Irene Bickell CLGB, LEED Green Associate
Vice President
Equip Track: Successful Blueprints for Equipping New Facilities

As a Vice President for CallisonRTKL’s Healthcare Technologies group, Irene Bickell serves as an Account Executive responsible for directing multiple teams ensuring deliverables and project schedules are met. She has more than 22 years of extensive experience leading large-scale project planning endeavors of 800,000 square-feet and above, such as a 1.2 million square-foot replacement hospital for California Pacific Medical Center, Cathedral Hill; managing operations of the medical equipment planning group; and implementing projects from schematic design through construction, procurement and activation. Her experience ensures a smooth process and positive results for even the most complicated medical technology planning projects. She also brings to projects an extensive involvement and knowledge of working with OSHPD and IPD. Additionally, Irene is a LEED Green Associate and Certified Lean Green Belt with a Bachelor of Science degree in Consumer Affairs from the University of Wisconsin.

John Meirhofer
Principal Medical Equipment Planner
Kaiser Permanente
Equip Track: Developing Equipment Acquisition Strategies and Planning Checklists

John Meirhofer is a Principle Medical Equipment Planner with over 13 years of experience medical equipment for medical facilities across the United States. He has been working in the medical field since 1980 with the bulk of that in the peri-operative services during a 24-year career in the US Air Force. Since retiring in 2004, he has worked primarily for Kaiser Permanente. Mr. Meirhofer has been the lead equipment planner on 2 Medical Centers, 12 MOBs and over 200 Main Line and PM&R projects. During a one-year hiatus, he planned equipment for the California Prison Medical System, planning 32 inmate health care facility renovations. In his current role he serves as a resource for all things medical equipment in the Clinical Technology Core Group. In his spare time he competes in marathons, ultra-marathons and international triathlons.

Mandy Hansen
Director, Facility, Planning, Design and Construction
Seattle Children's Hospital
Design Track: Revitalizing Patient Care

Mandy Hansen is Director of Facilities Planning, Design, & Construction at Seattle Children’s Hospital. Hansen’s primary focus is on applying Lean principles and Toyota Way improvement methodology to space design, construction, and operational readiness. She partnered with senior leaders, architects and contractors to use the Integrated Facility Design (IFD) process for the major campus expansion. Hansen has worked with groups across the hospital using the IFD methodology to design their space including critical and acute care inpatient units, an outpatient procedure center, emergency department, ambulatory clinic, and kitchen facilities.

Donald G. Bellefeuille
Healthcare Strategist, Director
Build Track: Supertrends: Forces Shaping New World Approach to Planning

Donald G. Bellefeuille is a Healthcare Strategist at NBBJ’s Boston office with over thirty years of experience working with healthcare institutions in developing strategies and plans to solve issues, create value, and grow and improve business performance. His areas of healthcare knowledge include the acute, ambulatory, post-acute, home health, behavioral health, and physician sectors, and population health planning. He speaks frequently on Robotics, Digital Health, Machine Intelligence and the Future of the Hospital and is the author of the StratEx Crossroad: Where Healthcare Strategy and Execution Meet, a blog dedicated to advancing the healthcare strategy profession as it adapts to the faster pace of change in the new era of healthcare reform and the exploration of the technology developments rapidly changing how healthcare is organized and delivered.

Jacob D'Albora LEED AP BD+C
Director of BIM-FM Services
McVeigh & Mangum Engineering
Build Track: Taking Design to Operation

Educated and trained as an architect, Jacob D’Albora, throughout his career, has embraced and sought to maximize the use of Building Information Modeling (BIM). Jacob is an integral part of the team of McVeigh & Mangum Engineering (MME), a full service, multi-office engineering firm. Together, Jacob and MME serve the AEC community with a passion to not only produce designs and drawings of superior quality in the BIM platform, but to also equip facilities professionals to more efficiently and effectively manage facilities once constructed. This is accomplished through the application of BIM-FM (facility management) strategy. Jacob has established himself as an industry leader in the BIM-FM arena and, through the use of BIM-FM, has provided the resources and training to facilities personnel necessary to facilitate the efficient execution of building maintenance duties and record keeping.

John Charles Davanzo MBA, BSN, RN, CEN, NEA-BC, FACHE
Consultant / Interim Nurse Leader
Blue Jay Consulting
Build Track: Innovative Construction Contracting

John C. Davanzo has over 25 years experience as an emergency nurse, paramedic, hospital executive and EMS leader. He has worked in many different positions including emergency nurse, paramedic, educator, flight RN/paramedic, professor, project manager and various leadership roles. Currently, John is serving as a Consultant and Interim Nurse Executive for a nationally known consulting group. John has significant experience in developing and improving emergency department and acute care hospital processes, especially around throughput. He commonly uses LEAN, Six Sigma and other rapid cycle improvement methodologies. He also has experience in emergency department design and renovation. He has worked with associate teams and design experts in a number of facilities to reconfigure workspaces to better support throughput and make them more conducive for clinical staff operations.

Bernie Sublette CHC, ASHE
Vice President - Healthcare Project Development
Build Track: Taking Design to Operation

Bernie Sublette is Vice President charged with Healthcare Project Development. In recent years his duties included the pursuit and subsequent award of the preconstruction for CHI St. Luke’s Baylor Hospital in Houston, TX. Bernie has successfully led the Hunt team at the new Mount Carmel Grove City replacement hospital located near Columbus, OH. The University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center - New University Hospital, a 1.3m SF facility in Dallas, TX is also on his list of accomplishments. In 2008 as one of the first few individuals with “boots on the ground” at the $984m San Antonio Military Medical Center (SAMMC), Bernie helped get that project off on solid footing. His status as a former member of United States Marine Corps made him a good fit at this joint Armed Forces military base. His career spans 35 years with an emphasis on healthcare construction. His strengths include project delivery methods, Lean construction techniques, communication and understanding of subcontractor detail coordination and work planning.

Samantha J Jacques PhD, FACHE
Director, Clinical Engineering
Penn State Health System
Maintain Track: Future-proofing Your Capital Equipment Maintenance Programs

Samantha Jacques, PhD, FACHE is the Director of Clinical Engineering at Penn State Milton S. Hershey Medical Center. She works closely with Facilities and Finance on equipment planning, expansion efforts and capital planning for the Penn State Health System. She is a fellow of the American College of Healthcare Executives and a member of the AAMI Standards Committee. Prior to Penn State, she was Director of Biomedical Engineering at Texas Children’s Hospital.

Senior Facility Operations Consultant
Mazzetti + GBA
Maintain Track: Improving the Patient Experience Through Facilities Maintenance Programs

John Wood, CHC, CHFM, SASHE has worked in all facets of the healthcare facilities industry serving in various leadership roles throughout his career. John brings over 20 years of facility operations and management leadership in the commercial and healthcare sectors. John served as 2008 President and Chairman of the Board for the American Society for Healthcare Engineering. Other volunteer leadership roles include IDMA, Oregon Society for Healthcare Engineers, and ASHE Region 10 Director.

Calvin L Sproul Manager Wireless Technologies
Administrative Coordinator
Johns Hopkins Health System
Maintain Track: Future-proofing Your Capital Equipment Maintenance Programs

Calvin Sproul has been at Johns Hopkins Hospital, School of Medicine, University for 20 years. During his tenure he has managed various enterprise services such DHCP (Dynamic Host Control Protocol) and DDNS (Dynamic Domain Naming Services). He started to install 802.11 wireless networks in the hospital in the year 2000. This small deployment expanded over the years into the 7,000+ wireless access point network it is today which covers the Baltimore-Washington metropolitan area. He authored the Clinical Wireless Device Standards for the Hospital and sits on the Clinical Wireless Device Standards Committee. Calvin is a member of AAMI (Association for the Advancement of Medical Instrumentation), sits on the AAMI Wireless Strategic Task Force, and participates in WG06 (Working Group 06) AAMI Wireless Coexistence Standards committee. His focus over the past five years has been to bring wireless medical devices onto the wireless network in a safe and secure fashion. This includes medical device Interoperability guidelines and applying the principles of risk management when configuring medical devices for the wireless network.

John Brownrigg
Director, Pre-Construction Services
FX Facility Group
Fund Track: Creating Value Through the Capital Budget Process
Maintain Track: Facility Sourcing Practices and Joint Commission Update

John Brownrigg has over 30 years of professional experience in design, construction, and real estate projects. From inception - beyond completion - to occupancy, Mr. Brownrigg has always focused on improving business objectives through built environments. His current passion is to design and deliver healthy buildings that will improve population health throughout the entire continuum of care. Currently, Mr. Brownrigg is a Director for FX Facility Group, a Cincinnati, OH based construction and facility maintenance firm specializing in healthcare facilities. He has served as the Vice President for Real Estate and Construction for Ohio’s largest healthcare network, Mercy Health, and in a similar role for Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center. Mr. Brownrigg has also worked for international corporations such as General Electric and Ericsson. John has a Bachelor’s Degree in Civil Engineering from the University of Connecticut and a Master’s Degree in Business Administration from the University of Texas at Austin.

Michelle Ostrander PhD
Product Manager, Medical Technology Directory
TractManager (Hayes, Inc.)
Fund Track: Evidence-based Capital Planning Processes

Dr. Ostrander has over 16 years of experience in the healthcare field, including evidence-based healthcare policy and implementation; evidence evaluation, analysis, and synthesis; and preclinical and secondary research. As Product Manager, she has oversight of writing and editorial review to ensure the scientific quality and integrity of Directory health technology assessment (HTA) reviews. She has authored or edited over 200 HTA or comparative effectiveness research (CER) reviews across a wide spectrum of topics. She earned a BS in Psychology at the Ohio State University and a PhD in Neuroscience from the University of Michigan. She received research service award grants from the National Institutes of Health that supported her graduate and postgraduate work. Her publications include nearly twenty papers in peer-reviewed scientific journals and she is an experienced presenter of webinars on a variety of healthcare topics.

Kathleen Kinslow CRNA, EdD, MB
Chief Executive Officer, Aria-Jefferson Health; EVP & Chief Integration Officer
Jefferson Health and Thomas Jefferson University
ACE Summit Thought Leadership Panel

Kathleen Kinslow, CRNA, EdD, MBA, is Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of Aria-Jefferson Health and was also appointed Executive Vice President and Chief Integration Officer of Jefferson Health in July 2016. Kathleen joined Aria in November 2010 as President and Chief Executive Officer (CEO). Before joining Aria, she served as CEO and Executive Director of Pennsylvania Hospital, part of the University of Pennsylvania Health System. Kathleen’s tenure at Pennsylvania Hospital began in 1992 as Director of the School of Nurse Anesthesia, and she subsequently held progressive management and leadership positions, including Vice President of Clinical Services/Chief Nursing Officer, and Chief Operating Officer, before ultimately serving as CEO and Executive Director. A Philadelphia native with more than 35 years of experience in health care, Kathleen began her career in nursing. A Certified Registered Nurse Anesthetist (CRNA), she holds a bachelor’s degree in education from Ottawa University, Kansas City, a master’s degree in education from St. Joseph’s University, Philadelphia, a master’s degree in nursing from Temple University, Philadelphia, a doctorate in education from Widener University, and a master’s degree in business administration from St. Joseph’s University. In 2016, Kathleen was appointed Chair, Board of Directors, for The Hospital and Healthsystem Association of Pennsylvania (HAP). In addition, she has been honored as one of the Top Fifty Business Women in Pennsylvania (2009) and is active in a variety of healthcare and nursing societies and organizations.

Whitney Courser
Fund Track: Funding New Healthcare Opportunities

Whitney is responsible for all business development in the Northeast Region of the United States for Nuehealth. Currently, she also oversees the operations of 2 hospitals and 4 surgery centers and development of 3 additional facilities in the Greater Philadelphia area. Whitney has successfully recruited physician partners and syndicated ASCs, surgical hospitals and multi-million dollar real estate ventures associated with inpatient and outpatient facilities and medical office buildings. Since joining Nueterra in 2003, Whitney has also served as vice president of business development, director of business development and in new project equipment financing and accounting. Prior to joining Nueterra, she served as an accounting manager for a major Midwestern transportation company and as the director of finance and accounting for a large national restaurant franchise group.

Patrick M Casey Registered Architect
Executive Director - Office of Planning, Design, and Construction
University of Mississippi Medical Center
Supply Track: Panel: Issues Impacting Design & Construction

Patrick M. Casey is the Executive Director – Planning, Design and Construction at The University of Mississippi Medical Center. Prior to joining UMMC, Mr. Casey was the Regional Program Manager for The University of Texas System overseeing the $1.7-billion Capital Improvement Program at The University of Texas Medical Branch. Mr. Casey is no stranger to large healthcare projects as he was on the core management team that oversaw the design and construction of the $1.4-billion New Parkland Campus in Dallas. A native of Ohio, Mr. Casey has also worked as an Owner’s Representative at University Hospitals/Case Medical Center and the Cleveland Clinic, both in Northeastern Ohio. He has successfully led multiple project teams and owners through the planning, design and construction of over $5-billion in capital projects throughout the United States and Internationally. Mr. Casey has lived and worked in Europe, China and The Middle East.

Barbara Wagner
Senior Vice President
Clark Construction Group
Supply Track: Panel: Issues Impacting Design & Construction

Barbara Wagner is a Senior Vice President with Clark Construction Group and is located in their Western Region. Clark Construction is one of the largest general contractors in the country with over $5 billion in annual revenue. Ms. Wagner has over 32 years of experience in the construction industry working for Clark. She has extensive experience in design/build and healthcare and oversees the national healthcare market sector for the company. Ms. Wagner participates on several boards and is the past Chair of the National Design Build Institute of America (DBIA) and serves as President Emeritus of DBIA’s Western Pacific Region. She is a graduate of Catholic University of America, earning a BS in Architecture and holds a Masters in Civil Engineering and Construction Management from the University of Maryland. Her professional licenses and accreditations include a contractor and engineer’s license in the state of California, DBIA designation and LEED accreditation.

Andrew Hunt
Construction Capital Program Director
University of Chicago Hospitals & Health System- EMTS
Supply Track: Panel: Issues Impacting Capital Equipment

Andrew Hunt has over 15 years in Healthcare Supply Chain. His primary focus for the last 10 years has been on Capital Equipment Procurement. He currently specializes in Equipment Selection, Programming, Procurement, Warehousing and Activation. Andrew has been very active in enhancing Capital Equipment Committees and internal processes by introducing various best practices, benchmarking tools and new technologies. His goal is to help hospitals build their long-term capital asset strategy (including routine purchases and new construction) and realize direct cost reductions that reduce the total cost of ownership and supports various types of budgets.

Dan Pompa
Senior Sourcing Manager
Trinity Health
Supply Track: Panel: Issues Impacting Capital Equipment

Dan Pompa is a Senior Sourcing Manager for Trinity Health based in Livonia, MI. He is responsible for the sourcing of all imaging equipment, robotic surgery and oncology systems, for the 90 plus hospitals that are a part of Trinity Health. During his career he has been responsible for sourcing IT systems, Purchased Services, Facilities and Energy procurement for the system. He manages cross functional teams on an annual spend of approximately $300M per year. Prior to joining Trinity Health, Dan worked in other supply chain industries for Ford Motor Company and General Electric. He joined Trinity Health in 2005.

James Timothy Venker AIA
Senior Director; Facilities, Construction & EVS
Premier, Inc.
Supply Track: Panel: Creative Strategies for Navigating the GPO Landscape
Facilities Planning Summit - Premier, Inc.

James Venker has been instrumental in the development of Premier’s Construction program and collaborates in the negotiation of many of the agreements within the facility's portfolio as well as several construction web tools. He provides construction and facilities expertise to Premier members and their facilities teams, and assists members in capital contract utilization. His responsibilities include the promotion, education and utilization of Premier’s Construction Services Program in the areas of construction materials, infrastructure equipment and non-clinical equipment. Additionally, Jim provides construction spend and contract utilization reviews, assists members in integrating Premier agreement opportunities into construction contract document specifications, and works to assist contracted suppliers in addressing member needs.

Gloria A Cascarino
Director of Medical Equipment Planning
Francis Cauffman Architects
Equip Track: The Changing Nature of Equipment Planning

As Director of Hospital Operations and Materials Management for 20+ years, Gloria was “The Client” during construction and renovation projects. This previous experience gives her unique patient-care and safety perspectives as the Director of Medical Equipment Planning at Francis Cauffman, a national design firm. An expert in emerging technology and equipment budgeting, she plans equipment for varied healthcare clients – from academic medical centers to community hospitals and physician practices - with projects ranging from renovations to replacement hospitals. Working with her own or with other firms, Gloria is a valued member of project teams - coordinating equipment data flow, facilitating project management and preserving critical deadlines. She helps clinical staff to maximize existing equipment, forecast technology needs and spend prudently, and design teams to have confidence that all equipment has been accommodated.

Michael Reid
Director of Contracting
Supply Track: Panel: Issues Impacting Design & Construction
Supply Track: Panel: Creative Strategies for Navigating the GPO Landscape

Mike Reid has more than 30 years of experience in the healthcare industry and has been with Intalere since 2000. In his current position, he has responsibility for the administration and sales support for construction, capital equipment and facility management services programs. He is a member of the American Society for Healthcare Engineering (ASHE) and Hospital Engineers of Southwestern Pennsylvania (HESP). He has authored numerous articles and lectures nationally on subjects as diverse as energy management and conservation, healthcare construction and renovation, safety and security, and group purchasing operations.

Brad Pace RN, BSN
Senior Equipment Planner
Mill Creek, LLC
Equip Track: Successful Blueprints for Equipping New Facilities

With 23 years of healthcare industry experience, including 10 years of medical equipment, transition planning and project management experience, Brad Pace possesses valuable knowledge of clinical operations and how to incorporate healthcare requirements into planning and design documents. Brad not only provides expertise in medical equipment planning for all types of spaces and departments, but also in overall space planning and transition planning needs. He is a registered nurse whose career transitioned from the bedside to a mixture of medical equipment and transition/activation projects. Brad’s experience enables him to focus on the end goal during the planning and implementation stages, and his attention to detail is instrumental in aligning specification and installation system requirements within each project. Areas of expertise include laboratory equipment and layout, central sterile supply, medical surgical units, intensive care units (ICU), ambulatory clinics, emergency departments, physical therapy sites, radiology equipment, pharmacy layouts, operating rooms, and dental clinics for both the private section and government projects.

Tom Smith CHPA, CPP
Healthcare Security Consultants, Inc.
Design Track: Designing with the Patient in Mind

Tom has worked in the healthcare field since 1981. During this time, he held a number of positions in a variety of healthcare facilities including a community hospital, inner city medical center, and a large teaching university based health care system. These organizations provided a variety of experiences working with many different healthcare security models including contract security, proprietary security, and an in-house police department. He is now President and Principle Consultant at Healthcare Security Consultants, Inc. Tom is a past President of the International Association for Healthcare Security and Safety (IAHSS). In 2011, Tom chaired an IAHSS Task Force creating Security Design Guidelines for Health Care Facilities. Tom is the currently Chair of the IAHSS Guidelines Council, member of the ASIS Healthcare Security Council, and The American Society for Healthcare Engineering (ASHE) and is a frequent guest speaker on healthcare security related topics.

Dan Killebrew AIA, NCARB
Associate Principal
Supply Track: Panel: Issues Impacting Design & Construction

Dan Killebrew, AIA, is a registered Architect focusing on the design of healthcare facilities in the US. Dan has over 30 years of experience in creating solutions for healthcare projects in the full spectrum of architectural services from master planning and pre-design thru implementation documents and contract administration. A seasoned professional at facility assessment, feasibility, and test-fit opportunities. Accomplished in practice management and business development from an instinctively innovative perspective, he uses his ability to find connections among disparate ideas and concepts to find new and refreshing ways to achieve success in complicated undertakings. As an intuitive team builder he recognizes contributions of each individual and capitalizes on enhancing their opportunities for success. Adept at spotting relevant patterns and issues allowing for the creation of strategic responses to challenges whether in project delivery, employee relations, or marketing and sales.

Adam L. Gill
Duane Morris LLP
Design Track: Facility Design Regulations and Designing for Disaster

Adam L. Gill concentrates his practice in the area of construction law and litigation and is a member of Duane Morris' national Construction Practice Group. Mr. Gill represents general contractors, construction managers, owners, architects and engineers, design builders, subcontractors, and material suppliers in matters involving contract drafting, contract negotiation, breach of contract claims, claims for extras, delay, disruption, loss of productivity, excessive change orders and out-of-scope work and claims involving mechanics liens. Prior to entering the practice of law, Mr. Gill worked as an architect for eight years and is a licensed architect in Illinois and Missouri.

Lance Mendiola CHSP, CHFM, CBO, MS
Vice President, Facilities Management and Construction
ACE Summit Thought Leadership Panel

Lance Mendiola is the Vice President of Facilities Management and Construction at CHRISTUS Health. Lance started his career in healthcare and construction in 1991. He is responsible for CHRISTUS Health's Facilities Management, Construction, Real Estate and Emergency Management. Lance graduated from Texas State University with a Bachelor of Science Degree in Technology with a concentration in construction management and a Master of Science in Public Safety with a concentration in Emergency Management from Capella University. He is a veteran of the United States Army with a 26-year career and retired as a Chief Warrant Officer III with multiple combat tours. In this career, he was a Power Generation, HVAC and Engineer Warrant Officer. Lance currently manages a portfolio of facilities in seven states and internationally (Chile, Mexico and Colombia). With over 20 million square feet of facilities, over $650 million in active construction and nearly a billion in construction planning, he relies on a solid team of facilities and project management professionals. Lance is married, a proud dad, a new grandpa and resides in Trophy Club, Texas.

Mark Ripple FAIA, LEED AP BD+C
Principal | Director of Operations
Design Track: Facility Design Regulations and Designing for Disaster

In more than 35 years of professional practice, Mark Ripple, FAIA has developed specialized experience in the hands-on management of large institutional projects in the public and private sector, in addition to his more expansive role as an architectural practice leader. As the Operations Director at Eskew+Dumez+Ripple, Mark is responsible for project teaming and delivery structure, work load management and staffing, leadership development and financial forecasting. Increasingly recognized as a national thought leader in practice management, Mark continues to share his ideas and his time with fellow practitioners.

Roger Herritz PE, LEED AP, EDAC
Senior VP, National Healthcare Lead - Project & Development Services
Fund Track: Funding New Healthcare Opportunities

Roger Herritz leads JLL’s efforts to assist healthcare organizations in achieving their business goals, utilizing JLL’s project and development services. He has 30 years of project management experience, with nearly 20 years focused in healthcare real estate. Prior to joining JLL, he was a National Director – Healthcare Business Planning for AEI, where he was responsible for leading healthcare business planning while developing relationships with clients and strategic partners. Previously, Roger was Regional President for Erdman Company, where he led his region’s efforts to develop and deliver healthcare real estate projects. His 16 years at Erdman included project management of over 50 design/build healthcare projects. Prior to Erdman, he was Vice President, National Accounts Manager for URS (now AECOM), as well as West Coast Operations Manager for RMT (now TRC Companies). Roger holds a Bachelor of Science in civil engineering from the University of Wisconsin-Platteville and studied healthcare management at the University of Colorado-Denver. He is a contributor to the Healthcare Infrastructure Research program, sponsored by the American Hospital Association/American Society of Healthcare Engineers (ASHE) and University Research Institute, and is also a member of ASHE. He is a Professional Engineer in the State of Wisconsin, and received his LEED AP designation from the US Green Building Council and EDAC designation from the Center for Health Design.

Larry Rubin
Life Safety Code Surveyor
The Joint Commission
Maintain Track: Facility Sourcing Practices and Joint Commission Update

Larry Rubin is a Life Safety Code Surveyor for The Joint Commission. Mr. Rubin performs accreditation surveys for The Joint Commission on a periodic basis and is an instructor for Joint Commission Resources, Environment of Care -- Boot Camp. Mr. Rubin has more than 30 years of experience in plant operations and building maintenance, 20 of which have been in a healthcare setting. He is a certified plant engineer, certified energy manager, certified healthcare safety professional, and a certified healthcare facility manager. Mr. Rubin is currently the Senior Director of Facilities Management at the Cleveland Clinic. He is the former VP Facilities Management of Carondelet Health in Kansas City, MO, and the former Director of Facilities at BayCare Health System in Tampa, FL. Prior to that, he was the Director of Engineering at Brigham & Women's Hospital in Boston, MA. Mr. Rubin holds a Master's Degree in Education Administration from the University of Massachusetts. He is also an amateur ham radio operator and founded the BayCare Emergency Amateur Radio System for disaster communications among BayCare hospitals.

Patricia T. Van Holt
Director of Equipment Planning and Procurement
Advocate Health Care
Equip Track: Developing Equipment Acquisition Strategies and Planning Checklists

Patricia is a healthcare leader with over 35 years of experience at Advocate Health Care. In her current position she serves as the Director of Equipment Planning and Procurement. In this role, Patricia is responsible for creating a highly reliable division of supply chain and clinical engineering, in addition to developing strategic vision and core strategies focused on creating additional capital capacity. Her primary focus involves developing intelligence capability to better drive evidence-based use of equipment and technology, ensuring that every clinical and non-clinical delivery channel is properly equipped to deliver safe and effective care to Advocate’s patients and associates.

John Farnen LEED AP BD+C
Vice President, Planning, Design and Construction
Build Track: Innovative Construction Contracting

John R. Farnen is the Vice President of Planning, Design and Construction for Mercy. John has worked in the planning, design and construction industry for more than 30 years with the last 20 of those exclusively in healthcare. He has managed hundreds of healthcare projects worth over a billion dollars which includes projects of all acuities and sizes. He was the Mercy executive in charge of the Joplin recovery efforts after the EF-5 tornado disrupted all services. In his role, John oversees the team’s performance and manages design, schedule, budget and project execution. He has built strong team relationships to accomplish projects built under various types of construction contracts. He started his career working for a general contractor focused mainly in industrial work. He was then hired by Anheuser-Busch to manage projects in its St. Louis facilities prior to joining Mercy in 1998. He holds a bachelor degree in construction engineering from Southern Illinois University Edwardsville.

Mike Stapf LEED AP BD+C
Vice President, Integrated Design Delivery
McCarthy Building Companies, Inc.
Build Track: Innovative Construction Contracting

Mike Stapf is Vice President of Design Integration for the Central Division of McCarthy Building Companies, Inc. He began his career at McCarthy in preconstruction and has been promoted several times over the years to assume this current role due to his commitment to excellence in all delivery methods, effective collaboration with design partners, and the integration of Virtual Design and Construction (VDC) technologies. In his 17 year career, Mike has been part of more than $2.5 billion of projects across the country. He holds a bachelor of science in construction management from Southern Illinois University Edwardsville and is a LEED Accredited Professional and DBIA Professional.

Lisa Charrin
Vice President
Mitchell Planning Associates
Supply Track: Panel: Issues Impacting Capital Equipment

As one of the nation’s most recognized industry experts on the future of medical technology, Lisa presents regularly at national healthcare design conferences and has published articles and a recent book on keeping pace with changes in technology. Having completed over 13 million square feet of innovative projects at academic medical centers, pediatric, and not for profit health systems, Lisa helps clients plan for future flexibility and negotiate procurement timelines that are respectful of design and construction needs while also leveraging optimal timing for final clinical selections. Lisa leads and participates in master planning, programming, visioning and design phases to identify equipment solutions and timelines to promote workflow, patient care and flexibility for changes in technology or infrastructure. Lisa leads several IDN system level clients as project executive and is responsible for business development for the central US for Mitchell Planning. Lisa is a board certified healthcare architect and graduate from the University of Houston.

Lisa Gilbert Williams ACC
Leadership Coach + Consultant
Lisa Williams Coaching + Consulting
Professional Development Workshop -- Leveraging the Power of Personality to Influence Others

Lisa Williams is a leadership coach and organizational consultant who helps organizations and the leaders within them become peak performers. As a coach, her passion is helping leaders increase their emotional intelligence, which she sees as a critical component of a thriving organization. As a consultant, she uses a solution-focused mentality to help organizations improve processes and systems, maneuver around pitfalls and think outside the box. Additionally, Lisa is an Adjunct Professor teaching graduate-level courses at the University of Kentucky. She is the former Executive Director of the University of Kentucky Institute for Workplace Innovation and has served in leadership roles for other organizations, including the YMCA of Central Kentucky and Big Brothers Big Sisters of Eastern Missouri. Lisa holds a Master of Social Science Administration from Case Western Reserve University and has completed Coach Training curriculum through the College of Executive Coaching. She holds an ACC certification through the International Coaching Federation.

Brian Stepien
Senior Director, Clinical Operations
Maintain Track: Improving the Patient Experience Through Facilities Maintenance Programs

Brian Stepien is the Senior Director, Clinical Operations at Riverside Methodist Hospital in Columbus, OH. His duties include Supply Chain, Food, Bio Med, EVS, Patient Transport, Security, Pharmacy, Lab, and Facilities. Brian has been managing various Support Services disciplines in the healthcare field for the past 20 years. Prior to joining Riverside Methodist Hospital, he has worked for Detroit Medical Centers where he created a system-wide client relations program for Facilities, Henry Ford, where he received the Modern Healthcare Innovation Award for Express Services/multi-disciplinary Call Center model and Northwestern Memorial, where he opened two new 1- million-square-foot patient care pavilions. Brian is involved in numerous volunteer activities and is a Board Member of VSA Ohio.

Larry Creech
Senior Vice President, Perioperative & Emergency Services
RWJBarnabas Health
Equip Track: The Changing Nature of Equipment Planning

Larry Creech is the Senior Vice President of Surgical and Emergency Services at RWJBarnabas Health, where he manages the strategic planning for growth to include facility expansions and new facilities and budgeting for 120 departments. Mr. Creech is a results-oriented Senior Healthcare Executive with extensive experience in strategic planning, implementing new programs, supply chain management, and construction management. He has a proven track record of spearheading successful team-based initiatives and specializes in modernizing healthcare systems, including improving hundreds of outcomes for pre-surgery patients and saving thousands of pounds of waste by adopting green initiatives. Prior to joining RWJBarnabas, Larry served as Divisional Director of Surgical Services at Capital Health, as Senior VP of Surgical Services/Emergency Services at Carilion Clinic and as Vice President, PeriOperative Services at Clarian Health Partners. He received his BS in Health Care Administration from St. Leo’s College in St. Leo, FL and his MBA from Amber University in Garland, TX.

Joshua A. Theodore B. Arch, ACHE, EDAC
Vice President, Global Health Practice Leader
Design Track: Revitalizing Patient Care

Joshua Theodore guides strategy, business development and overall design excellence for LEO A DALY's health practice worldwide. Approaching 30 years in the industry, he has gained a broad perspective from the planning and implementation of all types of health facilities in more than 15 states, the United Kingdom, Middle East and Caribbean. Joshua is driven by a passion for designing health facilities that function exceptionally well for clients and help them reduce costs. His most satisfying projects are those in which both communities and health systems can be proud. Chief among Joshua’s goals is guiding health clients in a way that allows them to continue their mission - whether that involves patient-centered and family-centered design, incorporating evidence-based design or integrating the latest technological innovations into their facilities. He focuses on the big picture, connecting with colleagues around the globe to leverage LEO A DALY’s health facility expertise across markets and disciplines.

Jill S.M. Pearsall RA, NCARB
Vice President, Facilities Planning & Development and Real Estate Services
Texas Children's Hospital
Design Track: Facility Design Regulations and Designing for Disaster
Design Track: Revitalizing Patient Care

Jill Pearsall is the Assistant Vice President over Facilities Planning & Development at Texas Children’s Hospital. She has leadership responsibility for facilities Planning, Project and Program Management, covering all aspects of planning, design, construction, and project delivery as well as on-going support programs of artwork, signage, interiors, logistics, space, parking, and facilities information and statistics. Jill is a licensed architect in Texas and California and holds a certificate from the National Council of Architectural Registration Boards (NCARB). Jill joined Texas Children’s Hospital in 2002, coming on the tail end of the 1998 facilities expansion that added 1.2 million square feet to the Texas Children’s campus. Through the organization’s 2005 Special Strategic Plan and subsequent Vision 2010 facilities expansion (a four building, 2.4 million square feet, $1.13 billion, 6 year initiative), Jill remained intimately involved in planning, developing and executing the Vision. Jill is currently leading the development of the second Texas Children’s pediatric community hospital campus in The Woodlands, Texas, a $360 million development, and the 19 story vertical expansion of Pediatric Tower E on Texas Children’s main Texas Medical Center campus, a $506 million project, part of a $575 million expansion focused on critical care, surgery and emergency services. Jill also serves on several organizational committees, including Environmental Safety, Emergency Management, Facilities Executive, Executive Space Management and Capital Management, and is a key member on many task forces. Jill is a graduate of the University of Southern California with a Bachelor’s degree in Architecture. Prior to switching to facilities management and joining the healthcare industry, she spent several years as a practicing architect in both California and Texas, working primarily for commercial and institutional clients.

Jerry A. McKinney
Senior VP Material Management/ CPO
Quorum Health
Equip Track: The Changing Nature of Equipment Planning
Equip Track: Successful Blueprints for Equipping New Facilities

Jerry McKinney's hospital career began with Hospital Corporation of America in 1979. He had over 14 yrs in Material Management with HCA hospitals in New Mexico, Arkansas, and Texas and also began specifying equipment and managing the annual capital equipment budgets for each of these hospitals. In 1992 he accepted the role of Project Manager at Northwest Texas Hospital in Amarillo, Texas. While there, several critical care additions including ED, NICU, ICU, Surgery, and PACU were completed. In 1997 he accepted a Corporate Material Management/Capital Equipment position with Community Health Systems. During 18+ years with CHS he had responsibility for both routine capital and for all corporately managed capital projects. Corporately managed projects included renovations, expansions, and full hospital replacements. He developed and implemented CHS procedures and processes including the creation of a refurbished equipment acquisition program all of which are used by CHS today. In August of 2015 Community Health Systems announced plans to spinoff 38 hospitals and Quorum Health Resources into a new company. Quorum Health Corporation was born on April 29, 2016 and Jerry was selected to be the Senior Vice President of Material Management and Chief Purchasing Officer. His role encompasses responsibility for the full scope of supply chain activities, and all capital purchases.

John G Sdanowich
Director Of Capital Sourcing
Johns Hopkins Health System
Fund Track: Evidence-based Capital Planning Processes
Equip Track: Developing Equipment Acquisition Strategies and Planning Checklists

John Sdanowich is the Director of Capital Sourcing for Nobilant and The Johns Hopkins Health System in Baltimore, MD. He has been with Johns Hopkins for more than 25 years, 17 of those years as the Capital Administrator, responsible for the financing and negotiations of all health system medical equipment and service contracts. John is responsible for the capital sourcing for the 6-JHHS hospitals and the sourcing of the other 12-GPO hospitals, totaling over $700-million in capital spend. The sourcing includes the total cost of ownership, all consumables and services as well as capital acquisitions. His focus on equipment is the technology, life-cycle-management and the obsolescence risk of the medical equipment. John’s approach includes reviewing the changes in vendor’s medical equipment, evaluating products at the factory and with senior management in research and development, to access the most economically feasible acquisition methodology. He is also responsible for making financial acquisition decisions for JHHS that includes lease-buy analysis and related finance polices. John Co-Chaired the RFID committee, tasked with finding a real time location solution for tracking equipment, patients and employees, which was installed in the two new clinical towers. John has also worked in the Department of Emergency Medicine as the Assistant Administrator and as a Management Engineer, working on the re-engineering of the Johns Hopkins Hospital. The main focus of the restructuring was in the departments of Surgery and Medicine. John has published: A White Paper, “Life-Cycle Financing for Capital Investments”, “Strategies to Maximize your Capital Dollars”, in Medical Imaging/MedAssets.Com Forum, and “How to Create a Capital Process to Maximize Investments”, in Biomedical Instrumentation & Technology. John is a regular speaker at the IDN Summit, and Chair of the Advisory Board of the ACE Summit. He is a board member of The John Carroll School and the Johns Hopkins Federal Credit Union.

Frank Cirillo
Vice President, Business Strategy
Acurity, Inc.
Fund Track: Funding New Healthcare Opportunities

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.

Charles Messamore
Consulting Director
Vizient, Inc.
Facilities Planning Summit - Vizient, Inc.

Charlie serves as a Consulting Director on Vizient Capital and Construction Solutions team based in the Dallas/Fort Worth area. He has played an integral role in the development of the facilities and construction contract portfolio. His 8 years of experience in the healthcare industry started with his time at Broadlane, where he was assigned to the non-medical contract portfolio as a Senior Negotiator. In 2012 he was promoted to Lead Negotiator where he was appointed to manage the construction portfolio at MedAssets, which was later acquired by Vizient. In 2016, he served as a Non-Medical Service Line Director, playing a vital role in leading the development of the FF&E category for a key client. Prior to his experience in healthcare, Charlie spent over 14 years in the MRO industry.

Jon Utech
Senior Director, Office for a Healthy Environment
Cleveland Clinic
Maintain Track: Improving the Patient Experience Through Facilities Maintenance Programs

Jon E. Utech is the Senior Director of the Office for a Healthy Environment at Cleveland Clinic, where he develops sustainability strategies to emphasis the triple bottom line. Jon directs the Clinic's sustainability program covering energy demand reduction, recycling, LEED, climate resilience, sustainable food, green supply chain, water reduction, engagement and reporting. Jon leads the organization’s climate action which includes climate resilience planning, energy efficiency and renewable energy. Jon works with local food systems, chairing a committee that oversees farmer’s markets, working with vendors to source more local and sustainable food and educate caregivers and the community on benefits of sustainable food systems. He serves on the Healthcare Sector Steering committee for the Better Building Challenge, on the board of the 2030 District and Sustainable Cleveland 2019 and works with EPA on its Energy Star program. Jon’s team works to engage Cleveland Clinic caregivers and the community in this effort to support the overall goal of linking environmental health and human health to make our world healthier. He earned an MBA and MPOD from CWRU and a BA in History from Dartmouth College and was honored with the 100 Most Influential People in Healthcare – Word Edition Award in November, 2017.

Wade Byerly
Medical Equipment Resources & Consulting
Maintain Track: Future-proofing Your Capital Equipment Maintenance Programs

Wade Byerly has worked over 30 years in the planning, acquiring, utilizing, managing, liquidating and appraising medical equipment, and is uniquely qualified to deliver value in each stage of the capital equipment life cycle. He also has the unusual perspective of having worked for healthcare providers, regional and national group purchasing alliances, a major manufacturer and service organizations, understanding the medical equipment needs of healthcare providers in nearly every venue of care. Founded MERC with son Kyle in 2007 and have performed over 350 engagements since launching the company.

Travis D. Cowie AIA, LEED AP
Associate Principal
HKS, Inc.
Design Track: Designing with the Patient in Mind

Travis’ 29 years of architectural experience covers a wide range of project types including healthcare facilities. Skilled as a project manager, medical planner and a project architect, he works directly with the client in coordinating the efforts of the project team and consultants throughout each phase of project development. Travis attends project meetings and is familiar with the client and project objectives. He tracks interoffice work from the preliminary design phase through the construction documents phase monitoring schedule and budget requirements. Travis also follows-up on consultant performance as necessary to produce construction documents and supports the construction services department through project completion.

Dennis Daar
Managing Partner
Medical Strategies International
Supply Track: Panel: Creative Strategies for Navigating the GPO Landscape

Dennis has been in the medical supply and device industry for over 36 years. For the past 17 years he has been the Managing Partner for Medical Strategies International, LLC (MSI). MSI is an outsource corporate accounts firm that helps clients develop their National Accounts strategy, and then works toward gaining and implementing agreements with GPO's, IDN'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 Chairman of the Federation of American Hospitals Exposition Advisory Committee, of which he has been affiliated for over 27 years, and Chairman of HISCI's Educational Committee. Dennis has been both a speaker and has appeared in print on various topics including: healthcare, sales management, national accounts, and international issues. Dennis earned a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration from Western Michigan University in Kalamazoo, Michigan.

Georgia Cochrane
Manager, Supply Chain Contracting
Fairview Health Services
Fund Track: Evidence-based Capital Planning Processes

Georgia Cochrane has over 25 years’ experience in Supply Chain and currently serves as the Manager for Supply Chain Contracting for Fairview Health Services in Minneapolis, MN. Her team members manage the system’s contracts for supplies, equipment and equipment maintenance. Georgia also manages the cardiovascular contract portfolio for Fairview. She is a member of several supply chain improvement initiatives and works with these teams to maximize standardization, utilization, and cost savings opportunities. Georgia earned a dual bachelor’s degree from Carnegie Mellon University in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.

Scott Jennings
Director, Sales
Premier, Inc.
Facilities Planning Summit - Premier, Inc.

Scott Jennings is the Director of Sales for Premier’s Capital and Construction Services and has been with the organization since 2010. His background includes sales and marketing of insurance and financial services, with a focus on various commercial products. He has also consulted on workflow and process improvement. Texas A&M University is still using the workflow process and web-based software solution he designed in 2001 for their printing needs. As Director of Capital and Construction Services at Premier, Scott is responsible for providing equipment planning, sourcing support, initial outfitting and transitioning services, primarily to medical facilities. Capital and Construction Services offers procurement support via capital equipment procurement policy and procedures as well as implementation of best practices, with a focus of the reduction of equipment costs for medical facilities of all types with proper planning, select services and processes, identifing on average an 18% savings on capital equipment budgets.

Associate Principal and Senior Vice President, Health Practice Leader
HKS, Inc.
Design Track: Designing with the Patient in Mind

Mindy has 16 years of experience specializing in healthcare with additional experience in hospitality, sports and commercial projects. As a medical planner and project architect, she develops design and technical solutions as well as assists in document production and coordination. She meets with clients and process groups to define project objectives and facility needs. Mindy is experienced in working with local and state regulatory agencies from review and approval through permitting and occupancy. Working on a project through each development phase, she focuses on providing quality healthcare environments on time and within budget.

Christine Michele Dickinson LEED AP
Senior Consulting Director
Vizient, Inc.
Supply Track: Panel: Creative Strategies for Navigating the GPO Landscape

Christine brings more than 20 years of experience in the construction industry. Prior to joining Vizient, Christine spent over 10 years in construction management, project management and business development with Skanska USA Building, ATG (a mechanical/architectural contractor) and Jones Lang LaSalle as an owner’s representative. Christine’s areas of expertise and professional skills include team leadership, construction management and program management in the healthcare and construction industry and developing and executing strategic customer solutions. Christine was integral in the incubation and development of Vizient Capital & Construction Solutions. As a program lead for the Southwest region, she created a member specific process for establishing and maintaining owner standards which deliver savings through utilization on all member facility maintenance and construction projects. Implementing these strategies has resulted in more than $17 million in single member savings. Christine earned her Bachelor of Science degree in Business Administration from Oregon State University in Corvallis, OR. Christine has participated in local CSHE chapters and is an active member of ASHE, including serving on the ASHE Associate Member Recruitment Task Force. She also has LEED, A. P. accreditation from USGBC.