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
Vice President, Pharmacy Services
Capstone Health Alliance • Concord, NC

Christina Cao, PharmD, MBA
Senior Corporate Director of Pharmacy
Comprehensive Pharmacy Services • Upland, CA

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

Amir Emamifar, PharmD, MBA
Healthcare Consultant - Practice Lead
ProNexus Advisory • Atlanta, GA

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

Emily Meyer,
VP, Pharmacy Operations
Advocate Health Care • Chicago, IL

Venita Papillion, PharmD, MBA
Vice President
Destiny 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, RPh, DPh
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, PhD, 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
Guthrie Lourdes Hospital • Binghamton, NY

Melissa Lejsek, BSHA, RT(R)(M)
AVP, Equipment Services, Supply Chain
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 • 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, MBA, CPhT
Director, Pharmacy Procurement & Inventory Control
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

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
System Business Director, Surgical Services
Erlanger Health • Chattanooga, TN

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

Faisal Rahman, PhD
APAC Partners LLC • 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 Consulting • Jersey City, NJ

Pedro Vega, CMRP
President/CEO of Supply Chain OPs.
Vegas Healthcare Consulting, LLC • New Jersey, NJ

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 ThedaCare Health • Milwaukee, WI

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

Nusing Home Executives
Board Chair
Jolene Johnson, RAC-CTA
Luminate HCC • Charleston, AR

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

Jacob Traunfeld,
VP of Business Development
Legacy Healthcare • Sioux Falls, SD

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

Kristal Prather, RN, RAC-CT, DNS-CT
VP of Clinical Reimbursement
Focused Post Acute Care Partners • Fort Worth, TX

Michael Sharifi,
Director of Supply Chain Management
Birmingham Green • Manassas, VA

Jonathan Ochoa,
Supply Chain Manager
Beecan Health • Glendale, CA

Shelia Foster,
Senior Executive Director
Stein LTC • Cedar Hill, TX

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