The speakers for the 2017 Spring IDN Summit will be available in early 2017.  In the meantime, check out the distinguished speakers who shared their insights at the Fall IDN Summit.
2016 Fall IDN Summit Speakers
Below is a listing of the Breakout Session speakers at the Fall IDN Summit held September 19-21, 2016.  Speakers are listed in alphabetical order.
Manager, Purchasing Product Analysis, Ochsner Health System
Sandra Achee, RN, CNOR is the Manager of Purchasing Product Analysis at Ochsner Health System.  Sandra has worked at Ochsner for 34 years, the first 25 years in the OR.  Part of her OR background was primarily in Ortho and Neuro.  She then managed the OR’s Sterile Processing and Material Department before joining Ochsner’s Purchasing Department.  She has been in purchasing for 9 years.   She is also working on her Certification in Value Analysis.  Sandra attended Charity School of Nursing- Diploma Program and has her degree from University of New York.                     
Vice President of Sourcing, Innovation and Marketing, ROi
Scott Alexander is Vice President of Sourcing, Innovation & Marketing for ROi. Scott joined ROi in 2015 with more than a decade of health care experience, having worked for companies like Medtronic/Covidien, Nasolux and The Innovation Factory. His career has spanned roles in marketing, sales, strategy, innovation, and venture capital. Scott is responsible for overseeing ROi’s strategic contracting and sourcing division, which helps health care providers manage the evaluation, selection, contracting, standardization and utilization of all products and services necessary for patient care. Scott and his team work with channel partners, ROi Members and ROi’s other operating units to harvest maximum clinical, operational and financial value from the supply chain. Scott also oversees ROi’s innovation strategy; his team works on identifying, developing, and commercializing innovative solutions to supply chain-related issues that reduce the total cost of care for ROi customers. Scott is the holder of nearly a dozen patent and patent filings. He graduated summa cum laude with honors from the University of Georgia with degrees in Marketing and Management Information Systems. Scott received his MBA, with a concentration in Finance, from Wake Forest University.
Sr. Solutions Manager, Intermountain Healthcare
Jeromie Atkinson is a Sr. Solutions Manager for Intermountain Healthcare’s Supply Chain Organization. His areas of responsibility include planning, designing, and implementing supply chain strategy in support of Intermountain’s key executives leading Pharmacy Services, Laboratory Services, Respiratory Services, Rehab Services, and Community Health. Additionally, he has responsibility for managing Intermountain’s strategic supplier relationships within these groups.  Jeromie began working for Intermountain Healthcare in 2011 but has had a 20+ year career in various disciplines within the industry of supply chain, working for small retail organizations to large publicly traded companies. In addition to his career at Intermountain Healthcare, Jeromie currently holds adjunct faculty positions and teaches undergraduate Global Supply Chain Management in the David Eccles School of Business at the University of Utah, and graduate Healthcare Supply Chain Management in the Ezekiel R. Dumke College of Health Professions at Weber State University.  Jeromie received a B.S. in Business Administration and a Master’s of Healthcare Administration from Weber State University, as well as a Master’s of Business Administration-Supply Chain from Arizona State University.
Director SCO Business Development, Intermountain Healthcare
As the Director of Supply Chain Business Development, Richard works as a senior supply chain leader at Intermountain Healthcare to deliver the supply chain triple aim of ‘Becoming a Model’.  This effort includes our strategy to share supply chain best practices, co-develop supply chain products and services through our commercial partner Intalere.  He has a proven track record of leading complex and diverse teams to deliver exceptional customer value.  He has lead major award winning supply chain initiatives like our procurement transformation and our product standardization.  Prior to his current role, he led the category management team at Intermountain.  He has worked for 3M Health Information Systems in development of their electronic medical records.  He has also worked for Siemens developing commercial IT products.  He is a graduate from the University of Utah with a degree in computer science and also has a master’s degree in business administration from the University of Phoenix where he has taught 17 years.
VP, Supply Chain, Fairview Health Services
LeAnn Born serves as vice president of supply chain for Fairview Health Services.  In this role, she has responsibility for the centralized administration of the sourcing, contracting, value analysis, logistics, procure-to-pay, instrument sterilization, vendor management and business enterprise system (PeopleSoft) support teams.  Born joined Fairview in 2010 with more than 16 years of experience in health care operations and supply chain leadership roles.  Most recently, Born served as vice president of custom contracting services for Novation, the contracting services company of University HealthSystem Consortium, VHA and Provista. Prior to joining Novation, Born held several leadership positions during her 12 years of service at Allina Hospitals & Clinics in Minneapolis, including interim vice president of supply chain.  Born holds a master of healthcare administration degree from the University of Minnesota in Minneapolis and a bachelor of business administration degree in marketing from the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire.   
Former President & CEO, SETON Family of Hospitals
John has recently retired as President of the Seton Family of Hospitals in Austin, Tx. He has over 36 years of executive leadership experience in operations and complex systems management. He has been a consistent contributor to quality, physician alignment, strategy, employee engagement, efficiency,
productivity, and market growth. He has delivered results in progressively challenging roles and rapidly changing environments by effectively teaming with governing boards, management, and clinical staff to identify and implement solutions to diverse business challenges.  John received his undergraduate degree from Cornell University and his Masters in Healthcare Administration from The George Washington University.
Health System Director, Resource Utilization & Value Analysis, FMOL Health System
Kathy Chauvin, RN, serves as the Health System Director of Resource Utilization and Value Analysis for the Franciscan Missionaries of Our Lady Health System in Louisiana. FMOLHS is a non-profit mission-focused Catholic healthcare ministry that includes 5 acute care hospitals and several affiliates throughout the Gulf Coast region. Kathy leads a highly diverse team of Clinical Resource Utilization Managers and Purchasing and Administrative Professionals integrated into every aspect of the both clinical care and Supply Chain.  Primarily comprised of Product Assessment Committees (PACs) in Surgery, Cardiology, Core Nursing/Women’s Health, Radiology, Lab/Respiratory, and Ortho/Neuro, her team is the Health System’s conduit for new product and technology reviews using evidence-based methodology, clinical value analysis, sourcing, and contract implementation and management.  Kathy has been a registered nurse over 30 years with a focus in critical care and surgery and has spent the last 10 years in Supply Chain Management. 
Senior Director, Advisory Board
Sihyun is a Senior Director of Advisory Board’s strategy consulting practice. In this role, he spends much of his time advising providers, payers, retailers and other industry participants on critical issues such as retail business development, care delivery redesign, provider network construction, partnership and affiliation models, patient access, and spend management. He is one of the firm’s leading experts on health system margin improvement.  Prior to his current role, Sihyun led the firm's practice focused on supply chain transformation. In this capacity, he impacted over $2.5B in annual expenses and led 70+ commercial transactions for health system management teams.  Before joining Advisory Board, Sihyun was an associate with Oliver Wyman, where he advised large US and international airlines on topics such as revenue growth, partnership strategy, capital negotiations, and change management.  Sihyun also served as an associate with Censeo Consulting Group, where he assisted federal agencies with enterprise-wide acquisition strategies and workforce process improvements. Sihyun has a bachelor’s degree in Commerce with concentrations in finance and management from University of Virginia.
Nick Gaich and Associates
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.  Alexandria previously worked for Stanford University Medical Center/Packard Children’s Hospital.  Alexandria was Senior Administrative Director, Bass Center for Childhood Cancer & Blood Disease and Complex Care Coordination, serving in a unique three-part role that leveraged expertise in strategic planning, operational improvement, and innovative design.  She was the Service Line Administrator for Cancer Center of Excellence, Executive Director of Complex Care Program, and Administrator of the Patient Access & Care Coordination Division.  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 has spoken on a broad spectrum of topics across the healthcare value chain: strategic planning & service line optimization, clinical transformation, patient progression, business continuity, and organizational transformation. 
Vice President, Supply Chain Operations, Westchester Medical Center
Mr. Connor has more than 20 years’ experience in healthcare operations.  His expertise is in the areas of finance, billing, reimbursement, management, materials management and software implementation and development.  Mr. Connor has held many management positions within healthcare and manufacturing with titles including Director with a focus in Materials, Finance and Surgical Services, Director of Operations Sterile Processing, Software Implementation Specialist/Inventory Control and Master Production Scheduler.   He also served in the United States Air Force in Charleston, South Carolina as a Flight Crew Chief and overseas in the Air Force Reserves.  Mr. Connor is an active member of several Boards, including the Spend Management Board, the Strategic Information Board and the Council of Supply Chain Executives.  Mr. Connor has a Bachelor’s Degree in Business Management from Eckerd College in Florida and a Masters in Business Administration from the University of South Florida. 
Interim Leadership Consultant
Terry Cox is a dynamic results oriented senior operations leader with proven results in not for profit, for profit, academic, and governmental supply chain services to include, contracting, purchasing, warehousing, value analysis, distribution, transportation, inventory management, and financial management. He has a proven track record establishing forward looking goals, developing cohesive teams, and translating strategy into actionable goals.  Terry has an enthusiasm for leadership and increasing levels of performance by improving productivity, reducing costs and improving customer service.  Terry has previously served as MedAssets Supply Chain Services Vice President, Corporate Director, Supply Chain Services with Shriner’s Hospitals, Texas Children’s Supply Chain Services Director, HCA Corporate AVP, Vanguard’s Phoenix Market VP Contracting and Material Management, HCA Healthcare North Florida Division Supply Chain Officer and was a United States Army Medical Department Logistics Officer.
Vice President, Supplier Relations and Business Development, Premier, Inc.

With nearly 30 years of experience in healthcare sales, marketing, and management, Dave Edwards is an enthusiastic champion of creating win/win scenarios through collaboration, particularly between healthcare providers and suppliers. He is an energetic leader with a proven record of sales success with a Fortune 50 company, a start-up-device company and as a partner in a small medical manufacturer. 
Now an executive with the Premier healthcare alliance, his talents for motivating people, synthesizing complex ideas and building strong relationships across the healthcare supply chain, along with his engaging personality, make Dave one of the industry’s authorities on driving strategy, collaboration and organizational improvements. During his 16-year tenure with Premier, he has been the principal architect of Premier’s field force strategy and has been instrumental in propelling the alliance’s purchasing volume from $12 to $44 billion. 
Chief Supply Chain Strategy Officer, Nick Gaich and Associates
Rex Fieck brings nearly 40 years of experience, and possesses a unique perspective of the healthcare supply chain industry. Rex has excelled at developing and pursuing continuous process improvement opportunities within all functions of a supply chain. As Chief Supply Chain Strategy Officer at Nick Gaich and Associates, Rex has facilitated large healthcare system’s supply chain assessments. Developing and implementing strategies that enable institutions to maximize their supply chain performance. He has performed as interim supply chain leadership and has advised and collaborated with industry suppliers to support the greater enhancement of the entire healthcare supply chain. Rex spent 24 years at years at Stanford University Medical Center the last 10 serving as the administrative director of Materials Management providing expertise and leadership for the entire supply chain at both Stanford Hospital & Clinics and Lucile Packard Childrens Hospital.
Vice President, Supplier Relations and Business Development, Premier, Inc.
Since 2007, David Finley has been with Premier facilitating strategic engagements for suppliers with Premier’s field resources and members. After years in manufacturing, he began a career in healthcare sales with Kimberly-Clark 23 years ago, rising through the ranks to ultimately becoming vice president of sales for the western region.  During his tenure David helped develop and implement their first sales force automation program and implemented a strategic account management program.  His healthcare career also includes a stint with Professional Hospital Supply as vice president of sales with responsibility for all distribution and custom procedural trays.  He restructured the sales team and implemented a performance-based team selling model to help the company increase sales from $268 million to $467 million over a three-year period. He was later recruited as the VP of Sales for Tri-anim, specializing in anesthesia and respiratory products and growing sales from $126MM to $168MM. 
VP, Vendor Management, Ochsner Health System
Mark is the Vice President of Vendor Management at Ochsner Health System.  Mark is responsible for the strategic vision, long term planning, direction and overall accountability for system-wide functions; communicates and interprets organizational and departmental mission goals and objectives to all areas of responsibility; and provides leadership and direction in the planning, implementation, and evaluation activities of all areas of responsibility.  Upon completion of his BS in Exercise Physiology at UC Davis,  Mark served as the co-administrator at an Alzheimer’s residential care facility and then went on to a staff supervisor role in the Department of Emergency Medicine at the UC Davis Medical Center.  Mark entered graduate school at Tulane University in 1996, and upon completion of his MHA in 1998 he proceeded on to an administrative fellowship at Henry Ford Health System.  Mark joined Ochsner in January of 2000 and initially held leadership responsibilities for the Department of Renal Services.  In January of 2002, Mark accepted the role as Director over Cardiovascular Services.  Prior to Mark’s new role as the Vice President of Vendor Services, he served as the COO of Ochsner’s flagship hospital.
Senior Manager, Deloitte Consulting
Burton has over 10 years of hospital consulting experience and has led clients through large scale non-labor supply chain expense reduction efforts, post-merger integrations of the sourcing and procurement function, and supply chain transformations that centralize contracting and establish governance for system level decision making. His client base spans large academic medical centers and both regional and multi-state health systems. An issue inherent to many of his engagements is how best to impact purchased services spend- an expense category that he has seen grow for many of his clients over the past decade. He leverages a data-driven approach that supports collaboration between supply chain leadership and key stakeholders to find unique solutions to the benchmarking and evaluation of “make-vs-buy” paradigms for outsourced services.
Clinical Materials Specialist, Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center
Gloria Graham, DNP is an RN with 26 years’ experience, which has included positions in neuroscience, emergency medicine, forensic medicine and supply chain. Dr. Graham has expertise in product and device review, project management, shared governance, patient safety & value analysis.  Currently, she is the Clinical Materials Specialist within the division of Contracts & Value Analysis for Supply Chain Management at Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center.  She is responsible for the clinical value analysis process and other supply chain activities related to patient care, quality and safety.  As an internal liaison to both clinical and non-clinical staff, Dr. Graham has been able to share how clinicians and supply chain partner with each other for improved patient care and safety.  She holds a Doctorate of Nursing Practice (DNP) in Healthcare Leadership from Mt. St. Joseph University and Masters of Science in Nursing (MSN) from Xavier University.  Dr. Graham is the current President for the Association of Healthcare Value Analysis Professionals (AHVAP).  
Managing Director, Advisory Board
For the past twelve years, Brandi has co-led the Advisory Board Company’s membership program for companies offering supplies and services to health care provider organizations.  Brandi’s research aims to bridge the divide between providers and suppliers – focusing on innovative provider-supplier partnerships, provider purchasing trends, implications of health system consolidation, and risk-sharing contracts between providers and suppliers.  Prior to assuming her current role, Brandi was a Practice Manager with the Boston Consulting Group. The majority of her work supported clients in the biopharmaceutical, medical device, and health care delivery sectors. She has led major organizational redesign efforts to improve drug commercialization, clinical trials management, and operating room throughput.  Brandi received her MBA from the Stanford Graduate School of Business, where she graduated as an Arjay Miller scholar. She also holds an MA in Rhetoric from Duke University and an AB with honors in English and American Studies from Stanford University.
Ochsner Health System
Mark Growcott is the Manager of Supply Chain Finance and Strategy at Ochsner Health System. In this role, he leads all aspects of the Supply Chain Division medical supply metrics and variance analysis, financial reporting and analysis, budgets and projections, and the Ochsner Physician Partner supply distribution program. Mark holds a PhD in Global Leadership, and an MBA and BA from LSU.
Partner, Healthcare Links

Maria Hames joined HealthCare Links in March 1991. She has 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 Bachelors Degree from the University of Michigan and a Master’s Degree in business management from Pepperdine University.
AVP Materials Management and Contracting, Lovelace Health System
Philip Hampton currently serves as the AVP of Materials Management and Contracting for Lovelace Health System.  Lovelace Health System is located in New Mexico with the primary hospitals and clinics located in Albuquerque.  Philip has been with Lovelace and in Healthcare for 9 years.  Prior to getting into Healthcare Philip worked in the restaurant and hospitality industry for the Hyatt, Hilton, & PF Changs.  When Philip is not at work he enjoys spending time with his wife and two daughters doing weekend projects and watching movies.  Philip currently resides in Peralta, NM.
Chief Pharmacy Officer, Martin Memorial 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.
SVP and Associate Chief Medical Officer, Beaumont Health
Malcolm Henoch, M.D. is senior vice president and associate chief medical officer, acute care at Beaumont Health.  In this role, Dr. Henoch is responsible for promoting excellence in clinical care at all Beaumont Health acute care hospitals. He comes to Beaumont Health from Oakwood, where he served as senior vice president and chief medical officer.  He has provided executive leadership in clinical and medical staff affairs, graduate medical education, clinical strategic direction, and physician leadership development. He has also been chairman of Oakwood Physicians, providing leadership in the governance of that physician group practice.  He is a member of the Beaumont Health board and is chairman of Oakwood Assurance Corporation.  Prior to his position with Oakwood, Dr. Henoch served as president and CEO of University Mednet, a large multi-specialty physician group operating as a unit of University Hospitals Health System in Cleveland, Ohio.  Board certified in gastroenterology and internal medicine, Dr. Henoch holds a Master of Business Administration from Case Western Reserve University and a Doctor of Medicine from the University of Maryland.
Director of Finance/Supply Chain, Novant Health
Kim Hull is the Director of Finance for Supply Chain at Novant Health based in Winston-Salem, North Carolina. She has been in the healthcare finance arena for sixteen years with previous roles as Finance Manager for the Greater Winston Salem Market and Clinical Sourcing Manager for the system. In her current role, Kim is responsible for the data integrity and business intelligence for Supply Chain analytics. Kim holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Accounting and a Bachelor of Science degree in Management Information Systems from the University of North Carolina at Charlotte as well as a Masters of Business Administration from Gardner-Webb University.
Managing Director, Strategic Healthcare Services, LLC
Mr. Jackson has spent 16 years in various healthcare leadership roles including operations, supply chain, and finance. He has worked with hospitals in New York, Illinois, Ohio, Oklahoma, New Mexico, New Jersey, Georgia, North Carolina, and Alabama on projects such as, Physician Preferred Item utilization and cost    analysis, Strategic Supply Chain planning, supply expense reduction, financial system implementation, payroll and labor productivity analysis, and inventory and distribution management. Mr. Jackson began his healthcare career with Ernst & Young implementing large ERP supply chain and financial software systems for hospitals. He then moved to First Consulting Group advising hospitals on issues such as strategic supply chain management, supply expense cost reduction, and labor productivity analysis. Joe has spent the last eleven years focusing on reducing hospital costs for total joint, spine, trauma, and cardiac implantable devices. He has worked with numerous surgeons and manufacturers to achieve and sustain implant cost reductions.   
System Director, Contracting, Hospital Sisters Health System
John Kautzer, System Director of Supply Chain Contracts, Hospital Sisters Health System (HSHS)
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.
Chief Nursing Officer, Banner Baywood Medical Center and Banner Heart Hospital
Kelley Kieffer, RN, BSN, MSN-L, CNML is the Chief Nursing Officer for Banner Baywood Medical Center and Banner Heart Hospital. Kieffer brings a wealth of knowledge and experience to her executive leadership position. Currently, she spearheads a nursing staff of approximately 1000 employees across two operating facilities; a 388 bed medical center with ACS State Trauma level III designation and a 111 bed cardiovascular specialty hospital. Throughout her tenure at Banner Health, Kieffer has served in various officer, director and managerial nursing positions. Her journey began as a Clinical Nurse in Labor and Delivery at Banner Desert Medical Center, in Mesa, Arizona where she quickly expanded her role into the Senior Clinical Manager for Women and Infant Service line. As her journey continued, Kieffer transitioned to the newly opened Banner Gateway Medical Center in Gilbert, Arizona in the capacity of Director of Women and Infant Services. She fulfilled this role and moved into the Director of Perioperative Services.  Kelley is a member of American Organization of Nurse Executives (AONE), American Nurses Association (ANA) and the Arizona Nurses Association (AzNA). She has demonstrated excellence in nursing leadership with many accomplishments and credits her success to collaboration, partnership and open communication with multidiscipline team members that strengthen and enhance quality care and service to those served within the healthcare entity. Education Grand Canyon University, Glendale, Arizona - Masters of Nursing – Leadership (MSN –L) - February, 2012
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.
Director, Supply Chain Solutions, Intermountain Healthcare
Kreg Koford is the Director of Supply Chain Solutions for Intermountain Healthcare.  He leads a team of supply chain experts who are tasked with managing the relationships of key stakeholders within both direct and indirect business units at Intermountain.  He is also responsible for managing Intermountain's key supplier relationships to develop new sources of value that extend beyond traditional price decrease, and margin shifting activities.  Before joining Intermountain in 2003, Kreg worked in the high-tech sector doing consultation, implementation, and management of key customer relationships.  Kreg has both a Bachelors of Science degree and an MBA from Brigham Young University.
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.  
Vice President, HC Pharmacy and SCM Commercial Services, UPMC
As Vice President of HC Pharmacy and Supply Chain Management (SCM) Commercial Services at UPMC, Dr. Mary Beth Lang is responsible for HC Pharmacy Central, Inc., a for-profit membership corporation and group purchasing organization that annually distributes $860 million in pharmaceuticals on behalf of its members.  Prior to joining UPMC, Dr. Lang was President of Diagnostix at Amerinet and a Pharmacy Manager for the UPMC. Dr. Lang was a leader in the GS1 healthcare standards adoption efforts and served on the GS1US Healthcare Leadership Committee. In 2013, the Journal of Healthcare Contracting named Lang in the Top 10 to Watch list.  She is the 2016 Chair of ARHMM Board of Directors.   Dr. Lang holds a BS in Pharmacy from the University of Pittsburgh, a Master’s of Public Policy and Management from Carnegie Mellon University and a Doctorate of Science in Information Systems and Communications from Robert Morris University.
System VP Supply Chain, Ochsner Health System
Michael Louviere joined the Ochsner Health System in May 2012 as system vice president of supply chain. Prior to joining Ochsner, Michael was the vice president of supply chain at Baptist Health System. Key activities included leveraging the system for improved product quality and improved supply chain. Michael is a recognized international speaker and author in the field of healthcare materials management and pharmacy. BHS materials departments received the 2006 Healthcare Purchasing News Department of the Year award. Michael completed GE leadership essentials, BSA woodbadge training, and has earned DTM status with toastmasters international. 
Senior Manager, Strategy and Operations, Deloitte Consulting
Kristi is a Senior Manager in Deloitte Consulting’s Health Care Provider Strategy and Operations Practice.  She has over 12 years of healthcare experience, spending 6 of those in consulting. Kristi specializes in hospital non-labor cost reduction projects for large academic and non-profit health systems. Through cost excellence projects, Kristi has led various non-labor cost savings efforts, including hospital support services centralization and purchased services optimization.  Key initiatives recently have included food services management, environmental services, revenue cycle coding outsourcing and vendor optimization, specialized GI and pulmonary equipment rental and repair services, dialysis services outsourcing, and transcription services.  As a registered dietitian, Kristi is also a subject matter advisor for Deloitte in Food Services and Clinical Nutrition, both in hospital and non-clinical settings.
Vice President, Enterprise Resource Planning/Supply Chain Operations, Bon Secours Health System, Inc.
David McCombs is Vice President of Enterprise Resource Planning/Supply Chain Operations for the Bon Secours Health System, a $3.5 billion not-for-profit Catholic health system operating 19 hospitals and integrated community health programs in the Mid-Atlantic.  McCombs is responsible for directing the Bon Secours Supply Chain operations and leading system-wide standardization and cost savings initiatives for Supplies, purchased services and capital.  A 38-year veteran of health care operations, McCombs has served as administrator and chief operating officer for several not-for profit hospital Systems in the Southeast and Mid Atlantic regions, including a 150 bed rural facility, a 300 bed community hospital and a 550-bed community teaching hospital. McCombs received a bachelor of science degree from Wake Forest University, in Winston-Salem, N.C., and a master's degree in hospital health services administration from Duke University.
Senior Vice President, Sourcing Operations, Vizient
Chris McDown is senior vice president of Sourcing Operations for Vizient™.  In this role, McDown provides oversight and strategic direction for many of the company’s Sourcing Operations activities.  Within that capacity, McDown has leadership responsibility for the pharmacy program, custom sourcing solutions, support and purchased services, IT & business technology and supplier/client relations business units with estimated annual purchases/spend in excess of $30B.  Prior to this role, McDown served as vice president of Novation’s custom sourcing solutions  where he oversaw the contracting activities for the VHA Supply Networks, regional purchasing collaboratives, and integrated delivery networks that helped member hospital systems realize more than $500M in savings. McDown also led the sourcing activities in support of the implementation of the Children’s Hospital Association, Cleveland Clinic, and Excelerate Strategic Health Sourcing.  McDown joined Novation in September 2010 with more than 15 years of experience in health care, where he served in a number of strategic marketing, operational and business development roles for leading global medical device companies. 
Senior Director of Supply Chain, Banner Health
Tim has been with Banner Health for over 28 years as a Supply Chain Director in multiple facilities and has served as the Senior Director of Supply Chain for the last 5 years.  In this role he has responsibility for the Supply Chain operations within Banner’s four divisions and 29 facilities and has oversight of the Consolidated Service Center.  Tim’s operational team provides leadership to the Supply Chain organization in the areas of process improvement and mergers and acquisition.  Banner is currently a member of Premier, Inc. and Tim serves on their Strategic Advisory Committee providing input regarding contracting strategy for their membership.
President & CEO, CMR Institute
Michelle O’Connor is President and CEO of CMR Institute. For the last 23 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.
Research Vice President, Healthcare Supply Chain, Gartner
Eric O'Daffer is a Research Vice President in the Gartner Healthcare Supply Chain group. Mr. O'Daffer's focus is on the end-to-end value chain, starting at the point of care looking back. He focuses most of his time with providers and how they best manage all the components of supply chain. This involves both their internal processes as well as best practices for partnering with their suppliers and service providers to optimize the clinical effectiveness of their products and the best delivered cost possible. Increasingly, Mr. O'Daffer's research focuses on the interdependency of providers with their supply partners. Manufacturers and distributors play a vital role as well in taking costs out of supply chain in healthcare and improving quality of care. Mr. O'Daffer's main focus is helping pull all this together with and for companies with a broader view than simply cost.  Mr. O'Daffer's previous roles have all focused on aspects of the healthcare supply chain, from being CEO of a physician practice supply chain oriented business at Esurg to managing large IDN relationships and all customer-facing personnel, including early-phase value analysis consultants at a division of Cardinal.
Vice President and Chief Supply Chain Officer, WellSpan Health
Mr. Pumphrey joined WellSpan in May 2011. He is responsible for the acquisition of all goods and services for the health system. This includes both negotiating and contracting for these services. He also is in charge of all distribution networks throughout WellSpan. Before joining WellSpan, Mr. Pumphrey served as Vice President of Materials Management at Mercy Health System in Baltimore and Corporate Director of Supply Chain at MedStar Health. He received his bachelor’s degree from University of Maryland. 
Publisher, Healthcare Purchasing News
Kris Russell is president of KSR Publishing, Inc. and Publisher of Healthcare Purchasing News. In
publishing for over 25 years, Ms. Russell was formerly VP of operations and executive publisher of the
healthcare division at Nelson Publishing, Inc., overseeing 12 publications in various business-to
-business technologies, including: healthcare informatics, clinical lab, corporate IT, product/equipment design, OEM electronic engineering, metalworking and fabrication as well as other manufacturing areas. Kris formed KSR Publishing, Inc. in January 2003 and purchased Healthcare Purchasing News
from Nelson Publishing in February 2003. Ms. Russell graduated Magna Cum Laude with a Bachelor of Science Degree in merchandising and minors in textiles, business and art from Northern Illinois University.  Ms. Russell is also on the advisory board for the International Association of Healthcare Central Service Materiel Management, and a member of the Associate for Healthcare Resource & Materials Management. 
Consultant and Coach, Rising Stars, LLC
Joanne Schlosser is President of Rising Stars, LLC, a management consultant, professional certified coach, and speaker who works with high performing healthcare leaders and physicians that want to grow their careers and organizations. Joanne was Director, Talent and Organizational Effectiveness, for Banner Health, responsible for leadership development, executive coaching, change management, organizational development and facilitation. She served on the Administrative Team for three hospitals.  Joanne's B.S. in Production Operations Management and her M.B.A. were utilized in operations roles in Supply Chain Management.  Joanne wrote “Coaching: An Innovative Approach to Developing Leaders at Banner Health”, for the International Journal of Coaching in Organizations and co-created the Banner coaching program, which received the International Prism Award for coaching excellence in 2012.  Rising Stars served over 200 clients including Tenet Health, Dignity Health, Arizona Hospital and Healthcare Association, IPC Healthcare, La Paz Regional Hospital & Indian Health Service.
Senior Vice President, Nexera, Inc.
Perry Sham is responsible for practice leadership for Nexera’s financial improvement, performance improvement, technology optimization, strategic advisory services, and project management services in facilities throughout the U.S. and internationally.  With over a decade of healthcare experience, Mr. Sham has served as an advisor to numerous provider organizations. Among them are leading academic health centers, accountable care organizations, integrated health systems, community hospitals, and non-acute care facilities. His work has encompassed financial improvement in large-scale cost-reduction and comprehensive revenue cycle management, data management, analytics, and process redesign. At Nexera, Mr. Sham has helped healthcare facilities reduce costs by over $65 million.  Mr. Sham received his Bachelor of Science in Biology from Baruch College. He has been published by the Association of Healthcare Internal Auditors and the Healthcare Financial Management Association (HFMA). He is also a member of the HFMA.
President & CEO, Renown Health
Dr. Anthony Slonim is a quadruple board certified physician and a Doctor of Public Health. Carrying the lens of nurse, cancer patient and survivor, author, professor, researcher and fellow, Dr. Slonim brings a unique perspective to his role as CEO.  An expert in patient safety, accountable care, healthcare quality and innovative care models, Dr. Slonim is focused on improving the health status of entire communities. His achievements in designing and implementing ACOs show his deep commitment for both working within the healthcare system and simultaneously working to transform it.
Trinity Health
Kristin Tapley Bailey leads the Purchased Services Supply Chain Sourcing team at Trinity Health Corporation.  Kristin led a national strategic sales team for account-based benefit and insurance (e.g. HRA, HSA, FSA) consulting with national insurance companies and Fortune 500 employers. Kristin has a proven ability to initiate, manage, expand and successfully deliver complex health care projects by approaching problem solving with use of 6-Sigma methodology.  While widely known as a natural thought leader and motivator, Kristin is a recognized professional with a proven track record of consistently exceeding company objectives related to: 1) strategically procuring and sourcing clinical and non-clinical purchased services in excess of $1.4B 2) managing and delivering large cross-functional projects 3) developing and monitoring measurable performance criteria for vendor, employee and employer oversight 4) developing and structuring contracts to support long term partnerships 5) educating, communicating, and marketing product solutions.
CEO, DKW Consulting
Dee Whittington is a registered nurse who has worked in value based procurement models in supply chain for IDN’s in Phoenix Arizona.  She is a practicing RN for over 26 years.  During her career she has practiced as a peri-operative nurse and many roles in the Peri-operative arena.  As a clinical supply consultant and a Value Analysis Director she has had the opportunity to implement a transparent custom kitting program, assist in negotiating a direct sourcing model for components and engage stakeholders for a value based capitated model for contracting.  Dee has a Master’s in Business Administration and a Bachelors in the Science of Nursing. In addition, she is CNOR certified.  She has had many speaking engagements for Premier Healthcare Alliance breakthrough sessions and the IDN Summit for capital acquisition.
Director, Strategic Sourcing, Trinity Health
Kelley Young has over 25 years of healthcare leadership service.  Her experience includes management across inpatient and outpatient care settings in Maternal Child and Cardiovascular Service Lines.  In her current role as Director of Strategic Sourcing for Trinity Health, Kelley leads sourcing strategy 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 250,000 patient cases and $1.7 Billion of product spend information.  Kelley is a graduate of Eastern Michigan University and the Strategic Leadership Program of Trinity Health.