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, FASHP
SVP,Clinical Support Svs / Chief Pharmacy Officer
St. Barnabas Hospital • Bronx, NY

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

Fred Pane, RPh, FASHP, FABC
Director, Pharmacy Services
Capstone Health Alliance • Concord, NC

Christina Cao, PharmD, MBA
Independent Consultant
JN2C, LLC • Upland, CA

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

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

Amir Emamifar, PharmD, MBA
Healthcare Consultant
Rima Advisory Board • Atlanta, GA

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

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

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

Joseph Pinto, RPh, M.S., MHA, DPLA
Vice President, Pharmacy Operations
Mount Sinai Health System • New York, NY

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

Dawn Rana, R.Ph, D.Ph
Oncology Pharmacy Executive
Vizient • San Antonio, TX

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

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

Vice Chair
Bryan Henderson, Ph.D, MBA, BSRT(R)
Director of Radiology, Cardiology & Neurology
Valley Presbyterian Hospital • Los Angeles, CA

Angelic Chapman, MSRS, CRA, RT (R)(CT)(MR), FAHRA
System Director of Radiology
University of Texas Medical Branch • Galveston, TX

Brian Wetzel, RT, RN,CNMT
Director of Medical Imaging/Cardiology
Ascension-Our Lady of Lourdes Hospital • Binghamton, NY

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

Todd Russell, BS RT(R)(CT)(MR)
Director-Ambulatory Imaging & Diagnostic Services
PeaceHealth - Shared Services Center • Vancouver, WA

Laurie Schachtner, PhD, MBA, FACHE, CRA, RT(R)(M)
VP of Imaging & Hospital Operations
Ascension Saint Joseph Elgin • Elgin, IL

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

Gordon Hubbard,
Associate Director, Pharmacy Procurement
Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center • Boston, MA

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

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

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

Nusing Home Executives
Board Chair
Anita Dunham, MS, BSN, CMAC,CDP, NE-BC
Senior Director Case Management, Long Term Care
Monument Health • Rapid City, SD

Suzanne Booty, CMRP
Director of Procurement
Foundation Health Services, Inc. • Baton Rouge, LA

Jacob Traunfeld,
VP of Business Development
Legacy Healthcare • Denver, CO

Jolene Johnson, RAC-CTA
VP of Clinical Reimbursement
The Springs Arkansas • Charleston, AR

Ron Hicks,
Life Care Center of Grandview • Grandview, MO

Healthcare I.T.
Board Chair
Laurel Sturgill, BBA, MOL
Director, Revenue Solutions Analysis
Mercy • Springfield, MO

Vice Chair
Skip Rollins,
Freeman Health System • Joplin, MO

Chirag Desai,
Director of Pharmacy Outcomes and Data Management
Baptist Health Care Corporation • Louisville, KY

Charles Marshburn,
Vice President and Chief Information Officer
South Georgia Medical Center • Valdosta, GA

Ivan Durbak,
BronxCare Health System • Bronx, NY

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

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

James Wellman, CHCIO, CDH-E
VP & Chief Information Officer
Nathan Littauer Hospital • Gloversville, NY

O.R. & Surgical
Board Chair
Stephen Lovern, DNP, RN, NEA BC
Vice President-Dept. of Surgery and Anesthesia
Carilion Clinic • Roanoke, VA

Vice Chair
Valerie Brown, MSN, RN, CNOR, NEA-BC
Same Day Surgery Center of Central Jersey • Edison, NJ

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

Trevor Bennett, MBA, MSN, RN
Associate Vice President, Operations
Providence Swedish • Seattle, WA

Faisal Rahman, PhD
Vice President
DxTx Pain & Spine • Dyer, IN

Rolla Sweis, Pharm.D., M.A.
V.P. of Operations, South Chicagoland
Advocate Christ Medical Center • Chicago, IL

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

Lou Bottoms, MHA, BSN, BS RN CNOR
Director Pt. Care Perioperative/ Procedural Areas
Emory University Hospital of Emory Healthcare • Atlanta, GA

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

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

Vice Chair
Von Chaney, MBA, CMRP
Chaney & Associates • Jersey City, NJ

Pedro Vega, CMRP
System Vice President of Supply Chain
One Brooklyn Health System • Brooklyn, NY

Andy Hamilton,
AVP Supply Chain
MultiCare Health System • Tacoma, WA

La Junda Johnson,
Director, System Purchased Services & Capital
Memorial Hermann Health System • Houston, TX

Sean Hazlett, CMRP, MBA
Director of Supply Chain
Mason Health • Shelton, WA

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

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

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

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

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

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