2017 Spring IDN Summit Faculty
Senior Director - Pharmacy Sourcing, Pensiamo
Jeromie Atkinson is a Sr. Director – Pharmacy Sourcing for Pensiamo. His areas of responsibility include planning, designing, and implementing supply chain strategy in support of UPMC, HC Pharmacy and Pensiamo’s customer base. Additionally, he has responsibility for facilitating Pensiamo’s strategic supplier relationships within the pharmacy operations.  Jeromie began working for Pensiamo in 2017 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".  He has a proven track record of leading complex and diverse teams to deliver exceptional customer value.  He has led major award winning supply chain initiatives in procurement transformation and 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 of 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 for 17 years.
Partner, Omicron Partners, LLC
Tony Benedict is a CEO / COO steeped in Operations, having led step-change results in manufacturing based companies in 
industries ranging from healthcare to pharmaceuticals, to semiconductors. He is well known for his ability to apply strategic principles and quickly grasp entirely new industries. He has guided Global Fortune 50 companies such as GlaxoSmithKline and Intel. Today, he is a Partner with Omicron Partners, LLC, a Strategy and Operations advisory firm.   Most recently, Benedict was recruited to HonorHealth as the top Procurement and Supply Chain executive. At HonorHealth, he restructured the procurement and supply chain organizations post-merger and consolidated two ERP systems. Previously, he was Chief Information Officer, Vice President of Supply Chain for Tenet Health, and Vice President, Supply Chain, Vanguard Health Systems at Abrazo Community Health Network.  Benedict received a bachelor’s in psycho-biology from Albright College and a Master’s of Business Administration with a specialization in finance and operations from University of Pittsburgh Katz Graduate School of Business. He is a co-author of the Business Process 
Management Common Body of Knowledge versions 2 and 3. He is an Adjunct Professor and has taught Project Management at Arizona State University. Tony resides in Tempe, Arizona, and enjoys golf, hiking, and motorcycle touring.
Corporate Director of Materials Management, Valley Health
Bruce Carlson serves Valley Health as the corporate director of materials management. He has over 30 years of progressively complex healthcare supply chain management experience in materials management, purchasing, logistics, supply chain, performance improvement and performance measurement areas. These experiences have been earned in the community, religious, university, and for-profit environments. Current responsibilities include providing materials management services and support to Valley Health’s three owned facilities, plus a Valley Health managed facility and four affiliate facilities which draw supplies from the shared services center located in Winchester, VA. Bruce earned his Masters in management from Indiana Wesleyan University and his Bachelors in business administration from Central Methodist University.
Vice President, Business Strategy, Greater New York Hospital Association Ventures, Inc. (GNYHA)
Frank Cirillo is vice president, business strategy, Greater New York Hospital Association Ventures Inc. His main duties at GNYHA are to bring value to health systems’ supply chain operations through group purchasing program participation and process improvement. Additionally, Frank provides consulting services to health systems with GNYHA’s consulting arm Nexera. For the previous 25 years, Mr. Cirillo held several senior management positions at HHC. During the latter two years of his tenure, Mr. Cirillo, HHC’s first chief restructuring officer, led HHC’s priority project—the restructuring of HHC’s clinical and operational programs—yielding HHC an implementation change roadmap resulting in savings and additional revenues of over $300 million annually. For the prior 13 years, Frank was HHC’s chief operating officer responsible for a far-reaching span of control, including, but not limited to, supply chain operations and all contracting. Frank received his undergraduate degree from Brooklyn College of the City University of New York, graduate training from St. John’s University, and holds certification from the “Top 40” executive management program administered by Harvard University’s Kennedy School of Government. He is also president/CEO of the Cirillo Consulting Group.
Vice President of Supply Chain, Piedmont Healthcare
Since July of 2008, Joe Colonna has served in the role of Vice President of Supply Chain for Piedmont Healthcare in Atlanta, GA.  Prior to Piedmont, Joe was a principle in Appleseed Healthcare, a supply chain and leadership consultancy.  He Started his Supply Chain career with the United States Air Force and his unique blend of healthcare experience comes from working for over 30 years in different aspects of the healthcare supply chain industry, including roles in provider, consulting, distribution and group purchasing organizations. At Piedmont he has worked closely with Piedmont’s executives, clinicians, business partners and the Supply Chain team to completely reorganize how Supply Chain is viewed by the organization and is proud to say that Supply Chain now plays a significant role in the strategic plans of the organization and has been recognized nationally for the Team’s role in supporting Piedmont’s mission.
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.
Vice President, Population Health; Chief Operating Officer, Valley Physician Enterprise
Jeffrey M. Feit, MD, is Valley Health Vice President of Population Health and Chief Operating Officer of Valley Physician Enterprise. He joined the System administrative team in 2012 after six years as Vice President of Medical Affairs at Page Memorial Hospital (PMH), where he championed initiatives in performance improvement, Lean engineering and the electronic medical record.  He previously practiced family medicine in Luray and Fairfax, Va., and has held appointments on the faculty of VCU and UVA departments of Family Medicine.  Dr. Feit earned his medical degree and completed a residency in Family Medicine at the UVA School of Medicine. He has a bachelor’s degree in International Affairs and Public Policy from Princeton University and a Master’s of Science in Health Care Administration from Virginia Commonwealth University.
Associate Director, Supply Chain Operations, NYU Langone Health System
Ann Marie Ferguson is responsible for providing operations support and leadership to the NYU Langone Supply Chain Management team by overseeing operations across the supply chain management organization. She manages all areas of the e-Procurement system in addition to supporting hospital-wide initiatives as they relate to supply chain management.  Ms. Ferguson manages process improvement initiatives and provides guidance on organizational changes, including the integration of new technologies and control systems into existing processes.  She ensures supply chain management policies and procedures are current and accurate.  She also leads and manages teams to project completion and oversees the recall management system for the organization. Ms. Ferguson brings over 26 years of healthcare experience, 24 years in supply chain management with cross-functional expertise in procurement, and nine years of analytical skills.  She has made significant achievements in diverse roles including efficiency and effectiveness, process improvement, change management, policy and procedure development, compliance, human resource management, and project implementation. She is a results oriented professional with proven track record of quality outcomes. Ms. Ferguson received her Bachelor of Business Administration from Monroe College and her Master of Public Administration at the Metropolitan College of New York.
CEO, 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.
Senior Consultant, Nexera, Inc.
Ritika Ghose is responsible for developing financial improvement strategies that support leading academic health systems and acute care institutions. Her expertise includes maximizing cost reduction, post-merger support, and the implementation of new services within the areas of clinical and purchased services. She has worked on various cost reduction projects, delivering over $50 million dollars in savings to acute care facilities. Most recently, she led a post-merger assessment that identified savings by aligning disparate pricing, standardizing product, and aggregating spend opportunities. Ms. Ghose creates strategies and executes project plans that help facilities implement process, contract, and operational alignment effectively in a post-merger environment. Prior to joining Nexera, she worked in hospital operations and managed care establishments. In hospital operations, she specifically focused on improving patient throughput and overall length of stay. Ms. Ghose received her Bachelor of Science in Public Health from Rutgers University. 
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.
Senior Vice President and Chief Supply Chain Officer, Beaumont Health
Ed Hardin has worked nearly 20 years serving the healthcare provider industry and today is Senior Vice President & Chief Supply Chain Officer at Beaumont Health.  He previously served as System Vice President, Supply Chain Management, for CHRISTUS Health. Prior to this position, he served as Vice President, Collaborative & Organizational Development for ROi, the supply chain operating division of Mercy Health System. Prior to joining ROi/Mercy, Mr. Hardin worked with several professional services firms, including Alvarez & Marsal, Deloitte Consulting and Ernst & Young, where he specialized in supply chain performance improvement and management solutions for the healthcare provider industry. He earned a Bachelor’s Degree from Westminster College (Fulton, Missouri) and a Master’s Degree in healthcare administration from Washington University School of Medicine (St. Louis). He is a Fellow in the American College of Healthcare Executives, a Certified Materials & Resource Professional, and President of the St. Louis chapter of AHRMM.
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.
Chief Supply Chain Officer, Orlando Health
Randy Hayas is the Chief Supply Chain Officer at Orlando Health an eight-hospital integrated health care delivery network in Orlando, Florida with more than $2.7Billion in Net patient Revenue.  Mr. Hayas joined the organization in 2007 and has over 30 years’ experience in supply chain, healthcare administration and consulting ranging from small community hospitals to large academic medical centers and integrated delivery networks.   Mr. Hayas has a Bachelor in Business Administration degree majoring in Finance and Economics and is a Certified Materials & Resource Professional through the American Hospital Association.  In addition, Mr. Hayas is a Board Member of IDignity, Inc., a non-profit organization helping the disadvantaged in Central Florida through the complex steps of getting personal identification.
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, OH.  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.
Vice President, Materiel Management, Norton Healthcare
George Y. Hersch joined Norton Healthcare in October 2000 as vice president of materiel management.  He has system-wide responsibility for supply chain management including purchasing, distribution, the materiel management information system and technology assessment.  Hersch has 40 years of experience in health care materiel management.  Before joining Norton Healthcare, he was responsible for supply chain operations at UCLA Healthcare, Los Angeles, and at the Franciscan Health System, Philadelphia.  In 1998 during his tenure at UCLA, he developed a physician-peer review process to evaluate emerging medical technologies that remains a model program to this day.  He replicated the process at Norton Healthcare, legitimizing technology assessment as an important clinical/business process in both the academic medical center and community hospital environment.  Hersch holds a bachelor’s degree in journalism from Ohio University and a master’s degree in management (health care administration) from Central Michigan University.    Hersch is currently serving on the boards of: Central State Hospital and Wesley Manor. He is also the incoming chair of Premier’s Strategic Advisory Committee.
Director, Contracting & Resource Utilization-Purchased Services, Supply Chain Management, CHRISTUS Health 
Michael joined CHRISTUS Health in August 1994, after serving in United States Marine Corps.  His supply chain journey began at CHRISTUS Spohn region (Corpus Christi, TX) for 8 years.  He then transferred to the CHRSITUS Gulf Coast region (Houston, TX) for 10 years, and has been with CHRISTUS System Supply Chain for the past 5 years. During his career, experiences include procurement, contracting, inventory management, value analysis and MM operations and logistics.  In his current role, he provides overall direction, ongoing management, and development of the Purchased Services program for CHRISTUS Health which includes over $450 million in annual spend.  The Contracting Purchased Service Lines are all purchased services related but not limited to Facilities Management, Clinical Engineering, Housekeeping, and Food Service.  Other top services include Managed Print Services, Integrated Waste Management, Dialysis Services, Linen and Laundry, Document storage, and Elevator Services.
Director of Pharmacy, UCSF Medical Center
Rita K. Jew, Pharm.D. MBA, FASHP received her Doctor of Pharmacy degree from University of California at San Francisco (UCSF), completed an ASHP-Accredited Residency in Clinical Pharmacy at Thomas Jefferson University Hospital and received her Master of Business Administration degree from the Wharton School, University of Pennsylvania. She is Director of Pharmacy at UCSF Medical Center, Mission Bay campus where she oversees the robotic production facility and all clinical and operational activities of Pediatric Pharmacy Services at UCSF Benioff Children’s Hospital. Prior to this, Dr. Jew spent 22 years serving in various leadership positions at two Children’s Hospitals. Her areas of expertise include neonatal drug therapy, drug use during ECMO, immunizations, extemporaneous compounding, medication safety, technology and automation and lean and its application in healthcare.
Chief Executive Officer, Visante, Inc. & Visante Ltd.
James Jorgenson is Visante's Chief Executive Officer where he leads national and international programs for medicines management improvement. His more than 30-year career includes pharmacy oversight of very large health systems and their network associations as well as academic leadership in graduate pharmacy education. He is credited with more than 50 articles published in the professional literature and has been a sought after speaker, giving in excess of 200 presentations to academic and professional groups in the U.S., Sweden, Australia, Japan, Spain, Canada, and the United Kingdom.  Previous to joining Visante, James was Vice President, Chief Pharmacy Officer for Indiana University Health (IU Health), the largest and most comprehensive state-based healthcare system in Indiana. In this position he was responsible for the design and operation of the system's pharmacy services supporting IU Health's integrated delivery network which included the IU Health hospitals, retail pharmacy operations, IU Health insurance programs, and IU Health medical staff through their accountable care organization/ medical home infrastructures.  Previous to joining Indiana University Health, James was Administrative Director of Pharmacy Services for the University of Utah Health Care and Associate Dean for Pharmacy at the University of Utah College of Pharmacy in Salt Lake City. In these positions he was in charge of all pharmaceutical care for the University Health Care system and for experiential education design at the college.  He also directed pharmacy services for the 2002 Winter Olympic games in Salt Lake City.  Jim's leadership has also extended to professional organizations and societies where he has served on numerous councils and committees and is the current President for the Specialty Healthcare Benefits Council.  He is also a member of the ASHP Foundation’s Pharmacy Leadership Academy faculty where he provides graduate level instruction to students from around the world.  In 2008 he received the ASHP Award for Distinguished Leadership of Health-Systems Pharmacy Practice.  James Jorgenson received a BS in Pharmacy with High Distinction and a MS in Hospital Pharmacy Administration both from the University of Minnesota and completed a residency in Hospital Pharmacy Administration at United & Children’s Hospitals in St. Paul, MN. He was also a Leonard Davis Institute of Health Economics Fellow at the University of Pennsylvania's Wharton School Executive Management Program. He resides in Sandy, Utah.
System Director of Supply Chain Contracts, Hospital Sisters Health System
John is a supply chain veteran with over 43 years of experience.  His provider experience includes health systems in WI, TX and now IL. John has an extensive background in contracting and negotiating.  His Group Purchasing 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 represents HSHS on a couple of HealthTrust advisory boards.
Value Analysis Nurse, Highland Hospital - University of Rochester
Susan has been the Value Analysis nurse for University of Rochester - Highland Hospital since the position was introduced over 10 years ago.  Prior to that she was an emergency nurse for over 26 years which included nurse manager for the Emergency Department.  Over time she has also added emergency preparedness to her duties.  She has worked to create and constantly enhance a comprehensive value analysis program for her facility and share that with other professionals. She is 2017 President of the Association of Healthcare Value Analysis Professionals (AHVAP) and active participant on the AHVAP Annual Conference and Supplier Showcase. 
Principal and Co-founder, 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.
Sourcing Manager, Intermountain Healthcare
Rob Kurtz is a Sourcing Manager at Intermountain Healthcare. He has 15 years of supply chain experience, including 10 years in the health care field that includes hospital and supply chain operations. In his current role, Rob provides his stakeholders with supply chain analytical support specific to the perioperative service lines.  Rob earned his undergraduate degree in Business Management from Utah Valley University and an MBA with emphasis in hospital administration from Western Governors University. Rob holds a CPSM (Certified Professional in Supply Management) certification from the Institute for Supply Management.   Rob makes his home in Lehi, Utah with his wife Dani and their two children Bronson and Alaina. In addition to spending time with family, he enjoys spending time in the many beautiful landscapes that Utah provides. 
Engagement Manager, McKinsey & Company
Sharat Kusuma is a board certified and fellowship trained orthopaedic hip and knee surgeon as well as an engagement manager at McKinsey & Company in the healthcare provider, payor, pharma, and medtech space.  He has had the opportunity to work deeply in nearly all areas of healthcare (payors, providers, pharma and medtech vendors, and academia).  He has been involved in academic orthopaedic surgery for 14 years, and has had the opportunity to participate in clinical areas such FDA IDE studies, implant design, clinical protocol development, and clinical research.  Additionally, he has worked closely as a surgeon consultant with several major orthopaedic implant manufacturers on sales, marketing, surgeon training, and implant development.  Previously he was a clinical and research director of a large total joint replacement service at a 700 bed hospital, running an active clinical practice of 400+ surgeries per year.  He studied medicine and business at Vanderbilt University, and completed orthopaedic surgery training at the University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine, Rush University Medical Center, and Queens Medical Centre in the United Kingdom. 
Sr. Manager of Value Analysis, UPMC Health System
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 30 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 elect and Membership Committee co-chair.
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 GS1 US Healthcare Leadership Committee.  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 to 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.  Michael is a recognized international speaker and author in the field of healthcare materials management and pharmacy.  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.
Vice President, Sourcing, Purchasing, and Value Analysis, Beaumont Health System
Bill Martin currently serves as Vice President, Sourcing, Purchasing and Value Analysis for Beaumont Health System, one of the largest, medical and academic teaching institutions in the United States with over 1700 patient beds, 3700 physicians, 37 medical specialties, and fourteen thousand associates.   In this role, he is responsible for providing corporate leadership of Beaumont Health’s contracting, purchasing, and value analysis functions related to $756M in supplies and $400M in purchased services spend.  Prior to coming to Beaumont, Mr. Martin served as Vice President of contracting and value analysis for Ascension Health.  He also served as the Director of Pharmacy for large metropolitan hospitals in Detroit and Las Vegas, as well as an Assistant Professor of Pharmacy for the University of Houston.  He received his Bachelor of Science and Doctorate from Waye State University in Detroit, MI.  He is a published author and speaker on topics of clinical pharmacy, the NASA space station program, and supply chain.
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. 
Physician Advisor, Supply Chain, Virginia Mason Medical Center
Dr. Moonka received her medical degree from Temple University and went on to complete residencies in both anesthesia and pediatrics at New York University Medical Center. After practicing medicine for over 25 years within the hospital and surgery center environments, she joined Virginia Mason as the supply chain Physician Advisor in 2012.    Dr. Moonka currently provides expertise and experience in the areas of:  Physician engagement to implement PPI (physician preference item) supply standardization, Supplier PPI negotiations, implementing and maintaining a value analysis process as well as new technology analysis, and Understanding of system-based thinking as well as the Virginia Mason Production System (VMPS) and the Toyota Production System-based process improvement program.
Vice President of Supply Chain Management, Indiana University Health
Dennis Mullins, MBA, CMRP,   Senior Vice President of Supply Chain Management joined  Indiana University Health as in May of 2015.  He is a seasoned healthcare professional with more than 30 years of supply chain experience – an effective leader with a proven ability to meet and exceed strategic supply chain goals.  Prior to IU Health, Dennis was at Baylor Scott and White Health in Texas, where he served as  corporate director of Supply Chain Integration since 2008. He also previously served in supply chain roles at University of Florida Health Shands Hospital and HCA Healthcare, among other organizations. He also served in the United States Air Force for 10 years as a medical materials specialist.  At Baylor Scott and White Health, Dennis was responsible for managing the integration of business, technology, people and processes for the enterprise. Responsibilities included supply chain procurement, informatics, customer service and overall strategic management.  Dennis holds a master of business administration degree from Amberton University, and he is pursuing a doctorate in business administration from Grand Canyon University.  Dennis and his wife, Audrey, have a son and  three daughters.
CEO, Ideal Therapeutics and Ideal Health Strategies
Mr. Nelson serves as Ideal Therapeutics CEO and is responsible for providing strategic leadership for the company.   He started Ideal Therapeutics, LLC., in 2010 to help 340B covered entities improve 340B compliance and maximize their 340B status. Currently, Ideal Therapeutics services include Ideal 340B Audits™ services and Ideal 340B Management™ which provides 340B covered entities experienced 340B pharmacists to manage their 340B program (i.e. contracted 340B manger/coordinator).  Mr. Nelson also serves as Ideal Health Strategies (IHS) CEO which provides Ideal 340B™ full-service 340B administrative and management software solutions. IHS also provides a host of additional solutions to health systems including pharmacy benefit management.  Mr. Nelson previously served as the Director of Pharmacy Programs at Integrated Health System where he was responsible for the staff which designed, developed and managed the 340B program.  He has participated live in HRSA 340B audits which have produced no negative findings for the covered entities.  Mr. Nelson received his Doctor of Pharmacy (Pharm.D.) degree from the University of Nebraska Medical Center and completed a post-doctorate fellowship training in Pharmacoeconomics and Outcomes Research.  His career includes administrative positions in health insurance, pharmacy benefit management (PBM) and hospitals. 
System Director, Projects and Business Development, Supply Chain, Fairview Health Services 
Kelly Nelson is the System Director for Projects and Business Development for Supply Chain at Fairview Health Services in Minneapolis, MN.  She has accountability at Fairview for the Value Analysis, Operational Projects and process improvements as well as Sustainability and Business Development.  In this role Kelly developed a first-of-its-kind supply chain operations team for the Fairview clinics to focus on standardization and eliminating waste while supporting the medical groups work on population health management.  Her responsibilities also include the clinical integration project manager’s, a team of RN’s and project managers, all focused on leveraging clinical data to support supply chain decision making.  She also has accountability for system-wide sustainability work at Fairview.  This program is nationally recognized and has recently won the Minnesota Governor’s partnership award for pollution prevention.  Prior to this role at Fairview, Kelly has held many different Supply Chain operations roles in her 9 years at Fairview, including building 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 Amplatz 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. 
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.
CEO, Yankee Alliance
Jim Oliver has been with Yankee Alliance since 1989, joining the organization as its 5th employee serving as the Director of Materiel and Distribution Services.  Jim served in a number of positions becoming the President and CEO in 2008.  He has overseen the organization as it has grown to 14,500 members located in all 50 states.  Yankee Alliance members buy $3.5 billion in products and services through the Yankee contract portfolio.  Jim began his healthcare career as a Management Engineer with the Massachusetts Hospital Association.  Prior to joining Yankee he was the Director of Materiel Management at University Hospital in Boston and Miriam hospital in Providence, RI.  Jim has an MBA from Suffolk University in Boston.  He received his Bachelor of Science Degree in Management Engineering from the Wentworth Institute of Technology in Boston.  Jim has served on numerous committees assisting in developing strategies and services for Premier, Inc.  During his time with Premier, he has served as Chairman of the Laboratory Committee and the Strategic Advisory Committee.  He currently serves on the Member Value Improvement Committee for Premier.
Chief Executive Officer, ecfirst
Ali Pabrai, MSEE, CISSP (ISSAP, ISSMP), Security+, a cyber security & compliance expert, is the chief executive of ecfirst. A highly sought after professional, he has successfully delivered solutions to U.S. government agencies, IT firms, healthcare systems, legal and other organizations worldwide. Mr. Pabrai served as an Interim CISO for a health system with 40+ locations in USA. Mr. Pabrai has led numerous engagements worldwide for ISO 27001, PCI DSS, NIST & HIPAA/HITECH security assessments. ecfirst is an approved HITRUST CSF assessor, a PCI Qualified Security Assessor, and a Konica Minolta Partner in the areas of cyber security & compliance.
Mr. Pabrai has presented passionate briefs to tens of thousands globally, including the USA, United Kingdom, France, Taiwan, Singapore, Canada, India, UAE, Bahrain, Africa, Saudi Arabia, Philippines, Japan & others. Mr. Pabrai is the author of several published works and is a proud member of the InfraGard (FBI). 
Chief Pharmacy Officer, Community AiDS Network
Rishi Patel is a highly academically prepared and entrepreneurial pharmaceutical professional holding a Doctorate of Pharmacy, a Masters Degree in Business Administration, and a Bachelors Degree in Microbiology with 15 years of experience and expertise in pharmacy services management. He is accomplished and experienced in cultivating a flourishing multi-million dollar business start-up, maintaining excellent customer relations, and implementing staff training.   His leadership includes organizational acumen and team building strengths.  He has a proven history of creating new market management strategies and retains a loyal customer base. He is proven successful in planning, executing, and directing operations while holding total responsibility for outcome. Rishi is proficient in the 340B Drug Discount Program and certified as a HIV Pharmacist through the American Academy of HIV Medicine.
Interim AVP of Supply Operations, Medstar Washington Hospital Center (Vizient, Inc. Contractor)
Steve Patton is the Interim AVP of Supply Operations at Medstar Washington Hospital Center.  Steve has more than 25 years’ progressive supply chain and operations leadership experience directing strategic process improvements and project management for multi-unit healthcare organizations.  He is an expert in the delivery of innovative business improvements and in transitioning organizations to current systems and technologies.  Prior to joining Medstar Washington, he was the Director of Supply Chain at Lakeland Regional Healthcare System.  Steve has an M.S. in Health Services Management from Webster University in St. Louis, MO and a B.S. in Business Administration from the University of Southern Colorado.  He is the President of the SunCoast Chapter of AHRMM in Florida.


Director, Contracting and Resource Utilization, CHRISTUS Health

Sean Poellnitz is Director, Contracting and Resource Utilization for CHRISTUS Health. CHRISTUS Health is an international Catholic, faith-based, not-for-profit health system comprised of almost 350 services and facilities.  In his role, Sean is heavily involved with change management, contracting strategy, GPO utilization, Value Analysis Committees, benchmarking integration and project management including working with senior executives (CEO, CNO, CFO, COO, and CIO) to drive positive change across CHRISTUS. He leads a team that manages a Capital Program with $1.3B of assets under management while coordinating contracting for Radiology, Lab, Cath Lab and Clinical Equipment. Formerly, Sean was the Contract Administrator at CHI Health Nebraska. Poellnitz, a native of Pittsburg, PA earned his Bachelor of Science Degree in Finance from Tuskegee University in Tuskegee, AL. He has a graduate certification in Human Resource Management from Southern New Hampshire University and is currently completing his Masters in Organizational Leadership at Southern New Hampshire University in Manchester, NH.  Sean and Shavon, his wife of 9 years, have one daughter.

Senior Director, Materials Management, Cleveland Clinic
Steve Pohlman is the Sr. Director of Materials Management for the Cleveland Clinic. In his role, Mr. Pohlman is responsible for optimizing materials management operations and transforming inventory management across the enterprise.  Mr. Pohlman has been in the healthcare field since 1997. He joined Cleveland Clinic as part of the Akron General Health System acquisition.  He has a broad background in supply chain management, hospital operations and process improvement. Prior to coming to the Cleveland Clinic, Mr. Pohlman has held many positions with Akron General Health System including Associate Vice President of Service Operations, Director of Materials Management, Director of Linen Services, Manager of Procurement and Purchasing and Manager of Sterile Processing.  Before joining Akron General Health System, Mr. Pohlman work as a Sourcing Manager for Premier Health Partners in Dayton, Ohio.   Mr. Pohlman is a Southwest Ohio native who received his undergraduate degree in industrial engineering from the University of Dayton. He also holds an MBA from Wright State University.  Prior to his career in healthcare, he worked in manufacturing in both the auto and welding industries.
Clinical Quality Value Analysis Facilitator, Baptist Health Floyd Hospital
Laura Polson, RN, BSN, CVAHP - AHVAP Northeast Region Director & Co-Chairperson for the Marketing Committee has held local, regional, and national leadership roles in nursing, supply chain, value analysis, and process improvement for 35 years. Past management roles in multi-hospital groups include education, critical care, recovery, cardiac catheterization, electrophysiology and surgical services. Her nursing expertise spans multiple specialties (CVAHP, ACLS, BCLS INS, CCRN, CVN, RCIS, & RCVT). Pioneered early value analysis roles as one of the first HCA Product Utilization Directors in the early '90s and continues today in her role as Clinical Quality Value Analysis Facilitator at Baptist Health Floyd in New Albany, IN. 
​Senior Assistant Vice President of Contract Administration and Control, NYCHHC
Joseph Quinones serves as the Senior Assistant Vice President of Contract Administration and Control and oversees the NYC Health and Hospitals Corporation Supply Chain. He served in the General Counsel Office for 13 years and has been in the Office of Operations for the last 8 years. HHC is a $6.7 billion integrated healthcare delivery system, and is the largest municipal healthcare organization in the country. HHC serves 1.3 million New Yorkers every year and more than 450,000 are uninsured. HHC provides medical, mental health and substance abuse services through its 11 acute care hospitals, four skilled nursing facilities, six large diagnostic and treatment centers and more than 80 community based clinics. He has personally led and successfully implemented multiple major transformation and savings initiatives including restructuring how HHC delivers inpatient food and manages Dietary Operations, Nurse Agency Staffing, Waste Management, Pharmaceutical and Medical/Surgical prime vendor distribution. His work has led to over $100M in savings for his organization, helping HHC over come continuous operating budget deficits. His latest work has been leading a true “Supply Chain Construction”, personally working with all of the leaders and stakeholders in HHC to help fundamentally change how products are requisitioned, approved, purchased and then analyzed for best price. Through his work and leadership, he and his team have been awarded the “Most Innovative Provider” GHXcellence Award for 2011. The HHC GHX Project was also recognized by Supply Demand Chain Executive as one of the top 100 Supply Chain projects in the United States. Mr. Quinones earned a bachelor’s degree in Economics from Seton Hall University where he was awarded the Department of Economics Academic Achievement Award. He received his Juris Doctorate Degree from the NYC University Law School.
Senior Manager, Nexera, Inc.
Kenneth Scher has an extensive background in end-to-end supply chain operations, technology, and perioperative services business operations. He provides strategic supply chain and financial advisory assistance to healthcare organizations aimed at growing business performance, technology utilization, and fiscal stability. Mr. Scher has been involved in multiple client engagements and has built a reputation as an effective, innovative leader. He currently oversees initiatives for Nexera’s performance improvement and technology optimization services, and manages supply chain consulting engagements. In providing advisory services to a wide array of facility types, Mr. Scher has created integrated performance improvement solutions to identify and implement sustainable results as well as comprehensive strategies to increase supply chain efficiency, reduce costs, increase revenue, improve workflow processes, and accelerate cash. Prior to joining Nexera, Mr. Scher worked in non-healthcare-related supply chain businesses. He received his Bachelor of Science in Supply Chain Management and Marketing Management at the Martin J. Whitman School of Management, with a sub-concentration in Public Communication Studies at the S.I. Newhouse School of Public Communications–Syracuse University. He has been published in Becker’s Hospital Review and by the Healthcare Financial Management Association. He is also a Certified Materials and Resource Professional through the American Hospital Association.
Director of Nursing, Surgical and Emergency Services, Cleveland Clinic – Avon Hospital 
Regina Schneider is the Director of Nursing for Surgical and Emergency Services for the Cleveland Clinic – Avon Hospital.  Her responsibilities include operational oversight of these departments and professional development of the nursing teams.  Ms. Schneider’s experience spans more than 25 years as a clinician and administrator in various organizations.  She has spent much of her career in the perioperative/surgical arena with the additional responsibility in emergency services in the last four years.  Her interests include system integration, process improvement, leadership development, coaching and mentoring.  She holds a Six Sigma Green Belt from Cleveland State University.  Regina obtained her BSN and MSN from Ursuline College, Pepper Pike, OH and is currently enrolled in the Doctorate in Nursing Practice program at Chamberlain College of Nursing. 
Vice President, Pharmacy Services, Ochsner Health System
As Vice President of Pharmacy Services for Ochsner Health System, Dr. Simonson has responsibility for the strategic vision, long term planning, direction and overall accountability for pharmacy services across the system. She joined Ochsner in 1981 and has built the pharmacy program to include clinical services, education/academics, research, retail services, specialty pharmacy, population management, transitions of care, informatics, regulatory compliance, medication safety, logistics, and digital medicine support. She earned her Bachelor of Science degree in pharmacy at Auburn University in Auburn, Alabama and her Doctor of Pharmacy degree from Xavier University of Louisiana.  Dr. Simonson started her career with the Public Health Service. She has held many leadership roles with pharmacy associations and boards over the years. She has been a member of the Louisiana Board of Pharmacy and was named in the City Business's 2015 Women of the Year.
COO, Fairview Pharmacy Services
Kyle Skiermont is the Chief Operating Officer for Fairview Pharmacy Services, a leading health system based pharmacy organization in Minneapolis, MN.  He received his PharmD from the University of Nebraska Medical Center College of Pharmacy.  As COO, Kyle is responsible for strategy and overall operations of Fairview Pharmacy's specialty pharmacy, retail, MTM, mail order, long term care, compounding, home infusion and community infusion business units.    Kyle has spent 19 years in pharmacy including traditional retail, clinic based retail, outpatient pharmacy at an academic health center, community and home infusion, specialty, and mail order.  In addition, he is a frequent media and professional spokesperson on a variety of pharmacy topics.  
Vice President of Operations, Children's Hospital Boston
Henry Tomasuolo is the vice president of operations at Children’s Hospital Boston, a 397-bed comprehensive center for pediatric healthcare. As one of the largest pediatric medical centers in the United States, Children's offers a complete range of healthcare services for children from birth through 21 years of age and is also home to the world's largest research enterprise based at a pediatric medical center.Mr. Tomasuolo has 22 years of healthcare management experience and his responsibilities at Children’s include supply chain management, environmental services, food service, security, parking and environmental safety. Prior to joining Children’s Hospital in 2006, Mr. Tomasuolo was the vice president for supply chain management at Saint Vincent’s Catholic Medical Centers of New York  (SVCMC), where he led the successful integration of the supply chain functions at the inception of the IDN . At SVCMC, Mr. Tomasuolo spearheaded expense reduction projects that resulted in savings in excess of $137 million over five years.  Mr. Tomasuolo chaired the Greater New York Hospital Association’s Regional Advisory Council, an organization representing the supply chain leadership of the largest and most influential medical centers in the New York metropolitan area. Mr. Tomasuolo has a Bachelors Degree in economics from Columbia University and is a fellow at the Marschall Institute.
VP, Supply Chain Operations, NYU Langone Health System
Régine Honoré Villain is the VP, Supply Chain Operations at NYU Langone Health System in New York, NY.  Régine is responsible for the oversight of supply chain strategy, organization, operating processes, compliance systems and disciplines to deliver contemporary, best practice sourcing, procurement, and overall supply chain services.  Previously she served as supply chain executive at Medical University of South Carolina in Charleston.  She has been active and influential in the field for the past 18 years. Originally from Port-au-Prince, Haiti Régine initiated her general studies in San German, P.R then went on to receive her B.S. degree in industrial & systems engineering from the University of Florida, her M.P.H. in public health management from Columbia University, and her management certificate from U. Penn, Wharton School of Business. Affectionately nicknamed Yoda, she believes that Success comes with building relationships, being present, being accountable, pushing the boundaries of what is possible, and giving that little extra. There is no room to try, you either do or do not!
EVP of Operations, Pensiamo
Joe is a visionary leader with a credible track record leading award-winning supply chain transformations and new business development efforts at multibillion dollar organizations.  Joe is personally inspired to minimize the suffering of the vulnerable and deeply driven to meaningfully transform healthcare.  He is committed to elevating the healthcare supply chain profession, enabling healthcare organizations to dramatically improve access, quality, service and affordability.   Joe is currently the EVP of Operations for Pensiamo, the industry’s only cognitive supply chain company offering transformative spend management solutions to providers, insurance plans and healthcare suppliers.  Joe has responsibilities for Category Management, Sourcing, Value Analysis, Purchase-to-Pay, Client Implementation and Account Management.  Most recently, Joe served as Intermountain Healthcare’s Vice President of Supply Chain & CPO, achieving the number one ranking in Gartner’s 2016 “Healthcare Supply Chain Top 25.”  In this role, Joe had responsibilities for all aspects of the supply chain for the company’s $2 billion annual expenditures, including Sourcing, Category Management, Value Analysis, Purchase-to-Pay, Logistics, Materials Management and Supplier Collaboration.  While at Intermountain, Joe also served as the Vice President of Support Services where he led Clinical Engineering, Food & Nutrition, Environmental Services, Linen Services and Sustainability.  Joe has master’s degree in Supply Chain Management from Michigan State University and a bachelor’s degree in Business from the University at Buffalo.  In 2013, Joe was recognized as the “Contracting Professional of the Year” by Healthcare Contracting News.  Joe has a passion for helping others achieve their highest potential and he is currently pursuing his ICF Coaching Certification.  
Leadership Coach, Solutions Strategist, Lisa Williams Coaching
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.  By thinking outside of the box and feeling confident in her ability to take risks, Lisa has developed a strong entrepreneurial mindset and has successfully established, and now operates, two thriving small businesses.  
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.  
Pharmacy Manager, Orlando Regional Medical Center
Bill Wilson is the Director of Pharmacy at Orlando Regional Medical Center.  He is responsible for the management of all areas of pharmaceutical services.  Prior to joining Orlando Regional Medical Center, he served as the Director of Pharmacy for Select Medical Corporation where he was responsible for the supervision development and training of staff and management of Pharmacy Services of 4 facilities in Central Pennsylvania.  Bill has a Bachelor of Science Degree in Pharmacy from the Philadelphia College of Pharmacy and Science.  He is a BCPS Board Certified Pharmacotherapy Specialist and a member of the American Society of Hospital Pharmacists (ASHP) and the Society of Critical Care Medicine (SCCM).
Senior Vice President, CHC Supply Trust
Tony Ybarra serves as Senior Vice President, CHC Supply Trust. In this role he manages initiatives to develop and implement comprehensive supply chain management strategies on a company-wide basis and ensures that quality-based initiatives are implemented in order to gain the greatest value from CHC’s supply expenditures and resource utilization.  He provides services to owned, managed and consulting clients in the area of supply chain. He also establishes and implements strategies aimed at improving CHC’s procurement activities on a consolidated basis by selecting and negotiating agreements for supplies, pharmaceuticals, equipment and services. Tony has over 30 years of materials management experience in the healthcare industry.  Prior to joining CHC in 2007, Tony managed a corporate materials management department that serviced surgical hospitals and surgery centers nationwide. He also has extensive materials management and operational leadership experience working within multi-hospital health systems, large physician groups and individual physician practices. Tony brings to the team an expertise in procurement, negotiation and material controls.  Tony is a graduate of the University of California, Los Angeles. Tony is an active member of the Association for Healthcare Resource & Materials Management (AHRMM) and The Council of Supply Chain Executives. He is a Certified Materials & Resource Professional.