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
Memorial Hospital of Gardena • Gardena, 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
Vice President, Pharmacy
Mercy Health • Chesterfield, MO

Venita Papillion, PharmD, MBA
Division VP of Pharmacy
CHI St. Luke’s 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
Director, Strategic Sourcing, Clinical Products
Trinity Health • Livonia, MI

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

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
Gina Collier McCormack, BS, RT(R)
Dir of Radiation Oncology & Diagnostic Imaging
Resource Optimization & Innovation (ROi) • St. Louis, MO

Vice Chair
Crockett Bone, MBA, ARRT(R)(CT)
AVP Imaging, Oncology & Clinical Excellence
HCA Corporate - Clinical Services Group • Nashville, TN

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

Mark Lerner, R.T.
Division Director Radiological Operations
George Washington University Hospital • Washington, DC

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

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

Healthcare I.T.
Board Chair
Eli Tarlow, CHCIO, CPHIMS, FHIMSS
VP & Chief Information Officer
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

John Durbak
CIO
BronxCare Health System • Bronx, NY

Bob Foster
CIO
South Georgia Medical Center • Valdosta, GA

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

Laurel Sturgill
CIO
St. Francis Healthcare System • Cape Girardeau, MO

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

O.R. & Surgical
Board Chair
Stephen Lovern, DNP, RN, NEA-BC
Senior Director - Operating Room Services
Carilion Medical Center • Roanoke, VA

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

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

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

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

Stephanie Falconer, MHA, BSN, CNOR
Director, Medical Custom Contracting
Beaumont Health • Southfield, MI

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

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

Hospital Supply Chain
Board Chair
Gary Rakes, MS, CMRP, CSCS
Vice President of Supply Chain
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, CMRP, MBA
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

Cecile Hozouri, MBA
Asst Vice President
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

Wes Scruggs
Director - Strategic Supplier Engagement
Premier Inc. • Charlotte, NC

David Walsh, CMRP
Director of Supply Chain Administration
Boston Children's Hospital • Boston, MA