Program Donors

Barbara Hill and Ancelmo Lopes established the Hill-Lopes Scholars program at Towson University.

Barbara Hill and Ancelmo Lopes
Donors Ancelmo Lopes and Barbara Hill

Barbara Hill

Operating Partner, NexPhase Capital

Born in Baltimore, Barbara Hill was raised in a family of scientists. Although she pursued a different career path, her early life was filled with opportunities to explore and experience nature.

Ms. Hill is currently an operating partner of NexPhase Capital (formerly Moelis Capital Partners), a private equity firm, where she focuses on healthcare-related investments and providing strategic and operating support for the fund’s healthcare portfolio companies. She sits on the boards of all the healthcare portfolio companies, and chairs most of those boards. 

Until 2010, Ms. Hill served as chief executive officer and a director of ValueOptions, Inc., a national managed behavioral health company. Prior to that, she served as president and a director of Express Scripts, Inc., a Fortune 100 pharmacy benefits management company. In previous positions, Ms. Hill was responsible for operations nationally for Cigna HealthCare, and also served as the CEO of health plans owned by Prudential, Aetna, and the Johns Hopkins Health System.

Ms. Hill serves as a board member of Integra LifeSciences Corporation, a publicly traded medical technology company, and of Omega Healthcare Investors, a publicly traded REIT holding over 1,000 skilled nursing facilities in the U.S. and England. Previously, she served on the boards of: Owens & Minor, a Fortune 300 healthcare services company; St. Jude Medical, a Fortune 500 medical device company; and Revera Inc., a Canadian company operating over 500 seniors’ facilities throughout Canada and the U.S. Ms. Hill obtained her bachelor’s degree Phi Beta Kappa and her master’s degree from the Johns Hopkins University and lives in Baltimore City.

Ancelmo Lopes

Chairman, Surgical Solutions

Ancelmo Lopes was born in a small town outside of Boston. He excelled at school and worked in hospital administration early in his career. He and Barbara Hill worked together to turn around a struggling company in downtown Baltimore.

Mr. Lopes has over 30 years of experience in building and managing health care companies. He currently serves as chairman at Surgical Solutions, a private equity owned company that provides hospitals, doctors and staff with state-of-the-art products and equipment and the skilled personnel to facilitate workflow and inventory management in the operating rooms. He also serves on the boards of two other private equity sponsored companies.

Previously, Mr. Lopes served as president and CEO of Ameritox, a national toxicology laboratory. He was also the senior vice president and national leader for Coventry Health Care’s Medicaid managed care division and CEO of Health Care USA, Coventry’s largest Medicaid managed care company. Mr. Lopes was also CEO and founder of Harmony Health Plans of Illinois and Indiana, a venture capital sponsored managed-care company, and Illinois’ largest provider of such services. He was also president of the Prudential Health Care Plan of the mid-Atlantic supporting all of Prudential’s health care insurance products in the mid-Atlantic. Mr. Lopes holds a Bachelor of Science degree from the University of Massachusetts, Amherst.