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

B.E. Smith, Vice President, Senior Executive Search

As Vice President of Senior Executive Search at B. E. Smith, Olivier J. Van Dierdonck brings more than 25 years of experience in healthcare and more than 14 years in executive recruitment. Mr. Van Dierdonck concentrates his executive recruitment on board, physician leadership, senior management and functional leadership positions for both hospitals and physician groups.

Prior to joining B. E. Smith, he served at several well-known executive search and consulting firms, including Director of Recruitment for the Advisory Board’s Management and Consulting division. In this role he recruited executives who specialized in hospital and physician alignment, clinical integration networks and value-based care development. A veteran healthcare professional, Mr. Van Dierdonck also held operational positions with rural and urban hospital systems and national physician practice management organizations. Previously, Mr. Van Dierdonck served as Director of Recruitment for Vanguard Health Systems, a large, national investor-owned hospital system. He began his career in
healthcare as an Emergency Medical Technician.

Mr. Van Dierdonck’s extensive experience and successful track record in healthcare recruitment provide a strong
foundation and thorough understanding of trends and changes impacting the industry. His ability to quickly build relationships with healthcare professionals has resulted in an extensive network of proven leaders and industry experts. Additionally, B. E. Smith clients value his strategic leadership and insight, as well as his aptitude foridentifying executives who match the unique needs and culture of their organization.

Mr. Van Dierdonck holds a Master of Health Administration from Duke University and a Bachelor of Science from Davidson College. He currently serves on Duke University’s Fuqua Business School Alumni Council and is a current member of American College of Healthcare Executives (ACHE), Healthcare Financial Management Association (HFMA), and Medical Group Management Association (MGMA).

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.