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.
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.
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.
Hector Boirie is senior healthcare executive with over 37 years of experience. Beginning as a clinician, Hector has served in various operational and strategic roles across the country. Most recently, Hector was 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, Hector transformed how the health system provides clinical and non-clinical supplies, engineering and hospitality services to each and every location throughout the system. He led a division of nearly six thousand employees 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. Hector also served as a founding executive at Mercy Health.ROI. Prior to its recent acquisition by HPG, this vertically integrated supply chain delivered more than $1 billion in savings. In addition, Hector served as a senior client executive and consultant at Med Assets/Vizient supporting some of the country's largest providers such as CHRISTUS Health, Ascension, UM Memorial, and Sisters of Charity.
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.
In his role as Senior Vice President of Member Field Services, Andy Brailo oversees overall growth and service delivery of Premier. He leads the Premier field service delivery team, which is charged with helping Premier’s members find solutions to improve cost and quality. With more than 20 years of experience, he 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. During his Premier tenure, Andy 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. Over the last several years, he has been dedicated to managing field staff who serve Premier’s alliance members in the east charged with driving the integration of our supply chain, quality, safety and operational tools and staff to benefit the membership.
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 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.
In his role as Associate Vice President, Perioperative Portfolio for Providence St. Joseph Health, Dr. Jimmy Chung is responsible for system-wide collaborative development and integration of perioperative best practice and processes, working with physicians and operational stakeholders across the 51-hospital system. Dr. Chung is also responsible for clinical value analysis of perioperative products and devices and has integrated physician leadership into developing strategic plans for system-wide supply chain standardization initiatives, using physician-specific cost and quality data analytics. 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.
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.
Teresa L. Dail is the Chief Supply Chain Officer for the Vanderbilt University Medical Center Clinical Enterprise and the executive leader of the Vanderbilt Health Purchasing Collaborative and Supply Chain Solutions Consulting group.
Teresa has a diverse background beginning in the clinical realm from ICU and Perioperative leadership to Practice Administration. Teresa started her supply chain career as a Clinical Resource Manager introducing the concept of value analysis and clinical collaboration to a seven hospital system. Teresa currently has responsibility for all strategic as well as day to day operations for logistics, distribution, contracting (including pharmacy), systems, purchasing, accounts payable, capital, linen, clinical engineering, travel and other disbursement services for the Clinical Enterprise. She is Chair of the Executive Committee for the Medical Economics Outcome Committee working in collaboration with 6 medical directors to evaluate new products/technology, clinical variation and impact to outcomes utilizing a clinically integrated approach. Teresa has co-authored an article with two physicians on Value Based Purchasing of Medical Devices. She is a graduate of Jameson Memorial Hospital School of Nursing and Florida Southern College. She is currently the chair of the Board of AHRMM, a member of the Tennessee Chapter of AHRMM and a member Sigma Theta Tau Honor Society for Nursing.
Dr. Jessica Daley is the Vice President of HC Pharmacy and Supply Chain Commercial Services at UPMC. Jessica oversees the group purchasing, warehousing, and distribution functions of HC Pharmacy Central, Inc., a for-profit membership corporation that annually distributes more than $1.3 billion in pharmaceuticals on behalf of its members. Jessica connects supply chain efficiency and clinical practice needs between HC Pharmacy and UPMC, and has led the pharmacy supply chain response to drug shortages. Jessica also leads the design and development of the augmented intelligence pharmacy supply chain optimization engine, CognitiveRxTM. Prior to joining UPMC, Jessica worked for Merck & Co. Inc. in various leadership roles in sales, marketing, population health management, and medical affairs. Jessica holds a B.S. in Molecular Biology from the University of Pittsburgh, an M.A. in Applied Health Care Economics and Outcomes Management from Washington and Jefferson College, and a PharmD from Duquesne University.
• 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 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.
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.
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.
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 joined HealthCare Links in March 1991. She has over 20 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.
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.
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.
Ed Hisscock is 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 is the Senior Vice President of Supply Chain at Trinity Health, a leading catholic healthcare ministry. Ed holds an Engineering degree in Electronics, a Bachelors degree in Behavioral Science, and a Master's degree in Supply Chain from Michigan State University.
Dan Hurry joined Mercy Health in 2016 to lead the ministry's Supply Chain operations, including procurement, logistics, sourcing and accounts payable in all acute and non-acute facilities.
Hurry came to Mercy Health from Tenet Healthcare where he was responsible for the Texas region supply chain operations, as well as strategy and logistics development for the Tenet enterprise of 85 hospitals and more than 200 outpatient facilities nationwide.
He also served in a variety of leadership roles at Valero Energy’s headquarters in San Antonio, Texas, specifically in the areas of consolidated logistics, wholesale capital, project management and supply chain across the country. His varied experience in a host of supply chain areas brings a valuable point of view to Mercy Health.
A native of upstate New York, Hurry earned his bachelor’s degree from State University of New York at Fredonia and his MBA from University of Texas at San Antonio.
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.
Jay Kirkpatrick Has 30 years healthcare supply chain experience including 5.5 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 6 months 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.
Bonnie Kirschenbaum is a Health Care Consultant with many years of senior management experience in the Pharmacy sector. Bonnie has a particular interest in reimbursement issues and specialty pharmacy and consults and has spoken extensively on these. Bonnie writes monthly columns on finance and reimbursement for 2 publications that have a positive influence on pharmacy practice nationally and currently is authoring a Reimbursement Toolkit in biweekly modules. Bonnie received the Latiolias Leadership Award from The Ohio State University in 2015. She shares her time between Boulder and Breckenridge, CO.
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.
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.
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.
• 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 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.
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.
o 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.
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.
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.
David Osborn serves as the Senior Vice President of Strategic Accounts and Advisory Services for HealthTrust. In this role, he has responsibility for HealthTrust’s relationships with its Members that represent over 1600 hospitals across the country. He also directs HealthTrust’s advisory services and consulting practices, including its offerings in Total Spend Management, Supply Chain Management, Workforce and Labor Management, and Clinical Performance. David has over 30 years of experience consulting with healthcare clients in the areas of business strategy, operations, innovation and technology. David has spent much of his career providing advisory services to healthcare companies in the Provider, Payer and Life Sciences sectors of the healthcare industry in the U.S., Europe and Asia. His experience has been primarily in the areas of formulating and executing business strategy, as well as designing and managing innovative change initiatives. He has served as a Partner and held leadership positions in global consulting firms, including Andersen Consulting (now Accenture) and KPMG. He has worked with clients to help them innovate and adjust their business models, strategies and technology platforms to be successful in an environment of significant reform and regulatory change, with a focus on improving efficiencies, reducing costs, improving quality and enhancing the patient experience. David spent several years as the Founding Executive Director of the Health Care Solutions Group, a think tank and consulting group focused on transformational change in healthcare. 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 also 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 has served as a frequent speaker at national and international healthcare conferences and industry gatherings, including HIMSS, AAHC, AHRMM, the International Healthcare Forum, and various medical and healthcare associations. For several years he appeared regularly on television and radio programs of the BBC America to discuss healthcare policy and reform. David has authored numerous published articles and white papers on various healthcare topics. David serves as the Chair of the Board for the Make-A-Wish Foundation of Middle Tennessee, and serves on the Advisory Boards for the American Heart Association and the Mercy Children’s Clinic. He is actively involved with the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society and other not-for-profit organizations. He is also a musician who plays semi-regularly with a band on lower Broadway in downtown Nashville.
Laura L. Polson, BSN, RN-BC, CVAHP is currently the System Services Director of Clinical Quality Value Analysis for Baptist Healthcare of Kentucky and Southern Indiana. She is the President Elect for AHVAP, (the Association of Healthcare Value Analysis Professionals). Laura is a Lean Sigma Green Belt and has an extensive nursing background in multiple specialties including cardiac catheterization, electrophysiology and surgery. She has been a corporate director for HCA Healthcare with focus on cardiovascular care, wound care, quality projects, process improvement, risk management, regulatory compliance and emergency medicine. She has experience working with multiple IDNs, GPOs and Distributors and currently sits on the Surgical Services, Value Analysis and Continuum of Care Councils for Premier.
o 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.
Joe Quinones was most recently the Senior Sourcing Lead for Mount Sinai Healthcare System in New York City. In this role, he oversees the day-to-day operations of the Supply Chain Sourcing Department whose mission is to meet the needs of patients, clinicians, and staff in the most cost-effective manner. Previously, Joe worked for NYC Health and Hospitals Corporation where he served as Assistant Vice President of Contract, Administration and Control. Joe earned a bachelor’s degree in Economics from Seton Hall University where he was awarded the Department of Economics Academic Achievement Award. He received his Juris Doctorate Degree from the NYC University Law School.
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.
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.
Wayne is currently Vice President of Pharmacy for Premier, Inc. and is responsible for the contracting relationship with the pharmaceutical industry. He also oversees the pharmacy fee for service program that offers educational and other services to the pharmaceutical industry. He 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 is a Clinical Professor, University of Florida, College of Pharmacy. Prior to joining Premier, Wayne has had multiple areas of responsibility in healthcare. He was Corporate Director of Pharmacy for the Bon Secours Health System; Director of Pharmacy for Novation, LLC. in Dallas, Texas; Assistant Professor of Pharmacy, St. Louis College of Pharmacy and St. Louis University, St. Louis, Missouri; and lastly he has held various positions with Shands Health System, University of Florida, Gainesville, Florida.
Steven Schnelle is a healthcare attorney at McDermott Will & Emery, LLP. He focuses his practice on regulatory and transactional matters involving health care providers and suppliers, pharmacies, pharmaceutical firms, device manufacturers, and market innovators. He provides counsel on a variety of health care 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 received his law degree from Georgetown and his bachelor’s degree from New York University.
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.
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.
Barbara Strain is the Principal of Barbara Strain Consulting LLC. Barbara is an experienced healthcare professional with a proven record of success in providing detailed insights to assist both providers and suppliers in reaching their value driven strategic goals.
Prior to her current position, Barbara was the Director of Value Management at the University of Virginia Health System. In that role she directed the Value Management Program which collaborated with executive leadership, physicians, clinicians and suppliers across the care continuum providing the infrastructure to standardize product selection and reduce practice variation. While at UVA Barbara also directed Supply Chain Operations, Surgical Supply, Equipment Distribution and Linen Services and she served as the manager of Clinical Microbiology operations.
Barbara is a founding member, past president and current region director of the Association of Healthcare Value Analysis Professionals (AHVAP). Barbara has published articles on such topics as healthcare value management, supply chain, disruptive technology & microbiology and speaks nationally on a variety of topics including value analysis, process improvement, sustainability and safety.
Mittal Sutaria is the Vice President of Pharmacy Sourcing at Vizient where she provides executive leadership over pharmacy contracting and distribution activities as well as oversight for the Vizient Pharmacy Business Council. In addition to Mittal’s primary responsibility of growing the industry-leading pharmacy sourcing program, she plays a critical role in the strategy development and execution of the Vizient integrated pharmacy solution.
For the past seven years, Mittal has provided leadership for Vizient’s expanding pharmacy program and contracting team. She has held positions within clinical solutions and plasma teams, and most recently she served as senior director, pharmacy contracting, managing various programs and contracting activities including plasma, contrast media and radiopharmacy distribution, and leading our strategies for non-acute, biosimilars and oncology to drive enhanced value for our members.
Prior to joining Vizient, Mittal served in various health care roles within retail and hospital settings, including service as 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.
o Susan Toomey has over 33 years of professional experience with current responsibilities of overseeing the health network’s integrated Perioperative Services Department Value Analysis initiatives. Sue has been instrumental in delivering over $4.5 million in network cost savings with the Perioperative Services Value Analysis Team over the past three years as facilitator and committee co-chair implementing process improvements beneficial to the operations of the network’s Perioperative Services department. Her achievement demonstrates quality leadership by engaging staff and clinicians in process disciplines and has proven success by supporting the organization’s strategic, operational and cost reduction initiatives. She is currently serving as the Northeast Regional Director and a Co-Chair for AHVAP National Conference Committee. Sue has her bachelor’s degree in Health Administration from the University of Phoenix.
Nicholas is currently serving as the VP of Supply Chain Operations at Trinity Health. He is Founder and CEO of Julicon Advisors, LLC, a supply chain/shared services advisory and consultancy for Healthcare. He has over 30 years of progressive healthcare leadership experience in shared services, supply chain management, strategic planning, marketing, M&A integration, and facilities development. He is recognized as an innovator, trusted advisor and early adopter of consolidated service centers including a clinically integrated, high performing/cost management shared services hub for multi-site health systems. Leveraging his leadership experience and organizational transformation expertise, Toscano also provides support and guidance to health systems leaders with "interim strategic and operational leadership" services while his clients are searching for supply chain leadership candidates. Toscano is a former Board member of GHX and the IDN Summit and a US Navy SeaBees Forces Veteran. He was inducted in the Bellwether League Class of 2018.
Ms. Van Vlerah was named Senior Vice President of Parkview Health Support Division on December 3, 2015, managing Supply Chain, Pharmacy, Real Estate/Property Management, Environmental Services, Nutrition Services, Facilities, and Mirro Conference Center within Parkview Health. She is responsible for all logistics, acquisition, distribution and demand planning for all Parkview Health entities. Ms. Van Vlerah is also serves as the chairperson for Hospital Laundry Service and Community Harvest Food Bank.
Ms. Van Vlerah joined Parkview Health in 2010 from ITT where she served as their Chief Compliance and Ethic Officer in the Space Systems Division located in Fort Wayne, Indiana. Prior to this Donna served a 20-year career in the U.S. Marine Corps as a Logician. She served in various positions within the logistics and acquisition community specializing in Supply Chain, Facility Maintenance, and Change Management. She served as the Deputy Director for the Maritime Supply Chain for the Defense Logistics Agency serving worldwide customers.
Ms. Van Vlerah holds a Master of Art in Military Science from the Marine Corps University and a Bachelor of Arts in Education from Bowling Green State University. Ms. Van Vlerah is also accredited by AMP and SCCE as a Certified Compliance and Ethics Professional (CCEP) and is a practicing Six Sigma Black Belt.
When the Medical University of South Carolina (MUSC) sought to find the “why” and “how” while realigning the strategic priorities with the demographic shifts in their supply and customer bases, they called on Jean-Marc Villain’s expertise as a change agent and experienced supplier diversity professional. As a consultant in 2013 and later as its first director of supplier diversity, he brought to MUSC 20 years of deep and broad experience in connecting small and diverse businesses with capital and contracting opportunities in both domestic and international markets. Jean-Marc’s great passion is to assist corporations in removing internal obstacles in their procurement functions to allow for a level playing field where diverse companies can openly compete with larger entities who traditionally have had a virtual lock as the GOTO options for sourcing products and services. At MUSC, Jean-Marc is accountable for the implementation, management and compliance of the academic health center’s best-in-class supplier diversity program for the Clinical Enterprise, the University and the Shawn Jenkins Children’s Hospital and the ambulatory unit projects scheduled for completion in 2019. Under his leadership, MUSC’s received the 2018 BEST NEW PROGRAM Award by the Carolina-Virginia Minority Supplier Development Council (CVMSDC) for successfully integrating small, women and minority business enterprises (SWMBEs) into its supply chain; and the proposed children’s hospital was honored by the National Association of Minority Contractors (NAMC) as the 2017 Project of the Year. Jean-Marc serves as a member of the Vizient Supplier Diversity Advisory Council and prior to joining MUSC, he managed the supplier diversity program of a $4 Billion mixed-used real estate project in South Florida. He earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Finance and MBA from Florida Atlantic University.
Régine Villain is the Chief Supply Chain Officer at Ochsner Health System. Previously she served as the Vice President of Supply Chain Operations at NYU Langone Health System in New York City, where she was responsible for the continuum of the supply chain operation for the Health System. Régine began her career in healthcare at New York Presbyterian Hospital where she spent 10 years mastering her skills with increased responsibilities along the continuum of supply chain. After a yearlong intro to general studies at the Interamerican University of San Germán in Puerto-Rico, Régine earned her Bachelor's Degree in Industrial and Systems Engineering at the University of Florida. She then pursued her Master's in Public Health with a concentration in Health Policy Management at Columbia University in New York before obtaining a certificate in Business Studies at the University of Pennsylvania’s Wharton School of Business.
Joe Walsh is a visionary leader with a 20-year track record of leading nationally-recognized supply chain transformations and new business development ventures at multibillion dollar organizations. Joe recently started an innovative practice called Supply Chain Sherpas, which provides distinctive talent management solutions designed to help unlock the transformative potential of the healthcare supply chain. Supply Chain Sherpas offers executive coaching, mentoring, strategic advisory services and education services to both Providers and Suppliers. For most of the last decade, Joe has continued to learn healthcare and its supply chain nuances while in progressive leadership roles at Pensiamo and at Intermountain Healthcare. Joe served as the Executive Vice President of Operations for Pensiamo, where he led sourcing, purchasing, accounts payable, integrations and account management for UPMC while developing Pensiamo’s offerings for external clients. Previously, Joe served as Intermountain Healthcare’s Vice President of Supply Chain & Chief Procurement Officer where he led the award-winning transformation effort and helped the team earn the number one ranking in Gartner’s “Healthcare Supply Chain Top 25.” Individually, Joe was recognized as the “Contracting Professional of the Year” in 2013 by Healthcare Contracting News.
Shon Wettstein is responsible for leading the development and execution of new external business ventures for Intalere. Shon works closely with Intermountain Healthcare leadership to expand its best practices throughout the healthcare industry. Shon also works closely with the Intalere leadership team to design disruptive new solutions and partnerships that impact patient care at all points of the provider continuum. Shon joined Intalere after an 8-year career at Intermountain Healthcare, where he held roles of increasing responsibility, including senior solutions manager for the Surgical Services, Musculoskeletal and Neuroscience Clinical Programs. One of his key responsibilities was advising on the development of ProComp, a proprietary clinical variation surgical procedure comparison platform. Shon also worked closely with strategic suppliers to drive value creation initiatives through collaboration with clinical programs. Shon holds a Certified Professional in Supply Management designation from the Institute for Supply Management, Inc., and earned a Bachelor of Science in Operations Management from Brigham Young University, and a Master of Business Administration in Finance from the University of Colorado.
Luke Williams is a globally recognized authority on innovation leadership. He works with
organizations on challenges ranging from creating new products and services, to transforming
organizational processes and behaviors.
He is professor of Innovation and executive director of the W.R. Berkley Innovation Labs at New York University's Stern School of Business and a fellow at frog, one of the world's most influential innovation companies.
Williams is a sought-after commentator on disruptive innovation, entrepreneurship and cultural change. He is invited to speak worldwide, and his views are regularly featured in Bloomberg BusinessWeek, Fast
Company, GQ, The Atlantic, The Wall Street Journal, NPR and MSNBC.
He is the inventor of over fifty United States patents and the best-selling author of Disrupt: Think the Unthinkable to Spark Transformation in Your Business.
Nancy Wobig is a Director of Category Management at Mayo Clinic focused on the Medical, Surgical & Laboratory Contracting Team. This team negotiates Commodity, Clinical Preference & Laboratory contracts for Mayo Clinic and the Upper Midwest Consolidated Services Center (UMCSC). Nancy is part of the integrated Vizient team at Mayo Clinic and started her role in 2008. She provides team leadership as well as develops processes and procedures used in the negotiations with suppliers and communications with UMCSC members. Nancy has over 25 years’ experience in numerous roles throughout the supply chain and in varying industries. Nancy has a Master of Science in Management degree from Cardinal Stritch University and a Bachelor of Arts degree in Communication with an emphasis in Journalism from the University of Minnesota.
Kelley Young has over 30 years of healthcare leadership service. Her experience includes management across inpatient and outpatient care settings in Maternal Child and Cardiovascular Service Lines. At Trinity Health, Kelley has led a sourcing strategy portfolio of spend in excess of $750 Million for the service lines of Cardio and Peripheral Vascular, Imaging, Orthopedic Joints, Trauma and Spine. She developed and manages the Strategic Sourcing Implant Database which collects data on orthopedic joint and spinal cases representing over 350,000 patient cases. Kelley recently accepted a new position as the Director of Supply Chain Clinical Informatics to create an enhanced platform to integrate clinical, operational, and financial data in support of clinical excellence leadership councils at Trinity Health. Kelley is a trailblazer for implementing the Clinically Driven Supply Chain at Trinity Health. Kelley is a graduate of Eastern Michigan University and the Strategic Leadership Program of Trinity Health.