2015-2016 Alumni Council Members

The following individuals have volunteered to support and advise the school as members of the Alumni Council for the 2015-2016 year. Led by Cari Coats MBA '03, Chair, and Mary Sawyer MBA '05, Co Chair, the council meets twice each year.


Olivier Van Dierdonck MHA '89

FOCUS Search Partners, Managing Director

Olivier J. Van Dierdre joined FOCUS Search Partners in January of 2015 as Managing Director.  Olivier offers more than 25 years of experience in healthcare, where he has held operational positions with rural and urban hospital systems and national physician practice management organizations.  Olivier concentrates his executive recruitment work on board, physician leadership, senior management and functional leadership positions for both hospitals and physician groups. Prior to joining Focus Search Partners, he chaired Tyler & Company’s Physician Executive and Medical Group Leadership Practice.
In addition to working for well-known search firms, he served as Director, Recruitment for Southwind, a division of the Advisory Board Company. He was charged with recruiting executives who specialized in hospital and physician alignment, clinical integration networks and value-based care development. Previously, Olivier was Associate Principal in the Hospital, Systems and Services sector of Heidrick & Struggles’ global Healthcare Practice, Senior Vice President of a Nashville boutique healthcare search firm, and Director of Recruitment for Vanguard Health Systems, a large, national investor-owned hospital system. Olivier began his career in healthcare as an Emergency Medical Technician.
Olivier was raised in Belgium, where he grew up speaking French and Flemish. When he was just shy of 14 years old, Olivier's father was transferred to Wilmington, N.C., and his family relocated to the United States. Olivier serves on Duke University’s Fuqua Business School Alumni Council. He was a board member of the ACHE Middle Tennessee chapter.
In his free time, Olivier and his wife enjoy spending time with their two children, traveling and learning to play golf. The family resides in Nashville, TN.
Olivier earned his Master of Health Administration from Duke University and his Bachelor of Science from Davidson College.

Gianna Venturi MBA '12

Coach Inc., Vice President Human Resources

Gianna is Vice President, Human Resources, for Coach, Inc. and is responsible for the full global support for the COO, all Global Corporate Functions (CFO, CHRO and CIO), Global Operations and Supply Chain.

Prior to Coach, Gianna worked for Kimberly-Clark Corporation for 16 years, occupying various senior leadership roles in their Human Resources and Strategy function.  Gianna has broad-based HR leadership experience, including succession, leadership development, compensation & benefits, and labor relations.   She has worked at a country, regional and global level, across expansive geographies and cultures including the Middle East, Africa, Eastern Europe and North America. Gianna began her career in South Africa, where she was born, and has lived and worked in Africa, Europe and North America, where she currently resides.  

Gianna completed her Global Executive MBA with Duke University's Fuqua School of Business in 2012.