon Knight, Patient Engagement Solutions Leader, AVIA

Sharon is at the forefront of health care improvement with AVIA, a provider-formed innovation accelerator  founded to help hospital and health system members identify, select and deploy emerging IT-enabled solutions to strategic priorities.

She also founded Avik Ventures to provide investment and advice to early stage entrepreneurs with a focus on health care solutions to promote improved patient access. As President of One Medical Group, she helped grow an innovative, integrated health care provider. Sharon has broad experience with executive positions in the banking, restaurant, retail and video gaming industries.

Sharon said she shares Ella Health’s commitment to improving health care and making it more accessible for women. As the former president of One Medical and as a woman who strives to stay healthy, she recognizes the challenges women face.

“I am very driven by the issue of prevention and wellness,” Sharon said. “I am extremely excited about how Ella has addressed the concerns women have over mammograms, and I am looking forward to seeing how our high standards for care will be applied in other areas.”

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Mary Ann Tocio, President and Chief Operating Officer of Bright Horizons Family Solutions

Mary Ann Tocio is responsible for the domestic and global operations of Bright Horizons Family Solutions, the world’s leading provider of employer-sponsored childcare, early education and work/life solutions. Mary Ann joined Bright Horizons in 1992 with many years of experience managing a multi-site service organization and more than twenty years of experience in the health care industry.  She was previously the Senior Vice President of Operations for Wellesley Medical Management, Inc., (Health Stop) in Boston, a national provider of ambulatory care and occupational health services and held a variety of managerial positions at several Boston area hospitals.

In addition to her expertise in working with large, service driven organizations, Mary Ann has a very personal perspective on the need for enhanced women’s health care. Her daughter was diagnosed with breast cancer at age 38, just a year after giving birth to a son.

“It is the hardest thing to be a mother and to watch your child go through this,” she said. “I am passionate about the need for early detection, as well as for finding a cure.”

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