Larry Blackburn
Larry Blackburn
Turner Construction Company
Vice President
Larry Blackburn is responsible for overall client satisfaction on all Turner Healthcare projects throughout Florida. He has 42 plus years of Construction Management experience with Turner and a Bachelor of Science degree in Civil Engineering from the University of Cincinnati. Larry is currently managing over $1B of Hospital Construction and renovation projects, which includes, UHS Palm Beach Gardens Hospital; Baptist Health South Florida Sunrise Hospital; Memorial Health ED/Trauma Renovation; Memorial Health Family Birthplace Renovation; Orlando Health Wiregrass Ranch Hospital; Orlando Health Bayfront Medical Pavilion; and Sarasota Memorial Health Cancer Pavilion. Prior to relocating to Florida, he completed a $352 million Teaching Hospital for the University of Kentucky. He is a member of the American Society for Healthcare Engineers and the Florida Healthcare Engineering Association. Larry became a LEED Accredited Professional in 2009 and has been a Professional Engineer registered in the State of Ohio since 1987. He has earned the ASHE Healthcare Contractor’s Certification and has gained extensive AHCA experience in Florida. He was awarded the Project Manager of the Year by the American Subcontractor Association (Cincinnati chapter) in 1988.

LeAnn Born
LeAnn Born MHA
LeAnn R. Born Advisory Solutions
Founder and Advisor

LeAnn founded LeAnn R. Born Advisory Solutions, where she advises suppliers, providers, GPOs, and other industry partners about the healthcare supply chain. As a supply chain thought leader, she helps clients drive strategies focused on improved population health, enhanced care experience, reduced cost, workforce well-being, and advanced health equity.
Her background includes three decades of executive leadership of major health system supply chain services, program development with group purchasing organizations, and guidance to medical suppliers on effective sales strategies with customers. Before her consulting practice, LeAnn served as Vice President of Supply Chain at Fairview Health Services/M Health Fairview, Vice President of Contract, Program Services, and Customer Contracting at Novation (now Vizient), and several positions leading up to interim Vice President of Supply Chain at Allina Health.
Clients rely on her expertise in a range of situations, from resolving urgent needs to long-term strategic planning.



Jody Campbell
Jody Campbell
Guthrie
Capital Strategic Sourcing Specialist

Patrick Casey
Patrick Casey
Harris Health System
SVP-Facilities Construction & Systems Engineering
Patrick Casey is currently the SVP/Facilities Construction & Systems Engineering for Harris Health System. Prior to joining Harris Health, Mr. Casey has assumed key leadership roles in Academic Medical Center settings and he has completed the design and construction of over $6B in healthcare and life sciences projects.

David Childers
David Childers
Vandalia Health
Director of Construction

Michael Compton
Michael Compton
AdventHealth
Acute Care North Studio Leader
Michael Compton, ACHA, AIA, EDAC is the Acute Care North Studio Leader at Advent Health. He is a design mind and board-certified Healthcare Architect (ACHA), with over 30 years of professional experience in many aspects of the built environment, including academic instruction (currently faculty at Valencia College and the University of Central Florida), with practical application of design and construction processes including owner representation.
Michael, in service to his profession, has served on multiple boards of directors, at every level of the American Institute of Architects including holding the presidency of the Orlando component in 2022. He has spoken at every major conference focused on healthcare architecture and published numerous white papers and peer-reviewed research. Finally, he continues to serve as a member of the production team of Mosaic Church.

Nicole Cummings
Nicole Cummings
Intuitive Health
Director of Planning, Design, and Construction
Nicole Cummings is the Director of Planning, Design, and Construction at Intuitive Health. After finding success early in her career, she quickly rose the ranks, prompting her to go back to school to get a degree in architecture from Florida Agricultural and Mechanical University. Nicole went on to create her own construction company and then her own architecture firm until 2008, amid an economic crisis that hit the industry hard. The crisis didn’t stop her from finding other opportunities, though.
For the next two years, she worked as a project architect at the McCarty Company before making her way to Cookie Douglass Farr Lemons Architects and Engineers from 2011 to 2013. The next few years saw her take on leadership roles in the healthcare industry at the University of Mississippi Medical Center, ERDMAN, and McKesson.

Dennis Daar
Dennis Daar
Medical Strategies International
Managing Partner
Dennis Daar has been in the medical supply and device industry for over 40 years. For the past 24 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, then works toward gaining and implementing agreements with GPOs, IDNs, RPCs, Equipment Planners, and Government Sales. Prior to this, 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 has been the past Chairperson of the Federation of American Hospitals Exposition Advisory Committee, part of Association of the National Accounts Advisory Committee (ANAE), Past Chairperson of HSCA/HISCI/HIDA, and of HISCI's Educational Committee. Also, he was a member of the Association of Healthcare Value Analysis Professionals (AHVAP) IBEC Committee.

Dennis has been both a speaker and has appeared in print on assorted topics including healthcare, government sales, sales management, national accounts, and international issues. He consulted and appeared on the TV Show “ER”. In 2022, he received the first-ever Life-Time Achievement Award from the Federation of American Hospitals.

Brice Durkin
Brice Durkin
HuntonBrady Architects
Associate, Project Manager

Brice Durkin is an Associate and a Project Manager with over 12 years of experience in planning, design, and construction for healthcare, commercial, retail, multi-family, and residential architecture. Brice specializes in healthcare design for new facilities, building expansions, and renovations for both in-patient and outpatient care. He champions the role of collaborating with industry professionals and healthcare providers to bring excellence in patient care to local communities. He has nurtured trusted relationships with healthcare clients over a breadth of work that includes ambulatory care, long-term acute care, imaging and diagnostic treatment, surgical departments, and medical office space.

Distinguished projects include a 150,000 SF AdventHealth Palm Coast Hospital, AdventHealth Wesley Chapel Hospital expansion, Orlando Health Freestanding Emergency Department and Medical Office Building in Osceola County, and a 65,000 SF mixed-use new healthcare facility for Mount Sinai Medical Center. He graduated with a Bachelor of Architecture degree from the University of Miami. Brice was born and raised in Florida and enjoys fishing, playing golf, and working on DIY projects in his free time.



Christina Early
Christina Early
Hamilton Health Care System
Project Coordinator/Space Planner
Christina Early is a Project Coordinator/Space Planner at Hamilton Health Care System. She joined Floyd Medical Center in 2005, as the Purchasing Manager, introducing the hospitals first electronic purchasing System. She was instrumental with the development and implementation of the Central Supply inventory Control process, Materials Management operating procedures and establishing the new Omni-cell integration Program. In 2011 Christina expanded her Healthcare experience as Facility Planning Manager to champion the Integration and development of the Support Services Teams. Utilizing strong lean six strategies and improvement initiatives throughout the Floyd Campus. Including the introduction of an Electronic Work Order software interface for the Plant Facilities Department. Her main Role as Facility Planning Manager can be recognized with her efforts on establishing and maintaining the furniture and interior standards throughout the facility. Her role also includes planned Construction or Renovation projects as the Equipment and Furniture planner.

Eduardo Egea
Eduardo Egea
LEO A DALY
Vice President, Managing Principal

As Vice President and Managing Principal of the Miami studio, Eduardo Egea leads design across market sectors in Florida, the Caribbean and South and Central America. He has focused his 29-year career on delivering multidisciplinary approaches to improving patient safety in healthcare through the development of tools and built environment solutions. He has directed more than 7 million square feet of design projects, including CPMC’s new Van Ness Campus in San Francisco; the award-winning Woodwinds Health Campus in Woodbury, Minnesota with the Hammes Group; and Banmedica’s Clinica Santa Maria in Santiago, Chile.



Shawn Forrest
Shawn Forrest
Guthrie
Senior Director, Facilities and Construction

Shawn Forrest joined The Guthrie Clinic in 2017 as a Project Manager. Prior to joining Guthrie, Shawn served nearly 20 years as a Building Inspector and Director of Codes and Public works. During his term in Code enforcement, he obtained 20 International Code Council Certifications in Building Inspection, Plans Examination and Fire Code. Using his Construction experience Shawn transitioned into Healthcare Construction. Shawn Progressed into the position of Senior Director of Facilities & Construction and received his Project Management Professional Certification. In his position as Senior Director, Shawn manages all construction and renovation projects for 6 Hospitals and 76 regional medical office practices in north Central Pennsylvania and upstate New York. With projects nearing $100 million, Shawn has utilized his years of experience to provide quality facilities that provide excellent care for patients located across 10,000 square miles.



Rebecca Gayden
Rebecca Gayden
Vizient, Inc.
Vice President & General Manager, Capital
Rebecca Gayden leads Vizient’s Capital Equipment Solutions. As Vice President and General Manager, Gayden oversees the capital equipment and diagnostic imaging national portfolios, the national Group Guy program, the Capital Commit program, and Capital Analytics services. She also has responsibility over all Capital related performance improvement advisory solutions for providers including Equipment Planning, Capital Asset Management, and Capital Strategic Sourcing.

With a health care background spanning over 25 years, Gayden has served in numerous management positions since joining the Company in 2005. Most recently, she served as vice president in sourcing operations, and has provided leadership across a broad range of areas, including Provista’s diversification strategy.

Prior to joining Vizient, Gayden worked in healthcare consulting as an equipment planner for over 11 years, serving as project manager on initiatives ranging in size from small ambulatory surgery centers to 1 million square foot replacement facilities.

Gayden serves as an Advisory Board member of ACE Summit, and Capital Committee member of the Federation of American Hospitals.

Gayden earned a Bachelor of Arts degree from California State University Sacramento.

Lionel Granillo
Lionel Granillo
Providence
Director, Capital Portfolio
Lionel Granillo joined Providence in 2018 and currently serves as Director, Capital Portfolio. In his role, Lionel supports medical equipment acquisition and service contract strategy, simultaneously embracing the most innovative industry and technology trends while driving enhanced supply chain efficiency, cost reduction, and risk mitigation for the system of 53 acute care facilities and 1000+ ambulatory settings. As a seasoned perioperative and supply chain leader, Lionel has a proven track record of leading cross-functional teams in fast paced healthcare environments across the Western United States.

Scott Hart
Scott Hart
CHRISTUS Health
Regional Director of Construction

Diane Hughes, CHSP,  SASHE
Diane Hughes, CHSP, SASHE
Arkansas Heart Hospital
Emergency Management, Life Safety Specialist, & Safety Officer
Diane Hughes currently serves as the co-lead for the Arkansas Metropolitan Healthcare Coalition, assisting with the support of 18 hospitals, to include long-term care and behavioral health. She has been in the health care industry for almost 30 years. She has worked at several hospitals in the southern United States Diane has been heavily involved in the American Society for Healthcare Engineers, serving on numerous committees and presenting at several National Meetings. She has been actively involved in Arkansas Association for Healthcare Engineering and has held the position of president twice. She has also achieved her Fellow. She is an active member of the National Fire Protection Association and participates in the Healthcare Committee. Diane is also a former Joint Commission Life Safety Code surveyor. Diane is currently the Emergency Manager, Life Safety Specialist, and Safety Officer for Arkansas Heart Hospital In Little Rock & Bryant Arkansas

Aimee Jackson
Aimee Jackson
Conductiv
Senior Director of Member Support Services

Aimee Jackson has nearly two decades of experience in the healthcare industry, beginning her career in Clinical Engineering, where she provided crucial business operations support and financial management. Identifying a significant need within her healthcare system, Aimee transitioned into Supply Chain, pioneering a Purchased Services and IT Sourcing program from the ground up. Driven by a desire to extend her impact, she moved beyond hospital walls to assist more healthcare systems with their sourcing needs. Throughout her career, Aimee has overseen numerous projects that have enabled multiple health systems nationwide to achieve a remarkable $50 million in annual savings. In her current role at Conductiv, she has been instrumental in expanding the organization’s portfolio, collaborating on the development of Cyber Security and AI protection language, and consulting on Cyber Security contract language with healthcare systems. Aimee is dedicated to educating others on the critical importance of Cyber Security in the Facilities & Construction space.



Samantha Jacques
Samantha Jacques PhD, FACHE
McLaren Health Care
Vice President, Clinical Engineering
Samantha Jacques, PhD, FACHE, is the Vice President of Clinical Engineering at McLaren. She manages Services throughout the McLaren system including 15 hospitals, ambulatory surgery centers, imaging centers, and Michigan’s largest network of cancer centers. Prior to McLaren, she was Director of Clinical Engineering at Penn State Health and Texas Children’s Hospital. She is a Fellow in the American College of Healthcare Executives and the Association for the Advancement of Medical Instrumentation, and is active in ACCE, CHIME, and HTCC. She also recently published a book titled “Introduction to Clinical Engineering”. She has a BS in Biomedical Engineering from Milwaukee School of Engineering and a PhD in Biomedical Engineering from Louisiana Tech University.

Dave Kistel
Dave Kistel
Lee Health
Vice President, Chief Facilities Executive
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 1,865 beds, 4.4 million square feet of physical plant, one nursing home, and over one hundred (100) outpatient / physician office sites. His division includes 65 employees and five departments: Facilities Management Administration, Plant Operations, Facilities Planning & Design, Construction, and Environmental Safety.

Melissa Lejsek
Melissa Lejsek
LifePoint Health
AVP, Equipment Services
Melissa Lejsek is the AVP of Equipment Services at Lifepoint Health. She has handled standardization agreements across Imaging, Lab, and Food Services over the last decade. She brings a wealth of knowledge on value and challenges standardization can provide.
Melissa’s role includes oversight of contract compliance with GPO (Group Purchasing Organizations) and organizational contracts, negotiating standardization agreements and working with business owners for project completion. Where standardization was unachievable, she has led many fleet management strategies in coordination with clinical, operational, and financial leadership to manage capital equipment. Fully understanding the aspects of clinical, operational and fiscal needs contributes to the program's success. In 2023, Lifepoint recognized $36 million in savings from standardization. They are projecting savings of over $44 million in 2024.

Jeff Little
Jeff Little
Excelerant Consulting
Partner
Jeff Little is a Partner at Excelerant Consulting. He is a recognized thought-leader in various aspects of hospital supply chain, purchased services, hospital operations, facilities and construction, and capital equipment. His primary role at Excelerant is to be a “growth engine” for clients seeking to expand their footprint with greater access to the market and stakeholders within. Jeff offers a unique perspective and is well-connected throughout the industry, having worked in clinical settings within world-class hospitals, and multiple Integrated Delivery Networks [IDN] and Group Purchasing Organizations [GPO]. Prior to Excelerant, Jeff was VP-Strategic Supplier Engagement at Premier, Inc., overseeing the Facilities, Construction and Environmental Services portfolio. He also led Premier’s Purchased Services team, dedicated to finding cost savings without compromising value for Premier members. Jeff is an active member and presenter in AHRMM, FAH, IDN Summit, and serves on the board of the ACE Summit, and holds double bachelor’s degrees in healthcare administration and business administration.

Zach Mazoch
Zach Mazoch
Premier | Capvian
Director - Equipment Planning & Technology Services
Zach Mazoch is the director of Equipment Planning and Technology Services for Premier’s Capvian Capital Services Group. He joined the company in 2006 with the desire to improve the affordability of technology through point-of-sale competition and volume aggregation. Over the years, Mazoch has saved hospitals hundreds of millions of dollars on capital through capital planning and negations. Zach is Lean Healthcare Certified and has a BS in Economics from Texas A&M University, where one of his core focuses was cooperative modeling.

Kevin Meek
Kevin Meek
Haskell
Vice President and Division Leader
Kevin is a Vice President and Division Leader of the Design and Consulting Services Group. He is responsible for overseeing the growth and development of this team while providing
consulting services for all of Haskell’s sectors.

Kevin has served in many executive roles leading strategic consultative and advisory teams focused on nursing and operational excellence. Kevin has measurable results in multinetwork healthcare transformation, outreach and business development, patient journey optimization, bed management, patient flow and certification preparation. His experience will buttress Haskell’s standing as a trusted adviser to major health systems and further facilitate communication between involved parties, particularly clinical staff, and architects.

Matthew Mitchell
Matthew Mitchell
HonorHealth
Capital Program Director
Currently manages capital pools for 12 service lines for 6 Hospitals, Foundation, Medical Groups and Military Partnership. Able to generate +6M in cost avoidance/savings since 2020, through negotiations, project management, RFP, benchmarking, clinical equivalencies, standardization and capturing economies of scale in bulk purchases. Matt holds B.S. degrees in Computer Information Systems (2007), Supply Chain Management (2008) and International Business (2008) and received his Master’s in Health Administration (2011) and Business Administration (2012) from Arizona State University.

Craig Mohan
Craig Mohan
Cottage Health
Manager of Plant Operations & Facilities
Craig Mohan is the Manager of Plant Operations & Facilities at Cottage Health. He has 18 years of healthcare and 30 years Facilities Management experience, currently at a 519-bed acute care teaching hospital and level 1 Trauma center, member of the Infection Prevention & Control and Environment of Committees and Water Management team Manager. Participated in startup and commissioning of Central Plant and patient care pavilions while operating existing structures. Serves as Vice President for Central Coast chapter of California Society for Healthcare Engineering. Member of the NFPA, ASHE, CSHE and AHA. Obtained the CHFM certification from AHA and both the HACP-CMS and HACP-PE certifications from CIHQ.

Rick Mooney
Rick Mooney
Premier, Inc.
Senior Director, Facilities and Construction Services
Rick Mooney is the Senior Director of Facilities and Construction Services at Premier, Inc. He has responsibility for managing the Subject Matter Expert team in promotion, education and utilization of Premier’s Facilities and Construction Services Program to Premier members in the areas of facilities materials and services in addition to construction materials, infrastructure equipment and non-clinical equipment. Additionally, Rick provides construction spend and contract utilization reviews, identifying savings and missed opportunities. He also assists members in integrating Premier agreement opportunities into Construction Contract Document Specifications and works to assist Contracted Suppliers in addressing Member needs. Rick provides training to the design and construction community supporting Member projects about the Premier Construction Services Program and how it can be integrated into a Member’s project.

Josh Morita
Josh Morita
Bluegrass Business Media
Executive Vice President

Robin Morrone
Robin Morrone
MultiCare Health System
Capital Services Manager

Robin Morrone is a Capital Services Manager for MultiCare Health System. A comprehensive healthcare system which includes 12 hospitals, 300 primary, urgent, pediatric and specialty care locations.

With almost two decades of healthcare experience, Robin has focused on capital projects and initiatives, standardization, equipment planning, life cycle, ROI value and reporting; as well as current best practices to maximize capital resources using a value driven approach.

Robin provides both information and guidance to stakeholders with capital processes to integrate capital sourcing needs and requirements across the health system. Working closely with procurement, strategic sourcing, contracting, value analysis, clinical engineering, and other key partners.

Robin has her MBA in healthcare administration, through Western Governor’s University. London School of Economics and Political Science: MBA Essentials.



Kristina Neal
Kristina Neal
Universal Health Services, Inc.
Senior Project Manager - Design and Construction
Kristina Neal is the Senior Project Manager for Medical Equipment in the Design and Construction Department at Universal Health Services, Inc. She manages medical equipment and furniture planning, procurement and implementation for new build and renovation projects in both acute and behavioral health facilities. Prior to UHS, Kristina worked as a Clinical Engineer and as the Clinical Engineering Supervisor at UVA Health. She is passionate about patient safety and keeps that in mind when working on projects. Kristina graduated from Virginia Commonwealth University with a Bachelor’s in Biomedical Engineering.

Mitchell Norris
Mitchell Norris
Chesapeake Healthcare Planning, LLC
CEO

Peter O’Connor
Peter O’Connor
Inova Health System
Director IT
Peter is the Director of IT for Inova’s Eastern Region Development Program which is comprised of two new state of the art hospital campus’s totaling over 1.5 million square feet, as well as an new ambulatory facility that will include a full-service emergency room, ambulatory surgery, imaging services, a family medicine center and medical offices.
Peter leverages his 32 years of technology design, implementation and consulting experience to ensure clinical process is enabled by technologies that not only meet the immediate clinical need, but also fits within Inova’s clinical IT ecosystem and supports Inova’s long term digital strategy.

Brent Petty
Brent Petty
Bluegrass Business Media
Chief Relationships Officer

Dan Pompa
Dan Pompa
Trinity Health
Director - Technology Sourcing (Capital, IT and Facilities)

Dan Pompa is the Director of Technology Sourcing at Trinity Health.  He is responsible for the Sourcing and Contracting work in support of all Capital, IT and Facilities categories for Trinity Health.  He has been in Healthcare Supply Chain and with Trinity Health for 19 years.  Prior to Trinity Health he served in Supply Chain roles at General Electric and Ford Motor Company in support of manufacturing.



Chris Ressler
Chris Ressler
Page
Associate Principal

Paul Sarnese
Paul Sarnese
International Association for Healthcare Security and Safety
Past President
Paul is the owner of Secured & Prepared Consulting, LLC. He is a Certified Healthcare Protection Administrator and a Certified Associate Project Manager.
Paul is the Past President for the International Association for Healthcare Security and Safety.
Paul participated as a Technical Advisor to the Joint Commission in developing the Workplace Violence Prevention Standards.
He has had leadership positions directing and managing safety, security, emergency management and operations in large health systems.
Paul has a Bachelor’s Degree in Criminal Justice from Rowan University, a Master’s Degree in Safety Engineering from Warren University and a Master’s in Administrative Science from Farleigh Dickinson University.
He has been published in Campus Safety Magazine, govCIO Outlook, Total Security Advisor, Annals of Emergency Medicine, Journal of Emergency Nursing, Security Management Magazine, Journal of Radiology Nursing, HcPro, Journal of Healthcare Protection Management, and Hospital Safety and Security Management.

Damion Schinnerer
Damion Schinnerer
CHC Supply Trust
Director, Purchased Services and Capital Equipment
Damion Schinnerer serves as Director, Purchased Services and Capital Equipment for CHC Supply Trust. In this role, he supports capital equipment and purchased services needs of CHC client hospitals. His goal is to help member hospitals control costs, increase group purchasing organization (GPO) contract participation and coverage, while expanding awareness of the CHC Supply Trust purchased services and capital equipment services.
As an experienced healthcare executive, his clinical engineering and other healthcare operations experience includes roles with Community Health Systems, AdventHealth, and OSF Healthcare.

Charles Schnurpel
Charles Schnurpel
Cincinnati Children's Hospital Medical Center
Senior Facilities Director
With a robust background in facilities management spanning 13 years, Charles serves as Senior Facilities Director at Cincinnati Children’s Hospital, overseeing facilities operations, water management, EVS and education & training to ensure a safe, efficient, and well-maintained environment.

Charles holds a bachelor’s degree in business from Indiana University, complemented by 20 years’ experience in facilities, environmental, health and safety, and including certifications as CHFM and CHESP. His career journey has been characterized by a dedication to optimizing facility performance and enhancing the overall experience for the patients, families, and employees of Cincinnati Children’s Hospital.

Charles collaborates closely with cross-functional teams to align facility operations with organizational objectives and ensure seamless integration with core business functions. With a passion for creating environments that foster productivity, safety, and well-being, Charles remains dedicated to delivering excellence in facilities management and upholding the highest standards of quality and service to support the patients and families at Cincinnati Children’s Hospital.

Suraj Soudagar
Suraj Soudagar
IMEG Corp
Principal

Joshua Theodore
Joshua A. Theodore B. Arch, ACHE, EDAC
LEO A DALY
Vice President, Global Health Practice Leader
Joshua joined LEO A DALY in 2017 and leads the firm’s global healthcare practice. As Project Director, he has successfully managed many large multi-building projects with numerous consultants both in the United States and overseas. His hands-on approach and attention to detail has led to many long-term client relationships and the growth of LEO A DALY into one of leading healthcare design firms in the world.

For over 30-years, Joshua has focused on the planning, design and delivery of complex healthcare projects. In addition to being involved in the daily management of project teams, he works with clients to make certain that each project’s vision and goals are being met throughout delivery.

James Ticer
James Ticer
Shen Milsom & Wilke
Senior Principal
James Ticer provides expertise and guidance to client organizations in the assessment, planning, procurement, and management of medical equipment planning projects.

Having been involved in the healthcare environment for over thirty years, James brings a wealth of first-hand experience to SM&W’s medical equipment planning consulting services. He has provided leadership and consultation for numerous equipment planning projects around the world, with clients including private, government and public healthcare organizations. As Healthcare Practice Leader, James is also responsible for providing insight and leadership to all of SM&W’s disciplines as related to technology solutions for the healthcare design and construction market.

Jim Venker
Jim Venker
Mecklenburg County Public Health
Facilities Consultant
Jim Venker is a Facilities Consultant for Mecklenburg County Public Health. A proven healthcare facilities development professional, a registered architect for 35 years, with experience in thousands of projects with total budgets in excess of $2B. From acute care hospitals, outpatient facilities and retirement communities, he brings a perspective from an Owner’s point of view, having worked for three significant IDN’s, a healthcare GPO and three different architectural firms.

Scott Vinson
Scott Vinson
ADAMS Management Services Corporation
Senior Vice President
Scott Vinson is the Senior Vice President of ADAMS Management Services Corporation. He has thirty (30) years of experience as one of the most experienced leaders in medical equipment planning. Scott’s strong strategic planning skills produce solid plans for upgrading existing facilities or full replacement facilities, through the development of multi-year capital budgets to acquire, upgrade, and replace equipment. His depth of knowledge in the imaging market is unmatched and spans his career starting with a sales executive role for a medical imaging equipment manufacturer. Scott has worked on some of the largest hospital projects in the world and brings his unique understanding of both the vendor and owner side of the table to each project. Prior to joining ADAMS, Scott led the largest medical equipment planning firm in the world.

Jennifer Walters
Jennifer Walters
Henry Ford Health
Contract Sourcing Manager
Jennifer Walters is a Contract Sourcing Manager on the Supply Chain Management Team at Henry Ford Health in Detroit, Michigan. She primarily facilitates the sourcing and contracting of medical devices for several departments that include Surgical Services, Radiology, Respiratory, Gastro and Radiation Oncology. She also is responsible for managing several purchased service categories. Jennifer collaborates closely with clinicians and various support groups across the organization to ensure products and services procured will provide safe, compassionate, quality, and affordable care to Henry Ford Health’s patients.

Rafi Wartan
Rafi Wartan
TLC Engineering Solutions
Regional Director
As the Regional Director for TLC Engineering Solutions’ North Florida / Georgia / North Carolina Operations, Rafi oversees technical project excellence and staff supervision. He has over 30 years of experience in the engineering industry. Rafi received a Bachelor of Electrical Engineering degree from the Georgia Institute of Technology and a Bachelor of Science in Physics from Jacksonville University. He has extensive engineering design experience in healthcare facilities including new hospitals, patient towers, central energy plants, master planning, medical office buildings, numerous renovations, surgery centers, emergency departments and various other healthcare projects. Rafi has years of experience working with AHCA (Agency for HealthCare Administration).

Greg Wellman
Greg Wellman
CMTA
Managing Partner
Greg Wellman currently serves as the managing partner of CMTA's Dallas Texas office. He is a Servant leader who is inspirational, influential, and driven to provide superior client service while solving problems for his clients in the healthcare and education sectors. Greg also represents CMTA on a national level in their core markets of Healthcare, K-12 & Higher Education. CMTA is a unique MEP consulting engineering firm with a culture of innovation, sustainability, zero energy, and healthy building designs that push for spaces to be amazing for the occupant and the environment. The mission of CMTA is to leverage their expertise and passion to create meaningful experiences and opportunities for the CMTA team and their clients while serving the greater good. CMTA’s vision is to lead the decarbonization of the built environment using evidence-based Building Science Leadership to create energy-efficient, healthy buildings around the world.

Sam Werschky
Sam Werschky
Cook Children's Health Care System
Assistant Vice President, Planning, Design, & Construction
Sam Werschky is currently the Assistant Vice President Planning, Design & Construction where he is responsible for the development and administration of Cook Children’s Health Care System strategies in the areas of planning, design, and construction. He retired in 2017 after a 21 year career as a Civil Engineer in the United States Navy. While in the Navy he led diverse and complex engineering organizations around the globe providing construction and facilities management; capital planning; real estate and environmental services. After his retirement in 2017 and prior to joining the Cook Children’s team he was the Assistant Director, Transportation and Public Works for the City of Fort Worth and Senior Project Manager with Broaddus & Associate.
He earned his Bachelor of Science in Agricultural Engineering and his Masters of Engineering in Civil Engineering from Texas A&M University. He is a registered Professional Engineer in Texas.

Andree Yaap
Andree Yaap
CLARK Construction Group
Vice President
Andree Yaap leads project development efforts from project identification and pursuit through cost estimating, purchasing, and design phase management for Clark’s Eastern Group.
Since joining Clark in 2015, Andree has worked alongside premiere institutions such as the University of Maryland Medical System, Inova Health System, Johns Hopkins Health System, MedStar Health, Urban Atlantic, and Kaiser Permanente to bring their projects to fruition.