ACE To You Panelists

John Mohan, EDAC,

Senior Associate

Shen Milsom & Wilke

John Mohan is Senior Consultant in the Medical Planning Division with over 15 years of experience in the field. John has worked both sides of a project as an owner with the Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia, as well as with a previous planning firm. John’s time working for The Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia as a Contract Manager allowed him to work with the internal procurement and installation team to assure that buildings were budgeted and fit out in as required by the end users while remaining within budget.

John’s history with a planning organization includes completing all aspects of the equipment planning process including budgetary, planning/specifying, procurement and installation services. John has delivered projects on time and under budget throughout his career, which includes combined equipment budgets of over $250-million.

Robert Sanz, AIA, NCARB, cLSGB,


Wilmot Sanz

Robert Sanz, AIA, NCARB, cLSGB, Principal, Wilmot Sanz

A second-generation specialized healthcare architect and planner, and a certified LEAN Sigma Green Belt, Rob Sanz is driven to solve complex puzzles.  He leads high performing design teams to develop creative solutions that advance both the built and operational healthcare environments.  Since graduating from the University of Maryland’s School of Architecture, Planning & Preservation with a Master of Architecture, Rob has partnered with prominent health care organizations such as Inova Health System, Adventist HealthCare, and Baptist Health South Florida on a diverse range of projects including campus master plans, complicated and phased renovations, hospital additions both small and large, and new freestanding replacement facilities.

Previous ACE To You Panelists

Mohammed Alai
Architect and Senior Project Manager

Mohammad Alai, AIA, ACHA, currently serves as Senior Project Manager at AdventHealth. During his 23-year tenure, he has worked on master plans for AdventHealth’s Orlando, Altamonte Springs, and East Orlando campus as well as numerous expansion projects. Mohammad is a member of the American Insitute of Architects (AIA) and the American College of Healthcare Architects (ACHA).

Kim Shinn
Executive Principal and Senior Wizard
TLC Engineering Solutions

He is an ASHRAE certified Building Energy Modeling Professional, a LEED Accredited Professional and was elevated to LEED Fellow in 2011. Kim helped create the Green Guide for Health Care (GGHC) and LEED for Healthcare; ASHRAE Standards 135 BACnet and 209 Energy Simulation Aided Design and the Advanced Energy Design Guide for Large Hospitals; as well as co-authoring the AIA’s Architect’s Guide to Building Performance Simulation.  Kim currently serves on healthcare design magazine’s editorial advisory board, AIA’s national Energy Leadership Group and ASHRAE Committee 228P Standard Method of Evaluating Zero Energy Building Performance.

Christine Gorham
Director, Development

Christine oversees business development and executive project strategy. Her focus is on growing Caddis’ development, acquisition and property management portfolios.

Christine brings with her a wealth of experience having spent 29 years in medical operations, with over 18 of those years focused in the healthcare real estate sector. She was CEO and Partner of Eastwood Real Estate services, LLC and spent a decade at Northside Hospital System in Atlanta.

Christine is serving as President-Elect for 2019 then assuming the role as President in 2020 for CREW Network, a global organization with over 11,000 members. She holds the position of the 2018 Chair of CREW Network Foundation, serves in the role of a Director on the Board for the Atlanta Commercial Board of Realtors, as well as Chairs their Diversity Committee’s Mentor Program.She was honored with the 2015 Shining Light Award by CREW Atlanta, was named one of Atlanta’s Top 40 Most Powerful Women in Commercial Real Estate by BISNOW and Top 100 Influential Leaders in Commercial Real Estate by the Atlanta Business Chronicle. Christine has a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration with a concentration in Finance from Slippery Rock University and is a Certified Commercial Investment Member (CCIM) designee. She resides in Atlanta and enjoys traveling, boating and sports (especially Clemson football) with her husband and three sons.

Steve Jackson
Flad Architects

Steve is a principal and designer with Flad Architects in Tampa, Florida. Focused on client management, Steve helps clients execute their vision through the language of architecture.  With niche expertise in healthcare, he guides hospital administrators and clinical and operational staff through the translation of operational efficiencies, functionality, and design aesthetics. As a healthcare leader, he strives to form a partnership of trust, so that strategic processes and innovations can be developed to meet the client’s needs.

Brad Pollitt
Vice President, Facilities
UF Health

Since joining Shands in 1989 Mr. Pollitt has served as hospital architect, director of major construction projects, director of facilities planning, and director of facilities development. In 2000 he was named vice president of facilities with responsibilities for core services including strategic facility planning, construction, facilities operations, environment of care, safety, security and transportation serving Shands. During his tenure, Shands has seen the development of over $450 million of construction, renovation and capital improvement to enhance the operations and quality of Shands facilities.

Mr. Pollitt has lectured on facility management topics at the American Society of Healthcare Engineers, the State of Florida Agency for Health Care Administration (AHCA) Conference and the Health Facilities Magazine Symposium. In addition he has provided educational instruction at the University of Florida College of Engineering as a guest lecturer on facility process and quality improvement in facilities management.

Mr. Pollitt has served on AHCA’s Committee for Rules Development, 911 Legislation and the Florida Hospital Engineers Association Committee for review and development of American Institute of Architects Guidelines for Design and Construction of Health Care Facilities.

Mr. Pollitt has a B.A. and an M.A. degree in architecture from the University of Florida College of Architecture. He is a licensed architect in the State of Florida, is certified by the National Council of Architectural Registration Boards and is an active member of the American Institute of Architects Academy for Health. Prior to joining Shands, Mr. Pollitt worked as an architect in the fields of healthcare, hospitality and historic preservation.

Healthcare Studio Leader
Orcutt | Winslow

Tiana Lemons is a Healthcare Studio Leader for Orcutt | Winslow’s Nashville office.  For the past 25 years, Tiana has given her talent to designing healthcare facilities across the country. Both for-profit and not-for-profit organizations have benefited from her keen eye and design sensibilities including behavioral health facilities across the country.

Bret Marin, MS, CASAC
Vice President, Sales and Development
Horizon Health

Bret Marin is the Vice President of Sales and Development with Dallas based behavioral healthcare management firm Horizon Health. With over twenty years of experience in the field of behavioral health, Bret has worked as Director of Behavioral Health at Christ Hospital in Jersey City, NJ, Program Manager of Gero Psychiatry at St Luke’s Hospital in New York City and Founder/ President of On Point Behavioral Intervention Solutions based in Brooklyn, NY. Bret also has experience counseling at risk youth in the areas of substance abuse prevention and worked extensively in group home settings with ASD and the developmentally disabled.

David Stewart, AIA, NCARB, LEED AP
Orcutt | Winslow

David Stewart is an Architect and Principal in the Orcutt Winslow Nashville office and has spent nearly 25 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 and healthcare projects. He has thrived mentoring teams in Nashville, Shanghai and Dubai to design advanced culturally sensitive designs that change the lives of patients and caregivers around the world.

Jacob D'Albora
Director of BIM-FM Services/Associate VP
McVeigh & Mangum Engineering

Jacob heads up the BIM and Facility Management services at McVeigh & Mangum Engineering focusing on building relationships with a new range of clientele outside of the existing design projects and providing his expertise during all phases of building lifecycles, from existing conditions to fully operational workflows. 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.

Laura Stillman
Principal/National Healthcare Practice Leader
Flad Architects

A 30-year veteran and healthcare partner at Flad, Laura excels at project planning and programming, managing our national practice, and providing strategic planning.  Laura 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.

Dave Kistel
VP, Facilities & Support Services
Lee Health

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.

Wade Byerly
Medical Equipment Resources & Consulting (MERC)

Wade Byerly has worked over 30 years in the planning, acquiring, utilizing, managing and appraising medical equipment. With experience in medical equipment procurement, maintenance and repair, project management, and end-of use services, he is qualified to build a team that delivers value in each stage of the capital equipment life cycle. He brings the unique perspective of having worked for healthcare providers, regional and national group purchasing alliances, a major manufacturer and service organizations, and has developed services and information to meet the medical equipment needs of healthcare providers.

Kelly Byrd, RN, MBA
Advisory Services Director
E4H Environments for Health Architecture

With close to 40 years of nursing experience, Kelly is a healthcare executive focused on improving the patient experience while keeping in mind clinical best practices in the most cost-effective way. She has been involved in numerous healthcare facility projects across the nation, including ground up new facilities, replacement facilities, and many expansion/renovations of existing facilities. Kelly previously worked for 20 years as Vice President in Development for United Surgical Partners in Project Management. She has managed close to 100 Ambulatory Surgery Centers (ASCs) as well numerous hospital projects, relocation and expansions during her tenure at USPI. She has extensive experience in new ASC development and can advise on budgeting, architectural design and flow, equipment planning, relocations and transitional planning, licensure, as well as accreditation preparation. Kelly earned a BSN in nursing and an MBA in healthcare. She has been a member of the American Operating Rooms Nurses Association for 38 years.

Lynne Ingle, RN, MHA, CNOR-E
Senior Director, Equipment Planning
Medical Equipment Resources & Consulting (MERC)

Lynne is a registered nurse with a background in clinical operations in both hospital and ambulatory surgery settings.  Hospital experiences include the areas of ICU, PACU and Surgery.  She has been director of regulatory and quality management for a 700 bed hospital.  She then become director of peri-operative services for a two hospital system including the development of open heart surgery service. She has been involved in the opening and state licensure process for hopsitals,  multi-specialty and orthopedic surgery centers.  Her other experiences include publications  regarding the design and  building of  hybrid operating rooms.  She has been a speaker at ASHE PDC regarding hybrid operating rooms and ICU issues.    

Jill Pearsall
VP, Facilities Planning & Development and Real Estate Services
Texas Children's Hospital

Jill Pearsall is the Vice President of Facilities Planning & Development and Real Estate Services 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.

Shaikah Shohatee
Contract Administrator, Purchased Services
Beaumont Health

Shaikah is a Contract Administrator for Purchased Services at Beaumont Health. Shaikah manages service maintenance agreements in categories such as Laboratory, OR, Cardiology and many others. Shaikah has completed her BS degree in Supply Chain Management at Wayne State University in 2016. Prior to graduation, she has completed a 16-month logistics internship position with an automotive global supplier where she has gained knowledge in manufacturing, warehousing and international inbound and outbound logistics. Shaikah is Beaumont Supply Chain’s Systems Administrator for their contract management database, Meditract, and is certified in the Contract Library system. She has over 3 years of experience in negotiating service maintenance agreements where she has been able to consolidate service plans and provide cost savings of over a half of $1 million dollars to the organization. Shaikah has become a subject matter expert in contract management, service maintenance agreements and in managing vendor relationships.

Tina Nam
Strategic Sourcing Manager
Rush University Medical Center

Tina Nam is a Strategic Sourcing Manager at Rush University Medical Center in Chicago, Illinois with categories including capital and lab. She has over 5 years of experience in healthcare supply chain. Tina completed her BS degree in Health Sciences from The Ohio State University and MHA degree from The George Washington University. After completing an Administrative Residency, Tina has continued to learn and grow in supply chain. She is a Certified Six Sigma Green Belt (CSSGB) and Certified Materials & Resource Professional (CMRP). Tina is also a member of the Young Professionals Advisory Council (YPAC) for the Association for Healthcare Resource & Materials Management (AHRMM) and hopes that more young professionals will look to include supply chain as a career path.

Samantha Jacques, PhD, FACHE
Director, Clinical Engineering
Penn State Health

Samantha Jacques, PhD, FACHE is the Director of Clinical Engineering at Penn State Milton S. Hershey Medical Center. She works closely with Facilities and Finance on equipment planning, expansion efforts and capital planning for the Penn State Health System. She is a fellow of the American College of Healthcare Executives and a member of the AAMI Standards Committee. Prior to Penn State, she was Director of Biomedical Engineering at Texas Children’s Hospital.

Jacob Johnson, MS CEE
Director,  Technology and Strategy Development
Kaiser Permanente
Jacob B. Johnson is the Director of the Northern California Clinical Systems Engineering Program responsible for the strategy, assessment, implementation and integration of annual Medical Technology Capital Plan ($150M/annually) at Kaiser Permanente. He manages 25 Clinical Engineering staff in support of 19 Clinical Specialty Technology Planning Committees driving replacement of aging technologies, new capacity, and innovation.   He previously served as Program Manager for Enterprise Wide Medical Device Integration and Privacy & Security programs across 7 regions, 42 Hospitals and 610 office buildings.  He is also the Co-Chairman of KP Northern California Medical Device Privacy & Security Committee and led the development of CSE Center of Excellence responsible for designing services and processes.  He is the former Education Committee Chairman for the American College of Clinical Engineering.  Jacob received his M.S. in Healthcare Technology Management from Marquette University & Medical College of Wisconsin and his B.S. in Biological Systems Engineering from the University of Nebraska.
Carol Davis-Smith
Carol Davis-Smith & Assoicates, LLC
Carol is a proven leader in the development and maintenance of safe, reliable, cost effective, and efficient patient care delivery systems through technology and process management. She has 30 years’ experience in academic and not-for-profit medical centers, group purchasing, consulting, and executive leadership. Through collaborative leadership and technical engagement, she has built successful teams across all aspects of the medical device lifecycle.

As the vice president of Clinical Technology for Kaiser Permanente, Carol developed and implemented corporate strategies and initiatives related to the clinical technology lifecycle. Prior to Kaiser Permanente, she was responsible for the development, marketing, and delivery of clinical capital lifecycle consulting services for Premier, Inc. Throughout her career, she has provided support in all areas of the healthcare technology lifecycle with specific focus on clinical engineering management and technology assessment.

Carol serves as the vice chair of clinical engineering for the Association for the Advancement of Medical Instrumentation (AAMI) Board of Directors and is a former (founding) member of the AAMI Technology Management Council. She is also a member of the American College of Clinical Engineering (ACCE) and former member of the United States Board of Examiners for Clinical Engineering Certification. She has presented and published numerous papers on a variety of clinical engineering, capital contracting, risk management, and leadership topics.

Carol holds a Master of Science degree in electrical and computer engineering – clinical engineering – from the University of Arizona and a Bachelor of Science in bioengineering technology from the University of Dayton. She is a certified clinical engineer and a Fellow in the American College of Clinical Engineering (FACCE) and the Association for the Advancement of Medical Instrumentation (FAAMI).
Walter B.  Jones
SVP, Campus Transformation
The MetroHealth System

Walter Jones provides the strategic vision and leadership for the  planning, design and construction of the transformation of the main campus of The MetroHealth System, the public health care system in Cleveland, Ohio, and the anchor institution on the city’s near west side.  The transformation is a $1.2 billion initiative announced by Dr. Akram Boutros, MetroHealth’s CEO, in May of 2014 and is committed to creating and environment of excellence for care delivery, education and research in support of MetroHealth’s mission and extension of more than 180 years of service to the community.

Mr. Jones was recruited to The MetroHealth System in October 2014, and is also responsible for the departments of Planning, Design and Construction, Space Management, Sustainability, and Real Estate.   He came to MetroHealth following 11 years as Senior Vice President of Facilities Planning and Development for Parkland Health and Hospital System where his duties included the development and construction of Parkland’s $1.3 billion, 865-bed hospital and medical campus.  

He is an architect by training and experience, receiving his undergraduate degree from Princeton University and his Master’s Degree in Architecture from Clemson University.    He is LEED certified in sustainability design by the US Green Building Council and EDAC certified by the Center for Health Design in the principles of evidence-based design.

He is a frequent speaker about the health care design subjects of evidence-based design, project management, sustainability and technology for philanthropic, civic and professional audiences. 

He is active in contributing to, advocating for and advancing his profession and community as a member on several boards including Healthcare Design Magazine Advisory Board, The Institute for Patient Centered Design, Cogence Alliance, The Institute for Healthcare Infrastructure Research, and the Greater Cleveland Partnership Construction Diversity and Inclusion Committee.

Todd Accardi, AIA
Vice President

A leading medical planner in our healthcare practice, Todd has over 18 years’ experience working on a variety of domestic and international projects. Skilled at guiding multidisciplinary stakeholders, Todd responds to patient, staff and organizational aspirations by combining functionality, technology and experience within healthcare environments. His collaborative approach includes working directly with clinical teams and institutional leadership, allowing him to design customized solutions anchored in lean programing and optimized clinical workflows. A respected thought leader, Todd frequently presents at leading industry conferences and is a surgical and interventional platform subject-matter expert at CannonDesign.

John Andrews
VP and Healthcare Market Sector Leader

John Andrews leads LEO A DALY’s multidisciplinary healthcare design team in Omaha, NE. He has spent his 40-year career immersed in healthcare, leading the development and execution of every type of healthcare project, from small clinics to large, greenfield hospitals to one of only four biocontainment patient care units in the United States. His expertise encompasses all phases of design, including programming, master planning, schematic design, design development, contract documents, and construction contract administration.

Joshua Brackett, PE, CHFM
Special Projects Manager
Baptist Health

Dedicated to improving the healthcare environment, Joshua is a licensed Fire Protection Engineer (PE) and Certified Healthcare Facility Manager (CHFM) with specialized expertise in life safety compliance and energy management. He is  also a rare engineer that enjoys forming new relationships and teaching others the "why" behind what we do in hospitals.


Joshua is an avid scholar and has an affinity for listening to and learning from others.  With experience in design, business development, construction and all aspects of healthcare facilities management, Josh is well rounded and ALWAYS up for a new challenge.


At Baptist Health, Joshua’s goal is to develop a more consistent and sustainable process across all campuses; linking the design and installation of the life safety systems serving the buildings to the testing, inspection and maintenance process of these systems. Not only will this will this help to ensure a seamless transition for life safety aspects of projects and compliance with the intent of the codes, but more importantly it proves Baptist’s dedication to the safety of our patients, staff and visitors at all facilities.

Michael Canales 
Healthcare Facilities Leadership
Program Coordinator 

Mike Canales is a 29 year Healthcare Engineering Professional, who has worked as a Healthcare Facilities Director for 21 years. Currently serving as the program director for the Healthcare Facilities Leadership degree program at Owensboro Community and Technical College. Mike has been a long time ASHE member, earned his CHFM certification in 2003, and is a founding member and past president of the Virginia Society of Healthcare Engineers(VSHE).   Mike has expertise  in Clinical Engineering, Maintenance & Plant Operations, Security, Emergency Management, Project Management, Environmental Services, Telecommunications,  Public Water Works, Leadership Development and Education.  Mike is passionate about the professional development and advancement of healthcare facilities leaders from the entry level to the seasoned veteran.

Gloria Cascarino
Medical Equipment Planner

Gloria Cascarino has over 15 years’ experience as an equipment planner, following her previous career managing hospital Operations and Materials Management departments.  She is an expert in emerging technology and budget compliance, and she has planned medical equipment for all types of healthcare clients, and projects that range from small renovations to replacement hospitals.  Gloria works closely with clinical staff and design professionals to forecast technology needs, maximize the use of existing equipment and make prudent spending decisions – as they plan equipment that supports outstanding patient care and satisfaction. She is a team member with Birmingham-based Medix, LLC.

Larry Creech

Senior Vice President of Surgical and Emergency Services,

RWJBarnabas Health

Larry Creech is the Senior Vice President of Surgical and Emergency Services at RWJBarnabas Health, where he manages the strategic planning for growth to include facility expansions and new facilities and budgeting for 120 departments.  Mr. Creech is a results-oriented Senior Healthcare Executive with extensive experience in strategic planning, implementing new programs, supply chain management, and construction management.  He has a proven track record of spearheading successful team-based initiatives and specializes in modernizing healthcare systems, including improving hundreds of outcomes for pre-surgery patients and saving thousands of pounds of waste by adopting green initiatives.  Prior to joining RWJBarnabas, Larry served as Divisional Director of Surgical Services at Capital Health, as Senior VP of Surgical Services/Emergency Services at Carilion Clinic and as Vice President, PeriOperative Services at Clarian Health Partners.  He received his BS in Health Care Administration from St. Leo’s College in St. Leo, FL and is MBA from Amber University in Garland, TX. 

Stan Davis, MBA, FACHE

Chief Operating Officer

Cook Children's Medical Center

Stan Davis serves as the Senior Vice President/Chief Operating Officer for Cook Children’s Medical Center. In this role, he provides executive and strategic leadership for all operational components of the organization.  Cook Children’s is a not-for-profit, nationally recognized, vertically integrated pediatric health care organization with over 1.5 million patient encounters each year. The organization received Magnet designation for nursing excellence in 2006 with stellar grading for each re-designation.  The Medical Center has 445 licensed beds with an on-site day surgery center, off-site micro-hospital and day surgery center.  Overall, Cook Children’s has 60 care locations spread across the DFW metroplex, as well as, many markets in north and west Texas.

Since arriving at Cook Children’s in February of 2006, the following are some of the key operational and strategic initiatives that Stan has led.

  • Development and implementation of a strategic and comprehensive retail strategy.  Key elements included a retail/revenue assessment, facility master planning, and the delivery of many key components: new food court, Starbucks, Build-a-Bear Workshop, retail pharmacy, smoothie and yogurt shop, hair and nail salon, music/recording studio, updated gift shop, on-line retail, registration kiosks, and satellite grab and go outlets.
  • Campus/Off-Campus Clinical/Facilities Master Planning: Strategic clinical and demographic analysis have resulted in the main campus growing by over 900k sq ft, 200 beds and 1200 parking spaces.  Stan is currently leading an effort to deploy clinical services and facilities in key strategic off-campus growth markets, as well as, expanding the on-campus speciality clinics by 200k sq ft.
  • Campus Operations: Established an operational alignment and communication strategy through “The Collaboration Forum” that allows for synergy, alignment, and understanding by organizational leaders for more effective deployment of strategies.
  • Patient and Family Experience: Currently leading an organization diagnostic roadmapping of the current experience to develop a long range, comprehensive Cook Children’s Patient Experience strategy

Stan received his Masters of Business Administration degree from Troy State University in 2002. He completed the Texas Christian University (TCU) Advancing Healthcare Leadership certification in April 2017. He is a Fellow of the American College of Healthcare Executives (FACHE) as previously a Certified Healthcare Facilities Manager (CHFM). Stan has or currently serves on Board of Directors for the following entities: The Fort Worth Ronald McDonald House, First Tee of Fort Worth, Junior Achievement, University of Texas Arlington (UTA) Graduate Healthcare Administration Program, Cook Children’s Northeast Hospital (Vice Chairman) and Cook Children’s Plano Surgery Center (Vice Chairman). In 2011, he was presented with a Distinguished Service Award from The Greater Fort Worth Area Negro Business & Professional Women’s Club.  In 2014, he was recognized as a Healthcare Hero by the Fort Worth Business Press.  He and his wife have three children.

Sherrie Dietrich

Safety Coordinator 

Avera McKennan Hospital

Sherrie Dietrich is The Safety Coordinator for Avera McKennan Hospital and also The President of The South Dakota Healthcare Engineers Society (SDHES). Sherrie is 1 of 18 Certified Safety Professionals in the State of South Dakota. She proudly received her certification on June 20, 2014 from The Board of Certified Safety Professionals. Prior to her Safety Coordinator Position at Avera McKennan Hospital, she also worked in The Security Department for 4 years.  Sherrie is an Army Veteran from The United States Army. Sherrie works daily with numerous Departments and guests to ensure a safe environment for all.

Principal in Charge

Bob’s career spans over four decades of experience largely devoted to healthcare, commercial and institutional architecture. This base of experience includes all phases of architectural practice from master planning and design through construction. He has worked on a full range of both private and government projects including ambulatory care centers, community hospitals, large complex teaching hospitals and research facilities, corporate office/manufacturing facilities and office/retail/mixed-use developments. Bob has worked with healthcare and institutional clients throughout the United States

with a concentration in the Southeast region.


Bachelor of Architecture, Auburn University


Certified, National Council of Architectural Registration Boards (NCARB)

LEED Accredited Professional

American Institute of Architects

Lynne Ingle
Senior Director - Equipment Planning

Lynne Ingle is a Registered Nurse that joins MERC with a tremendous background in medical equipment planning projects in hospital, clinics and ambulatory surgery settings. Her expertise in equipment planning is assisting MERC in the launch of that service line in 2018. With a strong clinical background, facility administration experience, and project planning, Lynne brings unique skills to MERC and serves as a connection point to project stakeholders.

Clinical expertise includes:
• Director of Peri-operative services for two hospital system
• Development of open heart surgery program
• Director of Quality Management in 700 bed hospital

Lynne’s home office helpers are her three beautiful Bouvier des Flanders dogs. Her and her husband enjoy getting them out on walks and training them. They have passed AKC Canine Good Citizen testing and involved in Competition Rally and Obedience Work.

Tamar Katz

Executive Director, Equipment Strategy & Planning

 Providence St. Joseph Health

Responsible for equipment strategy including new technology, life cycle capital and equipment planning projects in 50 acute care hospitals and 829 clinics for Providence St. Joseph Health and its affiliates. 


Tamar brings both a Healthcare and Biotechnology background in new and innovative technologies.  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. 

Dave Kistel

Vice President, Facilities

Lee Health

Dave Kistel is Vice President of Facilities & Support Services at Lee Health System, located 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 1423 beds, 2,326,405 square feet of physical plant, one nursing home, and over fifty (50) outpatient / physician office sites.

His division includes five departments with four hundred and sixty-five employees. The departments managed are: Facilities Management Administration, Plant Operations, Facilities Planning & Design, Construction, and Environmental Safety.

• LMHS is creating a 10 year system facility master plan.

• LMHS is constructing a new Children’s Hospital on the HealthPark Medical Center campus.

• LMHS is adding a 275 bed vertical expansion onto an existing facility and adding a new 167,000 sq.ft. outpatient center of the future.

Gregg Lauder, MBA 

Senior Director, Capital Equipment

Banner Health Supply Chain Services

Gregg Lauder has worked in the Health Care Materials Management and Group Purchasing area for over 38 years.

He was the Director of Materials Management at BrynMawrHospital for 7 years and the System Director of Materials Management for Main Line Health (MLH), a 4 hospital system outside Philadelphia, for 7 years. In that role, he was responsible for the development and management of a centralized purchasing operation, the standardization of technology and supplies system-wide, and the management of all vendor relationships and GPO programs.

Gregg took the position of Senior Director of Clinical/Biomedical Contracting with Premier in 1994 where he was responsible for the development of most of the Capital Equipment agreements for one of the largest healthcare GPO in the country. He developed a contracting process that incorporated technology assessment as the key criteria for contract awards.

Gregg joined Banner Health as Senior Director, Capital Equipment in July of 2007. In this role, he is responsible for the management, development and integration of all Capital Equipment contracting, programs and related activities for the 28 hospitals, 7 SurgiCenters, 45 Urgent Care Centers, 5 Health Centers, and numerous Clinics and Physician offices.

He has a BA degree from Temple University and an MBA from Villanova University. He has achieved the Certified Materials Resource Professional designation from the Association for Healthcare Resource and Materials Management (AHRMM) and was past President of the Southeastern Pennsylvania Chapter of AHRMM from 1993 to 1994. Gregg also served on the ECRI Advisory Board from 2008 - 2015, and on the IDN Summit and Expo Advisory Board from 2012 – 2014.

Victoria Navarro, MBA-HCM
Regional Director of Planning, Design & Construction
Advocate Aurora Health
Victoria is a Regional Leader for Greater Milwaukee and for South Chicagoland in the Planning, Design and Construction Department at Advocate Aurora Health. Advocate Aurora is an integrated health care provider serving communities in both Illinois and Wisconsin.  With a comprehensive array of health care resources and access points, Advocate Aurora has a broad portfolio of offerings from primary and specialty care, to hospitals, pharmacies, laboratories and home care.  Advocate Aurora has more than 500 locations, including 27 hospitals and is among Illinois and Wisconsin’s largest private employers with more than 75,000 employees and providers.  In her role, Victoria provides strategic direction and oversight to both system-wide and regional capital construction projects. Victoria spent the majority of her professional career in the planning, design and construction of healthcare facilities.  During these 20 years, Victoria has served as senior associate and healthcare planner for national architectural firms providing the highest level planning expertise to healthcare clients. As a design and construction leader for two large healthcare systems, Victoria has delivered $1 billion in forward focused capital projects, including the first LEED Healthcare Gold Certified hospital in the Midwest that standardized facility operations and room design using modular and prefabricated construction as well as complex multi-phased acute care projects which are contracted using an integrated form of agreement and shared risk and reward. She has earned the trust of hospital leadership with her knowledge of clinical operations, industry best practices, evolving technology, integrated project delivery methods, and lean construction principles. She has a master’s of business administration in healthcare management from Loyola University of Chicago and a bachelor of architecture from the Illinois Institute of Technology.
Mike O'Keefe
Managing Director
Ankura's Healthcare Real Estate Practice

Mike O’Keefe is a Managing Director with Ankura’s Healthcare Real Estate Practice. Mr. O’Keefe has played an integral role in the planning, development, financing, leasing, acquisition, and financial analysis of over $2 billion of healthcare projects throughout the U.S. Prior to joining Ankura, Mr. O’Keefe was a Director in Navigant’s Healthcare Real Estate Group, which was acquired by Ankura in August 2018.  Mike was previously the Vice President of Development and a partner with AMDC, a nationally recognized healthcare real estate development and program management firm that was acquired by Navigant in 2007.  Prior to that, he was Vice President of Project Management and Leasing for Universal Medical Buildings. Mr. O’Keefe is a published author on healthcare project planning, financing and development matters, and is a featured speaker on related issues. 

Michael Pabich
Director Facilities Operations
Advocate Aurora Health

Michael Pabich is a Regional Director of Facilities with Advocate Aurora Health Care.  Leading a team of Facility Managers and their teams, that is responsible for meeting the goals and expectations of our dynamic and growing organization.  He provides oversight over the technical infrastructure and regulatory compliance of the Advocate Aurora Health Care Facilities located in the Greater Milwaukee area.  Before joining Advocate Aurora Health Care in 2008, he worked for 10 years for a Global Electronics company specializing in the development, manufacture and marketing of digital power and motion control systems for material handling, people-moving, telecom and mining applications. Michael’s varied background in Engineering and Operations Leadership provided the perfect foundation for Facilities Operations in the today’s everchanging Healthcare environment.

Jill Pearsall
Vice President, Facilities Planning & Development and Real Estate Services

Texas Children's Hospital

Jill Pearsall is the Vice President, Facilities Planning & Development and Real Estate Services at Texas Children’s Hospital.  She has leadership responsibility for facilities Planning, Project and Program Management, covering all aspects of planning, design, construction, and project delivery as well as on-going support programs of artwork, signage, interiors, logistics, space, parking, and facilities information and statistics.  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, coming on the tail end of the 1998 facilities expansion that added 1.2 million square feet to the Texas Children’s campus.  Through the organization’s 2005 Special Strategic Plan and subsequent Vision 2010 facilities expansion (a four building, 2.4 million square feet, $1.13 billion, 6 year initiative), Jill remained intimately involved in planning, developing and executing the Vision.  Jill is currently leading the development of the second Texas Children’s pediatric community hospital campus in The Woodlands, Texas, a $360 million development, and the 19 story vertical expansion of Pediatric Tower E on Texas Children’s main Texas Medical Center campus, a $506 million project, part of a $575 million expansion focused on critical care, surgery and emergency services.  Jill also serves on several organizational committees, including Environmental Safety, Emergency Management, Facilities Executive, Executive Space Management and Capital Management, and is a key member on many task forces.  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 spent several years as a practicing architect in both California and Texas, working primarily for commercial and institutional clients.

Albie Shaffer

VP Facilities Management

Post Acute Medical

A seasoned management professional Mr. Shaffer has been involved in Healthcare Engineering and Facilities Management for 27 years and responsible for managing major Acute Care, Acute Physical Rehabilitation, and Long Term Acute Care hospitals as well as directing several International projects involving Joint Commission International Accreditation and Operations Program Development. Mr. Shaffer is currently the VP of Facilities Management for Post Acute Medical which has some 31 Acute Physical Rehabilitation, Long Term Acute, and Acute Care hospitals throughout the country. Through the Post Acute Medical expansion Mr. Shaffer is responsible for managing new project development, design and construction of over $300M of new hospital projects in the last 5 years. Additionally he is responsible for directing non-clinical services, operations and regulatory compliance for the entire portfolio of hospitals which exceeds 1.7M square feet. Further experience details follow:
  • Successful 27 Years of business management experience in Healthcare and Facilities Management
  • Member of Technical Advisory Boards and Board of Directors of various companies
  • Public Company management experience
  • ASHE Construction Certification
  • Construction Management experience of Projects to $150 Million
  • Emergency Preparedness Certified Advanced Incident Commander
  • 3 year Member of the Texas Governor’s Emergency Preparedness Hospital Planning Group Council
  • Lead International Process development project in Facilities Management Best Practice design
  • Operational and Systems Benchmarking experience
  • Regulatory Authorities Standards Expertise: JCAHO, OSHPD, OSHA, NFPA, LSC101, Local Building Authorities
Matthew H. Stiene, PE
Vice President of Engineering 
Novant Health

Matthew Stiene, PE, is the Vice President of Engineering for Novant Health in Charlotte NC, where he oversees plant operations, regulatory compliance, energy management, environmental affairs, infrastructure capital replacement, engineering design and construction, medical equipment planning, and manages several real estate initiatives. Matt possesses a Master of Engineering degree in Fire Protection Engineering from the University of Maryland, and a Bachelor of Science degree in Mechanical Engineering from Clarkson University. Matt has worked in the facilities management and construction industry for over 17 years as a consulting engineer, project manager, and facility manager. He is a licensed professional engineer in North Carolina, South Carolina, and Virginia and is a Certified Healthcare Facility Manager and a Certified Facility Manager.

Patricia Van Holt
Director of Equipment Planning and Procurement
Advocate Health Care

Patricia is a healthcare leader with over 35 years of experience at Advocate Health Care.

Her current position serves as the Director of Equipment Planning and Procurement.  In her role and new journey Patricia is responsible for creating a high reliable division of supply chain and clinical engineering, developing strategic vision and core strategies focused on creating additional capital capacity.  A critical focus extends in developing intelligence capability to better drive

evidence based use of equipment and technology ensuring that every clinical and non-clinical delivery channel is properly equipped to delivery safe and effective care to Advocate’s patients and associates.

Jim Venker, AIA

Senior Director; Facilities, Construction & Environmental Services

Premier, Inc.

James Venker has been instrumental in the development of Premier’s Construction program and collaborates in the negotiation of many of the agreements within the facility's portfolio as well as several construction web tools. He provides construction and facilities expertise to Premier members and their facilities teams, and assists members in capital contract utilization. His responsibilities include the promotion, education and utilization of Premier’s Construction Services Program in the areas of construction materials, infrastructure equipment and non-clinical equipment. Additionally, Jim provides construction spend and contract utilization reviews, assists members in integrating Premier agreement opportunities into construction contract document specifications, and works to assist contracted suppliers in addressing member needs. 
Scott Vinson
Mitchell Planning

Mr. 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.  

Charles Weinstein, Esq.

Executive Vice President and Chief Real Estate and Facility Officer

Children's National Medical Center

Charles Weinstein, Esq., is Executive Vice President and Chief Real Estate and Facilities Officer at Children’s National. In this role, he oversees growth of the health system’s medical and research facilities, and is integral to improving functionality of the main hospital campus and outpatient locations.

Weinstein brings more than 40 years of executive management to Children’s National, and is a key partner in plans to expand our research and innovation facilities. Previously, he was Chief Real Estate Officer, Vice President for Real Estate, Planning and Development at Boston Children’s Hospital for 13 years, and held similar roles at Johns Hopkins Hospital and Johns Hopkins University. As lead facilities administrator at Boston Children’s Hospital, he was a driving force in dramatically expanding the hospital’s facilities and managing nearly 1M square feet of third party leases.

In addition to Weinstein’s extensive leadership in healthcare management, he’s been instrumental in the development of Baltimore’s Inner Harbor, the National Aquarium, and upscale properties across Annapolis, Maryland, Pensacola, Florida, and Boston. He has received numerous awards, both locally and nationally, for his stellar work.

Weinstein holds a Juris Doctor degree from the University of Maryland School of Law, a Master of Liberal Arts from Johns Hopkins University, and a Bachelor's degree in ancient history from Pennsylvania State University. Additionally, he previously held a real estate broker license in Maryland.