Educational Advisory Board



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, MBA, FACHE
SVP,Clinical Support Svs / Chief Pharmacy Officer
SBH Health System • Bronx, NY

Robert Bepko, Jr., BS. Pharm, MHA
Senior Director Network Pharmacy Services
Norwalk Hospital • Norwalk, CT

Christina Cao, Pharm.D
Senior Corporate Director of Pharmacy
Victor Valley Global Medical Center • Victorville, CA

Arash Dabestani, PharmD, MHA, FASHP, FABC
Dean and Professor
LIU College of Pharmacy • New York, NY

Amir Emamifar, PharmD, MBA
Vice President - Chief Pharmacy Officer
Temple University Health System • Philadelphia, PA

Jonathan Lakamp, PharmD, BCPS
Chief Pharmacy Officer
Mercy Health • Chesterfield, MO

Meena Morgan, PharmD, MHA
Senior Director
Inova Fairfax Hospital • Falls Church, VA

Venita Papillion, PharmD, MBA
Division VP of Pharmacy
St. Lukes Health • Houston, TX

Joseph Pinto, R.Ph, M.S., MHA, DPLA
Executive Director of Pharmacy Operations
Mount Sinai Health System • New York, NY

Dawn Rana, R.Ph, D.Ph
Senior Director of Oncology Solutions
Vizient • San Antonio, TX

Meena Rupani, RPh
Sys Director Strategic Sourcing Clinical Products
Trinity Health • Livonia, MI

Nicolle Rychlick,
Regional Director of Pharmacy-Amerias&Albuquerque
Ardent Health Services • Nashville, TN

Rolla Sweis, Pharm.D., M.A., BCPS
Regional VP of Hospital Operations
Advocate Christ Medical Center • Oak Lawn, IL

Myra Thomas, RPh, MBA
AVP Pharmacy
Ochsner Medical Center • New Orleans, LA

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

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

Melissa Lejsek, BSHA, RT(R)(M)
AVP Equipment Services
LifePoint Health • Brentwood, TN

Joe Lopez,
Director of Imaging Services
HCA St. David's, North Austin Medical Center • Austin, TX

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

Cara Reed, R.T (R) (M) (ARRT)
Assistant Market Director of Operations
Progressive Radiology • Fairfax, VA

Laurie Schachtner, PhD, MBA, FACHE, CRA, RT(R)(M)
Director, Medical Imaging & Operations
AMITA Health St. Joseph Hospital - Elgin • Elgin, IL

Healthcare I.T.
Board Chair
Laurel Sturgill, MOL, BBA
Saint Francis Healthcare System • Cape Girardeau, MO

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

Marshall Busko,
Regional VP Executive Solutions
Intalere • Atlanta, GA

Ivan Durbak,
BronxCare Health System • Bronx, NY

Robert Foster,
South Georgia Medical Center • Valdosta, GA

Christy Kindler,
Regional CIO
Florida Hospital West FL Division (Adventist) • Tampa, FL

Skip Rollins,
Freeman Health System • Joplin, MO

James Wellman, CHCIO
Chief Information Officer
Blanchard Valley Health System • Findlay, OH

O.R. & Surgical
Board Chair
Stephen Lovern, DNP, RN, NEA BC
Senior Director - System Perioperative Services
Carilion Clinic • Roanoke, VA

Vice Chair
Valerie Brown, MSN, RN, CNOR, NEA-BC
Administrative Director, Surgical Services
Hunterdon Medical Center • Flemington, NJ

M. Bennett, MBA, MSN, RN, CNOR
Executive Director of Surgical Services
Swedish Medical Center - Seattle WA • Seattle, WA

Lou Bottoms, MHA, BSN, RN, CNOR
Director Patient Care Serv Periop Services
Emory University Hospital • Atlanta, GA

Larry Creech, RN, MBA
Administrator of Surgical Services
Renown Health • Reno, NV

Patricia McMeen, BSN, RN, CNOR, CSSM
Director Surgical Services
Erlanger Health System • Chattanooga, TN

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

Lynn Sandoval, MSN, RN, NE-BC
Executive Director of Procedural Optimization
Mercy • Oklahoma City, OK

Executive Director Clinical Quality Value Analysis
WellStar Health System • Marietta, GA

Hospital Supply Chain
Board Chair
Gary Rakes, MS, CMRP, CSCS
Vice President - Chief Supply Chain Officer
Aspirus, Inc. • Wausau, WI

Vice Chair
Phillip Bateman,
Director of Materials Management
Woman's Hospital • Baton Rouge, LA

John Barnes,
Director of System Integration & Planning
St. Luke's Health System • Boise, ID

Von Chaney, MBA, CMRP
Director Logistics, Facilities, Supply Chain
Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center • New York, NY

Rosa Costanzo, CMRP, CPPB, CPSM
CPO/SVP of Supply Chain Management
Jackson Health System • Miami, FL

Becky Foret, BSN, MBA
Senior Director, Contract Services
Vizient • Irving, TX

Sean Hazlett, CMRP; MBA
Director of Supply Chain Services
Yuma Regional Medical Center • Yuma, AZ

Cecile Hozouri,
Chief Supply Chain Officer
Scripps Health • San Diego, CA

Charlie Miceli, C.P.M.
VP/Network Chief Supply Chain Officer
University of Vermont Health Network • Burlington, VT

Tom White,
Director, Supply Chain
Froedtert Health • Milwaukee, WI

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