ACE 2020 Faculty

Trey Beuttel
Trey Beuttel
Director, Provider Relationships and Education
Healthcare Business Media
Idea Exchange: Designing for the Patient Experience
Idea Exchange: LEED Hospital Certification Perspectives


Ralph Bowman Jr.
Ralph Bowman Jr.
VP, IT, National Facilities Services and Project Portfolio Management
Kaiser Permanente
Innovation & Disruption Track: Evaluating Innovation

As vice president of the Care Delivery Technology Services, National Facilities Services IT organization for Kaiser Permanente, Ralph Bowman oversees the implementation of technologies that support the Kaiser Permanente facilities capital plan; and is responsible for ensuring its 39 hospitals and almost 700 medical office buildings have the infrastructure and equipment necessary to support operations and meet the needs of medical staff, employees, and members. Prior to joining Kaiser Permanente, Ralph led IT Operations for UCLA’s Medical Center. In this role, he led all IT operations and strategic planning activities in support of hospital operations—including oversight of all IT-related activities for the construction of the UCLA Ronald Regan Medical Center. Ralph also spent time at St. Jude Medical, where he managed the clinical data management system that supported the clinical trials for their cardiac rhythm management division in the United States and Europe. Ralph has a Bachelor of Science Degree in computer science from California State University, Northridge.

Theresa Brigden
Theresa Brigden
Principal
Vizient, Inc.
Supplier Strategies Track: Understanding GPO Contracting

Theresa brings more than 30 years of experience in the construction industry, ten years which are in the healthcare industry. Prior to Principal, Theresa served as Contracts Director, Director Midwest, Executive Director, Senior Executive Director of Operations and Associate Principal for Facilities, Capital and Construction Solutions. Theresa’s areas of expertise and professional skills include team leadership, construction management, program management and project management in the healthcare and construction industry. Theresa has advanced understanding of capital equipment, design and construction best practices, metrics and technology. As program co-founder, she was integral in the creation and development of Vizient Facilities, Capital & Construction Solutions. As leader of operations, Theresa developed a robust process in validation reporting and metrics in this space. Prior to joining Vizient, Theresa spent more than 20 years in construction management, project management and contract administration with S.M Wilson, Clayco Construction and Sverdrup (now Jacobs Engineering). She has served on local National Association of Women in Construction (NAWIC) and Associated General Contractors (AGC) chapters, the National Board of Directors for the Architectural, Capital Equipment and Engineering (ACE) and is an active member of American Society for Healthcare Engineering (ASHE). Theresa has the LEED, A. P. (Accredited Professional) accreditation from the U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC).

Wade Byerly
Wade Byerly
President
MERC
Supplier Strategies Track: Understanding Capital Equipment Planning Strategies

Wade Byerly has worked over 30 years in the planning, acquiring, utilizing, managing, liquidating and appraising medical equipment, and is uniquely qualified to deliver value in each stage of the capital equipment life cycle. He also has the unusual perspective of having worked for healthcare providers, regional and national group purchasing alliances, a major manufacturer and service organizations, understanding the medical equipment needs of healthcare providers in nearly every venue of care. Founded MERC with son Kyle in 2007, and since that time they have evaluated hundreds of thousands of pieces of medical equipment on behalf of hundreds of healthcare providers, and providing data,
analytics, and service solutions for their client’s strategic initiatives.

Rodney Cadwell
Rodney Cadwell
Associate Principal - Medical Equipment Planning
Vizient, Inc./ HELP
Supplier Strategies Track: Understanding Capital Equipment Planning Strategies

Rodney leads the Capital Solutions Consulting segment for Vizient’s Advisory Solutions Group. He brings more than 40 years of healthcare development experience within the U.S., United Kingdom, Canada and South America. Rodney has led many equipment planning projects with a focus on efficient project delivery with proven results. Rodney co-founded HELP International in 1983 and joined Vizient in 2010 when the firm was acquired to further expand the Capital and Construction segment offering. He continues to provide leadership for this business segment.

Jody Campbell
Jody Campbell
Contract Manager, Capital Sourcing / Construction Projects
The Guthrie Clinic
Management & Operations Track: Successfully Managing Capital Equipment Projects

Jody Campbell is a Contract Manager, Capital Sourcing / Construction Projects at The Guthrie Clinic located in Sayre PA. She was born and raised in Sayre, PA. Jody has worked for Guthrie for 34 years and all 34 years have been in the Corporate Purchasing Department. Guthrie is a great healthcare system and employer; she still walks in to work and says she loves her job. She started as the department Secretary and have learned every job as I moved up through the ranks. However, her current position is her favorite of all.


Jeff Christmann
Jeff Christmann
CEO
ADAMS
Funding & Administration Track: Capital Equipment Budgeting

Jeff Christmann serves as Chief Executive Officer at ADAMS and has 28 years of experience in major facility project management, construction and operations. He has been responsible for overseeing approximately 28M square feet of various types of construction, renovation and expansion, totaling in excess of $10B in project budget. As CEO, Jeff is responsible for leading business development efforts for ADAMS, oversight of operations, staffing, and allocation of all company resources for project management and advisory services, as well as developing the overall markets for services, winning engagements and maintaining client relationships. He is also responsible for recruiting, hiring, and supervising a staff of engagement professionals who provide specific expertise in the planning, development and delivery of large and small capital programs.

Donna Craft
Donna Craft
Senior Director Facilities and Construction Service Line, Premier, Inc.
Premier, Inc.
Supplier Strategies Track: Understanding GPO Contracting

Facilities and Construction Service Line Senior Director: Donna Craft, RN, BSN, MHA, CLNC is a nurse with over 30 years of clinical and hospital administration experience including project management, facility/strategic planning, nutrition services, environmental services, security, materials management, clinical equipment, facilities and construction and was directly responsible for all projects totaling over $500 million. Past National Director - Associate Member Services, ASHE. Currently manages the sourcing process, contract management, and member committee for the facilities service line portfolio.

Dennis Daar
Dennis Daar
Managing Partner
Medical Strategies International, LLC
Supplier Strategies Track: Understanding GPO Contracting

Dennis has been in the medical supply and device industry for over 39 years. For the past 19 years he has been the Managing Partner for Medical Strategies International, (MSI). MSI is an outsource corporate accounts firm that helps clients develop their National Accounts strategy, and gaining and implementing agreements with GPO's, IDN's, RPC'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 Chairperson of the Federation of American Hospitals Exposition Advisory Committee for over 29 years. He has been part of Association of National Accounts Advisory Committee (ANAE), and Past Chairperson of HSCA/HISCI/HIDA, and of HISCI's Educational Committee. Dennis has been both a speaker and has appeared in print on various topics including: healthcare, government sales, sales management, national accounts, and international issues.

Jacob D'Albora
Jacob D'Albora
Director of BIM-FM Services / Associate VP
McVeigh & Magnum Engineering
Supplier Strategies Track: Navigating Specification

Educated and trained as an architect, Jacob D’Albora has embraced and sought to maximize the use of Building Information Modeling (BIM) throughout his career. Jacob has established himself as an industry leader in the BIM-FM arena and has provided the resources and training to facilities personnel necessary to facilitate the efficient execution of building maintenance duties and record keeping. Jacob heads up the BIM and Facility Management services at McVeigh & Mangum Engineering focusing on building relationships with a new range of clientele and providing his expertise on all phases of building lifecycles. Jacob can typically be found sharing his knowledge with the rest of the industry through numerous speaking engagements, webinars and published articles showing his passion for the BIM and FM industries.

Mark Dixon
Mark Dixon
President
The Mark Dixon Group, LLC
Thought Leadership Panel

Mark D. Dixon, R.Ph, M.H.A., FACHE, leads the Mark Dixon Group, LLC which provides medical suppliers and integrated delivery networks (IDNs) consultative assistance in successfully navigating the changes in healthcare. He specializes in providing C-Suite level services to:

Increase medical supplier relevancy/performance in an era of health reform and value creation.

Provide Healthcare Industry Market Intelligence, Education, and Advisory Services to medical suppliers and IDNs to improve strategy, effectiveness, and health system partnerships.

Consult with Life Sciences companies to conduct key account management strategy development and training with emphasis on C-suite and supply chain perspectives.

Medical suppliers and IDNs including a focus on key issues which health systems face in economics and strategy, specialty physician and hospital dynamics, Accountable Care Organization (ACO) implementation, and achieving triple aim results (Cost, quality, experience).


He speaks regularly at national meetings to bring the voice of the IDN C-Suite to a wide variety of organizations and professional associations.

Dixon brings 30+ years of healthcare leadership experience with a proven record of results in developing and sustaining market-leading organizations. Dixon was Regional President for Fairview Health Services where they developed and implemented an ACO strategy. Prior to joining Fairview, Mark was President/CEO of Community Hospitals of Indiana, Inc. in Indianapolis for 6 years and was with Allina Health for 17 years at Abbott Northwestern Hospital in Minneapolis as the chief executive.

Mike Gerhardt
Mike Gerhardt
Senior Director, Energy Construction & Facility Management
Intalere
Supplier Strategies Track: Understanding GPO Contracting

Mike Gerhardt leads the Energy, Construction, and Facility Management team at Intalere. This team provides consulting support to Intalere members and other customers to reduce costs and improve quality related to capital equipment, construction, facility, and energy management technologies. Collectively the five individuals on his team have over 130 years of healthcare, supply chain, and construction experience. Individually, Mr. Gerhardt has more than 30 years of healthcare industry experience, ranging from Biomedical Engineering Leadership to Facility Management Consulting. He was recognized as the 2006 Outstanding Fee for Service Consultant at a large group purchasing organization. In his current role at Intalere, he was recognized as the 2014 Senior Director of the Year. Having spent half of his career working directly for healthcare providers, he has a connected and aligned perspective on helping healthcare organizations improve their quality and maintain a healthy bottom line so they can continue the critical mission of caring for patients. He has a passionate interest in sustainability, reducing energy costs, and the human impact on the environment. Mr. Gerhardt received a Bachelor’s of Science Degree from Xavier University in Cincinnati, OH and also holds an Associate Degree in Biomedical Engineering from Cincinnati State University.

Glenn Hammons
Glenn Hammons
Project Executive
Skanska USA Building Inc.
Supplier Strategies Track: Understanding Capital Equipment Planning Strategies

Glenn Hammons is a Project Executive for Skanska USA with over 35 years of experience in the construction industry. The majority of his career has been spent on a wide range of healthcare projects, including new additions and complex renovations of existing facilities. He is an accomplished professional who offers broad-based project management and operations experience within the construction industry. He maintains an astute ability to ascertain needs and goals, streamline existing operations, envision new design and construction concepts and overcome obstacles with solutions that are technically sound and financially feasible. Glenn graduated from Lawrence Technological University with a B.S. in Construction Engineering.

Ted Hood
Ted Hood
Senior Project Manager
TLC Engineering
Planning & Design Track: UPDATED SESSION: Reducing Hospital Security Threats with Attentive Design

Ted Hood is a Senior Project Manager for TLC Engineering Solutions, a dynamic engineering firm with more than 60 years of experience. Ted has over 20 years of experience in Healthcare Technology project management and implementation, with an emphasis on interoperability between medical equipment, IT devices, EMR, and special building systems. He has managed the Technology implementations on healthcare facilities ranging from small clinics to million square feet replacement hospitals. He holds a Bachelor of Architecture from the University of Tennessee and is an active member of Health Information and Management Systems Society.

Tamar Katz
Tamar Katz
Executive Director, Equipment Strategy & Planning
Providence St. Joseph Health
Management & Operations Track: Successfully Managing Capital Equipment Projects

Tamar is responsible for equipment strategy including new technology, life cycle capital and equipment planning projects in 52 acute care hospitals and 840 clinics for Providence and its affiliates. She has a passion for equipment that spans over a 25 years in healthcare technologies and strives to modernize our industry’s concept of value in the capital realm. Tamar brings a Business, Healthcare and Biotechnology background in new and innovative technologies and diverse populations. A California native, Tamar has a BA from the University of California, Berkeley, and an MBA and MA in International Relations from Boston University. She lives in Los Angeles with her husband and two daughters.

Jeffrey Kent
Jeffrey Kent
President
Association of Medical Facility Professionals
Funding & Administration Track: Developing the Project Funding Needs for a Successful Project

Brought to Nemours in 2006 to build and manage the enterprise-wide Corporate Facility Division during a time of rapid growth and development. His broad responsibilities were to manage Real Estate, Design, Construction, Facility Management, and Physical Security. During this period, He served as responsible Project Executive for over $1.35B in new projects totaling over $1.8M sf. That included the new 635,000 sf Nemours Children’s Hospital in Orlando and the 5 story, 450,000 sf AIDHC Inpatient Pavilion, and increased care locations from about 15 to more than 100 throughout six states. Nemours revenues grew from $533M to $1.4B in that same period. He also was responsible for the $38.5Mm Restoration of the Albert I duPont Mansion and Gardens and the 110,000sf, $26M Nemours Corporate Home Office Campus. Mr. Kent holds a Bachelor of Arts degree from Texas A&M University in Architecture. He has over 35 years’ experience in Real Estate Development, design, construction, and facility management of complex healthcare, commercial, and retail facilities. He is the current President of the Association of Medical Facility Professionals and speaker at many Healthcare, Design, and Construction and Physical Security educational events. He has a long history of returning to TAMU to Lecture and bring real projects to the School of Architecture.

Richard Killeen
Richard Killeen
VP, Corporate Purchasing
Hackensack Meridian Health
Management & Operations Track: Driving Organizational Standards

Richard Killeen has been involved has been involved in Supply Chain Systems in the healthcare and governmental sectors for nearly 40 years. He is currently the Corporate Vice President – Purchasing (Corporate Administration) with Hackensack Meridian Health Network in Edison New Jersey. In this role, Richard guides a team of professionals that leverage their combined experience across the multiple disciplines of purchasing to drive automation, cost efficiency and environmental responsibility into the supply chain environment. Prior to joining Hackensack Meridian Health, Richard was the Director of Purchasing for Hackensack University Medical Center, and served as the Regional Director of Materials Management for Franciscan Healthcare (Tri-State Hospitals System, Suffern NY). He also held the role of Director of Purchasing for Holy Name Medical Center (Teaneck, NJ) and Bergen Regional Medical Center (Paramus, NJ). Government experience was gained as a Time and Motion Analyst for the County of Bergen (Hackensack, NJ). Richard is a Certified Materials & Resource Professional (CMRP).

Dave Kistel
Dave Kistel
VP, Facilities & Support Services
Lee Health
Planning & Design Track: Optimizing Existing Space

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

Isaac Larson
Isaac Larson
Executive Director, Enterprise Facility Services
Froedtert Health
Funding & Administration Track: UPDATED SESSION: Creatively Managing Project Costs

Isaac Larson is the Executive Director of Enterprise Facility Services for Froedtert & The Medical College of Wisconsin.  As an Executive Director, he is responsible for all facility enhancement projects across the health network and is accountable for the administration and oversight of all maintenance and plant operation services.  His past experience includes design and construction of many healthcare facilities across the country.  He stays current within his industry by actively participating in the Wisconsin Healthcare Engineering Association and the American Society for Healthcare Engineering.

Alan Lieber
Alan Lieber
President/ VP
Overlook Hospital/ Atlantic Health System
Thought Leadership Panel

Mr. Lieber has been the president of Overlook Medical Center (OMC) since 2003. At OMC, he is the executive leader for an emerging Integrated Delivery System providing care to 600,000 people in Union, Essex and Somerset Counties in New Jersey. Overlook has been recognized as a Top 100 Hospital in the United States by Healthgrades, Beckers and Project Green Health. AHS has been included in the Fortune 100 Best Places to Work For, ten years running. AHS and Overlook are the sole Healthcare System partner of the Optimus ACO which is one of a handful of ACOs that have earned Medicare shared savings every year since its inception in 2012. Mr. Lieber serves on several Boards – the Atlantic, Optimus (Vice Chair) and Health Quality Partners ACO boards, Summit Atlantic Surgical Center (largest Ambulatory Surgery Center JV in NJ), AHA Regional Planning Board, Cornell Sloan Program Alumni Association and BD Advisory Board.

Edward Lovern
Edward Lovern
COO
Piedmont Healthcare
Thought Leadership Panel

With more than 20 years’ experience in the healthcare industry, Ed Lovern is a seasoned executive who has succeeded in a variety of leadership roles. In July 2013, Lovern was named chief operating officer for Piedmont Atlanta Hospital, the 488-bed tertiary care hospital that is the flagship of Piedmont Healthcare, a $2.8 billion health system. From 2008 to 2013, he served as executive vice president and chief administrative officer for Piedmont Healthcare which has six hospitals and two large integrated physician groups across north Georgia. Lovern also served as president and CEO for Piedmont Mountainside Hospital in Jasper, GA, for four years. He is a fellow in the American College of Healthcare Executives and served as the chair of the editorial board for Healthcare Executive magazine. Lovern currently serves on the Boards of Odyssey Family Counseling Center and Jewish Home Life.

William Lowe, MD, MPH, FACEOM
William Lowe, MD, MPH, FACEOM
Medical Director, Employee Health and Work Force Safety
Northwell Health
Management & Operations Track: UPDATED SESSION: Industry Safety and Infection Prevention

Dr. William Lowe is a 1993 graduate of New York Medical College. Following a clinical internship at Westchester County Medical Center, Doctor Lowe began a tour of duty in the United States Army. He served as the Division-Support-Command Surgeon and Medical Director of the Connor Troop Clinic at the Army’s distinguished 10th Mountain Division, Fort Drum, New York. In the fall of 1994 through the winter of 1995, Doctor Lowe deployed to Haiti as a Brigade Surgeon in support of Operation-Up-Hold-Democracy. He received an Honorable Discharge with several notable citations including:the National Defense Service Medal and the Army Commendation Medal. Following military service, Dr. Lowe completed an Emergency Medicine residency at SUNY Buffalo, where he served as Chief Resident from 1999-2000. In 2005, Dr.Lowe completed a second residency in Occupational and Environmental Medicine at Mount Sinai School of Medicine.He remains board certified and active in both specialties. Dr. Lowe served as an attending Emergency Physician at Montefiore Medical Center from 2000-2008.From 2005-2011, he specialized in Energy-Sector Occupational Medicine at both the Consolidated Edison Company of New York and Saudi Aramco, in Saudi Arabia. Currently, he is the Medical Director for Employee Health Services at Northwell Health and he is a fellow of the American College of Occupational and Environmental Medicine and an Assistant Professor at The Hofstra School of Medicine. Dr. Lowe’s areas of interest are occupational drug testing, fitness for duty determination and infectious disease prevention and treatment in health care and research settings.

Michael McCollough
Michael McCollough
SVP, Supply Chain
WellStar
Planning & Design Track: Optimizing Existing Space

Michael McCullough is considered one of the foremost Supply Chain industry experts as it pertains to the Consolidated Services Center (CSC) model, in America. Michael has run Supply Chain and GPO operations for LeeSar in Fort Myers Florida; considered to be the best CSC operation in America, he launched and ran Trinity Health’s 450,000 sq. ft. operation in Indiana; considered to be the largest single-site operation in America, and is currently standing up the Wellstar Operation in Atlanta, Georgia. Michael ran the Med/Surg Division of one of America’s largest national GPO’s and worked for 8 years in the medical device industry with Johnson and Johnson. Prior to these assignments, Michael spent many years implementing Supply Chain Information Systems such as MRP, ERP, Advance Planning and Warehouse Management systems. Michael holds a master’s degree from Regis University in Colorado, and an undergraduate degree from Lawrence Technological University in Detroit, Michigan.

Jerry McKinney
Jerry McKinney
Principal
JM Healthcare Consulting
Funding & Administration Track: Capital Equipment Budgeting
Management & Operations Track: Successfully Managing Capital Equipment Projects

Jerry McKinney’s hospital career began with Hospital Corporation of America in 1979. In 1992, he accepted the role of Project Manager at Northwest Texas Hospital in Amarillo, TX. While there, several critical care additions including ED, NICU, ICU, Surgery, and PACU were completed. In 1997, he accepted a Corporate Material Management/Capital Equipment position with Community Health Systems. During 18+ years with CHS he had responsibility for both routine capital and for all corporately managed capital projects. In 2015, Community Health Systems announced plans to spinoff Quorum Health Resources into a new company. Jerry was selected to be the Senior Vice President of Material Management and Chief Purchasing Officer. In this role he was responsible for the full scope of supply chain activities and all capital purchases.

Lance Mendiola
Lance Mendiola
VP, Facilities Management & Construction
CHRISTUS Health
Funding & Administration Track: UPDATED SESSION: Creatively Managing Project Costs

Lance Mendiola, CHFM, CHSP, CBO, MS has served in many leadership roles in CHRISTUS Health since 2006 and recently as the System Vice President of Facilities Management and Construction since 2012. Throughout his healthcare, military and higher education career, he has held many leadership positions including Director of Facilities overseeing Clinical Engineering, Security, Safety, Housekeeping, Dietary, and Construction Inspector/Project Manager at Texas State University’s Planning Design and Construction department. Lance earned a bachelor’s degree Texas State University with a Bachelor of Science Degree in Technology with a concentration in construction management and a Master of Science in Public Safety with a concentration in Emergency Management from Capella University. Lance is active member of the American Society of Health Care Engineering (ASHE) and the Texas Association of Healthcare Facility Managers and is a veteran of the United States Army with a 26-year career.

Charles Messamore
Charles Messamore
Senior Consulting Director
Vizient, Inc.
Funding & Administration Track: UPDATED SESSION: Creatively Managing Project Costs



Scott Mortensen
Scott Mortensen
Operations Officer
McKay-Dee Hosptial and System Med/Surg, Intermountain Healthcare
Thought Leadership Panel

Scott Mortensen currently serves as Operations Officer for McKay-Dee Hospital and Med/Surg Operations for the Intermountain system. In this role, he leads Med/Surg, Oncology, Cardiovascular, Rehab and Sports Medicine, Imaging, Laboratory, Environment of Care, Food and Nutrition, and other key services at McKay-Dee Hospital. Scott is a third-generation healthcare leader with an extensive background in healthcare and business. He has worked in insurance for United Health Group and in consulting at Carlson Ventures Enterprise, Intermountain Medical Group, Mayo Clinic, Cleveland Clinic and Intermountain Healthcare. Scott lectured for Utah Valley University, BYU, BYU-I and has advised companies such as the high-growth healthcare startup company, Orca Health. Scott has a dual-degree University of Minnesota alumnus with an MHA from the School of Public Health and an MBA from the Carlson School of Management.

Kurt Neubek
Kurt Neubek
Principal, Health Sector Leader
Page
Planning & Design Track: Getting Decision That Stick 

Kurt Neubek is a Principal, architect, and firm-wide Healthcare Practice Leader with Page, a 650-person architecture/ engineering/interiors/planning/consulting firm with nine offices across the US and abroad. He has 30 years’ experience and has planned tens of millions of square feet of space across the globe. Kurt is an award- winning speaker, having presented at more than 80 conferences. He is a Fellow in the American Institute of Architects, LEED Accredited, and a Six Sigma Black Belt.

Jill S.M. Pearsall
Jill S.M. Pearsall
SVP
Texas Children's Hospital
Planning & Design Track: Getting Decision That Stick 

Jill Pearsall is the Senior Vice President at Texas Children’s Hospital. She has leadership responsibility for real estate strategy, transaction and acquisition, facilities planning, project management and on-going support programs of artwork/signage, interiors/logistics, space management, and facilities information. Jill is a licensed architect in Texas and California and holds a certificate from the National Council of Architectural Registration Boards (NCARB). Jill joined Texas Children’s Hospital in 2002 and has remained intimately involved in planning, developing, and executing over 5 million square feet of new construction and managing over $2.4B of work. She serves on several organizational committees, including Environmental Safety, Emergency Management, Facilities Executive, Executive Space Management and Capital Management. Jill is a graduate of the University of Southern California with a bachelor’s degree in Architecture. Prior to switching to facilities management and joining the healthcare industry, she practiced commercial and institutional architecture in both California and Texas.

Denise Persico
Denise Persico
Director of Interior Design
Hackensack Meridian Health
Management & Operations Track: Driving Organizational Standards

Denise Persico has been involved with healthcare Interior design since 1990. She is currently director of Interior Design for the Hackensack Meridian Healthcare Network. In this role Denise is responsible for overseeing the preliminary design, planning, selections and implementation for all network design projects Capital and Non Capital. Denise has been a healthcare designer with JFK Medical Center in Edison, New Jersey since 1990. HMH JFK is now part of the central region of the Hackensack Meridian Network, encompassing Hospitals, Medical office buildings, Rehabilitation Centers, as well as Behavioral Health, Urgent Care, Long term Care and Assisted Living. Denise has expanded her role and her team to oversee and ensure the Brand Standards for all projects. Denise is a licensed and Certified Interior Designer in the state of New Jersey and is a Professional Member of the American Society of Interior Design.

Brent Petty
Brent Petty
Executive Industry Consultant for Healthcare
Lexmark Healthcare Solutions
Supplier Strategies Track: Your Changing Customer
Innovation & Disruption Track: Evaluating Innovation
Idea Exchange: How Technology Impacts Design

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

Sean Poellnitz
Sean Poellnitz
Mosaic Life Care
Management & Operations Track: Successfully Managing Capital Equipment Projects

Sean Poellnitz is Vice President Supply Chain at Mosaic Life Care. In his current role Sean leads all supply chain functions including materials management, logistics, fleet, sourcing, GPO Management, GPO Affiliate Program, Print Shop Services and all procurement activities across the system. Prior to his leadership role at Mosaic Life Care, Sean held various leadership positions for United Healthcare, CHRISTUS Health, CHI Health, Raytheon, Southern California Regional Rail Authority, and Union Pacific Railroad. Prior to entering the healthcare industry, he was a member of the American Public Transportation Association Procurement and Materials Management Committee and certified in Public Transit Procurement by the National Transit Institute. As a part of his community involvement, Sean served as past President, Board of Directors for FARMS, a non-profit organization serving rural farmers in the Alabama, Georgia, and the Carolinas. Sean is on the healthcare conference speaking circuit including contributing to articles in “The Journal of Healthcare Contracting” and other national publications.

Paul Power
Paul Power
Director, Safety Operations
Northwell Health
Management & Operations Track: UPDATED SESSION: Industry Safety and Infection Prevention

Paul Powers is Director of Operations for the Workforce Safety Department at Northwell Health System. Paul and the team and Workforce Safety have each year been able to lower the experience mod resulting over a 15 % reduction in three years. Paul’s primary focus is worker safety leading programs in fall reduction and Safe Patient Handling. Paul is a Paramedic by trade with an extensive background in injury prevention and absence management. Paul has also served as an Asst. Director for Northwell Health CEMS, one of the largest hospital based EMS services in the country, and directed their safety programs. In addition, Paul was appointed Safety Officer for one of Northwell hospitals.

Spencer Seals
Spencer Seals
VP, Construction and Real Estate
Cook Children's Health Care System
Funding & Administration Track: UPDATED SESSION: Creatively Managing Project Costs

Spencer Seals currently serves as the system Vice President of Real Estate and Construction for Cook Children’s Health Care System. Spencer has responsibilities for all Real Estate activities, planning, design, and construction for all on-campus and off-campus locations that make up Cook Children’s. Cook Children’s Health Care System is one of the country’s leading integrated pediatric health care systems. Based in Fort Worth, Texas, the not-for-profit organization includes a nationally recognized medical center, physician network, surgery center, home health company, health services company, health plan, and health foundation.
Most recently, Spencer operated as the Owners Representative for the largest expansion in Cook Children’s 100-year history. That project, formed and executed as an Integrated Project Delivery, garnered success for its timeliness in delivering with a complex schedule, budget savings, and overall project excellence.
Spencer received Bachelor of Science degrees in Psychology and Behavioral Science and Health from the University of Utah and his masters in Health Care Administration from Trinity University, located in San Antonio.

Jennifer Searfoss, Esq, CPOM, CHCI, CMCS
Jennifer Searfoss, Esq, CPOM, CHCI, CMCS
Innovation & Disruption Track: UPDATED SESSION: What the Future of the Health Care Industry Looks Like
Innovation & Disruption Track: UPDATED SESSION: Consolidation Trends in Healthcare

A recovering lawyer and federal lobbyist, Jennifer Searfoss brings her experience in grassroots activism to change the healthcare world as we know it. She is the principal consultant at Searfoss & Associates.
Jennifer was the Vice President of External Provider Relations for UnitedHealthcare, a Minnesota-based health insurance company. From 2007 to April 2011, she established and led the Provider Communications & Advocacy unit. This enterprise asset reviewed and approved communications for the commercial, Medicare and Medicaid participating providers in the UnitedHealthcare network. She also solicited direct feedback on how to improve payer operations from the physician and hospital community, which resulted in higher provider satisfaction rates with the national insurance company during her tenure at UnitedHealthcare.
Before going behind the iron curtain, Jennifer served as the External Relations Liaison for the Washington, DC-based Government Affairs Department of the Medical Group Management Association (MGMA). As the External Relations Liaison, Jennifer coordinated MGMA advocacy efforts with other specialties and medical organizations. She also was the Government Affairs Representative for the Eastern & Southern Sections. She began her work with MGMA in August of 2001.
Jennifer is an Adjunct Associate Professor at Georgetown University teaching in the graduate Health Systems Administration programs. Jennifer received her undergraduate degree in health science and policy from the University of Maryland, Baltimore County and law degree from the University of Maryland.
In 2007, The White House Project collected essays from hundreds of young women who want to be president. These essays, including Jennifer's, are featured in the book, "She's Out There: Essays by 35 Young Women Who Aspire to Lead the Nation: The Next Generation of Presidential Candidates." Jennifer's essay details how in 2006 she put her feet to the pavement and met voters. Receiving over 4000 votes, Jennifer was elected to a local post but later faced family obligations and had to make the painful decision to leave her local elected office. She has participated in several book tours and continues to speak about how women can and should be more engaged in the electoral process.
Jennifer is a Certified Medical Coding Specialist, Certified Healthcare Coding Instructor and Certified Practice Office Manager by the Professional Association of Healthcare Coding Specialists.
Jennifer lives in Northern Virginia with her husband and fuzzy children Sirius the black cat, Atlas the Rottie, and Pressed for Time the Quarterhorse gelding.
You can follow Jen on Twitter @jsearfoss and find her on LinkedIn.

David Stewart
David Stewart
Principal
orcutt | winslow
Planning & Design Track: UPDATED SESSION: Reducing Hospital Security Threats with Attentive Design

David Stewart is an Architect and Healthcare Studio Leader for the Orcutt Winslow Nashville office and has spent over 20 years in the healthcare sector. David’s experience in domestic and international projects has given him a unique perspective on the design and management of people in healthcare facilities. He has thrived mentoring teams in Nashville, Shanghai, and Dubai to design advanced, culturally sensitive designs to change the lives of patients and caregivers around the world.

Laura Stillman
Laura Stillman
Principal
Flad Architects
Supplier Strategies Track: Navigating Specification

A 30-year veteran and healthcare partner at Flad, Laura excels at leading projects, managing practice areas, and providing strategic planning. As Healthcare Practice Leader, Laura oversees Flad’s healthcare group and serves as principal-in-charge for major healthcare projects, most recently leading the design team for Lee Memorial’s new Health Village in Estero, FL and the UF Health Shands Cardiovascular and Neuromedicine Tower at the UF Health main campus.

Jim Venker
Jim Venker
Industry Consultant
Venker Consulting, LLC.
Funding & Administration Track: Developing the Project Funding Needs for a Successful Project
Management & Operations Track: Driving Organizational Standards
Idea Exchange: Capital Project Planning Today

Jim has an experience that spans 33 years in healthcare facilities development ranging from a practicing architect, to Director of Design and Construction to Vice President of Facilities for three different IDN’s (Novant, Ochsner Medical Institutions and Carolinas HealthCare System) and finally from a recently retired role; Senior Director of Facilities for the Premier Healthcare Alliance. Jim has participated in thousands of projects with budgets worth billions of dollars. Jim has learned a lesson that is common to all of these projects and that is “form follows finance”. The secret of a great project team is the individuals who make it up.

Scott Vinson
Scott Vinson
President
Mitchell Planning Associates
Funding & Administration Track: Capital Equipment Budgeting

Scott Vinson has over 20 years of healthcare industry experience. Before joining Mitchell Associates, his past work experience included product management, account management, and sales account management for some of the leading medical equipment manufactures in the world. Today, as President of Mitchell Associates, Scott is responsible for business development, strategic planning, procurement strategies, vendor relationships, and ongoing client relationships. Mr. Vinson’s unique knowledge of the medical equipment industry coupled with his understanding of future technologies and how the delivery of healthcare will change over the coming years provides Mitchell’s clients with an unbiased and appropriate plan for future facilities.

Barb Wagner
Barb Wagner
SVP
Clark Construction Group
Supplier Strategies Track: Navigating Specification

Barbara Wagner is a senior vice president with Clark Construction Group, one of the largest general contractors in the country, with over $5 billion in annual revenue. Ms. Wagner holds a bachelor’s degree in architecture from the Catholic University of America, a master’s degree in civil engineering and construction management from the University of Maryland, and has over 34 years of experience in construction. Ms. Wagner began her construction career on the East Coast, managing public and private construction projects in the Washington, DC, and Boston markets. Since 2002, Ms. Wagner has lived in Los Angeles, where she leads the Clark’s National Healthcare Center of Excellence. For the past 17 years, healthcare clients throughout California – and across the country – have relied on her expertise for the successful planning and execution of their renovation, expansion, and new construction projects. Her professional licenses and accreditations include a contractor and engineer’s license in the state of California, DBIA designation and LEED accreditation.