2023 Spring IDN Summit Faculty

Rand Ballard
Rand Ballard
Chief Customer Officer
Rand leads the member value and performance team for Vizient. This team champions member engagement activities across four geographic zones as well as onboarding and implementation services. Previously, he served as MedAssets senior executive vice president and in the office of the chief executive since 2008, and as chief customer officer since 2006. He also served in the roles of chief operating officer, president of MedAssets supply chain systems and leader of the company’s sales team.
Prior to joining MedAssets, Rand was vice president of health systems supplier economics and distribution for Cardinal Health care.
Rand earned a master’s degree from Pacific Lutheran University with a triple major in finance, operations and marketing. He was a deans’ list undergraduate at the U.S. Military Academy at West Point, where he earned a bachelor’s degree with concentration in nuclear physics, nuclear engineering and business law. An avid community partner, Rand has served as chairman of the board of the Meals on Wheels Association of America Foundation, vice president of Hire Heroes USA and vice president of The Health Careers Foundation, a non-profit organization that provides scholarships and low-interest loans to non-traditional students pursuing a degree in the health care field.

LeAnn Born
LeAnn Born MHA
Founder and Advisor
LeAnn R. Born Advisory Solutions
LeAnn founded LeAnn R. Born Advisory Solutions, where she advises suppliers, providers, GPOs, and other industry partners about the healthcare supply chain. As a supply chain thought leader, she helps clients drive strategies focused on improved population health, enhanced care experience, reduced cost, workforce well-being, and advanced health equity.

Her background includes three decades of the executive leadership of major health system supply chain services, program development with group purchasing organizations, and guidance to medical suppliers on effective sales strategies with customers. Before her consulting practice, LeAnn served as Vice President of Supply Chain at Fairview Health Services/M Health Fairview, Vice President of Contract, Program Services, and Customer Contracting at Novation (now Vizient), and several positions leading up to interim Vice President of Supply Chain at Allina Health.

Clients rely on her expertise in a range of situations, from resolving urgent needs to long-term strategic planning.

Randy Bradley
Randy Bradley PhD, CPHIMS, FHIMSS
Associate Professor of Information Systems and Supply Chain Management
University of Tennessee
Dr. Randy V. Bradley is an Associate Professor of Information Systems and Supply Chain Management at the Haslam College of Business at The University of Tennessee. He is also EVP, Digital Transformation in Life Sciences for Bio Supply Management Alliance (BSMA) and Principal Owner of RV Bradley, LLC. He holds a Ph.D. in Management of Information Technology and Innovation, an M.S. in Management Information Systems, and a B.S. in Computer Engineering, all from Auburn University.

Dr. Bradley is a preeminent thought leader and highly sought-after speaker for professional and corporate conferences and events. Dr. Bradley has 20+ years of industry experience as a consultant and healthcare supply chain and IT strategist and researcher. His expertise includes digital business transformation, supply chain digitalization, and the strategic application of business analytics and IT in the supply chain, with an emphasis on the healthcare sector.

Andy Brailo
Andy Brailo
Chief Customer Officer
Premier, Inc.
Andy Brailo, Chief Customer Officer, leads the acute and non-acute field and sales teams, Premier’s sponsor programs, commercial operations, Nexera consulting and co-management functions, as well as the stockd® e-commerce and alternate sit e business. Brailo is focused on helping Premier members achieve both quality and cost imperatives through the integration of Premier’s end-to-end supply chain, quality, safety and operational solutions. Previously, Brailo served as Senior Vice President of Member Field Services and oversaw overall growth and service delivery of Premier. Prior to serving as Senior Vice President, Brailo was Vice President of Strategic Accounts, providing leadership for the mid- Atlantic and Southeast field teams, including contract analysts and managers, region directors and region vice presidents. Throughout his tenure, he has successfully partnered with members, suppliers and staff to develop and design customized and scalable solutions to quickly meet evolving needs in a dynamic healthcare industry. Brailo has a diverse background in sales, training and development, operations, process management, and customer service delivery working with Comcast Inc., medibuy.com and C.R. Bard Inc. Since joining Premier Health Exchange, an earlier division of Premier, in 2001, Brailo has been responsible for multiple teams and projectsincluding the Premier Solution Center, field training and development, member and field communications, development of the clinical and technical field specialist team, and the QUEST®Comparative Innovation Program. He als o contributed to Premier’s 2006 award-winning Malcolm Baldrige National Quality Award application.

Jason Braithwaite
Jason Braithwaite
AVP, Clinical Pharmacy Services
Jason is Assistant Vice President of Clinical Pharmacy Services for HealthTrust where he oversees clinical strategy and member support for 1,600 hospitals and 50,000 ambulatory clinics and imaging centers. His team analyzes the pipeline for generic, branded, and biosimilar drugs and provides clinical and economic evaluations on over $14B in pharmaceutical spend that guides utilization and contracting decisions. He is passionate about training tomorrow’s leaders and does so by serving as residency program director for the PGY-2 Corporate Pharmacy Leadership Residency and oversight for the 2-year Drug Information Fellowship Programs for HealthTrust.

Jason has presented at more than 30 conferences during his career, with much of the focus on innovative approaches to pharmaceutical care.

Professional History:

| Bachelor and Doctor of Pharmacy degrees from the University of Hawaii

| Master of Science from the University of Utah in Pharmacotherapy Outcomes Research and Health Policy

| PGY-1 and PGY-2 Health-Systems Pharmacy Administration Residency at Intermountain Healthcare

| Previous roles include: Clinical Pharmacy Staff Pharmacist, Clinical Specialist in Critical Care, and Division Director of Clinical Pharmacy

| Board certified in pharmacotherapy specialties (BCPS)

Laura Bray
Laura Bray
Chief Change Maker
Angels for Change
Laura Bray is Chief Change Maker and founder of Angels for Change. Founded in October 2019, Angels for Change is a global volunteer supported non-profit organization. Their mission is to end drug shortages through advocacy, awareness, and a resilient supply chain.

Laura has advocated on behalf of patients on hold from treatment because of a lifesaving drug shortage and worked within the supply chain to build drug shortage awareness, proactive solutions, and resolve patient level shortages.

November 24, 2018, her daughter, Abby was diagnosed with Acute Lymphoblastic Leukemia. In April of 2019, Abby needed a life-saving drug that was part of a prolonged global shortage. Laura realized that just because there is proven medical treatment does not mean a patient will receive it. Abby faced three different, protocol altering, drug shortages during her treatment.

Laura’s knowledge of supply chain, understanding of business and first-hand experience navigating life-saving drug shortages for her own child drives the Angles for Change mission. She is working to build a resilient supply chain, so no patient ever hears the words “we don’t have the drugs needed to save you” and no doctor is faced with delivering those words.

Jimmy Chung
Jimmy Y Chung MD, MBA, FACS
Chief Medical Officer
Advantus Health Partners
Dr. Chung leads Clinical Transformation efforts overseeing physician engagement, product implementation, clinical process design, and integration.

Serving as a physician executive with over 20 years of experience, he is dedicated to innovative, effective methods of delivering high-value, safe, patient-centered health care in a value-based environment. He has spoken at numerous national conferences as an expert on the development of physician leadership in optimizing the cost, quality, and outcomes of healthcare.

Dr. Chung received his MD from UC San Diego, completed his surgery residency at the University of Washington, received his MBA from the University of Massachusetts, and has practiced general surgery since 2000. He serves as second vice chair of the Washington Medical Commission and is the Chair of the Reduction of Medical Errors Committee. He is Board Certified in Surgery and Health Care Quality Management, a fellow of the American College of Surgeons, as well as a fellow of the American Board of Quality Assurance and Utilization Review Physicians.

Dr. Chung lives with his wife and two children and enjoys cycling and skiing.

Stephen Colvill
Stephen Colvill
Executive Director
Stephen Colvill is Executive Director of RISCS, a nonprofit rating and certification organization for drug supply chains, and a researcher at the Duke-Margolis Center for Health Policy, where he is leading the launch of the new Duke-Margolis Drug Supply Chain Resilience and Advanced Manufacturing Consortium. Prior to co-founding RISCS, Stephen held various roles at Pfizer and Hospira in supply chain, manufacturing, finance, marketing, commercial portfolio management, and business analytics. He serves as a board member for the End Drug Shortages Alliance and Angels for Change, and recent national speaking engagements included the HSCA National Pharmacy Forum, ASHP Midyear Meeting, and NASEM event on Innovations in Pharmaceutical Manufacturing on the Horizon."

Michael Czar, BScPharm, PhD.
Michael Czar, BScPharm, PhD.
Director of Pharmacy
Carilion Clinic
Mike is a director of Pharmacy at Carilion Clinic. He earned his pharmacy degree at the Philadelphia College of Pharmacy and Science and a Ph.D. in Pharmacology at the University of Michigan.

Responsibilities at Carilion Clinic include management of the inpatient pharmacy at Carilion New River Valley Medical Center, moderating the Pharmacy Leadership Team discussions, and participation in system-wide projects and decision-making.

Mike also helped expand the ambulatory pharmacy program at Carilion through a CMS HCIA award that demonstrated improved outcomes in patients who received pharmacist consultation in the primary care setting, which also provided significant cost savings for the health care system.

Jessica Daley
Jessica Daley
Group Vice President, Strategic Sourcing
As Group Vice President of Strategic Sourcing at Premier, Jessica Daley leads Premier’s pharmacy strategy and serves as the Chief Pharmacy Officer for Premier.

She has also previously served as Premier’s Vice President of Pharmacy Strategic Supplier Engagement where she led Premier’s strategic relationships with core pharmaceutical suppliers and supported key Premier member support initiatives including ProvideGx and Intersectta. Prior to joining Premier, Daley served as Vice President of the regional pharmacy group purchasing organization (GPO) and distribution arm of the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center (UPMC) and she has over 13 years of experience with Merck in a variety of sales, management, marketing, medical affairs and account management roles.

Daley received her Bachelor of Science from the University of Pittsburgh in Molecular Biology, a Doctorate in Pharmacy from Duquesne University and a Master of Arts in Applied Healthcare Economics from Washington & Jefferson College.

David Davis
David Davis
Vice President of Supply Chain
VCU Health
David Davis, MBA, CMRP, joined VCUHS in August 2022 as the Vice President of Supply Chain. David is responsible for the strategic direction, daily execution, and overall organizational leadership of supply chain processes and operations. The position will oversee system-wide supply chain operations and inventory, value analysis and strategic sourcing, analytics and procurement, clinical engineering, and supplier diversity.

Reporting to the chief financial officer for VCU Health, David will be responsible for establishing a cohesive enterprise-wide supply chain vision and strategy, creating an environment of sustainable cost reduction for supplies, equipment, and services procured, and improving the quality and service of our suppliers.

He will focus on key areas including strategic planning, improved supply processes, evaluation and direction of value analysis, contract negotiation processes, assessing and modernizing our use of current systems and technology, and promoting an environment of diversity, equity, and inclusion.

David has more than 20 years of experience in supply chain management with skills in project management, cost reduction initiatives, supplier relationships, and lean methodology. He comes to VCU Health from UC Health, where he has served in multiple leadership positions since 2011.

Most recently, as the director of supply chain operations at the University of Colorado Hospital, UC Health’s largest facility in Aurora, Colorado, he led several process improvement projects including the transition of a new inventory management system which led to a 5% reduction in inventory per department.

David is a founding member of the Colorado Association for Healthcare Resource and Materials Management and currently serves as treasurer. He was appointed to a three-year term on the Vizient Supplier Diversity Advisory Council through 2025 and serves as the UC Health Supplier Diversity Committee Chair. He holds a Lean Six Sigma Green Belt certification from the University of Colorado Health and is a Certified Materials and Resource Professional by the American Hospital Association.

He received a Master’s in Business Administration/Healthcare Administration from Columbia Southern University in Orange Beach, Alabama, and a Bachelor of Science in Education from Baylor University in Waco, Texas.

Daniel DeBehnke
Daniel DeBehnke
Vice President, Chief Physician Executive
Premier, Inc
Dr. DeBehnke is an accomplished healthcare executive and trusted advisor with over 30 years of healthcare experience. He serves as Vice President-Chief Physician Executive for Premier’s Advisory Services practice.

An Emergency Medicine physician by training, he has held leadership positions at several academic institutions including Chief Executive Officer of a 1,500-member academic faculty practice plan and Chief Executive Officer of a $1.5B academic health system. Prior to joining Premier Dr. DeBehnke, was Partner in a KLAS recognized consulting firm where he built and led the Academic Health System consulting practice. At Premier, he is responsible for large scale clinical transformation engagements.

Dr. DeBehnke completed his M.D. at the University of Wisconsin School of Medicine and Public Health and his Emergency Medicine residency at Wright State University School of. Dr. DeBehnke holds an M.B.A. from the Isenberg School of Business at the University of Massachusetts, Amherst.

Mark Dixon
Mark Dixon R.Ph., MHA, FACHE
The Mark Dixon Group, LLC
Mark D. Dixon, R.Ph, M.H.A., FACHE, leads the Mark Dixon Group, LLC which provides medical suppliers and integrated delivery networks (IDNs) consultative assistance in successfully navigating the changes in healthcare. He specializes in providing C-Suite level services to:

| Increase medical supplier relevancy/performance in an era of health reform and value creation.
| Provide Healthcare Industry Market Intelligence, Education, and Advisory Services to medical suppliers and IDNs to improve strategy, effectiveness, and health system partnerships.
| Consult with Life Sciences companies to conduct key account management strategy development and training with an emphasis on C-suite and supply chain perspectives.

Medical suppliers and IDNs include a focus on key issues which health systems face in economics and strategy, specialty physician and hospital dynamics, Accountable Care Organization (ACO) implementation, and achieving triple aim results (Cost, quality, experience).

He speaks regularly at national meetings to bring the voice of the IDN C-Suite to a wide variety of organizations and professional associations.

Amir Emamifar
Amir Emamifar Pharm D, MBA
Senior Consultant - CTR
Amir Emamifar’s career spans more than 30 years as a clinical pharmacist, academician, health system clinical pharmacy coordinator, director of pharmacy, health system vice president/chief pharmacy officer and global health executive.   He has a strong collaborative leadership style and is a metric driven executive who measures performance based on achievement of deliverables.  Dr. Emamifar was the Vice President and Chief Pharmacy Officer at Temple University Healthcare System and has an appointment as Distinguished Clinical Scholar in Pharmacy at Temple University College of Pharmacy. He is currently the Senior consultant with ASHP and serves as healthcare consultant with several startup and pharmaceutical companies.

Dr. Emamifar has been responsible for pharmacy services in several health care organizations and two large academic medical centers. His experience includes inpatient services, clinical services, cancer care, clinical trials and investigational drug services, health system IT, supply chain, prescription benefit management, retail, and infusion pharmacies.

Marisa Farabaugh
Marisa Farabaugh BS, MBA
Senior Vice President and Chief Supply Chain Officer
Ms. Farabaugh is senior vice president and chief supply chain officer for AdventHealth. In this role, she provides strategic direction toward new and sustainable supply chain efficiencies including aligning people, process and technology, optimizing sourcing, driving cost and control initiatives, and maintaining a culture of efficiency and effectiveness.

Additionally, Farabaugh is responsible for system-level governance and strategy within the ancillary spaces, including pharmacy, radiology, laboratory services, respiratory care, construction services, facilities, food and nutrition services, biomedical engineering and environmental services. Farabaugh has an extensive background in the management of multi-functional teams, resource utilization, financial analytics, processes engineering, and mergers and acquisitions.

She previously served as vice president of general services and chief supply chain officer for Wake Forest Baptist Health in North Carolina. Her experience also includes positions with the University of Florida Health and The Hershey Company.

Jessica Franck
Jessica Franck
Deloitte Consulting LLP
Ms. Franck is a Principal in Deloitte’s Supply Chain and Network Operations practice and has over 18 years of experience leading supply chain transformation and optimization projects in the areas of inventory management, warehouse and distribution management, and transportation planning. This includes deploying a number of point solutions, assets, and technology-enabled platforms to solve her health care client’s most complex and challenging problems and reduce supply chain risks.

Ms. Franck has successfully strengthened the capacity of global health organizations, various commercial companies, and government agencies. Her demonstrated experience in improving supply chain resiliency and transforming business processes over the last 18 years includes formulating business strategies; streamlining supply chain business processes; implementing large-scale technology solutions, logistics management and transportation planning systems; and building workforce capacity through developing target operating models and capacity building programs.

Melanie Galvin
Melanie Galvin PharmD, BCSCP
Senior Advisor, Hospital Based Pharmacy Services
Northwell Health
Dr. Melanie Galvin is the Senior Advisor for the Hospital-Based Pharmacy Services team at Northwell Health, the largest health system in New York State.  She received her Doctor of Pharmacy degree from the University of Connecticut School of Pharmacy and has over 10 years of experience in pharmacy operations.

As Senior Advisor, she works closely with the Pharmacy teams across more than 23 facilities to ensure understanding and compliance with Pharmacy regulations.  Melanie is a board-certified sterile compounding Pharmacist and chairs the system Sterile Compounding and Hazardous Drug Task Force.

She also participates in Joint Commission mock survey activities across the health system as an expert on safe compounding practices and handling of hazardous drugs.

Jessica Gehrke
Jessica Gehrke RN, BSN, MBA
Manager of Value Analysis
Froedtert Health
Jessica Gehrke MBA, MHA, BSN, RN is currently the Manager of Value Analysis at Froedtert Health.

In this role, she collaborates with executive leadership, physicians, clinicians, and suppliers across the enterprise to reduce variation, standardize product selection, and identify cost-reduction opportunities. Jessica is currently leading the reorganization and implementation of world-class value analysis within Froedtert Health.

Previously, she was an ICU nurse at ProHealth in Waukesha, ICU/Trauma RN at UW-Health, and an RN Organ Procurement Coordinator for Wisconsin Donor Network.

Glenn George
Glenn George
Application Architect
Texas Children’s Hospital
Glenn George is an Applications Architect and data lead for Texas Children's Hospital - Willow Team. George has over seventeen years of experience in developing and innovating data-driven solutions. George provides IT solutions for complex healthcare initiatives and innovates for the future of digital health while prioritizing patient safety.

George has helped with various implementations including multiple data-driven applications and robotics implementations at Texas Children’s Hospital.  

George received his bachelor's degrees in Management Information Systems, Business Administration, and Management from Texas A&M University and an MBA from Texas A&M University-Corpus Christi.

Maria Hames
Maria Hames
HealthCare Links
Maria Hames joined HealthCare Links in March 1999. She has over 25 years of experience in the healthcare market. Her background includes working with companies in senior management roles in the arena of healthcare corporate development and national sales management. Ms. Hames has been involved in start-up and acquisition, operational/sales management, strategic planning, accreditation, practice management, managed care contracting and risk contracting. As a partner in HealthCare Links, her responsibilities include IDN sales and contract implementation on behalf of HealthCare Links clients. She simplifies very complex sales processes at some of the largest healthcare organizations in the country. More importantly, her relationships are built on trust with a sincere desire to see all parties benefit. Her educational experience includes a Bachelor's Degree from the University of Michigan and a Master's Degree in business management from Pepperdine University.

Philip Hampton
Philip Hampton
Chief Supply Chain Officer
Presbyterian Healthcare Services
Philip Hampton is currently serving as the Chief Supply Chain Officer of Presbyterian Healthcare Services based in Albuquerque, NM. Prior to his time at Presbyterian, Philip was a Principal in Premier Inc’s Supply Chain Advisory group. During his time with Premier, he served as the Supply Chain leader for several organizations. Additionally, Philip supported members with supply chain operations and margin improvement engagement driving cost savings and performance improvement. Philip started his healthcare supply chain journey working for Lovelace Health System also based in Albuquerque, NM. He was with the organization for 9 years working in several roles within the supply chain. He left Lovelace as the AVP for Materials Management and Contracting. Philip has an associate degree in accounting and a bachelor’s degree in business. When Philip is not working he enjoys time with his wife gardening, working on projects at his home, and playing saxophone.

Joel Hennenfent
Joel Hennenfent PharmD, MBA, BCPS, FASHP
SVP, Pharmacy Member Services
Joel A. Hennenfent is the Senior Vice President of Pharmacy Member Services at Vizient. Previously, he was the Vice President of Pharmacy and Professional Health Services at University Health in Kansas City, Missouri.

He earned his Bachelor of Science and Doctor of Pharmacy degrees at St. Louis College of Pharmacy, completed a Pharmacy Practice (PGY1) Residency at Barnes-Jewish Hospital, and a Master’s degree in Business Administration from Saint Louis University.

Joel is currently serving as ASHP Delegate for Missouri, member of ASHP Pharmacy Executive Leadership Alliance (PELA) Advisory Panel, ASHP Formulary Submission Toolkit Steering Committee, Editor for the ASHP Pharmacy Competency Assessment Center (PCAC), and Board of Trustees Member at University of Health Sciences and Pharmacy in St. Louis.

Mark Holmquist
Mark Holmquist
Vice President
Vizient, Inc.
Mark leads the sales and delivery of MarketPulse, Sg2’s market intelligence offering. MarketPulse provides medical device and pharmaceutical commercial insights from 50% of US hospitals as well as ambulatory surgery centers and physician offices.

Mark has spent his entire career in health care. Most recently, he was part of Ediom, a health care information technology start-up. He led the company’s development and commercialization of market intelligence products serving the medical device industry.

Prior to Ediom, Mark was a vice president with Beecken Petty O’Keefe & Company, where he invested in a range of middle market health care companies. Mark started his career in the investment banking group of Piper Sandler, where he focused on companies in the medical device industry.

Mark received an MBA from the University of Chicago Booth School of Business and a bachelor’s degree, summa cum laude, in economics and philosophy from the University of Saint Thomas.

Neil Horton
Neil Horton MS, RN
Senior Consulting Director
Vizient, Inc
Neil brings more than 35 years of healthcare experience to consulting. Building upon a clinical career in both Psychiatry and Surgery, Neil’s journey has included roles in sales, manufacturing, coaching, writing and Value Analysis. His favorite kind of engagement these days is one where he gets to lead a team of provider stakeholders as they optimize clinical product decision-making.

Prior to his current role, Neil served as an Enterprise Client Executive, a Value Analysis Director, a Surgical Services Director, a sales rep and a staff nurse.

He has a Bachelor of Science from East Carolina University; a Masters in Nursing from Virginia Commonwealth University and Six Sigma Training from DePaul University.

He is a member of The American Nurses Association, the Association of Perioperative Registered Nurses, the Association of Healthcare Value Analysis Professionals and the Association for Healthcare Resource and Materials Management.

Dan Hurry
Dan Hurry MBA
Advantus Health Partners
In this role, Dan is responsible for the operational management of the supply chain function and oversees key functions for Advantus including finance, clinical transformation, strategic sourcing, pharmacy, and lab services, procure to pay, digital, field operations, and business development.

Hurry previously served as, and currently serves as, the Chief Supply Chain Officer for Bon Secours Mercy Health. Prior to the merger, Dan was the Chief Supply Chain Officer for Mercy Health. Before joining the ministry, he was the Senior Director and AVP of Supply Chain Operations at Tenet Healthcare, responsible for their Central Region and Texas. Prior to his time at Tenet, he was with Baptist Health System as their Vice President of Supply Chain. Before transitioning into healthcare, he held leadership roles in manufacturing and product development in the industries of food, energy, and retail.

Brent Johnson
Brent Johnson
Independent Consultant
Brent Johnson has been one of the most successful and recognized supply chain leaders in healthcare in the last 13 years. He has over 30 years of experience developing supply chain strategies for major companies in three industries. Brent has a passion for supply chain best practices and wants to help the healthcare industry recognize the value of managing supply chain more strategically.

He has spoken over 100 times at major conferences, written many articles, received key industry awards and served on the board of directors of some of the leading industry organizations. From 2005 to 2015 Brent was Vice-President of Supply Chain at Intermountain Healthcare, creating an industry “Top 25 Gartner” Supply Chain Organization (#1 in 2016 & 2015) that achieved over $500 million in savings over ten years.

In 2012, Intermountain Healthcare opened a new $40M, 325,000 sq. ft. Supply Chain Center considered one of the best in the industry. In 2014 Brent was inducted into the Bellweather League, which is a Hall of Fame for Healthcare Supply Chain Leadership. In August, 2015 AHRMM named Brent the recipient of the 2015 George R. Gossett Leadership Award.

He has served on the boards of the Association for Healthcare Resource & Materials Management (AHRMM) 2012-2015 and Strategic Marketplace Initiative (SMI) 2011-2015). Before retiring Brent served one year as the President and CEO of Intalere when Intermountain Healthcare completed the purchase of Amerinet.

Upon retiring in July, 2016, Brent and his wife spent 18 months in Oaxaca, Mexico as service missionaries for the Mormon (LDS) church. He has an MBA from the University of Utah. He resides in Centerville, UT and has four children and eighteen grandchildren.

Jay Kirkpatrick
Jay Kirkpatrick MBA, CMRP
VP Supply Chain Operations
Lifepoint Health
Jay Kirkpatrick has 33 years of healthcare supply chain experience including 6 years as a hospital materials manager with Humana, 24 years with HCA at the corporate office, division supply chain services center, and HealthTrust GPO, and 4 years as the VP of Supply Chain Operations with LifePoint Health. 

Jay was elected to the Board of Directors for AHRMM in 2004 serving on the BOD from 2005-2007. Additionally, Jay was elected to the AHRMM executive committee in 2007 and served as the President of AHRMM in 2009.

Jay received the George R. Gossett Leadership award from AHRMM in 2013 and the Supply Chain Leadership Award at the 2014 GHX Summit.

Bonnie Kirschenbaum
Bonnie Kirschenbaum BScPharm, MS, FASHP, FCSHP
Independent Pharmacy Consultant & Columnist
With her strong leadership skills and breadth of experience, Bonnie is a recognized industry leader in forging effective alliances between hospitals, physicians, pharmaceutical companies and distributors and has spoken extensively in these areas as well as written columns on finance and reimbursement in pharmacy that have had a positive influence on pharmacy practice nationally.

Additionally, she consults in this area of practice, has presented the Reimbursement Update session at the ASHP Midyear for several years as well as working on Reimbursement issues with the ASHP Leadership Conference, ACCC, ACE, ASCO, Cancernet-US, IDN, state and local societies and multihospital groups. Bonnie authors 16 columns/year and has published an online multi-module self-teaching reimbursement course. Bonnie is the 2015 OSU Latiolias Leadership Award recipient.

She lives in Boulder and Breckenridge, CO where she’s the Past President of the National Repertory Orchestra Board of Trustees and served on the Breckenridge Heritage Alliance Board of Directors.

Craig Lane
Craig Lane
Manager for Application and Technical Services
Texas Children's Hospital
Craig Lane is the Manager for Application and Technical Services within the Pharmacy Department at Texas Children’s Hospital (TCH) in Houston Texas. Lane has led the implementation of many technology projects in his 21 years at TCH, including an electronic medical record system, automated dispensing cabinets, and a computerized dispensing system. 

Lane's focus is the increased utilization of technology to improve patient safety, reduce waste, and improve inventory visibility. Lane also serves as the Residency Program Coordinator for the PGY2 Informatics Residency at TCH. Lane received his Bachelor's in Business and Computer Information Systems Management from Houston Baptist University.

Mike Langlois
Mike Langlois
Langlois & Associates
Michael T. Langlois currently serves as a Healthcare Supply Chain Re-source for Langlois & Associates, LLC. He has been under contract as a project manager for AdventHealth in Altamonte Springs, Florida since August, 2016. Prior to starting his own consulting LLC in 2016, Mike served as Senior Vice President of Supply Chain for Beaumont Health from January, 2015 – March, 2016. Beaumont was a not-for-profit or-ganization, located in Southeast Michigan, with net revenues of $4.1 billion and consists of eight hospitals with 3,337 beds and 168 outpatient sites. Beaumont is now part of Corewell Health. Prior to his promotion to Senior Vice President of Beaumont Health, Langlois served Beau-mont Health System, at that time, a three-hospital IDN, as its Vice Pres-ident of Supply Chain from November, 2008 through December, 2014.

Mike has also held the positions of Interim Vice President of Material Management at Resurrection Health Care in Chicago (2010), Senior Vice President for Daudlin, DeBeaupre and Company (2008-2009), and Sen-ior Vice President and Chief Supply Chain Officer for Ascension Health (2001-2008). He began his career at St. John Health, where he was em-ployed for nearly 25 years.

He is a member of the Advisory Boards of the IDN Summit, the Bell-wether League Foundation and Wayne State University’s Healthcare Supply Chain Initiative.

Langlois earned a bachelor’s degree in business administration from Wayne State University and a Master of Science degree in health ser-vices administration from Central Michigan University.

Ron Lanton
Ron Lanton
Lanton Law PLLC
Ron Lanton has over 25 years of experience focused on government affairs and legal including 20 years dedicated to the healthcare sector. He is currently a Partner at Lanton Law and the President of Lanton Strategies.

Ron has been an Executive Director & Senior Counsel for a national boutique healthcare law firm. Prior to this, Ron founded the healthcare government affairs and lobbying firm True North Political Solutions. At True North, Ron lobbied and provided strategic consulting for retail/specialty pharmacies, HME, compounders, home infusion and device stakeholders throughout the country.

Prior to creating True North, Ron created a government affairs department for a national wholesale-distributor, consulted at a greater Washington D.C. area government affairs firm and frequently consults with investors on issues related to the healthcare and technology sectors.

Mr. Lanton is admitted to practice in Illinois, District of Columbia and New York.

Jennel Lengle
Jennel Lengle
AVP Clinical Operations
Jennel is a member of the Strategic Sourcing leadership team and oversees the Clinical Operations team. As AVP of Clinical Operations she works alongside the GPO Sourcing team and her team of Clinical Advisory Board Directors to develop strategies, drive consensus on contracts, and support the contracting process to benefit and engage the members of HealthTrust through the Clinical Advisory Board process. Jennel transitioned to this role from a very successful career in HCA as a Nursing Leader in several impactful roles and brings with her 25 years of clinical and operational experience. Jennel holds a BSN from Pennsylvania State University and an MSN from Western Governor’s University.

Gee Mathen
Gee Mathen
Director of Pharmacy – Clinical Applications and Technical Services
Texas Children’s Hospital
Gee Mathen is the Director of Application and Technical Services, Pharmacy Financial Services, and Pharmacy Inventory for the Texas Children’s Hospital Pharmacy Department, where he has devoted over 30 years of his career to improving patient safety with the use of technology.  He has extensive experience in pharmacy and technology systems.  His recent activities include leading the hospital in standardizing inventory automated dispensing technology with the implementation of IV robotics and inventory robotics.  

Mathen has worked closely with other pharmacy leaders across the country as well as vendors to advocate and improve the use of technology in the medication management process.

Mathen takes great pride in leading multiple teams who are dedicated every day to ensuring that Texas Children’s is the safest it can be from a medication management perspective.

Boyd McCluskey
Boyd McCluskey CVAHP
AVP of Strategic Sourcing and Contracting
McLeod Health
Boyd (BJ) McCluskey, MBA, CVAHP, serves as the Associate Vice President of Strategic Sourcing and Contracting at McLeod Health. He specializes in driving successful supply chain, category management, contracting, and value analysis strategies through collaborative efforts across domains.

BJ brings over 16 years of healthcare supply chain experience, including 10+ years of value analysis expertise to his current role. His contributions have been recognized with service excellence and cross-functional collaboration awards. BJ was also part of the team that received an Honorable Mention for the Surgical Performance Excellence in Supply Chain Award by Healthcare Purchasing News.

He is committed to the advancement of his profession, serving on the Board of Directors for the Association of Healthcare Value Analysis Professionals and the Solvent Networks Board of Directors, a division of the South Carolina Hospital Association.

As a certified value analysis healthcare professional, BJ is passionate about healthcare value analysis and continuously seeks to elevate the industry through his dedication to learning and leadership at the national level.

Meena Medler
Meena Medler
VP Supply Chain Management
Meena is the Vice President of Supply Chain at UPMC, a $24 billion, world-renowned healthcare provider and insurer based in Pittsburgh, PA.

Meena brings over 25 years of healthcare experience, including roles in research, clinical practice, operations, quality, performance improvement, and supply chain.  Meena oversees the Sourcing, Value Analysis, Procure to Pay, Implementation, Integration, and Supply Continuity organizations within UPMC Supply Chain Management.   

Prior to joining UPMC, Meena was the Vice President of Strategic Supplier Engagement at Premier. Meena by background is a physician assistant. Later she transitioned to a service line role at the Bluhm Cardiovascular Institute at Northwestern Memorial Hospital with operational and programmatic responsibilities of Cath/EP Labs, Non-invasive Cardiology, Cardiac Recovery Observational Unit, A. Fib Institute, along with CHF, Transcatheter Valve, Ventricular Assist Device, and Heart Transplant Programs.   Meena also was the Director of Strategic Sourcing and Value Analysis for Supply Chain across the Northwestern Medicine network.

Emily Meyer
Emily Meyer PharmD, MHA
Vice President, Pharmacy Operations
Advocate Health

Charlie Miceli
Charlie Miceli
Chief Supply Chain Officer & Network Vice President
University of Vermont Health Network
Charlie joined the University of Vermont Health Network in 2008 as VP of Supply Chain, Charlie has also served as Interim CEO for both Inter-Lakes Heath in 2010-2011 and 2014 as well as CIO for One Care Vermont and Deputy CIO and VP Pharmacy for UVM Medical Center.

Prior Supply Chain roles include Chicago (Northwestern, Loyola and University of Chicago) and Boston (Partners Healthcare and Newton Wellesley) as well as consultancy for BD Health Care Consulting and Services.

He earned a B.A. in Psychology from Notre Dame.

Board Memberships include Patient Safety Movement Foundation, Green Health Exchange, Northeast Purchasing Coalition, and BTV Ignite.

Nate Mickish
Nate Mickish
Nate Mickish is the president of OnHand, a joint venture between Texas Health Resources and Premier, Inc (PINC). Nate has overseen OnHand since its inception as department of Texas Health in 2016 and played an integral role in forming the joint-venture with Premier in July 2019. OnHand has enjoyed significant growth in the last 5 years and currently supports 1,800 sites across 36 states in all classes of trade. OnHand manages over $2B in annual spend on products, equipment and purchased services.

OnHand’s ultimate goal is to reduce expense and increase supply chain reliability for its members. It also aims to reduce SG&A expense for its contracted suppliers. OnHand aggregates with Texas Health Resources and Premier’s SURPASS program. The OnHand team is proud of its roots in healthcare operations and supports its members with a sense of urgency, care and a focus on reliability.

Nate earned his Bachelor of Science degree in accounting and MBA from the University of Nebraska.

Brian Moran
Brian Moran Pharm.D., MBA
VP, Pharmacy
As Vice President of Pharmacy at HealthTrust, Brian leads HealthTrust’s GPO pharmacy program. He has responsibility for leadership and strategy for their pharmacy sourcing program, pharmacy members services team, and clinical pharmacy services.

Prior to joining HealthTrust’s GPO team, Brian served as the Assistant Vice President of Pharmacy Operations for HCA Healthcare – where he had responsibility for their acute care pharmacy operations. Brian has over 15 years of progressive hospital pharmacy experience serving in a variety of hospital, regional, and corporate leadership roles.

Brian received his Doctorate in Pharmacy from the University of Arizona and a Master of Business Administration, with an emphasis in operations/supply chain management, from Arizona State University.

Timothy Nedley
Timothy Nedley CPM
Vice President, Supply Chain Operations
Tim Nedley is the Vice President of Supply Chain Management Operations at UPMC. He has operational ownership of supply chain operations, Pharmacy self-distribution, consolidated equipment distribution, insourced moving & storage services, UPMC employee transit bus services, fleet management and freight management.

Prior to moving to UPMC in 2008, Nedley held various positions at Owens & Minor, a Fortune 500 med/surg distributor, over an 18-year career, with the last 9 years as a general manager.

Tim specializes in identifying and bringing to fruition operational enhancements that have proven effective minimizing the costs, improving quality and driving waste out of the supply chain.  Nedley was named in the Journal of Healthcare Contracting's 2016 list of Top “Ten People to Watch”. He has been honored to present at numerous industry meetings, including The Medical Device Supply Chain Council, AAHRMM, The IDN Summit, Healthcare Business Insights and others.

Nedley earned a BS in Human Resources from Geneva College in Beaver Falls, Pennsylvania.

David Osborn
David Osborn
Senior Vice President
David leads HealthTrust’s Account Management team as it supports HealthTrust’s acute-care Members, representing over 1700 hospitals across the country. In this role, David focuses on helping HealthTrust Members achieve maximum savings and value from HealthTrust’s contracts, as well as its solutions in supply chain operations, clinical performance, and workforce and labor management. David also leads the sales team focused on expanding membership in HealthTrust’s Group Purchasing Organization. Prior to his current role, David served as Senior Vice President for Advisory Services for HealthTrust.

David has over 35 years of experience working with healthcare clients in the areas of business strategy, operations, innovation and technology, spending much of his career providing advisory services to healthcare companies in the U.S., Europe and Asia. He served as Partner and Managing Director at Andersen Consulting (now Accenture) and KPMG Consulting where he was the national leader for several different practice areas including business strategy, e-Business solutions, and change management. David has served as executive advisor to CEOs and other senior leaders of several large healthcare enterprises, including hospital systems and national health insurance organizations. David served on the faculty of the Vanderbilt University School of Medicine where he founded and directed the Vanderbilt Center for Better Health, and led the Leadership Institute for the Association of Academic Health Centers.

David holds a Bachelor’s of Science from Harding University, and a Ph.D. in Management from the University of Tennessee. He has served as a frequent speaker at national and international healthcare conferences and industry gatherings, including ACHE, AHA, AAHC, AHRMM, HIMMS, Goldman Sachs Global Healthcare Conference, International Healthcare Forum, and other healthcare and medical association meetings. For several years he appeared regularly on television and radio programs of BBC America to discuss healthcare policy and reform, and has authored numerous published articles and white papers on various healthcare topics.

David serves on the Advisory Boards for the American Heart Association and the Mercy Children’s Clinic, and is the past Board Chair for the Make-A-Wish Foundation of Middle Tennessee. He is actively involved with the Nashville Wine Auction, combining his love of wine with raising money for cancer-related charities. He has played in bands since he was 16, and performs semi-regularly with a band at a honkytonk on lower Broadway in downtown Nashville and across the country at charity events.

Fred Pane
Fred Pane
Director, Pharmacy Services
Capstone Health Alliance
Fred Pane is Director Pharmacy Services, Capstone Health Alliance, where he is developing new contracting models to address todays evolving healthcare ecosystem, delivering clinical and financial value to Capstone members and their patients. Fred has a diverse background, including Administrator of Pharmacy Services, Lehigh Valley Hospital and Health Network (LVHN) leading an Enterprise Pharmacy Operation, Chairing P and T Committee, and provided Pharmacy Leadership for an 11 hospital IDN/ACO (PennCARE). He has PhRMA industry experience and previous GPO experience (Premier Inc.).

Fred received his BS Pharmacy, St. John’s University, School of Pharmacy, attended Leadership Programs, Univ. of Pa. Wharton School, and Thunderbird/Mid-Western University. He is a Fellow, The American Society of Health-system Pharmacy (FASHP) and completed an 18-month Fellowship, Healthcare Leadership, Advisory Board Company (FABC).

He has presented at numerous professional meetings and has numerous publications including, the first articles on “White Bagging” and “Value Based Contracting.”

Brent Petty
Brent Petty
Chief Relationship Officer
Bluegrass Business Media
Brent Petty is the Chief Relationships Officer at Healthcare Business Media. Petty previously served as an executive industry consultant for Lexmark International following a 12-year career as the System Vice President of Supply Chain for Wellmont Health System.

Petty is a respected leader in the healthcare industry with distinct honors as 2015 Chairman of the Board of the Association for Healthcare Resource Materials Management (AHRMM). Petty holds a professional designation as a Certified Materials Resource Professional (CMRP).

Known for his industry knowledge and first-hand experience on both the supplier and provider side of healthcare, Petty is passionate about bridging the gap between these two groups.

Laura Polson
Laura Polson
System Director of Clinical Value Analysis
UofL Health

Chaun Powell
Chaun Powell
Group Vice President, Strategic Supplier Engagement
Chaun Powell, Group Vice President (GVP) of Growth and Innovation, has over 18 years of experience in strategic leadership, commercialization, marketing, national accounts, business and corporate development, and group purchasing organization (GPO) negotiation.

As the GVP of Growth and Innovation, Powell is responsible for the leadership over the Strategic Supplier Engagement team (SSE), Supplier Diversity and EPP teams, and key innovations within the GPO. Named one of Forbes Top Ten Entrepreneurs to Watch in Healthcare, Powell is focused on creating new businesses and innovative offerings to drive growth in alignment with Premier’s mission to improve the health of our communities. Powell also serves as a key partner on the evolving Innovation Celebration, Breakthroughs, Supplier Collaboratives, and other industry trade events.

Prior to his current position, Powell served as the GVP and GM of Remitra, Premier’s eInvoicing and ePayables platform. In this role, Powell was responsible for setting the strategic direction and realizing the tactical execution creating this new business unit and integrating the acquisition of Invoices Delivery Services (IDS). He was also formerly the GVP of Strategic Supplier Engagement and was responsible for all supplier relationships across 15,000 healthcare suppliers and 1,300 contracted suppliers.

In addition to his formal responsibilities, Powell also serves as the Executive Co-sponsor of the Premier Employee Resource Group for Disabled Employees and Allies and has participated in Premier’s mentorship program as a mentor since its inception.

Powell spent his first three years at Premier leading the Strategic Supplier Engagement team where he was responsible for providing leadership to the supply chain services team working directly with the suppliers to recognize value for members and drive growth for the suppliers. He also led the Disaster Preparedness and Response platform for 4,000 acute facilities and over 200,000 nonacute facilities across the Premier membership nationally.

Prior to joining Premier, Powell served as the National Director of Sales and Business Development at Cardinal Health where he was responsible for the business development and sales strategy for the orthopedic business unit. He also created and managed the Orthopedic Episode of Care program, led the Orthopedic Surgical Advisory Board and integrated four external companies and three business units into the design of an orthopedic bundled payment solution. In this role, Powell increased topline growth by 102 percent year over year while decreasing expenses by over 40 percent, resulting in a net impact on bottom line that was a 242 percent increase in profitability.

Powell also previously co-launched Emerge Medical, a medical device manufacturing firm bringing over 5,000 products through the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) clearance and commercialization process in under three years. In his spare time, Powell is an Adjunct Professor of Entrepreneurship and Business Ethics at Denver University's Daniels College of Business and the Latino Leadership Institute.

Powell received his Bachelor of Science in business management from the Leeds School of Business at University of Colorado and his MBA from the Daniels College of Business at Denver University. In addition, Powell serves on the Philanthropy Committee for the Children's Hospital Colorado Foundation. He takes great pride in his four children, his wife and the Midwest work ethic he developed growing up surrounded by dairy farms in northeastern Ohio.

Josh Sandler
Josh Sandler
Vice President
Ovation Healthcare
Josh Sandler currently leads Elevate, Supply, and Expanse Management Solutions, a division of Ovation Healthcare. In his role, he has responsibility for supply operations, strategic sourcing, pharmacy optimization, account management, and other expense management solutions, such as workforce optimization, benefits programs, capital lifecycle management, and facilities across Elevate’s 170 members with over 900 locations.

Prior to this role, Josh was a Vice President of Strategic Sourcing at HealthTrust, and held various other roles at ROi, most recently Vice President of Strategic Sourcing, prior to HealthTrust’s acquisition of ROi.

Before starting in healthcare, Josh was a Naval Officer, doing multiple deployments to the Persian Gulf.

Brian Sayre
Brian Sayre PharmD
Chief Pharmacy Officer
CAMC / Vandalia Health
Brian E. Sayre, Pharm. D., is the Health System Director of Pharmacy at Charleston Area Medical Center. Dr. Sayre obtained his Bachelor of Science degree in Chemistry and Biology from Davis & Elkins College and Doctor of Pharmacy degree from West Virginia University School of Pharmacy. He completed a pharmacy practice residency at the Charleston Area Medical Center in Charleston, WV. After residency, Dr. Sayre practiced in ambulatory care at a federally qualified health care center and served as the pharmacy manager. He returned to CAMC in 2006 as the Pharmacy Operations Director prior to being promoted to the Health System Director of Pharmacy. Dr. Sayre has been active in research and has authored several papers in the field of drug stability. He serves as the program chair for CAMC’s pharmacy residency programs. Additionally, Dr. Sayre is a Six Sigma Green Belt and has led many projects throughout CAMC.

Barbara Strain
Barbara Strain
Barbara Strain Consulting LLC
Barbara Strain is the Principal of Barbara Strain Consulting. Her extensive healthcare experience delivers insights to assist providers and suppliers in reaching their value driven strategic goals.

Previously, Barbara was the Director of Value Management at the University of Virginia Health where she collaborated with executive leadership, physicians, clinicians, and suppliers across the care continuum establishing the value improvement infrastructure. She also directed Supply Chain Operations, Surgical Supply, Equipment and Linen Distribution. Professionally she is a founding member, past president of AHVAP- Association of Healthcare Value Analysis Professionals and active in AHRMM- Association of Healthcare Resource & Material Management.

She is a 2021 Honoree of the Bellwether League Foundation’s Hall of Fame for Healthcare Supply Chain Leadership and serves on its Board of Directors. Barbara frequently shares her insights on healthcare value, supply chain and the med tech industry on panels and podcasts.

Mittal Sutaria
Mittal Sutaria PharmD
SVP, Contract & Program Services, Pharmacy
Vizient, Inc
Mittal Sutaria, Senior Vice President of Pharmacy Contracting and Program Services, led Vizient’s efforts during COVID-19 pandemic to ensure hospital pharmacies had access to the essential medications necessary to treat COVID-19 patients. This included collaboration with supplier partners and 503B entities yielding creative solutions that drove the production of additional inventory. Today, Mittal leads oversight for the industry-leading Novaplus® Enhanced Supply program, which gives Vizient members access to more than 100 million units of essential medications, warehoused by manufacturers in the U.S. Under her direction, the Vizient pharmaceutical portfolio incorporates generic injectables, branded pharmaceuticals, plasma products, pharmacy distribution, and the private-label Novaplus program. She also leads strategy and oversight of the Vizient Pharmacy Networks program, including the Vizient Oncology Network. Mittal also plays a pivotal role in advocacy related to drug shortages, 340B contract pharmacies, and the unapproved drug initiative.

With many years of leadership experience for Vizient’s expanding pharmacy program and contracting team, she’s held other positions within Vizient’s clinical solutions and sourcing teams, managing numerous programs, and contracting activities including the plasma program, contrast media and radiopharmacy distribution, and leading strategies for non-acute sector driving enhanced value for Vizient membership.

Prior to joining Vizient, Mittal served in various healthcare roles within retail and hospital settings, including serving as an associate director of pharmacy at a member institution in New York. Mittal’s early pharmacy experience helped shape her unique perspective and comprehensive understanding of how her current work positively influences our industry. Mittal holds a Doctor of Pharmacy degree from the University of Texas at Austin and a Business Foundations certification from McCombs School of Business at the University of Texas. Mittal was recognized as Women Leaders in Supply Chain in The Journal of Healthcare Contracting in 2020.

Eric Swaim
Eric Swaim
Vice President of Strategic Sourcing
Eric Swaim, MBA is currently Vice President of Strategic Sourcing at HealthTrust. Eric is a member of the Strategic Sourcing leadership team and overseas the Surgery, Radiology, Medical Surgical Distribution, and Infusion Portfolio, as well as oversight over Sourcing Information Strategy. As VP of Strategic Sourcing, Eric and his team work alongside HealthTrust membership and clinical team members to ensure HealthTrust has value added contract coverage across the portfolio, as well as monitoring the performance of those agreements to ensure operational excellence.

Prior to his role at HealthTrust, Eric brings an operational background to the GPO where he has held several roles within Supply Chain spanning across the Supply Chain end to end process. Most recently, Eric has spent the past eight years at a large non for profit hospital system in Houston Texas where he oversaw Strategic Sourcing, Purchasing, Equipment Planning, Value Analysis, Item Master, Analytics, and Systems teams within Supply Chain.

Eric holds a bachelors in Supply Chain management from Auburn University, and a Masters in Finance from University of Houston

Quint Tatro
Quint Tatro
Managing Director
Joule Financial
Quint Tatro is the Founder and Managing Director of Joule Financial. As a third-generation financier from New York, he left his family business in 2001 and developed a fiduciary firm, Joule Financial, that seeks to offer unbiased guidance with the same financial aptitude as a major Wall Street institution. He is an active contributor for CNBC and often appears on Trading Nation and Fast Money. Quint is also the co-host of the DIY Money podcast and an adjunct faculty member for the University of Kentucky teaching investment analysis and portfolio management.

Through his successful podcast and work as a contributor for CNBC, Quint shares his financial knowledge and perspective with numerous Americans. Other outlets he contributes to include, Bloomberg, Reuters, Nightly Business Report, and Yahoo Finance. Quint serves as board president of the Kentucky Haiti Partnership and the University of Kentucky Board Trustees as a Community Advisory member.

Dick Vitale
Dick Vitale
After joining ESPN during the 1979-80 season, shortly after ESPN’s launch, Vitale called ESPN’s first-ever major NCAA basketball game - Wisconsin at DePaul on Dec. 5, 1979. Since then, he’s called over a thousand games.

He’s been selected for 14 halls of fame, as well as the NSAA Sportscaster of the Year in 2013. In 2008, he received the sport’s ultimate honor when he was selected as an inductee into the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame.

Vitale’s thorough knowledge of the game as well as his distinctive voice is well recognized, especially when he throws in some of his “Vitale-isms”, which have taken on a life of their own. Just a few of his many household phrases: “Awesome, baby!”, “diaper dandy” (freshman star), “all-Windex performer” (ferocious rebounder) and “Maalox time” (the final minutes of a close game).

Vitale is also well known for his fight against cancer, both personally and philanthropically. He helped Jim Valvano to the ESPYs stage where Valvano delivered his iconic "Don't give up" speech. Vitale, a prominent fundraiser for children's cancer research, will host the 18th annual Dick Vitale Gala in May 2023. The event has raised more than $55 million for the V Foundation for Cancer Research. But his most important fight against cancer - his own - began in 2021 - with lengthy battles against lymphoma and melanoma. He was able to “Ring the Bell” and announce that he was officially cancer free in spring of 2022.

At the 2022 ESPY Awards, Vitale was honored with the Jimmy V Award for Perseverance and is the subject of ESPN Films’ namesake documentary “Dickie V,” which chronicles his remarkable life and career. Vitale is also an accomplished author of several books, including It’s Awesome, Baby!: 75 Years of Memories and a Lifetime of Opinions on the Game I Love and Dick Vitale’s Mount Rushmores of College Basketball.

Nick Walker
Nick Walker
Director of Operations
Novant Health
Nick Walker is the Director of Operations for Novant Health, a regional healthcare provider managing fifteen hospitals and over 700 clinics in North Carolina.  

With over 16 years of experience in supply chain, Nick oversees all medical supply inventory and the distribution of all these supplies across their network. He actively pursues new opportunities to eliminate waste from their processes and ensure that the correct life-saving equipment is distributed on time and efficiently. 

Prior to joining Novant Health, Nick was the General Manager for Southern Films, a 3M window film distributor.  It was through this role that Nick learned his passion for logistics and supply chain, ultimately leading him to where he is today. 

When he’s not at work, you can find Nick hiking, watching Appalachian State football and spending time with his wife and two young children.

James Wallick
James V. Wallick
Senior Director, Strategic Sourcing
AllSpire Health GPO
James Wallick is the Senior Director, Strategic Sourcing at AllSpire Health GPO, LLC, a regional GPO supporting 54 acute hospitals, and 2800 non-acute locations with a total supply spend of approximately $6.5B. Prior to joining AllSpire Health GPO, Jim spent over 30 years in various healthcare roles, running sourcing, contracting, and value analysis for hospitals, contract management/account management with a medical device manufacturer, and healthcare consulting and worked for two of the national GPOs. Jim earned a bachelor’s degree in business administration from Temple University and graduated Summa cum Laude from West Chester University with a Master’s degree in Business Administration.

Joe Walsh
Joe Walsh
Executive Coach & Educator
Supply Chain Sherpas
Joe Walsh is a visionary leader with a 20-year track record of leading nationally recognized supply chain transformations and new business development ventures at multibillion-dollar organizations. Joe recently started an innovative practice called Supply Chain Sherpas, which provides distinctive talent management solutions designed to help unlock the transformative potential of the healthcare supply chain. Supply Chain Sherpas offers executive coaching, mentoring, strategic advisory services, and education services to both Providers and Suppliers.

For most of the last decade, Joe has continued to learn healthcare and its supply chain nuances while in progressive leadership roles at Pensiamo and at Intermountain Healthcare. Joe served as the Executive Vice President of Operations for Pensiamo, where he led sourcing, purchasing, accounts payable, integrations, and account management for UPMC while developing Pensiamo’s offerings for external clients. Previously, Joe served as Intermountain Healthcare’s Vice President of Supply Chain & Chief Procurement Officer where he led the award-winning transformation effort and helped the team earn the number one ranking in Gartner’s “Healthcare Supply Chain Top 25.” Individually, Joe was recognized as the “Contracting Professional of the Year” in 2013 by Healthcare Contracting News.

Terri Wilson
Terri Wilson
Director, Pharmacy
Children's Hospital Association
Terri Lyle Wilson RPh, is the Director of Pharmacy, SCS at the Children's Hospital Association. Terri has years of experience in a variety of practice settings, including home infusion and hospice, ambulatory, population health, and now serving the nation’s leading pediatric hospitals and the patients they care for.

Drug shortage mitigation, High Cost Therapies (HCTs), medication safety, process improvement, and best practice sharing are a few of her passions. Terri is driven to support excellence in pharmacy as well as healthcare more broadly and provides industry leadership through a variety of boards, committees, and speaking engagements including government agencies, the End Drug Shortages Alliance, the Healthcare Supply Chain Association, ASHP, Angels for Change, and a handful of other impactful organizations.

Finally, Terri is known for building and nurturing relationships and using open and direct communication to advance collaboration and advance action.

Carmen Winfield
Carmen Winfield
VP of Supply Chain
McLeod Health

Susan Yang
Susan Yang
Senior Manger
Deloitte Consulting LLP
Ms. Yang is a Senior Manager at Deloitte with over 10 years of experience in Supply Chain across Health Care and Life Sciences. She has led multiple large Transformation projects, helping her clients to achieve sustainable cost reduction through non-labor expense spend and operating model process efficiency.

She has experience in assessing, designing, and implementing refined business processes and organization structures and evaluating use of technology to enable, accelerate, and automate change efforts.

She was one of the developers of Deloitte’s leading risk mitigation program in health care.

Chris Yoder
Chris Yoder
Director 340B MSPS
Chris Yoder, MHA, is the 340B MSPS Director for HealthTrust. Over the past 10 years, he has worked in various pharmacy roles at the IDN and TPA level. Most recently, as the Director of Client Services for a 340B third-party administrator, Yoder provided leadership and 340B expertise to account managers and major revenue accounts.

Prior to his work in the TPA arena, he served as a Regional 340B Program Manager in Northern California for Dignity Health. Yoder has also served as an enterprise EHR/340B consultant and a Regional Clinical Pharmacy Informaticist where he managed EHR and medication management implementation.

Yoder obtained a Bachelor of Business Administration degree from Simpson University and a Master of Health Care Administration degree from Ohio University

Kenny Yu
Kenny Yu Pharm.D., MBA, 340B ACE
Senior Director, Pharmacy Services
NYU Langone Health
Kenny Yu, PharmD, MBA, is the Senior Director of Pharmacy Services at NYU Langone Hospitals (NYULH) in New York. He provides executive leadership, builds strategy and coordination for all pharmacy services provided within NYULH to promote standardization and alignment of practices across all pharmacy sites. He has helped to coordinate pharmacy initiatives across the enterprise, including working closely with the pharmacy leaders at four hospital locations, investigational pharmacy, hospital-owned retail pharmacy, hospital-owned specialty pharmacy, stand-alone ED pharmacy, and nine infusion center pharmacies. He has been instrumental in facilitating pharmacy’s pivotal role in the COVID-19 vaccine rollout across the NYU Langone Health System.

Kenny served as the inaugural director of 340B pharmacy services, starting in 2016. He managed both compliance and optimization of the 340B program, where he and his team built the program from the ground. His role evolved to include pharmacy business and analytics, in which he supported pharmacy-related contract negotiations, pharmacy projects/initiatives, and pharmacy-driven analyses. Before assuming the director’s role, Kenny served as the assistant director of pharmacy, ambulatory services, where he had a dual role of managing an infusion center pharmacy and handling all medication management for NYULH in the ambulatory care setting to promote safety, quality and standardization. Before he stepped into pharmacy leadership, he was an oncology pharmacist at the Perlmutter Cancer Center at NYULH.

Dr. Yu received his PharmD from Rutgers University in New Jersey and his MBA with a concentration in health care from George Washington University in Washington, DC. He became a 340B Apexus Certified Expert (ACE) in 2017.