A. Verona Dorch was placed as executive vice president and chief legal officer of Providence in Renton, Washington, one of the nation's largest healthcare providers. Reporting over $23 billion in revenue and serving over 13 million patients, the system encompasses 51 hospitals, 829 clinics, and 16 supportive housing facilities; 119,000 caregivers, 25,000 physicians, and 38,000 nurses; two health plans and 2.1 million covered lives; $1.6 billion in community benefit; and 90 non-acute services – all spread across seven states in a diverse family of Catholic, other faith-based, and secular organizations. In her role, Verona has overall responsibility for providing, managing, and coordinating the legal activities and affairs of PSJH and its ministries through the Department of Legal Affairs, including overseeing system-wide compliance, claims management, and governance, and serving as corporate secretary. She also participates as an officer of PSJH and a member of the Executive Council, the top-level management decision-making group in the organization, which is accountable for setting strategic direction and ensuring that Providence operations and services are integrated and achieving operational, clinical, and administrative excellence.
Verona comes to Providence from Peabody Energy Corporation in St. Louis, where she served as executive vice president, chief legal officer, head of government affairs, and corporate secretary. Peabody is the leading global pure-play coal company and a member of the Fortune 500, serving power and steel customers in more than 25 countries on six continents. In her role, Verona was ultimately responsible for leading the company out of bankruptcy and was a key member of the team that subsequently set its go-forward strategy. She restructured the large legal department and created a cohesive international legal team, which allowed her to lead the $400 million acquisition of a coal mine and a joint venture with a competitor representing over $1 billion, and to oversee major climate change litigation in California.
Previously, Verona served as chief legal officer, chief compliance officer, and corporate secretary for Harsco Corporation, a leading diversified industrial company headquartered in Pennsylvania where she began her tenure as assistant general counsel. She has also been an associate with a number of prestigious international law firms, including Pillsbury Winthrop Shaw Pittman LLP and Weil, Gotshal & Manges LLP.
Verona speaks regularly at conferences and is interviewed for articles, as well as reviewing articles for publication. She has been named to the 2019 Financial Times' "Global GC 20" list, The Legal 500's "GC Powerlist 2019: United States," Black Enterprise Magazine's 2019 "Most Powerful Women in Corporate America list and 2018 "300 Most Powerful Executives in Corporate America" list, and Savoy Magazine's 2018 "Most Influential Black Lawyers" List, and was recognized as a Fellow of the American Bar Foundation for outstanding professional achievements and adherence to the legal profession's highest principles.
Verona holds a bachelor's degree in sociology from Dartmouth College and a Juris Doctor from Harvard Law School. She is a member of the American Bar Association and the Association of Corporate Counsel and has served on the boards of directors of Enterprise Bank & Trust, Girls Inc., and the United Way. Verona is the proud parent of a middle school-aged son and a college-aged daughter. Outside of work, she enjoys golfing, reading, doing crossword puzzles, and traveling.