The 2018 Spring IDN Summit Faculty is listed below.  
Ed Hardin
Senior Vice President Supply Chain Management
Beaumont Health
Ed Hardin is the former senior vice president Supply Chain Management at Beaumont Health. Michigan’s largest health care system. Prior to joining Beaumont in 2016, he served as system vice president Supply Chain Management for CHRISTUS Health, a multi‐national health care provider with locations in the United States and Latin America. His nearly 25‐year career in supply chain performance and management solutions also includes consulting positions at some of the nation’s larger firms. He is a Fellow of the American College of Healthcare Executives and a Certified Materials & Resource Professional for the Association for Healthcare Resource & Materials Management. He is on the national board of AHRMM and serves on several other industry boards, including Amazon Business Health Care Advisory Board and the IDN Summit Education Advisory Board. He earned his master’s degree in health care administration from Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis and his bachelor’s degree from Westminster College in Fulton, Missouri.

William James Martin Pharm.D.
Vice President Sourcing, Purchasing and Value Analysis
Beaumont Health
For the past several years, Bill has served as the Vice President of Sourcing, Purchasing and Value Analysis for Beaumont Health. Prior to joining Beaumont in late 2008, Bill served as the Vice President of Contracting and Value Analysis for Ascension Health’s Supply Chain program. Bill has served in multiple leadership roles in academic, clinical, and administrative pharmacy practice as an Assistant Professor of Pharmacy at the University of Houston, a Clinical Pharmacy Coordinator at Harper Hospital and Henry Ford Hospital in Detroit, and the Director of Pharmacy at St. John Hospital in Detroit, MI, and at Sunrise Hospital & Medical Center/Sunrise Children’s Hospital in Las Vegas, NV. He earned both his Doctorate Degree in Pharmacy and Bachelor’s Degree in Science from Wayne State University, Detroit, MI, and has been licensed as a registered pharmacist in the states of Michigan, Texas, and Nevada. Bill has presented at multiple international, national and state professional symposia, and is a published author in several peer-reviewed medical and pharmacy journals, as well as, NASA periodicals related to his work in support of the International Space Station program.

Lisa Gilbert Williams ACC
Leadership Coach + Consultant
Lisa Williams Coaching + Consulting
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.

Bonnie Kirschenbaum MS, FASHP, FCSHP
Consultant, Columnist
Bonnie is a Health Care Consultant with senior management experience in both the Pharmacy section of large corporate healthcare organizations and teaching hospitals and the pharmaceutical industry. She has a particular interest in reimbursement issues, specialty pharmacy, and patient safety and in using technology to solve issues in each of these areas. She has proven success in developing and managing national pharmaceutical programs and strong leadership skills with expertise in strategic planning, negotiating GPO contracts and clinical trial agreements, developing and executing quality assurance programs as well as marketing clinical services and drug therapy optimization. Bonnie is a recognized industry leader in forging effective alliances between hospitals, physicians, pharmaceutical companies and distributors and has spoken extensively in these areas.

Eric O'Daffer
Research Vice President, Supply Chain
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.

Edward Hisscock
Vice President Clinical Sourcing and Informatics, Transformation Officer, Non-labor Spend
Trinity Health
Transformations Track: Panel: Transformation Lessons Learned for the Supply Chain

Ed Hisscock is Vice President of Clinical Sourcing and Informatics Transformation Officer for Non-Labor Spend at Trinity Health, a leading catholic healthcare ministry. Ed has returned to Trinity Health to lead the enterprise sourcing and contracting efforts and the supply chain transformation to population health.

Prior to rejoining Trinity Health, Ed co-founded Optimé Supply Chain, a software solutions provider, and founded Appleseed Healthcare Resources, a supply chain consultancy. As an entrepreneur, he co-developed multiple supply chain optimization technologies and personally served over 100 healthcare provider organizations in the US and Europe. Before his entrepreneurial journey, Ed served the provider sector at Mercy Health Services, later Trinity Health where he held several key supply chain positions in both the corporate and hospital settings. At the corporate office he was responsible for leading the development and implementation of an enterprise supply chain Information Technology (IT) and content management strategy and directed the sourcing and procurement of the organizations IT spend. In his role at the hospital, he designed and implemented a shared services cooperative and led the development of a contract and supply data warehouse. Ed began his career in healthcare with American Scientific Products, later Baxter Healthcare. In his work at Baxter, Ed piloted a new services venture in contract materials management and consultation, led a regional distribution center and a regional technical services team and facilitated many change management, product management and educational events. Ed holds an Electronics Engineering degree in from the Ohio Institute of Technology, a Bachelors degree in Behavioral Science from National Lewis University and a Masters degree in Supply Chain Logistics from Michigan State University.

Michelle O'Connor M.Ed
President and CEO
CMR Institute
Michelle O’Connor is President and CEO of CMR Institute. For the last 24 years she has increased the Institute’s ability to provide education needed in a rapidly evolving healthcare market. From new hire, leadership, sales, market access, to managed markets, Michelle ensures that CMR Institute creates resources that improve the performance and effectiveness of commercial sales teams. Michelle has a strong interest in and passion for working with organizations to develop and implement innovative learning and development initiatives that increase ROI. CMR Institute is sought after by life sciences companies to increase sales and market share through our applicable blended learning resources. Over the past 50+ years, the company has provided expert training for more than 150,000 biopharmaceutical, medical device, and other life science professionals worldwide. These training resources are created in partnership with industry experts, assuring the content is relevant and actionable.

Nancy Wobig MSM
Director, Category Management
Mayo Clinic / Captis
Table Exchange - Table 6 - Communication with Leadership

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.

Maria Hames
HealthCare Links
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.

Michael Langlois
Healthcare Supply Chain Resource
Langlois & Associates, LLC
Michael T. Langlois recently left his post as senior vice president of supply chain at Beaumont Health System, a three-hospital Health System located in the metropolitan-Detroit area with over 1,750 licensed beds and over $2B in total revenue. Before assuming this role in November 2010, Mr. Langlois served Resurrection Health Care (Chicago) as its interim vice president of material management; as senior vice president for Daudlin, DeBeaupre and Company; and as senior vice president and chief supply chain officer with Ascension Health. Prior to joining Ascension Health in 2001, he was employed for almost 25 years by St. John Health, an eight-hospital system within the Ascension Health organization. Mr. Langlois earned a Master’s of Science Degree in health services administration from Central Michigan University and a Bachelor’s Degree in business administration from Wayne State University in Detroit.

Joe Walsh
Coach | Educator | Advisor
Supply Chain Sherpas, LLC
Transformations Track: Panel: Transformation Lessons Learned for the Supply Chain

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.

Dennis Daar
Managing Partner
Medical Strategies International
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.

Anita Vila-Parrish PhD.
Research Director
Anita Vila-Parrish is a Research Director in the Gartner Healthcare Supply Chain Group. Dr. Vila-Parrish's focus is on the pharmacy supply chain, supply chain analytics and inventory - all from the perspective of the healthcare provider. This involves the impact of these process improvements on patient outcomes due to a more efficient delivery of care. Dr. Vila-Parrish has over 15 years of experience in consulting, research and product development settings. Prior to Gartner, her roles involved managing and conducting original, applied research and consulting projects focused on the use of healthcare data to improve supply chains, logistics and delivery.

Mark Dixon
The Mark Dixon Group, LLC
Supplier Strategies Track: Forces Impacting Healthcare Suppliers in the U.S. Today

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, and 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.

Christine Torres
System Vice President, Supply Chain Management and Biomedical Engineering
Main Line Health System
Christine Torres is the System Vice President of Supply Chain Management for the Main Line Health System, an Integrated Delivery Network consisting of four tertiary care hospitals and one rehabilitation hospital. In this role she provides corporate oversight by facilitating all contracting, logistics and medical equipment management associated with the supply chain needs of these healthcare institutions. Chris draws from her 40 years of healthcare business knowledge, clinical expertise, established relationships and teaching abilities to provide this organization with vision, strategy and direction in navigating the difficult challenges hospitals face today in the areas of ensuring patient safety, increasing supply costs, new technology demand, bending the Medicare cost curve and a host of other economic and resource demands. Chris is a member of the Main Line Health Leadership Faculty and provides training to the Management Team of the organization utilizing curriculums related to leadership development. Chris is certified in lean 6 sigma work and employs these strategies and techniques across the continuum of process improvement initiatives for the organization. Chris acts as a resource for many of the safety initiatives across the Health System. She provides guidance and support to these initiatives by focusing on the IOM STEEEP principles to provide a safer environment for our Patients and Staff. Chris provides strategic direction to the Main Line Health organization by coordinating a system approach to managing efforts related to clinical resource management processes that are leveraged in the evaluation of new technologies, services and supplies for the organization.

Jay Scott Fligstein
Senior Vice President, Business Solutions
Acurity, Inc.
Financial Operations Track: Disrupting the Supply Chain

Jay Fligstein joined Acurity in 2005 and now serves as the Senior Vice President of Business Solutions. Throughout the years, Mr. Fligstein has worked with member hospitals to review the Acurity contract portfolio and outline and develop supply chain projects and savings plans. He has also assisted with projects that join GNYHA Services/Premier technologies with materials management information systems, to bring full automation and integration to the contracting and ordering processes to help members manage and reduce supply costs. Prior to joining Acurity, Mr. Fligstein worked as a materials executive where he had operations responsibility for supply chain management. He led an enterprise-wide MMIS deployment, point-of-use technology implementation, and supply chain automation as well as multi-million dollar cost savings plans. Mr. Fligstein earned his BS in Health Care Administration from SUNY at Old Westbury.

Jean-Marc Villain MBA
Director of Supplier Diversity
Medical University of South Carolina
Table Exchange - Table 1 - Supplier Diversity

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.

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

Lori Armstrong DNPc, MSN, RN NEA-BC
Chief Nurse Executive
Kaiser Permanente
A nurse with a track record of excellence in care and leadership, Lori Armstrong serves as Chief Nursing Officer at Kaiser Permanente Santa Clara Medical Center. Armstrong previously served in nursing leadership positions for some of the country’s most renowned women’s and children’s hospitals in the country, including: Texas Children’s Hospital in Houston, Morgan Stanley Children’s Hospital, and Sloane Hospital For Women in New York City. During her time with these hospitals she led system-wide initiatives that increased quality, patient satisfaction, and staff performance and retention. Born in New York, Armstrong started her nursing career caring for some of hospitals’ most-fragile patients: newborns in special Neonatal Intensive Care Units. She was a NICU nurse in Manhasset, New York, then again a few years later at Chicago’s historic Michael Reese Hospital. She became a NICU nurse manager at Chicago’s University of Illinois Hospital, and later, became Director of Neonatal Services at the Carolinas HealthCare System in Charlotte, North Carolina. Armstrong is not only a nurse leader, but also an innovator. In the late 1990’s she and a team re-designed a standard the “headwall” of a neonatal intensive care unit. In a modern hospital, the headwall is where oxygen lines, electrical outlets, and monitoring equipment is organized at head of the bed. Armstrong’s design standardized a similar arrangement for the isolettes used in the NICU. Armstrong came to Stanford in 2001, serving seven years in nursing and neonatal intensive care. Armstrong has a 25-year-old son and a Boston terrier named “Joey”. She has a Bachelor’s and a Master’s degrees in Nursing.

Alexandria Combs MSHS
Chief Innovation & Strategy Officer
NGA Healthcare Consulting
Alexandria Combs is a healthcare catalyst passionate about defining strategies that create new value by working at the intersection of tough healthcare business challenges with operational limitations in dynamic environments. Leveraging her experience in leadership of academic medical centers, healthcare consulting, and large-scale program growth and development, Alexandria consults on strategy and clinical transformation as well as with start-ups and companies focused on new market segments; Oregon Health & Science University, Stanford Health Care, and Kaiser Permanente are all recent/current clients. She is adept at establishing rapport and credibility with diverse groups ranging from clinical to technical teams. Alexandria has a history of consistently surpassing organizational performance goals by growing clinical business, maintaining strong financial performance, and enhancing the patient experience and employee engagement. Alexandria also has a strong commitment to improving health and health care systems globally, particularly focusing on countries with lean economies. She actively volunteers in medical missions in Africa and Asia, assisting with strategic planning, fundraising, and operational execution of the missions. Alexandria earned both her Masters of Science degree in Health Systems/Industrial Engineering and bachelor’s degree with honors in Industrial Engineering from Georgia Tech with a certificate in Organizational Psychology. Alexandria was selected as a fellow in the California Health Leadership College, participating in a year-long program dedicated to the development of “Next Generation CEOs”. She also holds a certificate in LEAN performance improvement training from BMGI and Joan Wellman Associates.

Morten Wendelbo
Research Fellow
Scowcroft Institute of International Affairs
Clinical Integration Track: We Need It and We Need It Now

Morten Wendelbo is a Research Fellow at the Scowcroft Institute of International Affairs at the Bush School of Government and Public Service at Texas A&M University. His research focuses on complex emergency management, particularly preparedness for and response to pandemics. In his work, he emphasizes contributing actionable information to policy makers and private industry as a means to improving disaster preparedness and response. His analyses of health preparedness have appeared in The Washington Post, Smithsonian Magazine, and Newsweek, among other outlets. Wendelbo is also the co-creator and developer of the Scowcroft Infectious Disease Information Platform (SIDIP), a forthcoming open-source platform intended to bridge the gap between policy makers, academics, and private industry in the infectious disease domain.

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

Kelly Nelson MBA
Officer, Supply Chain Hospitals and Logistics
Avera Health
Kelly Nelson is a Supply Chain Officer for Avera Health in Sioux Falls, SD. In this role she leads the hospital operations teams for the system. Additionally, she has accountability for the Avera distribution center as well as courier services. Prior to this role at Fairview Kelly has held many different Supply Chain operations roles in 13 years at Fairview, including building the site operations project team and leading the Value Analysis program that was accountable for annual savings of over $8 million. Additionally, she was responsible for the Premier innovation award winning mobile medical equipment management program for the system as well as leading the patient move portion of the University of Minnesota Masonic Children’s hospital’s relocation to a new facility. Prior to joining Fairview she was a materials Manager for PurNet, a purchasing network for clinics and surgery centers across the country. Kelly completed her undergraduate degree in Agricultural Business Management from South Dakota State University, in Brookings, SD, and her MBA from Concordia University, St. Paul, MN.

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

Dee Donatelli
Dee Donatelli Consulting, LLC
Dee Donatelli, is an experienced healthcare professional and nationally recognized speaker with nearly 40 years in the industry. Donatelli has advised some of the country’s leading healthcare organizations on cost reduction based upon a clinically integrated value analysis process. With a background as a nurse and over 25 years of healthcare consulting experience focused on large scale supply chain operations improvement, she specializes in providing and executing on plans for supply chain to collaborate with physicians, while focusing on clinical evidence and protocols to reduce variation in practice and products. Dee has held a number of leadership roles at high profile organizations including, Cap Gemini Ernst and Young, Owens & Minor, VHA, Hayes, Inc. and Navigant Consulting. She is a former president of the Association of Healthcare Value Analysis Professionals (AHVAP) where she helped to facilitate the creation of Value Analysis Certification. Dee has been involved with the Association for Healthcare Resource and Materials Management (AHRMM), serving at the state-level for Kansas and on the national board. She holds certifications with both national organizations as well as Fellow Status. In October of 2015 Dee was inducted in to the Bellwether League and currently serves on the Bellwether League Board of Directors. This is in recognition of exemplary contributions to Healthcare Supply Chain Management; recognizing individuals for their development, growth, innovation and leadership. Dee has established her own LLC and is exploring independent consulting opportunities. Most recently Dee served as the President and CEO of Mid-America Service Solutions, a Vizient Member Business Ventures network representing over 250 acute care and 1200 non-acute care facilities in a ten-state region.

Regional VP of Performance Improvement
Ali Birjandi has over 25 years of experience in healthcare performance optimization, and implementation of turn-around plans. Ali is nationally recognized as an expert in the design and deployment of system-wide Performance Improvement (PI) functions in major healthcare systems. He is an expert at developing corporate PI strategies, Six Sigma training programs, PMO development, and CQI expense reduction programs. Prior to joining CHRISTUS Health, Ali worked for Tenet Health System and ProMedica Health System as the VP of operational efficiency. Ali earned his BS degree in Operations Management along with MBA and MHA degrees from the University of Florida. Ali is certified as a Six Sigma Master Black Belt through ASQ and is a Certified Professional in Health Information Management Systems through HIMSS. Ali has been published numerous articles in national journals. Ali also co-authored the Discharge Planning Handbook for Healthcare, Productivity Press, New York 2008.

William Matthew Parker PharmD, MHA, BCPS
Manager, Consolidated Pharmacy Services
Greenville Health System
Pharmacy Track: Pharmacy Supply Chain Management Using a Consolidated Services Center

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

Scott Sterrett PharmD
Manager, Specialty Pharmacy
Beaumont Health
Pharmacy Track: Specialty Pharmacy + Medication Assistance Programs

As Manager, Specialty Pharmacy Services, Scott Sterrett is responsible for managing the development and implementation of the specialty pharmacy program for Beaumont Health, an eight-hospital health system in Metro Detroit with $4.1 billion in annual revenue. Specific responsibilities include developing a phased implementation plan for targeted disease states and medication classes, developing training and marketing materials, hiring and managing technical and professional staff, determining workflow and operating procedures, overseeing financial projections and performance, contracting with payors and vendors, and providing exceptional care and service to patients, nurses, and physicians. Scott received his Doctor of Pharmacy from Ohio Northern University.

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

Brent Petty CMRP
Executive Industry Consultant - Healthcare

Supplier Strategies Track: Panel: Making An Impact Today

Brent Petty is Executive Industry Consultant for Healthcare, at Lexmark International, Inc. Brent joined Lexmark in 2015 after serving 12 years as System Vice President, Supply Chain for Wellmont Health System, Kingsport, TN. In addition to his Lexmark responsibility currently has the distinct honor in being the 2015 Chairman of the Board of the Association for Healthcare Resource Materials Management. (AHRMM). Petty earned his professional designation as a Certified Materials Resource Professional (CMRP) through the AHA Certification Center, a division of the American Hospital Association.

Robin Lincoln
Senior Vice President, Contracting Operations
Capstone Health Alliance
Supplier Strategies Track: Panel: Making An Impact Today

Robin Lincoln, Senior Vice President, Contracting Operations, of Capstone Health Alliance, has been with Capstone since 2009. Robin’s responsibilities include the development, implementation, and ongoing process improvement for contracting strategies and operations for the Alliance. Robin works closely with the Capstone contracting team in contract negotiations, and also leads the development of effective implementation strategies designed to provide timely and relevant information to the Capstone membership and create maximum opportunity for Capstone’s supplier partners. Robin previously served as the Director of Synergy Health Group, a regional aggregation group based out of Johnson City, TN and owned by Mountain States Health Alliance. Prior to joining Synergy, Robin was Vice President and COO of Wilson Pharmacy and PNS Institutional, a regional privately-owned closed-door, retail, and compounding pharmacy chain. Before transitioning to healthcare, Robin served as Vice President and General Manager of The Faneuil Group, an international research and marketing company based out of Boston, MA, where she held various leadership, account management, and operations roles over the course of ten years. Robin holds a BS degree in Computer Science from East Tennessee State University.

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

John K. Kautzer
System Director, Contracting
Hospital Sisters Health System
Table Exchange - Table 3 - Purchased Services

John is a supply chain veteran with over 40 years of experience. His provider experience includes health systems in WI and TX. John’s GPO background includes Diversified Health Services, Consorta, and Med Assets. Most recently, John was the Executive Director of Support Services and Distribution for Resource Optimization and Innovation (ROi) in St. Louis, Missouri. In addition, he spent time working with Healthcare Links providing national accounts support to a number of their clients. In his current role at HSHS, John oversees system and local contracting activity and is the system’s representative on the HealthTrust Supply Chain Board.

Robin L. Lane MBA, BSN, RN, CVAHP
Table Exchange - Table 2 - Physician Preference Items (PPI)

Robin Lane has been a healthcare professional for more than 30 years. In her current position as Senior Manager of Value Analysis, she helped to create and implement a system wide Value Analysis Program for the UPMC Health System, developing approximately 35 system value analysis teams, a technology review committee and implementing a product recall system. Prior to her career in Supply Chain, Robin led the surgical services department of a system hospital managing four integrated departments and services. Robin is one of the inaugural recipients of certification (CVAHP) from AHVAP in October 2015, and currently serves as the AHVAP President.

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

Jeffrey Ashkenase MPA
Executive Vice President
Acurity, Inc.
Financial Operations Track: Disrupting the Supply Chain

Jeff Ashkenase oversees the Value Analysis, Sterile Processing, and Workforce Solutions services at Nexera. He has worked in the healthcare industry for more than 20 years in the nonprofit, managed care, group purchasing, and government settings. Throughout his career, he has been responsible for managing costs, implementing systems, optimizing the supply chain, and improving decision support and the budgeting process through the use of technology. Jeff has a track record of managing change effectively and improving the financial performance of both his clients and his company. Jeff also serves as Executive Vice President of Acurity, Nexera’s sister group purchasing organization, where he oversees the Business Solutions, Strategic Contracting Services, Project Management, Technology, and Analytics divisions. Jeff is a seasoned speaker and educator. He has given presentations at national healthcare conferences, such as the Becker’s Hospital Review Annual Meeting, the Premier Annual Breakthroughs Conference and Exhibition, AHRMM Conference and Exhibition, IDN Summit and Reverse Exposition, PeopleSoft’s HEUG Conference, and the Puerto Rico Hospital Association Annual Meeting. He has served on Premier’s Strategic Advisory Committee, the Global Healthcare Exchange Product Council, the Coalition of Healthcare eStandards, the Federation of American Hospitals Exposition Advisory Committee, and the Healthcare Supply Chain Association Exposition Steering Committee in addition to various Premier technology committees. He has also served as an adjunct professor for Long Island University’s Master of Public Administration program. Before joining the Greater New York Hospital Association family of businesses, he was Associate Vice President of Finance at Maimonides Medical Center, where his responsibilities included overseeing the budget, decision support department and materials management, and business information systems. Jeff earned his Bachelor of Arts from SUNY Albany and his Master of Public Administration from NYU Wagner.

Thomas L. Grace RN, PhD
Vice President Emergency Preparedness
Hospital and Healthsystem Association of PA
Clinical Integration Track: We Need It and We Need It Now

Tom Grace has been the VP Emergency Preparedness of the Hospital and Health System Association of Pennsylvania (HAP) since 2012. His current responsibilities include leadership for the HAP/PADOH HPP partnership. He serves as: Team Leader/Founder of Southeastern Pennsylvania - Surge Medical Assistance Response Team, and Team Commander, US Department of Health and Human Services (HHS), National Disaster Medical System, and Disaster Medical Assistance Team PA-4. In his career, Tom has served as a Volunteer Fire/EMS Paramedic; Emergency/flight nurse (Pittsburgh Life Flight in 1981 -85; then flight programs in Fairfax, VA and Philadelphia, PA (85-93); PA Health System Administrator for Support Services (Facilities, Utilities, Construction; Safety, Security, Emergency Mgmt, Med Equipment, Food Services, Housekeeping 1994-2006); HAP VP for Preparedness, Philadelphia Region 2006-2012 and is a US ARMY Veteran (1973-76) with "The Old Guard" Washington, DC. He has his Nursing Diploma from Sewickley Valley Hospital, his BSN from LaRoche College, a Master’s in Public Management from Carnegie Mellon University, and a PhD in Administration from Cambridge State University.

Heather Wall MBA
Partner, Enterprise Initiative office
Intermountain Healthcare
Heather Wall is an Enterprise Initiative Partner with Intermountain Healthcare’s Enterprise Initiative Office (EIO), which is responsible for driving forward Intermountain’ s key strategic initiatives. Previous to this position, Heather was the Operations Officer for Intermountain Healthcare’s LDS Hospital, with accountability for hospital-wide operations, strategic growth and high-value healthcare delivery. Prior to joining Intermountain in 2008, Heather was the President / Managing Partner of Tesaris Corporation, a healthcare consulting and technology company with clients on both the west and east coasts. In this position, Heather designed and optimized strategy and operational efficiency for hospitals, ranging in size from critical access facilities to academic medical centers. Heather received her Masters of Business Administration from Arizona State University and her Bachelor of Science in management from Brigham Young University. Heather and her husband, Ben, are the parents of three little boys and reside in Riverton, Utah.

Dave Harlow BS, Pharm D.
AVP, Professional Services, Clinical Pharmacy, Clinical Laboratory and Disease Management
Martin Health System
David Harlow joined the Martin Health System as the chief pharmacy officer coming from Carilion Clinic’s ACO as the regional director of pharmacy operations for Southwestern Virginia. Additionally, Dr. Harlow is the executive officer of PharmaDym PA, a clinical pharmacy consulting firm. David received his BS Pharm in 1992 from the Medical College of Virginia and completed his Doctoral work at the University of Florida. Some accomplishments include the implementation of Virginia’s First completely remote hospital pharmacy service, creation of Carilion Clinic’s system wide after hours order management and verification program and was the custodian of Carilion Clinic’s Clinical Pharmacist Practitioner Project as well as Carilion Clinic’s close loop pharmacy initiative. David was also responsible for the coordination of the Carilion Clinic’s System P&T project.

Jessica Farrell PharmD
Clinical Pharmacist/Associate Professor
Albany College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences & The Center for Rheumatology
Dr. Farrell is currently employed as an Associate Professor in the Department of Pharmacy Practice at Albany College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences. Her practice site is The Center for Rheumatology in Albany, NY where she provides a variety of clinical pharmacy services including pharmacotherapy consult services, self-injection counseling visits, off-label insurance approval service, and adverse event monitoring and reporting. She also serves as an associate medical officer for the Steffens Scleroderma Center. Dr. Farrell presents nationally and internationally on numerous rheumatic conditions including rheumatoid arthritis, psoriatic arthritis, scleroderma, pregnancy and lactation in rheumatic disease. She is affiliated with several professional organizations, including the American College of Rheumatology/Association of Rheumatology Health Professionals (ACR/ARHP), American Society of Health-System Pharmacists (ASHP), and previously held officer positions for the New York State Council of Health-System Pharmacists (NYSCHP)-Northeastern Chapter. Dr. Farrell received her Doctor of Pharmacy Degree at Albany College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences in Albany, NY.

Kreg M. Koford MBA, CPSM
AVP, Strategic Sourcing and Solutions
Intermountain Healthcare
Table Exchange - Table 4 - Product Standardization

Kreg Koford serves as the AVP, Strategic Sourcing & Solutions of Supply Chain for Intermountain Healthcare. His responsibilities include category management, contracting, strategic sourcing, program development, and supplier relationship management and development. The Intermountain system consists of three operating groups: Intermountain Health Services, consisting of 22 hospitals in Utah and Idaho, home health agencies, women’s health centers, an integrated network for laboratory services, and behavioral health services; Intermountain Medical Group, with about 900 employed primary care and secondary care physicians and more than 185 clinics; and SelectHealth, which provides health insurance plans that cover more than 500,000 people. Before joining Intermountain in 2003, Kreg worked in the high-tech sector doing consultation, implementation, and management of key customer relationships. Kreg has both Bachelors of Science, and MBA degrees from Brigham Young University. Kreg is originally from Southern California but now resides in Salt Lake City with his wife and 4 children. Intermountain Healthcare is an integrated, nonprofit healthcare system serving communities in Utah and southern Idaho.

Jay M. Kirkpatrick
CEO, Western Region
Supplier Strategies Track: Panel: A GPO Panel Discussion on Innovative Solutions

Jay Kirkpatrick has 29 years of healthcare supply chain experience and currently is the Western Region CEO for HealthTrust. In his role, Jay has account management leadership responsibility for HealthTrust Purchasing Group members and sales leadership responsibilities for HealthTrust GPO and service line offerings. Jay served on the AHRMM Board of Directors from 2005-2010 and was the President of AHRMM in 2009. Jay was awarded the George R. Gossett Leadership Award in 2013 by AHRMM and in 2014 he received the Supply Chain Leadership Award from GHX.

Timothy Marlette
Chief Purchasing Officer
Community Health Systems
Supplier Strategies Track: Panel: In Three Years

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

Trisha Gillum MBA, FACHE
Network Director of Supply Chain & Purchasing
Kettering Health Network
Supplier Strategies Track: Panel: Making An Impact Today

Trisha Gillum is Director of Supply Chain Management & Purchasing within the Kettering Health Network in southwest Ohio. She has extensive experience in health care finance and operations, having worked in a variety of roles from general accounting, decision support, third party contract management, revenue cycle management and perioperative operations management. Trisha holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Business Administration, Accounting and Finance from Wright State University, and an MBA in Health Care Management and Management Information Systems from Wright State University. She is a fellow in ACHE and actively involved in their local leadership.

David A Kvancz MS, RPh FASHP
Senior Vice President, Strategic Client Relationships
Visante, Inc.
David A. Kvancz is Senior Vice President, Strategic Client Relationships at Visante, an established healthcare consulting firm with a focus on medication use and system optimization. Prior to joining Visante, David served as Vice President, National Pharmacy Programs and Services, for Kaiser Permanente. Previously, David served as Director of Pharmacy and Chief Pharmacy Officer for the Cleveland Clinic Health System, Associate Director of Clinical Pharmacy Services at the University of Texas Medical Branch at Galveston, and Assistant Director of Pharmacy at Tucson Medical Center. David has served in multiple leadership positions, delivered numerous presentations and published several articles for local, state and national health system pharmacy organizations. He has also held adjunct and associate faculty positions and served on the Dean’s Advisory Councils at several colleges of pharmacy. He earned his B.S. degree from the Albany College of Pharmacy in Albany, New York, and a master's degree in clinical hospital pharmacy from the Ohio State University. He completed his ASHP-accredited residency at Mount Carmel Medical Center in Columbus, Ohio.

John Bass
Founder & CEO
Hashed Health
John Bass is the Founder and CEO of Hashed Health, a healthcare blockchain innovation firm focused on building new digital infrastructure for healthcare. John has over 23 years of experience in healthcare technology with expertise in shared operating systems that build trust, transparency, and incentives across health value chains. Since 2015 John has been a leading voice in the development of the global healthcare blockchain market. At Hashed Health, John’s team focuses on community development, enterprise services, and blockchain solutions development. John is an internationally recognized speaker on value-based care, blockchain and decentralized healthcare technology. Prior to Hashed Health, John was CEO at InVivoLink, a care management start-up which sold to HCA in 2015. John’s experience also includes healthcare B2B startup which was acquired by Medibuy/Global Healthcare Exchange. John is a native of Nashville and has a Chemistry degree from the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill.

Michael Louviere MBA, PD
System VP Supply Chain
Ochsner Health System
Transformations Track: Artificial Intelligence and Digitizing of the Supply Chain

Michael Louviere is System VP Supply Chain at Ochsner Health System in New Orleans, Louisiana. Michael joined Ochsner in April 2012. Michael is a past president of AHRMM and maintains Fellow status. He is also a member of the Bellwether League’s Class of 2010 and received the ASHMM Leadership Award in 1995. He is a recognized international speaker and author in the field of healthcare supply chain and pharmacy. Past experience includes: Pediatric Pharmacist, Material Manager, COO, and VP Supply Chain. Michael has a BS in Pharmacy, MS in Hospital Pharmacy Administration and an MBA from LSU.

William Paul Stitt CMRP FAHRMM CHFP
Chief Supply Chain Officer
University of Mississippi Medical Center
Supplier Strategies Track: Panel: In Three Years

William Stitt currently serves as the Chief Supply Chain Officer at University of Mississippi Medical Center and is also the Principal and Chief Operating Officer of Credibility Healthcare, LLC, a full-service supply chain and operations consulting firm. Throughout his 27+ years in the healthcare supply chain, he has held various executive level positions in a variety of settings to include integrated delivery networks, academic medical centers and community hospitals from 90 beds to over 900 beds. He has an established record of building high performing supply chain departments and meeting and exceeding operational goals. Bill is a Certified Materials Resource Professional and has achieved Fellow status in the Association of Healthcare Resource and Materials Management and is a Certified Healthcare Finance Professional through HFMA. He is also a former AHRMM President and Region 5 Board member.

Jean Abraham Ph.D.
Wegmiller Professor
University of Minnesota
General Session

Jean Marie Abraham is currently the Wegmiller Professor of Healthcare Administration in the Division of Health Policy and Management located within the School of Public Health at the University of Minnesota. Prior to joining the University of Minnesota faculty, Dr. Abraham completed her Ph.D. in Public Policy and Management from Carnegie Mellon University in 2001. Dr. Abraham’s area of expertise is health economics and policy. She has published more than 60 peer-reviewed articles investigating issues including access to and cost of employer-based health insurance, the effectiveness of employer wellness programs, competition in insurance and hospital markets, and the impact of federal health reform on individuals, insurers, employers, and providers. During academic year 2008-2009, Jean served as the senior economist on health issues for the President’s Council of Economic Advisers (CEA) in Washington, D.C. In this non-partisan role, Jean provided technical expertise to White House senior leadership and participated on the Obama Administration’s inter-agency work group to develop policy positions later adopted in the Affordable Care Act. Beginning February 2016, Dr. Abraham assumed the role of Director of the Master of Healthcare Administration (MHA) Program, which is currently ranked third nationally by U.S. News and World Report. The Minnesota MHA program has graduated more than 2,500 individuals, many of whom have pursued leadership roles in healthcare delivery and financing organizations. In her position, Jean has responsibility for all aspects of the full-time and executive cohorts (approximately 130 students total), including curriculum, instructional quality, and student performance.

Robert Wesley MS Bioengineering
3D Printing Engineer
St. Louis Children's Hospital
Transformations Track: Artificial Intelligence and Digitizing of the Supply Chain

Robert Wesley is a Tennessee native who started his career at Nicklaus Children’s Hospital in Miami. It was there he was introduced to in-hospital 3D printing. As a biomedical engineer in pediatric cardiac surgery, he worked to expand the hospital’s 3D printing capabilities and vision beyond its congenital heart program. A couple of years later he did consult work for a few southeastern children’s hospitals with emerging 3D printing programs, before finding his way to St. Louis Children’s Hospital of BJC HealthCare. In St. Louis, Robert runs the operations of the 3D Printing Center at Washington University Medical campus which services all 13 BJC hospitals, Washington University School of Medicine, and local/regional hospitals, under the direction of Christine Pavlak, Dr. Shafkat Anwar, Dr. Kamlesh Patel, and Dr. Eric Eutsler.