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
Senior Corporate Director of Pharmacy
Victor Valley Global Medical Center • Victorville, CA

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

Vincent Jackson, B.S., Pharm D.
Vice President, Pharmacy Service Group
HealthTrust • Nashville, TN

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

Venita Papillion, PharmD, MBA
Division VP of Pharmacy
CHI 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

Rolla Sweis, Pharm.D., M.A., BCPS
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)
Sr. Director Equipment Services
LifePoint Health • Brentwood, TN

Mark Lerner, R.T.
Director of Medical Imaging
Holy Cross Hospital • Silver Spring, MD

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

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

Cara Reed, R.T (R) (M) (ARRT)
Regional Director
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

Timothy Sisco, ARRT(R), MBA
Director of Cardiovascular and Imaging Svcs
Houston Healthcare System • Warner Robins, GA

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

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

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

Ivan Durbak,
CIO
BronxCare Health System • Bronx, NY

Robert Foster,
SVP/CIO
South Georgia Medical Center • Valdosta, GA

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

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

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

Tom Wilson,
Director, IT
Sentara Healthcare • Virginia Beach, VA

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
Director of Nursing, Perioperative Services
University of Rochester • Rochester, NY

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

Larry Creech, RN, MBA
Corporate Perioperative Consultant
RWJ Barnabas Health Somerset • Somerville, NJ

Missy Hill, RN, CPHRM, FCN, HACP
Dir., M/S Advisory Specialist
Intalere • St. Louis, MO

Patricia McMeen, BSN, RN, CNOR
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 • Oklahoma City, OK

Melanie Stone, MSN, MHSM, RN, CVAHP, CLSSBB
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,
Supply Chain Director of Analytics & Systems
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/VP of Supply Chain Management
Jackson Health System • Miami, FL

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

Cecile Hozouri,
Assistant Vice President, Supply Chain
Scripps Health • San Diego, CA

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

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

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


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