Frank Aucremanne
Executive Director
Cleveland Clinic
Capital Equipment Track: Prioritizing Capital Projects

As an Executive Director reporting to the Chief of Operations, Frank Aucremanne is responsible for all real estate, planning, design, construction, and facilities operations and maintenance across the Cleveland Clinic system. The system encompasses over 24 million square feet of facilities consisting of over 200 buildings located across three states and two countries. Frank joined the Cleveland Clinic in 2010 from Naples, Italy, after retiring as a Navy Captain with over 28 years of service. While in Naples, Italy he was responsible for all U.S. Navy facility operations and maintenance across Europe, Africa and Southwest Asia. He is a registered professional engineer with 33 years of experience in all facets of facility planning, design, construction, and operations and maintenance. Frank graduated from the University of Notre Dame in 1981 with a Bachelor of Science in Civil Engineering then later went on to receive his Master of Science in Civil Engineering at the Georgia Institute of Technology in 1986. He also completed the Advanced Management Program at Duke University Fuqua School of Business.

Kaitlyn Badlato
Architect, Researcher
Architecture Track: Benchmarking and Branding Your Projects

Kaitlyn Badlato is an architect in the HKS Washington, DC office. She was selected as the 2016 HKS Health Fellow, a program for talented recent graduates to conduct a research project of their choice in the healthcare field. Her research has focused on developing a robust benchmarking practice for HKS Health as well as serving as a contributor to the Construction Industry Institute’s Health Care Benchmarking Program. As a designer, medical planner, and researcher at HKS, Kaitlyn has provided design services and benchmarking documents that add value for clients and inform both the decision making and evaluation process throughout the life of a project. Kaitlyn has a Master of Architecture and Master of Construction Management from Washington University in St. Louis and received her Bachelor of Science in Architecture from the University of Virginia.

Patrick M Casey Registered Architect
Executive Director - Office of Planning, Design, and Construction
University of Mississippi Medical Center
Architecture Track: Understanding Patient Needs in New 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.

Jacob D'Albora LEED AP BD+C
Director of BIM-FM Services/Associate Vice President
McVeigh & Mangum Engineering, Inc.
Engineering & Facilities Track: Evaluating Construction and Design Technology

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.

Mark Dixon R.Ph., MHA, FACHE
The Mark Dixon Group, LLC
Supplier Strategies Track: Industry Outlook

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
• Implement an Accountable Care Organization (ACO) strategy
• Create durable physician clinical integration network strategies
• Develop and implement improved IDN triple aim results
He speaks regularly at national meetings to bring the voice of the IDN C-Suite to a wide variety of organizations and professional associations. Dixon brings 30+ years of healthcare leadership experience with a proven record of results in developing and sustaining market-leading organizations. Dixon was Regional President for Fairview Health Services where they developed and implemented an ACO strategy. Prior to joining Fairview, Mark was President/CEO of Community Hospitals of Indiana, Inc. in Indianapolis for 6 years and was with Allina Health for 17 years at Abbott Northwestern Hospital in Minneapolis as the chief executive.

Melissa Edwards AIA
PhiloWilke Partnership
Architecture Track: Enhancing Community Care

Rebecca Gayden
Vice President, Sourcing Operations Capital, Imaging, Facilities and Construction
Vizient, Inc.
Supplier Strategies Track: GPO Insights

Rebecca Gayden serves as Vice President, Contract & Program Services, Sourcing Operations at Vizient, Inc. She has responsibility for Vizient’s Capital, Imaging, and Construction portfolio and program. Gayden joined Novation in 2005 as Capital Equipment Manager with responsibility for starting the Capital Group Buy Program. She has since provided leadership across a range of areas, including Provista’s diversification strategy. Prior to joining Novation, Gayden worked as an Equipment Planner for over 11 years, during which time she served as Project Manager on projects ranging in size from small ambulatory surgery centers to 1-million-square-foot replacement facilities. Gayden holds a Bachelor of Arts Degree from California State University in Sacramento.

Michael Gerhardt
Senior Director Energy, Construction, and Facility Management
Capital Equipment Track: Formulating Concrete Equipment Replacement Strategies
Supplier Strategies Track: GPO Insights

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.

Mark Haney
WellStar Paulding Hospital and Nursing Center
Thought Leadership Panel

Diane Hughes
Director of Emergency Prepraredness
University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences
Engineering & Facilities Track: Designing for Resilience

Diane M Hughes has been in the healthcare industry for almost 24 years. Diane has been heavily involved in the American Society for Healthcare Engineers and has been a member of multiple committees during her career. She has also actively been involved in the Arkansas Association for Healthcare Engineers and has held the position of President twice. She is an active member of National Fire Protection Association and participates in the HealthCare Committee. Diane is also a former Joint Commission Life Safety Code surveyor and was also an Emerging Leader for Region 7. Most recently she spent 2 years in Doha, Qatar as the Executive Director of Fire and Life Safety for eight hospitals under Hamad Medial Corporation. Diane recently returned to Arkansas and accepted the position of Director of Emergency Preparedness at UAMS. She also owns and operates her own consulting company, Hughes Global Consulting. She specializes in mock surveys involving Life Safety and in Emergency Management. She has a BS in Healthcare Management and is a Certified Healthcare Safety Professional. She has her SASHE from ASHE and is completing her Master’s Degree.

Samantha J Jacques PhD, FACHE
Director, Clinical Engineering
Penn State Health System
Capital Equipment Track: Formulating Concrete Equipment Replacement Strategies

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.

Dave Kistel
VP Facilities & Support Services
Lee Health
Supplier Strategies Track: Improving Collaboration Among Project Stakeholders

Dave Kistel is Vice President of Facilities & Support Services at Lee Health in Lee County, Florida. He is a graduate of Furman University. Dave is responsible for the integrated facilities and support service operations of a multi-hospital system including four acute care hospitals and two specialty hospitals with a total of 1,557 beds, 3 million square feet of physical plant, one nursing home, and over fifty (50) outpatient / physician office sites. His division includes 65 employees and five departments: Facilities Management Administration, Plant Operations, Facilities Planning & Design, Construction, and Environmental Safety.

Lesa Lorusso
Healthcare Director of Research & Innovation
Gresham Smith
ACE Studios Workshops

Lesa Lorusso is a firm-wide resource at Gresham Smith, strengthening healthcare planning and design through research and innovation. She collaborates with the healthcare team to facilitate human-centered design and development and implementation of research strategy and scalable tools for knowledge sharing among healthcare planners and designers. She implements design thinking strategies throughout the healthcare practice and advises the Gresham Smith team on evaluative methodologies regarding healthcare facilities. Key roles involve identifying opportunities for evidence-based design research, leading strategic implementation of research projects, and developing external collaborative partnerships.

Sara Marberry EDAC
Writer, Speaker, Marketing Consultant
Sara Marberry, LLC
Thought Leadership Panel

Sara Marberry, EDAC, is a knowledge expert and opinion leader in healthcare design. A frequent speaker, blogger, and tweeter on current trends, she is the author/editor of five books and a regular contributor to healthcare design industry publications. Sara is also a strategic marketing and business development consultant, working with companies and organizations in the healthcare and design industry. A founding board member of the nonprofit Center for Health Design (CHD) in 1993, Sara was instrumental in its growth and development, serving in various volunteer, consulting, and staff roles. Sara served as CHD’s Acting President in 1999 and as its consulting Director of Communications for more than 14 years. She has spoken at many national conferences and meetings, including the Children’s Hospital Association International Facilities & Capacity Conference, NeoCon World Trade Fair, American College of Healthcare Executives Congress, Healthcare Design, Planetree Conference, and the Joint Commission Conference on Quality & Safety.

Jerry A. McKinney
Industry Expert
Supplier Strategies Track: Improving Collaboration Among Project Stakeholders

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.

Lance Mendiola CHSP, CHFM, CBO, MS
Vice President, Facilities Management and Construction
Capital Equipment Track: Prioritizing Capital Projects

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.

Melissa Mercado
Medical Equipment Planner
Geisinger Health System
Capital Equipment Track: Capital Equipment Management Strategies

Victoria Navarro
Director of Planning, Design and Construction
Advocate Aurora Health
Architecture Track: Benchmarking and Branding Your Projects

Victoria is a Regional Leader for Greater Milwaukee and for South Chicagoland in the Planning, Design and Construction Department at Advocate Aurora Health. Advocate Aurora is an integrated health care provider serving communities in both Illinois and Wisconsin. With a comprehensive array of health care resources and access points, Advocate Aurora has a broad portfolio of offerings from primary and specialty care, to hospitals, pharmacies, laboratories and home care. Advocate Aurora has more than 500 locations, including 27 hospitals and is among Illinois and Wisconsin’s largest private employers with more than 75,000 employees and providers. In her role, Victoria provides strategic direction and oversight to both system-wide and regional capital construction projects. Victoria spent the majority of her professional career in the planning, design and construction of healthcare facilities. During these 20 years, Victoria has served as senior associate and healthcare planner for national architectural firms providing the highest level planning expertise to healthcare clients. As a design and construction leader for two large healthcare systems, Victoria has delivered $1 billion in forward focused capital projects, including the first LEED Healthcare Gold Certified hospital in the Midwest that standardized facility operations and room design using modular and prefabricated construction as well as complex multi-phased acute care projects which are contracted using an integrated form of agreement and shared risk and reward. She has earned the trust of hospital leadership with her knowledge of clinical operations, industry best practices, evolving technology, integrated project delivery methods, and lean construction principles. She has a master’s of business administration in healthcare management from Loyola University of Chicago and a bachelor of architecture from the Illinois Institute of Technology.

Jill S.M. Pearsall RA, NCARB
Vice President, Facilities Planning & Development and Real Estate Services
Texas Children's Hospital
Supplier Strategies Track: Improving Collaboration Among Project Stakeholders

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.

George Reed
Director of Clinical Engineering
Capital Equipment Track: Formulating Concrete Equipment Replacement Strategies

Whit Robinson AIA
Chief Administrative Officer, Facilities, Capital Management and Hospital Services
University of California San Diego Health
Capital Equipment Track: Prioritizing Capital Projects

Whit Robinson holds degrees in Interior Design, Architecture and Urban Planning from various Florida universities. He spent 21 years in the Navy, with facilities related tours of duty across the world, including foreign and domestic assignments. After retirement in 2013, he worked as a regional executive for Jacobs in Houston, Texas; Executive Director for Facilities Planning, Design and Construction at the UT MD Anderson Cancer Center in Houston; and is currently the Chief Administrative Officer for Facilities, Capital Management and Hospital Services for UC San Diego Health. Whit Robinson holds professional licenses in Architecture and Interior Design, and is a member of the American Institute of Architects, American Legion and Veterans of Foreign Wars. He is married to Kathie Guerra of Pompano Beach, Florida and is the proud father of twins Naomi and Caldwell.

John G Sdanowich
Healthcare Consultant
Supplier Strategies Track: Improving Collaboration Among Project Stakeholders

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.

Clayton Smith Sr.
Director, Facilities & Support Services
Moffitt Cancer Center
Engineering and Facilities Track: Healthcare Facilities Benchmarking

Janice Stanton RN, MBA, LSSBB, EDAC
Manager of Pre-Design Services
Gresham, Smith and Partners
ACE Studios Workshops

Janice is an experienced facility planning and clinical operations specialist with a resume of more than 100 healthcare consulting engagements across the U.S. and Canada. Her experience includes working with academic medical centers, health systems, community hospitals, and outpatient facilities providing strategic planning, master planning, space programming, and performance improvement services. She is a certified lean six sigma black belt and has served as a 2018 Examiner for the Malcomb Baldrige National Quality Award. Key roles involve integrating lean six sigma, evidence-based design, and the Baldrige performance excellence criteria into pre-design planning and performance improvement services.

Cheryl Stoddard
Stoddard Enterprises
Capital Equipment Track: Market Influence on Your Capital Planning

An Executive leader with 25 years in healthcare capital project experience, Cheryl Stoddard has served as a senior executive in the areas of operations, healthcare facilities design and construction, supplier management and business development for multiple leading healthcare-­related companies. She has a successful record of creating sustainable revenue pipelines and market share growth while maximizing operating margin and net income. Cheryl has served as the Director of Facilities, Planning, Design & Construction Contracting for The Resource Group (a wholly owned subsidiary of Ascension), responsible for developing the contracting strategy to support standardization of equipment and materials for capital projects. She also served as the Vice President of Capital and Construction Solutions for MedAssets Inc., now Vizient. During her 9-­year tenure at MedAssets, she incubated a business model for the GPO market by deploying a programmatic approach to major capital projects for GPO members. This hands-­on approach provided a collaborative platform made up of people and technology that delivered high returns for MedAssets and their members. Cheryl holds a Master’s of Engineering Management Degree from Washington University in St. Louis and a B.S in Engineering and B.S in Communications/Journalism from Southern Illinois University. She is a leader in the Long-­Term Volunteer Program for Habitat for Humanity, and an active member of ASHE – The American Society of Healthcare Facility Managers, Architects, Designers, Constructors, and Infection Control Specialists.

Joshua A. Theodore B. Arch, ACHE, EDAC
Vice President, Global Health Practice Leader
Architecture Track: Enhancing Community 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.

Jay Ticer CMRP
Associate Principal, Global Medical Equipment Planning Lead, Director, Healthcare Practice
Shen Milsom & Wilke
Engineering & Facilities Track: Evaluating Construction and Design Technology

Jay Ticer serves as an Associate Principal with Shen Milsom & Wilke, and serves as the Discipline Lead for medical equipment planning as well as the Global Healthcare Practice Area leader for consulting services. He is a Certified Materials and Resource Professional and a member of the American Society of Healthcare Engineers and the Association for Healthcare Resource & Materials Management. Jay received his education from the United States Army Department of Nursing Services and the United States Navy Fleet Hospital School. Having been directly involved in the healthcare environment for over twenty-five years, he brings a wealth of first-hand experience to SM&W’s medical equipment planning consulting services. Jay has provided leadership and consulting services for numerous equipment planning projects ranging from tertiary care medical centers in the middle and far east, to the construction of an award-winning 300,000 square foot specialty patient care tower in New York.

Patricia T. Van Holt
Director of Equipment Planning and Procurement
Advocate Health Care
Capital Equipment Track: Capital Equipment Management Strategies

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.

James Timothy Venker AIA
Senior Director; Facilities, Construction & EVS
Premier, Inc.
Supplier Strategies Track: GPO Insights

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.