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

Vice Chair
Myra Thomas, BS Pharm, MBA
AVP Pharmacy
Ochsner Medical Center • New Orleans, LA

Robert Bepko, Jr., BS. Pharm, MHA

Robert Bepko Consulting • Norwalk, CT

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

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

Patrice Dupart, Pharm.D., BCPS, MSHCM
VP of Pharmacy Services/ Apothecary-in-Chief
NewYork-Presbyterian Healthcare System • New York, NY

Amir Emamifar, PharmD, MBA
Senior Consultant
ASHP - American Society of Heath system pharm • Bethesda, MD

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

Emily Meyer, PharmD, MHA
VP Pharmacy Operations
Advocate Aurora Health • Oak Lawn, IL

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

Venita Papillion, PharmD, MBA
Division VP of Pharmacy
CHI St. Luke's Health • Houston, TX

Joseph Pinto, R.Ph, M.S., MHA, DPLA
Vice President 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, PharmD., MBA
Regional Director of Pharmacy
Ardent Health Services • Nashville, TN

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

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

Virginia Ginithan, MS.M, RT(R)
Director of Imaging Services and Womancare
St. Francis Healthcare System • Cape Girardeau, MO

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

Joe Lopez, MS, RT(R)
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

Todd Russell, BS RT(R)(CT)(MR)
Director - Imaging Services
PeaceHealth Southwest Medical Center • Vancouver, WA

Laurie Schachtner, PhD, MBA, FACHE, CRA, RT(R)(M)
Senior Director, Medical Imaging & Operations
Ascension Saint Joseph Elgin • Elgin, IL

Brian Wetzel, RT R,N,CNMT
Director of Medical Imaging/Cardiology
Our Lady of Lourdes Memorial Hospital • Binghamton, NY

Hospital Pharmacy Buyers
Board Chair
Rodney Elliott,
Pharmacy P.A./Technology Coordinator
CHI Memorial Hospital Chattanooga • Chattanooga, TN

Neil Assad, CPhT
Pharmacy Buyer
Hackensack Mountainside Medical Center • Montclair, NJ

Vikram Mulchandani,
Director, Pharmacy Supply Chain
Mount Sinai Health System • New York, NY

Ryan Pepper, MBA
AVP Pharmacy Supply Chain
Ochsner Health • New Orleans, LA

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

Vice Chair
Skip Rollins,
CIO/CISO
Freeman Health System • Joplin, MO

Pavan Attur,
Chief Information Officer
Hudson Regional Hospital • Secaucus, NJ

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

Ivan Durbak,
CIO
BronxCare Health System • Bronx, NY

Christy Kindler,
Division CIO
AdventHealth West Florida Division • Tampa, FL

Abe Manasrah, MS
Vice President - Data and Analytics Officer
Tanner Health System • Carrollton, GA

Donald McGruder,
Chief Information and Revenue Integrity Officer
South Shore Hospital • Chicago, IL

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

O.R. & Surgical
Board Chair
Stephen Lovern, DNP, RN, NEA BC
Interim Vice President
Carilion Clinic • Roanoke, VA

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

Trevor Bennett, MBA, MSN, RN, CNOR
AVP, Operations
Providence Swedish • Seattle, WA

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

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

Deron Mabe,
Associate Vice President, Perioperative Services
Atrium Health Wake Forest Baptist • Winston-Salem, NC

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

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

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

Melanie Stone, MSN, MHSM, RN, CVAHP, CLSSBB
Executive Director Clinical Quality Value Analysis
WellStar Health System • Marietta, GA

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

Hospital Supply Chain
Board Chair
Phillip Bateman,
Regional Manager
Capstone Health Alliance • Gulfport, MS

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

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

David Bueby,
Corporate VP Supply Chain Management
McLaren Health Care Corporation • Grand Blanc, MI

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
Mason General Hospital • Shelton, WA

Kenyetta Keys, MBA
Vice President, Hospital Operations
MedStar Washington Hospital Center • Washington, DC

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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