Passion & Advocacy

Coming from unique and various backgrounds, the board members strive for advancing the core mission of the foundation.

jon laplante, Md

 Founder / President

Jon is a recently retired radiologist with Radiological Physician Associates (RPA). He joined the group in 1994. Jon was born and raised in Morgantown, WV, attending high school at Saint Francis. He attended West Virginia University from 1981-1985, enrolling and graduating in Mechanical Engineering. Jon worked briefly at Exxon USA as a Project Engineer in the Texas refinery before entering medical school. Upon completion, he trained at Allegheny General Hospital in Diagnostic Radiology before joining RPA, at which he served on the Executive Board from 2001-2018.

Garrett HOge

 Vice President

After graduating from West Liberty University, Garrett Hoge entered the financial services industry with high expectations and a sense of calling to a profession devoted to helping people succeed financially. For Garrett, building relationships based on trust and leading H Financial Management for over 30 years was only natural since his family’s values in Southwestern Pennsylvania run deep. John and William Hoge founded and laid out the plans for Washington, PA in 1781 and later generously donated the property where the Washington County Courthouse now stands, and the Immaculate Conception Church and John F. Kennedy Catholic School building is located (the Hoge Memorial is located on Walnut Street in Washington, PA just behind the John F. Kennedy School building). Continuing the family tradition, Garrett Hoge emphasizes traditional values in his business, and in his everyday life, through diligent work ethics and maintaining a fiduciary standard.
Garrett is a Certified Financial Planner (CFP®) and a Chartered Financial Consultant (ChFC®). In addition, he has a Masters Degree in Financial Services (MS) focused on Estate Tax Planning. He is a Life and Qualifying Member of the Million Dollar Round Table (MDRT*) the Premier Association of Financial Professionals® and the prestigious Top of the Table (TOT). These qualifications rank him among the top financial services professionals in the country.

Garrett and his wife Anita have been married for over 40 years and have 3 children (Garrett II, Jessica, and Allison) and 4 grandchildren (Westin, Cora, Mae, and Sasha). In his spare time, Garrett enjoys playing with the grandkids, skiing, golfing, cycling, weightlifting, and swimming. He is a PSIA-certified ski instructor, a member of Southpointe Golf Club, and a Member/Elder at the Westminster Presbyterian Church.

jenna merandi, pharmd

 Chief Operating Officer

Jenna is a Medication Safety Officer, Director of the YOU Matter Second Victim Program at Nationwide Children’s Hospital and Clinical Assistant Professor of Practice at The Ohio State University College of Pharmacy. Jenna completed her Doctor of Pharmacy program at West Virginia University College of Pharmacy in 2010, and then pursued a two year administrative and clinical residency training at Nationwide Children’s Hospital while obtaining a Masters in Health System Pharmacy Administration from The Ohio State University College of Pharmacy. She works closely with interdisciplinary teams and frontline staff to identify individual and system based interventions to prevent medication errors.

Jenna has helped train over 700 employees to becoming peer supporters which have provided support to over 500 employees since initiation of program. Jenna has given over 35 national presentations and has worked with over 70 outside hospitals providing guidance for starting peer support programs. Jenna has published over 20 peer reviewed journal articles. Jenna was the founder of the Children’s Hospital Association, Medication Safety Leaders Collaborative now consisting of over 30 hospitals with the goal to create a forum to share best practices for improving pediatric medication use outcomes nationally.
Jenna serves as the Risk Evaluation Mitigation Strategy (REMS) Coordinator at Nationwide Children’s Hospital facilitating compliance of high risk medications throughout the organization. Jenna co-leads the Safety II initiative and research at Nationwide Children’s Hospital and recently published Safety II research in Pediatrics.

Jenna has a faculty appointment serving as a Clinical Assistant Professor of Practice at The Ohio State University College of Pharmacy. Jenna served as a course director for Systems Issues with Medication Safety from September 2014 through September 2019. Jenna serves as faculty to the Quality and Safety Medical Fellowship Program and serves as a preceptor to various student pharmacists, pharmacy residents, and medical fellows.

sam Merandi

 Secretary / Treasurer

Sam was born and raised in Clarksburg, West Virginia. He graduated from West Virginia University, College of Business and Economics, with a degree in Accounting. Following graduation, he worked in pub-lic accounting with Toothman, Rice & Company. He then began his migration toward healthcare and was employed as the Chief Financial Officer and MIS Director of Summit Center, a regional community mental health center for nine years. He then spent five years, employed by University Health Associates, as the Department Administrator for West Virginia University, School of Medicine, Departments of Neuro-surgery and Department of Behavioral Medicine and Psychiatry. Sam joined Radiological Physician Associates in November 1994 and continues to serve as Administrative Vice President where Sam and Jon LaPlante have worked together and have formed a friendship based on trust and caring.

Jason w DeBerry, md

 Chief Information Officer

Jason is a West Virginia native who is a practicing Radiologist with Radiological Physician Associates, Inc. based in Fairmont, WV and a small business owner. He currently serves as RPA, Inc.’s Chief Medical Informatics Officer and Chief of Breast Imaging. He also serves as Chief of Radiology at WVU Medi-cine’s Jackson General Hospital.

Dr. DeBerry serves several committees including the Steering Committee for Epic Breast Imaging, Cancer Committee for WVU Medicine – United Hospital Center, and the Radiology User Council for WVU Medicine. He has served on several past committees as well including steering committee for UVA / Merge Healthcare (IBM-Watson), steering committee for UVA Department of Radiology Intranet, task force for UVA Department of Radiology 24/7 attending coverage, and steering committee for UVA De-partment of Radiology IT.

Dr. DeBerry graduated from West Virginia University with degrees in Biology, Biochemistry, and Chem-istry in 2008 and completed the University Honors Scholar program followed by earning his Doctor of Medicine from WVU in 2012. He completed an internship at WVU – Ruby Memorial Hospital in 2013, Diagnostic Radiology Residency at the University of Virginia in 2017, and Breast Imaging and Interven-tion fellowship at UVA in 2018. During his training he won several awards including first place for post-er presentation in machine learning at SIIM 2017 annual meeting and has over 20 publications.