Advisory Board

Educational Advisory Board

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Health Connect Partners is proud of its exclusive Educational Advisory Board, which is comprised of top health system executives from Hospital Pharmacy, Radiology & Imaging, O.R. & Surgery, Hospital Supply Chain and Healthcare I.T. specialties. Each of our board members hold executive level positions at some of the most prestigious hospitals and healthcare systems in America. Without their expertise and tireless efforts to select the best topics and speakers for our educational sessions, our conferences would not be possible.


All HCP Educational Advisory Board members volunteer their time and receive no compensation for their participation. The board is comprised only of healthcare provider executives. No suppliers or vendors are allowed on our Educational Advisory Board, thus preventing any potential conflicts of interest between suppliers and providers.

Call for Speakers

Hospital Pharmacy
Board Chair
Ruth Cassidy, B.S., PharmD, FACHE
SVP, Clinical Support Svs / Chief Pharmacy Officer
SBH Health System • Bronx, NY

Christina Cao, Pharm.D
Corporate Director-Pharmaceutical Services
Prime Healthcare • Ontario, CA

Arash Dabestani, PharmD, MHA, FASHP, FABC
Senior Director of Pharmacy
NYU Langone Medical Center • New York, NY

James DeFazio, RPh
Director, Pharmacy Services & Supplies
Bon Secours Health System, Inc. • Columbia, MD

Vincent Jackson
Vice President, Pharmacy Service Group
HealthTrust • Franklin, TN

John Jones, RPh
Vice President, Enterprise Pharmacy
Geisinger Health System • Danville, PA

Jonathan Lakamp, PharmD, BCPS
Vice President, Pharmacy
Mercy Health • Chesterfield, MO

Richard Mendribil, PharmD
Health System Director of Pharmacy
Northern Arizona Health • Sun Lakes, AZ

Venita Papillion, PharmD, MBA
Sr. Regional Director
Banner Health • Phoenix, AZ

Meena Rupani, RPh
Director, Strategic Sourcing, Pharmacy
Trinity Health • Livonia, MI

Debbie Simonson, Pharm.D
Vice President, Pharmacy
Ochsner Health System - New Orleans • New Orleans, LA

Myra Thomas, RPh
Director Resource Utilization Pharmacy
CHRISTUS Health • Irving, TX

Radiology & Imaging
Board Chair
Gina Collier McCormack, BS,RT(R)
Senior Contract Manager - Diagnostic Imaging
Resource Optimization & Innovation (ROi) • St. Louis, MO

Crockett Bone, MBA, ARRT(R)(CT)
HCA Director of Imaging, Clinical Services Group
HCA Corporate - CSG • Nashville, TN

Gerard Durney, MBA
Director of Operations
Overlook Medical Ctr. Atlantic Health System • Howard Beach, NY

Bryan Henderson, MBA, BSRT(R)
Operational Director of Imaging Services
Valley Presbyterian Hospital • Los Angeles, CA

Jack Morris, MHA, RT(R)
Corporate Director of Radiology
McLeod Health • Florence, SC

Rick Phillips, BS, RT(R)(MR)(CT), ARRT, CRA
Vice President, Acute Services
LifePoint Hospitals, Inc. • Brentwood, TN

Julie Ross, MBA, RT (R)
Director, Imaging Services
Mercy Hospital St. Louis • St Louis, MO

Cindy Winter, Ph.D., FAHRA, CRA
Director of Imaging Services
Tallahassee Memorial HealthCare • Tallahassee, FL

Healthcare I.T.
Board Chair
Patrick Lowry
VP, IT Strategy & Planning
HealthTrust • Nashville, TN

Vice Chair
Eli Tarlow
Vice President & CIO
Brookdale University Hospital & Medical Ctr • Brooklyn, NY

Jitendra Barmecha, MD, MPH, SFHM, FACP
SVP/CIO
SBH Health System • Bronx, NY

Marshall Busko
Regional VP Executive Solutions
Intalere • Atlanta, GA

Ivan Durbak
Chief Information Officer
Bronx Lebanon Hospital Center • Bronx, NY

Bob Foster
CIO
South Georgia Medical Center • Valdosta, GA

Rabin Pant
Corporate Director of Health Informatics
Methodist Health System • Dallas, TX

Pamela Saechow
Senior AVP, Epic Program
New York City Health & Hospital Corporation • New York, NY

James Wellman, CHCIO
Chief Information & Compliance Officer
Comanche County Memorial Hospital • Lawton, OK

Dana Zanone
CMIO
Catholic Health Initiatives - Nebraska • Omaha, NE

O.R. & Surgical
Board Chair
Gerard Durney, MBA
Director of Operations
Overlook Medical Ctr. Atlantic Health System • Howard Beach, NY

Vice Chair
David Taylor, MSN, RN, CNOR
Director, CVOR
Methodist Hospital • San Antonio, TX

Deborah Bolling, MS, RN, NEA-BC, NE-BC
Nursing Director, Perioperative Surgical Svcs
VCU Health System (VA Commonwealth Univ) • Richmond, VA

Lou Bottoms, BSN, MS, RN, CNOR
Specialty Director Perioperative Services
Emory University Hospital • Atlanta, GA

Valerie Brown, MSN, RN, CNOR
Administrative Director, Surgical Services
Hunterdon Medical Center • Flemington, NJ

Lucy Duffy
Vice President Peri-Op Services
Mount Sinai Hospital, New York • New York, NY

Stephen Lovern, MSN, RN
Senior Director-Operating Room Services
Carilion Roanoke Memorial Hospital • Roanoke, VA

Faisal Rahman, PhD
CEO/President
APAC Surgery/Pain Centers (IL & IN) • Dyer, IN

Lynn Sandoval, RN, MS
Executive Director of Perioperative Services
Mercy Hospital • Oklahoma City, OK

Hospital Supply Chain
Board Chair
Gary Rakes, MS, CMRP, CFAAMA, CSCS
Vice President of Supply Chain
Aspirus, Inc. • Wausau, WI

Phillip Bateman
Director of Materials Management
Woman's Hospital • Zachary, LA

Vincent Giambanco, RPh, MS
Associate Director
Kings County-NYCHHC • Brooklyn, NY

Tracy Hancock
VP of Supply Chain Operations
RWJ - St. Barnabas Health (12 Hospitals-HPG) • Oceanport, NJ

Tina Hanson
System Director of Logistics and Supply Chain
CHRISTUS Health • Irving, TX

Randy Hayas, CMRP
Chief Supply Chain Officer
Orlando Health • Orlando, FL

Dennis Mullins, MBA, CMRP
Senior Vice President, Supply Chain Operations
Indiana University Health • Indianapolis, IN

Stephen Piraino
Director Corporate Purchasing & Supply Chain Mgt
Einstein Healthcare Network • Philadelphia, PA