2023 ACE Summit and Reverse Expo Faculty

Ken Bannister
Ken Bannister
McLaren Health Care
Facilities Coordinator
Kenneth Bannister, Master Plumber, has been in the construction industry since 1999 and in healthcare since 2008. As Facilities Coordinator, he manages numerous hospital projects on multiple campuses, including a recently constructed 188,000 sq. ft. addition with a new OR platform and power plant.
Ken currently coordinates several large projects. These include renovating space for a new surgery center; remodeling a floor to become a psychiatric unit; and constructing a new wing for expanded behavioral health services and a new ER.  

In today’s dynamic healthcare industry, Ken understands the need for flexible management and advocates for a strong project team that communicates well. Projects change frequently as building uses shift, technologies evolve, timelines compress/expand, budgets change, or there’s a supply/labor shortage. Ken is involved with projects from the start and his in-depth knowledge of the countless building codes hospitals must follow is crucial, including when deciding whether to renovate or build new.

Darren Boyle
Darren Boyle MS
UCHealth
Director, Facilities Management
Darren Boyle is the Director of Facilities Management for UCHealth in the Northern Colorado region; Facilities include Greeley Hospital, Longs Peak Hospital, Broomfield Hospital, Medical Center of the Rockies, Poudre Valley Hospital, numerous Clinics and Emergency Departments totaling about 3 million square feet. He received his Bachelors and Masters of Science degrees from Colorado State University. In 2006 he joined the health care world as a team lead in grounds at Medical Center of the Rockies. Opening 3 new green field hospitals has led to many opportunities to learn and grow. Darren was promoted to facility manager in 2010 and regional Director in 2017. Darren is the 2023 immediate past President of the board of directors for the Colorado Association of Healthcare Engineers and Directors, the Colorado affiliate chapter of ASHE.

Theresa M. Brigden, LEED AP
Theresa M. Brigden, LEED AP
Vizient, Inc.
Principal, Capital, Facilities & Construction
Theresa brings more than 35 years of experience in the construction industry, 13 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 Capital, Facilities and Construction Solutions. Theresa’s areas of expertise 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. As program co-founder, she was integral in the creation and development of Vizient Capital, Facilities & 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 industry. Theresa has LEED, A. P. (Accredited Professional) accreditation from the USGBC.

Rodney Cadwell
Rodney Cadwell
Vizient, Inc.
Associate Principal - Medical Equipment Planning
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.

Patrick Casey
Patrick Casey AIA, ACHE
University of Miami Health System
Vice President, Facilities Operations & Planning
Patrick Casey is currently the Vice President of Facilities Operations & Planning for University of Miami Health System (UHealth).   Mr. Casey is responsible for sustained operation and continued maintenance of all University of Miami Health District campus buildings, grounds, utility services and other related functions in support of the mission of the University of Miami Health System and Miller School of Medicine.  Span of control includes campus planning, safety & compliance, emergency management, ancillary support services, capital construction, space allocation, alongside real estate asset management.  Additionally, Mr. Casey’s team had overall responsibility for the managing the command center for Covid-19. The Miami Health District Campus is the second largest medical district in the United States and contains the Level 1 Trauma Center for South Florida.  UHealth is currently executing a $1.6B capital expansion program.  Prior to joining UHealth, Mr. Casey has assumed key leadership roles in Academic Medical Center settings, and he has completed the design and construction of over $8B in healthcare and life sciences projects.

Donna Craft
Donna Craft
Premier, Inc.
Senior Director Facilities and Environmental Services
Donna Craft is primarily responsible for evaluating all Facilities, Construction and Environmental Services (FCES) products, systems, and services, including associated capital equipment, contracted by Premier. She works with the Contract Negotiations team and the FCES sourcing committee to develop the evaluation criteria and a product portfolio recommendation, assists the Member and Field Communications team in developing appropriate contract launch and promotion material and works with the Contract Management team to understand market trends that may impact volume and revenue forecasting. Craft previously served as Director of Product Planning for the FCES service line where she was responsible for planning and coordinating the activities of the FCES sourcing committee and worked with suppliers in this area to help develop strategies around introducing new technology, products, systems, and services to Premier's portfolio as well as to recommend educational opportunities for members to improve product utilization. She also has experience as Construction Manager where she interacted with facilities as a member- facing construction subject matter expert to helping members understand our portfolio contract opportunities, how to manage a construction project utilizing contracts, and general contract penetration and utilization with the members

Rory Creegan
Rory Creegan
AKF
Principal
He is a technical leader whose extensive experience on complex projects with demanding requirements is paired with a client-focused perspective. He is adept at providing options and innovative solutions that allow design teams to execute projects that advance the end user’s vision. Rory’s engineering leadership and knowledge of the interplay between design team members make him a valuable addition to the unique requirements of healthcare institutions.

Dennis Daar
Dennis Daar
Medical Strategies International
Managing Partner
Dennis has been in the medical supply and device industry for over 40 years. For the past 22 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 has been on the Federation of American Hospitals Exposition Advisory Committee for over 32 years. He has been part of Association of National Accounts Advisory Committee (ANAE), and Past Chairperson of HSCA/HISCI/HIDA. Also, an active moderator/speaker with the IDN and ACE Summit meetings.

Dennis has been both a speaker and has appeared in print on diverse topics including healthcare, government sales, sales management, national accounts, and international issues.

He is a graduate of Western Michigan University.

Paige Dodson
Paige Dodson
HCA/HealthTrust
Senior Director Construction & Engineering
Paige Dodson is Senior Director, Facilities, and Infrastructure at HealthTrust Performance Group. She leads a team responsible for strategic capital purchasing and process improvement in construction and facility operations and serves as board lead for the HealthTrust Facility Infrastructure Advisory Board.

Dodson is an experienced professional with over 20 years’ work history in construction, sourcing, logistics and account management. Her background includes success as a general contractor and business owner. 

Dodson earned a Bachelor of Applied Science from Lipscomb University in Nashville, Tennessee, and a Master of Science from Vanderbilt University, Nashville, Tennessee. She has two children and lives in Brentwood, Tennessee.

Christina Doidic, PE, MBA
Christina Doidic, PE, MBA
AdventHealth Office of Design and Construction
Studio Leader
Christina Doidic is a Studio Leader at the AdventHealth Office of Design & Construction with a focus on ambulatory facilities. She is a licensed engineer with more than twenty years of experience in site master planning, healthcare design and planning, and project management. She oversees the ambulatory project management team, in addition to managing her own construction projects. Christina’s passion revolves around the patient experience. This passion starts with site master planning and extends all the way into the building layout and technology.

Christina has worked for AdventHealth for the past 3 years. Previously she worked for Kaiser Permanente in Southern California and as an engineering consultant across Florida. She received her bachelor’s degree in civil engineering from the University of Central Florida and master’s degree in business administration from Rollins College.

Joel George
Joel George MBA, MSN, RN
AdventHealth
Executive Director of Retail Services | Health Parks & Primary Care+
Joel George MBA, MSN, PhD(c) has served in various roles within AdventHealth from clinical to administrative for over eight years.  Joel started at AdventHealth as an interventional radiology and ER trauma nurse. Through witnessing and taking part in the patient experience from the moment a patient receives care to the time they are discharged, Joel quickly knew he wanted to reimagine healthcare to become consumer focused and create a retail hospitality experience.  His passion for building strong operational teams and innovative spaces took him to transition to director of radiology at AdventHealth Celebration and Kissimmee Hospital with oversight of 150+ radiological technologists and several radiologists in which he was an integral part of enhancing the Celebration imaging department beachside theme for patient experience.

Joel currently serves as executive director of strategy and operations for AdventHealth Health Parks that are re-imagining the health care experience by providing all in one care in one place and a modern concierge approach to medicine. He is passionate about business excellence and creating retail healthcare spaces that are designed for convenience and the future healthcare consumer.

Gloria Graham
Gloria Graham DNP, RN, CVAHP
Cincinnati Children's Hospital Medical Center
Value Analysis Manager
Dr. Gloria Graham, Manager of Clinical Value Analysis, Division of Contracts & Value Analysis for Supply Chain at Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center. Dr. Graham provides oversight and management for clinical value analysis and other supply chain activities related to patient care, quality and safety. As an internal liaison to both clinical and non-clinical staff, she shares how clinicians and supply chain partner with each other for improved clinical and financial outcomes and safety. She is a nationally recognized speaker and a former President of the Association of Healthcare Value Analysis Professionals (AHVAP). She currently serves as AHVAP’s Northeast Regional Director & Chair of the Industry Business Education Collaborative (IBEC) committee. She holds a Doctorate of Nursing Practice (DNP) in Healthcare Leadership from Mount St. Joseph University, a Master’s of Science in Nursing (MSN) from Xavier University and a Bachelor’s of Science in Nursing from Berea College.

Catherine Grein
Catherine Grein
WellSpan Health
Director – Strategic Sourcing, Contracting, and Capital
Catherine Grein has worked in Supply Chain for going on 15 years. She is the Director of Contracting in Strategic Sourcing at WellSpan Health, a large integrated health care system in South Central Pennsylvania, serving York, Adams, Franklin, Lebanon, and Lancaster counties.

As part of Strategic Sourcing, Cat has worked in various facets of Supply Chain. Beginning her career as a Procurement Specialist in Capital Equipment then progressed to Contracting, through that experience, she moved into a manager role and promoted to her current role as Director. During that time, Cat has worked on numerous Design and Construction projects of various sizes and scope. Most recently worked closely with WellSpan leadership to establish a 5-year predictive replacement plan for equipment. Currently Cat has oversite over all Supply Chain contracting which includes disposables, purchased services and equipment.

maria hames
maria hames
Healthcare Links
Partner
Maria Hames joined HealthCare Links in March 1999.
She has over 25 years of experience in the healthcare market. Her background includes working with companies in senior management roles in the arena of healthcare corporate development and national sales management. Ms. Hames has been involved in start-up and acquisition, operational/sales management, strategic planning, accreditation, practice management, managed care contracting and risk contracting.
As a partner in HealthCare Links, her responsibilities include IDN sales and contract implementation on behalf of HealthCare Links clients. She simplifies very complex sales processes at some of the largest healthcare organizations in the country. More importantly, her relationships are built on trust with a sincere desire to see all parties’ benefit.
Her educational experience includes a Bachelor's Degree from the University of Michigan and a Master's Degree in business management from Pepperdine University.

Jennifer Holloman
Jennifer Holloman MHA MBA
American Hospital Association
Senior Associate Director Policy
Jennifer Holloman has over 14 years of experience leading programs in federal, private, and non-profit healthcare organizations. In her current role at the American Hospital Association (AHA), Jennifer leads healthcare policy efforts for issues such as physician reimbursement, alternative payment models, telehealth, and social determinants of health. Prior to joining the AHA, Jennifer served as Senior Director of Strategic Alliances for The Healthcare Council and its wholly owned GPO subsidiary, ShareSource.

Previously, she was Manager of Telehealth Services at Atlantic Health System, where she established a new virtual care department, and served as Acting Chief of Virtual Health for the US Army Office of The Surgeon General. She began her career as a federal healthcare consultant with BearingPoint and Deloitte. Ms. Holloman earned masters’ degrees in Health Administration and Business Administration from Baylor University, and graduated with honors with bachelors’ degrees in Marketing and Management from Virginia Tech.

Andrew Hunt
Andrew Hunt
University of Chicago Medicine
Capital Equipment PM
Currently leading Hunting and Sourcing Project Management efforts in long-term capital asset planning strategies as it relates to construction, renovation projects and overall Supply Chain capital equipment programming of projects.

Clients include University of Chicago, CaroMont Health, Banner Health, Community Health Systems and Froedtert Health System. Responsible for the capital equipment acquisition efforts as it relates to new construction projects. My role is to focus on all aspects of the capital equipment process from Design to Procurement through Activation.

Tracy Hunt
Tracy Hunt
Skanska USA
Senior Vice President Account Manager
Tracy Hunt, CHC, has 28 years of experience in the construction industry. Throughout his career, Tracy has worked for healthcare clients across the Southeast on a wide range of project types. He is currently overseeing construction on the Orlando Health, Jewett Orthopedic Institute project in Orlando, FL. In his role as Executive Sponsor for Skanska’s National Healthcare Advisory Council, Tracy brings together a diverse team of Skanska colleagues—combining fresh perspectives with some of the industry’s top builders—to deliver leading-edge concepts in hospital construction on our projects across the country. Tracy graduated from Georgia Tech with a B.S. in Civil Engineering.

Chuck Jensen
Chuck Jensen MBA
Beacon Health
VP Supply Chain
Chuck Jensen currently serves as the director of sourcing and contracting at Froedtert Health. Within this role, he leads the purchasing team as well as the sourcing/contracting team. Jensen developed and led a major departmental restructuring 18 months ago that dramatically improved the capabilities and results of the department. Previously, Jensen served as director of supply chain at Comanche County Memorial in Lawton, Oklahoma, and director of materials management at McLaren Northern Michigan in Petoskey, Michigan.

Aaron Johnson, PE, LEED AP BD+C
Aaron Johnson, PE, LEED AP BD+C PE, LEED AP BD+C
TLC Engineering Solutions, Inc.
Director of Healthcare Operation
With over 16 years of experience in healthcare engineering, Aaron Johnson serves as a Director of Healthcare Operations at TLC Engineering Solutions. Aaron advises collaborative teams on ways to enhance air quality within healthcare facilities, drawing from his active involvement in the ASHRAE 170 Standing Standard Project Committee on the Ventilation of Healthcare Facilities and the completion of 200+ healthcare projects. He provided engineering support to ASHE/AHA/HRET, in coordination with the CDC, on Project Firstline aimed at infection control education for healthcare workers. He assisted in the development of infection prevention guidebooks, quick guides, and training material on the ventilation components of infection control for nurse managers and facility operators.

Aaron holds a BS and an MS degree in Architectural Engineering from Kansas State University. Recognizing his achievements in the AEC industry, Engineering News-Record Southeast selected Aaron among the 2021 class of honorees for the annual Top Young Professionals program.

Nic Joubert BSN, RN CNOR(E)
Nic Joubert BSN, RN CNOR(E)
University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences
Director of Contract Services
Nic started his career as a Registered Nurse in the Operating Room as a Circulating/Scrub Nurse at the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences (UAMS) in 2008. He was quickly promoted to managing multiple Surgical Service lines and eventually managing the entire Surgery Department. While functioning in those roles, part of his duties included participating in Value Analysis Committees such as New Product Requests, Clinical Contracting, and Capital Equipment Planning. Over time, he developed an affinity for the Value Analysis profession and shifted his career focus towards this field of healthcare. Since then, Nic has worked as the Manager of Value Analysis at UAMS, served as a Clinical Resource Manager for Common Spirit’s East/Southeast Division, been Chief Clinical Service Officer at a large Arkansas Specialty Group, and is now back at UAMS functioning as the Director of Contracting.

Arash Kamangar
Arash Kamangar
HuntonBrady Architects
Associate Principal
Arash Kamangar is an Associate Principal with HuntonBrady who leads the Tampa office.  He has over ten years of experience, specializing in health facility planning and design. His projects include new hospitals and major expansions, emergency services, ambulatory care, imaging and surgery centers, and renovation of adult inpatient units and clinical ancillary services. His healthcare design experience has demonstrated particularly strong skills in planning diagnostic and in-patient spaces, document production, scheduling, project phasing and providing initial cost studies for alternative solutions.  Arash received a Bachelor of Design and Masters of Architecture from the University of Florida.

Tamar Katz
Tamar Katz
Providence Health
Associate Vice President, Service Engineering
Tamar Katz has a passion for equipment and technology that spans over a 25-year career in healthcare. Tamar’s professional background in Business, Healthcare, and Biotechnology provides a strong foundation for introducing innovative technologies, cybersecurity, and process governance in a complex environment. With a recent shift to Information Services, Tamar strives to modernize medical technology infrastructure and build efficient processes and partnerships in an ever-changing environment.

A California native, Tamar has a BA from the University of California, Berkeley, and an MBA and MA from Boston University. She lives in Los Angeles with her husband and two daughters. In her free time, she loves to travel, hike, cook, and engage in competitive sailing.

Gaurav Khadse
Gaurav Khadse AIA, MBA, LEED
Texas Children's Hospital
Assistant Vice President, Facilities Planning and Development
Gaurav Khadse is a Registered Architect with 18 years’ experience in design and construction of healthcare facilities. Gaurav holds the position of Assistant Vice President, Facilities Planning and Development at Texas Children’s Hospital. In his position, he leads a team responsible for facilities project management and program management for strategic facilities expansion projects, capital projects and renovations at Texas Children’s. His team is currently handling projects in various stages of design and construction with project costs over a billion dollars including the expansion of Texas Children’s new campus in Austin.

Prior to Texas Children’s, Gaurav held the position of Associate Vice President at University of Texas Medical Branch (UTMB Health) in Galveston. His team was responsible for master planning and design for capital projects and real estate leasing. During his tenure, Gaurav’s team was pivotal in expanding the clinical footprint throughout Southeast Houston, integrating a new 190-bed hospital campus at Clear Lake, and expanding a campus at League City.

Gaurav has an MBA from the University of Texas at Austin and a Masters in Architecture from Texas A&M University with a specialization in Health Systems and Design. He earned his Bachelor’s degree in Architecture in India. He is licensed in Texas and a LEED-accredited professional.

Isaac Larson
Isaac Larson
Froedtert Health
Executive Director, Enterprise Facility Services
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.

Melissa Lejsek
Melissa Lejsek R.T.(R)(M), BSHA
LifePoint Health-Brentwood, TN Office
AVP, Equipment Services, Supply Chain Operations
Melissa Lejsek, pronounced Lay-sick, is the AVP of Equipment Services at Lifepoint Health. She has been responsible for standardization agreements across Imaging, Lab, and Food Services over the last decade. She brings a wealth of knowledge regarding value and challenges standardization can provide.

Melissa’s role includes oversight for contract compliance with GPO and organizational contracts, negotiating standardization agreements and working with business owners for project completion. Where standardization was unachievable, she has led numerous fleet management strategies in coordination with clinical, operational, and financial leadership to manage capital equipment. In 2022, Lifepoint recognized $30 million in savings from standardization alone. They are projecting savings of over $43 million in 2023.

Melissa is married with two children. Melissa and her husband, Tom, can be found on any sunny weekend riding their Vespas through the backroads of Tennessee.

Jeff Little
Jeff Little
Premier, Inc.
Industry Consultant
Jeff Little is the Vice President of Strategic Supplier Engagement for Facilities, Construction and Capital Services at Premier, Inc. and leads a team of SMEs dedicated to driving value to Premier’s members in this space. Over his nearly 30 years in healthcare, he has held various leadership roles, in support operations, supply chain operations and clinical as a perfusionist. He is the leading national expert in purchased services with expertise in healthcare performance improvement, operational consulting as well as capital equipment, general support services operations, and supply chain operations. Jeff is a seasoned executive professional with proven success in service recovery operations as well as support operational assessment and development of improvement plans for healthcare organizations. Jeff holds a Bachelor’s degree in Healthcare Administration as well as an MBA with a healthcare emphasis. He is a member of AHRMM and ACHE.

Vin Matozzo
Vin Matozzo
Paradigm
CEO & Managing Partner
Vin has innovated and challenged supply chain assumptions for over 15 years in healthcare's IDN, GPO, consulting, Value Analysis, and data transformation verticals. He has been an early adopter and proponent of forming collaborative alliances between executives, clinicians, and supplier partners and is known for forging data driven outcomes that create value and clinical efficiency while never losing focus on the patient experience. Matozzo is a dynamic and results-oriented, transformational & forward-thinking leader who continually drives change and delivers results for clients, corporations, and consortiums. He is a catalyst for the next level of senior operations executives who are passionate about healthcare, technology, and entrepreneurial business development. As a serial collaborator, Vin is constantly in exploration of technology innovations and services that support greater business efficiency and data visualization with LEAN and AGILE methodology. With his extensive skills around process design creating strategies, building consensus/synergies through integration and collaborative approaches engaging stakeholders through cultural silos, Vin has changed the way interoperability is understood within the healthcare ecosystem.

Kevin Meek
Kevin Meek
Haskell
VP & Division Leader
Kevin Meek is vice president and division leader of the Design and Consulting Services Group for Haskell; and 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 produced measurable results in multi-network healthcare transformation, outreach and business development, patient journey optimization, bed management, patient flow and certification preparation. His experience buttresses Haskell’s standing as a trusted adviser to major health systems and further facilitates communication between involved parties, particularly clinical staff and architects. 

Kevin received his Master of Healthcare Innovation from Arizona State University, a Bachelor of Nursing from Western Governors University and a Bachelor of Arts in Organizational Leadership from Chapman University. He has earned his Lean Six Sigma certification. Kevin is a Fellow of the American College of Healthcare Executives, a member of the American Organization for Nursing Leadership and serves on the Board of the Nursing Institute for Healthcare Design.

Craig Mohan
Craig Mohan
Cottage Health
Manager, Plant Operations & Facilities

Jill Pearsall
Jill S.M. Pearsall RA, NCARB
Texas Children's Hospital
Senior Vice President
Jill Pearsall is the Senior 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, design and construction, project management and on-going support programs of artwork/signage, interiors/logistics, space management, and facilities information for Texas Children’s facilities inventory of over 100 locations and 12 million square feet. 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 in 2002 and has remained intimately involved in planning, developing and executing over 5 million square feet of new construction and managing over $2.9B of work. She serves on several organizational committees, including Audit and Compliance, Capital Management, Digital Advisory, Emergency Management, Enterprise Risk Management, Executive Space Management, Facilities Executive, and Financial Planning.

Jill is a graduate of the University of Southern California with a Bachelor’s degree in Architecture. Prior to moving into facilities management and joining the healthcare industry, she practiced commercial and institutional architecture in both California and Texas.

Kent Petty
Kent Petty
HCA Healthcare
Information Protection & Security
Petty has physical security responsibilities for all HCA sites worldwide including 186 Acute care hospitals, 1300+ outpatient care and physician practice facilities, 170+ Urgent Care Centers, 104+ Free Standing Emergency Rooms, 124+ Surgery Centers, 15 Division Offices, Galen College of Nursing campuses, HealthTrust, Parallon BPG, HCA UK (London), and more-than 280,000 valued employees. Overall we protect between 450,000 and 500,000 souls every day.

He has worked for Fortune 500 companies, including Marriott International, HCR ManorCare, American Medical Laboratories, and PriceWaterhouseCoopers as well as the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services – Public Health Service.

For 31 years, Kent served in the active and reserve components of the U.S. Navy as a Naval Intelligence Officer. He holds a bachelor’s degree in Decision Sciences from George Mason University and has completed his master’s certification in Strategic Intelligence from the Joint Military Intelligence College.

He is also qualified as an Information Dominance Warfare Officer (IDWO), a Certified Healthcare Chief Information Officer (CHCIO), and is a standing member of the College of Healthcare Information Management Executives (CHIME).

Jose Ramirez
Jose Ramirez
University of Miami Health System
Assistant Vice President
Jose Ramirez is the Assistant Vice President of the Occupational Health, Safety & Compliance Division (OHSC) for the University of Miami Health System. His responsibilities include strategic planning, development, and execution of programs and initiatives for occupational health, environmental safety, fire & life safety, clinical engineering, and radiation safety. Under his leadership the OHSC Division is undergoing a strategic transformation and realignment to meet the current and future needs of the UHealth System.

Chris Ressler
Chris Ressler AIA
Page
Regional Healthcare Director
Chris Ressler has spent the last 15 years working on acute and ambulatory healthcare projects throughout Florida. He served as a founding member and chair of the USGBC SWFL branch for several years and has been recognized as an AIA Associate of the Year, USGBC SWFL Member of the Year, and Gulf Shore Business 40 under 40. He is currently working with several Pediatric Healthcare systems across the South and FEMA Hospital Recovery Projects in the US Virgin Islands. He is a graduate of the College of William and Mary and Virginia Tech. He lives just outside of Atlanta with his wife, his French bulldog, and his very loud 6 year old son, Henry.

Kyle Rutherford
Kyle Rutherford
CHRISTUS Health
Vice President, Construction
Kyle Rutherford is the Vice President for CHRISTUS Health and oversees 45 – 60 projects annually managing a team of Project Managers across Texas, Louisiana, and New Mexico. Kyle has been in the Healthcare Construction and Facility Management field for 30+ years and currently has a project projected spend of $100M annually. Kyle is a graduate of the University of Texas at Tyler and resides in his hometown of Tyler.

He is married to his wife of 22 years Shelly and has two daughters. Kyle retired from football officiating after 30 years and 11 Texas High School Football State Championships and now concentrates on his golf game.

Reaghan Schicker
Reaghan Schicker
Connecticut Children's
Manager of Plan, Design, and Construction
Reaghan Schicker has devoted her 14 year career, as a Project Manager and Architect, to finding ways to elevate Healthcare spaces beyond their typical function. Reaghan graduated with her Masters in Architecture from Wentworth Institute of Technology, is a licensed architect, Lean Healthcare certified, and a member of the American College of Healthcare Architects. Reaghan currently manages the Planning, Design and Construction team in the Facilities department at Connecticut Children’s who has entrusted her to help create a safe and healing environment that is both representative of their mission and evocative to the imagination of their patients. She is responsible for overseeing a team dedicated to space planning, wayfinding, renovations and new construction.

Josh Seager
Josh Seager
Sentara Healthcare
Manager, Construction Management
Josh Seager is a Mechanical Engineering graduate from Virginia Tech with over 14 years of healthcare construction experience – 8.5 years with The Whiting-Turner Contracting Company and 6 years with Sentara Healthcare. As a project manager for Sentara Healthcare, Josh plans and coordinates all aspects of renovation and new construction projects from feasibility and design to project execution and close-out. Projects range in size from locker replacements to a $100M Cancer Center. Josh lives in Chesapeake, VA with his wife of 11 years, 2 wonderful kids, and 2 loveable dogs.

Katie Smith
Katie Smith
HGA
Senior Associate
Katie is a Senior Associate leading Healthcare Business Development in the Great Lakes Region for HGA and has been with the firm for over seven years. She is responsible for knowing, and building relationships with, health systems in seven states and bringing new healthcare clients and repeat work to HGA. She does this by building a network of partners to position HGA for healthcare architecture opportunities. Katie is active in many professional organizations including Society for Marketing Professional Services (SMPS) serving on the WI Chapter Board; the Wisconsin Healthcare Engineering Association (WHEA) working with their Technology and Member Services committees, as well as being a member of the WHEA Foundation Board; and is on the American Society for Health Care Engineering (ASHE) Young Professionals Member Value Task Force.  Outside of work, she is an active volunteer with the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society.  Katie approaches all she does with unwavering positivity, integrity, and empathy.

Clayton Smith, FACHE, SASHE
Clayton Smith, FACHE, SASHE
Children's Health System of Texas
Vice President, Facilities Operations
Clayton Smith’s background includes 15 years of experience in healthcare facilities management as well as 10 years in construction management and design. He currently is the Vice President Facilities Operations for Children’s Health System of Texas in Dallas, Texas. He earned his bachelor’s degree in construction management from Missouri State University and his MBA from Webster University. He is a Fellow in the American College of Healthcare Executives and a Senior Member of ASHE.

Matthew Stiene
Matthew Stiene PE, CFM, CHFM
Novant Health
Senior Vice President, Construction and Facility Services
Matt Stiene oversees aviation; design and construction; facility master planning; land use planning; construction logistics; medical equipment planning; environmental sustainability, energy management; property management; and plant engineering across a multi-state health system.

Matt is a licensed professional engineer in NC, SC, VA, GA, and NY. Additionally, he is a certified Healthcare Facility Manager, Certified Healthcare Constructor, and certified Facility Manager. He received his Bachelor of Science degree in mechanical engineering from Clarkson University and his graduate degree in fire protection engineering from the University of Maryland.

Matt has a 20-year history of solid accomplishments and excels in developing high-performing teams, creating metrics to track performance for continuous improvement, developing and implementing infrastructure capital renewal plans, developing facility and land use master plans, and developing and implementing energy reduction strategies.
Matt is very active in his profession and the community.

Joni Swartz
Joni Swartz
Vizient
Senior Director - Category Management
Joni Swartz leads Vizient’s medical capital portfolio and national group buy team under the capital equipment solutions domain.

With a healthcare background spanning over 30 years, Swartz has held several roles on the capital team since joining the company in 2009. Originally hired to manage a portfolio of facilities and construction categories, she later moved into a leadership position on the capital team. Most recently, she served as director in sourcing operations and provided leadership for the diagnostic imaging team and capital quote review service.

Prior to joining Vizient, Swartz worked for a community hospital in Des Moines, Iowa, serving as director of materials management and later director of general services.

Swartz earned a Master of Science degree in Health Services Administration from the University of St. Francis in Joliet, Illinois, and a Bachelor of Science degree from Iowa State University in Ames, Iowa.

Julissa Tellez
Julissa Tellez AIA, EDAC
e4h Environments for Health Architecture
Senior Director, Project Development
E4H is a healthcare architecture, planning, and interior design firm consisting of over 250 people in 10 offices across the United States. Solely dedicated to healthcare and health science design, E4H’s mission is to design environments that enhance healing, advance health research, and elevate hope.

With 15 years of specialized healthcare design experience, Julissa helps clients understand their challenges, guiding resolutions with a future-forward strategy. Her work encompasses a breadth of project types and sizes, from major academic medical centers to community hospitals in both the for-profit and non-profit sectors.

Julissa is well versed in conceptual master planning, renovations, additions, neighborhood micro-hospitals, greenfield construction, and tenant re-characterization projects. On a national level, Julissa is responsible for the identification and realization of new projects and the driver of new business relationships.

Barbara Wagner
Barbara Wagner
Clark Construction Group
Executive Vice President, National Healthcare Sector
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.