Past IDN Summit Faculty

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Jean Abraham Ph.D.
Wegmiller Professor
University of Minnesota

Jean Marie Abraham is currently the Wegmiller Professor of Healthcare Administration in the Division of Health Policy and Management located within the School of Public Health at the University of Minnesota. Prior to joining the University of Minnesota faculty, Dr. Abraham completed her Ph.D. in Public Policy and Management from Carnegie Mellon University in 2001.

Dr. Abraham’s area of expertise is health economics and policy. She has published more than 60 peer-reviewed articles investigating issues including access to and cost of employer-based health insurance, the effectiveness of employer wellness programs, competition in insurance and hospital markets, and the impact of federal health reform on individuals, insurers, employers, and providers. During academic year 2008-2009, Jean served as the senior economist on health issues for the President’s Council of Economic Advisers (CEA) in Washington, D.C. In this non-partisan role, Jean provided technical expertise to White House senior leadership and participated on the Obama Administration’s inter-agency work group to develop policy positions later adopted in the Affordable Care Act.

Beginning February 2016, Dr. Abraham assumed the role of Director of the Master of Healthcare Administration (MHA) Program, which is currently ranked third nationally by U.S. News and World Report. The Minnesota MHA program has graduated more than 2,500 individuals, many of whom have pursued leadership roles in healthcare delivery and financing organizations. In her position, Jean has responsibility for all aspects of the full-time and executive cohorts (approximately 130 students total), including curriculum, instructional quality, and student performance. 

Sandra Achee, RN, CNOR
Purchasing
Product Analysis,  Ochsner Health System
Sandra Achee, RN, CNOR is the Manager of Purchasing Product Analysis at Ochsner Health System. Sandra has worked at Ochsner for 34 years, the first 25 years in the OR. Part of her OR background was primarily in Ortho and Neuro.
 
She then managed the OR’s Sterile Processing and Material Department before joining Ochsner’s Purchasing Department. She has been in purchasing for 9 years. She is also working on her Certification in Value Analysis. 
 
Sandra attended Charity School of Nursing- Diploma Program and has her degree from University of New York. 

Tim Alba, FACHE   Partner, Caldwell Butler and Associates

Tim Alba is a Partner with Caldwell Butler and Associates (CBA), a leading resource in the strategic application of advance quality methods in healthcare that bolster leadership development and drive margin improvement.  Prior to CBA Tim served as Vice President of Strategic Partnerships and Business Analytics with Aramark Healthcare where he developed and managed relationships with group purchasing organizations, consulting firms, shared services organizations and leading industry professional associations.

His healthcare experience includes management consulting – operational and clinical performance improvement – cost accounting, patient throughput improvement and purchased services contracting. He previously worked at Premier, Inc, and TrecaHealth.  He began his career at SunHealth Alliance providing operational management consulting services in hospitals. Throughout his career, Tim has created partnerships, bringing organizations together with common objectives and aligned incentives. The results are new solutions and services that address unmet needs; identifying and solving for opportunity gaps that others don’t see.  He led the development of new solutions that address operational and clinical quality including an approach named as Honorable Mention for AHA Nova Award. His publications include insights into benchmarking (operational and clinical) and frameworks for managing patient populations across a continuum, such as: Journal for Clinical Engineering, Managed Care Quarterly, Topics in Health Care Financing, Journal of Cardiovascular Management, and Quality Management in Healthcare. His background provides the expertise to rapidly analyze clients’ needs and match them to applicable methods to optimize performance.  

He holds degrees in Industrial Engineering and Operations Research from Virginia. Tech, has completed the Aramark Strategic Leadership Program (provide by Smeal College of Business at Penn State) and is a certified facilitator for Juran Business Process Quality Management. Tim is a Fellow in the ACHE and a member of HFMA.  Tim lives in Charlotte NC, enjoys outdoor sports with his family and regularly volunteers with community service organizations supporting high school youth.

Debbie Albin   Assistant Director, HC Pharmacy Central, Inc. (HPC)

Debbie Albin is the Assistant Director of HC Pharmacy Central, Inc. (HCP), a UPMC for-profit membership corporation and group purchasing organization that distributes $700 million in pharmaceutical supplies on behalf of its members.
 
Debbie is responsible for the daily operations including warehousing, logistics, data content and analytics, purchasing, systems and customer connection. Debbie is a compassionate, forward thinking, and strategic minded leader with 17 years of supply chain experience and expertise.
 
Prior to joining HCP Debbie worked in supply chain leadership positions at UPMC and Alcoa Inc. She is dedicated to the development of sustainable strategies by integrating people, processes and technologies across the supply chain to achieve cost reductions and optimized process flows.

Jon Albrecht

Vice President, Pharmacy Services, Methodist Health System

Jon Albrecht became VP and Chief Pharmacy Officer for Methodist Health System in Dallas, TX in January 2019. Jon was Director of Pharmacy Services for Methodist Dallas Medical Center from in 2008-2016, and then served as Chief Operating Officer from 2016-2018. Previously he spent 23 years at Parkland Memorial Hospital. In his pharmacy career, Jon has worked in almost every hospital pharmacy role from pharmacy technician to director.

Jon is also Clinical Assistant Professor for University of Texas College of Pharmacy and Clinical Associate Professor for Texas Tech University Health Science Center. He is a Fellow of the American Society of Health-Systems Pharmacy and a Board Certified Nutrition Support Pharmacist.

Jon graduated with a B.S. in Pharmacy from Auburn University. Jon completed a Specialized Pharmacy Residency in Nutrition Support at Rhode Island Hospital. Jon has also completed a Master’s in Healthcare Administration from Walden University.

Debora Alessi, MBA, C.P.M. 

Director of Contracting, Surgical and Nursing, Commited Contracting Group (CCG), Premier, Inc

Debora Alessi is the director of contracting for the surgical and nursing service lines for CCG, a Premier member. She is responsible for the negotiation, planning and consensus building for about half of the current CCG contracts.

Throughout her 30-year career in health care supply chain management, she has been called on to led projects involving process improvement, change management and leadership development. During her tenure with CCG, she has driven the process to develop several supply formularies. In addition to CCG, her collaborative experience includes serving on the board of a regional collaborative of 14 competing health care systems.  

She is a lifetime Certified Professional Purchasing Manager and an adjunct professor and lecturer for the College of Business Administration at Niagara University.  She is a past president of ISM-Buffalo and has won numerous awards from that organization.

Scott Alexander Vice President of Sourcing, Innovation and Marketing, ROi

Scott Alexander is Vice President of Sourcing, Innovation & Marketing for ROi. Scott joined ROi in 2015 with more than a decade of health care experience, having worked for companies like Medtronic/Covidien, Nasolux and The Innovation Factory.
 
His career has spanned roles in marketing, sales, strategy, innovation, and venture capital. Scott is responsible for overseeing ROi’s strategic contracting and sourcing division, which helps health care providers manage the evaluation, selection, contracting, standardization and utilization of all products and services necessary for patient care. Scott and his team work with channel partners, ROi Members and ROi’s other operating units to harvest maximum clinical, operational and financial value from the supply chain. Scott also oversees ROi’s innovation strategy; his team works on identifying, developing, and commercializing innovative solutions to supply chain-related issues that reduce the total cost of care for ROi customers. Scott is the holder of nearly a dozen patent and patent filings.
 
He graduated summa cum laude with honors from the University of Georgia with degrees in Marketing and Management Information Systems. Scott received his MBA, with a concentration in Finance, from Wake Forest University.

Barket Ali

Director, Category Management – SCM Medical Devices, Mayo Clinic

Barket Ali leads the Medical Device Sourcing and Contracting Team serving the 42 Integrated Delivery Networks of the Upper Midwest Consolidated service Center and Mayo Clinic.  Mr. Ali bring with him over 20 years of International Supply Chain management experience, working with health industry executives, physicians leadership and government agencies in India, Pakistan, Kenya and Tanzania.
 
His key strength is in developing strong relationships with hospital administrators and key physician leaders in partnership with strategic suppliers. Barket graduated from the University of Karachi, Pakistan and holds membership in the American Heart Rhythm Society.

Tia Allen

Vice President, Operations, OIG Compliance NOW
Tia is Vice President of Operations for OIG Compliance NOW and provides leadership and oversight of the sanction screening business for all hospital/clinic, government and educational clients. Tia has 15 years’ experience in regulatory compliance and human resources, and she earned a Master’s Degree from Princeton University.
 
Tia is a NYS Licensed Private Investigator and a certified Human Resources professional (PHR). She has worked effectively with many healthcare organizations to assess their compliance risks associated with employees, physicians, and vendors/contactors screening, and to assist them in developing robust exclusion checks programs.

Maggie Alston

Senior Healthcare Analytics Consultant, Milliman

Maggie is a senior healthcare analytics consultant with the New York office of Milliman. She joined the firm in 2015. She has provided consulting services to a wide range of clients, including commercial insurers, healthcare tech start-ups, ACOs, healthcare systems, and bioscience companies.  

Maggie has an extensive background in both healthcare data analytics and alternative risk contracting strategies. She combines these two areas to provide expert advice on designing alternative risk contracting strategies and how to use healthcare claims data to support them. She has developed tools to help develop and execute such arrangements. 

Prior to joining Milliman, Maggie worked as a technical lead, developing patient identification and treatment algorithms for a population health technology start-up. Maggie also previously worked for a large medical group in compliance and patient satisfaction analytics.

Jun Amora

Vice President, Enterprise Supply Chain Services 

Geisinger Health System

Jun B. Amora is Vice President, Enterprise Supply Chain Services for Geisinger Health. In this role, Jun is responsible for the overall strategy development, administrative oversight, and leadership for Geisinger Health System’s $1.4B supply chain. His strategic priorities at Geisinger include the automation of procurement functions, centralization of materials management and operationalizing a centralized service center, creation of a non-clinical purchased services contracting department, development of integrated partnerships with key suppliers, transformation of clinical value-analysis, development of novel distribution channels for medical supplies to patient homes, enhanced revenue capture for billable supplies and an overall reduction in supply chain spend via the adoption of strategic sourcing, automation, JIT distribution and other cost-containment strategies.
 
Prior to joining Geisinger, Jun was Assistant Vice President of Supply Chain Services driving NYC Health + Hospitals’ supply chain. Jun has spoken at numerous industry conferences on several topics including: The Adoption of GS1 Data Standards in Supply Chain, Supply Chain disaster preparedness during the 2014 Ebola Crisis, and Fast-tracking supply chain business transformation. He also serves as an advisory board member to several industry partners including Medline Industries and Stryker Sustainability Solutions. Prior to joining NYC Health + Hospitals, Jun worked for Cardinal Health to lead logistics and transportation optimization projects for the Cleveland Clinic. Jun started his career at Seattle Children’s Hospital as a research scientist studying DNA-binding proteins that regulate cancer proliferation. Subsequently, Jun became an improvement consultant supporting patient flow optimization projects in Seattle Children’s emergency room. Soon after, Jun helped lead the design and implementation of “Demand Flow” (two-bin kanban system) at Seattle Children’s Hospital which was launched in 2009 - a landmark supply distribution model that was later featured in the New York Times.
 
Jun earned his Bachelor’s degree in Neurobiology from the University of Washington (UW) in Seattle. He also holds a graduate certification in project management from the UW and is a certified Lean Six Sigma Blackbelt.
Kim Anders
Group Vice President, Strategic Supplier Engagement
Premier, Inc.

Kimberly Anders, MBA, is Group Vice President of Strategic Supplier Engagement at Premier. In this role, she provides the expertise and thought leadership necessary to create and drive strategic engagement with contracted suppliers to maximize the value of the Premier relationship, capabilities, and reach.

Anders serves as the primary liaison for Premier business partners and their executive team, working in concert with Premier’s spend advisors, clinical and technical talents, and supply chain professionals to transform providers’ performance and propel growth opportunities for suppliers.

Anders has more than 15 years of leadership experience delivering and sustaining revenue growth in the healthcare and insurance industries from entrepreneurial organizations to Fortune 15 companies.

Patrick Anderson

Senior Vice President and CIO, Ochsner Health System
Anderson joined Ochsner Health System in April 2014 as the Chief Information Officer. Prior to this recent appointment, Anderson spent over sic years at Sutter Health where he was the Chief Operating Officer, Information Services.
 
Prior to Sutter Health, he was the Chief Information Officer at the Los Angeles County Department of Health. At Ochsner Health System, Anderson is leading transformation and optimization of the IT organization and Ochsner’s clinical and business systems. He is leading infrastructure strategy and driving scalable and high available system to meet the long-term needs of the organization.
 
Anderson drives a service delivery culture of high performance and accountability. Ochsner Health System is growing rapidly and Anderson is poised to deliver advanced technology and integrated solutions for Ochsner Health Systems.
Lori Armstrong DNPc, MSN, RN NEA-BC
Chief Nurse Executive
Kaiser Permanente
A nurse with a track record of excellence in care and leadership, Lori Armstrong serves as Chief Nursing Officer at Kaiser Permanente Santa Clara Medical Center. Armstrong previously served in nursing leadership positions for some of the country’s most renowned women’s and children’s hospitals in the country, including: Texas Children’s Hospital in Houston, Morgan Stanley Children’s Hospital, and Sloane Hospital For Women in New York City. During her time with these hospitals she led system-wide initiatives that increased quality, patient satisfaction, and staff performance and retention.
 
Born in New York, Armstrong started her nursing career caring for some of hospitals’ most-fragile patients: newborns in special Neonatal Intensive Care Units. She was a NICU nurse in Manhasset, New York, then again a few years later at Chicago’s historic Michael Reese Hospital. She became a NICU nurse manager at Chicago’s University of Illinois Hospital, and later, became Director of Neonatal Services at the Carolinas HealthCare System in Charlotte, North Carolina. Armstrong is not only a nurse leader, but also an innovator.
 
In the late 1990’s she and a team re-designed a standard the “headwall” of a neonatal intensive care unit. In a modern hospital, the headwall is where oxygen lines, electrical outlets, and monitoring equipment is organized at head of the bed. Armstrong’s design standardized a similar arrangement for the isolettes used in the NICU. Armstrong came to Stanford in 2001, serving seven years in nursing and neonatal intensive care. Armstrong has a 25-year-old son and a Boston terrier named “Joey”. She has a Bachelor’s and a Master’s degrees in Nursing.
Jeffrey Ashkenase MPA
Executive Vice President
Acurity, Inc. 

Jeff Ashkenase oversees the Value Analysis, Sterile Processing, and Workforce Solutions services at Nexera. He has worked in the healthcare industry for more than 20 years in the nonprofit, managed care, group purchasing, and government settings. Throughout his career, he has been responsible for managing costs, implementing systems, optimizing the supply chain, and improving decision support and the budgeting process through the use of technology. Jeff has a track record of managing change effectively and improving the financial performance of both his clients and his company.

Jeff also serves as Executive Vice President of Acurity, Nexera’s sister group purchasing organization, where he oversees the Business Solutions, Strategic Contracting Services, Project Management, Technology, and Analytics divisions. Jeff is a seasoned speaker and educator. He has given presentations at national healthcare conferences, such as the Becker’s Hospital Review Annual Meeting, the Premier Annual Breakthroughs Conference and Exhibition, AHRMM Conference and Exhibition, IDN Summit and Reverse Exposition, PeopleSoft’s HEUG Conference, and the Puerto Rico Hospital Association Annual Meeting. He has served on Premier’s Strategic Advisory Committee, the Global Healthcare Exchange Product Council, the Coalition of Healthcare eStandards, the Federation of American Hospitals Exposition Advisory Committee, and the Healthcare Supply Chain Association Exposition Steering Committee in addition to various Premier technology committees.

He has also served as an adjunct professor for Long Island University’s Master of Public Administration program. Before joining the Greater New York Hospital Association family of businesses, he was Associate Vice President of Finance at Maimonides Medical Center, where his responsibilities included overseeing the budget, decision support department and materials management, and business information systems. Jeff earned his Bachelor of Arts from SUNY Albany and his Master of Public Administration from NYU Wagner.

Ann Ashley
Vice President of Talent and Organizational Development
Biltmore Center for Professional Development
For over 30 years, Ann Ashley has watched Biltmore Estate grow from a small, family-owned business to a major attraction with 2,400+ employees that welcomes 1.5 million visitors annually. With a background in education and a proven track record building interpersonal relationships, Ashley rose through the ranks from restaurant server to Visitor Center Manager of the Biltmore Estate Winery to Guest Relations Manager of the Estate to become a Vice President with The Biltmore Company.
 
Ashley’s commitment to Biltmore has been an integral part of a success story that continues today. Ashley’s leadership in business units and human resources has helped create positive results in team building and internal/external customer service. She encourages personal and professional employee development, monitors employee morale, and focuses on improving guest satisfaction and increasing profit. 
Winna Asuming PharmD
Pharmacy Operations Manager
Providence St. Joseph Health
Winna Ama Asuming, PharmD has proudly served in the dynamic field of pharmacy for over a decade. Her career in the field of pharmacy originated from the whimsical notion of “An apple a day keeps the doctor away” and an avid desire to improve lives through healthcare. Winna pursued and obtained her Doctorate of Pharmacy from the University of California, San Francisco in 2006 and subsequently began her career in the field of pharmacy with St. Joseph Health, St. Mary.
 
Some of her achievements include, a publication in the medication resource “Drugs in Pregnancy and Lactation,” and oversight of the pharmacy as the Pharmacy Operations Manager at St. Joseph Health, St. Mary. As part of her desire to give back to the community, Winna has dedicated a portion of her time to teaching weekly finance/debt elimination lessons to members of her Church as a component of their Empowerment Classes, as well as volunteering as a Wish Granter with the Make-A-Wish Foundation, enhancing the lives of children with terminal conditions.
 
In her spare time, Winna enjoys communing with loved ones, exercising, and indulging in educational materials surrounding finances as she acknowledges “wisdom is the principle thing, therefore get wisdom: and with all thy getting get understanding.”
Rob Austin
Director
Navigant Consulting

As part of Navigant’s Healthcare performance excellence practice, Rob Austin works with health systems on rapid improvement of the supply chain, focusing on reducing cost and improving quality.

Prior to Navigant, Rob worked at Allegheny Health Network, a seven-hospital system based in Pittsburgh. At Allegheny Health Network, he held various leadership roles including director of supply chain and director of business development. Rob also helped grow Provider Supply Chain Partners, a regionally- focused group purchasing organization, from 12 hospital members to 74 members during a three year period. This regional GPO managed over $1.3 billion in clinical and nonclinical spend.

Previously, Rob worked for the supply chain consulting firm, The Denali Group. Rob also served in various supply chain delivery, sales, and leadership roles at SAP Ariba. Rob received his BA from Stanford University and his MBA from Case Western Reserve University.

Jeromie Atkinson

Senior Director - Pharmacy Sourcing, Pensiamo

Jeromie Atkinson is a Sr. Director – Pharmacy Sourcing for Pensiamo. His areas of responsibility include planning, designing, and implementing supply chain strategy in support of UPMC, HC Pharmacy and Pensiamo’s customer base. Additionally, he has responsibility for facilitating Pensiamo’s strategic supplier relationships within the pharmacy operations.  
 
Jeromie began working for Pensiamo in 2017 but has had a 20+ year career in various disciplines within the industry of supply chain, working for small retail organizations to large publicly traded companies. In addition to his career at Intermountain Healthcare, Jeromie currently holds adjunct faculty positions and teaches undergraduate Global Supply Chain Management in the David Eccles School of Business at the University of Utah, and graduate Healthcare Supply Chain Management in the Ezekiel R. Dumke College of Health Professions at Weber State University.  
 
Jeromie received a B.S. in Business Administration and a Master’s of Healthcare Administration from Weber State University, as well as a Master’s of Business Administration-Supply Chain from Arizona State University.
Richard Bagley
Vice President Supply Chain,
UCHealth
Richard is the Vice President Supply Chain for UCHealth. He leads the supply chain shared service to deliver people centered supply chain services at the optimum value for our care community in Colorado. Prior to working at UCHealth, he was the SVP for PennState Health responsible for building the first shared service supply and clinical engineering function.

Richard has also worked in the Supply Chain at Intermountain Healthcare. He was faculty at the University of Phoenix for 17 years. He has also worked for Siemens and 3M Health Information System developing commercial IT products. He is a graduate of the University of Phoenix with an MBA and the University of Utah with a degree in computer science.

Gennifer Baker

Director, Nursing Practice, Huntsville Hospital
Gennifer Baker is a certified adult health/critical care clinical nurse specialist. She currently serves in the director of nursing practice role for Huntsville Hospital. Gennifer has a 13-year history in the profession of nursing.
 
Prior to her current role, Gennifer was employed at Huntsville Hospital as a clinical nurse specialist. Her previous work history includes creating all acute care senior level courses for a newly established Baccalaureate program at Martin Methodist College in Pulaski, TN.
 
She enjoys speaking on the topic of acute care and traveled nationwide lecturing on patient emergencies. Gennifer received her Associate Degree in nursing from Wallace State in her hometown of Hanceville, AL and her Bachelors and Masters in nursing as well as a certificate in nursing education from the University of Alabama in Huntsville in Huntsville, AL. She is currently enrolled in the Doctorate of Nursing Practice Program.

Rand Ballard

Chief Customer Officer, Vizient

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.

Karla Kay Barber RN BSN, CVAHP
System Director of Clinical Resource Operations
Centura Health
Karla works in the supply chain department for Centura Health in Denver, Colorado as a system director of clinical resource operations developing a mature value analytics program. She has her BSN and a certification in value analytics from the American Hospital Association. She is also a member of Sigma Theta Tau, AVHAP and AHRMM.
 
In ten plus years in clinical value analytics for Centura Health she has partnered with and educated senior leaders, physicians and fellow nurses on the value of research and evidenced-based decision-making. Some recent examples are development of physician lead groups for Orthopedics and Spine that have secured >$5.5 million is cost reductions for FY 2017.
 
Karla firmly believes that the greatest accomplishment we can provide our patients is to share the knowledge learned through these processes with peers and healthcare leaders across the country.
Alister Barrow
Value-based Healthcare Consultant
CMR Institute
Healthcare reform has created many issues for medical device and pharmaceutical companies, hospitals, IDN’s and GPO’s. It has contributed to the current climate of consolidation throughout the healthcare industry. Alister has studied the rules of engagement and helps companies navigate these challenging waters and create training programs that make a difference.
 
Alister has held positions of increasing responsibility at Boston Scientific and then J&J where he performed multiple leadership roles in Peripheral Vascular, Cardiovascular and Orthopedics. While at J&J, Alister also was WW Learning & Development Manager, where he had global responsibility. Along with his world-wide responsibility, Alister assisted in creating and launching the Corporate Career Development Plan and all Resource Guides for the career advancement of Sales Reps, Regional Managers and Sales Directors. He also served as Senior Director, National Contracts, at Osprey Medical, Inc.
 
Alister is a University of New Hampshire grad who received his undergraduate degree in Health Management & Policy and a Master’s Degree in Health Administration (MHA). Alister also has an MBA Fellowship in Healthcare Policy from Rutgers University and is expert in his understanding of the 2010 Affordable Care Act. Alister utilized his knowledge of healthcare policy to become a ACA liaison between Government Affairs and the organizations he has represented. He was Co-Founder and Co-Chair of the African American Leadership Council while at DePuy Synthes and in his community, he volunteers with at risk youths in the inner cities of Maryland.
 
John Bass
Founder & CEO
Hashed Health

John Bass is the Founder and CEO of Hashed Health, a healthcare blockchain innovation firm focused on building new digital infrastructure for healthcare. John has over 23 years of experience in healthcare technology with expertise in shared operating systems that build trust, transparency, and incentives across health value chains. Since 2015 John has been a leading voice in the development of the global healthcare blockchain market.

At Hashed Health, John’s team focuses on community development, enterprise services, and blockchain solutions development. John is an internationally recognized speaker on value-based care, blockchain and decentralized healthcare technology.

Prior to Hashed Health, John was CEO at InVivoLink, a care management start-up which sold to HCA in 2015. John’s experience also includes healthcare B2B startup empactHealth.com which was acquired by Medibuy/Global Healthcare Exchange.

John is a native of Nashville and has a Chemistry degree from the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill.

John Becker
Group SVP, Strategic Growth Solutions
Vizient

John Becker leads Vizient’s Strategic Growth Solutions, including Sg2’s Intelligence, Analytics and Advisory Services, and the Vizient Research Institute. His oversight ensures Vizient delivers market-differentiated points of view and provides thought leadership, intellectual rigor and intellectual integrity to its members. His oversight also advances Sg2 thought leadership across cost, quality and market performance strategic pillars.

Prior to his current role, John served as general manager for Sg2’s strategy business and led various service, sales and strategic accounts teams over his more than 15-year tenure with the company. In his pre-Sg2/Vizient life, he held multiple sales and management positions with Merck & Co, Inc.

John earned his MBA from Loyola University Chicago and was awarded the Graduate Business School’s Outstanding Graduate. He also holds an MS in organic chemistry from Indiana University. As an undergraduate, he majored in psychology and chemistry, earning a BA with departmental honors from Northwestern University.

Jeremy Belinski

Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer, Intalere
As EVP and COO, Jeremy S. Belinski assumes overall strategic and operational responsibility for Intalere’s products, services and customer delivery. He also is responsible for ensuring the sales and marketing activities align and function in conjunction with the rest of the operation.
 
Belinski’s background includes extensive expertise in consulting strategy and execution, healthcare information products and services, operations management, business development and corporate strategy. Belinski has led process redesign and efficiency effort using Lean Six Sigma, developed internal and commercially viable software products, and created the strategy and operations execution for multiple government agencies and private organizations across the United States, Canada and Europe.
 
Prior to joining Intalere, Belinski served as senior vice president and GM, Population Health Management, for MedAssets. Previous roles include senior vice president for Aspen Healthcare Metrics a MedAssets Company, and associate with Booz Allen Hamilton, a management and technology consulting firm.
 
Belinski is a graduate of the University of Utah.
Tony Benedict
Partner
Omicron Partners, LLC
Tony Benedict is a CEO / COO steeped in Operations, having led step-change results in manufacturing based companies in industries ranging from healthcare to pharmaceuticals, to semiconductors.
 
He is well known for his ability to apply strategic principles and quickly grasp entirely new industries. He has guided Global Fortune 50 companies such as GlaxoSmithKline and Intel.
 
Today, he is a Partner with Omicron Partners, LLC, a Strategy and Operations advisory firm. Most recently, Benedict was recruited to HonorHealth as the top Procurement and Supply Chain.

Toni Benner

Instructor/Coach,

University of Michigan

Toni Benner is a coach, speaker, instructor, and advocate for change. Toni has over 20 years of experience in facilitation, training, team development, and continuous improvement from manufacturing, product development, and supply chain within both the automotive and healthcare industry. She is an international presenter on applying Lean Six Sigma within healthcare and excels as a Lean transformation coach. 

She has served as a Senior Consultant and trainer on a variety of continuous improvement initiatives using Lean Six Sigma methodology in areas of operational excellence and supply chain management. Toni excels as a Lean Healthcare transformation coach by focusing on the patient and people aspects of Lean. Results have been achieved across patient flow, clinical workflow, and health information technology. 

Toni holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Electrical Engineering from Youngstown State University, a Master of Science in Engineering Management with a focus on Lean Enterprise Systems from Eastern Michigan University, and an Executive Supply Chain Management certification from the University of Michigan.

Laura Berberian

Vice President, Corporate Accounts, Premier Member Field Services
Ms. Berberian joined Premier in 2015 with more than 25 years of progressive business experience, including strategic planning, business development, operations, and designing and implementing health information technology (“HIT”) solutions for ACOs, clinically integrated organizations, and medical homes.
 
Ms. Berberian has a strong clinical background and specializes in clinical integration and transformation, patient care models, and regulatory and quality programs.  She has served as an experienced leader in the hospital and ambulatory care environment as well as the medical device and pharmaceutical industries. 
 
Prior to joining Premier, Ms. Berberian served as a Vice President at GE The Camden Group in the Population Health Practice where she specialized in developing and designing clinical integration strategies, medical management programs, and value-based care delivery and payment models. 
 
A graduate of Purdue University with a bachelor’s degree in Nursing, Ms. Berberian earned her master’s degree in Nursing from Rush University and her MBA in Finance and Health System Management from Northwestern’s Kellogg School of Management.  Ms. Berberian is a Registered Nurse and was a Commonwealth Fund Executive Nurse Fellow. 

Eric Berger

Vice President, Supply Chain, Lahey Health

Eric has been the Vice President, Supply Chain for Lahey Health since June 2012. Prior to that position, he served as the Director, Materials Management, for Northeast Health System, for 6 years.
 
His previous experience includes two and a half years as the Director of Materials Management for Brockton Hospital. Previous supply chain experience includes work with Partners Healthcare System, serving as an Operations Manager and participating in the implementation of PeopleSoft.
 
Eric took that experience and worked for Computer Science Corporation (CSC), implementing PeopleSoft at Alabama Children’s Hospital in Birmingham, Alabama, Texas Children’s Hospital in Houston, Texas, and OhioHealth in Columbus, Ohio.
 
He has also had experience working on the vendor side, as a Service Excellence Manager for Cardinal Health, where he spent two years implementing value added services for customers in the Northeast Region.

Derrick Billups 

Director of Value Analysis
UC Health

Derrick Billups, MSM, FACHE, Director of Value Analysis for UC Health including the University of Cincinnati Medical Center, West Chester Hospital and the Daniel Drake Center. As system Director for Value Analysis, he has accountability for working collectively with the medical staff investigating products and processes that will improve operational or clinical efficiency, increase the quality of patient care and reduce supply expense.

Duties include the management of the Value Analysis committee structure and process within UC Health supporting financial savings and efficiency targets. Process efforts include the evaluation of products / technologies to support opportunities related to utilization, standardization and cost reductions.

Value Analysis structure committees include but are not limited to the service lines of Surgery, Nursing, Cardiovascular, Anesthesia, Wound Care, Critical Care, Orthopedic, Respiratory and Spine. Derrick has been at UC Health for 2 years.

He previous work experience in the same field include Coastal Carolinas Health Alliance, Illucient Purchasing Alliance and Charleston Area Medical Center.

He is board certified in healthcare management by the American College of Healthcare Executives

Ali Birjandi MBA, MHA, CPHIMS, SSBB
Regional VP of Performance Improvement
CHRISTUS Health

 

Ali Birjandi has over 25 years of experience in healthcare performance optimization, and implementation of turn-around plans. Ali is nationally recognized as an expert in the design and deployment of system-wide Performance Improvement (PI) functions in major healthcare systems.

He is an expert at developing corporate PI strategies, Six Sigma training programs, PMO development, and CQI expense reduction programs. Prior to joining CHRISTUS Health, Ali worked for Tenet Health System and ProMedica Health System as the VP of operational efficiency.

Ali earned his BS degree in Operations Management along with MBA and MHA degrees from the University of Florida. Ali is certified as a Six Sigma Master Black Belt through ASQ and is a Certified Professional in Health Information Management Systems through HIMSS.

Ali has been published numerous articles in national journals. Ali also co-authored the Discharge Planning Handbook for Healthcare, Productivity Press, New York 2008. 

Jesse Bland
Principal
Heritage Group
Jesse Bland is a Principal of Heritage Group, where he is responsible for multiple aspects of the healthcare-focused growth equity firm’s operations.
 
Prior to joining Heritage Group, Jesse was an associate at Nashville Capital Network, where he focused on early-stage investments in healthcare and technology-driven businesses. Prior to that, he worked for Governor Sonny Perdue at the Commission for a New Georgia (CNG), a non-profit, non-partisan council created to engage Georgia’s top-level business and professional executives in helping bring innovation to state government. Among other CNG initiatives, Jesse worked alongside leaders from the Kauffman Foundation for Entrepreneurship in developing a model for commercializing intellectual property within the university system into the marketplace. 
 
Jesse graduated summa cum laude with a B.B.A. in Finance from the University of Georgia and a J.D. from Vanderbilt University Law School. He resides in Nashville with his wife and daughter.
Hector Boirie
SVP, Chief Resource Officer
Providence St. Joseph Health
Hector Boirie is senior vice president of The Resource, Engineering & Hospitality Group for Providence St. Joseph Health, the third largest health system in the United States. With 50 hospitals, 829 clinics, senior services, and supportive housing, the health system serves communities across seven states – Alaska, California, Montana, New Mexico, Oregon, Texas and Washington.
 
At Providence St. Joseph Health, Boirie is transforming how the health system provides clinical and non-clinical supplies, engineering and hospitality services to each and every location throughout the system. He leads nearly six thousand caregivers engaged in sourcing, production and delivery of clinical and non-clinical supplies, food and nutrition, engineering, and environmental services comprising a multi-billion dollar budget.
 
At Sisters of Mercy Health System, he helped develop and implement Resource Optimization & Innovation. Known as ROi, this vertically integrated supply chain model delivered more than $1 billion in savings, and now serves providers across the country.
Vinny Boles 
Major General US Army (Ret.)

 

Gen. Vincent Boles is a career Army officer with over 35 years of experience. Highlights include managing the nation’s $27 billion ammunition account, assuming command of the Army’s War Reserve equipment six weeks before the attacks of 9-11, and flexing into operations in Afghanistan, Iraq and other locations, as well as deployment to Kuwait in preparation for the invasion of Iraq with 142 personnel, growing to a force of 8,000 soldiers, civilians and contractors in 90 days.

From Kuwait, the General was forward deployed into Iraq where he assumed command of the 16,000 personnel responsible for providing all logistical support and services to the 150,000 members of the coalition. Following redeployment from combat operations, Gen. Boles led the training of 120,000 soldiers before his final Army assignment, serving as the Army’s Chief Operating Officer for Logistics Operations, overseeing the logistics strategy for the 1.1 million soldier Army. Today, Gen. Boles is president of Vincent E. Boles Inc., a leadership and logistics consulting service. 

Marianne Bondanza

Managing Consultant, Berkeley Research Group

Marianne Bondanza, RN, CLNC, CCRP is currently working as Managing Consultant with Berkeley Research Group; responsible for clinical effectiveness with evidence based supply cost reduction and improvement enhanced with improved cost per case. Marianne has more that 30 years in clinical, leadership, legal, clinical research and supply cost management experience.
 
During her career in healthcare, she has worked in academic Level 1Trauma Centers, Outpatient Surgical Centers and Community hospitals. Marianne has worked as a Clinical Resource Director in Supply Chain Services for HCA providing leadership in value analysis, vendor negotiations and identification and implementation of cost saving initiatives.
 
She has supported consulting engagements around supply and clinical improvements in the areas of the Operating Room, Nursing Services, Cath Lab and Materials Management and is currently on the Board of Directors with Sun Coast AHRMM in Tampa. She earned her nursing degree from The University of the State of New York.

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.
Suzette Maria Bouchard-Isackson MSN, RN, NEA-BC
System Director, Perioperative Services, and Transformation Team Officer
Trinity Health
Suzette is the Trinity Health, System Director, Perioperative Services, & Transformation Team Officer. Her current work involves transforming care across the Perioperative Departments. There are over 60 hospitals and 650+ operating rooms within Trinity Health that provide care to surgical patients. Prior to this role, she served as Vice President, Surgical Services for St Joseph Mercy Hospitals-Ann Arbor & Livingston.
 
An experienced leader, she has worked as staff nurse, manager, director of surgical services, vice president, as well as interim CNO. She has extensive background in leading perioperative clinical areas including health technology planning and implementation.
 
She is a member of AORN and Sigma Theta Tau. Suzette graduated from Northern Michigan University and completed a graduate degree at Madonna University. She is Nurse Executive Advanced-Board Certified.
Doug Bowen
VP Supply Chain 
Banner Health
Doug joined Banner Health in 2002 as Vice President of Supply Chain. Prior to joining Banner, he served 17 years in Healthcare Supply Chain Leadership positions with HCA in Utah, Oregon, Tennessee, and Texas. His focus is on supply chain cost discipline, utilization improvement, multi-facility operations, and value analysis. His goal is to optimize network value for patients, payers, providers, and suppliers. 
 
Doug has successfully transitioned the delivery and management of the supply chain from a multi-individual hospital perspective to a centralized, high-performance corporate supply chain service center for 29 hospitals.
 
Doug holds his BS, MBA, and Lean Six Sigma Green Belt (LSSGB) and is a member of AHRMM. He has published articles in Modern Healthcare, Journal of Healthcare Contracting, COO Magazine, HFMA, Healthcare Finance News, Supply Chain World, and was recognized in The Journal of Healthcare Contracting’s Top People to Watch.
Chris Box
Supply Chain Analyst 
Banner Health

Chris Box is the Senior Supply Chain Analyst for the Surgical Procedure Value Alignment Program (SPVAP) at Banner Health and assists in system level product standardization.

He is responsible for cost comparison between comparable product lines, tracking trends in supply utilization and compiling standardized supplies for procedure card benchmarking.

Chris has over 6 years of experience in supply chain analytics and 17 years in health care. Chris holds a BS in Public Administration from Northern Arizona University.

Melissa Boyles
Senior Director, Supply Chain Logistics & Distribution,
WellSpan Health

Dr. Melissa Boyles is currently the Senior Director of Supply Chain at WellSpan Health for Logistics and Distribution; an 8-hospital IDN located in Central Pennsylvania. She has 30 years of healthcare experience which include leadership roles in Pharmacy Distribution, Perioperative Support Services, and all aspects of Supply Chain.

She recently received her Doctorate in Healthcare Administration from the Medical University of South Carolina using her experience in healthcare operations for her dissertation topic “Increased Physician Cost Literacy As An Intervention To Improve Value-Based Care and Reduce Cost In The Surgical Setting”.

She is passionate about health equity, equality, and inclusion for all and the development of our human resource to serve the future of healthcare.

Laura Bozell

Senior Vice President, Cornerstone Government Affairs;

Former Staff Member; United States Ways and Means Committee's Health Subcommittee

Laura Bozell brings over a decade of legislative and health care policy experience in the U. S. House of Representatives to her position at Cornerstone Government Affairs.  For the last five and a half years, Laura served as Professional Staff on the Ways and Means Committee’s Health Subcommittee. In this capacity, Laura was responsible for the Medicare Part A portfolio, providing policy direction for the Committee and advising Chairman Dave Camp and other Committee Members on issues affecting the nation’s 6,000 hospitals, home health providers, skilled nursing facilities and all other post-acute care providers.
 
Additionally, her legislative portfolio included health information technology, high deductible health plans and health savings accounts, flexible spending arrangements, Medicare secondary payer issues, and the health coverage tax credit given to unemployed workers through the Trade Adjustment Assistance program.

Randy Bradley
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.

Jocelyn Bradshaw

SVP, Strategic Sourcing
HealthTrust

Jocelyn Bradshaw has more than 25 years of healthcare experience in optimizing supply chains, driving operational growth and in building and leading best-in-class sourcing processes and teams. In her role as the senior vice president of Strategic Sourcing for HealthTrust, Bradshaw is responsible for the operational activities of the GPO and the sourcing of its national products and services portfolio in the areas of nursing, surgery, laboratory, radiology and medical device.

She also manages the member-led Supply Chain and Clinical Advisory Boards that drive the organization’s contracting processes as well as HealthTrust’s global sourcing and environmental sustainability initiatives. Bradshaw’s previous experience includes senior-level supply chain, contracting and/or finance positions with MedAssets, Broadlane and Johnson & Johnson Medical.

Ron Brady

Vice President of Accounts Management, Committed Contracting Group (CCG), Premier, Inc.
Ron Brady is vice president of Accounts Management with Premier.  In this capacity, he is responsible for the management of a highly committed contracting program providing cost savings and supply chain improvements to the CCG, a 7-member affinity group with Premier, representing $6 billion in annual purchasing volume.  
 
Prior to joining Premier, Brady served as vice president of Materiel Management for Bon Secours Health System, Inc., located in Marriottsville, MD.  During his 40-year career, he has held a variety of supply chain-related positions in both single and multi-facility health care organizations.  
 
He received a B.A. in Business Administration from the College of Notre Dame Baltimore, MD and a M.B.A. in Business Administration from Johns Hopkins University, Baltimore, MD.

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 site 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

AVP, Clinical Pharmacy Services
HealthTrust

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)

Adam Brand

Associate Director, Protiviti

Adam Brand is an Associate Director with Protiviti’s Security and Privacy practice. He has over 14 years of experience in information technology and security, in areas ranging from compliance to incident response.
 
Adam has spoken at several conferences on the topic of medical device security and consults with healthcare organizations that would like to improve their information security posture. He is also a core member of a group of security professionals called I Am The Cavalry that is focused on addressing security vulnerabilities in technology that has the potential to affect human life and safety.

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.

Mary Beth Briscoe
Vice President and Chief Financial Officer, University of Miami-UHealth System and Leonard M. Miller School of Medicine
 
Ms. Mary Beth Briscoe received her B.S. in Accounting from the University of Alabama in Tuscaloosa, Alabama and an MBA from the University of Alabama at Birmingham. Before joining the University of Miami, Ms. Briscoe served as the Chief Financial Officer of UAB University Hospital and UAB Medicine Clinical Operations.
 
Prior to her role at UAB, Ms. Briscoe served as Chief Financial Officer for Eastern Health System, Inc. in Birmingham, Alabama. Ms. Briscoe is a Certified Public Accountant (CPA), a Fellow of the Healthcare Financial Management Association (FHFMA), and a Fellow of The American College of Healthcare Executives (FACHE). Ms. Briscoe has also served HFMA in national and state roles including National Chairman. Ms.
 
Briscoe presently serves as National Chair- AMC-CFO Council, a member of the National Thought Leadership initiative. Mary Beth authors articles for various industry periodicals and is an invited speaker by healthcare constituents across the country. Mary Beth has recently been elected to the National Board of AHRMM-the Association for Healthcare Resource and Material Management.

Martina Brooks

Senior Surgical & Procedural Standardization Program Manager
Banner Health

Martina Brooks is the Senior Surgical and Procedural Standardization Program Manager with the Care Management department at Banner Health, where she has served for over 16 years. She graduated from Arizona State University with a Master’s Degree in Healthcare Innovation with a concentration in Healthcare Administration and Management

Allen Broome

AVP Pharmacy Services, Erlanger Health System

Dr. Allen Broome completed his Doctor of Pharmacy degree at the University of Tennessee at Memphis in 1996.  After graduation, Allen completed a General Practice Residency with Methodist Hospitals of Memphis. In 1997, he started work with Memorial Hospital in Chattanooga, TN.  After three years, he moved to a community-based practice where he participated in traditional community pharmacy, closed-door long-term care pharmacy, and compounding.

Returning to his hospital roots in 2007, Allen became a clinical pharmacist with Erlanger Hospital in Chattanooga, TN. His responsibilities included general medicine and cardiology.  The opportunity soon came to start an inpatient anticoagulation service that is still serving Erlanger patients to this day.  

After a brief stint in operations in 2012, he became the Senior Director of Pharmacy in 2013, advanced to Associate Vice President of Pharmacy Services in 2018 and continues in this position leading his team to numerous clinical and operational improvements across six facilities.

Burdette Brown

Director of Supply Chain Operations, Northfield Hospital and Clinics

Burdette Brown is an innovative, collaborative and inspirational leader in the Supply Chain World.  He is an industry leader in using RFID and RPA to automate supply chain processes.  

Burdette has converted multiple hospitals to offsite distribution, par levels to two bin KanBan, capital purchasing programs and worked with multiple EHR’s, including converting and building new EHR’s.  

With a Black Belt LEAN Six Sigma, as well as an entrepreneur, Burdette and change go hand and hand.

John Brindley

Former President & CEO, SETON Family of Hospitals

John has recently retired as President of the Seton Family of Hospitals in Austin, Tx. He has over 36 years of executive leadership experience in operations and complex systems management. He has been a consistent contributor to quality, physician alignment, strategy, employee engagement, efficiency, productivity, and market growth.

He has delivered results in progressively challenging roles and rapidly changing environments by effectively teaming with governing boards, management, and clinical staff to identify and implement solutions to diverse business challenges. 

John received his undergraduate degree from Cornell University and his Masters in Healthcare Administration from The George Washington University.

Deborah Brown RN, BSN, MBA
Consultant
Navigant Consulting

Deborah Brown is an Associate Director in the Healthcare practice of Navigant Consulting. She is an experienced strategic healthcare executive in hospital operations, clinical practice and supply chain. Most recently, she supported a large supply network with their activities towards Clinical to Supply Integration and their efforts to transform to value-based healthcare.

Prior to her supply chain leadership experience, she was a Chief Nursing Officer for a top 100 hospital, where she was able to lead with “Quality as a Business Strategy.” She has been noted for innovation, adaptability and resilience.

Deborah’s successful healthcare career has delivered large multimillion dollar savings and strong operational efficiencies. Deborah has a unique skill that allows for cross functional integration that is essential in reducing the cost of healthcare. 

Pamela Bryant
Senior Vice President, Supply Chain Management
Parkland Health & Hospital System

Pamela Bryant is the Senior Vice President of Supply Chain for Parkland Health & Hospital System. Parkland is one of the largest public hospitals in the country with more than 1 million patient visits annually. Pamela leads a team of over 200 personnel and is responsible for all aspects of the supply chain, including procurement, strategic sourcing, informatics, logistics, distribution, vendor management and equipment/asset management.

She has more than 20 years of healthcare experience and a proven track record in driving cost reductions, supporting dynamic growth, implementing new initiatives, improving operational efficiencies and driving supplier diversity.

Pamela earned her Bachelor of Science degree from Virginia Commonwealth University in Richmond, Virginia, and Master of Business Administration degree from Averett University in Danville, Virginia. She is a member of The Association for Health Care Resource & Materials Management (AHRMM) where she previously served as president of the local chapter. Currently, she serves as the Board Chair of the Women’s Business Council Southwest (WBCS).

Tim Bugg CMRP
President & CEO, Capstone Health Alliance
Tim Bugg is the President and CEO of Capstone Health Alliance where he leads the affiliate corporation of the WNC Health Network on its journey to bring the former Group Purchasing Program of the Network to new heights and offer greater value to its entire membership.

Prior to joining the WNC Health Network in 2007, Tim was a part-time contracted employee for the Network for several years while serving as the Director of Materials Management in one of the Network’s member hospitals.

He graduated Magna Cum Laude from Montreat College, is a Certified Materials and Resource Professional, a member of the Council of Supply Chain Executives, a current member of the HSCA Board of Directors, served eight years on the Board of Directors of the NC Chapter of AHRMM, serving as President in 2005 & 2006, is a past member of the AHRMM Membership and Chapter Committee, and is intricately involved in various aspects of the Premier sourcing process.
Gerald Evans Buller DPh., MMHC
Director, Specialty Pharmacy Services
Vanderbilt University Medical Center
Jerry Buller, DPh., is the Director of Specialty Pharmacy Services at the Vanderbilt University Medical Center. In this position, Jerry is responsible for planning, implementing, and overseeing specialty pharmacy services at a four‐hospital academic medical center.
 
Previous work experience includes five years as the pharmacy director at Metro Medical Supply and Bellwether Oncology Alliance where he operated an oncology and dialysis specialty pharmacy licensed in 50 states. While at Metro Medical, Jerry opened and managed physician-owned pharmacies serving large oncology and rheumatology practices based throughout the U.S.
 
For over 9 years Jerry worked at Georgia Cancer Specialists, PC in Atlanta where he served as the Director of Pharmacy and Business Services.
 
Jerry received his A.A. in Political Science from Macon College and his B.S. in Pharmacy from NOVA University in North Miami Beach, FL. He has also completed his Masters in Management of Healthcare from Vanderbilt’s Owen School of Management.
Craig Burton
Vice President, Policy, Association for Accessible Medicines
Craig Burton is Vice President of Policy for the Association for Accessible Medicines, formerly the Generic Pharmaceutical Association, where he leads policy development. With nearly 20 years of Federal health policy experience, Craig has served in key roles at the center of a range of pressing health care debates.
 
Prior to joining AAM, Craig was a Director at Avalere Health, where he helped clients anticipate and plan for the impact of change stemming from legislative, regulatory, or other market dynamics, with particular attention to crafting policy options that are closely tied to a client’s specific business needs and strategy.
 
Craig also established and directed the health policy and government relations efforts for two biopharmaceutical companies. Craig served as Deputy Assistant Secretary for Legislation in the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. In this role, he advised the Secretary, senior Department leaders and White House officials on legislative strategy to achieve key priorities.
 
Craig also served in the Senate, where he was Health Policy Advisor to Senate Majority Leader Bill Frist, M.D. and professional staff on the U.S. Senate Committee on Health, Education, Labor and Pensions.

Michelle Bush

Resource Utilization Manager, Franciscan Missionaries of Our Lady Health System (FMOL HS)

Michelle Bush is a Registered Nurse who is certified in the Operating Room and has worked for the Franciscan Missionaries of Our Lady Health System for over 25 years.
 
She began her career in the Surgical Services Division at Out Lady of the Lake Regional Medical Center as a staff nurse and progressed into the nurse Manager role. In that role, she supervised several outpatient surgical specialties, including adult and pediatric populations.
 
Michelle then transitioned to the role of Resource Utilization Manager for the Materials Management corporate office of FMOLHS where she supports the Health System Value Analysis teams for both Surgery/Endoscopy and Pharmacy.
 
She has led the product formulary management initiative by working with the Chief Medical Officer to develop a Physician led Supply Chain Medical Executive Committee which meets monthly to review all new product/technology requests.

Madline Camejo PharmD

VP Pharmacy, Chief Pharmacy Officer
Baptist Health South Florida

Madeline Camejo, Pharm.D., MS joined Baptist Health South Florida in 2018 as the new Corporate Vice President and Chief Pharmacy Officer. Dr. Camejo is responsible for strategizing, developing, and executing pharmacy initiatives that support and grow pharmacy clinical services and operations system-wide.

A seasoned pharmacy executive with over 25 years of a unique blend of experiences in clinical pharmacy, clinical and business administration, healthcare finances, informatics, and information technology. A strategic and operational visionary leader with excellent teambuilding, analytical, organization, and interpersonal skills.

Dr. Camejo received her undergraduate degrees from the University of Central Florida and went on to receive her pharmacy degree from Nova Southeastern University. In her free time, she enjoys photography, horseback riding, traveling the world, and experiencing other cultures.

Amy Campbell

Chief Administrative Officer, Yankee Alliance

Amy Campbell is responsible for Yankee Alliance’s Contracting, Analytics, Information Technology, Marketing and Human Resources departments. She oversees the development and effective implementation of the strategic direction for the Analytics and Contracting teams, including oversight of the development of new business intelligence tools and strategic sourcing programs. She is responsible for Information Technology policies, initiatives, and efficient management of IT resources. She aligns Human Resources programs with Yankee Alliance’s business strategy to maximize organizational effectiveness. Amy also acts as Yankee Alliance’s Chief Compliance Officer and directs all aspects of the organization’s legal affairs.

Amy’s experience has included over twenty years of Human Resources leadership in varied industries, such as biotechnology and insurance. Amy has a Master’s of Arts degree in Industrial & Organizational Psychology from Colorado State University and a Bachelor’s of Arts degree in Psychology from the University of New Hampshire. She currently serves on Premier’s Strategic Advisory Committee.

Mark Campbell

Vice President of Supply Chain
Tampa General Hospital

Mark Campbell is the vice president of supply chain at Tampa General Healthcare (TGH), a nationally renowned nonprofit academic medical center. Campbell has been serving as vice president of supply chain at TGH since 2006. In his position, Campbell is responsible for all aspects of the supply chain including, strategic sourcing, distribution, value analysis and minority business inclusion.

Prior to this role, Campbell served as director of health information management at TGH. Before joining TGH, Campbell was as a senior associate at KPMG LLP and a manager of health information management at Florida State Hospital.

Campbell received his Bachelor of Science in Health Information Management from the University of Tennessee and Master of Business Administration and Health Administration from the University of Florida. He is a fellow with the American College of Healthcare Executives and a certified materials and resource professional with the Association of Healthcare Resource and Materials Management.

Bruce Carlson
Health Care Resource, Supply Chain, Materials Management, and Interim Staffing
R B Carlson and Associates, LLC

Bruce provides interim staffing to health care providers in the area of supply chain and materials management. Interim staffing assignments include seeking opportunities to identify substantial, long term savings and efficiencies for the health care provider.

Bruce has over 30 years of progressively complex healthcare supply chain management experience in materials management, purchasing, logistics, supply chain, self-warehousing, performance improvement and performance measurement areas.

These experiences have been earned by serving health care systems including: Tenant Healthcare Corporation, University of Indiana Medical Center, Ascension Health, and Valley Health System.

Bruce earned his Master’s degree in management from Indiana Wesleyan University and his Bachelor’s degree in business administration from Central Methodist University.

David Chan

Director of Pharmacy, CHRISTUS Health

David Chan graduated from Midwestern University in 2005. He started his acute care track as a per diem in 2007 while managing a retail pharmacy local to Phoenix, AZ. In 2008, he transition to hospital directorship at Arizona Heart, then middle management at Banner University Medical Center for 4 years. In 2016, David was able to move to a system director role where he continued through to Texas and Philadelphia.

He was able to reconnect with family back in Arizona when the COVID crisis first arose and moved to Texas for a director role with Christus Health where he is rebuilding the clinical and residency program.

During his career, he has obtained his MBA and is a certified Lean Six Sigma Black Belt. He has applied these skills in facilities as systems as small as 300 beds to 1000 where results improved workflow and optimized on-hand inventory.

Maya  Chandrashekaran

AVP, Enterprise Data Management, Vizient

Maya serves as associate vice president of enterprise data management at Vizient, where she leads the teams that manage product and customer data. Maya has been at Vizient for over a decade and has had several roles in developing a business intelligence platform to support the sourcing and contracting activities.

Prior to that, she led the business development for an IT staffing startup.

Maya graduated with a BA in Statistics from India and an MBA from Pittsburg State University in Kansas. Maya and her husband have two boys, ages 9 and 11 and reside in Dallas.

Hitendra Chaturvedi

Professor
Arizona State University

Hitendra is a Professor of Practice in the Supply Chain Management department at the W.P. Carey School of Business at Arizona State University where he teaches supply chain management, sustainability, entrepreneurship, and innovation.


Before joining ASU, Hitendra had extensive experience as a global business professional with EY, A.T. Kearney, and Microsoft, and subsequently, as a successful entrepreneur where he built a sustainable reverse logistics company.
Hitendra now sits on advisory committees of many start-ups, is co-chair of the Southwest Valley Chamber Logistics & Supply Chain Committee in Phoenix, Vice President, Global Manufacturing Research Group, Faculty Affiliate at the Walton Sustainability Program, and an active speaker at various conferences.


A celebrated author, Hitendra is featured in ASU Experts directory and is the face of ASU when it comes to topics including global supply chain strategy, global logistics, entrepreneurship, sustainability, and digital supply chains, He is widely covered by TV, radio, and print media.

Kathy Chauvin

Health System Director, Resource Utilization & Value Analysis, FMOL Health System
Kathy Chauvin, RN, serves as the Health System Director of Resource Utilization and Value Analysis for the Franciscan Missionaries of Our Lady Health System in Louisiana. FMOLHS is a non-profit mission-focused Catholic healthcare ministry that includes 5 acute care hospitals and several affiliates throughout the Gulf Coast region. Kathy leads a highly diverse team of Clinical Resource Utilization Managers and Purchasing and Administrative Professionals integrated into every aspect of the both clinical care and Supply Chain. 
 
Primarily comprised of Product Assessment Committees (PACs) in Surgery, Cardiology, Core Nursing/Women’s Health, Radiology, Lab/Respiratory, and Ortho/Neuro, her team is the Health System’s conduit for new product and technology reviews using evidence-based methodology, clinical value analysis, sourcing, and contract implementation and management. 
 
Kathy has been a registered nurse over 30 years with a focus in critical care and surgery and has spent the last 10 years in Supply Chain Management. 
Melissa Cheeseman Rogers MD
Physician
Veterans Administration Hospital
Melissa Cheeseman Rogers, MD is an Emergency Medicine physician in Lexington, KY. She completed Medical School at the University of KY, Surgical Internship at Johns Hopkins Hospital and Emergency Medicine Residency at the University of KY.
 
After spending 15years in the public sector, she is currently a full time physician with the Veterans Administration Hospital and an Independent Contractor with TeamHealth, both in Lexington, KY. She is aware that the frontlines of healthcare (Emergency Rooms and Primary Care Practices) have a significant role to play in addressing the escalating prescription opioid abuse problem in our country and knows that very few families remain untouched by the problem.
 
She is an advocate for helping find multifaceted solutions to this epidemic.

Blair Childs

Senior Vice President, Public Affairs, Premier, Inc.
Blair Childs is a Senior Vice President of Public Affairs for Premier, leading the Advocacy, Communications, Safety and thought leadership units and serving on the company’s executive team. He works with Congress, White House, and other policymakers involved in health policy.
 
Childs has been at the center of policy issues for more than two decades, playing a leading role on issues impacting medical devices, pharmaceuticals, insurers, and hospitals. Childs has held senior management positions in professional, trade, and advocacy associations and a Fortune 25 company.

Sihyun Choi

Senior Director, Advisory Board

Sihyun is a Senior Director of Advisory Board’s strategy consulting practice. In this role, he spends much of his time advising providers, payers, retailers and other industry participants on critical issues such as retail business development, care delivery redesign, provider network construction, partnership and affiliation models, patient access, and spend management. He is one of the firm’s leading experts on health system margin improvement.  Prior to his current role, Sihyun led the firm's practice focused on supply chain transformation. In this capacity, he impacted over $2.5B in annual expenses and led 70+ commercial transactions for health system management teams.  
 
Before joining Advisory Board, Sihyun was an associate with Oliver Wyman, where he advised large US and international airlines on topics such as revenue growth, partnership strategy, capital negotiations, and change management.  Sihyun also served as an associate with Censeo Consulting Group, where he assisted federal agencies with enterprise-wide acquisition strategies and workforce process improvements.
 
Sihyun has a bachelor’s degree in Commerce with concentrations in finance and management from University of Virginia.

Cindy Christofanelli

Director, Supply Chain Management, SSM Healthcare

Cindy has been a nurse for over 35 years. She has served as a Medical Surgical Clinical Nurse Specialist and adjunct faculty member for Medical Surgical Nursing. Cindy transitioned to Supply Chain and has held a variety of leadership positions in supply chain and value analysis over the past twenty-one years.
 
She is on e of 35 people nationally to achieve Certification as a Value Analysis Healthcare Professional (CVAHP) from the Association of Health Care Value Analysis (AHVAP). Her expertise includes expense management in the clinical and physician preference areas as well as Capital and Purchased Services product lines. She has contributed to and authored several articles on Healthcare Value Analysis. She has been a frequent speaker at the national level on topics related to healthcare expense management.
 
She is a member of AHRMM Education Committee, Past President of AHVAP, former Central Director for AHVAP and has served as the Co-Chair of the Certification Committee that was instrumental in the development of the AHVAP certification exam. She has also served as the chai of the Premier Value Analysis Advisory Council.

Jimmy Y Chung MD, MBA, FACS

Chief Medical Officer,
Advantus Health Partners

As Chief Medical Officer of Advantus Health Partners (a subsidiary of Bon Secours Mercy Health), Dr. Chung is responsible for all clinical engagement strategies, as well as leadership, growth, and operational oversight of clinical transformation processes and innovations, with a specific focus on standardization and alignment balanced with clinical quality and outcomes. Prior to joining Advantus Health Partners, he served as Associate Vice President, Perioperative Portfolio for Providence St. Joseph Health, where he was responsible for system-wide development and integration of perioperative processes and clinical value analysis of perioperative products, using physician-specific cost and quality data analytics. He has spoken at numerous conferences around the country as an expert on clinical integration of supply chain and development of physician leadership in optimizing the cost, quality, and outcomes of health care.


Dr. Chung received his MD at UC San Diego and completed his surgery residency at University of Washington. He completed his MBA at the Isenberg School of Management, University of Massachusetts at Amherst. He is Past Chair of the Association for Healthcare Resource & Materials Management (AHRMM) Advisory Board, Past Chair of the Washington Medical Commission, Board member of the American Association for Physician Leadership, and a member of various committees of the Society of American Gastrointestinal and Endoscopic Surgeons (SAGES). He has previously served as Board member of the California Medical Association, President of the Santa Cruz County Medical Society, and Chief of Staff at Dominican Santa Cruz Hospital. He has been a practicing general surgeon for over 20 years and is Board Certified in Surgery and Health Care Quality Management. He is a fellow of the American College of Surgeons and a fellow of the American Board of Quality Assurance and Utilization Review Physicians. He is also a Certified Materials & Resource Professional (CMRP). In 2016, Dr. Chung was one of the inaugural recipients of P.U.R.E. (Physicians Understanding, Respecting and Engaging) Award by Healthcare Purchasing News.

Frank Cirillo
Vice President
Acurity, Inc.

Frank Cirillo is vice president, business strategy, Acurity, Inc. His main duties at Acurity are to bring value to health systems’ supply chain operations through group purchasing program participation and process improvement. Additionally, Frank provides consulting services to health systems with Acurity’s consulting arm Nexera.

For the previous 25 years, Mr. Cirillo held several senior management positions at HHC. During the latter two years of his tenure, Mr. Cirillo, HHC’s first chief restructuring officer, led HHC’s priority project—the restructuring of HHC’s clinical and operational programs—yielding HHC an implementation change roadmap resulting in savings and additional revenues of over $300 million annually.

For the prior 13 years, Frank was HHC’s chief operating officer responsible for a far-reaching span of control, including, but not limited to, supply chain operations and all contracting.

Frank received his undergraduate degree from Brooklyn College of the City University of New York, graduate training from St. John’s University, and holds certification from the “Top 40” executive management program administered by Harvard University’s Kennedy School of Government. He is also president/CEO of the Cirillo Consulting Group.

Armin Cline

President, Health Systems, Covidien

Armin Cline has 35 years of experience working for companies that supply healthcare providers with products and services. He joined Medtronic in early 2002 where he is currently President of Health Systems, responsible for Medtronic, Covidien Group commercial contracting activity with aggregate healthcare provider organizations including Group Purchasing Organizations (GPO’s), Purchasing Coalitions, the Federal Government and select integrated delivery networks.

Prior to joining Medtronic, Armin spent 18 years with the American Hospital Supply and Baxter in sales, sales and marketing management and corporate sales positions. He has been responsible for contracting activity with aggregated provider purchasing organizations, including national GPOs and regional coalitions, since 1985. Armin was also with Bergen Brunswig for three years where he was Executive Vice President of Corporate Sales, and worked for Neoforma in 2000 as Vice President Supplier Relations.

Armin graduated with a Bachelor’s degree in Psychology from Whitman College. He and his family live in the Boston area.

Shaun Clinton

Senior Vice President, Supply Chain Management, Texas Health Resources

Shaun has spent more than 20 years in the healthcare supply chain.  He joined Texas Health Resources in 2011 and his current role is Sr. Vice President, Supply Chain Management.  In his current role as at Texas Health Resources, Shaun leads a team that has responsibility for logistics operations at facilities across North Texas, procurement of over $700M of supplies and equipment annually, MMIS management, courier services, equipment planning, clinical engineering, and a team of strategic sourcing and category management directors.  

During his tenure, he has implemented new and innovative ways for front-line staff to interact with Supply Chain Management and has consistently produced economic value across all categories.  His experience also includes time at Cardinal Health in a variety of management roles including e-business, logistics consulting, sales management, and business strategy.  Shaun has also spent time doing market research for a patient experience organization where he was heavily involved in highlighting patient satisfaction metrics for large IDN’s around the country.  He has also worked as a Senior Director for Premier, calling on IDN’s in order to maximize their relationship and value with their GPO contract portfolio and analytics tools.  

Shaun holds a bachelor’s degree in Business Management from Dallas Baptist University and a Master’s degree in Supply Chain Operations from The University of Liverpool.  He has presented on the future of the healthcare supply chain, process improvement, and data standards to a wide variety of audiences during his career.

Ruben Colon
Executive Director, Strategic Sourcing, 
AdventHealth
Ruben Colon is Executive Director of Sourcing, Supply Chain. Mr. Colon provides leadership and strategic direction for the clinical and non-clinical sourcing and contract administration supply chain teams. Mr. Colon represents AdventHealth on the GPO Surgical Services and Performance Group Leadership committees as well as participates in several Supplier Advisory Councils. Mr. Colon started his service with AdventHealth in 2009 as a Supply Chain Contract Manager and was promoted to Director of Strategic Sourcing and Value Analysis in 2013.
 
Mr. Colon has also served as Advent Health’s Corporate Headquarters Spiritual Ambassador Leader and is currently on the AdventHealth Campus Ministries Leadership team. Prior to joining AdventHealth, Mr. Colon was the Assistant Vice President of Supply Chain for Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital (RWJUH) in New Brunswick, NJ. RWJUH is a Level 1 trauma center and the teaching university hospital of the Robert Wood Johnson Medical School.
 
Mr. Colon received his Bachelor of Science in Business Management from the Rutgers University School of Business and his Masters in Healthcare Administration from Seton Hall University.

Joseph Colonna

Vice President of Supply Chain, Piedmont Healthcare
Joe Colonna serves in the role of Vice President of Supply Chain for Piedmont Healthcare, an 11 hospital healthcare system in Atlanta, GA. At Piedmont, the Supply Chain Team works closely with Piedmont’s executives, clinician and business partners to ensure they are supporting the organization’s goals of Quality, Safety and Service, aligned with Stewardship of their resources.
 
Joe is proud of the fact that the Supply Chain Team plays a significant role in the strategic plans of the organization and is seen as a valued partner by their customers. Piedmont’s Supply Chain has been recognized nationally for the Team’s role in supporting Piedmont’s mission, including being named the 2018 Supply Chain of the Year by Healthcare Purchasing News.
 
Joe started his Supply Chain career with United States Air Force in 1985 and his unique blend of healthcare experience comes from working for over 30 years in different aspects of the healthcare supply chain industry, including roles in provider, consulting, distribution and group purchasing organizations.

Stephen Colvill

Executive Director,
RISCS

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."

Alexandria Combs MSHS
Chief Innovation & Strategy Officer
NGA Healthcare Consulting

Alexandria Combs is a healthcare catalyst passionate about defining strategies that create new value by working at the intersection of tough healthcare business challenges with operational limitations in dynamic environments. Leveraging her experience in leadership of academic medical centers, healthcare consulting, and large-scale program growth and development, Alexandria consults on strategy and clinical transformation as well as with start-ups and companies focused on new market segments; Oregon Health & Science University, Stanford Health Care, and Kaiser Permanente are all recent/current clients. She is adept at establishing rapport and credibility with diverse groups ranging from clinical to technical teams.

Alexandria has a history of consistently surpassing organizational performance goals by growing clinical business, maintaining strong financial performance, and enhancing the patient experience and employee engagement. Alexandria also has a strong commitment to improving health and health care systems globally, particularly focusing on countries with lean economies. She actively volunteers in medical missions in Africa and Asia, assisting with strategic planning, fundraising, and operational execution of the missions.

Alexandria earned both her Masters of Science degree in Health Systems/Industrial Engineering and bachelor’s degree with honors in Industrial Engineering from Georgia Tech with a certificate in Organizational Psychology. Alexandria was selected as a fellow in the California Health Leadership College, participating in a year-long program dedicated to the development of “Next Generation CEOs”. She also holds a certificate in LEAN performance improvement training from BMGI and Joan Wellman Associates. 

Rick Conlin

Partner, The Advisory Board Company
Rick is a partner and part of the leadership team for the Advisory Board’s Spend Performance Solutions team. He oversees all of the firm’s purchased service offerings, which he has developed and directed from their launch in 2012. Rick is an expert on services contracting and specialized in the negotiation of fixed-price, performance-based arrangements. His collective acquisition experience and mastery of contracting detail covers nearly every commodity or service purchased.
 
Currently, Rick dedicates much of his time to working with health system boards and executive teams to implement large-scale procurement strategies. Rick has led hundreds of sourcing projects and more than 10 where the total spend sourced was over $1B. In total, his work has yielded $300M in realized savings.
 
Prior to joining the Advisory Board, Rick was the youngest member of the executive team that started Censeo Consulting, a top-ranked firm focused on sourcing and supply chain strategy. During his tenure, Rick generated $150M+ in savings for clients across a range of industries, including health care.

James Connor, MBA, CPHM

Vice President, Supply Chain Operations, Westchester Medical Center
Mr. Connor has more than 20 years’ experience in healthcare operations.  His expertise is in the areas of finance, billing, reimbursement, management, materials management and software implementation and development. 
 
Mr. Connor has held many management positions within healthcare and manufacturing with titles including Director with a focus in Materials, Finance and Surgical Services, Director of Operations Sterile Processing, Software Implementation Specialist/Inventory Control and Master Production Scheduler.   He also served in the United States Air Force in Charleston, South Carolina as a Flight Crew Chief and overseas in the Air Force Reserves. 
 
Mr. Connor is an active member of several Boards, including the Spend Management Board, the Strategic Information Board and the Council of Supply Chain Executives.  Mr. Connor has a Bachelor’s Degree in Business Management from Eckerd College in Florida and a Masters in Business Administration from the University of South Florida. 

Karen Conway

Vice President, Healthcare Value & Former National Chair, GHX & Association for Health Care Resource & Materials Management (AHRMM)

Karen Conway advances the role of supply chain as a critical enabler of value-based healthcare. She applies her extensive knowledge of supply chain operations and systems thinking to align processes, data and incentives across stakeholders and generate evidence on what improves the health of people and populations and the performance of organizations upon which an effective healthcare system depends.   

A past chair of the Association for Healthcare Resource and Materials Management (AHRMM), Conway serves on the boards of the Strategic Marketplace Initiative (SMI) and the Bellwether League, the GS1 Global Healthcare Leadership Team, the expert advisory council for SCANHealth, and the healthcare advisory board for CAPS Research.  

She is a co-author of the global leadership book, Leading from the Edge, a contributing author to eBusiness in Healthcare, and a monthly columnist on “Standard Practices” in healthcare.   

Conway holds a Masters in the Science of Healthcare Delivery from Arizona State University.

Emily Cook
Partner, McDermott Will & Emery
Emily J. Cook provides counsel to health care providers on complex regulatory and reimbursement matters.
 
Emily's regulatory experience includes fee-for-service Medicare and Medicaid reimbursement, billing and coding, licensure, survey/certification and accreditation, and compliance with Medicare and state fraud and abuse requirements.
 
Emily also has significant experience counseling health care providers and other stakeholder entities on issues related to 340B drug pricing program implementation, compliance and advocacy.

Sara Cosgrove

Associate Professor of Medicine and Epidemiology, Johns Hopkins University

Sara E. Cosgrove, MD, MS, is an Associate Professor of Medicine in the Division of Infectious Disease at Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine and has a joint appointment in the Department of Epidemiology at the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health.

She serves as the Director of the Antimicrobial Stewardship Program and the Associate Hospital Epidemiologist at The Johns Hopkins Hospital. Dr. Cosgrove currently serves as President-Elect on the Society for Healthcare Epidemiology of America’s Board of Directors and was the previous Chair of its Antimicrobial Stewardship Committee. She is Assistant Deputy Editor of Clinical Infectious Diseases.

She was a member of the President’s Council of Advisors on Science and Technology Working Group on Antimicrobial Resistance and was recently appointed as a voting member to the Presidential Advisory Council on Combating Antibiotic-Resistant Bacteria. 

Terry K. Cox MA, MS, FAHRMM
Director, Supply Chain Services
Yuma Regional Medical Center
Terry has done numerous interim leadership assignments the past two years at PIH in California, Dartmouth Hitchcock in New Hampshire and Yuma Regional Medical Center. Terry was the first ever HonorHealth Director of Supply Chain Operations. SLHN is a 10,000 plus employee, 3,700 affiliated physicians, five acute care hospital network.
 
Prior to SLHN he was one of a handful of MedAssets executive leaders specializing in senior leadership interim supply chain roles. He served as the Director of Supply Chain Management at Texas Children's Hospital (TCH), Houston, Texas, the largest Pediatric institution in the United States. He served as the Corporate Assistant Vice President for Supply Chain Pharmacy Operations for the largest for-profit healthcare system in the country. He was responsible for a $1 billion corporate wide supply chain initiative for over 160 hospitals. Savings estimates were projected at $30 million per year.
 
Prior to that position, he served as the Regional Vice President of Material and Contract Management for a six-facility healthcare system. In less than one year he saved over $3M, primarily thru contract negotiations and maximization, standardization, optimization and system leveraged volumes. 

Josh Curtis

AVP of Pharmacy Sourcing, HealthTrust

Joshua Curtis is the AVP of Pharmacy Sourcing at HealthTrust.  He is responsible for the planning and implementation of pharmacy strategic sourcing initiatives within an $8B spend portfolio across 170 different contracts.  He also works closely with the Clinical Services team on drug shortage mitigation strategies to protect supply for HealthTrust members.  

Throughout his 9 year career at HealthTrust, he has developed and implemented a wide array of contracting strategies across multiple categories – from Pharmacy Distribution, Brand and Generic Pharmaceuticals, Med-Surg Distribution, Advanced Energy Products, ENT Equipment and Supplies, and Powered Surgical Equipment.  Before joining HealthTrust, Josh worked as an accountant at AmSurg, where he managed the full accounting cycle for targeted outpatient surgery centers.  

Josh has his Bachelor’s Degree in Accounting from the University of North Alabama and his MBA in Supply Chain Management from the University of Tennessee.

Jodie Curtis

Executive Vice President, District Policy Group, Faegre Drinker

Jodie Curtis has more than 25 years of experience in government, congressional affairs, and representing the legislative and regulatory interests of for-profit, nonprofit and global organizations. She works across a broad range of policy, appropriations and regulatory issues, including health and life sciences, digital health, global health, agriculture, manufacturing, trade, transportation, insurance and environmental issues. Jodie helps clients foster meaningful relationships with officials and their staffs and is deeply involved in the federal appropriations and authorization processes.

Highly attuned to the changing regulatory and legislative landscape, she has earned recognition as one of The Hill’s Top Lobbyists 2017-2019. Prior to joining the District Policy Group, Jodie served as an assistant director with Planned Parenthood Federation of America, deputy chief of staff for U.S. Representative Thomas M. Barrett (D-WI), executive assistant for U.S. Representatives Lynn Rivers (D-MI) and Peter Barca (D-WI), and district director/legislative assistant for Wisconsin State Senator Barbara Ulichny.

Jodie credits her interest in politics to her high school civics teacher and an internship for a state representative of Wisconsin. Jodie lives in Alexandria, Virginia, with her Chicago−sports fan husband, Greg, where you might find her biking or cheering for her favorite Wisconsin or Chicago sports teams.

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.

Georgiana D'Alessandro Esq.
Senior Project Manager - Supply Chain
The University of Vermont Health Network
Georgiana reports to the Chief Supply Chain Officer for the University of Vermont Health Network to support high-risk, complex, enterprise and cross-departmental projects within the network. UVM Health Network is a 1,325-licensed bed not-for-profit health system located in Vermont and northern New York with 6-hospitals, and the largest being an academic medical center in Burlington VT. Georgiana works alongside project leaders from clinical and administrative departments to plan and implement projects; analyze and improve organizational systems processes; and manage corporate-wide contracts for products, equipment and services.
 
Georgiana is an attorney admitted to practice law in California and Vermont. Other work experience includes Director of Sourcing for custom contracting within Vizient (f/n/a Novation), and an associate attorney at a private law firm in San Diego, CA, where she litigated contract law principles and represented employees and unions in civil and administrative proceedings.
 
Georgiana received her undergraduate degree at the University of Vermont and her Juris Doctor from the California Western School of Law. In her free time, she volunteers as a youth lacrosse coach, is an avid foodie and cook, and spends time with her corgi dog.
Dennis Daar
Managing Partner
Medical Strategies International
Dennis Daar has been in the medical supply and device industry for over 38 years. For the past 19 years he has been the Managing Partner for Medical Strategies International, (MSI). MSI is an outsource corporate accounts firm that helps clients develop their National Accounts strategy, then works toward gaining and implementing agreements with GPO’s, IDN’s, RPC’s, Equipment Planners, and Government Sales.
 
Prior, he held senior management positions at Stryker, SSI/ Hill-Rom, Inc., STERIS/Hausted, and Skytron. His diverse responsibilities range from developing and implementing National Accounts, Equipment Planning Relationships, Government Contracts, Sales Management Strategies, and International Operations. Dennis is a past Chairperson of the Federation of American Hospitals Exposition Advisory Committee for over 29 years.
 
He has been part of Association of National Accounts Advisory Committee (ANAE), and Past Chairperson of HSCA/HISCI/HIDA, and of HISCI’s Educational Committee. Dennis has been both a speaker and has appeared in print on various topics including: healthcare, government sales, sales management, national accounts, and international issues.
Dr. Arash T. Dabestani PharmD, MHA, FASHP, FABC
Dean & Professor
LIU College of Pharmacy

Arash Dabestani is currently the Dean and Professor at Long Island University College of Pharmacy. He was the Senior Director of Pharmacy at NYU Langone Health for eight years prior to joining academia, and previously served as associate director of pharmacy at Stanford University Hospital and Clinics.
Arash received his PharmD from Campbell University and his Master in Health Administration from the University of North Carolina (Charlotte). He has over 25 years of experience as a health system pharmacy executive as well as a practicing pharmacist in community, hospital, home infusion, and specialty pharmacy. He is considered a global subject matter expert in pharmacy technology, inventory automation, supply-chain, medication safety, and quality control.


Arash has formed and facilitated multiple pharmacy leadership forums in Washington DC, New York, and the San Francisco Bay area. In 2023, he was invited to the White House to discuss the topic of medication quality. He currently lectures at NYU School of Dentistry and has previously lectured at the UCSF, Virginia Commonwealth, and Long Island University Schools of Pharmacy.


Arash has served multiple terms on the ASHP Section of Pharmacy Practice Manager’s Leadership Development Section and was named a Fellow of ASHP in 2011.

Deborah Dahl

Vice President, Patient Care Innovation, Banner Health

Deborah Dahl is the Vice President, Patient Care Innovation, at Banner Health. Debora’s significant introductions to Banner include iCare, an extensive acute care Telemedicine program including Tele-ICU, MED/Surg, eConsult and Primary Care for patients with chronic diseases. The eICU provides physicians and nurses to Banner ICUs and the iCare Med Surg monitors Med Surg patients 24/7 and is the beta for the eHospital concept. Prior to this, she was an Administrator for Banner Desert Medical Center, one of the largest and most comprehensive hospitals in Arizona.

Deborah has also served as the Vice President of Technology and Materials, where she led the Technology Management and materials and Purchasing Services. She began her career with Samaritan Health System (prior to its merger, becoming Banner Health) in bioengineering and has held various engineering and management positions since.

Deborah holds a BSE and an MBA from Arizona State University.

Pam Daigle

Vice President, Strategic Sourcing and Performance Groups, Premier Inc.
Pam Daigle is a Vice President, Strategic Sourcing and Performance Groups at Premier and has over 25 years of experience in healthcare specifically Supply Chain and Surgical Services.
 
Prior to Premier, Pam was the Administrative Director, Surgical Services for Children’s Hospital of Atlanta for 6 years with corporate responsibility for Surgical Services areas including Operating Room, Post Anesthesia Care Unit, Same Day Surgery, Anesthesia, Sterile Processing, GI Lab and Special Procedures. Prior to that Pam has held Supply Chain leadership positions in large IDNs including two academic medical centers. She grew the highly committed ADCEND program from $100M in total purchasing volume to $13.5B in five years and created the PACER program, a series of high touch outcomes based physician led comparative effectiveness initiatives for select members.
 
Pam obtained her B.S.  in Business Administration from Western Governor’s University. She is also an active member of AHRMM, HFMA, NAPW, and Professional Women in Healthcare.

Teresa Dail

Chief Supply Chain Officer, Vanderbilt University Medical Center

 

Teresa Dail’s healthcare career began in clinical ICU nursing where she held various leadership roles, followed by a role in clinical practice administration for private practice group. Her exposure to vendor/physician relationships led to various supply chain positions spanning from a clinical resource nurse, to a corporate director of materials management fro a 7-hospital system to her current role as Chief Supply Chain Officer at Vanderbilt University Medical Center. While at Vanderbilt, she also led the Perioperative team as the Administrative Director for Clinical Operations for almost a year.
 
Currently, she oversees all areas of operations related to supply chain, including a strong self-contracting model and a purchasing collaborative for non-owned participants, procurement, GPO oversight, capital acquisition and database development. She is also responsible for supply chain activities at a 50,000-square-foot off-site case cart operation center, which handles case picks for Vanderbilt’s adult hospital, logistics and distribution for the entire clinical enterprise, linen services, clinical engineering, and retail operations.
Jessica Daley
Group Vice President, Strategic Sourcing, Premier
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.
Michael Dankwerth
Executive Director
AllSpire Health GPO, LLC
Mr. Dankwerth has over 30 years of experience in the healthcare and life sciences industries with expertise in strategy & performance improvement consulting, clinical supply chain management, business transformation, and strategy development. Currently, Michael serves as Vice President, GPO Operations for HealthTrust and as Executive Director of the AllSpire Health GPO, LLC, a regional group purchasing organization that is comprised of five IDNs representing 38 acute care facilities and over 1,300 non-acute facilities, located in New Jersey, Pennsylvania, and Delaware. Prior to joining HealthTrust and AllSpire Health GPO, LLC, he was responsible for client C-Suite Relationship Management and delivery of enterprise-wide performance improvement advisory services with MedAssets/Vizient.
 
Previous experience includes roles in general management, finance, enterprise sales & marketing, strategy, and supply chain/clinical cost management consulting with Capgemini Consulting, Owens & Minor, Allegiance Healthcare, Baxter Healthcare, and American Hospital Supply Corporation.
 
Michael holds a B.S. in Business Administration from the University of Kansas, and an M.B.A. in Strategy & Marketing Management, with a concentration in Health Enterprise Management, from the Kellogg School of Management at Northwestern University. 

Jim Dausch

Principal, NCI Consulting Group, LLC
Jim Dausch has more than 30 years of experience in the healthcare industry. At NCI, Jim oversees operations, including strategic direction of the firm. His background includes: Bio Medical Engineering, Materials Management, Group Purchasing, International Consulting, Manufacturing, Corporate Accounts, Sales and Marketing and Sales Management.
 
At NCI, Jim is responsible for the leadership and direction of key business partner engagements, business development, and strategic planning. He works as a business development partner to medical products, services and technology companies, distributors, group purchasing organizations, and integrated delivery networks. With expertise in corporate development and the cultivation of industry relationships, he generates unique opportunities for suppler clients in the healthcare arena. Jim is the sole owner of NCI Consulting Group and the primary contributor to NCI’s national recognition as the leading consulting firm in business development of market solicitation and penetration solutions.

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

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.

Nilesh Desai RPh, MBA, CPPS

Chief Pharmacy Officer
Baptist Healthcare Systems, Inc.

Nilesh Desai joined Baptist Health as chief pharmacy officer in March 2020. In this newly created role, he is responsible for pharmacy operations across the eight-hospital system, including oversight of the system’s retail pharmacies.


Desai spent 21 years with Hackensack University Medical Center/Hackensack Meridian Health in New Jersey, most recently as administrator of pharmacy and clinical operations. In this leadership role, he oversaw inpatient, outpatient, and retail pharmacies and had responsibility for OB/GYN and maternal-fetal medicine physician faculty practices.


He also served as a program preceptor for the PGY1 pharmacy residency program and a clinical adjunct professor with the Ernest Mario School of Pharmacy and Massachusetts School of Pharmacy.

Paulina Deming

Associate Professor - College of Pharmacy Assistant Director, Viral Hepatitis Programs - ECHO Institute, The University of New Mexico

Dr. Paulina Deming is an Associate Professor-Clinical Educator within the Pharmacy Practice and Administrative Sciences Department at the College of Pharmacy at the University of New Mexico Health Sciences Center.  In addition to her teaching, she has co-authored papers and book chapters on the management of HCV infections.  She also serves as the assistant director of Project ECHO (Extension for Community Healthcare Outcomes) HCV programs, which include HCV community, corrections, and Indian Country teleECHO clinics.  

In January 2018, she helped launch and serves as the co-director for the Great Plains HCV teleECHO clinic which was originally geared to support pharmacist led HCV treatment in Indian Health Services/Tribal/Urban clinics. At Project ECHO since 2006, Dr. Deming serves on the expert faculty panel to inform clinical decisions on HCV therapy, trains other providers how to comprehensively care for patients with chronic HCV, and advises on maximizing HCV therapy.

She is licensed as a pharmacist clinician and sees patients in the university based HCV clinic as well as at Truman Medical Services.

Suzette Dimascio

Vice President, Chief Physician Executive
Premier, Inc
Suzette DiMasccio, CHE, CMCE, CPC is President/CEO of the CSI Specialty Group, a globally recognized; WBE Certified Leadership Consulting Firm helping clients drive sustainable, accelerated growth. Under Suzette’s leadership, The CSI Specialty Group has become known as the Industry’s Most Influential Leader in Specialty Pharmacy Consulting and Talent Acquisition, and most recently was awarded Consulting Magazine’s Fastest Growing Firms, ranking 5th out of 50. CSI is dedicated to providing solutions to continually elevate the Specialty Pharmacy industry, exemplified by the 2016 launch of CSI University and the Industry’s first, dedicated Podcast for Specialty Pharmacy.
 
Prior to starting CSI in 2002, Suzette held senior leadership roles within the Specialty Pharmacy & Biotech industry, with NMC Home Infusion, Pfizer and Nestle Clinical Nutrition. She brings particular expertise in Managed Care & Payor Strategies, Sales Leadership, Reimbursement, Human Resources, Startups and Overall Specialty Pharmacy Market Strategy. Suzette is also a pioneer in the Disease Management and Tele-Health undustry – and also holds a patent in this arena.
 
Suzette is a Certified Managed Care Executive (CMCE) certified through American’s Health Insurance Plans, and a Certified Healthcare Executive (CHE) through the American College of Healthcare Executives.  

Mark Dixon

President
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.

John Dockins

Executive Director, Sourcing & Vendor Management
Cleveland Clinic
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.

Melanie Dodd

Associate Dean for Clinical Affairs & Associate Professor of Pharmacy in Geriatrics, The University of New Mexico

Melanie A. Dodd, Pharm.D., Ph.C., BCPS, FASHP is Associate Dean for Clinical Affairs and Associate Professor in geriatrics at The University of New Mexico (UNM) College of Pharmacy. She is a pharmacist clinician with prescriptive authority at the UNM Senior Health Clinic providing chronic disease and medication management. She is responsible for extensive didactic and clinical teaching activities in the Doctor of Pharmacy program and the UNM Health Sciences Center, including interprofessional education. She also plays an active role in operations and establishment of pharmacy practice clinical services. She is an active advocate for advanced pharmacy practice services at the local and national level.  

Dr. Dodd received her B.S. in Pharmacy from Purdue University, Pharm.D from UNM, and completed a pharmacy practice residency at Presbyterian Healthcare Services in Albuquerque, NM.

Dee Donatelli
Principal 
Dee Donatelli Consulting, LLC
Dee Donatelli, is an experienced healthcare professional and nationally recognized speaker with nearly 40 years in the industry. Donatelli has advised some of the country’s leading healthcare organizations on cost reduction based upon a clinically integrated value analysis process. With a background as a nurse and over 25 years of healthcare consulting experience focused on large scale supply chain operations improvement, she specializes in providing and executing on plans for supply chain to collaborate with physicians, while focusing on clinical evidence and protocols to reduce variation in practice and products.
 
Dee has held a number of leadership roles at high profile organizations including, Cap Gemini Ernst and Young, Owens & Minor, VHA, Hayes, Inc. and Navigant Consulting. She is a former president of the Association of Healthcare Value Analysis Professionals (AHVAP) where she helped to facilitate the creation of Value Analysis Certification. Dee has been involved with the Association for Healthcare Resource and Materials Management (AHRMM), serving at the state-level for Kansas and on the national board. She holds certifications with both national organizations as well as Fellow Status.
 
In October of 2015 Dee was inducted in to the Bellwether League and currently serves on the Bellwether League Board of Directors. This is in recognition of exemplary contributions to Healthcare Supply Chain Management; recognizing individuals for their development, growth, innovation and leadership. Dee has established her own LLC and is exploring independent consulting opportunities.
 
Most recently Dee served as the President and CEO of Mid-America Service Solutions, a Vizient Member Business Ventures network representing over 250 acute care and 1200 non-acute care facilities in a ten-state region. 
Andrew Donnelly PharmD, MBA, FASHP
Director of Pharmacy, University of Illinois Hospital & Health Sciences System
Dr. Andrew Donnelly received his Doctor of Pharmacy and Masters of Business Administration degrees from the University of Illinois. He is currently Director of Pharmacy Services at the University of Illinois Hospital & Health Sciences System as well as Clinical Professor and Associate Dean for Clinical Affairs at the University of Illinois at Chicago College of Pharmacy.
 
In his current position, Dr. Donnelly is responsible for planning, organizing, and directing the activities of the pharmacy department. He oversees a staff of approximately 180 pharmacists, technicians and ancillary personnel. The majority of Dr. Donnelly’s clinical practice has been concentrated in the areas of operating room (OR) pharmacy and anesthesiology. His areas of interest include pharmacy administration, technology and automation as it relates to the medication use process, and anesthesiology/OR pharmacy. He has published and lectured extensively in these areas.
 
Dr. Donnelly is a Fellow of the American Society of Health-System Pharmacists and a past president of the Illinois Council of Health-System Pharmacists.

Curtis Dudley

Vice President, Integrated Performance Solutions, Mercy Health

As vice president of Enterprise Analytics and Data Services, Curtis and his team are responsible for designing and deploying solutions that drive clinical, operational, and financial performance improvement.  He oversees the identification and use of tools, technology, metrics and dashboards across the entire care continuum, driving more predictive and dynamic decisions that help optimize the Mercy experience for caregivers and patients.

Curtis has more than 20 years’ experience in healthcare, supply chain and information technology. He has held various positions with Mercy that include management positions in the operating room, warehousing and distribution, regional supply chain leadership, and IT.

Curtis is a member of the Association for Healthcare Resource & Materials Management (AHRMM). He also has served as an advisory board member to a number of different health care technology companies.

Melissa Duke

Executive Director, Population Health Pharmacy Solutions, Banner Health

Melissa Skelton Duke is responsible for the design, deployment, and oversight of innovative pharmacy strategies that provide value to healthcare consumers, providers, and populations. This includes a variety of pharmacist-provided clinical services, population health management services, and patient advocacy programs.

She has extensive experience in the design and deployment of innovative clinical strategies in acute care, primary care, ambulatory infusion, and population health.  

Prior to her current role, Melissa led a comprehensive specialty, home delivery, and ambulatory pharmacy services for Banner Health and was responsible for the development of acute care and ambulatory clinical pharmacy services at Intermountain Healthcare.  

Melissa is also passionate about healthcare policy and leadership. She has held a number of elected and volunteer leadership positions at the state and national level and is always eager to help others engage in the profession of pharmacy.

Shaleta Dunn CPM

VP, Supplier Diversity and Social Investment Impact
Vizient

She is responsible for guiding Vizient's supply chain equity and community contracting core tenets, which enable Vizient and its providers and suppliers to champion inclusion, equity, and diversity and grow local economies, thus improving community health.


She leads the development and implementation of new offerings and strategic initiatives that drive health equity while empowering minority, women, veteran, LGBT, and disability-owned businesses and impacting the patient population economically. She works closely with executive leaders, providers, suppliers, and community and advocacy groups.


Shaleta has led Vizient to implement two supplier diversity policies – enterprise-wide and GPO-wide, expanded and enhanced supplier diversity to include LGBT and disability-owned businesses, and implemented Tier II spend reporting requirements.


A recipient of the Journal of Healthcare Contracting's 10 People to Watch in Healthcare Contracting, a Corporate Catalyst Award honoree from the National Minority Supplier Development Council, and a Top 25 Women in Power Impacting Diversity, Shaleta has received many other accolades.


Shaleta is responsible for guiding the strategy and vision of Vizient’s industry-leading supply chain equity and community contracting core tenets, enabling the Vizient enterprise and providers and suppliers to champion inclusion, equity and diversity in their supply chains and accelerate economic growth in local communities, which in turn leads to increased overall community health.  


Shaleta works with executive leaders, providers, suppliers, and community and advocacy organizations to lead the development of new offerings and implementation of strategic initiatives that drive health equity, empower minority-, women- veteran-owned, LGBT, and disability owned businesses while delivering significant member value and satisfaction, and economically impacting patient populations. 


In her role at Vizient, Shaleta has led the organization to implement two supplier diversity policies – an enterprise-wide policy and another for the GPO, expanded and enhanced supplier diversity to also include LGBT and disability owned businesses, and implemented Tier II spend reporting requirements. She transformed the inclusion of diverse suppliers in the hospital supply chain by shifting areas of spend to local, diverse community-based suppliers through the creation of Community Contracting. She developed new strategies to address socio-economic factors that contribute to economically impacting and empowering communities and has led Vizient to be recognized as a Top Corp for women owned businesses.


Shaleta has been named on the Journal of Healthcare Contracting's list of 10 People to Watch in Healthcare Contracting, recognized by the National Minority Supplier Development Council as a Corporate Catalyst Award honoree, and one of Diversity Plus' Top 25 Women in Power Impacting Diversity, among several other recognitions.

Beth Eckle

Director, Environmental Purchasing Program, Practice Greenhealth
Beth provides consulting, education and training services on environmental purchasing to purchasers in health care systems and Group Purchasing Organizations.
 
Beth has over 20 years of environmental purchasing experience both as a consultant, leading implementation of purchasing strategies with over a dozen government agencies, and as a manager of one of the earliest programs in the country to include environmental criteria in the supply chain process for Alameda County’s General Services Agency in Oakland, California.
 
She has a Bachelor of Arts in Interdisciplinary Studies focusing on Energy, Environmental Science and Policy from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.

Jim Eckler

Co-Founder,  Healthcare Supply Chain eXcellence

JIM ECKLER, Co-Founder, Healthcare Supply Chain eXcellence, provides advisory services with practical strategic and operational advice to management teamsand Boards. His background includes over 40years of experience in supply chain management, shared services,andbusiness strategy development.

Prior to establishing his advisory practice, Jim wasCOO of the shared services organization for a major healthcare systemcomprising over 100 hospitals.For18 yearsprior to thatJim held senior executive roles in operating companies including 14 years as CEO of a leading outsourcing services company, providing logistics services for major technology, healthcare, and retail companies such as Amazon, Lowes, Walmart, Siemens,and Xerox.  Prior to theseleadership positions, Jim was a supply chain management consultant with Booz Allen and with KPMG.

Jim is a graduate in Mathematics from the University of Waterloo and in Management Science from the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania.

Dave Edwards

Vice President, Supplier Relations and Business Development, Premier, Inc.

With nearly 30 years of experience in healthcare sales, marketing, and management, Dave Edwards is an enthusiastic champion of creating win/win scenarios through collaboration, particularly between healthcare providers and suppliers. He is an energetic leader with a proven record of sales success with a Fortune 50 company, a start-up-device company and as a partner in a small medical manufacturer. 

Now an executive with the Premier healthcare alliance, his talents for motivating people, synthesizing complex ideas and building strong relationships across the healthcare supply chain, along with his engaging personality, make Dave one of the industry’s authorities on driving strategy, collaboration and organizational improvements.

During his 16-year tenure with Premier, he has been the principal architect of Premier’s field force strategy and has been instrumental in propelling the alliance’s purchasing volume from $12 to $44 billion. 

Jon Ellsworth

Director, Sourcing and Contracting
Medical University of South Carolina

Jon Ellsworth has extensive knowledge and expertise in the development, assessment, and improvement of non-clinical or Purchased Services sourcing. With experience at both Premier and Vizient as a member of their non-clinical consulting teams, Mr. Ellsworth has done pioneering work in locum tenens, legal, marketing, revenue cycle and transplants to name a few.

Having worked with and led work at 30+ health systems nationwide, he is uniquely qualified as an expert in the Purchased Services space. He received his BS in Business Administration from Arizona State University and MHA from University of Colorado Denver.

Craig Else RPh, PharmD, MHSA
Director of Innovation and Integration for Shared Clinical Services
Fairview Health Services
Craig Else is the Director of Innovation and Integration for Shared Clinical Services and Chief Operating Officer for IntegraDose at Fairview Health Services in Minneapolis, Minnesota.
 
He received a B.S. in Pharmacy in 1991 from North Dakota State University, Doctor of Pharmacy from the University of Minnesota in 2004, and a Masters in Health Service Administration from the University of St. Francis in 2010.
 
Craig has held various pharmacy staff, clinical and leadership roles, has managed a large physician practice, and is currently working on a number of health-system business development projects.
Chester Elton
Best Selling Author, Leadership Expert

 
One of today’s most influential voices in workplace trends, Chester Elton has spent two decades helping
clients engage their employees to execute on strategy, vision, and values. In his provocative, inspiring and always entertaining talks, #1 bestselling leadership author Chester Elton provides real solutions to leaders looking to manage change, drive innovation, and lead a multi-generational workforce. Elton’s work is supported by research with more than 850,000 working adults, revealing the proven secrets behind high-performance cultures and teams.
 
He has been called the “apostle of appreciation” by Canada’s Globe and Mail, “creative and refreshing‚” by the New York Times, and a “must read for modern managers” by CNN. Elton is co-author of the multiple award-winning New York Times and #1 USA Today and Wall Street Journal bestselling leadership book, All In, The Carrot Principle, and The Best Team Wins. His books have been translated in more than 30 languages and have sold more than 1.5 million copies worldwide.
 
Elton is often quoted in publications such as the Wall Street Journal, Washington Post, Fast Company and the New York Times. He has appeared on NBC’s Today, CNN, ABC, MSNBC, National Public Radio and CBS’s 60 Minutes. In 2018 Global Gurus research organization ranked him as #13 in the world’s top leadership experts and #5 in the world’s top organizational culture experts; and he is a member of Marshall Goldsmith’s 100 Coaches pay it forward project. Elton is the co-founder of The Culture Works, a global training company and a board member of Camp Corral, a non-profit for the children of wounded and fallen military heroes.

Anthony Elwood

CEO, OIG Compliance NOW
Tony was the founder of Evolution Consulting LLC in 1994 as a specialty drug screening and background investigation firm. He founded OIG Compliance NOW as a separate organization to meet the growing demand to prevent fraud, waste and abuse by identifying sanctioned and excluded individuals for federal/state healthcare programs.
 
Tony is a NYS Licensed Private Investigator with over thirty years of experience in law enforcement, including serving as an office and drug recognition expert with the New York State police. Tony has multiple certifications including Drug Recognition Expert, Drug Evaluation & Classification, Breathalyzer Operator/Instructor, Breath Alcohol Technician (DI,DII), and 49 CFR Part 40 Procedures.
 
Tony works as a resource and advisor to OIGCN clients during the discovery, validation and management of identified exclusions.

Amir Emamifar Pharm D, MBA

Healthcare consultant
ASHP

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.

Jim Eppel

President & CEO, UCare

Jim Eppel is President and Chief Executive Officer of UCare. Before joining UCare in June 2015, he was Senior Vice President of OptumInsight, a division of UnitedHealth Group. As such, Eppel provided internal and external consulting services in a variety of areas, including health insurance exchanges, patient engagement, and the assumption and management of health care services rick by provider entities.

Prior to his work at Optum, Eppel was Chief Operating Officer at Blue Cross Blue Shield of Minnesota after serving five years in executive leadership roles for the health plan’s commercial markets, health management, revenue management for Allina Health, UnitedHealth Group, Medica, and MedCenters Healthcare. He began his career with KPMG Peat Marwick.

Donna Lynn Fahy
Director of Purchased Services
Cape Fear Valley Health
Donna Fahy has more than 25 years of experience in leading high performing supply chain organizations. As Purchased Services Director, Donna is recognized for her expertise in strategy formulation and execution, total cost of ownership, process management, shared services, and operations.
 
Her initial introduction to health care began at Cape Fear Valley Health System in1997 in the finance division. Donna served in various Analytical and Cost Management roles before moving into Supply Chain Operations. She has used that experience to develop the data driven strategies that were key to the successful creation of the Purchased Services Team. By connecting the financial component to the supply chain strategy, her team has extracted millions of dollars in savings and is recognized as an integral component of the overall corporate goal of making healthcare affordable. Her team drives the enterprise-wide strategy, contracting and supplier relationship management for all Purchased Services.
 
She also serves on the Premier Strategic Sourcing Purchased Services Committee and co- chairs the Capstone Health Alliance Purchased Services Oversight Committee.
Stephanie Falconer
Contract Portfolio Director, Perioperative Services
Beaumont Health
Stephanie Falconer is the Contract Portfolio Director for Perioperative Services at Beaumont Health, the largest health care system in Michigan, based on inpatient admission and net revenue. She has over 20 years of operational and leadership experience in perioperative services and clinical value analysis teams.
 
As the Contract Portfolio Director, she is responsible for product lines for 8 hospital campuses with over 129,000 surgical cases per year. Prior to joining supply chain, she served as the Director of Perioperative Services at Beaumont Health’s Royal Oak Campus, one of the nation’s highest volume operating rooms-performing over 52,000 surgeries in 2016. She has also served as a clinical nurse and Administrative Manager at Beaumont, Royal Oak and Director of Surgery as part of Adventist Health System in Florida prior to returning to Beaumont.

Marisa Farabaugh

Senior Vice President and Chief Supply Chain Officer
AdventHealth

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.

Sean P Farley MBA, CMRP
Director, Organizational Procurement
Virginia Mason Medical Center/HRS
Sean Farley is the Director of Organizational Procurement at Virginia Mason Medical Center in Seattle. In his role he is responsible for supply contracting, purchased services contracting, value analysis, sourcing and purchasing teams. Sean brings experience in contract quality assurance practices in addition to a decade of standardization analysis and evaluation. Sean is merging 19 years of military medical logistics experience with the lean principles that are practiced at Virginia Mason to maximize savings opportunities and practice proactive supply chain planning.
 
Prior to joining Virginia Mason Medical Center, Sean was a Medical Logistics Officer for 19 years in the Military Health System supporting military medical beneficiaries, Department of Defense Hospitals and deployable forces. Sean currently serves as the President of the Western States Material Management Association and is the AHRMM liaison for chapters in Colorado, Minnesota, and the Great Plains.
 
He earned his Masters of Business Administration at Colorado Technical University and is a Certified Material Resource Planner.
Jessica Farrell PharmD
Clinical Pharmacist/Associate Professor
Albany College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences & The Center for Rheumatology

Dr. Farrell is currently employed as an Associate Professor in the Department of Pharmacy Practice at Albany College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences. Her practice site is The Center for Rheumatology in Albany, NY where she provides a variety of clinical pharmacy services including pharmacotherapy consult services, self-injection counseling visits, off-label insurance approval service, and adverse event monitoring and reporting. She also serves as an associate medical officer for the Steffens Scleroderma Center.

Dr. Farrell presents nationally and internationally on numerous rheumatic conditions including rheumatoid arthritis, psoriatic arthritis, scleroderma, pregnancy and lactation in rheumatic disease. She is affiliated with several professional organizations, including the American College of Rheumatology/Association of Rheumatology Health Professionals (ACR/ARHP), American Society of Health-System Pharmacists (ASHP), and previously held officer positions for the New York State Council of Health-System Pharmacists (NYSCHP)-Northeastern Chapter.

Dr. Farrell received her Doctor of Pharmacy Degree at Albany College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences in Albany, NY. 

Jeffrey Feit, MD

Vice President, Population Health; Chief Operating Officer, Valley Physician Enterprise
Jeffrey M. Feit, MD, is Valley Health Vice President of Population Health and Chief Operating Officer of Valley Physician Enterprise. He joined the System administrative team in 2012 after six years as Vice President of Medical Affairs at Page Memorial Hospital (PMH), where he championed initiatives in performance improvement, Lean engineering and the electronic medical record.  
 
He previously practiced family medicine in Luray and Fairfax, Va., and has held appointments on the faculty of VCU and UVA departments of Family Medicine.  
 
Dr. Feit earned his medical degree and completed a residency in Family Medicine at the UVA School of Medicine. He has a bachelor’s degree in International Affairs and Public Policy from Princeton University and a Master’s of Science in Health Care Administration from Virginia Commonwealth University.

Ann Marie Ferguson, MPA

Associate Director, Supply Chain Operations, NYU Langone Health System
Ann Marie Ferguson is responsible for providing operations support and leadership to the NYU Langone Supply Chain Management team by overseeing operations across the supply chain management organization. She manages all areas of the e-Procurement system in addition to supporting hospital-wide initiatives as they relate to supply chain management.  Ms. Ferguson manages process improvement initiatives and provides guidance on organizational changes, including the integration of new technologies and control systems into existing processes.  She ensures supply chain management policies and procedures are current and accurate.  She also leads and manages teams to project completion and oversees the recall management system for the organization.
 
Ms. Ferguson brings over 26 years of healthcare experience, 24 years in supply chain management with cross-functional expertise in procurement, and nine years of analytical skills.  She has made significant achievements in diverse roles including efficiency and effectiveness, process improvement, change management, policy and procedure development, compliance, human resource management, and project implementation. She is a results oriented professional with proven track record of quality outcomes.
 
Ms. Ferguson received her Bachelor of Business Administration from Monroe College and her Master of Public Administration at the Metropolitan College of New York.
Rex Fieck
Supply Chain Strategy
Nick Gaich and Associates
As Chief Supply Chain Strategy Officer at Nick Gaich and Associates, Rex Fieck has facilitated large healthcare system’s supply chain assessments while developing and implementing strategies that enable institutions to maximize their supply chain performance. He has performed as interim supply chain leadership and has advised and collaborated with industry suppliers to support the greater enhancement of the entire healthcare supply chain.
 
Rex spent 24 years at Stanford University Medical Center, the last eight serving as the administrative director of Supply Chain Services, providing expertise and leadership for the entire supply chain at both Stanford Hospital & Clinics and Lucile Packard Childrens Hospital. The role included responsibility for both Procurement Services and Logistics & Operations. Rex successfully developed and implemented strategic initiatives that include medical/surgical JIT programs, on-site and off-site vendor supported distribution activities, the creation of a contract administration division, a Value Analysis Department and the Surgical Materials Department, which was responsible for the entire surgical supply chain.
 
Rex is adept in both LEAN Six Sigma process improvement and quality management.
David Finley
Managing Partner
Excelerant Consulting
David Finley serves as a Managing Partner at Excelerant Consulting. He previously spent 11 years as Vice President, Strategic Supplier Engagement at Premier, Inc. where he evolved the strategy and organization from an emphasis on supplier relations to comprehensive leadership of strategic contracting across all service lines.
 
He was most recently Senior Vice President of Strategic Contracting, ZB Connect, supporting Zimmer Biomet and ZB Connect’s transformation to patient-centric solutions and technology. His team managed more than a half-billion dollars in business with 16 leading IDNs, including Advocate Aurora, Geisinger, Johns Hopkins, Kaiser, Ochsner and others.
 
Dave has extensive experience in specialty and medical-surgical distribution and manufacturing with supply-chain experience in high-tech, automotive and government defense. He previously led sales and corporate accounts teams at Tri-anim Health Services, Professional Hospitality Supply [now Medline] and Kimberly-Clark [now Halyard Health/O&M].

Greg Firestone

Vice President of Strategic Customer Relations
TELA Bio
Greg Firestone possesses more than 25 years of experience in the IDN, health systems, and GPO market segments.
 
Prior to joining TELA Bio, Greg served as vice president of strategic customer relations at ROi, where he led a team of co-workers responsible for provider customer recruitment and support, focusing on supply chain services, operational infrastructure, and financial health of providers’ supply chains.
 
Greg also served as regional vice president of MedSpeed, founder and CEO of Dermal Life, LLC, co-founder and president of Mossberg Labs, and owner and CEO of NCI – supply chain consulting and education company. While at NCI, Greg authored "Swimming with the Supertankers," a book written to assist supplier sales and marketing professionals.
Jay Scott Fligstein
Senior Vice President, Business Solutions
Acurity, Inc.
Jay Fligstein joined Acurity in 2005 and now serves as the Senior Vice President of Business Solutions. Throughout the years, Mr. Fligstein has worked with member hospitals to review the Acurity contract portfolio and outline and develop supply chain projects and savings plans. He has also assisted with projects that join GNYHA Services/Premier technologies with materials management information systems, to bring full automation and integration to the contracting and ordering processes to help members manage and reduce supply costs.
 
Prior to joining Acurity, Mr. Fligstein worked as a materials executive where he had operations responsibility for supply chain management. He led an enterprise-wide MMIS deployment, point-of-use technology implementation, and supply chain automation as well as multi-million dollar cost savings plans.
 
Mr. Fligstein earned his BS in Health Care Administration from SUNY at Old Westbury.

Jessica Franck

Principal
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.

Gary Freeman

Sr Strategic Sourcing Manager, Trinity Health

A consultant in the healthcare industry with expertise in GPOs, Pharmacy and Supply Chain, Freeman joined Trinity Health in August 2019.  Previously Freeman served as Vice President of Pharmacy for Intalere (formerly Amerinet) a national healthcare supply chain and group purchasing organization. There he was accountable for the efficient day-to-day operations, strategies, and performance of Intalere's Pharmacy Division.  Responsibilities included managing the program and the overall development, negotiation, and administration of contracts for products, services, and distribution; development and marketing of the contracts; support for members’ and markets’ needs; assistance to sales in educating potential and current members to the benefits the program. Freeman collaborated with the pharmaceutical industry to investigate areas of mutual interest and benefit; represented the company to manufacturers, wholesalers, members, as well as regional, state and national associations and agencies.

With over 30 years of healthcare experience, Freeman served more than eight years as the Director of the Pharmacy Program for AllHealth, a regional group purchasing organization serving the Mid-Atlantic States.  Additionally, Freeman has significant hospital experience serving as the pharmacy director in three facilities.  With an interest in pharmacy automation, Gary has worked for several information technology companies as well as in the information services department of a large multi-hospital healthcare organization.  Rounding out his experience is service as a staff pharmacist in a retail community pharmacy.

A member of the American Society of Health-System Pharmacists, Freeman has a bachelor’s degree in psychology from Temple University, a bachelor of science degree in pharmacy from Temple University School of Pharmacy and a master of business administration from St. Joseph’s University.

Mark French

VP, Vendor Management, 
Ochsner Health System
Mark is the Vice President of Vendor Management at Ochsner Health System.  Mark is responsible for the strategic vision, long term planning, direction and overall accountability for system-wide functions; communicates and interprets organizational and departmental mission goals and objectives to all areas of responsibility; and provides leadership and direction in the planning, implementation, and evaluation activities of all areas of responsibility. 
 
Upon completion of his BS in Exercise Physiology at UC Davis,  Mark served as the co-administrator at an Alzheimer’s residential care facility and then went on to a staff supervisor role in the Department of Emergency Medicine at the UC Davis Medical Center.  Mark entered graduate school at Tulane University in 1996, and upon completion of his MHA in 1998 he proceeded on to an administrative fellowship at Henry Ford Health System. 
 
Mark joined Ochsner in January of 2000 and initially held leadership responsibilities for the Department of Renal Services.  In January of 2002, Mark accepted the role as Director over Cardiovascular Services.  Prior to Mark’s new role as the Vice President of Vendor Services, he served as the COO of Ochsner’s flagship hospital.

Burton Fuller

Senior Manager, Deloitte Consulting
Burton has over 10 years of hospital consulting experience and has led clients through large scale non-labor supply chain expense reduction efforts, post-merger integrations of the sourcing and procurement function, and supply chain transformations that centralize contracting and establish governance for system level decision making. His client base spans large academic medical centers and both regional and multi-state health systems.
 
An issue inherent to many of his engagements is how best to impact purchased services spend- an expense category that he has seen grow for many of his clients over the past decade. He leverages a data-driven approach that supports collaboration between supply chain leadership and key stakeholders to find unique solutions to the benchmarking and evaluation of “make-vs-buy” paradigms for outsourced services.

Russ Funk

CEO Pharmacy Services
Banner Health
Russ Funk, Pharm.D., MHSA, serves as Chief Executive Officer of Banner Pharmacy Services. Funk oversees clinical services, acute care pharmacies, retail pharmacies, specialty pharmacy services, drug preparation and dispensing and pharmacy benefit management at Banner Health.

Funk previously held leadership roles within the continuum of care that focused on innovative strategies and developing new products and solutions to enhance the quality of life for both patients and caregivers.
Prior to Banner Pharmacy Services, Funk served as strategic customer vice president for 11 years at Becton Dickinson. Previously he held roles in clinical and operational pharmacy leadership, product management, and leading sales and marketing teams.

Funk earned his Pharm. D. from Creighton University and a Master of Healthcare Services Administration from the University of Kansas.
Nick A Gaich BBA
CEO
Nick Gaich and Associates
Nick Gaich is the founder and CEO of Nick Gaich and Associates, a firm dedicated to providing executive coaching, leadership development, strategic planning, and operational performance. Nick retired in 2012 as assistant dean of clinical and translational research operations, Stanford Center for Clinical and Translational Research and Education at Stanford University School of Medicine.
 
Previously Nick was vice president of customer service and materials management and service line administrator for the Orthopedics and Sports Medicine at Stanford University Medical Center. During his tenure, his department received the Stanford Hospital Malinda Mitchell Service Quality Department of the Year Award and Stanford Hospital Outstanding Contribution and Achievement Award, and became the first and only non-clinical department to earn such recognition.
 
Nick also served three years as partner and chief strategy officer of Appleseed Healthcare Resources, a firm dedicated to providing senior operations leadership personnel and education to the healthcare industry.

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.

Scott Gasiorek
Director of Supply Chain Informatics 
Trinity Health

Scott Gasiorek is the director of supply chain informatics at Trinity Health. His current role includes reference data management, supply chain systems administration and business intelligence. He has over 15 years of experience in healthcare systems management with large IDN's and as a consultant.

Scott graduated with a bachelor's degree in accounting from the University of Miami and a Master's of Accountancy from Arizona State University. 

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

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.

Nila Getter

Strategic Sourcing Manager, Kettering Health Network

Nila has worked at Kettering Health Network for over 30 years and has held her current role as the Strategic Sourcing Manager for the past 15 years. She has responsibility for value analysis and contracting for multiple clinical areas and facilitates several VA teams.

Nila began her career at KHN as a staff nurse, moving into the role of Clinical Nurse Manger with a background in ICU and ED nursing. Nila is very active in the Association of Healthcare Value Analysis Professionals (AHVAP) and is a past president of the organization. She participated on the committee that coordinated the implementation of the AVAHP certification exam.

She has spoken on both clinical and value analysis topics at state and national meetings, including the Ohio Hospital Association, the IDN Summit, The Association of Healthcare Value Analysis annual conference and Premier Breakthroughs.

Nila earned her BSN from Miami University of Ohio and her Master’s degree from Andrews University in Michigan. She is one of first 35 people nationally to hold a certification in value analysis, the CVAHP.

Ritika Ghose

Senior Consultant, Nexera, Inc.

Ritika Ghose is responsible for developing financial improvement strategies that support leading academic health systems and acute care institutions. Her expertise includes maximizing cost reduction, post-merger support, and the implementation of new services within the areas of clinical and purchased services. She has worked on various cost reduction projects, delivering over $50 million dollars in savings to acute care facilities.
 
Most recently, she led a post-merger assessment that identified savings by aligning disparate pricing, standardizing product, and aggregating spend opportunities. Ms. Ghose creates strategies and executes project plans that help facilities implement process, contract, and operational alignment effectively in a post-merger environment. Prior to joining Nexera, she worked in hospital operations and managed care establishments. In hospital operations, she specifically focused on improving patient throughput and overall length of stay.
 
Ms. Ghose received her Bachelor of Science in Public Health from Rutgers University. 

Vincent Giambanco

Associate Director of Pharmacy, 
NYCHHC
Vincent Giambanco is the Associate Director of Pharmacy at New York City Health & Hospitals Corporation.  In this role, he is responsible for Operations and Procurement.  Previously he has served as Pharmacy Director, Procurement Services and Contracts at NYCHHC where he oversaw the management of Operational Contracts and Procurement for 22 facilities.  
 
Prior to joining NYCHHC, he was the Director of Pharmacy at Southampton Hospital.  He holds a Bachelor of Science in Pharmacy and an M.S. in Hospital Pharmacy Administration.   He is a member of the American Society of Consultant Pharmacists and the American Society of Hospital Pharmacists.  He is a past Board Member of the New York State Council of Hospital Pharmacists.
David Gilfillan
VP, Supply Chain
IASIS Healthcare
David Gilfillan has been Vice President of Supply Chain for IASIS Healthcare, located in Franklin, Tennessee since 2001. IASIS owns and operates 18 acute care hospitals throughout six states, one behavioral health hospital, several outpatient service facilities, more than 140 physician clinics, and Medicaid and Medicare managed health plans in Arizona and Utah that serve more than 665,000 members. With more than 3700 licensed beds, Gilfillan has responsibility for ~$350M in annual supply spend in addition to oversight of $250M in capital spend.
 
Mr. Gilfillan came to IASIS Healthcare from HCA Medical City Dallas Hospital where he served as Supply Chain Director for the 699-bed hospital for three years. Prior to that, he was Director of Materials Management for LaGrange Memorial Hospital in LaGrange, Ill., and Assistant Division Director for Columbia/HCA’s Chicago Division. Earlier in his career, he served in various materials management leadership positions with Quorum Health Group.
 
Mr. Gilfillan holds a bachelor’s degree in business administration from Middle Tennessee State University.
Trisha Gillum MBA, FACHE
Network Director of Supply Chain & Purchasing
Kettering Health Network 
Trisha Gillum is Director of Supply Chain Management & Purchasing within the Kettering Health Network in southwest Ohio. She has extensive experience in health care finance and operations, having worked in a variety of roles from general accounting, decision support, third party contract management, revenue cycle management and perioperative operations management.
 
Trisha holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Business Administration, Accounting and Finance from Wright State University, and an MBA in Health Care Management and Management Information Systems from Wright State University. She is a fellow in ACHE and actively involved in their local leadership.
Michelle Gluege
AVP-Strategic Sourcing,
Duke University Health System 
With over 17 years of clinical experience, coupled with more than 13 years of consulting and Supply Chain experience, Michelle brings a unique perspective to healthcare Supply Chain. Michelle is the Associate Vice President of Strategic Sourcing at Duke University and Duke University Health System, supporting over $2.8B of annual spend.

In addition to her years of clinical experience within the Radiology and CardioVascular service lines, Michelle has expertise and experience in many areas of Supply Chain, including Strategic Sourcing and contract category management, physician engagement, and alignment, cost containment and margin improvement, mergers and acquisitions, procurement, and new hospital construction. She also has her Master’s degree in Organizational Change Leadership, with experience in healthcare project management.

Michelle’s diverse experience within healthcare provides a strong foundation to successfully lead the Duke University and Duke University Health System Supply Chain-Strategic Sourcing and Procurement teams to a new level of maturity as healthcare and Duke continue to evolve and change.
Douglas Goldfarb
Regional Vice President
DLG Consulting
Douglas Goldfarb has over 25 years healthcare experience in both finance and operations for hospitals and surgery center management. He is currently Regional Vice President of the consulting firm DLG Consulting, based in the highly competitive market of Southern California.
 
His experience includes revenue cycle collection improvement for distressed hospitals; managed care contracting for physician groups and surgery centers, including carve-outs and bundled payments; and medical group operations, including capitation arrangements and physician group acquisition/merger strategy to support local hospitals. Recent projects include Interim CFO of a district non-urban hospital in Northern California, development and negotiation of hospital line of credit, merger of 2 surgery centers including 26 new surgeons, and Interim Financial Director for rural health centers (FQHC) for hospital partner.

Elizabeth Goodman-Bacon

Director, Spend Performance Solutions Division, The Advisory Board Company

As a Director with the Advisory Board’s Spend Performance Solutions division, Elizabeth Goodman-Bacon focuses primarily on clinical supply sourcing. Most recently, Elizabeth has led sourcing projects at major health systems across the country including MetroHealth, Intermountain Healthcare, Legacy Health, Cincinnati Children’s Hospital and Hurley Medical Center. In addition to her project-based work, Elizabeth currently serves as the lead strategic partner for all supply chain related work with the Advisory Board’s largest portfolio client.

Previously, Elizabeth worked in Legislative Affairs & Strategic Management developing and executing strategic project related to state and federal reform implementation. Prior to her work within healthcare systems, Elizabeth had worked in the Research & Insight division of the Advisory Board Company, specifically focusing on service line strategy and new clinical technologies.

Dr. Deepak Manmohan Goyal

Physician Advisor, Executive Medical Director Revenue Cycle
Monument Health

Dr. Deepak Manmohan Goyal is an Executive Physician with more than 20 years of progressive responsibility in various medical fields. His diverse medical experience spans surgery, orthopedics, emergency services, primary care, and hospitalist services.

Deepak’s executive experience includes Medical Director, Chief of Staff, Program Director of Hospital Medicine and Physician Advisor. These various disciplines provide Dr. Goyal an excellent insight to the supply chain and revenue cycle fields.

Dr. Goyal is the recipient of several honors and awards including The General Officer Commanding-in-Chief which is the equivalent of a 4-star General in the US. Deepak was also named Program Director of the month achieving Best New Program of the year.

Dr. Goyal and his family live in Rapid City, SD, where he is currently the Physician Advisor and Executive Medical Director Revenue Cycle with Monument Health, Rapid City Hospital.

Thomas L. Grace RN, PhD
Vice President Emergency Preparedness
Hospital and Healthsystem Association of PA
Tom Grace has been the VP Emergency Preparedness of the Hospital and Health System Association of Pennsylvania (HAP) since 2012. His current responsibilities include leadership for the HAP/PADOH HPP partnership. He serves as: Team Leader/Founder of Southeastern Pennsylvania - Surge Medical Assistance Response Team, and Team Commander, US Department of Health and Human Services (HHS), National Disaster Medical System, and Disaster Medical Assistance Team PA-4. In his career, Tom has served as a Volunteer Fire/EMS Paramedic; Emergency/flight nurse (Pittsburgh Life Flight in 1981 -85; then flight programs in Fairfax, VA and Philadelphia, PA (85-93); PA Health System Administrator for Support Services (Facilities, Utilities, Construction; Safety, Security, Emergency Mgmt, Med Equipment, Food Services, Housekeeping 1994-2006); HAP VP for Preparedness, Philadelphia Region 2006-2012 and is a US ARMY Veteran (1973-76) with "The Old Guard" Washington, DC.
 
He has his Nursing Diploma from Sewickley Valley Hospital, his BSN from LaRoche College, a Master’s in Public Management from Carnegie Mellon University, and a PhD in Administration from Cambridge State University. 
Gloria Graham DNP, RN, CVAHP
Immediate Past President
AHVAP
Gloria Graham DNP, RN, CVAHP is the Immediate Past-President of the Association of Healthcare Value Analysis Professionals (AHVAP) with 28 years’ experience, which has included positions in neuroscience, emergency medicine, forensic medicine and supply chain. Dr. Graham has expertise in product and device review, project management, shared governance, patient safety & value analysis.
 
Currently, she is the Clinical Materials Specialist within the division of Contracts & Value Analysis for Supply Chain Management at Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center. She is responsible for the clinical value analysis process and other supply chain activities related to patient care, quality and safety. As an internal liaison to both clinical and non-clinical staff, Dr. Graham has been able to share how clinicians and supply chain partner with each other for improved patient care and safety.
 
She holds a Doctorate of Nursing Practice (DNP) in Healthcare Leadership from Mt. St. Joseph University, a Master’s of Science in Nursing (MSN) from Xavier University and a Bachelor’s of Science in Nursing from Berea College. 

Brandi Greenberg

Managing Director, Advisory Board
For the past twelve years, Brandi has co-led the Advisory Board Company’s membership program for companies offering supplies and services to health care provider organizations.  Brandi’s research aims to bridge the divide between providers and suppliers – focusing on innovative provider-supplier partnerships, provider purchasing trends, implications of health system consolidation, and risk-sharing contracts between providers and suppliers.  
 
Prior to assuming her current role, Brandi was a Practice Manager with the Boston Consulting Group. The majority of her work supported clients in the biopharmaceutical, medical device, and health care delivery sectors. She has led major organizational redesign efforts to improve drug commercialization, clinical trials management, and operating room throughput. 
 
Brandi received her MBA from the Stanford Graduate School of Business, where she graduated as an Arjay Miller scholar. She also holds an MA in Rhetoric from Duke University and an AB with honors in English and American Studies from Stanford University.

Jacob Groenewold

Vice President and Chief Supply Chain Officer
Froedtert Health

Jake Groenewold joined Froedtert Health as Vice President and Chief Supply Chain Officer in August 2021. In this role, Jake plans, directs, and manages enterprise supply chain activities for the regional health network. This includes overseeing more than 200 personnel in key areas such as the Integrated Service Center, procurement, logistics, and distribution.

With more than 35 years of experience in healthcare, Jake previously served as the area vice president and chief resource officer for AMITA Health in Chicago, Illinois, where he was responsible for supply chain management contracting, operations, and logistics services for the 19-hospital system. Prior to AMITA, Jake served as the Senior Vice President of supply chain/clinical engineering at Presence Health in Chicago and from 2008-2016 was the Senior Vice President for Supply Chain and Business Development at University Health System Consortium (now Vizient). Earlier in his career, Jake also held executive-level positions at Consorta, Premier, Owens and Minor, and Lutheran General Health System.

Bryan Grossman

Senior Vice President
Vizient

Bryan leads strategic supplier engagement and category-based service models across Vizient, Provista, Sg2 and aptitude to create sustainable performance improvement through analytics, insights and expertise. Bryan has direct leadership responsibility for Vizient’s Supplier Performance team and the Medical Device & Clinical Preference business.

Bryan has spent his career providing healthcare providers and suppliers with innovative strategies to drive cost, quality, and market performance. Bryan has held various leadership roles during his tenure at Vizient, both on the sourcing and consulting side.

Previously, Bryan spent several years at Johnson & Johnson as a corporate accounts director, leading various teams responsible for selling the complete spine and biologics portfolio. He was also tasked with providing clinical expertise to orthopedics and neurosurgeons, while ensuring the C-suite and supply chain leaders were aligned relative to the clinical and economic value that was being provided.

He holds a bachelor’s degree in business from the University of Texas at Austin and a master’s degree in business administration from Baylor University. He is a member of the American College of Healthcare Executives.

Mark Growcott

Ochsner Health System

Mark Growcott is the Manager of Supply Chain Finance and Strategy at Ochsner Health System. In this role, he leads all aspects of the Supply Chain Division medical supply metrics and variance analysis, financial reporting and analysis, budgets and projections, and the Ochsner Physician Partner supply distribution program.
 
Mark holds a PhD in Global Leadership, and an MBA and BA from LSU.

Erin Gruwell

Educator and Founder, Freedom Writers Foundation

Erin Gruwell is a teacher, an education activist, and the founder of the Freedom Writers Foundation. Inspired by Anne Frank, Gruwell and her students captured their collective journey in The Freedom Writers Diary. Through poignant student entries and Gruwell’s narrative text, the book records their “eye-opening, spirit-raising odyssey against intolerance and misunderstanding.” Gruwell and her students have appeared on numerous television shows, including Oprah, Barbara Walters’ The View and Good Morning America, to name a few. Gruwell and the Freedom Writers have earned dozens of awards, including the prestigious Spirit of Anne Frank Award.

Gruwell is a graduate of the University of California Irvine, where she received the Lauds and Laurels Distinguished Alumni Award. She earned her Master’s Degree and teaching credentials from California State University Long Beach, where she was honored as Distinguished Alumna by the School of Education.

Mohamed Guiro M.S., M.P.H
Senior Manager, Supply Chain Solutions
Intermountain Healthcare
Mohamed H. Guiro is the Senior Manager for Supply Chain Solutions at Intermountain Healthcare. His main category is pharmacy. Some of his responsibilities include: developing key relationships with Intermountain’s Pharmacy leadership team, and providing progressive strategies for managing Intermountain’s largest category spend portfolio.
 
As a seasoned supply chain leader, Mohamed possesses a myriad of experience working in the pharmaceutical industry including: auditing, inventory management, sourcing, and standardization. Mohamed joined Intermountain in July of 2017 from Cancer Treatment Centers of America (CTCA) where he managed the pharmacy supply chain for all of CTCA’s five regional hospitals. Prior to CTCA, Mohamed worked at CVS Pharmacy Headquarters’ in pharmacy auditing and merchandizing.
 
Mohamed earned his Bachelor of Arts in Chemistry from University of North Carolina at Greensboro. He also has a Master of Science in Pharmacy Administration and a Master of Public Health, which he earned from the University of the Sciences in Philadelphia.

David Habib

Associate Chief Medical Officer, Supply Chain, Medical University of South Carolina

 

David M. Habib, M.D. is the Associate Chief Medical Officer, Supply Chain, Medical University of South Carolina. His major clinical interest and responsibilities include ongoing management of all Pediatric Critical Care patients, Pediatric extracorporeal membrane oxygenation (EMCO) and daily rounds and lectures to Pediatric residents and medical students.
 
David finished his undergrad at the Catholic University of America and received his doctorate from the Bowman Gray School of Medicine. He received a Presidential Citation from the Society of Critical Care Medicine in 2011, which is given to individuals who have made extraordinary contributions of time, energy and resources to the SCCM. 

Abel Haile

Manager
Deloitte & Touche LLP

Abel Haile is a Deloitte Advisory Manager with nearly 10 years of health care experience. Abel works in the Deloitte Risk and Financial Advisory practice and has experience project managing multi-faceted and cross-disciplinary health care engagements including: (1) analyzing health care data to identify opportunities and compliance concerns; (2) reviewing relevant governance and oversight documentation, including policies and procedures, as well as; (3) assisting with third party audits and performing fraud waste and abuse analysis.

Abel has assisted hospital systems with their 340B Drug Pricing Program, and he has worked in tandem with his clients to optimize and increase compliance within their 340B Drug Pricing Program. By leveraging his background in pharmacy and data analytics he has been able identifying system inefficiencies potentially leading to non-compliance.

Prior to Deloitte, Abel worked for one of the nation’s largest retail pharmacy chains and led their performance and decision support team. His role(s) included automating business processes, improving system inefficiencies, and performing data analysis on pharmaceutical claims to identify areas of opportunity.

Neil Halpern

Director, Critical Care Center ; Chief, Critical Care Medicine Service; Medical Director, Respiratory Therapy, Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center

Dr. Neil Halpern is Director of the Critical Care Center at Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center in New York. He is a Professor of Medicine and Anesthesiology at Weill Cornell Medical College, a Master of Critical Care Medicine of the Society of Critical Care Medicine and a Fellow of the American Colleges of Medicine and Chest Physicians, respectively.

He serves on the Editorial Boards of Critical Care Medicine and Critical Care Nursing Quarterly and is a member of the Board of Directors of the Facilities Guidelines Institute and the Healthcare Chaplaincy Network. Neil chairs the Clinical Device and Product Evaluation Committee at Memorial Sloan Kettering.

His ICU won the Society of Critical Care Medicine’s 2009 ICU design citation award as well as the 2014 Honorable Mention for the Family-Centered Innovation Award. Neil specializes in innovations in ICU design, ICU informatics, and the cost, use and providers of critical care in America.

Neil was honored by the Society of Critical Care Medicine as the recipient of the 2019 Barry A. Shapiro Memorial Award for Excellence in Critical Care Management. Neil is a Principal of Critical Care Designs, LLC, a New York based ICU consulting group.

Maria Hames
Partner
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

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.

Ramy Hanna

Regional CEO, Continental, Mercy Roi and Special Ops Team,
HealthTrust Performance Group
Over the past two and half years, Ramy Hanna has been leading supply chain and multiple operational system functions for HealthTrust. In the past, he provided advisement for future growth and optimization for Valify Solutions Group. Ramy also serves as the executive champion for transformational turn-around engagement for HealthTrust members and is a senior executive over the Mercy ROi partnership. He utilizes operator experience to enhance and improve provider based shared services. Ramy Hanna has been able to effectively align matrixed healthcare systems to create a complex diverse team with strong leaders. Over the past nine years, with the efforts of several teams has reduced expenses by $150M. Ramy was named in the Becker’s top 35 Supply chain Executives to Watch for in 2023-2024. Ramy received his MBA from Regis University and has an undergraduate degree in Accounting and Entrepreneurship with a minor in Finance and Economics.
Nancy P Hanrahan PHD, RN, FAAN
Executive Director and Associate Dean of Innovation & Entrepreneurship for Bouve' Health Science College
Northeastern University
Dr. Nancy Hanrahan assumed the position of Executive Director and Associate Dean of Innovation & Entrepreneurship for Bouvé College of Health Sciences effective March 2018. She is the former dean of Northeastern University School of Nursing and known for her research documenting innovative models of care.
 
Dr. Hanrahan leads the Innovation, Entrepreneurship Program at Northeastern University Bouve’ College of Health Sciences. This program empowers nurses and other health providers to lead innovation that transforms health systems using big data, device inventions, robotics, and innovation of the experience of healthcare by patients and families.
 
She’s received national and international awards for development of innovative inventions.
Ed Hardin
Vice President & Chief Supply Chain Officer
Froedtert Health
Ed Hardin leads a supply chain organization of more than 150 personnel managing $600m in non-labor spend. Before joining Froedtert Health, Ed served as senior vice president Supply Chain Management at Beaumont Health, Michigan’s largest health care system. In this role, Hardin oversaw a team of nearly 450 personnel responsible for sourcing, contracting, purchasing, value analysis, inventory management, distribution, transportation, records management, supply chain informatics and mail services. In all, his team managed $1.4 billion in non-labor spending. Prior to joining Beaumont Health, he served in a similar capacity at CHRISTUS Health, a faith-based, international health care provider with locations in the United States and Latin America.
 
Prior to CHRISTUS Health, he served at Resource Optimization & Innovation, the supply chain division of Mercy in St. Louis, MO. His more than 25-year career in supply chain performance and management solutions also includes consulting positions at Alvarez & Marsal, Deloitte & Touche and Ernst & Young.  Ed is a Fellow of the American College of Healthcare Executives and a Certified Materials & Resource Professional for the Association for Healthcare Resource & Materials Management. He was elected to the national board of AHRMM to begin a three-year term in January 2017.
 
A strong advocate of his profession, he serves or has served on several industry advisory boards including the IDN Summit, Wayne State University Global Supply Chain Program, Stryker, Amazon Health, McKesson and Health Connect Partners.
 
He earned his master’s degree in health care administration from Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis and his bachelor’s degree from Westminster College in Fulton, MO.
David Hargraves
Senior Vice President of Supply Chain
Premier, Inc. 

As senior vice president of supply chain, David A. Hargraves leads Premier’s core supply chain business, including sourcing, contract management, operations and business analytics. Hargraves joined Premier in 2015 to lead the negotiation teams responsible for developing contracts within Premier’s $50 billion portfolio. He was promoted to group vice president of strategic sourcing in 2016 assuming responsibility for all of Premier’s strategic sourcing initiatives.

Hargraves has over 25 years of leadership experience, including more than 15 years in supply chain. Before joining Premier, Hargraves worked at University of Pittsburgh Medical Center (UPMC) for nine years as vice president of clinical supply chain. Hargraves served as adjunct professor of sustainable supply chain management at Chatham University and held supply chain leadership roles with Alcoa and Ariba. He was also a hospital corpsman and biomedical equipment technician for the U.S. Navy.

Hargraves received his MBA with a concentration in healthcare finance from Waynesburg University and his BS from Duquesne University. He also has an AS in biomedical engineering technology from Penn State University.

Dave Harlow BS, Pharm D.
Senior Vice President for Allied Health Services
ECU Health
Dr. Harlow received his pharmacy degree in 1992 from the Medical College of Virginia/VCU and completed his Doctoral work at the University of Florida.

He serves ECU Health as Sr. Vice President of Allied Health Operations in eastern North Carolina. Formerly, he was responsible for Clinical Pharmacy, Clinical Laboratory, and Chronic Care Management as Assistant VP for Professional Services and Chief Pharmacy Officer for Cleveland Clinic – Florida’s Martin Health System. He joined the Martin Health System in 2012 as the Chief Pharmacy Officer. Previously, he served as the Regional Director of Pharmacy for Southwestern Virginia for Carilion Clinic. Dr. Harlow has experience as an executive officer of his own clinical pharmacy consulting firm, ownership of a successful Retail Pharmacy, Home Infusion Operations, and Pharmacy Benefit Management.

He has been a legislative resource for the American and Florida Societies of Health System Pharmacist’s and most recently served as the Vice Chair for FSHP’s Legislative Committee. He is an adjunct professor for the UNC Eshelman School of Pharmacy.

Kimberly Hartsfield

Senior Manager, ECG

Kimberly specializes in healthcare payment transformation with a focus on designing and implementing Medicare, Medicaid, commercial, and direct-to-employer BP programs. With more than 22 years of experience in both the payor and provider arenas, Kimberly is uniquely qualified to help organizations achieve operational and financial success with BP solutions that are mutually beneficial to all parties at the table.
 
Prior to ECG, Kimberly was a Vice President in the BP practice at The Camden Group, working with clients to implement successful BP arrangements. She spent 20 years with Arkansas Blue Cross and Blue Shield, serving most recently as Director of Enterprise Business Intelligence – Medical Informatics. She was responsible for designing and implementing the Arkansas Health Care Payment Improvement Initiative, a statewide, multi-payor BP program that has generated significant savings while eliminating waste and improving the quality of care delivered to Arkansans.
 
Before that, Kimberly was the Director of Provider Relations at Arkansas Children’s Hospital, where she created strategic and long-rang plans for the management and further development of the participating provider network.

Tom Harvieux

VP and Chief Supply Chain Officer
BJC Healthcare

As vice president and chief supply chain officer, Tom Harvieux is responsible for leading BJC HealthCare’s supply chain and logistics strategy to deliver efficient, cost effective and high-quality services and outcomes. His responsibilities include executive leadership of 390 team members and $1.7 billion non-labor spend management.

With more than $6 billion in net revenues and more than 31,000 employees in the greater St. Louis area, BJC HealthCare is one of the largest nonprofit health care organizations in the United States and one of the largest employers in Missouri. BJC includes 15 hospitals and multiple community health locations.

Prior to joining BJC in 2018, Harvieux was the vice president of corporate supply chain management for Sanford Health, a $5 billion health system headquartered in Sioux Falls, South Dakota. There he had responsibility for $1.3 billion in non-labor spend management and lead a team of 445. Before joining Sanford in 2008, he served as director of supply chain operations at Fairview Health Services – Southdale Hospital in Edina, Minnesota.

Prior to entering healthcare, he spent 22 years in supply chain leadership roles in the military. He holds a bachelor’s degree from Metropolitan State University in St. Paul, Minnesota, and a master’s degree in logistics management from Florida Institute of Technology in Melbourne, Florida. He serves on multiple industry boards.

Bradley Haupt MBA

Vice President Supply Chain and Contract Management,
Monument Health

Brad Haupt is Vice President of Supply Chain at Monument Health. He has a Bachelor of Science in Chemistry, and a Master of Business Administration, Global Operations, and Supply Chain. He has over 31 years of experience in healthcare supply chain management, which began with the United States Air Force.

Brad has an intense desire to help others realize their full potential and positively contribute to the community and to organizational goals. His strong leadership skills and experience helped his team develop a world-class offsite distribution system serving 35,000 square miles.

Brad’s experience as a volunteer fire services professional has provided a distinct perspective to healthcare preparedness. Brad’s teams test their skills and systems each year during the annual Sturgis Motorcycle Rally and various extreme weather events. This preparation uniquely positioned them to respond during the pandemic.

Most recently, Brad has led a multi-disciplinary team within Monument Health to implement the next generation of enterprise resource planning (ERP) software systems and implemented a physician-driven value analysis process.

Patti Hawkins

System Director - Ambulatory Pharmacy Services + 340B Director, Outpatient, Infusion, Home & Specialty Pharmacy,
North Mississippi Health Services

Patti Hawkins, Pharm. D. received her Bachelor’s and Doctor of Pharmacy degree from the University of Mississippi. She has over 30 years of experience in health system pharmacy with a focus in ambulatory pharmacy business development, reimbursement, and strategic business operations. She is currently the system director for ambulatory pharmacy services including infusion services, home infusion, and specialty & retail pharmacy, and manages the 340B program at North Mississippi Health Services. Her areas of interest and expertise include health system reimbursement, payer contracting, prescription benefits management & medical specialty practices. Patti is also currently serving as Interim Administrator for Oncology Services and serves on the clinical faculty at the Union University School of Pharmacy and has held various leadership roles in several professional organizations.

Randy Hayas, CMRP

Chief Supply Chain Officer, Orlando Health

Randy Hayas is the Chief Supply Chain Officer at Orlando Health an eight-hospital integrated health care delivery network in Orlando, Florida with more than $2.7Billion in Net patient Revenue.  Mr. Hayas joined the organization in 2007 and has over 30 years’ experience in supply chain, healthcare administration and consulting ranging from small community hospitals to large academic medical centers and integrated delivery networks.   
 
Mr. Hayas has a Bachelor in Business Administration degree majoring in Finance and Economics and is a Certified Materials & Resource Professional through the American Hospital Association.  In addition, Mr. Hayas is a Board Member of IDignity, Inc., a non-profit organization helping the disadvantaged in Central Florida through the complex steps of getting personal identification.
Wini Hayes PhD
CEO
Hayes, Inc.
Winifred S. Hayes, MS, PhD, RN, ANP, President and CEO, founded Hayes, Inc. in 1989 in response to a growing need in the healthcare industry for evidence-based assessments of health technologies. Under her leadership, Hayes, Inc. has become an industry leader in providing unbiased, timely, clinically focused, evidence-based research and analysis to health plans, hospitals, managed care organizations, government agencies, and healthcare systems.
 
In June 1999, in response to the public outcry for independent, external medical review within the healthcare industry, Dr. Hayes formed Hayes Plus, a national Independent Review Organization (doing business now as IMEDICS). She sold the company in October 2005 after it was firmly established in the marketplace. Dr. Hayes was a founding member and the first President of the National Association of Independent Review Organizations (NAIRO).
 
She currently serves on the Board of Directors for URAC, an independent, nonprofit organization that is a leader in promoting healthcare quality through its accreditation and education programs.
Jim Hayman MS, MBA, FASHP
Chief Pharmacy Officer
Vanderbilt University Medical Center
Jim Hayman’s career has included leadership positions at several levels including Director of Pharmacy, Corporate Director of Pharmacy, Vice President, Senior Vice President & Chief Operating Officer at a variety of health systems including private non-profits, public healthcare systems & academic medical centers.
 
Jim is a Fellow of the American Society of Health-system Pharmacists (ASHP) and serves as Chair of McKesson’s Pharmacy Executive Alliance, a group which advises McKesson on patient safety, clinical & regulatory issues and operational trends in Pharmacy practice.
 
Jim received his Bachelor of Science degree in Pharmacy and Master’s Degree in Hospital Pharmacy from the University of Mississippi. He completed a residency in Hospital Pharmacy at the Medical University of South Carolina and received an MBA in Health Systems Management from the University of Dallas.

Paul Helmering

VP, Clinical Informatics, HealthTrust

Paul Helmering is Vice President of Clinical Informatics at HealthTrust. In his role, Paul works with the CMO and other clinical leaders to provide HealthTrust’s clinical analytics technology, data management, and data science capabilities including strategy, development and operations. Paul joined HealthTrust in 2019 and brings 25 years of experience across various industries in the areas of business intelligence, data management, systems development, finance, and enterprise architecture.

Prior to HealthTrust he spent 14 years at Mercy Health and ROi’s GPO. He also consulted at numerous companies including Johnson & Johnson, Monsanto and Anheuser-Busch.

Paul received his bachelor’s degree in Economics from Harvard University.

Sara Henderson MBA
Vice President, Supply Chain, Avera Health
 
Sara Henderson is the Vice President of Supply Chain at Avera Health, located in Sioux Falls, SD.
She has over 15 years of experience in finance, supply chain and healthcare. Her healthcare leadership career began at the University of Utah Medical Group and led to increasing responsibilities and leadership roles within Avera Health.

She is best known for ability to oversee and lead large scope initiatives such as item master standardization, integration of revenue cycle with supply chain operations, and the restructure of the supply value analysis process into clinical integration.

Sara has her Economics B.S. degree and MBA from University of South Dakota.
Erich Heneke
Director - Supply Chain Management
Mayo Clinic
Erich Heneke is currently Director of Business Integrity & Continuity in Mayo Clinic’s Supply Chain Management (SCM). His financial emphasis is in Supplier Risk Management, Audit/Controls, Business Continuity and Financial Planning & Analysis. Erich has worked in Mayo SCM for 9 years, focusing his efforts on sound SCM controls, fraud prevention/detection, accuracy of balance sheet accounting and other controls related work, including Mayo’s voluntary Sox compliance.
 
Erich graduated with honors from Wartburg College and earned his Masters of Business Administration (MBA) at the University of Minnesota. He has his Certified Management Accountant (CMA), Certified Financial Manager (CFM), Certified Fraud Examiner (CFE) certifications, Certified Third Party Risk Professional (CTPRP) and is a Fellow for the American College of Healthcare Executives (FACHE). Erich is currently completing his doctoral degree in Business Management.
 
In his spare time, Erich enjoys watching Seinfeld re-runs, managing his side consulting business, participating in a variety of sports and is a competitive tri-athlete (swim/bike/run). Erich, his wife, Kate, 4 year old daughter, Ryan, and Golden Retriever, Riley, reside in southern Rochester, MN.

Joel Hennenfent PharmD, MBA, BCPS, FASHP

SVP, Pharmacy Member Services
Vizient

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.

Malcolm Henoch, MD

SVP and Associate Chief Medical Officer, Beaumont Health

Malcolm Henoch, M.D. is senior vice president and associate chief medical officer, acute care at Beaumont Health.  In this role, Dr. Henoch is responsible for promoting excellence in clinical care at all Beaumont Health acute care hospitals.  

He comes to Beaumont Health from Oakwood, where he served as senior vice president and chief medical officer.  He has provided executive leadership in clinical and medical staff affairs, graduate medical education, clinical strategic direction, and physician leadership development.  He has also been chairman of Oakwood Physicians, providing leadership in the governance of that physician group practice.  He is a member of the Beaumont Health board and is chairman of Oakwood Assurance Corporation.  

Prior to his position with Oakwood, Dr. Henoch served as president and CEO of University Mednet, a large multi-specialty physician group operating as a unit of University Hospitals Health System in Cleveland, OH.

 Board certified in gastroenterology and internal medicine, Dr. Henoch holds a Master of Business Administration from Case Western Reserve University and a Doctor of Medicine from the University of Maryland.

Holly Herring

Director, 340B Center of Excellence,
SSM Health

Holly Herring, Pharm.D., BCPS, is a pharmacy leader focused on 340B, clinical pharmacy services, and pharmacy operations in health-systems. The development of the direct patient care pharmacist role and the positioning of pharmacists at the bedside are examples of her enthusiasm for developing the pharmacy profession to improve patient outcomes and enhance healthcare delivery.
Holly is committed to helping pharmacy team members and leaders grow through encouragement, affection, and accountability.
"If your actions inspire others to dream more, learn more, do more and become more, you are a leader.”- John Q. Adams
Holly graduated with a Doctor of Pharmacy degree from The University of Oklahoma College of Pharmacy in 2009 and went on to complete a PGY-1 and PGY-2 ASHP accredited residency, specializing in cardiology. In 2026, she plans to finish her Master of Business Administration.

George Hersch

Vice President, Materiel Management, Norton Healthcare

George Y. Hersch joined Norton Healthcare in October 2000 as vice president of materiel management.  He has system-wide responsibility for supply chain management including purchasing, distribution, the materiel management information system and technology assessment.  Hersch has 40 years of experience in health care materiel management. 
 
Before joining Norton Healthcare, he was responsible for supply chain operations at UCLA Healthcare, Los Angeles, and at the Franciscan Health System, Philadelphia.  In 1998 during his tenure at UCLA, he developed a physician-peer review process to evaluate emerging medical technologies that remains a model program to this day.  He replicated the process at Norton Healthcare, legitimizing technology assessment as an important clinical/business process in both the academic medical center and community hospital environment.  
 
Hersch holds a bachelor’s degree in journalism from Ohio University and a master’s degree in management (health care administration) from Central Michigan University.    Hersch is currently serving on the boards of: Central State Hospital and Wesley Manor. He is also the incoming chair of Premier’s Strategic Advisory Committee.

Rodney Hicks

Vice President, Strategic Consult – Supply Chain & IT, Team Strategies LLC

Dr. Hicks is effectively moving forward organizations’ strategies in end-to-end supply chain. Recently, Dr. Hicks led and implemented supply chain operations for two new hospital builds/openings – improving operations efficiency and service quality for its members. He is a supply chain executive with almost 20 years of progressive experience with engineering, operations, and global supply chains.
 
Dr. Hicks has held leadership roles with Fortune 500 companies such as Kaiser Permanente, Nike, FedEx and Hewlett Packard covering Healthcare/Biotechnology Logistics, Systems Engineering, and Global Supply Chain Excellence. He has led supply chain improvements initiatives within large and mid-sized organizations for decision/outcome based excellence by enabling people, systems, and process integrations.
 
Dr. Hicks holds a PhD with discipline and dissertation focused on Lean and Six Sigma in Healthcare to remove waste (all non-value added activities). His dissertations is published through UMI ProQuest, and Dr. Hicks continually focuses on improving organizations and teams within.

Kevin Hines

Assistant Vice President, Network Materials Management, St. Luke’s University Health Network
Kevin Hines is the Assistant Vice President, Network Materials Management, St. Luke’s University Health Network. Prior to coming to St. Luke’s, Kevin worked in a variety of health care settings. For the past three years he has served in an interim director role at Ingalls Health System, Harvey, IL and St. Anthony’s Medical Center, St. Louis, MO.
 
He also led an orthopedic implant initiative for New York Health and Hospital Corporation. He has also served as Vice President, Corporate Materials Management for McLean Health Care, a fully integrated regional health care system in Michigan. Previously, he was the Administrative Director for Trinity Lutheran Hospital, responsible for all financial activities, reimbursement, marketing, performance improvement, clinical operations, physician recruitment, and contract negotiations for a multispecialty health center and outpatient surgery center and two primary care practices. Kevin has also served as the Corporate Director at Health Midwest, with responsibility for corporate product standardization and GPO contract compliance for 12 affiliate hospitals.
 
Kevin holds a BS in Business Administration from the University of Kansas and an MBA from Avila University.

Clint Hinman

Vice President of Pharmacy, Centura Health

Clint Hinman serves as Centura Health’s Chief Pharmacy Officer and Vice President of Pharmacy, with expanded responsibilities in Shared Services, ranging from Pharmacy and Purchased Service to Imaging, Clinical Nutrition and Respiratory Therapy. He has over 20 years of healthcare experience committed to high-quality outcomes, clinical standardization and patient safety.

Clint served in the Indian Health Service on the Navajo Nation as a Commissioned Corps Officer and performed in a number of leadership roles within the University of Arizona’s Health Network prior to joining the Centura Health team.

Clint earned his Doctorate of Pharmacy at Creighton University in Omaha, NE, and Masters in Public Health from the University of Massachusetts-Amherst.

Michael Hinojosa

Director, Contracting & Resource Utilization – Purchased Services, CHRISTUS Health

Michael joined CHRISTUS Health in August 1994, after serving in the United States Marine Corps. His supply chain journey began at CHRISTUS Spohn region (Corpus Christi, TX) for 8 years. He then transferred to the CHRISTUS Gulf Coast region (Houston, TX) for 10 years, and has been with Corporate Supply Chain for the past 4 years.

During his career his experiences include procurement, contracting, inventory management and MM operations and logistics. In his current role he managers over $364 Million in annual spend related to purchased services. The Contracting Purchased Service Lines are all purchased services related but not limited to Facilities Management, Clinical Engineering, Housekeeping, and Food Service. Other top services include Managed Print Services, Integrated Waste Management, Dialysis Service, Linen and Laundry, Blood Management, and Elevator Services.

Edward Hisscock
SVP, Supply Chain Management,
Trinity Health
Ed Hisscock is the Senior Vice President of Supply Chain at Trinity Health, a leading catholic healthcare ministry and a Healthcare Supply Chain Practitioner. 

Ed has spent over 25 years serving in the supply chain and IT disciplines with fortune 50 companies, healthcare supplier and healthcare provider organizations. Ed has founded two healthcare companies and personally served over 100 healthcare provider organizations in the US and Europe. 

Ed holds an engineering degree in electronics, a Bachelor’s degree in behavioral science, and a Master's degree in supply chain from Michigan State University.

Michelle Hollingshea

Executive Coaching, Leadership Development, Corporate Culture Change

Michelle Hollingshead is committed to helping individuals and organizations leave a meaningful imprint on our world. She designs and delivers leadership development programs to corporations and is a strategist on large-scale organizational change initiative. Michelle facilitates corporate transformation, where she bridges gaps between people from diverse backgrounds and cross-functional teams.
 
Michelle began her career in multicultural education before transitioning to coaching, consulting, and entrepreneurship. Michelle is a member of the faculty network for Axialent, the global leader in conscious business transformation.

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.

Chris Holt
Leader, Global Healthcare
Amazon Business
Chris Holt is the Leader, Global Healthcare for Amazon Business. Amazon Business is innovating how healthcare organizations source and purchase products to improve supply chain efficiency, simplify contract administration, and make comparison shopping easy. Healthcare organizations have access to hundreds of millions of products – everything from IT products and medical equipment to janitorial/sanitation and food service supplies. Chris Holt brings more than 25 years of global healthcare supply chain innovation to the Amazon team.
 
He began his career in supply chain strategy consulting with Ernst & Young. He then joined UPS where he helped establish the company’s healthcare vertical. Chris has extensive international experience in healthcare having led the China business for Cardinal Health and subsequently served as CEO of Chinese medical product supplier Tiger Medical. Most recently, he led Business Ventures for Vizient, the US' largest healthcare group purchasing organization.
 
Chris has a bachelor’s degree in Business Administration from the University of Southern California and a master’s degree in Logistics from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. Chris and his wife and their three children reside in Seattle, WA. 
Rebecca Holt
VP, Clinical Resources & Analytics,
Ardent Health Services
Rebecca Holt, RN, MBA is the VP, Clinical Resources & Analytics with Ardent Health Services. She has over 35 years of health care experience.

Rebecca has a strong critical care background; her experience includes both pediatric and adult cardiovascular procedure recovery. In addition, she has managed CV Service Lines, Supply Chain Procurement and Value Analysis Teams, and national GPO clinical portfolio support.

Rebecca earned her nursing degree from Bluefield State College and her MBA from King University.

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.

Steven W Huckabaa
VP, Supply Chain
Avera Health
Steve Huckabaa joined Avera Health in August 2012 as System Vice President for Supply Chain Management. His current role covers Sourcing, Centralized Purchasing, MMIS, Hospital Materials Management Operations, Avera Distribution Center, Print Management Services, System-wide Courier Services, Collaboration Services, PACE (Avera GPO Services) and a few other responsibilities. During his 24 years in the healthcare industry Steve has held various executive positions on the provider side, trade association side, and group purchasing side in sales management.
 
Besides his supply chain experience on the provider side he also has experience in corporate development, long-term pharmacy, retail pharmacy with concierge service to bedside, durable medical equipment ownership with concierge service to bed side, and medical research (neuroscience, pharmaceutical, and medical device). He also has consultant experience in pharmacy wholesaler, closed-door pharmacy, regional medical distribution, and state-run diversity programs.
 
Prior to entering the healthcare industry Steve spent 20 years in the United States Air Force. Steve and Sheree have been married 41 years. He holds a Master’s of Science in Health Care Administration and a Bachelor of Arts in Theological Studies with a minor in business management.

Kim Hull

Director of Finance/Supply Chain, Novant Health
Kim Hull is the Director of Finance for Supply Chain at Novant Health based in Winston-Salem, North Carolina. She has been in the healthcare finance arena for sixteen years with previous roles as Finance Manager for the Greater Winston Salem Market and Clinical Sourcing Manager for the system. In her current role, Kim is responsible for the data integrity and business intelligence for Supply Chain analytics.
 
Kim holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Accounting and a Bachelor of Science degree in Management Information Systems from the University of North Carolina at Charlotte as well as a Masters of Business Administration from Gardner-Webb University.

David Hunter

Vice President, Supply Chain Management, Engineering & Hospitality, Providence Health & Services
Dave Hunter is currently the Vice President, Supply Chain Management, Engineering & Hospitality, Providence Health & Services. He has been in the healthcare supply chain for 30+ years. Dave served in hospital supply chain management positions for his first ten years with Providence in Olympia and Yakima, Washington, as well as with Carondelet Healthcare in Tucson Arizona.
 
Since 1993 he has worked fro PH&S in system or regional supply chain management positions. Since 2003 he has lead all supply chain activities within Providence Health & Services, a $15 billion per year organization. This includes strategic and capital sourcing, procumbent, value analysis, and operations & logistics in the 33-hospital system stretching from California to Alaska. Total supply and purchased services spend for Providence exceeds $2.25 billion annually. Dave also oversees a $140 million per year self-distribution center that services three western states within the Providence service areas. He has recently assumed responsibility for Clinical Engineering, Facility Engineering, Nutritional Services, and Environmental Services for Providence Health & Services.

Daniel Hurry

President
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.

James Hutchinson CPM
Senior Director Supply Chain Information Systems
Banner Health
James Hutchinson is senior director of supply chain information systems and analytics for Banner Health. His responsibility includes strategy, planning and development of information systems infrastructure and analytics supporting effective decision-making and predictive performance outcomes.
 
James is a finance graduate of Arizona State University WP Carey School of Business and holds a CPM designation from the Institute of Supply Management.

Joseph Jackson

Managing Director, Strategic Healthcare Services, LLC

Mr. Jackson has spent 16 years in various healthcare leadership roles including operations, supply chain, and finance. He has worked with hospitals in New York, Illinois, Ohio, Oklahoma, New Mexico, New Jersey, Georgia, North Carolina, and Alabama on projects such as, Physician Preferred Item utilization and cost    analysis, Strategic Supply Chain planning, supply expense reduction, financial system implementation, payroll and labor productivity analysis, and inventory and distribution management.

Mr. Jackson began his healthcare career with Ernst & Young implementing large ERP supply chain and financial software systems for hospitals. He then moved to First Consulting Group advising hospitals on issues such as strategic supply chain management, supply expense cost reduction, and labor productivity analysis. Joe has spent the last eleven years focusing on reducing hospital costs for total joint, spine, trauma, and cardiac implantable devices. He has worked with numerous surgeons and manufacturers to achieve and sustain implant cost reductions. 

Latifah Jackson CTCD, CTCM, CCA

Supplier Diversity Manager,
University Health - San Antonio

Latifah Jackson is a procurement professional specializing in Texas government procurement and a small business advocate. Latifah is the Supplier Diversity Manager at University Health in San Antonio, Texas. Her mission is to educate business owners on how to do business with government entities and help them further develop their companies. She has developed and led efforts locally and nationally.


Latifah prides herself on being a learner, having an innovative thought process, and excellent customer service. Latifah is a Certified Texas Procurement Manager, Certified Texas Contract Manager, and a Certified Contracts Administrator.


Latifah currently serves on the Board for the South Central Texas Regional Certification Agency, Board of Directors as Member at Large for the San Antonio Public Purchasing Association and participates in other Professional Organizations.


She also holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Business Administration from Texas A&M Corpus Christi and is currently pursuing her Master’s in Business Administration from the University of Incarnate Word.

Chuck Jensen

Director Sourcing & Contracting, Supply Chain
Froedtert Health

Chuck Jensen currently serves as the director of sourcing and contracting at Froedtert Health. Within this role, he leads the purchasing team as well as the sourcing/contracting team.

Jensen developed and led a major departmental restructuring 18 months ago that dramatically improved the capabilities and results of the department. Previously, Jensen served as director of supply chain at Comanche County Memorial in Lawton, Oklahoma, and director of materials management at McLaren Northern Michigan in Petoskey, Michigan.

Valerie Jensen, R.Ph.
Associate Director, CDER Drug Shortage Staff
FDA
CAPT Valerie Jensen is Associate Director of the Drug Shortage Program at the Food and Drug Administration. She received a B.S. degree in Pharmacy from the University of Iowa in 1990. She completed an American Society of Health-System Pharmacists Specialized Residency in Ambulatory Care at the White River Indian Health Service hospital in White River, Arizona in 1991. She worked as a clinical pharmacist for Indian Health Service hospitals in Arizona and New Mexico for nine years before joining FDA.
 
She has been with the Drug Shortage Program at FDA for the past seventeen years.

Rita Jew

Director of Pharmacy, UCSF Medical Center
Rita K. Jew, Pharm.D. MBA, FASHP received her Doctor of Pharmacy degree from University of California at San Francisco (UCSF), completed an ASHP-Accredited Residency in Clinical Pharmacy at Thomas Jefferson University Hospital and received her Master of Business Administration degree from the Wharton School, University of Pennsylvania. She is Director of Pharmacy at UCSF Medical Center, Mission Bay campus where she oversees the robotic production facility and all clinical and operational activities of Pediatric Pharmacy Services at UCSF Benioff Children’s Hospital.
 
Prior to this, Dr. Jew spent 22 years serving in various leadership positions at two Children’s Hospitals. Her areas of expertise include neonatal drug therapy, drug use during ECMO, immunizations, extemporaneous compounding, medication safety, technology and automation and lean and its application in healthcare.

Brent Johnson

Consultant
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.

Lori Johnson

Senior Director, Implementation, Novant Health Shared Services

Lori is responsible for the implementation of all supply chain savings opportunities for Shared Services partners. This includes working with partners to analyze, identify and track supply chain savings. Lori is also instrumental in managing and leveraging vendor relationships for the benefit of our partners.

Since joining Novant in 1997, Lori has held several positions within corporate finance, most recently as the director of finance within supply chain. She led the supply chain integration for all mergers of new facilities. She was also responsible for strategic sourcing implementation, supply chain information services and purchasing functions. Lori is currently a member of the NCACPA and AICPA, having served in the past as a board member of the local NCACPA chapter. She has served as treasurer for several community associations. She is a member of the United Way Women’s Leadership Council and volunteers within Forsyth County Public Schools. 

Sherry Johnson MBA,MHA
Manager, Strategic Sourcing
Children's Healthcare of Atlanta
Sherry Johnson is a seasoned supply chain leader with over 32 years’ experience in the areas of healthcare operations, sourcing, value analysis, contract negotiations, risk management and insurance programs. Sherry has been at Children’s for 32 years.
 
Prior to joining the Strategic Sourcing Team, Sherry served as the Director of Risk Management at Children’s Scottish Rite Hospital. As Manager of Strategic Sourcing, she oversees the capital, consumable, purchase services and applicable service agreements for Children’s. As the Strategic Sourcing Manager, she oversees the Strategic Sourcing Team which manages over $160+ million in contracting/acquisitions/services which incorporate capital, IST, Group Purchasing Organization and local consumable agreements. In addition, the Sourcing team assists the Value Analysis process, sourcing of master facility projects, system wide purchase services, and process improvement efforts in the organization as it relates to the Sourcing function.
 
In addition to providing direction for these functions, Sherry provides input on integral to strategic system projects. Sherry is happily married with a daughter attending college.
Tony Johnson
Chief Operating Officer, Novant Health Shared Services; Chief Supply Chain Officer, Novant Health
Tony joined Novant Health in October 2003. During his tenure, he has developed an integrated supply chain that supports 13 Novant Health hospitals, 6 surgery centers, 71 imaging centers, and 356 physician practices in NC, SC, GA, and VA. He has also developed a strategic sourcing organization that has reduced Novant Health supply chain cost by over $250 million in the last 5 years, lowering Novant’s supply cost as a percent of net patient revenue from 19.5% to 14.3%. Tony also leads a clinical engineering organization that self maintains over 75,000 pieces of medical equipment to include over 200 CT’s and MRI’s. His supply chain and clinical engineering organizations have been benchmarked as a top performer in the country.
 
Tony has an exceptional understanding of the healthcare supply chain, physician partnerships ad optimizing costs for all non-labor expenses. As COO for Shared Services, Tony is responsible for operational improvements for 9 additional affiliated and managed hospitals.
 
Prior to joining Novant, Mr. Johns served as Vice President of General Services for the Grady Health System in Atlanta, GA. He is also a retired army lieutenant colonel.

Christopher Jones

Director, Division of Science Policy, Office of the Assistant Secretary for Planning and Evaluations, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS)

The Division of Science Policy serves as the ASPE lead on public health and biomedical science issues and initiatives, including programmatic and policy areas that involve complex or rapidly evolving science and technology. The Division is responsible for policy coordination; long-range planning; legislative development; economic, program, and regulatory analysis; and evaluation focused on the HHS science agencies – the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), Food and Drug Administration (FDA), National Institutes of Health (NIH), and Office of the Assistant Secretary for Preparedness and Response (ASPR).
 
Dr. Jones previously served as senior advisor in the Office of Public Health Strategy and Analysis in the Office of the Commissioner at the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA). Prior to CDC, he completed a one-year detail to the White House Office of National Drug Control Policy (ONDCP) as Senior Public Health Advisor.

Russell Jones

Partner
Deloitte & Touche LLP

Russell has over 25 years of experience working with health care providers, biotech and pharma companies, tech companies and medical device manufacturers addressing a wide variety of information security, cybersecurity, OT security, data privacy and IT risk management problems.

Russell has led various types of projects with the following providing a representative sample: the assessment of the security and privacy posture of healthcare related systems and infrastructure, implementation of a connected device total lifecycle cybersecurity solution, implementation of Identity and Access Management (IAM) solutions, implementation of cyber threat intelligence and SIEM solutions, implementation of Cisco’s NAC solution (ISE) and cybersecurity assessments of complex ICS/OT manufacturing sites.

Russell is one of the leaders of Deloitte’s Cyber IoT/Industrial IoT practice and focuses on connected device safety and security. Russell has been published numerous times in periodicals such as the ISACA Journal, Information Security Magazine, and ISC2Information Systems Security Journal. Russell also has been quoted in publications such as the Wall Street Journal, Minnesota Star Tribune, InformationWeek, and Healthcare IT News and in 2016 was interviewed by ABC KSTP Minneapolis for a live healthcare segment focused on cybersecurity and implantable medical devices.

Russell is a Certified Information Systems Security Professional (CISSP), Certified Secure Software Lifecycle Professional (CSSLP), AWS Certified Security Specialty and Certified Public Accountant (CPA) licensed in California and Maryland.

James A. Jorgenson, RPh, MS, FASHP

Chief Executive Officer, Visante, Inc. & Visante Ltd.
James Jorgenson is Visante's Chief Executive Officer where he leads national and international programs for medicines management improvement. His more than 30-year career includes pharmacy oversight of very large health systems and their network associations as well as academic leadership in graduate pharmacy education. He is credited with more than 50 articles published in the professional literature and has been a sought after speaker, giving in excess of 200 presentations to academic and professional groups in the U.S., Sweden, Australia, Japan, Spain, Canada, and the United Kingdom.  
 
Previous to joining Visante, James was Vice President, Chief Pharmacy Officer for Indiana University Health (IU Health), the largest and most comprehensive state-based healthcare system in Indiana. In this position he was responsible for the design and operation of the system's pharmacy services supporting IU Health's integrated delivery network which included the IU Health hospitals, retail pharmacy operations, IU Health insurance programs, and IU Health medical staff through their accountable care organization/ medical home infrastructures.  Previous to joining Indiana University Health, James was Administrative Director of Pharmacy Services for the University of Utah Health Care and Associate Dean for Pharmacy at the University of Utah College of Pharmacy in Salt Lake City. In these positions he was in charge of all pharmaceutical care for the University Health Care system and for experiential education design at the college.  He also directed pharmacy services for the 2002 Winter Olympic games in Salt Lake City.  
 
Jim's leadership has also extended to professional organizations and societies where he has served on numerous councils and committees and is the current President for the Specialty Healthcare Benefits Council.  He is also a member of the ASHP Foundation’s Pharmacy Leadership Academy faculty where he provides graduate level instruction to students from around the world.  In 2008 he received the ASHP Award for Distinguished Leadership of Health-Systems Pharmacy Practice.  
 
James Jorgenson received a BS in Pharmacy with High Distinction and a MS in Hospital Pharmacy Administration both from the University of Minnesota and completed a residency in Hospital Pharmacy Administration at United & Children’s Hospitals in St. Paul, MN. He was also a Leonard Davis Institute of Health Economics Fellow at the University of Pennsylvania's Wharton School Executive Management Program. He resides in Sandy, Utah.

Salil Joshi

Senior Director, Analyst,
Gartner
Salil Joshi is a Senior Director Analyst in Gartner's Supply Chain practice, providing research insights, advice and thought leadership to Healthcare Provider clients. His research coverage includes supply chain strategy, procure to pay, master data management, track and trace initiatives and regulation requirements for healthcare providers.

He focuses most of his time with healthcare providers and advises them on maturity model development, best practices for managing their supply chain data and systems, and performance metrics to measure supply chain success.

His previous experience includes Supply chain consulting (data management, partnership development, business process improvement, ERP optimization, and project management).

Jim Joyce

Specialist Leader, Manufacturing, Strategy and Operations, Deloitte
Mr. Joyce is a leader in Deloitte’s Manufacturing Strategy and Operations practice and has 20+ years of experience in Operations Management, Lean Manufacturing and Advanced Manufacturing. He has led multiple operations transformation initiatives that have delivered significant and operational results.
 
His extensive industry and consulting experience includes a wide variety of products, industries and spans work in multiple countries. He leads Deloitt’s Additive Manufacturing Practice. Jim has Expertise in manufacturing and supply chain strategy, operations improvement, advanced manufacturing, supplier cost reduction and development, and retail and distribution.

Annette Karageanes

Assistant Director, Pharmacy Supply Chain, Beaumont Health System

Annette Karageanes, MS, RPh, is currently the assistant Director of Pharmacy Supply Chain for Beaumont Health System in Royal Oak, MI. She has held both hospital – and corporate – level leadership positions in pharmacy at multiple institutions. She has significant experience in pharmacy operations and supply chain management and was instrumental in developing the specialty pharmacy program at Beaumont.

Karageanes received her bachelors of Science in Pharmacy from the University of Michigan and her Masters of Science in Health-System Pharmacy Management from Wayne State University.

John K. Kautzer
System Director, Contracting
Hospital Sisters Health System
John is a supply chain veteran with over 40 years of experience. His provider experience includes health systems in WI and TX. John’s GPO background includes Diversified Health Services, Consorta, and Med Assets. Most recently, John was the Executive Director of Support Services and Distribution for Resource Optimization and Innovation (ROi) in St. Louis, Missouri.
 
In addition, he spent time working with Healthcare Links providing national accounts support to a number of their clients. In his current role at HSHS, John oversees system and local contracting activity and is the system’s representative on the HealthTrust Supply Chain Board.
Bill Kellar
Vice President
HCA Strategic Sourcing
With more than 30 years of health care experience, William D. Kellar is responsible for all non-labor contracting efforts and related supplier relationships for HCA Healthcare. This includes all supplies, services and equipment needs across the enterprise. This executive leadership position manages team resources and personnel at the corporate and division levels and has ultimate ownership for the contract performance for over $14 billion of operational spend. This position also has leadership responsibilities to be strategically coordinated with HealthTrust GPO.

Jim Kelly

Pro Football Hall of Fame Quarterback for the Buffalo Bills

Considered one of the elite quarterbacks in the history of the National Football League, Jim Kelly led the Buffalo Bills to the playoffs eight times and to four consecutive Super Bowls from 1991-1994. Jim shared his story of perseverance and overcoming obstacles including his insights on teamwork, leadership, having a special needs child, and fighting cancer.

Kelley Kieffer, RN, BSN, MSN-L, CNML

Chief Nursing Officer, Banner Baywood Medical Center and Banner Heart Hospital
Kelley Kieffer, RN, BSN, MSN-L, CNML is the Chief Nursing Officer for Banner Baywood Medical Center and Banner Heart Hospital. Kieffer brings a wealth of knowledge and experience to her executive leadership position. Currently, she spearheads a nursing staff of approximately 1000 employees across two operating facilities; a 388 bed medical center with ACS State Trauma level III designation and a 111 bed cardiovascular specialty hospital. Throughout her tenure at Banner Health, Kieffer has served in various officer, director and managerial nursing positions.
 
Her journey began as a Clinical Nurse in Labor and Delivery at Banner Desert Medical Center, in Mesa, Arizona where she quickly expanded her role into the Senior Clinical Manager for Women and Infant Service line. As her journey continued, Kieffer transitioned to the newly opened Banner Gateway Medical Center in Gilbert, Arizona in the capacity of Director of Women and Infant Services. She fulfilled this role and moved into the Director of Perioperative Services.  Kelley is a member of American Organization of Nurse Executives (AONE), American Nurses Association (ANA) and the Arizona Nurses Association (AzNA).
 
She has demonstrated excellence in nursing leadership with many accomplishments and credits her success to collaboration, partnership and open communication with multidiscipline team members that strengthen and enhance quality care and service to those served within the healthcare entity. Education Grand Canyon University, Glendale, Arizona - Masters of Nursing – Leadership (MSN –L) - February, 2012
Stephen Kiewiet
Chief Commercial Officer,
Intalere
As Chief Commercial Officer, Steve Kiewiet is responsible for ensuring the integrated commercial success of Intalere through business and market share growth with direct oversight of the Sales, Marketing and Customer Service departments. Kiewiet has a strategic and diverse perspective of the healthcare industry supported by more than 12 years of direct patient care combined with over 18 years in product management, business development, medical products/devices distribution, strategic sourcing and large academic healthcare system/IDN supply chain management. He is a nationally-recognized leader and innovator in healthcare supply chain management, leadership development and operational efficiency, and was featured in The Journal of Healthcare Contracting as one of the “Top 10 People to Watch in Healthcare Contracting.”
 
Prior to joining Intalere, Kiewiet served as Vice President, Supply Chain, with BJC Healthcare in St. Louis, providing multi-site operations and inventory management with a $30 million budget, more than $1 billion in total supply spend and 210 full time employees at 15 hospitals. He played an instrumental role in positioning the company as an industry leader in driving supply chain visibility, including implementing one of the industry’s first health system based medical device self-distribution models, which delivered more than $2 million in annual savings. His experience also includes progressive leadership positions with Cardinal Health, including Director of Operations, where he served as general manager of a large medical supply distribution center serving acute and non-acute customers in Eastern Missouri and Southern Illinois, as well as providing wound closure product solutions for customers throughout the United States.
 
Kiewiet is Lean Six Sigma trained and certified, and a member of the American College of Healthcare Executive (ACHE) as well as a Fellow and Board Member of the Association for Healthcare Resource & Materials Management (AHRMM). Kiewiet earned a bachelor’s degree in Business Administration from Saint Leo University in Saint Leo, Fla., and an MBA from the University of Tulsa. He has also completed Advanced Management training at Washington University in St. Louis, Mo. He is a veteran of the United States Navy.
Troy Kirchenbauer
Vice President & General Manager, Advanced Analytics & Data Integrity, Vizient
Troy Kirchenbauer leads a team of data scientists and data quality engineers focused on enabling insights that drive market-leading value to Vizient’s members and suppliers. 

Kirchenbauer is passionate about bringing innovative new approaches to the health care industry, and using new technology-based approaches to increase efficiency and reduce cost at hospitals nationwide. Over the past two decades, he has led the development of key strategies that have resulted in advances in e-commerce, GPO contract management and analytics. 

Over his 20 plus years with Vizient he served in numerous roles focused on leveraging data and technology to assist hospitals in maximizing the value of supply chain contracts. Prior to his current role, Kirchenbauer served as the founding general manager of aptitude, the first direct contracting marketplace in healthcare, focused on advancing committed supply relationships between providers and suppliers. As a wholly owned subsidiary of Vizient, aptitude met a strategic need within the industry that is unmet by the traditional contracting model. In prior roles within Vizient, provided leadership and direction for Vizient’s master data management area, led product development efforts for various analytics and contract management solutions including the development of Vizient’s contract management and e-commerce platform.

Since 2011, Kirchenbauer has been an active fundraiser, volunteer and member of the advisory board for Integrity Mentors, a non-profit, 501(c)3 charity dedicated to improving the lives of young men and women who live in challenging socioeconomic conditions.

Kirchenbauer received a Masters of Business Administration with a focus on business strategy and leadership from the University of Dallas, and a Bachelor of Business Administration in Human Resource Management from Texas A&M University at Commerce.
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 BScPharm, MS, FASHP, FCSHP
Independent Pharmacy Consultant & Columnist
Self-Employed

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.

Jennifer Kleabir

Director, Logistic Service Agreements, Supply Chain Management, Strategic Sourcing, Trinity Health
Jennifer is the Director of Strategic Sourcing overseeing the logistic service agreements pertaining to the Distribution center. This effort includes building a strategic partnership with suppliers based upon best practice and innovative supply chain solutions to maximize value and drive efficiencies. 
 
Prior to Trinity Health, Jen led the deployment of Value Analysis at Oakwood Hospital focusing on cross-functional team collaboration and product specification as drivers. This program helped to increase profitability as well as bring speed to market.  Jen brings an extensive  background in medical device manufacturing, global sourcing and value analysis, which she acquired from her previous roles at Danaher Corporation's Metrex Research and TRW Automotive.

Susan Knapp, RN, MS, CVAHP

Value Analysis Nurse, Highland Hospital - University of Rochester

Susan has been the Value Analysis nurse for University of Rochester - Highland Hospital since the position was introduced over 10 years ago.  Prior to that she was an emergency nurse for over 26 years which included nurse manager for the Emergency Department.  Over time she has also added emergency preparedness to her duties. 
 
She has worked to create and constantly enhance a comprehensive value analysis program for her facility and share that with other professionals. She is 2017 President of the Association of Healthcare Value Analysis Professionals (AHVAP) and active participant on the AHVAP Annual Conference and Supplier Showcase.
Kreg M. Koford MBA, CPSM
Senior Vice President of Supply Chain and Sustaining Care Services, Memorial Sloan Kettering
Kreg Koford is the Senior Vice President of Supply Chain and Sustaining Care Services at Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center (MSKCC). He has significant experience in strategic sourcing, category management, asset management, supplier collaboration, and supply chain operations. His commitment to transforming the healthcare supply chain industry has resulted in enhancing effectiveness and efficiencies across a wide array of activities and initiatives.
 
Prior to MSKCC, Kreg was responsible for managing more than $2.2 billion of nonlabor spending at Intermountain Healthcare in Salt Lake City, where he served as Assistant Vice President, Strategic Sourcing and Solutions. In that role, he helped lead the Intermountain supply chain organization to the number-one spot on the Gartner Healthcare Supply Chain Top 25 ranking in both 2016 and 2017. He also managed Intermountain’s key customer and supplier relationships, with a focus on identifying new sources of value that went beyond traditional price decreases and margin-shifting activities.
 
Kreg earned his bachelor’s degree and his master’s in business administration from Brigham Young University. Most recently, he received certifications from Intermountain Healthcare’s Advanced Leadership Program and Michigan State University’s Executive Program, in addition to becoming a Certified Professional in Supply Management. He previously earned certifications from the Association for Health Care Resource and Materials Management’s Supply Chain Leadership Institute and IPS Project Management Advanced Training.

Kyle Kramer

Director, Strategy and Operations, Pinnacle Healthcare Consulting
As a program and practice executive, Kyle Kramer has over twenty years of experience in the healthcare administrative field with a noted focus on cardiovascular practices and services. He is recognized nationally as a leader in the areas of strategic relationship development, practice management, billing and reimbursement, program development, and health care services and facilities marketing/positioning. Kyle has served as Vice President, Clinical Operations, for Main Line Health in Philadelphia, PA., and was responsible for the development and advancement of a comprehensive, multi-hospital integrated cardiovascular program, which included physician practices and physical plant development/operations.
 
Prior to his arrival at Main Line Health, Kyle served as Executive Director, Cardiovascular Services and Clinical Operations, for the Yale-New Haven Hospital and Health System. Kyle has also served in executive/departmental leadership roles with The Penn State Geisinger Health System – Milton S. Hershey Medical Center and The University of Texas-Houston Health Science Center.

Ramesh Krish

Vice President, Supply Chain Management, Prime Healthcare

Ramesh has 20+ years experience as a transformational consultant and industry specialist (MS, MBA, Six Sigma) focused on Supply Chain Management, Strategic Sourcing, Outsourced / Shared Services, and Business Process Reengineering in the Healthcare, Pharmaceutical, Consumer Goods and Financial Services industries. Ramesh joined Prime Healthcare in April 2017 as their VP of Supply Chain to focus on re-visiting their GPO and distribution strategy.  Prime owns and manages 45 hospitals across 14 states.  In his current role, Ramesh oversees a spend of more than $1.1B and is actively engaged with the C-Suite to develop an expense management framework to improve EBITDA and drive value across supply and purchased services categories.

Prior to Prime, Ramesh served as Vice President of Supply Chain at Presbyterian Healthcare Services in Albuquerque, New Mexico.  In that role, he governed the supply chain organization through an outsourced service provider and driving year over year reduction in operating expenses. Ramesh's technical degree and initial roles related to optimization and modeling distribution, sales, and logistics for CPG supply chains. Upon graduation from Rutgers' MBA program, Ramesh spent a few years with Schering Plough and Bristol Myers Squibb doing business and financial analyses. Ramesh has consulting experience with several firms in New York and London working on large transformational projects in procure to pay, shared services, outsourcing, marketing strategy and technology assessment and implementation. Ramesh joined Credit Suisse as VP Shared Services & Supply Management where he developed commodity management strategies to identify, capture and realize savings.

Ramesh has spent 7+ years with Amgen and has had several roles within the Global Strategic Sourcing Group at Amgen across various categories such as Clinical Trials, Regulatory & Safety, IT, Indirect Services, Call Centers and wholesaler distribution. Ramesh resides in Orange County in the Los Angeles area where he lives with his wife and 2 daughters.  Ramesh enjoys the outdoors and going to the gym.

Ken Kuiper

Partner, Medical Strategies International, LLC

Ken has been in the Healthcare Industry, including medical imaging distribution and capital equipment, physician distribution and imaging startup, for over 33 years.

Ken has held VP level positions in sales, national accounts and marketing for major companies like Picker International and PSS/World Medical Diagnostic Imaging Division as well as Riverain Medical. He has been successful in developing and implementing strategic plans for distribution channel strategy as well as national and federal accounts.

Ken has a Business Administration Degree from Jacksonville University.

Ed Kuklenski
Co-Founder,
Insurance Point 
Ed Kuklenski has over 33 years of experience in the health care industry. In 1980, he began his career with American Hospital Supply, subsequently Baxter, Inc., where he served in various sales, operations and sales management positions.
 
In 1989, he joined Child Health Corporation of America (CHCA)where he served as the Senior Vice President of Shareholder Services. During his tenure with CHCA, he was responsible for overseeing CHCA’s group purchasing, business development and insurance operations. In 2006, Ed joined Suture Express where he served as President, CEO and Executive Chairman until July, 2013.
 
Currently, Ed is a Principal and Board Member of Insurance Point. Ed also serves on the Board of Directors of Accuhealth, BloxR, Medspeed, PT-Solutions and StatLab.

Raji Kumar

Regional CEO, Dallas Medical Center & Dallas Regional Medical Center

Raji Kumar is the current CEO of Dallas Medical Center and most recently, Dallas Regional Medical Center, both part of Prime Healthcare and recognized as a Top 15 Healthcare System in the nation by Truven Health Analytics. Under Raji’s leadership, the hospital has gone from performing about 60 surgeries a month to over 400 surgeries a month, monthly revenue collections have more than tripled, average daily census has more than doubled and she has recruited over 150 new physicians on staff.
 
Raji has been named by Becker’s Hospital Review as one of the “Top 500 Hospital and Health System Leaders to Know: for 2014. Raji won “Business Woman of the Year in 2013” for The City of Farmers Branch. Raji has just been named one of Becker’s “Top 25 Under 40”

Rob Kurtz

Sourcing Manager, 
Intermountain Healthcare

Rob Kurtz is a Sourcing Manager at Intermountain Healthcare. He has 15 years of supply chain experience, including 10 years in the health care field that includes hospital and supply chain operations. In his current role, Rob provides his stakeholders with supply chain analytical support specific to the perioperative service lines.  

Rob earned his undergraduate degree in Business Management from Utah Valley University and an MBA with emphasis in hospital administration from Western Governors University. Rob holds a CPSM (Certified Professional in Supply Management) certification from the Institute for Supply Management.   

Rob makes his home in Lehi, Utah with his wife Dani and their two children Bronson and Alaina. In addition to spending time with family, he enjoys spending time in the many beautiful landscapes that Utah provides. 

Sharat Kusuma, MD, FAAOS, MBA

Engagement Manager, McKinsey & Company
Sharat Kusuma is a board certified and fellowship trained orthopaedic hip and knee surgeon as well as an engagement manager at McKinsey & Company in the healthcare provider, payor, pharma, and medtech space.  He has had the opportunity to work deeply in nearly all areas of healthcare (payors, providers, pharma and medtech vendors, and academia).  
 
He has been involved in academic orthopaedic surgery for 14 years, and has had the opportunity to participate in clinical areas such FDA IDE studies, implant design, clinical protocol development, and clinical research.  Additionally, he has worked closely as a surgeon consultant with several major orthopaedic implant manufacturers on sales, marketing, surgeon training, and implant development.  Previously he was a clinical and research director of a large total joint replacement service at a 700 bed hospital, running an active clinical practice of 400+ surgeries per year.  
 
He studied medicine and business at Vanderbilt University, and completed orthopaedic surgery training at the University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine, Rush University Medical Center, and Queens Medical Centre in the United Kingdom.
David A Kvancz MS, RPh FASHP
Senior Vice President, Strategic Client Relationships,
Visante, Inc.
David A. Kvancz is Senior Vice President, Strategic Client Relationships at Visante, an established healthcare consulting firm with a focus on medication use and system optimization. Prior to joining Visante, David served as Vice President, National Pharmacy Programs and Services, for Kaiser Permanente.
 
Previously, David served as Director of Pharmacy and Chief Pharmacy Officer for the Cleveland Clinic Health System, Associate Director of Clinical Pharmacy Services at the University of Texas Medical Branch at Galveston, and Assistant Director of Pharmacy at Tucson Medical Center. David has served in multiple leadership positions, delivered numerous presentations and published several articles for local, state and national health system pharmacy organizations. He has also held adjunct and associate faculty positions and served on the Dean’s Advisory Councils at several colleges of pharmacy.
 
He earned his B.S. degree from the Albany College of Pharmacy in Albany, New York, and a master's degree in clinical hospital pharmacy from the Ohio State University. He completed his ASHP-accredited residency at Mount Carmel Medical Center in Columbus, Ohio. 

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.

Robin L. Lane MBA, BSN, RN, CVAHP
President,
AHVAP
Robin Lane has been a healthcare professional for more than 30 years. In her current position as Senior Manager of Value Analysis, she helped to create and implement a system wide Value Analysis Program for the UPMC Health System, developing approximately 35 system value analysis teams, a technology review committee and implementing a product recall system. Prior to her career in Supply Chain, Robin led the surgical services department of a system hospital managing four integrated departments and services.
 
Robin is one of the inaugural recipients of certification (CVAHP) from AHVAP in October 2015, and currently serves as the AHVAP President.
Mary Beth Lang
Facilitator, Freelance
Prior to founding Pensiamo, Dr. Mary Beth Lang was Vice President of HC Pharmacy Central, Inc., and Supply Chain Management (SCM) Commercial Services at UPMC. Prior to joining UPMC, Dr. Lang was President of Diagnostix at Amerinet and a Pharmacy Manager for UPMC. Dr. Lang's experience includes providing leadership as a member of the board of directors or committee member for many industry organizations, including: AHRMM (current: 2013-2017, Chair 2016); McKesson Pharmacy Executive Alliance (current); HPN Editorial Advisory Board (current); Federation of American Hospitals Pharmacy and Marketing Committees (current); Strategic Marketing Initiative Advisory Committee (current); and GS1 US Board of Governors (current); Committee GS1 US Healthcare.
 
She regularly authors or contributes to industry articles covering topics on materials management, spend analytics, data standards in healthcare and benchmarking. Dr. Lang frequently speaks at industry conferences and symposia. She has served as adjunct faculty and guest lecturer at the University of Pittsburgh and Carnegie Mellon University. 
Michael Langlois
Consultant
Langlois & Associates, LLC
Michael T. Langlois currently serves as a Healthcare Supply Chain Resource 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 organization, located in Southeast Michigan, with net revenues of $4.1 billion and consisting 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 Beaumont Health System, at that time, a three-hospital IDN, as its Vice President 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 Senior Vice President and Chief Supply Chain Officer for Ascension Health (2001-2008). He began his career at St. John Health, where he was employed for nearly 25 years.

He is a member of the Advisory Boards of the IDN Summit, the Bellwether 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 services administration from Central Michigan University.
Ron Lanton
Partner
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.

Chuck Lauer

(1930-2017)

Healthcare Advisor and Policy Expert
Chuck Lauer was the publisher of Modern Healthcare for more than 25 years, taking it from a monthly money-losing proposition when Crain Communications purchased the magazine in 1976 to the nation’s leading healthcare new weekly.
 
Additionally, he was corporate vice president of Crain Communications, editorial and publishing director of Modern Healthcare. Known throughout the healthcare industry and beyond as a leader, Chuck Lauer was an author, public speaker, career coach and award-winning businessman who delivered motivational messages to top companies nationwide.

Dylan Lawlor

Director of Value Analysis,
Prisma Health
Dylan is the Director of Value Analysis for Prisma Health and is a seasoned healthcare professional, with over 30 years of experience in various fields.

He started his career as a Medical Service Corp Officer in the Army in 1993; serving in multiple roles and duties until 2002. His next adventure was with the Greenville Health System (now Prisma Health) in the Lab; serving as the Manager of Phlebotomy and Front end processing.

While with Prisma Health, he moved into his current specialty in Value Analysis in 2009. While in this role, he has won numerous awards and been recognized in various publications for the Value Analysis program he has built from the ground up.

Jennel Lengle
AVP Clinical Operations
HealthTrust

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.

Roger Harrison Larkin CMRP
Administrative Director Supply Chain,
Maury Regional Health

Roger Larkin is the Director Supply Chain for Maury Regional Medical Center (MRMC) in Columbia, TN. Roger joined MRMC in July 2011 and has over 25 years’ experience in Healthcare Supply Chain. Roger has responsibility for Contracting, Purchasing, Operations, Logistics, MMIS, and Value Analysis for MRMC's three hospitals, three ASC’s, five clinics and twenty-two physician’s offices. During his career, Roger has planned, procured, implemented and relocated two acute care hospitals and has installed two multi-hospital ERP systems.

He graduated in 1988 from the University of Tennessee with a degree in Economics and Business Administration. He is a Certified Materials & Resource Professional (CMRP) and is a member of the Association of Healthcare Resource and Materials Management (AHRMM) and the Tennessee Association of Healthcare Resource and Materials Management (TAHRMM). Roger is Lean Certified from the Lean Healthcare Certificate Program Series at the Jack C. Massey Graduate School of Business at Belmont University, in conjunction with Healthcare Performance Partners. He also teaches Basic and Advanced Lean Classes at MRMC. Roger excels in pursuing, negotiating, implementing, driving compliance and standardization to produce cost savings throughout the system.

Todd Larkin
Vice President, Contracting, 
Intalere

Todd Larkin provides leadership to the Intalere contracting division in the development and enhancement of the Intalere portfolio of contracts and total cost reduction solutions. With more than 20 years’ experience in contracting, procurement and supply chain management, Larkin brings his expertise to Intalere to ensure members are receiving the best portfolio offerings to enhance operations and reduce costs. Prior to joining Intalere, Larkin was the senior director for Corporate Procurement at Express Scripts and was responsible for leading a 50+ person organization managing $2B in annual indirect spend.

Prior to Express Scripts, Larkin spent five years at MasterCard Worldwide, leading a global team focused on improving systems, processes and governance of the procurement function. Prior to MasterCard, Larkin held a number of progressively challenging positions with global responsibilities over 10 years in IBM’s Integrated Supply Chain organization.

Larkin received his MBA from the University of Missouri-St. Louis, and also holds a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration and a Bachelor of Arts in International Studies, both from the University of Missouri-Columbia. Larkin is also a Certified Professional in Supply Management (CPSM). 

Kelle Laws

Executive Director, Medical Products and Devices, ROi
Kelle Laws is Executive Director of Medical Products and Devices for ROi’s Integrated Sourcing Solutions team, Kelle is responsible for the strategic development of ROi’s medical surgical products and devices contract portfolio. In her role, Kelle supports health care providers with contracting and clinical guidance for a wide range of products from traditional nursing care items to physician preference items such as cardiovascular, orthopedic and neurosurgery implants.
 
Kelle previously served as director of patient care services at ROi, where she led the clinical contracting efforts for all medical and surgical product selection and utilization projects. She has more than 19 years of experience in the health care supply standardization and process improvement consulting.
 
Kelle received her nursing diploma from the Goldfarb School of Nursing at Barnes-Jewish College, her undergraduate degree from Washington University in St. Louis, and her graduate degree in nursing from the University of Phoenix.
Nattie D Leger MSN RN LSSBB
Assistant Vice President Supply Chain Nursing, Ochsner Health System
 
Nattie Leger is Assistant Vice President of Supply Chain Nursing at Ochsner Health System in New Orleans, Louisiana. Nattie joined Ochsner in April 1987. Nattie is a member of Louisiana Organization of Nurse Executives and Association of Healthcare Value Analysis Professionals. She is recognized as an experienced Nurse Leader and has received the American Hospital Association Most Wired Award for innovation and LA Great 100 Nurses Award for outstanding Nursing Services to the state.
 
Past experiences include: Vice President of Nursing, Assistant Vice President of Emergency Services, and various Nursing Leadership roles.
 
Nattie has a Master of Science in Nursing with a Nurse Executive focus from the University of South Alabama. She earned her LEAN Six Sigma Black Belt Certification from Kent State.

Robert Lerman

Vice President, Supply Chain and Clinical Services, Dignity Health
Robert Lerman, M.D. is a native of Los Angeles, California and completed his undergraduate degree in Biological Sciences at Stanford University. He earned his medical degree at Albany Medical College and completed a residency in internal medicine at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center, followed by fellowships in Cardiovascular Disease and Clinical Cardiac Electrophysiology at Harbor-UCLA Medical Center.
 
Dr. Lerman practiced clinical cardiac electrophysiology for 18 years in Southern California where he was medical director of Cardiac Electrophysiology at Dignity Health St. Bernadine Medical Center in San Bernardino. He also served as an Assistant Clinical Professor of Medicine for the UCLA School of Medicine. Dr. Lerman joined Dignity Health in 2012 as VP and Medical Director of Physician Integration.
 
With the launch of SharedClarity in 2013, Dr. Lerman assumed the lead clinical role for Dignity Health, focusing on making sourcing decision based on comparative clinic evidence. He transitioned into a formal leadership position within the Dignity Health Supply & Service Resource Management (SSRM) team in 2015 as Vice President, Supply Chain Clinical Services. Dr. Lerman is passionate about working with physicians to improve clinical outcomes and provides the overall clinical direction and leadership for Dignity Health SSRM.

Joanne Levy

Vice President, Supply Chain Operations, ROi

JoAnne Levy is Vice President of Supply Chain Operations for ROi. JoAnne is responsible for all hospital-to-patient supply chain operations in Mercy’s many acute and non-acute healthcare facilities across a four-state region, helping drive ROi’s accountable supply chain organizational model. She also leads ROi’s transportation function for its customers, including a wide variety of over-the-road, courier and backhaul services, as well as its Integrated Services team, which provides customer service, purchasing and item master management for multiple customers. JoAnne also serves as ROi’s legal and regulatory liaison.

Prior to serving in current role, Joanne led ROi’s Integrated Sourcing Solutions (ISS) team and was responsible for ROi’s distribution and warehousing operations. Before joining ROi about five years ago, JoAnne was Vice President of Global Logistics with Covidien/Mallinckrodt in St. Louis. She managed the customer service, distribution, transportation, compliance and planning functions for the $2 billion global pharmaceuticals/imaging business. Before moving into Covidien/Mallinckrodt management, JoAnne served in various legal roles focused on controlled substance, environmental, and safety and health law.

JoAnne received her undergraduate, law and masters of business administration degrees, all with honors, from Washington University in St. Louis.

 

Howard Lewis

Senior Partner
Medical Strategies International LLC

Howard has been in the Healthcare Industry, including medical supply, medical device, and the laboratory supply and service industry for over 33 years. He has held Vice President and Senior Management positions at such prestigious companies as Quest Diagnostics, SIEMENS Medical Systems, Getinge/Castle and Fisher Scientific.

He has extensive experience in developing National Account and Integrated Delivery System business strategies. Howard is a graduate of the University of Tennessee with a degree in Chemistry/ Business Administration.

Robin Lincoln
Senior Vice President, Contracting Operations,
Capstone Health Alliance
Robin Lincoln, Senior Vice President, Contracting Operations, of Capstone Health Alliance, has been with Capstone since 2009. Robin’s responsibilities include the development, implementation, and ongoing process improvement for contracting strategies and operations for the Alliance. Robin works closely with the Capstone contracting team in contract negotiations, and also leads the development of effective implementation strategies designed to provide timely and relevant information to the Capstone membership and create maximum opportunity for Capstone’s supplier partners.
 
Robin previously served as the Director of Synergy Health Group, a regional aggregation group based out of Johnson City, TN and owned by Mountain States Health Alliance. Prior to joining Synergy, Robin was Vice President and COO of Wilson Pharmacy and PNS Institutional, a regional privately-owned closed-door, retail, and compounding pharmacy chain.
 
Before transitioning to healthcare, Robin served as Vice President and General Manager of The Faneuil Group, an international research and marketing company based out of Boston, MA, where she held various leadership, account management, and operations roles over the course of ten years. Robin holds a BS degree in Computer Science from East Tennessee State University.
Jerry Linenger
United States Navy Flight Surgeon and NASA Astronaut (Ret.)
Captain Jerry Linenger is a retired United States Navy flight surgeon and NASA astronaut. A Naval Academy graduate, he holds doctorates in both medicine and research methodology, as well as dual master's degrees in Policy and Systems Management. He has also been awarded three honorary doctorate degrees in science.
 
Linenger was awarded the 2013 “Trailblazer Award” from WSU School of Medicine for his lifelong contributions to medical research and to the advancement of medicine. During what has been reported to be one of the most dangerous and dramatic missions in space history, Linenger spent nearly five months aboard the Russian space station Mir. He faced numerous life-threatening events, including repeated failure of critical life-support systems, a near-collision between the space station and an incoming re-supply spacecraft and computer failures that sent the space station tumbling uncontrollably through space. As if these problems were not enough, he narrowly survived a raging out-of-control fire that was later described as the most severe fire ever aboard an orbiting spacecraft.
 
In spite of these challenges, Linenger and his two Russian crewmates accomplished all mission goals: shuttle docking, space walking, a Soyuz fly around and all 120 of the science experiments. In completing the mission, he logged 50 million miles, the equivalent distance of over 110 round trips to the moon, traveling at a speed of nearly 18,000 miles per hour. He was the first American ever to undock from a space station in a Russian Soyuz capsule and the first American to do a spacewalk in a Russian spacesuit. At mission completion, Linenger held the endurance record for the longest time in space for an American man. In 2008, NASA awarded Linenger the Distinguished Service Medal, the highest award conferred by NASA, citing his courage and outstanding service to our country.
 
Linenger is author of the books Off the Planet, which chronicles his time in space; and Letters from Mir: An Astronaut's Letters to His Son. He collaborated with National Geographic Explorer on The Angel Effect, a documentary revealing how he was able to endure the solitary conditions of his mission and the science behind the "Third Man Factor." He is a founding board member of the global freshwater think tank Circle of Blue and has been awarded the 2012 Royal Canadian Geographical Society's Gold Medal in recognition of his remarkable achievements in space. He has appeared in numerous documentaries seen on Discovery, Nova, History Channel, PBS and National Geographic Television.
 
As a space analyst, Linenger is seen frequently on NBC's Today, Nightly News, as well as on various CBS, CNN, PBS and FOX news shows. He has also worked behind the scenes as scientific advisor to various futuristic voyages to Mars films. In 2016, Linenger was prominently featured in Discovery’s eight-part series, Secret Space Escapes, and is presently narrating a National Geographic program focusing on Planet Earth. A full-feature movie based on his book and his life is also currently being filmed. In his free time, Linenger enjoys bicycling, ice hockey, swimming, and stand-up paddle-boarding. He now lives back on the planet in northern Michigan with his wife, Kathryn, and their four children.

Chris Little

AVP Pharmacy,
Ovation Healthcare
Chris is a graduate of Drake University with a Doctor of Pharmacy degree and completed a Pharmacy Practice Residency (PGY1) at Edward Hines Jr. VA Hospital and a specialized residency in Health System Pharmacy Practice Administration (PGY2) at the Jesse Brown VA Medical Center. Prior to joining the Ovation team, Chris served as the Senior Director for Pharmacy Innovation at HealthTrust and was Executive Director of Clinical Services for ROi.

He has served in roles including Clinical Coordinator, Pharmacy Director and Associate Chief for Pharmacy Operations in both the private and federal sectors.

Gina Lohr

Managing Director, Health Care Ecosystem Research

Gina serves as a managing director for Advisory Board’s research team. She currently leads research for the Pharmacy Executive Forum across topics such as ambulatory pharmacy strategy, pharmacy benefit management, pharmacy business strategy and leadership.

Previously, Gina led best practice research for other Advisory Board research memberships on topics including reducing COPD readmissions, improving perinatal patient safety, developing a palliative care program, and strategic planning within the imaging and women’s health service lines.

Prior to joining Advisory Board, Gina worked within the health care team at the Government Accountability Office. She holds a master’s degree in public policy from the Johns Hopkins University, where she focused on health policy and nonprofit management. She earned her bachelor’s degree with honors from Iowa State University.

Michael Louviere MBA, PD
Supply Chain, Internal Consultant,
Ochsner Health System
Michael Louviere is System VP Supply Chain at Ochsner Health System in New Orleans, Louisiana. Michael joined Ochsner in April 2012. Michael is a past president of AHRMM and maintains Fellow status. He is also a member of the Bellwether League’s Class of 2010 and received the ASHMM Leadership Award in 1995.
 
He is a recognized international speaker and author in the field of healthcare supply chain and pharmacy. Past experience includes: Pediatric Pharmacist, Material Manager, COO, and VP Supply Chain. Michael has a BS in Pharmacy, MS in Hospital Pharmacy Administration and an MBA from LSU.
Thomas Lubotsky MHA; FACHE
Chief Supply Chain Officer,
Advocate Health Care
Mr. Lubotsky serves as the Chief Supply Chain Officer at Advocate Health Care. In this role, he is responsible for the overall leadership of Advocate Health Care’s supply chain operations including sourcing, clinical resource management, procurement, logistics and operations, business intelligence/performance management and technology development.
 
Mr. Lubotsky’s experience also includes seven years in account management and operating roles at Premier, Inc., a leading healthcare group purchasing alliance whose core business purpose centers on accelerating clinical improvement and supply chain performance. Mr. Lubotsky was responsible for the overall field leadership/general management of strategy and goal deployment, performance management, supply chain improvement planning, field operations, customer relationship management and business partner relationship support.
 
Mr. Lubotsky is a Fellow in the American College of Healthcare Executives (ACHE), a professional member of the Association for Healthcare Resource & Materials Management (AHRMM) and serves as a board member of the Strategic Marketplace Initiative (SMI), a professional forum of leading healthcare systems and suppliers working collaborative toward addressing supply chain related issues and challenges.

Martin Lucenti

CMO / Senior Vice President, Vizient

Dr. Lucenti is currently the acting Chief Medical Officer for Vizient.  He brings a wealth of experience to Vizient. Prior to joining Vizient, Dr. Lucenti ran MedAssets Clinical Operations Consulting segment. He combines unique backgrounds in both medicine and operational engineering.

Dr. Lucenti holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Systems Engineering and Computer Science from the University of Virginia in Charlottesville, Virginia. He completed the Medical Scholars Program at the University of Illinois in Champaign, Illinois where he earned both a MD from the University’s College of Medicine and a PhD in Industrial Engineering from the College of Engineering. He did his Emergency Medicine residency at Harvard Medical School where he served as Chief Resident. He has been deployed three times to Iraq, in addition to his deployment to Afghanistan. Dr. Lucenti serves in the Vermont Army National Guard.

Kyle Mackinnon

Senior Director, Operational Excellence,
Premier

As Senior Director of Operational Excellence within Premier’s Supply Chain Services business unit, Kyle plays a crucial role in driving efficiency and performance. He leads the process improvement arm of the Strategic Sourcing department, steering technology systems, business processes, and policies that enhance value to customers. Kyle also leads the Disaster Preparedness and Response function across the Premier enterprise.


Prior to joining Premier, Kyle served on active duty as a Captain in the United States Marine Corps. He also served as a Ground Supply Officer as well as the Supply Officer for 2nd Reconnaissance Battalion, 2nd Marine Division.


Kyle holds a MA in Procurement and Acquisitions Management from Webster University, a BA in Political Science from The Citadel and a Graduate Certificate in Government Contracting from Webster University, a Six Sigma Green Belt certificate from Villanova University, and a Lean Healthcare Project Certification from North Carolina State University. Kyle lives in north Georgia with his wife and two sons.

Michael Maguire

Vice President of Strategic Sourcing, 
Premier, Inc.

Michael Maguire is a vice president of strategic sourcing at Premier, with over 20 years of experience in healthcare supply chain and consulting. He leads the clinical sourcing teams' contract strategy execution. Possessing an uncanny ability to flex and pivot with changing marketplace dynamics, he has guided the expansion of our national purchased services program and works closely with Premier members to meet their special contracting needs.

Prior to his current role, he led the sourcing operations of CCG and grew the contract portfolio by 300 percent over a four-year period.  Before joining Premier, he served on the Corporate Operations team at MedStar Health, where he developed the Supply Chain Global Measures Program while also providing operation assessment of clinical services to ensure financial viability. He worked collaboratively with leading pharmaceutical companies to provide needed medicines for 1.5 million Central American children during his tenure with the Catholic Medical Mission Board (CMMB).

Bruce Mairose

Vice Chair Supply Chain Management, Mayo Clinic

As Vice Chair of Supply Chain Category Management, Bruce Mairose has oversight for teams that are responsible for contracting and sourcing, performance consulting, and value analysis of $4.0 billion in products and services for Mayo Clinic, as well as an additional $6.0 billion in contracts for Captis.

Prior to his current position, Bruce served as Vice Chair of Supply Chain Operations, Director of Procure to Pay, and Director of Operations Improvement for Mayo Clinic Supply Chain Management.  He has also worked for Allina Hospitals and Clinics in Minneapolis, Minnesota (within Supply Chain Management, Ambulatory Clinic Operations, and as Manager of Respiratory and Neurology Departments). Bruce began career as a Registered Respiratory Practitioner.  

He earned his bachelor’s in business administration in 1990 from the University of North Dakota and received his Master’s in Healthcare Administration in 1995 from Cardinal Stritch University in Milwaukee, Wisconsin.

Stephen Majors

Director, Healthcare Practice,  DuckerFrontier

Stephen co-leads DuckerFrontier’s healthcare practice, which works with 55 global healthcare clients on their growth, commercialization, market-access, and innovation strategies. Stephen partners with clients across the full range of practice offerings, from business development through delivery. In doing so, he leverages his industry knowledge, expertise in the firm’s solutions, and ability to place clients’ strategic challenges in the relevant macroeconomic, political, and policy contexts.

With a diverse educational and professional background, Stephen takes a multidisciplinary approach to addressing client challenges. Prior to joining DuckerFrontier, Stephen worked for seven years at Eurasia Group, where he led the firm’s business development and client services efforts for the healthcare sector.

He previously worked as an Associated Press journalist covering state politics and policy—including healthcare—in Florida and Ohio, and has reported internationally on health policy. Stephen holds a Bachelor of Science degree from Northwestern University and a Master of Public Policy degree from the University of Maryland.

Marty Makary

Leading Healthcare Expert + Renowned Johns Hopkins Surgeon

New York Times best-selling author and gastrointestinal surgeon, researcher and associate professor of health policy & management at Johns Hopkins University, Dr. Marty Makary is leading healthcare expert. Join him as he discusses common-sense reforms for healthcare and transparency of medical information, as well as his book Unaccountable.

Myla E. Maloney MBA
VP Strategic Accounts, Premier, Inc.
Myla Maloney is the Vice President of Strategic Accounts for Premier Applied Sciences with 17 years of experience in strategic account management, healthcare sales, marketing, customer segment strategy, sales leadership and pharmaceuticals. Maloney supports Premier’s mission to transform healthcare by leading the Premier Life Sciences Business Development group’s efforts to collaborate with Life Science Organizations on Population Health Improvement initiatives to improve the quality of patient care.
 
Prior to this position, Maloney was the Vice President of Strategic Supplier Engagement for Premier where she worked with biopharmaceutical and IT organizations.
 
Maloney received her B.S. in business administration and MBA from East Carolina University.

Dan Maloy

Founder, The Maloy Group LLC

Dan Maloy is the Founder of The Maloy Group, an independent Marketing and Sales firm with clients ranging from Fortune 500 companies, to start-up ventures.

He has held leadership positions with public and private organizations ranging from large companies such as Johnson & Johnson, Owens & Minor and McKesson, to development stage enterprises. Dan has provided expert opinion, industry guidance and service to companies, governments, and investment management firms. He has addressed domestic and international audiences, and served as an Adjunct Faculty member at the University of Alabama Birmingham.

Dan received his MBA from the Weatherhead School of Management at Case Western Reserve University, and his BA from Allegheny College.

Timothy Marlette
Chief Purchasing Officer, 
Community Health Systems 
In the role of Sr. Vice President - Chief Purchasing Officer, Mr. Marlette is responsible for the day-to-day operations of the Materials Management and Supply Chain functions within Community Health Systems. Tim has been with Community Health Systems since July 1998.
 
With over 37 years of healthcare experience, Tim's career includes positions at both hospitals and hospital company corporate offices, teaching hospitals, and Group Purchasing Organizations. Prior to joining CHS, Tim was the Vice President of National Contracts for MedEcon Services, Inc. Before that position, Mr. Marlette spent 18 years with Humana and Columbia HCA in various Management roles, including Division Director of Materials Management, Corporate Materials Manager, Director of Support Services, Director of Materials Management, and Accountant.
 
In the past, Mr. Marlette served on the Board of Directors of the Louisville Medical Center Federal Credit Union and was a member of the faculty of Northwood College, where he taught classes in Business, Accounting, and Economics. Tim currently serves on the Advisory Board of Tennessee State University's Supply Chain Management Program.
 
He holds a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Business Administration, with a concentration in Accounting and Economics, from McKendree College.

Santalynda Marreo

Diversity and Inclusion, Intercultural Communication Leadership, Retreat/Team Facilitation, Training & Development Expert CEO, SM Consulting Associates
A dynamic organization consultant, executive coach, facilitator, trainer, and thought leader Dr. Santalynda Marrero draws on her expertise as a counseling psychologist and 30+ years of experience in helping individuals, teams and organizations to propel their careers to the next level. Her belief in story as “data with a soul” that engages mutual regard and leverages talent led her to co-author the book: The Diversity Calling: Building Community One Story at a Time.
 
Prior to launching SM Consulting in 1998 in California, Santalynda held several internal positions: Director of Staff Development at Stanford  Hospital and Medical Center; Manager of Training and Leadership Development, Avantek/Hewlett Packard; Recruiter and College Relations, Human Resources, Bell Laboratories; and Rutgers University where she received her doctorate in Conseling Psychology while working as a counselor and academic advisor.
 
For further details please visit her website and blog writing with an emphasis on engagement and coaching for women – Fire Breathing Women/Mujeres Que Respiran Fuego.

Jake Marshall

Senior Director of Enterprise Emergency Operations,
HCA Healthcare

Jake Marshall, MPS, CEM, FF/NRP is the Senior Director for Enterprise Preparedness and Emergency Operations with HCA Healthcare.


Since starting with the agency in 2017, Jake and his team have responded to more than 35 major national disasters and over 4000 other emergency incidents. Examples range across the 'all-hazard' emergency environment and include leadership through the WannaCry Cyber Attacks, Hurricanes Harvey, Irma, Florence, Michael, Ida, the 1-October mass shooting incident in Las Vegas, the 2018 California Wildfires, and the November 2018 Alaska Earthquakes. He has led the enterprise-wide implementation of multiple technologies and systems in use by thousands of staff and facilities. Additionally, Jake leads enterprise-wide efforts surrounding Hazard Risk Analysis and Mitigation.


Jake maintains his designation and currency as a Certified Emergency Manager, Nationally Registered Paramedic, and Firefighter. He is a frequent invitee to speak as an expert in the field at conferences across the United States.

Timothy Martin

Manager, Procurement, Suppler Diversity Coordinator, CHRISTUS Health

Currently serves as Procurement Manager and Supplier Diversity Coordinator for the CHRISTUS Health System. In this role, his responsibilities include management of centralized procurement operations for the western regions of CHRISTUS Health as well as lead the supplier diversity efforts system-wide.

Having spent over 20 years serving healthcare provider organizations focused in Supply Chain, he is well diversified in all aspects of Supply Chain Management. He has a proven track record of being a strong leader, accountable, dependable and results driven.

He is a certified Materials & Resource Professional, an active member of the North Texas chapter of AHRMM and is currently pursuing the Bachelor of Science in Business Management and Masters of Business Administration from Western Governors University.

William James Martin Pharm.D.
Vice President Sourcing, Purchasing and Value Analysis
Beaumont Health
For the past several years, Bill has served as the Vice President of Sourcing, Purchasing and Value Analysis for Beaumont Health. Prior to joining Beaumont in late 2008, Bill served as the Vice President of Contracting and Value Analysis for Ascension Health’s Supply Chain program.
 
Bill has served in multiple leadership roles in academic, clinical, and administrative pharmacy practice as an Assistant Professor of Pharmacy at the University of Houston, a Clinical Pharmacy Coordinator at Harper Hospital and Henry Ford Hospital in Detroit, and the Director of Pharmacy at St. John Hospital in Detroit, MI, and at Sunrise Hospital & Medical Center/Sunrise Children’s Hospital in Las Vegas, NV.
 
He earned both his Doctorate Degree in Pharmacy and Bachelor’s Degree in Science from Wayne State University, Detroit, MI, and has been licensed as a registered pharmacist in the states of Michigan, Texas, and Nevada. Bill has presented at multiple international, national and state professional symposia, and is a published author in several peer-reviewed medical and pharmacy journals, as well as, NASA periodicals related to his work in support of the International Space Station program. 
Chris Maslin
Senior Director, Talent & Organizational Development
Biltmore Center for Professional Development
Chris is the Senior Director of Talent & Organizational Development for The Biltmore Company in Asheville, NC, and also serves as the Director of the Biltmore Center for Professional Development. His work includes oversight of recruitment, hiring, training, talent management, and strategic planning.
 
Additionally, he provides overall direction and guidance for the professional development of Biltmore’s 2,400 employees, with the objective of maximizing growth and profitability as well as day-to-day leadership and management. Chris is well suited to successfully position any company in these fast-paced, highly competitive times. Over the past 15+ years, he has created and implemented modern training programs for a variety of age groups and learning styles. Chris excels in both leadership development and strategic/long-term planning.
 
He also provides informative and entertaining facilitation in both individual and group settings with an audience that ranges from front-line staff to CEOs. Chris brings a fresh perspective to each group with whom he works, customizing programs to suit specific outcomes, helping clients drive results. Using a combination of e-learning and traditional methods, he has streamlined Biltmore’s internal education programs as well as its talent management and employee engagement strategies. Chris has delivered programs to numerous Fortune 500 companies, providing actionable take-aways for cultural transformation.
 
Chris holds BS and MBA degrees with Beta Gamma Sigma distinction. He also holds a Senior Professional in Human Resources certification from the HR Certification Institute. Chris is a member of the Association for Talent Development and The Society for Human Resource Management. He has served on the North Carolina Travel Industry Association Education Task Force and was recognized as one of Asheville’s “40 Under 40” emerging business leaders by Mountaineer Publishing. He currently serves on the North Carolina Chamber HR/Employment Committee, Chief Learning Officer Business Intelligence Board, the Western Carolina University Hospitality & Tourism Advisory Board, as well as a number of non-profit boards in the Asheville area.

John Mateka

System Executive Director, Supply Chain Management/Chief Procurement Official, Greenville Health System

John Mateka currently serves as the System Executive Director of Supply Chain Services and Chief Procurement Official for Greenville Health System in Greenville, South Carolina, with system-wide supply chain responsibilities, including recent deployment of the Recent Distribution Center.

Previously, Mateka served as the Regional Vice President of Supply Chain for Catholic Health East-Southeast Division. Throughout his career, he has held senior leadership positions for Materials Management and Purchasing for multi-state healthcare systems in the North and Southeast.

He earned an MBA degree from Baldwin Wallace College in Berea, Ohio; a Bachelor’s degree in Business Administration from Northeast Illinois University, Chicago; and completed the Executive Program in Healthcare Administration at Ohio State. He is a former member of the board of Directors for the Association for Healthcare Materials/Resource Management (AHRMM); chaired numerous committees there; and served as the organization’s president in 2004. Mateka was awarded AHRMM’s 2007 George R. Gossett Leadership Award. His supply chain operation at GHS has won several awards and recognitions, including most recently in 2013, the prestigious ‘Healthcare Development of the Year’ award by Healthcare Purchasing News.

Gee Mathen

Director of Pharmacy – Clinical Applications and Technical Services,
Texas Children’s Hospital

Gee Mathen is the director of pharmacy clinical applications and technical services at Texas Children’s Hospital in Houston. Previously, as assistant director of pharmacy applications and technical services, he managed a team of Epic Willow pharmacy experts who had just completed a 3-campus implementation of Epic® and Omnicell®.


Mr. Mathen received his degree in Industrial Engineering from the University of Houston. His numerous certifications include Epic Willow certification; EpicCare® Inpatient certification; EpicCare Inpatient Decision Support Master’s certification; Advanced Quality Improvement and Patient Safety; and Resiliency Engineering and Patient Safety.


Mr. Mathen oversees the Technology, Inventory and Financial Teams for the Pharmacy at Texas Children’s. Mr. Mathen has been at Texas Children’s for 33 years and has a deep passion to improve the practice of Pharmacy by using technology.

Vincent Matozzo MBA, LSSBB
CEO and Managing Partner
Paradigm
Vin has innovated and challenged supply chain assumptions for over 15 years in healthcare's IDN, GPO, consulting, Value Analysis, and data transformation verticals. Vin has been an early adopter and proponent of forming collaborative alliances between executives, clinicians, and supplier partners.
 
Vin is known for forging data driven outcomes that create value and clinical efficiency while never losing focus on the patent experience. Vin has transformed regional purchasing and clinical collaboratives across the Mid-Atlantic region and consulted in multiple IDNs with supply chain transformation as well as aggregation and merger activities. Vin has been able to effectively communicate, influence and help teams advance while adapting early technologies and applying a LEAN pragmatic approach to integrating and challenging what is operationally possible.
 
He transcends the meridian between operational technology and leadership with managing over $3B in spend across the healthcare continuum. He is an influential leader and his motivational style focuses on enabling and aligning teams to drive bottom line results in procurement operations, maximizing potential in strategic partnerships and interpreting complex data results to fuel tomorrow's clinically integrated vision.
 
Vin has served in various Supply Chain capacities across Manufacturing, Aerospace, and Healthcare at organizations including Yale New Haven Health, Vizient's Member Business Ventures Group, and NYU Langone Health. He also has a propensity to leverage forward thinking and pursing future technologies and innovation. Vin also has advised various startups, and emerging technology groups on market entrance strategies and data interpretation in US and international markets.
Gary M. May MBA
Vice President Managed Care & Payer Relations
Stanford Health Care/Stanford Children's Health
Gary M. May is the Vice President Managed Care and Payer Relations for Stanford Health Care and Stanford Children’s Health. He is responsible for all managed care contracting for three hospitals (Stanford Hospital, Stanford ValleyCare Hospital and Lucile Packard Children’s Hospital), the adult and pediatric faculty practices, and the systems’ physician Foundations University Healthcare Alliance (UHA) and Packard Children’s Health Alliance (PCHA).
 
Prior to joining Stanford he held several senior executive positions including Vice President of Managed Care for the Franciscan Health System of the Ohio Valley in Cincinnati, OH and Senior Director Managed Care and Business Development at Foothill Presbyterian Hospital in Glendora, CA.
 
Gary has an MBA from California State Polytechnic University. 
William Mayfield MD FACS
Chief Surgical Officer, Wellstar Health System
Dr. Mayfield is a practicing Thoracic Surgeon at WellStar Health System in the metro Atlanta area. He co-founded the STAT Clinic at WellStar in 2008 as a Multi-disciplinary Thoracic Oncology Clinic. Over the next 10 years the concept has become five Multi-disciplinary Thoracic Clinics in four regional hospitals, and has grown to include Prostate, Neuro-oncology, Breast, and Aortic Disease. In 2009 he founded the WellStar Lung Screening Program with Vickie Beckler, RN as one of the IELCAP sites. The program is now an independent screening program with 11 sites and accrues a thousand new subjects a year.
 
Dr. Mayfield's clinical focus is on Video Assisted Thoracic Surgery. Dr. Mayfield serves as the Chief Surgical Officer of WellStar Health System and Chairs the Service Line Executive Committee. Dr. Mayfield is Chair of the Georgia Lung Cancer Round Table (in partnership with the American Cancer Society and the Georgia Cancer Care Committee), and is a member of the Appropriateness of Care Committee of the National Lung Cancer Round Table.
 
Dr. Mayfield is a Clinical Professor of Surgery at the Medical College of Georgia.
Ali McBride PharmD, MS
Clinical Coordinator,
University of Arizona Cancer Center
Ali McBride is the Clinical Coordinator of Hematology/Oncology at The University of Arizona Cancer Center. He currently serves as Secretary of the Association of Community Cancer Centers (ACCC) and he has been actively involved with the American Society of Health-System Pharmacy (ASHP) currently serving as the Chair for the SAG on Emerging Sciences. Dr. McBride has been working on oncology drug shortages and has testified on behalf of HOPA at FDA Drug Shortage Workshop, presented on behalf of ACCC at the Washington DC Congressional Session and was an invited member of the ASHP Drug Shortage Stakeholders Meeting. Dr. McBride is also actively involved with Biosimilar regulation and the pharmacoeconomic impact of biosimilars into the US Marketplace.
 
He currently serves as a working group member for HOPA on its biosimilar committee. In addition, he currently serves on the National Quality Forum Cancer Standing Committee. He has published numerous articles focusing on drug shortages, oral chemotherapy adherence, stem cell transplant and biosimilar implementation into the US health care market. 

Boyd McCluskey

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.

David McCombs

Vice President, Enterprise Resource Planning/Supply Chain Operations, Bon Secours Health System, Inc.

David McCombs is Vice President of Enterprise Resource Planning/Supply Chain Operations for the Bon Secours Health System, a $3.5 billion not-for-profit Catholic health system operating 19 hospitals and integrated community health programs in the Mid-Atlantic.  McCombs is responsible for directing the Bon Secours Supply Chain operations and leading system-wide standardization and cost savings initiatives for Supplies, purchased services and capital. 
 
A 38-year veteran of health care operations, McCombs has served as administrator and chief operating officer for several not-for profit hospital Systems in the Southeast and Mid Atlantic regions, including a 150 bed rural facility, a 300 bed community hospital and a 550-bed community teaching hospital.
 
McCombs received a bachelor of science degree from Wake Forest University, in Winston-Salem, N.C., and a master's degree in hospital health services administration from Duke University.

Jay McCullough

Vice President, Strategic Accounts, HealthTrust

Chris McDown

Senior Vice President, Sourcing Operations,
 Vizient
Chris McDown is senior vice president of Sourcing Operations for Vizient™.  In this role, McDown provides oversight and strategic direction for many of the company’s Sourcing Operations activities.  Within that capacity, McDown has leadership responsibility for the pharmacy program, custom sourcing solutions, support and purchased services, IT & business technology and supplier/client relations business units with estimated annual purchases/spend in excess of $30B.  
Prior to this role, McDown served as vice president of Novation’s custom sourcing solutions  where he oversaw the contracting activities for the VHA Supply Networks, regional purchasing collaboratives, and integrated delivery networks that helped member hospital systems realize more than $500M in savings. McDown also led the sourcing activities in support of the implementation of the Children’s Hospital Association, Cleveland Clinic, and Excelerate Strategic Health Sourcing. 
 
McDown joined Novation in September 2010 with more than 15 years of experience in health care, where he served in a number of strategic marketing, operational and business development roles for leading global medical device companies.
Megan McIntyre PharmD MHA
Vice President, Pharmacy, Virginia Mason Medical Center/HRS
Megan McIntyre PharmD, MHA, CPHQ is currently the Vice President of Pharmacy for Health Resource Services, providing oversight and expertise to the Pharmacy Solutions portfolio for a large group purchasing membership base.
 
In her previous roles within Virginia Mason, she has served as a Clinical Pharmacist, Medication Use Quality Manager and Director of Pharmacy Residency programs and as a Sensei for the Virginia Mason Institute. Megan has in-depth knowledge of medication use processes, health benefit design and operations, medication quality and safety, lean process improvement and regulatory compliance. Megan has led diverse teams and projects in medication utilization, product procurement and inventory and contracting. Megan is an active contributor in several interdisciplinary committees and oversight boards.

George McNellage
Vice President, Enterprise Solutions,
Intalere

George McNellage provides strategic oversight and direction for a team of regional vice presidents who are responsible for cultivating and developing new customer enterprise opportunities for Intalere. McNellage has extensive knowledge and sales leadership capabilities related to IDNs and C-Suite decision-makers.
 
Previously, within the company, McNellage held the position of vice president, Strategic Accounts, in which he was responsible for new business development and account management of the strategic segments of the company’s acute care business.
 
Prior to joining Intalere, he served as vice president, Sales and Marketing, for Navix Diagnostix, a privately-held vascular services company. During his tenure there, McNellage grew new sales revenues by 92 percent and implemented a GPO and IDN growth strategy. Before Navix, he served as the senior vice president of Sales and Marketing at start-up healthcare services company Xanitos.
 
McNellage has also held sales leadership positions including vice president, Corporate Sales at Covidien, National Accounts and Sales & Field Operations at Tyco Healthcare and Mallinckrodt.
 
McNellage earned a Bachelor of Science in business administration from the University of South Alabama.

Meena Medler

VP Supply Chain Management
UPMC

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.

Mickey Meehan

GVP Strategic Sourcing,
Premier Inc.

Mickey Meehan is the Group Vice President and General Manager of Purchased Services Sourcing & Technology and has been with Conductiv since 2016.


As an advocate of advancing technology to achieve business goals, Meehan has built his career around helping healthcare providers to simplify their operations. He is credited with designing and implementing the first machine-learning algorithms for automated classification and price/service level prediction in purchased services.


Meehan holds a BA in Accounting and Finance from Villanova University.

Greg Meier

Vice President, Finance, ROi

Greg is responsible for ROi’s financial operations, corporate development, strategic planning and strategic relationships. Greg joined ROi as a proven senior financial and operations executive with 25 years of experience in health care and finance at companies such as Express Scripts, Inc., Valitas Health Service, Inc., and Ernst & Young.

His background includes extensive experience in supply chain, pharmacy, primary care behavioral services, network development and underwriting. Greg is a member of HFMA, the American Institute of CPAs, the Missouri Society of CPAs, Financial Executives International and the Association for Corporate Growth.

He is a Certified Public Accountant, Chartered Global Management Accountant and hold bachelor’s degrees in accounting and finance from Truman State University.

Stephanie Meier

Administrative Director, of Obstetrics and Gynecology, Winthrop-University Hospital
Stephanie Meier is the Administrative Director of Obstetrics and Gynecology at Winthrop-University Hospital. Winthrop is a 591-bed academic medical center serving Long Island and Queens. Stephanie provides leadership for the 140-member department’s overall strategic direction, oversees a $20 million dollar budget and daily operations to support nearly 5,000 deliveries annually. In addition to faculty practice development and strategic planning, she leads various initiatives to build and enhance women’s health service for both physicians and the local community. Stephanie is responsible for OBGYN generalist, maternal-fetal medicine, and urogynecology faculty practices, Women’s Wellness clinic, and hospitalist service.
 
Throughout her experience in the healthcare field, Stephanie has demonstrated a professional an personal commitment to helping others. She serves on the board of directors as President-Elect for HLNY. Mrs. Meier was one of the recipients of the Long Island Business News’ Top 40 Under 40 and Becker’s Hospital Review’s 25 Rising Stars under 40 in 2014.
Matthew T Mentel MHA, MBA, CRMP
System Executive Director- Business Integration, Mercy
As the System Executive Director - Business Integration, Matt is responsible for collaborating with the ministry wide Boards of Directors, business operations, and clinical, medical and quality senior leadership to establish and ensure strategic alignment and operational excellence across all verticals, capitalize on industry best practice and create the model and strategy for the execution of healthcare redesign throughout the ministry by leveraging strong cross functional relationships, matrixed leadership, process reengineering and extensive operational and execution expertise. In his role, Matt works to continually improve upon Mercy’s Five Dimensions of Excellence and the Quadruple Aim through structure, people, process and solutions all focused on the redesign of healthcare and enrichment of the Mercy experience for caregivers and patients.
 
Matt has more than 28 years of experience in health care, including 23 years in finance, operations, supply chain, project management and information technology. Matt is the leader of the Healthcare Transformation Group (HTG), a member of the Association for Healthcare Resource & Materials Management (AHRMM) and Healthcare Information and Management Systems Society (HIMSS).
 
Matt received a bachelor’s degree in Management Information Systems with a Certificate in Health Information Management, a Master of Health Administration, and a Master of Business Administration from St. Louis University.

Emily Meyer PharmD, MHA

Vice President, Pharmacy Operations
Advocate Health

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.

Sandi Michel MPM, ITIL, CLSSBB
Director of Supply Chain Systems & Quality,
FMOL Health System
Sandi Michel is the Director of Systems & Quality with Franciscan Missionaries of Our Lady Health System in Baton Rouge, Louisiana reporting directly to the Vice President of Materials Management. In her current role, Sandi is the leader of Materials Management Information Systems responsible for the designing, implementing, maintaining, supporting and training of the Materials Management systems and applications, as well as leading the implementation of GS1 US Data Standards and Interoperability, most recently integrating Global Location Numbers (GLN) and Global Trade Identification Numbers (GTIN) into Supply Chain processes and systems, and the “Touchless Order” with seven pilot manufacturers, implementing DSCSA compliance procedures within the System’s pharmacies, implementing Unique Device Identifier capture, track and trace, and Global Data Synchronization Network (GDSN) implementation.
 
Sandi serves on a number of Healthcare Industry Committees such as the 2015-2016 AHRMM Issues and Legislative Committee, 2015-2016 GS1 Healthcare US Executive Leadership Committee, Co-chairs the 2015-2016 GS1 Technical Advisory Committee (TSC), Tri-Chairs the Global GDSN Pharma Implementation Committee, 2015-2016 GS1 Provider Advisory Group, 2015-2016 HC Industry Sponsor Group, and the 2015-2016 GHX Global Data Standards Users Group.
 
Sandi earned a Master’s Certification in Project Management through Steven’s Institute of Technology and AT&T Bell Laboratories, Information Technology Infrastructure Library Certification, a Lean Six Sigma Black Belt and a Bachelor of Science Degree in Business Administration. She held senior level leadership positions as Vice President of Technology and Operations and Director for US Voice & Data Network Services for two of the largest Communications Companies in the US. Sandi also held Sr. Business Consultant positions across multiple industries after bringing 30 years’ experience in operations and technology with AT&T.

Nate Mickish

President
OnHand

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.

Angela Miller

Executive Director, Medical Contracting,
ROi

Angela Miller is Executive Director of Medical Contracting for ROi. Angela oversees ROi’s entire portfolio of medical products and devices, along with ROi’s Lab contracting team. She works closely with industry suppliers to develop contracting opportunities which focus on improving the clinical, operational and financial outcomes for ROi Members. Angela has more than 25 years of experience in the health care supply chain industry.

She spent 9 years in the U.S. Air Force as a medical logistics manager for several Air Force medical centers before moving into management positions with several industry Group Purchasing Organizations dedicated to providing cost savings opportunities to both acute and non-acute facility types. Angela is a member of the Association of Perioperative Registered Nurses and the Association of Healthcare Resource and Material Management.

Melanie Miller

Healthcare Value Analysis Consultant,    AHVAP

Melanie Miller is a highly motivated, team oriented nursing professional,  with experience in direct patient care, peri-operative care management and materials management with strong focus on sterile processing production and value analysis.  Her strengths include supply chain management and sterile processing to achieve gold standard performance ensuring patient safety, surgeon and staff satisfaction and regulatory compliance.  
 
Previously she served as the Manager, Supply Chain Management for Cedars-Sinai Medical Center in Los Angeles, CA where she was responsible for Sterile Processing, the VIP Uniform Program, Value Analysis, and Central Distribution and Supply.
Susan G Miller RN, MN, CMRP, CVAHP
President, AHVAP
Senior Director, Enterprise Value Analysis, Thomas Jefferson University and Jefferson Health Susan Miller is the Senior Director, Enterprise Value Analysis for Thomas Jefferson University and Jefferson Health in Philadelphia. In this role, she facilitates and leads clinicians and multi‐disciplinary teams to ensure optimal patient outcomes through clinical efficacy of healthcare products and services for the greatest financial value and serves as the lead facilitator of the enterprise value analysis process, committees, policy and procedure. She is the liaison between Supply Chain Management, Administration and the clinical and physician communities, to ensure cost effective utilization of supplies, medical devices, services and processes. She assists the organization in making objective decisions about products based on evidence of improved outcomes, identifies opportunities for supply cost reduction related to improved standardization/utilization and assists clinical departments in optimizing value through implementation of best practices with a focus on cost effective utilization and quality outcomes.

Ms. Miller joined Jefferson in 2010 as the organizations first Director, Value Analysis. Prior to this, she worked for VHA (now Vizient) for 11 years, first as a Supply Chain Utilization Manager in VHA’s Performance Consulting Division, then as an Account Executive in the Supply Chain Services division. In these roles she managed the supply chain relationship with multiple member organizations including academic medical centers, integrated delivery networks and community hospitals. Ms. Miller provided individualized support to assist members in achieving their supply chain goals by implementing member specific strategies including managing cost reduction efforts, analyzing and synthesizing data, developing and implementing savings tracking mechanisms and developing, implementing and supporting Value Analysis efforts.

A seasoned healthcare professional, Ms. Miller has been a Registered Nurse for more than 40 years. She started her career in tertiary pediatrics where she held a variety of staff and management positions at Children’s Hospital of Pittsburgh, Penn State Medical Center and St Christopher’s Hospital for Children. Her current position serves as a return to Thomas Jefferson University Hospitals where she worked for 10 years, first as Manager, Nursing Staff Development and Continuing Education and then as Director of the Executive Redesign Implementation Team. She holds both BSN and Master of Nursing degrees from the University of Pittsburgh, and is both Certified Materials Resource Professional (CMRP) and a Certified Value Analysis Healthcare professional (CVAHP). 

Ms. Miller has been an active member of the Association of Healthcare Value Analysis Professionals (AHVAP) since 2010, chairing the organization’s Membership Committee for the past several years. She has served on the AHVAP Board of Directors as President Elect and, is its 2019 President.

Timothy T Miller CMRP, MBA
Vice President Supply Chain Shared Services,
HonorHealth

Tim is currently the Vice President of Procurement and Supply Chain for HonorHealth in Scottsdale, Arizona and also serves as their Sustainability Officer. His work includes the direction and guidance of 160 FTEs within Supply Chain Shared Services, Strategic Sourcing, Procurement, Logistics, Supply Chain Informatics, and Healthcare Technology Management/Biomedical Engineering. Tim has brought a fresh perspective to HonorHealth and has helped the organization identify and implement over $30M in annualized cost reduction in supplies and services in the last 18 months while redesigning and delivering a sustainable and efficient Supply Chain operation with a clear strategic direction.
 
Prior to HonorHealth, Tim spent over 25 years at Banner Health in Supply Chain operations and logistics where he helped to create and implement best practices including the development of a consolidated service center, internal custom pack operation, and a successful global sourcing program.
 
His educational background includes a Master’s Degree in Business Administration along with his CMRP Certification.

Greg Milton

Director of Project Management for Supply Chain, Piedmont Healthcare

Greg Milton is Director of Project Management for Supply Chain at Piedmont Healthcare. Greg leads the project management team dedicated to value analysis (STARS) process at Piedmont Healthcare. As part supply chain he has directly managed a number of strategic initiatives for Piedmont including, Alternate Site Distribution and Standardization, Outsourced Hemodialysis agreement, IV Pump Standardization, and new facility integration.

Greg Currently is leading the initiatives to reduce clinical lab test utilization and blood utilization.

Tina Moen

Senior Deputy Chief Health Officer & Chief Pharmacy Officer, IBM Watson Health

Dr. Tina Moen has spent the last 18 years in the healthcare information technology industry providing clinical leadership to colleagues and clients in the US and abroad.   Dr. Moen serves as Senior Deputy Chief Health Officer & Chief Pharmacy Officer within IBM Watson Health.  In this role, Tina works across the business providing clinical leadership and support for strategy and sales.  Additionally, she leads efforts to educate the business on the published evidence that supports Watson Health solutions, as well as broader IBM technology.   

Prior to IBM, she was VP of Client Strategy for Health Language, part of Wolters Kluwer Health.  In this role, she collaborated with clients to identify their terminology needs and worked to deliver a solution to "unlock" data and drive semantic interoperability across the enterprise.  Previously, Tina worked at Truven Health Analytics in a variety of roles.  She served as the VP of Provider Analytics, leading a team of data scientists and researchers responsible for creating/maintaining data and methodologies.  As Chief Clinical Officer for the Truven Provider business, Tina was responsible for clinical leadership for the business, ensuring clinical representation for internal and external conversations.  Tina led and contributed to a team of clinicians responsible for communicating the value proposition of Micromedex Solutions in domestic and international markets.  In addition, she led the Truven editorial staff, who are responsible for creating/maintaining content for evidence-based medicine solutions, including drug, disease, toxicology, patient education and surveillance solutions.   

Dr. Moen received her Doctor of Pharmacy degree from Creighton University.  Prior to moving into the healthcare information technology industry, she worked as a clinical pharmacist in the specialty areas of pediatrics, home healthcare, HIV, and organ transplantation.

Michael Molby PharmD
Pharmacy Manager, Atrium Health

 
Michael Molby currently serves as Pharmacy Manager of Atrium Health’s CMC-Enterprise Pharmacy. Michael is a health system pharmacy leader who specializes in turning around under-performing health system business units – with a focus on patient safety technology, fiscal responsibility, and drug supply chain management strategies. With more than 20 years in inpatient health system, ambulatory, and retail pharmacy, Michael believes the patient must be at the center of everything a successful health system does. Michael is known as a strong negotiator who understands the business of health care and is always looking for ways to leverage the business to positively impact patients.
 
CMC-Enterprise Pharmacy is a business and logistics pharmacy designed to support Atrium’s acute care pharmacies and physician practices through various services that include: Supply chain management, DSCSA compliance (Track & Trace), Pharmacy charge master, and Centralized drug shortage management.
 
Michael holds a Doctor of Pharmacy (PharmD) from Purdue University. Michael and his wife Connie have been blessed with three daughters. They live in the piedmont region of North Carolina which is close enough to the beach to be fun, yet close enough to the mountains to be beautiful.
Tracey P Moffatt MHA, BSN, RN
System Chief Nursing Officer & Vice President of Quality,
Ochsner Health System
Tracey Moffatt, MHA, BSN is the System Chief Nursing Officer (CNO) and Vice President for Quality at Ochsner Health System (OHS) headquartered in New Orleans, LA. As the System CNO, Tracey provides guidance to nursing leaders across the system to advance quality, nursing professional practice, safety and initiatives to make care affordable. She collaborates with OHS leaders in designing, providing and evaluating patient care and services; develops and manages the nursing and clinical operations’ portion of the budget; and exercises final approval and authority over all system nursing policies, procedures and standards of care. As the System Vice President for Quality, in partnership with the Chief Quality Officer, Tracey leads the quality initiatives including setting the vision and strategy for clinical care services and system-wide quality outcomes, performance improvement and accreditation functions.
 
Tracey has more than 25 years of progressive healthcare leadership experience in nursing, operations and quality. Most recently, she has served as the Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer at Wellmont Health System in Tennessee.
 
Tracey holds a Master’s Degree in Healthcare Administration from Trinity University in San Antonio, TX and a Bachelor of Science in Nursing from Louisiana State University Medical Center. Tracey currently serves as the New Orleans District representative on the Louisiana Organization of Nurse Executives Board of Directors and is a member of the Women’s Healthcare Executive Network, Inc. In January of 2018 Tracey was appointed by the Governor of Louisiana to the Louisiana State Board of Nursing. 
Neeta Moonka M.D.
Physician Advisor, Supply Chain,
Virginia Mason Medical Center
Dr. Moonka received her medical degree from Temple University and went on to complete residencies in both anesthesia and pediatrics at New York University Medical Center. After practicing medicine for over 25 years within the hospital and surgery center environments, she joined Virginia Mason as the supply chain Physician Advisor in 2012. Dr. Moonka currently provides expertise and experience in the following areas:
• Physician engagement to implement PPI (physician preference item) supply standardization
• Supplier PPI negotiations
• Implementing and maintaining a value analysis process as well as new technology analysis.
• Understanding of system-based thinking as well as the Virginia Mason Production System (VMPS); the Toyota Production System based process improvement program.
Kelley Moore
Vice President, Sourcing,
Dignity Health
Kelley Moore is the Vice President of Supply Chain Sourcing at Dignity Health. In this role, she leads a centrally-managed team of 32 resources who are dedicated to provide innovative and cost-effective products and services necessary to deliver outstanding patient care. Dignity Health supply chain has exceeded annual savings targets for more than 10 years, by focusing on streamlining sourcing processes, fostering direct relationships with key vendors, and growing Dignity Health’s owned GPO, named Dignity Health Purchasing Network (DHPN).
 
Kelley is currently involved in a clinical supply chain transformation effort designed to enhance front line engagement and more formally bring clinicians to the table to evaluate supply initiatives. Kelley has over 20 years of progressive healthcare leadership experience in consulting, information technology, and supply chain.
 
She holds a B.S in Mathematics from St. Mary’s College of Maryland and a M.A. in Applied Mathematics from the University of Maryland.

Brian Moran Pharm.D., MBA

VP, Pharmacy,
HealthTrust

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.

Susan Moravec

Consultant

Dr. Sue Moravec graduated from the University of Arizona with PharmD in 1990. During her University of Arizona College of Pharmacy school years, Sue served as Vice President and Kappa Psi President.  After graduation and for the past 28 years, Sue has primarily practiced as director/VP executive pharmacy leader positions for various practice sites and cardiovascular research.  

Since Feb 2019, Sue served as AVP/CPO for HonorHealth providing leadership for multi-hospital sites, medication management ambulatory clinic, ASHP residency programs, oncology infusion clinics, specialty retail pharmacy, 340B, and more.  However, Sue’s is most proud of the many hours volunteering with youth, providing spiritual care to hospital patients and international pilgrimages to provide medical care poor areas across the globe.  

In 2017, Sue received “Women of the Year” award from Diocese of Phoenix and this summer received the 2019 Arizona State Pharmacy Association’s Pharmacist Hall of Fame award.

Dave Morgan

Assistant Vice President, Strategic Sourcing, HealthTrust

Dave Morgan has serviced the healthcare industry over the past 15 years in multiple capacities, including the last 10 years at HealthTrust and today as an AVP for Strategic Sourcing. During his tenure at HealthTrust, Davie has negotiated a multitude of agreements ranging from clinical supplies and equipment to software licenses to non-clinical commercial products and services including oversight of the Food, Facility Infrastructure and Information Technology portfolios.

Prior to joining HealthTrust, Dave worked at Ernst & Young in their Technology Security and Risk Services group assisting both healthcare and non-healthcare companies. He began his career at Medifax EDI (now Emdeon) as a project manager handling healthcare eligibility transactions for 20+ state programs.

He earned a Bachelor’s degree from the University of Tennessee, Knoxville in Accounting and a Masters in Accountancy and Information Systems information from Arizona State University.

Jeffrey Moser

Vice President, Sg2
As Vice President at Sg2, Jeff provides thought leadership by preparing clients for the shift to value-based care through understanding the implications of both macro-and micro-level emerging trends impacting healthcare. He plays a key role in supporting the development of Sg2 Intelligence resources and educational offerings. Jeff is a frequent presenter and educator on multiple topics, including health care reform; consumerism and patient engagement, accountability, ambulatory strategy and leading practices in care redesign. Before joining Sg2, he served as the Vice President of Assessments at Cardinal Health in Dublin, OH.
 
In addition to directing Cardinal Health projects, Jeff identified opportunities for improvement and recommended specific strategies to client organizations. He led health care consulting projects focused on improving profitability, quality and service for both specific departments and entire organizations.
 
Prior to his work at Cardinal Health, he served as Project Director for West Hudson, Inc. (now part of Cardinal Health). Jeff received an MS in organization psychology from Springfield College in Massachusetts and a BS in both economics and psychology from Texas Christian University.
Bill Mosser
Vice President Materials Management,
FMOL Health System
Moderator
Bill Mosser is vice president materials management at Franciscan Missionaries of Our Lady Health System, in Baton Rouge, LA. FMOLHS is comprised of five hospitals and many non-acute care entities with $250 million in annual supply spend.
 
Bill is also president and lead consultant for KTM Consulting, LLC, a supply chain and information systems project management consulting firm. KTM's clients have included a multi-billion dollar international manufacturing company and a ‘dotcom’ company developing a web portal designed to provide multi-hospital healthcare clients with comprehensive procurement solutions for medical/surgical supplies & equipment and pharmaceuticals.
 
Prior to founding KTM Consulting, LLC, William spent more than 30 years in various supply chain management and information systems leadership roles in the healthcare and automotive industries. Most recently he served as the senior executive for supply chain services at a major university-based urban health system.

Dennis Mullins, MBA, CMRP

Vice President of Supply Chain Management, Indiana University Health

Dennis Mullins, MBA, CMRP, joined Indiana University Health as Senior Vice President, Supply Chain Operations in May of 2015.
 
Prior to IU Health, Dennis was at Baylor Scott and White Health in Dallas, Texas, where he led a large supply chain team as their Corporate Director of Supply Chain Integration. He also previously served in Supply Chain roles at Shands at The University of Florida and HCA Healthcare, among other organizations. Additionally, he honorably served in the United States Air Force for 10 years as a medical materials specialist.  
 
Dennis is a seasoned healthcare professional with more than 30 years of supply chain experience as an effective leader along with a proven ability to meet and exceed strategic supply chain goals. He holds an MBA from Amberton University and he is a candidate for a doctorate in business administration from Grand Canyon University.

Ken Murawski

President, HealthCare Links

Ken founded HealthCare Links in June of 1993 with a simple mission: to become a sales/marketing resource focused on Corporate Accounts – matching companies with quality and cost effective products and services to major Healthcare Systems, Alliances, Integrated Delivery Networks and Group Purchasing Organizations.

An industry veteran since 1975, Ken was with Kendall Healthcare for 16 years handling a variety of products throughout the acute and alternate care markets including OR, Critical Care, Anesthesia, Urological, and Wound Care. As Director of National Accounts for the last three yeast at Kendall, Ken had Profit and Sales responsibility for over 25 national and regional buying groups and $300 million in group sales.

Since then, he has helped clients grow their sales through relationships and strategic approach. With expertise in sales, sales management, sales training, executive sales training/coaching, marketing promotion and contract implementation, Ken is seen as a strategic partner of the clients he serves.

Timothy Nedley

Vice President, Supply Chain Operations
UPMC
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.

Michael Neely

Director Supply Chain, Southcoast Health
Mike has extensive leadership experience and a comprehensive background in supply chain management, healthcare consulting, and implementation of best practices. He is a frequent speaker on supply chain and professional development topics and is often quoted in journals on a variety of topics.
 
Prior to joining Southcoast Health, Mike was Vice President Operations and Optime’Supply Chain. He previously held roles in senior management at a number of organizations, including KPMG, McFaul & Lyons and Johnson & Johnson as well as his own private consultancy practice, Perimeter Solutions Group.
 
Mike is a former President of AHRMM as well as CMRP and Fellow in AHRMM. He was Director of National Affairs for the Institute for Supply Chain Management, where he holds the status of Lifetime Certified Purchasing Manager (C.P.M.) Mike also compiled an manages updates to the on-line Supply Chain Lexicon for AHRMM and previously conducted a national activity based costing study of the procurement process within hospitals for the Health Industry Distributors Association.

Casey Nelson, PHARM.D.

CEO, Ideal Therapeutics and Ideal Health Strategies
Mr. Nelson serves as Ideal Therapeutics CEO and is responsible for providing strategic leadership for the company.   He started Ideal Therapeutics, LLC., in 2010 to help 340B covered entities improve 340B compliance and maximize their 340B status. Currently, Ideal Therapeutics services include Ideal 340B Audits™ services and Ideal 340B Management™ which provides 340B covered entities experienced 340B pharmacists to manage their 340B program (i.e. contracted 340B manger/coordinator).  Mr. Nelson also serves as Ideal Health Strategies (IHS) CEO which provides Ideal 340B™ full-service 340B administrative and management software solutions. IHS also provides a host of additional solutions to health systems including pharmacy benefit management.  
 
Mr. Nelson previously served as the Director of Pharmacy Programs at Integrated Health System where he was responsible for the staff which designed, developed and managed the 340B program.  He has participated live in HRSA 340B audits which have produced no negative findings for the covered entities.  
 
Mr. Nelson received his Doctor of Pharmacy (Pharm.D.) degree from the University of Nebraska Medical Center and completed a post-doctorate fellowship training in Pharmacoeconomics and Outcomes Research.  His career includes administrative positions in health insurance, pharmacy benefit management (PBM) and hospitals.

Casey Nelson, PHARM.D.

CEO, Ideal Therapeutics and Ideal Health Strategies
Mr. Nelson serves as Ideal Therapeutics CEO and is responsible for providing strategic leadership for the company.   He started Ideal Therapeutics, LLC., in 2010 to help 340B covered entities improve 340B compliance and maximize their 340B status. Currently, Ideal Therapeutics services include Ideal 340B Audits™ services and Ideal 340B Management™ which provides 340B covered entities experienced 340B pharmacists to manage their 340B program (i.e. contracted 340B manger/coordinator).  Mr. Nelson also serves as Ideal Health Strategies (IHS) CEO which provides Ideal 340B™ full-service 340B administrative and management software solutions. IHS also provides a host of additional solutions to health systems including pharmacy benefit management.  
 
Mr. Nelson previously served as the Director of Pharmacy Programs at Integrated Health System where he was responsible for the staff which designed, developed and managed the 340B program.  He has participated live in HRSA 340B audits which have produced no negative findings for the covered entities.  
 
Mr. Nelson received his Doctor of Pharmacy (Pharm.D.) degree from the University of Nebraska Medical Center and completed a post-doctorate fellowship training in Pharmacoeconomics and Outcomes Research.  His career includes administrative positions in health insurance, pharmacy benefit management (PBM) and hospitals.
Janelle Nelson RN, BSN, MBA
CEO,
Mountain Independent Hospital Alliance (MIHA)
Janelle Nelson, RN, BSN, MBA, is CEO of Mountain Independent Hospital Alliance.
The facilitator of her passion: Connecting for Success! Janelle’s experience includes over 30 years of healthcare industry interactions with key stakeholders: patients, patient’s families and caregivers, providers, care teams, leaders, vendor and supply partners, and payers.

Janelle is grateful for 48 years of life experiences including connecting ideas, people, lessons learned, knowledge, education, communication, listening, coaching, and being coached.

Her soul fills when success is achieved through connection, sharing ideas, best practices, and meaningful innovative communication.

Janelle is a transformational leader through being “in it”, asking curious questions, seeking innovation, and disrupting the status quo with new ideas. She intentionally incorporates laughter, humor and brings a positive outlook and high energy every day!
Terri Nelson MA BSN
Senior Director Value Analysis,
Mayo Clinic

Terri Nelson, BSN, RN MA, is the Senior Director, Value Analysis Supply Chain Management at the Mayo Clinic and leads the Clinical Quality Value Analysis Team. She facilitates the Value Analysis process, development of the Product Formulary and manages the Product Recall/ Issue System. In addition, the Value Analysis team provides value analysis support to members of Captis™ a collaborative healthcare network comprised of 90+ members.

Terri has been an active member of the Association of Value Analysis Professionals, currently serving as the Central Region Director. She has been employed at Mayo Clinic for over 40 years in the roles of Staff Nurse, Nurse Manager, Practice Analysis, Director and Senior Director. She received her Bachelor of Science in Nursing from Winona State University, Winona MN and Master’s Degree with a dual focus in in Health Human Service Administration and Management from St. Mary’s University, Winona MN.

Michelle O'Connor M.Ed
President and CEO,
CMR Institute

Michelle O’Connor is President and CEO of CMR Institute. For the last 24 years she has increased the Institute’s ability to provide education needed in a rapidly evolving healthcare market. From new hire, leadership, sales, market access, to managed markets, Michelle ensures that CMR Institute creates resources that improve the performance and effectiveness of commercial sales teams. Michelle has a strong interest in and passion for working with organizations to develop and implement innovative learning and development initiatives that increase ROI.

CMR Institute is sought after by life sciences companies to increase sales and market share through our applicable blended learning resources. Over the past 50+ years, the company has provided expert training for more than 150,000 biopharmaceutical, medical device, and other life science professionals worldwide. These training resources are created in partnership with industry experts, assuring the content is relevant and actionable. 

Eric O'Daffer
Research
Vice President, Supply Chain,
Gartner
Eric O’Daffer is Research Vice President for the Gartner Healthcare Supply Chain Group. He brings over 20 years of experience in medical product manufacturing, sourcing, distribution, contracting, strategic marketing and sales channel development to his role. Eric works with executives across the healthcare value chain, advising them on business strategy and supply chain best practices.
 
Prior to joining Gartner, Eric led the focus on early-stage healthcare businesses for OneAccord Partners. He was also CEO of Esurg Corporation, a supply chain start-up leveraging technology to combine the best of distribution, manufacturing and group purchasing contracts into an integrated program for the clinic and physician market.
 
He has an MBA from Northwestern University’s Kellogg Graduate School of Business and an undergraduate degree in English Literature from the University of Illinois.

Neil Olderman

President, Innovative Health Strategies™ and Partner, Faegre Drinker Biddle & Reath LLP

Neil Olderman is a transactional health care lawyer who has developed significant capabilities in generating value for his health industry clients through cost savings initiatives that he manages. Specifically, Neil helps hospital and health system clients negotiate group purchasing arrangements, capital equipment acquisition, and clinical and purchased services agreements. He also helps negotiate outsourcing arrangements and enterprise-wide strategic affiliations with vendors. 

Neil draws on his background as associate general counsel to one of the largest group purchasing organizations in the United States in his current role as president of Innovative Health Strategies LLC (IHS), Faegre Drinker’s healthcare consulting firm. Neil assists provider clients in divesting clinical service lines or joint venturing with third parties to improve performance of certain clinical services. He facilitates the competitive bid process and assists in the selection of purchasers and vendor or joint venture partners and negotiates terms and conditions of the definitive agreements.

Jim Oliver

CEO, Yankee Alliance

Jim Oliver has been with Yankee Alliance since 1989, joining the organization as its 5th employee serving as the Director of Materiel and Distribution Services.  Jim served in a number of positions becoming the President and CEO in 2008.  He has overseen the organization as it has grown to 14,500 members located in all 50 states.  Yankee Alliance members buy $3.5 billion in products and services through the Yankee contract portfolio.  Jim began his healthcare career as a Management Engineer with the Massachusetts Hospital Association.  

Prior to joining Yankee he was the Director of Materiel Management at University Hospital in Boston and Miriam hospital in Providence, RI.  Jim has an MBA from Suffolk University in Boston.  

He received his Bachelor of Science Degree in Management Engineering from the Wentworth Institute of Technology in Boston.  Jim has served on numerous committees assisting in developing strategies and services for Premier, Inc.  During his time with Premier, he has served as Chairman of the Laboratory Committee and the Strategic Advisory Committee.  He currently serves on the Member Value Improvement Committee for Premier.

James Carl Olsen MBA
SVP and CPO,
Atrium Health
Jim Olsen is Senior Vice President of Materials Resource Management for Atrium Health in Charlotte, NC. He is responsible for all aspects of the supply chain, including contracting, distribution, value analysis, transportation, linen, international medical outreach and Carolinas Shared Services, a regional group purchasing organization. Atrium Health is the second largest public healthcare system in the nation. It owns, leases or manages 42 hospitals, nursing homes, physician practices and other healthcare-related operations. These operations comprise more than 2,500 employed physicians, 8,000 licensed beds and over 60,000 teammates.
 
Jim received his undergraduate degree in economics from UCLA, and an MBA from Bellarmine University in Louisville, KY. Jim also serves on the Board of Directors of The Heineman Foundation of Charlotte and is Past Chair of Premier’s Strategic Advisory Committee. In 2015, he was named to the Bellwether League Hall of Fame. Prior to joining Carolinas HealthCare System Jim was the Vice President of Materials Management at Humana Inc., Galen Inc., and Columbia and Columbia / HCA. 
Paul Oppat
Executive Director, Supply Chain Services,
Banner Health
Paul has over 25 years of progressive healthcare supply chain leadership experience, joining the Banner Health team in 2008. Embracing a servant leadership style, he has a passion for empowering others to reach their full potential. In his current role, Paul oversees both corporate and facility-based supply chain operations throughout the Banner Health system, which includes 28 hospitals and a network of non-acute health centers and clinics in 6 western states. He has also served in facility-based roles in both Supply Chain and Administration.
 
Prior to joining Banner Health, Paul served as Sun Health’s Purchasing and Materials Management Director, supporting multi-facility acute care operations in Sun City and Sun City West Arizona. Paul’s education includes a BS in Business Administration and a MS in Leadership. He has a Certificate in Professional Purchasing and is a Hudson Certified Internal Coach.

Dennis Orthman

Senior Director, Strategic Marketplace, Initiative

Dennis is Senior Director for SMI, a non-profit industry organization dedicated to advancing the future of healthcare supply chain. Dennis has over 30 years of healthcare supply chain management experience, having worked in purchasing, central sterile processing, distribution, OR supply, value analysis, and logistics at integrated provider organizations including Boston City Hospital, Partners Healthcare in Boston, and Caritas Christi Health System in Boston.

As a consultant, he has successfully worked for BD Healthcare Consulting and VHA Improvement Services. Dennis is active in AHRMM and Supporter of the data standards movement, serving as a member of the GS1 Healthcare US Leadership Team for the last seven years.

David Osborn
Senior Vice President, 
HealthTrust
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.

Ali Pabrai, MSEE, CISSP (ISSAP, ISSMP)

Chief Executive Officer, 
ecfirst

Ali Pabrai, MSEE, CISSP (ISSAP, ISSMP), Security+, a cyber security & compliance expert, is the chief executive of ecfirst. A highly sought after professional, he has successfully delivered solutions to U.S. government agencies, IT firms, healthcare systems, legal and other organizations worldwide. Mr. Pabrai served as an Interim CISO for a health system with 40+ locations in USA. Mr. Pabrai has led numerous engagements worldwide for ISO 27001, PCI DSS, NIST & HIPAA/HITECH security assessments. ecfirst is an approved HITRUST CSF assessor, a PCI Qualified Security Assessor, and a Konica Minolta Partner in the areas of cyber security & compliance.

Mr. Pabrai has presented passionate briefs to tens of thousands globally, including the USA, United Kingdom, France, Taiwan, Singapore, Canada, India, UAE, Bahrain, Africa, Saudi Arabia, Philippines, Japan & others. Mr. Pabrai is the author of several published works and is a proud member of the InfraGard (FBI).

Chris Paddison

Partner, Healthcare Practice, A.T. Kearney, Inc.
Chris Paddison is a Partner at A.T. Kearney’s Health practice. With over 25 years in consulting and executive leadership positions, he has worked extensively with Manufacturers and Health Systems on a variety of strategic, clinical and supply chain issues. Mr. Paddison is one of the authors of the disrupters research with emphasis on the shift in power from manufacturers to the large IDNs.
 
Prior to joining A.T. Kearney, he was involved COO of Sound Physicians, a National Hospitalist Organization focused on improving the quality of patient care and President of Essilor Laboratories, the leading U.S. Independent Optical Distributor.
Dan Pak MHA
Vice President, Supply Chain - Procure to Pay, Hartford Healthcare
Dan Pak is a highly accomplished supply chain professional with more than 25 years’ experience. Mr. Pak currently serves as Assistant Vice President at Nexera, where he is responsible for outsourced services under Workforce Solutions. Mr. Pak most recently served as System Director of Supply Chain Decision Support and Strategic Sourcing at Legacy Health, a community-centered health system across the Portland-Vancouver area. His other positions in healthcare include time at Virginia Mason Medical Center and Vizient (formerly Novation).
 
Prior to making the transition to healthcare, Mr. Pak spent over 15 years in the technology industry, where he designed and co-created several innovative products and applications.
 
Mr. Pak earned his Bachelor of Arts in Political Science and his Master of Healthcare Administration from the University of Washington. He also completed the University of Washington Project Management Program and completed the Michigan State University International Business Management Certificate Program.

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.”
 

William Matthew Parker PharmD, MHA, BCPS
Manager, Consolidated Pharmacy Services,
Greenville Health System
Matt Parker is the Manager of Consolidated Pharmacy Services for Greenville Health System. Matt is an experienced health system pharmacy leader, whose focus is on revolutionizing the pharmacy supply chain (Look out Amazon!) within his growing integrated delivery network.
 
Matt completed his PGY-1 Pharmacy Practice Residency at Greenville Health System and is a Board Certified Pharmacotherapy Specialist. Matt holds a Doctorate of Pharmacy degree from the South Carolina College of Pharmacy -USC Campus and a Master of Health Administration degree from the Medical University of South Carolina.

Ryan Parker

Chief Diversity Officer, Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital

Ryan P. Parker is the Chief Diversity Officer for Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital (RWJ). Ryan is responsible for building a strategy that enhances RWJ’s vision to be a nationally distinguished academic medical center and benchmark hospital for diversity and inclusion – while aligning this critical business component with RWJ’s strategic business objectives. In this position, he reports directly to the President and Chief Executive Officer of Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital and Robert Wood Johnson Health System. Ryan is a member of the RWJ Community Relations Board Committee.

Ryan joined RWJ in 2013 as Director of Diversity and Inclusion and was appointed to Chief Diversity Officer in 2014. In 2014, Ryan was acknowledged by The Network Journal and Becker’s Hospital Review as one of the nation’s leading healthcare leaders under age of forty. Ryan received a BS degree in Psychology from Jacksonville State University and is currently pursuing graduate studies in hospital administration.

Matthew Partsch
Director of Strategic Sourcing, UPMC
Matthew T. Partsch, AHSP, MBA is the Director of Strategic Sourcing at UPMC. Matthew works closely with UPMC Health Plan, Chartwell Specialty Pharmacy, and Hillman Cancer Center while managing the contracting for 41 hospitals and $1.2 billion in pharmacy spend.
 
Prior to joining UPMC, Matthew spent 14 years at UPC Health Network, NEIGHBOR CARE and West Penn Allegheny Health System before working at Premier Inc for 10 years. With experience on both sides of the healthcare spectrum, Matthew is an expert in managing billions in pharmacy spend and continues as an advisor to ProvidGx, Premier’s drug shortage solution.
 
Matthew is a graduate of the University of Pittsburgh before receiving a Master’s in Business from Waynesburg College.
Debi Pasley MS, RN, NEA-BC, FACHE
System Senior Vice President and Chief Nursing Officer,
CHRISTUS Health
Debi Pasley is the System Senior Vice President and Chief Nursing Officer for CHRISTUS Health. She is a visionary healthcare leader with 20+ years of experience improving quality of care, reducing costs, and improving revenue potential for nationally and internationally recognized organizations. Deb has demonstrated clinical and administrative accomplishments in community and academic medical systems leading multiple clinical disciplines. Her successes include the recovery of struggling hospitals and services, and achievement of regulatory and professional accreditation.
 
Debi Pasley is a certified nurse executive (NEA-BC) and healthcare executive (FACHE). She has a strong background in creation of new services and reorganization of existing services. She has led a successful Magnet® journey and served in multiple Magnet® hospitals. Her leadership of multiple clinical disciplines has resulted in team successes which support employee engagement and improved operations.
Curtis L. Passafume Jr. MBA, RPh
System Vice President Pharmacy Services,
OhioHealth
Over a 37 year career that began with his graduation from the Purdue University School of Pharmacy and Pharmacal Sciences along with obtaining an MBA in Healthcare Management from Indiana Wesleyan University, Curt has focused his practice in the areas of fiscal management, professional development, strategic planning and leadership.
 
He has held professional leadership roles at a number of Fortune 100 organizations and now serves as the chief pharmacy officer for OhioHealth in Columbus Ohio and surrounding regions. His professional affiliations include ASHP, ACHE, OSHP (a prior Timothy Moore Management awardee), COSHP and OPA.
 
He is a current member of the Ohio State Board of Pharmacy and NABP where he currently chairs the statewide oversight committee for the developing medical marijuana program. He is an active member of a number of national pharmacy advisory boards and holds an adjunct faculty appointment with the Ohio State University College of Pharmacy where he teaches health system pharmacy finance, budgeting and fiscal management within the HSPA residency program. He is the current RPD for both ASHP accredited HSPA residency programs based at OhioHealth.

Allen Passerallo

Senior Director of Sourcing and Value Analysis,
Johns Hopkins Health System
Allen has served as the Sr. Director of Sourcing/Value Analysis at Johns Hopkins since May of 2020. He is responsibilities include establishing and overseeing sourcing and value analysis processes for Pharmacy, Clinical, Non-Clinical and Capital.

Previously Allen served as Sr Director of Clinical Sourcing at Cleveland Clinic July 2013. Previously, he served as the Director of Sourcing and Contracting for the surgery category within Cleveland Clinic Supply Chain. He was responsible for identifying, sourcing and negotiating cost savings and utilization opportunities for all surgical subspecialties with the exception of Cardio-Thoracic Surgery. He held that position from January 2008 – July 2013.

In addition, he had oversight for sourcing and contracting for Excelerate, co-owned healthcare GPO between Cleveland Clinic and VHA. 2013-2020.

John Pastor

System Vice President, Pharmacy and Respiratory Care,
M Health Fairview
John Pastor, PharmD, FMSHP, FASHP, serves as system vice president for M Health Fairview and Fairview Pharmacy Services and brings over 30 years of experience in healthcare and leadership to the team. As a system executive for Fairview, John is responsible for leading pharmacy and respiratory care services across the health system.

John also holds a faculty appointment with the University of Minnesota College of Pharmacy as a Clinical Associate Professor. John is a past-president of the Minnesota Society of Health-System Pharmacists and has been recognized as a fellow of both MSHP and the American Society of Health-System Pharmacists.

John is a passionate advocate for our patients and the profession and currently serves on the Vizient Pharmacy Network Executive Committee.

Rishi Patel, PHARM.D., MBA, AAHIVP

Chief Pharmacy Officer, Community AiDS Network

Rishi Patel is a highly academically prepared and entrepreneurial pharmaceutical professional holding a Doctorate of Pharmacy, a Masters Degree in Business Administration, and a Bachelors Degree in Microbiology with 15 years of experience and expertise in pharmacy services management. He is accomplished and experienced in cultivating a flourishing multi-million dollar business start-up, maintaining excellent customer relations, and implementing staff training.  
 
His leadership includes organizational acumen and team building strengths.  He has a proven history of creating new market management strategies and retains a loyal customer base. He is proven successful in planning, executing, and directing operations while holding total responsibility for outcome. Rishi is proficient in the 340B Drug Discount Program and certified as a HIV Pharmacist through the American Academy of HIV Medicine.

Steve Patton, MA, CMRP

Interim AVP of Supply Operations, Medstar Washington Hospital Center (Vizient, Inc. Contractor)
Steve Patton is the Interim AVP of Supply Operations at Medstar Washington Hospital Center.  Steve has more than 25 years’ progressive supply chain and operations leadership experience directing strategic process improvements and project management for multi-unit healthcare organizations.  He is an expert in the delivery of innovative business improvements and in transitioning organizations to current systems and technologies.  
 
Prior to joining Medstar Washington, he was the Director of Supply Chain at Lakeland Regional Healthcare System. Steve has an M.S. in Health Services Management from Webster University in St. Louis, MO and a B.S. in Business Administration from the University of Southern Colorado.  He is the President of the SunCoast Chapter of AHRMM in Florida.

Ilisa Paul

President, District Policy Group, Faegre Drinker

Ilisa  Halpern  Paul  is  President  of  the  District  Policy  Group,  a  bipartisan  public  policy  and  government  relations practice at international law firm Faegre Drinker. Ilisa has nearly 30 years of experience and success in influencing the  outcomes of federal  health  policy,  with  a  focus  on  legislative  and  regulatory issues,  including health  care financing  and delivery  system  reform,  the Medicare and  Medicaid  programs,  public  health,  federal  budget  and appropriations, the Affordable Care Act, and other health care funding, coverage and payment matters.

Her work has earned her recognition as one of The Hill's Top Lobbyists 2015-2019. Prior to becoming a consultant in 2001, Ilisa served as director of federal government relations for the American Cancer Society and as director of federal affairs with the American Public Health Association. She began her public policy  career in Washington, D.C. working  on the legislative  staff  for U.S.  Senator Dianne Feinstein  (D-CA).

Ilisa holds a B.A.degree in English from UCLA and a master of public policy degree from Georgetown University. Ilisa lives with her husband, Scott, and their twin boys in Maryland, where their active lives include weekend hikes and regular walks with their dog, Coco.

Brian Pellegrini

Managing Director, The Advisory Board Company
Brian is a managing director with the Advisory Board’s Spend Performance Solutions team. In this role, Brian leads all of the firm’s sourcing work, which is dedicated to identifying significant savings opportunities and driving increased value in hospital hand health system non-core spend. A veteran procurement and operations improvement executive, Brian has a strong track record of managing change and delivering significant year-over-year results for his clients. He has deep sourcing expertise across multiple contexts; with extensive experience serving hospitals and health systems across the U.S. Brian has an extensive background in leveraging massive data sets to drive results.
 
Prior to joining the Advisory Board, Brian was the vice president of enterprise procurement for Ameriprise Financial. In addition, he served as vice president and general manager at the Broadlane Group, where he managed a $1.3B portfolio of cardiology, radiology, and support services contracts and led the implementation with one of the nation’s largest not-for-profit hospital systems.
Ryan Pepper, MBA
AVP Pharmacy Supply Chain,
Ochsner Health
As AVP – Pharmacy Supply Chain, Ryan has responsibility for the contract negotiation, vender management, procurement, and strategic vision for system-wide functions of Pharmacy Supply Chain. Ochsner Health is a not-for-profit health care provider based in southeast Louisiana that includes 39 hospitals, 400+ clinics, 14 retail pharmacies and Specialty Pharmacy. Ryan joined Ochsner in 2007 and has built the Pharmacy Supply Chain structure for a rapidly growing health system.

He earned his Bachelor of Science degree in Finance at Loyola University- New Orleans, and his MBA from the University of New Orleans.
Tiffany Perry RN, BSN, MBA
Director of Contracts, WellStar Health System, Inc.
Tiffany serves as the director of contracts for WellStar Health System, Inc. in the Atlanta, GA area. Tiffany leads a team of category managers who actively drive cost reduction for the health system in the following areas: surgical services; cardiology; radiology; pharmacy; lab; patient care services; food and nutrition; EVS; biomed; medical group; and purchased services. Her healthcare supply chain career started in 2013 when Tiffany joined the team as a value analysis facilitator.
 
In 2016 Tiffany was promoted to be the manager of that team. With a proven track record of accomplishments; goals exceeded; and a desire to have a positive impact on even more for the health system, in 2018 Tiffany was promoted to her current position.
 
Over the last year Tiffany has embraced the category management model and developed streamlined processes that have cut the average turnaround time to process a contract through the department by 75%. Prior to her experience in supply chain, Tiffany spent 14 years in nursing as a nurse manager and bedside nurse in the neonatal intensive care unit.
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.

Trac Pham
Corporate Director,
Advocate Health Care
Trac Pham is the Director for the Pharmacy Integrated Service Center for Advocate Aurora Health Care. His focus revolves around patient safety, operational improvement and pharmacy supply chain management. Trac has been with Advocate Aurora for 18 years in various leadership positions.
 
Trac obtained his Bachelor of Science in Pharmacy and a Masters in Pharmacy Administration from the University of Wisconsin-Madison. He has also completed both an ASHP-accredited General Clinical residency and an Advanced Administrative residency from UW-Madison.

Richard Philbrick

CEO Southwest Region, HealthTrust

Richard Philbrick was named CEO of HealthTrust’s Southwest Region in 2011. He is responsible for business development and HealthTrust member accounts for clients in Texas, Oklahoma, Arizona, and New Mexico. In addition, Richard has oversight of HealthTrust’s outsourced supply chain operations in those states with manages over 750 employees and almost $2 billion in annualized supply expense.

Previously, Richard served as supply chain CEO for HCA’s Gulf Coast Division where he led all aspects of supply chain services for 13 hospitals, including self-distribution, contracting, purchasing, accounts payable, facility supply management and centralized pharmacy order entry. He holds a Bachelor of Science degree in accounting from the University of Richmond, Robins School of Business.

Mark Phillips

Vice-President, Innovative Health Strategies™ and Counsel, Faegre Drinker Biddle & Reath LLP

With more than 15 years of in-house health care industry contracting experience and a master’s degree in finance, Mark Phillips advises clients on the financial, operational and legal issues that arise in connection with complex contract negotiations and strategic affiliations with hospital vendors.

Mark focuses his practice on counseling hospital and health system clients on group purchasing arrangements, outsourcing and purchased services arrangements (including food and nutrition services, environmental services, plant operations and maintenance, and clinical engineering), capital equipment acquisition, software licensing agreements and other strategic arrangements with vendors. Mark is also a consultant for Innovative Health Strategies LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Faegre Drinker.

Martha Pickens

Healthcare Supply Cost Management Consultant

Martha Pickens is an independent Healthcare Supply Cost Management Consultant. During her progressive career path spanning 30 years in healthcare, Martha has worked closely with many healthcare organizations to meet or exceed their Medical/Surgical, Pharmacy, and Physician Preference Item cost management goals, leveraging her solid clinical background, supply cost leadership, and results-oriented facilitation and negotiation skills.

In her recent role as Senior Director for Supply Cost Management at VHA Southeast in Tampa, FL, Martha led a regional committed supply strategy for more than eight years that delivered in excess of $159M in savings and 17:1 ROI, and provided clinical leadership and operations support for a committed supply network for over six years that delivered in excess of $44M in bottom-line value and 9:1 ROI.

Dennis Pierson

Vice President, Client Services Pharma & Lab
NCI Consulting Group

Dennis Pierson has more than 38 years of experience in the healthcare industry. His diverse experience within healthcare has proven him a top performer in the Pharmaceutical and Medical/Surgical arena as it relates to Sales, Sales Management, National Accounts and Contract Management, specifically focusing on Distribution, GPO’s, Integrated Delivery Networks (IDN’s), Extended LTC, Alternate Site, Non Acute and Strategic Influential Health Care Centers.

He has held VP and Director level positions with Pharmacia (Pfizer), PDI, The Dial Corporation, and SDI Diagnostics. A true Healthcare advocate throughout his career, Dennis has served time on the Boards of both HIGPA and HealthCareers Foundation/Hired Heroes.

As Vice President of Client Services for the Pharmaceutical and Laboratory segments at NCI, Dennis is responsible for managing client relationships with GPOs, IDNS, Coalitions, Hospitals, Distributors and Partner targets. He will also support and implement the day to day operations and initiatives of these unique Clients.

Joseph Pinto

Vice President, Network Operations, St. Luke’s Hospital and Health Network

Joseph has over eighteen years of successful experience in initiating and administering business developments and is a proven healthcare executive with strong ties to the community that consistently produces results and maintains corporate focus.

As Vice President of Network Operations at St. Luke’s Hospital and health Network, he is responsible for Network operations (6 hospital systems) including the following services; Oncology Service line, Materials Management, Wound Care, Urgent Care, Occupational Management, Pathology, Laboratory Outreach, Accreditations and Standards, Patient Experience, Sterile Processing & Grounds.

 

Mark Pinto MD, MBA
Medical Director of Surgical Services and Orthopedic Service Lines,
Trinity Health
Mark Pinto MD, MBA, actively practices orthopedic surgery and subspecializes in sports medicine and shoulder surgery. He received his undergraduate education at Miami University (zoology) and then attended the University of Michigan Medical School. He completed his residency in orthopedic surgery at the University of Michigan followed by a fellowship in sports medicine arthroscopic and reconstructive surgery at the Southern California Orthopedic Institute.
 
He has practiced at St. Joseph Mercy Chelsea Hospital for 18 years and at the Ann Arbor Veteran's Administration Medical Center since then. He is a recent graduate of the Ross Business School (MBA) at the University of Michigan and currently splits his time working at the Trinity Health System Office. Currently, he is both the Medical Director of Surgical Services and the Orthopedic Service Line.
 
Mark is married and has two children. Allison attends MIT and Joey is a junior in high school. In his free time, he pursues hunting, fishing and watersports with his family.
Lori Pilla CPSM, RN, MBA
Senior Vice President, Strategy/Performance Improvement,
Kaufman Hall
Lori Pilla is a registered nurse and Senior Vice President with Kaufman Hall’s Strategic and Financial Planning practice. Ms. Pilla has 30 years of experience in healthcare, spanning executive leadership, clinical, operations, business development, and consulting roles. Her areas of expertise include strategic and financial planning, clinical best practices, operations, supply chain management, and data-driven performance improvement.
 
Prior to joining Kaufman Hall, Ms. Pilla was Vice President for Supply Chain Performance Solutions and New Business Development with Intalere GPO, Inc. Ms. Pilla previously served as Director of Clinical Contract Design for Ascension Health System. Her experience also includes serving as Director of Business Development Operations and Surgical Services for St. Anthony’s Medical Center, Director of Clinical Supply Chain Sourcing with MedAssets,LLC, and Clinical Development Director for Surg-Center Development.
 
Ms. Pilla received an M.B.A. from Lindenwood University in St. Louis, a B.S. in Business Management from Maryville University, and an A.A.S. in Nursing from St. Louis Community College. She has authored numerous articles in industry journals, and is Lean Six Sigma Green Belt certified.

Randall Piper

Vice President, Non-acute Contracting, 
Intalere
As vice president of non-acute contracting for Intalere, Randall (Randy) Piper is responsible for more than $3.2 billion of annual contract purchases across supplies, services, software, equipment and distribution. His responsibilities in this role include supplier relationship management, category management, strategic sourcing, contract management, purchasing and program management, and contract marketing. In addition, Piper also serves as vice president of Intalere Choice®, the preferred portfolio subsidiary of Intalere, for which he is responsible for over 150 supplier marketing and sales enhancement programs unique to the Intalere Choice portfolio of services.  
 
Prior to joining Intalere, Piper held marketing and contracting strategy leadership roles at McKesson Medical Surgical, the largest NAC distributors in the industry. Previously, he led regional operations as general manager for Fortune 20 company Owens and Minor.  During his career, Piper has achieved success in many major initiatives. He executed an industry first, exclusive agreement for Intalere with the largest Home Medical Services organization in the United States, as well as initiated strategic contracts with key medicalsurgical distributors to remove cost from mutual member supply chain, introduce new products to market and create new revenue streams.
 
He developed national supplier contracts throughout the United States representing more than $250 million in annual purchases. In addition, Piper successfully implemented low unit-of-measure distribution programs to support a large integrated delivery network in central Kansas, and managed the construction of a new medical-surgical distribution center in the midwest, shipping $100 million in critical supplies to healthcare customers annually.

Sean Poellnitz

Vice President, Supply Chain, Mosaic Life Care
Sean Poellnitz is Vice President Supply Chain at Mosaic Life Care. Sean leads all supply chain functions including materials management, logistics, fleet, sourcing, GPO Affiliate Program and all procurement activities across the regional health system. Formerly Sean was System Senior Director Supply Chain & Ancillary Services at OptumCare (USMD) for three hospitals and over 50 clinics with 20 specialties.
 
Before USMD Sean was System Director, Contracting and Resource Utilization for CHRISTUS Health; which is faith-based, not-for-profit health system comprised of almost 350 services and facilities, including more than 60 hospitals and long-term care facilities.
 
Prior to Sean’s role at CHRISTUS Health, Sean held various leadership positions for CHI Health, Raytheon, Southern California Regional Rail Authority, and Union Pacific Railroad based in Omaha, NE. Sean is a member of the American College of Healthcare Executives and he served on the National MedAsset GPO Committee Member for Capital and Long-Term Care Service Lines.

Steve Pohlman

Senior Director, Materials Management, Cleveland Clinic
Steve Pohlman is the Sr. Director of Materials Management for the Cleveland Clinic. In his role, Mr. Pohlman is responsible for optimizing materials management operations and transforming inventory management across the enterprise.  Mr. Pohlman has been in the healthcare field since 1997. He joined Cleveland Clinic as part of the Akron General Health System acquisition.  He has a broad background in supply chain management, hospital operations and process improvement.
 
Prior to coming to the Cleveland Clinic, Mr. Pohlman has held many positions with Akron General Health System including Associate Vice President of Service Operations, Director of Materials Management, Director of Linen Services, Manager of Procurement and Purchasing and Manager of Sterile Processing.  Before joining Akron General Health System, Mr. Pohlman work as a Sourcing Manager for Premier Health Partners in Dayton, Ohio.   
 
Mr. Pohlman is a Southwest Ohio native who received his undergraduate degree in industrial engineering from the University of Dayton. He also holds an MBA from Wright State University.  Prior to his career in healthcare, he worked in manufacturing in both the auto and welding industries.

Kate Polczynski

Vice President, Enterprise Supply Chain Services,  Geisinger Health

Kate Polczynski is the Vice President, Enterprise Supply Chain Services at Geisinger Health in Danville, PA. The Geisinger Supply Chain team is responsible for platform based and system services in areas inclusive of Logistics, Strategic Sourcing and Clinical Use Evaluation, Procurement, and System Integrity. Kate had previously held various positions within Supply Chain Services, as well as the Division of Quality and Safety, at Geisinger Health and has over 13 years of healthcare experience. 

Kate has her Bachelor’s degree from the University of Pittsburgh at Johnstown and her Master of Business Administration from Shippensburg University.  Kate also has a Certificate of Achievement in Lean Six Sigma Black Belt from Villanova University and she is a Certified Materials and Resource Professional as administered by the American Hospital Association. Additionally, Kate has served as an Adjunct Professor at Bloomsburg University of Pennsylvania, Zeigler College of Business.

During her career, Kate has received numerous awards including the 2016 Bellwether League Inc., Hall of Fame for Healthcare Supply Chain Leadership. Kate has a passion for exploring innovative healthcare strategies with an emphasis on how data can improve patient outcomes thru both clinical and financial performance optimization.

Laura Polson

System Director of Clinical Value Analysis
UofL Health

Laura Polson, RN, BSN, CVAHP - AHVAP Northeast Region Director & Co-Chairperson for the Marketing Committee has held local, regional, and national leadership roles in nursing, supply chain, value analysis, and process improvement for 35 years.

Past management roles in multi-hospital groups include education, critical care, recovery, cardiac catheterization, electrophysiology and surgical services. Her nursing expertise spans multiple specialties (CVAHP, ACLS, BCLS INS, CCRN, CVN, RCIS, & RCVT).

Pioneered early value analysis roles as one of the first HCA Product Utilization Directors in the early '90s and continues today in her role as Clinical Quality Value Analysis Facilitator at Baptist Health Floyd in New Albany, IN.

Mary Beth Potter

Secretary and Past President, AHVAP

Mary (Beth) Potter is an Independent Value Analysis Consultant. She has been heavily involved in AHVAP for the past 15 years. She currently serves as Secretary, a member of the Education Committee, Marketing Committee, Newsletter Editor and has served on the Conference Planning Committee for the past nine years. In 2015, Mary served as President of AHVAP.

Throughout her professional career, she worked in a range of roles. Mary worked as a staff nurse and then as Nurse Manager at Iowa Lutheran Hospital in Des Moines, Iowa in Med/Surg and Cardiac Telemetry for 20 years. She then went on to serve as Director of Clinical Value Analysis and Pharmacy Contracting at UnityPoint Health in Des Moines for 11 years before retiring in April 2016. She graduated from St. Francis Hospital School of Nursing and received a Bachelor of Science in Health Arts in 1993.

Chaun Powell

Group Vice President, Strategic Supplier Engagement
Premier

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.

Kerry Price

Senior Vice President, Marketing and Management, Federation of American Hospitals

Kerry Price is the Senior Vice President, Marketing and Management, Federation of American Hospitals (FAH). She is responsible for managing the FAH’s annual Public Policy Conference and Business Exposition. Her responsibilities also include membership and supplier relations, marketing and brand awareness fro the FAH and leading the FAH’s Exposition Advisory Committee.

Prior to joining FAH, Ms. Price served as Vice President of Strategic Customer Engagement at Amerinet. In this role, she led Amerinet’s strategic engagements and corporate events as they relate to enhancing the image and brand of the company. She also developed strategic initiatives to support the broader short-and long-term marketing strategies that enhanced the overall perception of Amerinet within the industry. She is a past Co-Chair of the Healthcare Supply Association and Steering Committee member for the Health Industry Group Purchasing Association.

Ms. Price received a BS in Marketing from Robert Morris University and an AS in Marketing from Allegheny Community College.

Kevin Price

President & CEO, North Carolina Institute of Minority Economic Development

Kevin is the third president and chief executive officer of the North Carolina Institute of Minority Economic Development in Durham, NC.  The Institute, a 34-year old nonprofit management consulting and services firm, is focused on business diversity and inclusion.  They are trusted advisors to businesses large and small, government agencies, policy makers and organizations that understand the key roles diversity and inclusion play in ensuring business and economic success.  Their client services include customized one-on-one assistance, training, knowledge, networks and solutions that create diverse, globally competitive companies.  The Institute is an award-winning organization and leading voice and constant advocate for public policies and business practices that promote marketplace diversity and inclusion.  Recently, Price successfully merged The Institute with the North Carolina Community Development Initiative becoming CEO of both organizations.  The Initiative is a community development financial institution, providing vital financing to diverse businesses, community development corporations and HBCUs throughout the state.

Price’s almost 30-year career has been steeped in community economic development.  He joined The Institute as a veteran business leader in healthcare, supplier diversity, faith-based affordable housing, community development and commercial banking operations.  Immediately prior to joining The Institute March 9, 2020, Price was Senior Director of Supplier Diversity & Performance Analytics for Novant Health for 14 years.  While there, he launched their supplier diversity activities, growing spend by more than 500% utilizing over 550 diverse suppliers resulting in over $1 billion in spend since its launch in 2006, automated Tier I and II reporting, encouraged numerous majority/diverse joint ventures, collaborated with the Tuck School of Business at Dartmouth to add a healthcare component to their Minority Executive Training program for six consecutive years and launched a $5 million loan guarantee program for diverse suppliers, in partnership with M&F Bank.  Price also served as a master diversity and inclusion facilitator/trainer for the company.  

Prior to joining Novant Health, Price spent many years in banking as a commercial lender and business development officer, real estate developer and community development and CRA leader.  He served as Vice President/Senior Business Development Officer for M&F Bank, Vice President/Director of Faith-Based Initiatives for Regency Development, a subsidiary of SunTrust Bank and Group Vice President/Corporate Community Development & CRA leader for SouthTrust Bank.

His banking experience was preceded by several years spent working as Vice President of Special Programs at Project Homestead, a community development corporation, in which he managed credit lines with nine banks and produced more than $40 million worth of single family, multi-family and retail developments.

Price is a US Army veteran.  After completing military service, he obtained his Bachelor of Arts Degree in Political Science/Psychology from the University of North Carolina at Greensboro.  He also completed his Masters in Health Administration and Masters in Business Administration, both from Pfeiffer University.  He is married to Michelle Y. Price and they have three young adult children.

John Pritchard

President & CEO,  Share Moving Media

Share Moving Media (SMM) is the publisher of Repertoire Magazine and The Journal of Healthcare Contracting and National Accounts Weekly.

The Journal of Healthcare Contracting is the only publication solely focused on the healthcare-contracting arena. Collaboration amongst stakeholders in the contracting arena is vital for efficiency, profitability and sometimes even the survival of members in this arena. The Journal of Healthcare Contracting facilitates open, meaningful communication for its community. No other publication reaches all the people responsible for the success of contracting initiatives for their organizations.

The Journal of Healthcare Contracting reaches the executives involved in the healthcare contracting business. Readers include 5,000 Hospital CEOs, 7,500 IDN Executives and 1,300 GPO Executives.

National Accounts Weekly is the only publication dedicated to National Accounts Executives calling on GPOs, IDNs, RPCs and national and regional distribution. This weekly newsletter is read weekly by over 7,000 National Accounts Executives. 

Muddy Waters explains in full detail the healthcare supply chain. Insights from experts across the supply chain from physicians to GPO leaders are a powerful part of this intuitive manual. Organizations that contributed include Mayo Clinic, Geisinger Health System and WNC Health Network (WNCHN). Other contributors include GPOs Premier and MedAssets, and other first rate organizations like the Council of Accountable Physician Practices. This book is an asset to any member of the healthcare supply chain who wants to understand the complexities in today’s fluctuating marketplace.

John lives in Atlanta, Georgia with his wife Sarah, son Charlie, and daughters Mary, Molly and Margo. John is an avid photographer and dog trainer, and enjoys golfing, skiing and watching his children play sports.

Jon Pruitt MHA, CMRP

SVP, CHC Supply Trust,
Community Hospital Corporation
Jon Pruitt serves as Senior Vice President of CHC Supply Trust. He is responsible for implementing and administrating a quality-based, comprehensive supply chain management strategy for CHC’s supply expenditures and resource utilization. CHC Supply Trust supports over 140 independent and community-based hospitals with GPO support, services, and savings. Jon has more than 30 years of healthcare experience in directing supply chain and support services.

Before joining CHC, Jon served as Vice President, Supply Chain Integration for Tenet Healthcare-United Surgical Partners International (USPI), where he was responsible for supply chain integration of Tenet’s Outpatient Division into USPI.

Jon has also served in executive positions including UT MD Anderson Cancer Center, VHA Inc./Provista (Vizient), Texas Purchasing Coalition, LifeCare Hospitals, Inc. and The Broadlane Group, Inc. Jon retired as a Lieutenant Colonel from the U.S. Army Reserves after 30 years of service. Jon holds a Master of Science in Healthcare Administration from Texas Woman’s University, Denton, Texas and a B.B.A. in Finance from Stephen F. Austin State University, Nacogdoches, Texas.

Jonathan  Pumphrey

Vice President and Chief Supply Chain Officer, WellSpan Health
Mr. Pumphrey joined WellSpan in May 2011. He is responsible for the acquisition of all goods and services for the health system. This includes both negotiating and contracting for these services. He also is in charge of all distribution networks throughout WellSpan.
 
Before joining WellSpan, Mr. Pumphrey served as Vice President of Materials Management at Mercy Health System in Baltimore and Corporate Director of Supply Chain at MedStar Health.
 
He received his bachelor’s degree from University of Maryland. 

Matt Putnam

Director of Supply Chain
UCHealth

Matt Putman serves as the Director of Supply Chain Operations for the Northern Colorado Market of UCHealth, which includes 4 hospitals. His oversight also includes the non-acute and medical clinic locations which totals over 400 locations. Having served in other roles within the UCHealth organization, Matt has been in Supply Chain for over 10 years.

Originally from Nebraska he moved to Fort Collins in 2001. He graduated from Hastings College (NE) 2001 after enjoying an athletic career of playing football as a Tight End and competing on the track & field teams throwing Discus and Hammer. His undergraduate degrees were in Sports Medicine and English. In 2013, he graduated with an MBA from Colorado State University.

Matt is currently working on completing an Educational Doctorate in Organizational Leadership with an emphasis in Healthcare Administration.

Joseph Quinones
Director of Facilities and Procurement, 
Comunilife
Joseph Quinones is the Director of facilities and procurement for Comunilife. The mission of Comunilife is to improve the quality of life and create a healthier community. Comunilife programs reach NYC's most high-need, high-cost health care consumers, people with histories of repeated emergency room visits, hospital admissions and long-term institutionalizations in the City's psychiatric, correctional, and homeless shelter systems.
 
We operate a range of transitional and permanent housing programs throughout the City that bring stability to some of the hardest to reach New Yorkers.

Dave Reed

Healthcare Executive (Ret.)

Dave Reed retired from Cook Medical in March 2020. He served for more than 35 years in the life sciences industry. Previously, he oversaw Cook’s North American customer and distribution services. In his most recent role as vice president of Healthcare Business Solutions, he collaborated with various governing bodies and industry leaders to help adjust policies that make supply chains more effective.

In 2019, Reed also received the very first Chuck Lauer Award, a recognition given to a healthcare supply chain industry professional who is dedicated to serving others. One hallmark of Reed’s career was his dedication to collaboration between suppliers, providers and clinicians to increase patient access to high-quality medical products.

John Register

CEO & Catalyst, Inspired Communications International, LLC

What happens when a four time all-American collegiate track athlete; 2 times Olymipc Trials Qualifier; and United States Army Gulf War Veteran; suffers a career ending injury by having his left leg amputated?
Well, John Register, just 18 months post surgery swam in the Paralympic Games. Then, taught himself how to run on and artificial leg and ran and jumped into the history books by winning the Paralympic Long Jump Paralympic silver medal in Sydney, Australia.

His 10 key action steps to overcoming adversity inspires audiences around the world.
John's courage in the face of uncertainty has inspired audiences young and old. He has been featured on numerous television shows such as, "Morning Blend" with former host Soledad O'Brien, "It's a Miracle" with host Richard Thomas, "The Weekend Today Show" and "The Edge" with former host Paula Zahn!
In 2007 he was appointed by Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice as one of eight members to advise the Secretary on Foreign policy Issues regarding disability. He continued to serve in this capacity under Secretary Hillary Clinton - (another Razorback).

John is a dynamic speaker who commands his listeners' attention with a mix of humor, emotion and enthusiasm. His anecdotes are applicable to any audience. And, while his stories are presented in an amusing fashion, the learning outcomes and tie backs are clearly achieved and easily recognized.

Robert Rice

Medical Director, Oncology Service Line, WellSpan Health

Robert L. Rice M.D., Ph.D. is the Medical Director of the Oncology Service Line at WellSpan Health. Dr. Rice has responsibilities specific to developing and implementing service line strategic plans. His role is to utilize knowledge of current and future policies, practices, trends, competitive threats and other information affecting the business and organization to advance the service line.

He also aids in the development of strategies to implement new services and emerging treatment options and that current standards of care are maintained throughout the organization.

Dr. Rice received his medical degree and Ph.D. as a combined program at University of Pittsburgh Medical School. His Ph. D. is in Pharmacology. He completed his fellowship in Oncology and Hematology from Vanderbilt University Medical Center.

Mark Richardson

Director, Medical Products and Devices, ROi

Mark Richardson is Director of Medical Products and Devices for ROi. As a member of ROi Integrated Sourcing Solutions Team, Mark serves as a liaison for contract opportunities to ROi customers through specialty Service Line programs for Surgery, Orthopedics, Neurosurgery/Spine, and Cardiology/Interventional Radiology. In addition to obtaining clinical feedback, Mark is also responsible for reporting utilization and contract compliance to the ROi Contract portfolio.

In his role, Mark supports the voice of the customer in ROi contracting strategies as well as high compliance commitment to high cost/high preference initiatives. Mark previously served as the Perioperative Business Director at Mercy Hospital St. Louis for 14 years. Additionally, he served at SSM Healthcare in St. Louis for 10 years in a similar role.

Mark earned his Bachelor’s degree in Biology from St. Louis University.

Frank Ripullo

Managing Partner, Essential Healthcare Management, Inc.

Frank Ripullo runs the most respected medical consulting firm in the healthcare sector representing both suppliers and providers. As the Founder and President of Essential Healthcare Management, Inc., Ripullo has managed to turn small to medium suppliers into manufacturing powerhouses. Known for keenly negotiating GPO and IDN agreements that have increased clients’ market share 300% in short time frames, supplier contracting is just the beginning of EHM’s offerings.

Mr. Ripullo’s distinctive strength has been the ability to create value for both suppliers and provider in a marketplace dominated by sky rocketing costs. Ripullo’s focus and strategic direction of EHM has been to bring clarity and transparency to the convoluted healthcare market resulting in the creation of strong channels for suppliers to succeed while enabling providers to lower their overall operating costs.

Michael Rivard
Interim President and COO,
ROi
Michael Rivard is the Interim CEO/President and Chief Operating Officer (COO) for ROi. Mike is currently leading ROi into a new chapter of growth and service to its Members. His COO role includes oversight of ROi’s information technology, and supply chain operations including manufacturing, distribution, transportation and quality assurance/regulatory affairs.
 
Prior to joining ROi, Michael served as Chief Operating Officer for The International Companies, a leader in the distribution and manufacturing of human, animal and pet food ingredients worldwide. Michael has a proven track record of building and leading teams to deliver outstanding results in both private and public companies. His experience includes C-level and senior leadership roles at Energizer, PlayPower, Inc. and True Fitness.
 
Michael earned a bachelor’s degree from the University of Hartford and an MBA from Babson College.
Teresa Elaine Roane PharmD, BCACP
Associate Director; Clinical Assistant Professor
Center for Quality Medication Management,
 University of Florida
Dr. Roane began her career in pharmacy in 1988 working as a pharmacy technician for a small independent chain. She graduated from the University of Florida (UF) College of Pharmacy with her PharmD degree in 2006, and earned Board Certification in Ambulatory Care in 2011. She is currently the Director of the Center for Quality Medication Management (CQM) at UF as well as a Clinical Assistant Professor for the UF College of Pharmacy. She is responsible for all aspects of both Center locations (Gainesville and Lake Nona) including operations, client relations and retention, and business development. In addition, she provides education to student pharmacists enrolled in the PharmD program, those assigned to the Center for their APPE rotations, and two PGY-1 pharmacy residents.
 
Prior to joining UF, Dr. Roane worked as a clinical pharmacist at AvMed Health Plans. While at AvMed, she helped create their Medicare Part D formulary and their MTM program. She served as their lead pharmacist, provided direct oversight of the utilization management program, was a resource for both internal and external healthcare professionals, and also educated student pharmacists on their APPE clerkship rotations.
 
She also currently serves as a member of the Board of Directors’ for the Alachua County Association of Pharmacists (ACAP), continues to work as a relief pharmacist at a small community pharmacy chain in her hometown, and is finishing up her master’s degree in business administration. 

Edmondo Robinson

Chief Transformation Officer / SVP Consumerism,  Christiana Care Health System

Edmondo J. Robinson, M.D., M.B.A., FACP, is the chief transformation officer and senior vice president, consumerism for Christiana Care Health System. He has responsibility for transformation of healthcare delivery to advance population health initiatives and move from volume-based to value-based care with a special focus on developing and managing Christiana Care’s consumerism strategy including development of consumer digital and virtual health service offerings.

Dr. Robinson is an associate professor of medicine at Thomas Jefferson University’s Sidney Kimmel Medical College, an adjunct senior fellow in the Leonard Davis Institute of Health Economics at the University of Pennsylvania, a fellow of the American College of Physicians, and a senior fellow of the Society of Hospital Medicine.

He received his medical degree from the David Geffen School of Medicine at the University of California, his master’s degrees in health policy research and in business administration from the University of Pennsylvania.

George Robinson II
Director of Supplier Diversity and Inclusion,
UPMC
George Robinson II is Director of Supplier Diversity & Inclusion for UPMC. He joined UPMC in April 2018 to enhance strategic planning and execution in the UPMC Supplier Diversity Program. Robinson brings to this position over 20 years of experience in Business and Engineering Administration, Government Management and Diverse Business Development.

Mr. Robinson presently serves on several local boards, including Life’s Work (Board Chair), Provident Charter Academy, Southwest Pennsylvania Engineers Outreach (SPEO), Riverside Center of Innovation, Women’s Business Entrepreneurship Council (WBEC)-East (Second Vice-Chair), Eastern Minority Supplier Development Council (EMSDC), Laurel Highlands Boy Scouts of America, and the Pittsburgh Historical Landmarks Foundation, among others.

Mr. Robinson is graduate of the inaugural cohort of The Advanced Leadership Initiative (TALI) Executive Leadership Academy held in partnership with Carnegie Mellon University (CMU).
Betty Jo Rocchio MS, BSN, CRNA, CENP
Chief Nursing Officer, Mercy
As the System Chief Nursing Optimization Officer, Betty Jo has oversight and leadership accountability for 45 hospitals across 4 states within Mercy. Betty Jo leads the quality, service, and financial initiatives for Nursing, Perioperative Services, Cath and EP Labs, and GI Labs. This includes 4.2 billion in revenue and 800 million in cost. Betty Jo has more than 26 years of experience in health care, including 20 years in Perioperative Services and Procedural Areas in various leadership positions.
 
During her tenure in Mercy, she has been developing the Quadruple Aim for her areas and advancing the three key operating paths - clinical, operational, and financial to help successfully position Mercy for the next phase in healthcare. Betty Jo is a member of the Association of PeriOperative Registered Nurses, American Organization of Nurse Executives, the Preventive Cardiovascular Nurses Association, and the American Association of Nurse Anesthetists.
Dr. Claudia Rosales
Assistant Professor
University of Arkansas

Claudia R. Rosales is an Assistant Professor of Supply Chain Management at University of Arkansas. Her research interests include healthcare operations, risk management, inventory management, cross docking/logistics, optimization, simulation modeling, and analytics.

Prior to her academic career she worked in manufacturing holding several engineering positions such as productivity, process, and packaging engineer at Colgate Palmolive, C.A. She obtained a Master of Science in Quantitative Analysis and a PhD in Operations Management from University of Cincinnati. Her research publications have appeared in journals such as Journal of Operations Management, Decision Sciences, European Journal of Operational Research, International Journal of Production Research, Transportation Journal, IEEE Transactions on Engineering Management, and Interfaces.

Claudia received two best paper of the year awards for publications at Decision Sciences and Transportation Journal. She is currently a member of the Editorial Review Board of IEEE Transactions on Engineering Management and an Associate Editor for Decision Sciences Journal.

Wayne Russel

VP, Pharmacy Contracting, Premier, Inc.

Wayne is currently Vice-President of Pharmacy for Premier, Inc. and is responsible for the pharmacy team involved in contracting relationships with the pharmaceutical industry and wholesaler/ distributor industry. He also oversees the pharmacy fee-for-service program that offers educational and data services to the pharmaceutical industry and is also an integral part of the ProvideGx team which is a subsidiary of Premier focused on innovative solutions to the drug shortage crisis as well as our Intersectta GPO which focuses on oncology products. He also works extensively with the Premier team based in Washington, DC on a variety of legislative and regulatory, and policy initiatives affecting the pharmaceutical market. Wayne also has relationships with the University of Florida, College of Pharmacy as a Clinical Professor.


Prior to joining Premier, Wayne had multiple areas of responsibility in healthcare. He was Corporate Director of Pharmacy for the Bon Secours health system which had 22 hospitals from Maryland to Florida; Director of Pharmacy for Novation, LLC. in Dallas, Texas where he successfully secured the 340B Prime Vendor contract for Novation in conjunction with the Department of Health Research Services Administration (HRSA); Assistant Professor of Pharmacy, St. Louis College of Pharmacy and St. Louis University, St. Louis, MO.; and lastly he has held various positions with Shands health system, University of Florida, Gainesville, Florida.

Kristine Russell

Publisher, Healthcare Purchasing News

Kris Russell is president of KSR Publishing, Inc. and Publisher of Healthcare Purchasing News. In publishing for over 25 years, Ms. Russell was formerly VP of operations and executive publisher of the healthcare division at Nelson Publishing, Inc., overseeing 12 publications in various business-to-business technologies, including: healthcare informatics, clinical lab, corporate IT, product/equipment design, OEM electronic engineering, metalworking and fabrication as well as other manufacturing areas.

Kris formed KSR Publishing, Inc. in January 2003 and purchased Healthcare Purchasing News from Nelson Publishing in February 2003. Ms. Russell graduated Magna Cum Laude with a Bachelor of Science Degree in merchandising and minors in textiles, business and art from Northern Illinois University.  Ms. Russell is also on the advisory board for the International Association of Healthcare Central Service Materiel Management, and a member of the Associate for Healthcare Resource & Materials Management. 

Chris Saboura RPH

VP, Pharmacy,
Ardent Health Services

Chris Saboura, RPh, MBA, serves as the Vice President of Pharmacy Services with Ardent Health, a leading provider of healthcare in communities across the country. Through its subsidiaries, Ardent owns and operates 30 hospitals and 200+ sites of care with more than 1,400 aligned providers in six states.


Chris brings over 20 years of pharmacy leadership to his role. Previously, he worked for HealthTrust, HCA, and WellStar Health System. He is a graduate of the University of Georgia College of Pharmacy where he received a bachelor’s degree and Kennesaw State University where he received his MBA degree.


He is passionate about patient safety and the profession of pharmacy and is excited to see where it is going in this ever-evolving health delivery world we live in.

Joshua 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 PharmD

Chief Pharmacy Officer
CAMC / Vandalia Health

Brian E. Sayre, Pharm. D., is the Chief Pharmacy Officer at Charleston Area Medical Center, part of Vandalia Health.


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. 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.

Kenneth Scher, CMRP

Senior Manager, Nexera, Inc.

Kenneth Scher has an extensive background in end-to-end supply chain operations, technology, and perioperative services business operations. He provides strategic supply chain and financial advisory assistance to healthcare organizations aimed at growing business performance, technology utilization, and fiscal stability. Mr. Scher has been involved in multiple client engagements and has built a reputation as an effective, innovative leader. He currently oversees initiatives for Nexera’s performance improvement and technology optimization services, and manages supply chain consulting engagements. In providing advisory services to a wide array of facility types, Mr. Scher has created integrated performance improvement solutions to identify and implement sustainable results as well as comprehensive strategies to increase supply chain efficiency, reduce costs, increase revenue, improve workflow processes, and accelerate cash.
 
Prior to joining Nexera, Mr. Scher worked in non-healthcare-related supply chain businesses. He received his Bachelor of Science in Supply Chain Management and Marketing Management at the Martin J. Whitman School of Management, with a sub-concentration in Public Communication Studies at the S.I. Newhouse School of Public Communications–Syracuse University. He has been published in Becker’s Hospital Review and by the Healthcare Financial Management Association. He is also a Certified Materials and Resource Professional through the American Hospital Association.
Timothy Schloss, MD
Section Chief, Interventional Cardiovascular Medicine, Mercy
Tim Schloss, MD, interventional cardiologist, serves as the Section Chief of Interventional Cardiovascular Medicine for Mercy Heart and Vascular Hospital in St. Louis. In this role, Dr. Schloss is responsible for the Cardiac Catheterization Laboratory and driving growth in service areas. Dr. Schloss is a physician leader of Mercy Cardiology Procedures and Quality Specialty Councils.
 
He graduated with a medical degree from Saint Louis University School of Medicine, followed by a residency and fellowships at Washington University School of Medicine. Dr. Schloss holds certifications including: Board Certified in Adult Cardiology and Interventional Cardiovascular Medicine; Certification Board of Nuclear Cardiology; Diplomat of the National Board of Echocardiography; Fellow of the American College of Cardiology; Fellow of the Society of Cardiovascular Angiography and Interventions; and Registered Physician in Vascular Interpretation. 

Joanne Schlosser, FACHE, SPHR, PCC, MBA

President, Rising Stars, LLC
Joanne Schlosser is President of Rising Stars, LLC, a management consultant, professional certified coach, and speaker who works with high performing healthcare leaders and physicians that want to grow their careers and organizations. Joanne was Director, Talent and Organizational Effectiveness, for Banner Health, responsible for leadership development, executive coaching, change management, organizational development and facilitation. She served on the Administrative Team for three hospitals.  
 
Joanne's B.S. in Production Operations Management and her M.B.A. were utilized in operations roles in Supply Chain Management.  Joanne wrote “Coaching: An Innovative Approach to Developing Leaders at Banner Health”, for the International Journal of Coaching in Organizations and co-created the Banner coaching program, which received the International Prism Award for coaching excellence in 2012.  Rising Stars served over 200 clients including Tenet Health, Dignity Health, Arizona Hospital and Healthcare Association, IPC Healthcare, La Paz Regional Hospital & Indian Health Service.

Justin Schneider

Vice President, Clinical Operations, Sinai Health System
Justin Schneider, PharmD, began his career in health care as a Pharmacist with CVS/Pharmacy in Chicago. Following three years in community practice, he transitioned to the hospital setting, joining Sinai Health System in Chicago as a Pharmacy Operations Manager at Mount Sinai Hospital. Shortly thereafter he assumed the role of System Director of Pharmacy, where he transformed the pharmacy team across the system. With a focus on teaching and preceptorship, he initiated a PGY1 residency program, PGY2 Administration residency program and expanded the number of student rotations to over 100 students annually.
 
Outside of pharmacy services Justin developed the Stroke Program at Mount Sinai and is now responsible for the system’s three accredited stroke centers. Justin’s current role is Vice President of Clinical Operations, where his responsibilities include pharmacy service, supply chain, cardiovascular, radiology and neurosciences across Sinai Health System’s four hospitals, medical group and 25 clinic locations in the Chicago area.
Regina Schneider, MSN, RN, NEA-BC, CNOR 
Director of Nursing, Surgical and Emergency Services, Cleveland Clinic – Avon Hospital
Regina Schneider is the Director of Nursing for Surgical and Emergency Services for the Cleveland Clinic – Avon Hospital.  Her responsibilities include operational oversight of these departments and professional development of the nursing teams. 
 
Ms. Schneider’s experience spans more than 25 years as a clinician and administrator in various organizations.  She has spent much of her career in the perioperative/surgical arena with the additional responsibility in emergency services in the last four years.  Her interests include system integration, process improvement, leadership development, coaching and mentoring. 
 
She holds a Six Sigma Green Belt from Cleveland State University.  Regina obtained her BSN and MSN from Ursuline College, Pepper Pike, OH and is currently enrolled in the Doctorate in Nursing Practice program at Chamberlain College of Nursing.

Steven Schnelle

Associate,  McDermott Will & Emery LLP

Steven Schnelle focuses his practice on regulatory and transactional matters involving healthcare providers and suppliers, pharmacies, pharmaceutical firms, device manufacturers, and market innovators. Steven provides counsel on a variety of healthcare regulatory and transactional matters, primarily focusing on issues involving the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS), the HHS Office of Inspector General (OIG), the Department of Justice (DOJ) and state agencies.

He advises clients on complex reimbursement matters involving governmental and commercial payors, and he provides counsel on state licensing and credentialing issues, as well as corporate practice of the health professions. Steven represents clients in False Claims Act (FCA) qui tam matters, investigations and audits, and in matters involving compliance with the federal and state Anti-Kickback statutes.

Steven regularly advises private equity firms, investment banks, commercial lenders, and healthcare and life science companies on healthcare regulatory issues relating to mergers and acquisitions, securities filings and financing in the United States.

Eugene Stuart Schneller Ph.D.
Director - Industry Advisory Group
CAPS Research & Arizona State University
Eugene Schneller earned his Ph.D. at New York University (Sociology). He was awarded an honorary Physician Associate (PA) degree from Duke University and an honorary Doctor of Learned Letters from the A.T. Still University. He has held faculty and research scholar positions at Duke University, Union College (New York) and Columbia University.
 
His consulting and research focuses on health care policy, best practice adoption, supply chain purchasing strategy design and governance, human resource development and supply chain integration. He is a former director at Vomaris and the Barrow Neurological Institute and has served on advisory boards for both device manufacturers and information technology companies. He is a frequent speaker at academic and corporate conferences and has facilitated retreats and focus groups.
 
He was Principal Investigator for the Department of Defense efforts to integrate the medical supply chains for the three services. His recent research has focused on the design of stockpiles and pooled resources for resilience, regulatory change, impact of investment and Biden administration impact on the health sector. He is co-founder of Healthcare Supply Chain eXcellence.
Kerry Schwartz MD, FACC, FACP
Senior Medical Officer, Supply Chain Management,
Adventist Health System
Kerry Schwartz is a clinical and interventional cardiologist/electrophysiologist with over 35 years of experience with direct patient care, with hospitals and large, single specialty practice executive leadership, and with cardiac rhythm device and arrhythmia innovation, pharmacologic research and education. He is the Senior Medical Officer, Supply Chain Management at Adventist Health System, where he is responsible for contracting for 40+ hospitals in the Adventist Health System. He also chairs the Technology Assessment Committee, which evaluates current and new, innovative technology, procedures, and products, and makes recommendations to physician service line leaders and C-suite.
 
Dr. Schwartz is a founding partner of the Florida Heart Group, a widely recognized, innovative clinical and interventional cardiovascular practice and served as group president for two terms. He has served as an active member of the American Heart Association and president of Central Florida Chapter and as a volunteer instructor and Assistant Professor of Medicine UCF College of Medicine. 

Ronald Scott

Assistant Vice President, Clinical Supply Chain, St. Joseph Health System

Dr. Scott received his Doctorate in Pharmacy from the University of California, San Francisco. He completed a Residency in Clinical Pharmacy at the Buffalo General Hospital and a Fellowship in Clinical Pharmacokinetics at the State University of New York at Buffalo. He was awarded the American College of Clinical Pharmacy Fellowship in Cardiovascular Therapeutics.

During his more than 35 years in healthcare, he has practiced in both acute care and ambulatory care settings in both academic and community organizations. In his current role with St. Joseph Health System, a 14 hospital IDN, he is provides clinical and contracting oversight for each of the hospital’s pharmacy departments, is responsible for all contracting and clinical research for SJHS.

 

Frank Searl

Director of Performance Groups, 
Premier, Inc.
Frank Searl has dedicated his five year tenure at Premier to helping members make informed, evidence based decisions about clinical products and physician preference items.  In his current role as director of performance groups, he helps facilitate collaboration among physician-led cohorts as they methodically explore clinical processes and products to help establish best practices, product utilization, standardization and improved outcomes through comparative effectiveness. 
 
Prior to joining Premier, he spent 15 years in the operating room in various roles including nurse manager and three years in supply chain for a 13-hospital IDN.

Bharat Shah

Plastic Surgeon, Mercy Health System
Bharat Shah, M.D., F.A.C.S., M.H.A., joined Mercy Health System, the nation’s fifth largest Catholic health care system, in 1996. His plastic surgery practice encompasses a wide variety of cosmetic and reconstructive procedures. Dr. Shah is board certified in Plastic Surgery, Facial Plastic Surgery, and Head and Neck Surgery. He is the Clinical Advisor to ROi’s Provider Operating Council, helping set strategic direction to improve physician relations and healthcare efficiency and reduce supply costs.
 
Dr. Shah’s research interests are primarily focused on medical innovations, including pediatric craniofacial surgery devices and facial reconstructive technology. Dr. Shah is an Adjunct Faculty member of Missouri State University Center for Applied Sciences and Engineering, and the Center for Biomedical and Life Sciences. He was previously a Clinical Assistant Professor of Surgery at the University of Missouri – Columbia.

Pinak Shah

Assistant Vice President, Health System Purchasing, Contracting and Materials Management, North Shore LIJ Health System.

Pinak Shah is responsible for the operation of the 18-hospital North Shore LIJ Health System innovative supply chain model, which includes their Integrated Distribution Center (IDC). As Assistant Vice President of health system purchasing, contracting and materials management, Pinak is engaged in contract negotiations and the development of strategic relationships with manufacturers and distributors. He also leads supply chain expense reduction, inventory improvement, and product standardization initiatives.

Prior to his experience at NSLIJHS, Pinak was with the healthcare consulting practices of Deloitte and PeopleSoft. Pinak is a graduate in Engineering and earned an M.B.A. from India.

He has joined the faculty at Hofstra University, Frank G. Zarb School of Business and is currently teaching operations and supply chain management.

 

Perry Sham

Senior Vice President,
Nexera, Inc.

Perry Sham is responsible for practice leadership for Nexera’s financial improvement, performance improvement, technology optimization, strategic advisory services, and project management services in facilities throughout the U.S. and internationally.  With over a decade of healthcare experience, Mr. Sham has served as an advisor to numerous provider organizations. Among them are leading academic health centers, accountable care organizations, integrated health systems, community hospitals, and non-acute care facilities. His work has encompassed financial improvement in large-scale cost-reduction and comprehensive revenue cycle management, data management, analytics, and process redesign. At Nexera, Mr. Sham has helped healthcare facilities reduce costs by over $65 million. 

Mr. Sham received his Bachelor of Science in Biology from Baruch College. He has been published by the Association of Healthcare Internal Auditors and the Healthcare Financial Management Association (HFMA). He is also a member of the HFMA.

Tali Sharot

Neuroscientist, Author and Human Behavior Expert;

Associate Professor of Cognitive Neuroscience at University College London and Current Visiting Professor at MIT
Part of our daily job as humans is to affect others; we guide patients, advise clients, inform colleagues, impact change, and drive results. We do this because we each have unique experiences and knowledge that others may not. But how good are we at  this role? Turns out we systematically fall into suboptimal habits when trying to change others beliefs and behaviors. Many of these instincts—from insisting the other is wrong to exerting control—are ineffective, because they are incompatible with how the mind operates.
 
Tali Sharot, a leading behavioral neuroscientist and author of an upcoming book on influence, explained how an attempt to change will be successful only if it is well-matched with the seven core elements that govern how we think. She showed how each of these factors can either hinder or help an attempt to influence others in positive ways.  
Dr. Sharot is the author of The Optimism Bias: A Tour of the Irrationally Positive Brain, as well as the upcoming - The Influential Mind: What the Brain Reveals About Our Power to Change Others
Kenneth Shaw
Director, Contracts, Vidant Health
Kenneth Shaw received his Bachelors Degree in Management from Florida Atlantic University in Boca Raton, Florida. Kenneth has worked in various capacities with the Internal Revenue Service (Auditor, SS-8 Determinations and Fraud), the School Board of Broward County (Director of Operational Audits) and Vidant Health (Director, Contracts).
 
Kenneth lived in South Florida for 45 years and moved to Greenville, NC in 2005. Kenneth has been married for 39 years this May, and has two sons. One son is a Police Officer in Huntersville, NC (suburb or Charlotte) and one is a Personal Fitness Trainer in Chapel Hill, NC. Kenneth has worked on teams that have negotiated contracts as diverse as Environmental Services, Food Service and many Service Lines, including Orthopedics, Trauma and CRM to name a few.
 
Personal hobbies include, Weight Lifting, Reading, Data Analysis in EXCEL and running in Spartan type races – although he underwent a Total Left Shoulder Replacement in November 2018, so has not been able to participate in any of these races lately.
Lindsey Sheeran MBA
Senior Category Manager,
Mayo Clinic

Lindsey Sheeran is a Sr. Category Manager on the Medical/Surgical, Laboratory Team at Mayo Clinic. This team negotiates Commodity, Clinical Preference & Laboratory contracts for Mayo Clinic and the Upper Midwest Consolidated Services Center (UMCSC). As a Sr. Category Manager, Lindsey has an integral role in driving the Category Management strategy at Mayo Clinic while working with internal and external stakeholders, identifying business requirements and negotiating the best value for the clinically chosen products.

Lindsey has been at Mayo Clinic for 12 years in multiple roles, primarily in Supply Chain. These roles have given her experience in Purchasing, Accounts Payable, Project Management, Supervision and Contracting. Lindsey has a Master of Business Administration degree from Cardinal Stritch University and a Bachelor’s degree in Mass Communications from Winona State University.

Amanda Sherred PharmD, MSHSA
Corporate Director Pharmacy Clinical Integration,
Community Hospital Corporation

Amanda Sherred is the Corporate Director of Pharmacy Clinical Integration at Community Hospital Corporation where she provides guidance on pharmacy operations, medication safety, standardization efforts, and pharmaceutical value analysis for 142 facilities across the country. Through thoughtful leadership, data analytics, and clinical expertise, she helps facilities optimize pharmaceutical spend across all classes of trade including acute care, ambulatory care, long-term acute care, and community pharmacy.

Prior to joining Community Hospital Corporation, she served as the Clinical Coordinator at Baylor Scott & White Medical Center - Centennial, the Pharmacy Informaticist and Antimicrobial Steward at Centennial Medical Center, and the Emergency Department specialist at Parkland Health & Hospital System.

Sherred received her Pharmacy Doctorate at the University of Florida and her Masters of Science in Health Service Administration from the University of Central Florida.

Zewdu Shibabaw

Contract Manager & Emergency Management Planner, Kaiser Permanente
Zewdu is currently Contract Manager and Emergency Management Planner for Kaiser Permanente in the East Bay Service Area and has 15 years of healthcare experience. At Kaiser, he is responsible for managing administrative, clinical & continuum care contracts with a total dollar value of $28 million dollars.
 
He holds an Executive Master of Public Administration from Golden Gate University, School of Law and a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration, Business Administration, Management and operations from University of Phoenix. In addition, he is a licensed Advanced Public Information Officer: Health and Hospital Emergencies by the US Department of Homeland Security and a Certified Healthcare Reform Specialist by Employer Healthcare & Benefits Congress, License Health Care Reform Center and Policy Institute.

Gregory Shufelt

Managing Director, Prism Healthcare Partners LTD
Managing Director Greg Shufelt has almost 20 years’ experience providing financial and healthcare advisory services across a variety of strategic, operational and assurance engagements. He specializes in business valuation and fair market value services, physician co-management and compensation fairness opinions and financial impact modeling. Greg helps health systems and hospitals quantify the financial risk and opportunity of developing and deploying population health strategies, including clinically integrated networks, ACOs and bundled payment programs. He also provides strategic advisory and analytical services for developing pre and post-merger efficiency plans.
 
Previously, Greg was Vice President of Financial Advisory Services for a business advisory firm serving more than 2,000 healthcare organizations. Greg is frequently asked to speak and publish on finance trends and healthcare reform. His article “Medicaid Reform: Are You Ready” won the 2013-14 Helen Yerger/L.Vann Seawell Award for Best Article in hfm magazine. Greg is an Accredited Senior Appraiser in the American Society of Appraisers.

Deborah Simonson, PHARM.D.

Vice President, Pharmacy Services, Ochsner Health System
As Vice President of Pharmacy Services for Ochsner Health System, Dr. Simonson has responsibility for the strategic vision, long term planning, direction and overall accountability for pharmacy services across the system. She joined Ochsner in 1981 and has built the pharmacy program to include clinical services, education/academics, research, retail services, specialty pharmacy, population management, transitions of care, informatics, regulatory compliance, medication safety, logistics, and digital medicine support.
 
She earned her Bachelor of Science degree in pharmacy at Auburn University in Auburn, Alabama and her Doctor of Pharmacy degree from Xavier University of Louisiana.  Dr. Simonson started her career with the Public Health Service. She has held many leadership roles with pharmacy associations and boards over the years. She has been a member of the Louisiana Board of Pharmacy and was named in the City Business's 2015 Women of the Year.

Robert Simpson

President/CEO, LeeSar

From 1976 to 1982, Bob was the Director of Operations for Northeast Red Cross Blood Service. From 1982 to 1983, Bob was the Director of Materials Management and Project Coordinator and assisted in building the first USDA Human Nutrition Research Center at Tuft’s University in Boston. From 1984 to 1994, Bob was at the Neponset Valley Health System as Vice President of Materials Management for that system. In 1994, Bob joined Healthcare Service of New England, the largest and oldest group purchasing organization in New England and, as their Vice President, developed total service contracts for their membership. From 1995 to 2002, Bob held several executive positions at TFX Surgical Group. On March 1, 2002, Bob returned to the Provider side of the business as President and Chief Executive Officer of LeeSar, the Supply Chain Management Division, and Cooperative Services of Florida, the group Purchasing Organization for Lee Memorial Health System and Sarasota Memorial Healthcare System.
 
During 1995, Bob was the International President of the Association for Healthcare Resource and Materials Management and in 1997 received the Association’s most prestigious award “The George R. Gossett Leadership Award”. He is also the founder of Project Perfect World, which takes medical teams around the world to provide free surgical for needy children.

Don Sizemore

President, IMDA
Don Sizemore – Member of IMDA for 6 years, Current President of IMDA lives in Tennessee where he volunteers as a First Responder with a local Rescue Squad and has a wife and four children and two grand children. Has been involved in bringing new medical technologies to market since 1991 with a career that includes companies like Welch Allyn, Medical Data Electronics, Protocol Systems, and D&D Medical Inc.
David E. Skarda MD
Senior Medical Director, Center for Surgical Value,
Intermountain Healthcare
Dr. David Skarda is the Senior Medical Director of Intermountain Healthcare's Center for Surgical Value. He is clinically active at Utah Valley Hospital (UVH) and Primary Children's Hospital (PCH). At both facilities he evaluates and manages the broad range of emergent and elective pediatric surgical problems. He is the site director for pediatric surgery at UVH. Between 2011 and 2015 Dr. Skarda practiced pediatric surgery at Primary Children's Medical Center (now Primary Children's Hospital) and focused his academic and administrative work on improving the management of appendicitis, pyloric stenosis, and gastroparesis.
 
Dr. Skarda has authored several case reports including EC-CPR for pediatric hypothermic arrest, ECMO for respiratory failure in pediatric trauma patients, and persistent hemobilia after percutaneous liver biopsy. He presented the EC-CPR for pediatric hypothermic arrest data in Shanghai, China at the meeting of the Pacific Association of Pediatric Surgeons.

Kyle Skiermont, PHARM.D.

COO, Fairview Pharmacy Services

Kyle Skiermont is the Chief Operating Officer for Fairview Pharmacy Services, a leading health system based pharmacy organization in Minneapolis, MN.  He received his PharmD from the University of Nebraska Medical Center College of Pharmacy. 
 
As COO, Kyle is responsible for strategy and overall operations of Fairview Pharmacy's specialty pharmacy, retail, MTM, mail order, long term care, compounding, home infusion and community infusion business units.    Kyle has spent 19 years in pharmacy including traditional retail, clinic based retail, outpatient pharmacy at an academic health center, community and home infusion, specialty, and mail order.  In addition, he is a frequent media and professional spokesperson on a variety of pharmacy topics.

Mark Slater

Chief Executive Office, HonorHealth Research

Mark Slater, Ph.D. has served as Vice President for Research at HonorHealth and Chief Executive for the HonorHealth Research Institute since 2007, when the organization was known as Scottsdale Healthcare.  In this capacity, Dr. Slater has developed a collaborative institute without walls to bring tomorrow’s cures to our community today through accelerating translational and clinical research in precision medicine.  Collaborative relationships with TGen, ASU, UA and many other top local, national and international organizations have resulted in international recognition for breakthrough innovations in medical care, attracting patients from 49 states and two dozen countries to our community for trials.

With over 100 scientific publications, 30 years of continuous grant funding, and his doctoral students now in leadership positions in major academic institutions, Dr. Slater is a recognized leader in fields of pain, behavioral medicine and clinical research.

Anthony Daniel Slonim MD, DrPH
President and CEO,
Renown Health
Dr. Anthony Slonim is an innovator and proven healthcare leader at both regional and national levels. His expertise spans across areas of patient safety, accountable care, healthcare quality, and innovative care delivery models, which focus on improving health in the community.
 
As tenured professor, he has authored more than 100 publications, 15 textbooks, and has received more than $2 million in National Institutes of Health funding. Since joining Renown Health in July 2014, Dr. Slonim has completely reoriented northern Nevada’s largest locally governed, not-for-profit healthcare network, by focusing on overall community health and embracing the national triple aim initiatives.
 
As an advocate of healthcare partnerships, Dr. Slonim has also initiated national collaborations to establish a medical training campus at Renown, expand the region’s quaternary care services in collaboration with Stanford Medicine, and launch the nation’s first-ever community-based, population health study with Desert Research Institute and personal genetics company 23andMe.
Scotty Smiley
Major (Retired)
United States Army
Scotty Smiley is from Pasco, a small city in Washington state. After high school he attended the United States Military Academy in West Point, New York. After four great years, he graduated and moved to Fort Benning, Georgia and attended Infantry Officer Basic Course and Ranger School. Soon after he moved to Fort Lewis, Washington where he led a 45 man Platoon.
 
In 2005 while leading his Platoon in Mosul, Iraq, Scotty found himself in front of a suicide car bomb. After the man blew himself up, shrapnel blew through Scotty’s eyes leaving him blinded and temporarily paralyzed; he woke up in Walter Reed Army Medical Center a week later. Though questioning his faith, Scotty made a decision to forgive and rebuild his life and continue to serve in the Army, becoming the first blind active-duty officer in military history. The Army Times named Scotty “Soldier of the Year” in 2007 and in 2008 he won an ESPY as the world’s Best Outdoor Athlete. After receiving a Master of Business Administration from Duke University, Scotty taught the core course in leadership at West Point and then commanded the Warrior Transition Unit at West Point’s Keller Army Medical Center. Scotty is a recipient of the Army’s prestigious MacArthur Leadership Award and holds an honorary PhD from Mount Saint Mary College in Newburgh, NY. In 2010, Scotty received a Father of the Year award in New York and in 2011 received the Christopher Award for all he has given and continues to give.
 
Since then, Scotty attended the Maneuver Captain Career Course in Fort Benning, Georgia, and then moved to Spokane, Washington where he held a position with the Gonzaga University ROTC Department, teaching and mentoring America’s future leaders. After many years of service, Scotty retired from the military in 2015. Over his military career, Major (Retired) Smiley received a Bronze Star and Purple Heart; Combat Infantry Badge, Ranger Tab, Airborne Wings and Combat Diver Qualification Badge. He currently works with the capital markets department at Drexel Hamilton out of New York as an investment banker for corporations and banks around the world.
 
With a passion for using his story to build hope in this world, Scotty authored Hope Unseen in 2010 and now travels all over the country speaking and sharing his message of perseverance, courage and hope. He is an avid adventurer and has completed the Coeur d’Alene Iron Man, climbed Mt. Rainer, gone skydiving, surfing and is always looking for his next chance to try something new. Scotty is married to his high school sweetheart, Tiffany and the couple lives in Pasco and are the proud parents of Grady Douglas, Graham Elliott, and Baylor Scott.

Joshua Soliman

Associate Director, Pharmacy Operations and Transformation, NYU Langone Health System

Joshua Soliman is the Associate Director, Pharmacy Operations and Transformation at NYU Langone Health where he is a leader in pharmacy operations. His responsibilities include overseeing medication distribution, sterile and non-sterile compounding, as well as participating on various institutional committees. Additionally, he is an Adjunct Assistant Clinical Professor at the NYU Steinhart School of Physical Therapy. 

Joshua is certified in change management and a Green Belt in Lean Six Sigma methodology. He earned his Doctor of Pharmacy degree in 2013, at the Long Island University- Arnold and Marie Schwartz College of Pharmacy, where he graduated at the top of his class.

Clara Anne Spencer

Director, Pharmacy Contracting, Carilion Clinic
Clara Anne Spencer is a pharmacist and has worked as the Director of Pharmacy Contracting for Carilion Clinic since March 2000. During this time, her work has included system-wide pharmacy contracting, maximizing Premier Group Purchasing agreements and capital project initiatives, as well as direct improvements to patient care through the implementation of Patient Medication Assistance program.
 
Ms. Spencer has also worked extensively with Carilion Clinic’s 340b programs. She serves on the Clinical Products Committee, Surgical Products Committee, and coordinates the Pharmacy Leadership Team. Prior to her joining Carilion Clinic, Clara Anne had ample experience working with all sides of practical healthcare as a Healthcare Resource Management Director for Premier, Inc., and Director of Pharmacy for Lewis Gale Psychiatric Pavilion. Her background include hospital pharmacy practice in both for-profit and not-for-profit settings, retail pharmacy, and serving as regional director for a group purchasing organization. In addition, Clara Anne serves on the Board of Directors for the Bradley Free Clinic.

Bonnie St. John

Author, Olympic Athlete, and TV Personality
Are you challenged by life’s setbacks? Then meet Bonnie St. John, whose enthusiasm and personal story will drive you to confront challenges head-on to live a more meaningful life. Her gripping story of how a five-year-old girl who found herself dealing with a ‘Pinocchio-style wooden leg’ somehow discovered an inner resilience fascinated the IDN Summit audience.
 
This drive led her to become the first African-American ever to win medals in the Winter Olympics, a Magna Cum Laude graduate of Harvard and Rhodes Scholar, a bestselling author, Director of the White House National Economic Council and being honored at the White House by president George W. Bush. 
Margaret Steele
Vice President, Contract and Program Services,
Vizient, Inc.
As Vice President, Contract and Program Services, Margaret directs strategic planning and contracting for Vizient’s Medical, Surgical and Distribution team. She is responsible for the strategy and execution of national agreements to deliver significant value and operational improvement for products and distribution services purchased by members. Margaret also has oversight of five Member Councils including Anesthesia, Clinical & Supply, Perioperative, Respiratory and Wound Management.
 
Prior to her role on the Medical/Surgical team, Margaret led the Accelerated Contracting Expertise team in Purchased Services. The team featured deep expertise in Food & Nutrition Services, Environmental Services, Clinical Equipment Maintenance, Laundry and Linen Services and Plant Operations. 
 
Margaret brings a rich background as the former Chief Operating Officer for Beckett Media, a leading publisher of sports and specialty market collectibles. Margaret has leveraged her business operations and management experience to continually create value for Vizient’s members.  Margaret received her Bachelor of Science from University of Texas at Dallas with a Major in Business Administration and a Minor in Marketing. Margaret has served over 10 years on the Community Storehouse Board, a non-profit agency for children. 
Onisis Stefas
VP, Chief Pharmacy Officer,
Northwell Health
Dr. Onisis Stefas is the VP, Chief Pharmacy Officer for Northwell Health. In this role, he directs the implementation of pharmacy programs, policies and procedures designed to integrate the health system pharmacy operations. He has oversight of the management, financial operations and development of the system’s central pharmacy and outpatient ambulatory pharmacies. He also consults for the Office of Professional Discipline.
 
A graduate of Albany College of Pharmacy with a Doctor of Pharmacy in 2002, Dr. Stefas went on to receive his Master in Business Administration from Hofstra University in 2010. He maintains a Clinical Assistant Professor of Pharmacy Practice Position at St. John’s University as well as holds a position on their Advisory Board. Prior to joining the health system, Dr. Stefas has held numerous leadership positions in fortune 500 companies including CVS Caremark and Target Corporation. He was responsible for 42 Target Pharmacies across New York, New Jersey and Connecticut. Dr. Stefas joined Northwell Health in 2010 as the Director of Pharmacy and Clinical Services at Forest Hills Hospital.
 
Thereafter he assumed the position as Director of Pharmacy for VIVO Health and then Senior Director of Pharmacy for North Shore University Hospital. Dr. Stefas is involved in several professional affiliations including the American Society of Health System Pharmacists, New York State Council of Health System Pharmacists, and Long Island Society of Health System Pharmacists. 
Scott Sterrett PharmD
Manager, Specialty Pharmacy,
Beaumont Health
As Manager, Specialty Pharmacy Services, Scott Sterrett is responsible for managing the development and implementation of the specialty pharmacy program for Beaumont Health, an eight-hospital health system in Metro Detroit with $4.1 billion in annual revenue.
 
Specific responsibilities include developing a phased implementation plan for targeted disease states and medication classes, developing training and marketing materials, hiring and managing technical and professional staff, determining workflow and operating procedures, overseeing financial projections and performance, contracting with payors and vendors, and providing exceptional care and service to patients, nurses, and physicians.
 
Scott received his Doctor of Pharmacy from Ohio Northern University.

Chris Stewart

Assistant Vice President, SourceTrust Solutions Advisory Group, HealthTrust

Chris Stewart is the Assistant Vice President, SourceTrust Solutions Advisory Group, HealthTrust. In his role as leader of the Solutions Advisory Group within SourceTrust, Chris leads his team in their focus on the development and delivery of customized CSI (Clinically Sensitive Implants) cost saving programs through strategic physician/hospital leadership engagement and the functional redesign of the implant delivery model.

Chris originates from Johannesburg, South Africa and holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Economics from the University of Tennessee. He also participates in international masters swimming events.

Thomas Howard Stewart MBA, CMA
Director of SCM Performance Consulting,
Mayo Clinic
Tom has 19 years of experience at Mayo Clinic. Over the last 14 years he has been in Supply Chain Management as Director of the Performance Consulting Team.
 
Tom also spent five years in Mayo’s Accounting and Revenue Cycle. Prior to joining Mayo Clinic, he spent 13 years working at IBM in various finance roles.
William Paul Stitt CMRP FAHRMM CHFP
Chief, Supply Chain Management,
University of Mississippi Medical Center
William Stitt currently serves as the Chief Supply Chain Officer at University of Mississippi Medical Center and is also the Principal and Chief Operating Officer of Credibility Healthcare, LLC, a full-service supply chain and operations consulting firm.
 
Throughout his 27+ years in the healthcare supply chain, he has held various executive level positions in a variety of settings to include integrated delivery networks, academic medical centers and community hospitals from 90 beds to over 900 beds. He has an established record of building high performing supply chain departments and meeting and exceeding operational goals.
 
Bill is a Certified Materials Resource Professional and has achieved Fellow status in the Association of Healthcare Resource and Materials Management and is a Certified Healthcare Finance Professional through HFMA. He is also a former AHRMM President and Region 5 Board member. 
Barbara Strain 
Principal
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.
David E Stumbaugh
Vice President, Supply Chain Management & Pharmacy,
Hawaii Pacific Health
David Stumbaugh began his career in banking in 1992 by joining Huntington Bancshares Incorporated in Columbus, Ohio. In 1995, he relocated to Honolulu, HI and joined Central Pacific Bank. In 2001, he left banking to join Hawai‘i Pacific Health as a Business Manager for their community benefit grant programs. In 2003, he was promoted to Director of Finance and Administration for the Hawai‘i Pacific Health Research Institute and to Director of Financial Planning for Hawai‘i Pacific Health in 2004 where he was responsible for all fiscal aspects of the corporate parent company and philanthropy subsidiaries including budget development and tracking and reporting.
 
In 2015, he moved to Director of Financial Planning for Straub Medical Center (a subsidiary facility of Hawai‘i Pacific Health) where he was responsible for all fiscal aspects of the hospital and its related clinic operations. In 2017, Mr. Stumbaugh was promoted to Vice President, Supply Chain Management and Pharmacy where he currently provides strategic direction and leadership for the corporate supply chain management operations with overall accountability for corporate centralized procurement, contract negotiation and management, inventory management, purchasing, receiving, storage, distribution, central supply, PAR stock replenishment, mail room/copy center and asset management for all supplies, services, pharmaceuticals and equipment utilized by Hawai‘i Pacific Health and its subsidiaries.
 
Mr. Stumbaugh holds a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration degree from The Ohio State University and a Master of Business Administration degree from the University of Hawai‘i at Manoa. He holds a Certified Public Accountant certificate and is a member of the inaugural Health Management Academy’s General Electric CFO Fellowship graduating class of 2013. Mr. Stumbaugh coached youth sports in the Honolulu community and was a board member of the Manoa Youth Baseball League from 2006 to 2015. He currently serves as a mentor to students in the Maryknoll High School MX Scholar Program.

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
Vice President of Strategic Sourcing
HealthTrust

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

Morgan Swink
West Endowed Chair of Supply Chain Management,
Texas Christian University

Morgan Swink is the Eunice and James L. West Chaired Professor of Supply Chain Management in the Neeley School of Business at Texas Christian University. He also serves as the Executive Director of the Center for Supply Chain Innovation at the Neeley School. He teaches in areas of supply chain management, project management, innovation management, and operations strategy. Dr. Swink’s current research projects address digital transformation and cutting-edge competencies in supply chain management, financial impacts of supply chain management, collaborative integration, supply chain organizational structures, innovation initiatives and project success factors. He was recently ranked among the top ten innovation management scholars in the world, and among the top 75 most productive operations management scholars.

Dr. Swink is the former Co-Editor in Chief for the Journal of Operations Management, a top academic supply chain management journal. He serves as associate editor for several other journals. He has served as president of the Decision Sciences Institute, as well as chair of the Research Strategies Committee and a member of the board of directors for CSCMP. He has co-authored two supply chain operations text-books, one managerial book on supply chain excellence, and more than 75 articles in a variety of academic and managerial journals.

He has won several research and teaching awards, including the 2016 Research and Creativity Award at TCU. Dr. Swink consults and leads executive workshops and seminars in supply chain management best practices, cross-organizational integration, project management, operational flexibility, and breakthrough thinking for innovation and productivity.

Miriam Sznycer-Taub
Senior Consultant, 
Advisory Board
Miriam Sznycer-Taub is a Senior Consultant with Advisory Board’s Health Care Industry Committee. In this capacity, she leads research around health care industry trends and their impact on provider economics and strategy. Her areas of expertise include health care delivery model changes, innovative supplier-provider partnership models, and provider purchasing decision making. Miriam recently led research uncovering key strategies for suppliers and service providers to support IDN cost control and revenue growth initiatives. She is frequently asked to speak to how provider priorities and strategies affect decision-making and purchasing.
 
Prior to joining Advisory Board, Miriam held positions at the National Children’s Oral Health Foundation and the National Association of County and City Health Officials. She received an MPH from the Boston University School of Public Health and a BA in history from Tufts University.

Kristin Tapley

Trinity Health

Kristin Tapley Bailey leads the Purchased Services Supply Chain Sourcing team at Trinity Health Corporation.  Kristin led a national strategic sales team for account-based benefit and insurance (e.g. HRA, HSA, FSA) consulting with national insurance companies and Fortune 500 employers. Kristin has a proven ability to initiate, manage, expand and successfully deliver complex health care projects by approaching problem solving with use of 6-Sigma methodology.  

While widely known as a natural thought leader and motivator, Kristin is a recognized professional with a proven track record of consistently exceeding company objectives related to: 1) strategically procuring and sourcing clinical and non-clinical purchased services in excess of $1.4B 2) managing and delivering large cross-functional projects 3) developing and monitoring measurable performance criteria for vendor, employee and employer oversight 4) developing and structuring contracts to support long term partnerships 5) educating, communicating, and marketing product solutions.

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.

Bob Taylor MBA, CMRP
SVP Supply Chain, RWJ Barnabas Health
Bob Taylor has over 30 years of experience in the Health Care Supply Chain. Currently Bob is the SVP of Supply Chain for RWJBarnabas Health. For 18 months prior Bob was the VP of Managed Services with HealthTrust, leading the company’s outsourced Supply Chain Leadership Staffing business and also the interim SVP of Supply Chain for RWJBarnabas Health. Prior to this Bob was the AVP for Supply Chain at UAB Health System in Birmingham Alabama for 9 years including the 1,250 bed flagship UAB University Hospital, The Health Services Foundation with over 1,000 physicians, three affiliate hospitals, and two additional associate hospitals all located within the state of Alabama.
 
Prior to UAB Health System Bob worked with HCA for fifteen years, the last seven as a regional Supply Chain Officer with responsibility for Supply Chain Services for 22 hospitals in three states. Bob has also worked community and faith based facilities throughout his career.
 
Bob received his Bachelor’s Degree from The Pennsylvania State University and his Master’s Degree from Kennesaw State University, has a Graduate Certificate from UAB in Healthcare Quality and Safety, and is a Certified Materials Resource Professional and is the Chair of AHRMM.

Clint Taylor

Category Lead (Sourcing), Contracts Pharmaceuticals, HC Pharmacy

Clint Taylor joined HC Pharmacy in 2008, providing service through the centralized pharmacy supply chain to the UPMC Health Service and affiliates. In his tenure with HC Pharmacy, Clint has been involved in several categories including sourcing, purchasing, customer service and has helped in the implementation of several projects including EDI ordering, min/max planning, and Warehouse Management System (WMS).
 
Clint has also played an integral role in customer service and shortage mitigation by helping to create a drug shortage report and weekly conference call, as well as a service account giving customers access to and HC Pharmacy inquiries they may have. Clint currently holds the position of Category Lead (Sourcing), and contracts Pharmaceuticals.

Jack Temple

Manager, Information Technology and Medication Use System, University of Wisconsin Hospital and Clinics

Jack Temple is Manager, Information Technology and Medication Use System. University of Wisconsin Hospital and Clinics. He earned his Doctor of Pharmacy degree from the University of North Carolina in 2004 and his Masters of Science in Health System Pharmacy Administration from the University of Wisconsin in 2006. He completed a PGY-1 AND PGY-2 specialty residency in Pharmacy Practice Management from the University of Wisconsin Hospitals and Clinics. Jack is an active member of Pharmacy Society of Wisconsin, American Society of Health Systems Pharmacists, and University Health System Consortium. He currently serves as Chair for the UHC-Medication Use and Information Technology Committee, past chair for the Novation Pharmacy Business Council, and is a member of the UHC-Pharmacy Executive Committee.
 
He brings a wealth of experience in the use of automation and technology for dispensing operations. For the past three years he has focused on the pharmaceutical supply chain, the use of information technology, EMR’s, to facilitate pharmacy practice in an institutional setting.

Hassan A. Tetteh, MD, MBA, FACS, FACHE   Command Surgeon, National Defense University

Dr. Hassan A. Tetteh is an Associate Professor of Surgery at the Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences, adjunct faculty at Howard University College of Medicine, and served as Division Lead for Futures and Innovation at Navy Medicine’s Headquarters, Bureau of Medicine and Surgery. He was a Robert Wood Johnson Health Policy Fellow from 2012-13, assigned to the U.S. Congress, Congressional Budget Office, (CBO), and served as Assistant Deputy Commander for Healthcare Operations and Strategic Planning at Walter Reed National Military Medical Center during its integration.
 
His clinical work includes cardiovascular disease management, heart failure surgery, and heart and lung transplantation. He led Thoracic Transplantation Procurement and Research for the INOVA Health System Heart and Lung Transplant Program in Virginia and currently serves as a staff Thoracic Surgeon for the MedStar Health System. Tetteh is an Alley Sheridan Award recipient from the Thoracic Surgery Foundation for Research and Education. Tetteh served as Ship’s Surgeon and Director of Surgical Services for the USS Carl Vinson (CVN 70) battle group in support of OPERATION IRAQI FREEDOM in 2005. In 2011, he deployed as a trauma surgeon to Afghanistan’s Helmand and Nimroz provinces in support of OPERATION ENDURING FREEDOM with 2nd Marine Expeditionary Forces, and has supported special joint forces missions to South America, the Middle East, the South Pacific, Australia, and Africa.