Health Care Alumni Advisory Board

The following individuals have volunteered to support and advise the Health Sector Management program plus current students and alumni, as members of the Healthcare Alumni Advisory Board for the 2014-2015 year. Led by Rich Embrey '08, Chair, and Sam Taggard MBA '09, Vice Chair, the board meets twice each year.
Femi Adewunmi

Femi Adewunmi MBA '09

Sound Physicians, Chief Medical Officer, Atlantic Region

Femi Adewunmi, MD, leads clinical operations of the Atlantic region. His responsibilities include regional organizational leadership and operational performance. In his role, Dr. Adewunmi works directly with our hospital partners and hospitalists along with the regional vice president of operations to ensure the delivery of high-quality patient care and the alignment of performance with partner hospital goals.

Femi holds a Master of Business Administration degree and a Certificate in Health Sector Management from the Fuqua School of Business at Duke University. He is recognized as a Senior Fellow in the Society of Hospital Medicine (SHM) and served on the SHM's leadership committee and as a facilitator at the organization's Leadership academy. He is also recognized as a Certified Physician Executive by the American College of Physician Executives. He completed his internal medicine residency at Abington Memorial Hospital in Abington, Pa. and graduated from the University of Ibadan's College of Medicine in Nigeria.

David Baker

David Baker MBA '90

Alcobra, Chief Commercial Officer

Mr. Baker joined Alcobra in January 2014 as the Chief Commercial Officer. Prior to joining Alcobra, he worked at Shire for 10 years, most recently as Vice President of Commercial Strategy and New Business in the Neuroscience Business Unit. In that role, he led the commercial assessment of neuroscience licensing opportunities, managed commercial efforts on pipeline CNS products, and led the long term strategic planning process. Previously, he served as Global General Manager for Vyvanse® where he led the launch of Vyvanse, led the launch of the adult indication for Vyvanse, and led global expansion efforts including successful establishment of a partnership in Japan and launches in Canada and Brazil. Prior to that, Mr. Baker served as Vice President of Marketing for all of Shire's ADHD products. He has been directly involved with the commercialization of five approved ADHD medications.

From 1990 - 2004, Mr. Baker worked at Merck where he held positions of increasing responsibility in marketing, sales, market research, and business development. In addition to his knowledge and experience with CNS medications, Mr. Baker's therapeutic expertise includes osteoporosis, migraine, and hyperlipidemia. He has been directly involved with the marketing of five medications with annual sales in excess of $1 billion each.

Mr. Baker graduated Magna Cum Laude with a bachelor's degree in Economics and Computer Science from Duke University. He earned a Master of Business Administration in Marketing from Duke's Fuqua School of Business.

Andrew Baker

Andrew Baker MBA '06

Stryker Corporation, Director of Health Policy & Reimbursement

Drew Baker is Director of Health Policy & Reimbursement for Stryker Corporation, a Top 10 medical technology company. His responsibilities include technology assessment, health economic strategy development and execution, and value evidence generation to support commercialization and market access across all of Stryker’s operating divisions and global markets. Drew has extensive experience operating in and consulting to the provider, payer and life sciences industries. Prior to joining Stryker, he led initiatives in the areas of commercial opportunity assessment, product and service development, health technology assessment, and comparative effectiveness and outcomes research. He spent 15 years with Pfizer and was a founding member of the company's Global Outcomes Research function. He's also served as an executive with several health care management consulting firms.

Drew has published and presented extensively in the areas of medical technology value estimation, healthcare quality and health policy. His articles have appeared in such publications as PharmacoEconomics, Pharmaceutical Executive and The Wall Street Journal. Drew has also served as a peer reviewer for the Journal of Clinical Psychiatry and frequent Guest Lecturer at MIT’s Sloan School of Management. While at Pfizer, Drew received the American College of Medical Quality's Institutional Achievement Award for his development and implementation the first biopharmaceutical industry medical affairs program to assist health care organizations enhance quality of care.

Drew holds an MBA from Duke University, a Master of Public Affairs (MPA) degree from Princeton University, and BA and BS degrees from Syracuse University. Drew also completed graduate coursework in medical technology evaluation and clinical decision analysis at the Harvard School of Public Health. 

Charles Bass

Charles Bass MBA '02

Janssen Pharmaceuticals, Director, Global Strategic Marketing

Charles Bass is currently a Director of Global Strategic Marketing at Janssen Pharmaceuticals. In this role, he is responsible for providing commercial leadership to guide the development of compounds in the early Mood portfolio. Charles also heads up the commercial assessment for New Business Development activities in the Mood therapeutic area for Janssen. Prior to this position, Charles has held numerous positions at Janssen Pharmaceuticals across Sales, Marketing, and Analytics since joining Janssen in a Marketing Leadership Development rotational program. His career has spanned U.S. and global roles as well as in-line, New Business Development, and strategic marketing across both small molecule and biologic compounds.  

Prior to Fuqua, Charles worked as a Physical Therapist at Duke University Medical Center and in the Duke University Sports Medicine department. In addition to graduating from Fuqua with his MBA and a Health Sector Management concentration in 2002, he earned an MS in Physical Therapy from Duke University as well as a BA in Psychology from Davidson College. Charles lives with his wife, Agnes (Fuqua Daytime MBA Class of 2001), and his daughters, Lauren (10) and Ella (5), outside Princeton, NJ. Cooking for family and friends and watching his daughters dance fill his free time with a lot of happiness. 

Abram Becker

Abram Becker MBA '06

Evofem Inc., Senior Director, Global Insights & Business Analysis

Abram is a Senior Director at Evofem, a company that discovers, develops and commercializes prescription and over-the-counter products in the areas of women's health, contraception and the prevention of sexually transmitted infections. Abram leads global market research, forecasting, product valuation, strategic planning and analytics for Evofem's product portfolio and business development opportunities.

Abram has over 10 years of experience evaluating and forecasting the demand for healthcare products and services in markets across the globe. In his previous role as Vice President, Commercial Strategy at Ipsos Healthcare, he worked with Ipsos teams around the world to provide multi-stakeholder market insight to Ipsos Healthcare clients, helping them make data-driven clinical, commercial, and corporate development decisions. Prior to Ipsos, he worked in healthcare equity research at UBS and in global and U.S. market research and forecasting roles at Bristol-Myers Squibb.

Abram received an MBA with a Certificate in Health Sector Management from The Fuqua School of Business at Duke University in 2006, as well as a BS in Biology from Duke University's Trinity College of Arts & Sciences in 1995. He and his wife, Heather, live in Madison, Wisconsin, with their two sons. Abram and Heather (an Associate Professor of Surgical Oncology at the University of Wisconsin-Madison and UNC fan from her years as a surgery resident in Chapel Hill) enjoy returning to Durham and Chapel Hill as often as possible.

Leigh Ann Bruhn

Leigh Ann Bruhn MBA/HSM '01

Avalere Health, Director

Leigh Ann Bruhn, Director at Avalere Health, advises clients on market access, product commercialization and value strategy.  In her prior pharmaceutical and medical device career, she led initiatives across healthcare stakeholders including commercial payers, providers, retail pharmacy, specialty pharmacy and patient advocacy.

Prior to joining Avalere, Leigh Ann was a Director of Managed Care Marketing at Abbott Pharmaceuticals. Her work spans public and primary payers as well as both primary care and specialty products. Leigh Ann is a frequent speaker on accountable care organizations, payment and delivery reform and specialty pharmaceuticals/specialty pharmacy and a committee member for the National Association of Specialty Pharmacy (NASP).

Leigh Ann has a BS in Finance from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign and a MBA in Health Sector Management the Duke University Fuqua School of Business. She always enjoys opportunities to connect with the growing Fuqua community.

Laura Crandon

Laura Crandon MBA '99

UnitedHealth Group, Vice President, Strategic Alliances & Business Development

Laura Crandon is Vice President, Strategic Alliances and Business Development at UnitedHealth Group. Laura is responsible for leading a portfolio of enterprise-to-enterprise relationships including AARP Federal Programs, Ameriprise, Walmart, Walgreens and Kroger, among others.  She develops new business categories and drives differentiation by identifying, building and managing alliances that deliver on the mission to help people live healthier lives.  Laura leads a team that delivers growth, innovation, clinical quality and member engagement, in collaboration with alliance relationships.

Prior to joining UnitedHealth Group, Laura founded a sales and marketing consulting firm focused on measurably improving client loyalty and retention, serving clients including eBay and UnitedHealthcare.  Laura previously held positions as Vice President of Sales and Sales Operations, and General Manager at successive start-ups where her focus was client acquisition and engagement worldwide.  During her tenure, the business segment she founded and led doubled in size and became the most profitable amongst its peers.  She previously held leadership positions in Europe and the United States with GE while a member of its Corporate Audit Staff.

Laura earned an MBA from Duke University (Weekend Executive) and a BS in Computer Science from the University of Maryland at College Park.  She has served in an advisory capacity on the Coalition to Transform Advanced Care, whose vision is that all Americans with advanced illness, especially the sickest and most vulnerable, will receive comprehensive, high-quality, patient-centered care that is consistent with their goals and values and honors their dignity.  Laura is a member of the National Association of Health Services Executives and the American College of Healthcare Executives. She serves as Vice Chair of The Johnson C. Smith Theological Seminary Board of Trustees, and is an alumnus of INROADS, Inc. She holds a United States Patent for client management methodology and has received numerous awards for innovations featured in The Wall Street Journal and PC Week.  Laura has a passion for improving health outcomes and meeting individuals' health needs.

Todd Creech

Todd Creech MBA '03

ZS Pharma, Inc., Chief Financial Officer and Treasurer

Since September of 2013, Todd has been the CFO and Treasurer of ZS Pharma, a public company (NASDAQ:ZSPH) developing and manufacturing inorganic compounds to treat renal and cardiovascular diseases.  In June of 2014, ZS Pharma completed a $123m IPO and has since been one of the top 10 performing companies of the 2014 IPO class. He was the CFO and Vice-President of Business Development for Sarcode Biosciences from 2010-2013. SarCode developed LFA-1 antagonists to treat diseases in ophthalmology, dermatology and other inflammatory conditions. Sarcode was sold to Shire Pharmaceuticals in April 2013 for $160m up front and significant additional development and revenue milestones. From January 2007 through September 2010, Todd was the CFO of Sirion Therapeutics, a private company that developed and marketed ophthalmic pharmaceuticals. Sirion raised over $100 million in debt and equity during that time to support the license and development of six late-stage clinical programs; two of which were eventually approved by the FDA and commercialized by Sirion. In the first half of 2010 he helped lead the sale of Sirion's drug assets to Alcon and Bausch and Lomb. His responsibilities while working for these companies have included; financing strategy and fundraising, business development, accounting, capital structure, treasury, legal, human resources and information technology activities.

Prior to Sirion, Todd worked with NovaQuest, the former investment group within Quintiles. There he structured, placed and managed capital investments into U.S. emerging biotech and specialty pharmaceutical companies, including the investment that launched Sirion Therapeutics. Todd co-founded Centice, an optical sensor spin-out from Duke University in 2003. He further has over 10 years of experience consulting to pharmaceutical, biotech and high-tech companies, from startups to Fortune 100 firms, while at SRI International and Andersen Consulting. Todd holds bachelor's degrees in Finance and Accounting from Miami (Ohio) University and an MBA from Duke University. He and his wife, Heather, live in Tampa, Florida, and have two children: Ty (9) and Caden (7).

Jeanine DaSilva MBA '94

GE Healthcare, Senior Lean Leader
Mike Dombeck

Mike Dombeck MBA '03

GlaxoSmithKline, Director, R&D Strategy and Portfolio Group

Mike Dombeck has worked with GSK since 2009, and is currently a Director in the R&D Strategy and Portfolio Group. Over fifteen years in the pharmaceutical and biotech industries, Mike's career prior to GSK has included market research and portfolio planning with Talecris Biotherapeutics (now Grifols), leading business development for DarPharma, Inc. (now BioValve), business development and corporate strategy consulting with Campbell Alliance, and outcomes research with Research Triangle Institute's Health Solutions. In addition, he is a co-founder of Cempra Pharmaceuticals, a Research Triangle Park, NC company developing a new class of fluoroketolide antibiotics, and an advisor to Precision Biosciences, a Duke University spinout developing Directed Nuclear Editing (DNE) technology. Mike completed both his undergraduate and graduate studies at Duke University, with an MBA and Master of Public Policy, a Health Sector Management Certificate, and a BS in biology and health policy.

Robyn Eckermann

Robyn Eckermann MBA '05

HCA Central and West Texas Division/St. David’s HealthCare, VP, Strategic Planning

Robyn Eckermann is vice president of strategic planning for HCA's Central and West Texas Division, which encompasses St. David's HealthCare in Austin, Texas, and Las Palmas Del Sol Healthcare in El Paso, Texas. Named one of the top 15 health systems in the U.S. by Truven Health Analytics, the division represents nine hospitals, more than 100 locations and nearly $2 billion in net revenue. Based in Austin, Robyn oversees the development and prioritization of each system's strategies and plans. In this capacity, she facilitates the strategic planning process and supports the health systems in service line planning, physician-hospital alignment strategies, facility master planning and feasibility studies for new access points and opportunities.

Robyn has nearly 15 years of experience in strategic, service line and facility planning. Immediately prior to joining the Central and West Texas Division, Robyn served as senior director of an internal consulting and strategic advisory arm of HCA. She also consulted with numerous health care entities across the nation while with The Camden Group.

Robyn holds a Master of Business Administration with a certificate in health sector management from Duke University's Fuqua School of Business and a bachelor's degree in economics from UCLA. 

Robyn and her husband, Kyle, who also graduated from Fuqua, have two boys, Austin and Owen.

Richard Embrey

Richard Embrey MBA '08

Princeton Baptist Medical Center, Chief Medical Officer

Chair, Health Care Alumni Advisory Board

Rich Embrey is Chief Medical Officer of Princeton Baptist Medical Center in Birmingham, a 499-bed teaching hospital and part of Baptist Health System of Alabama. His primary focus is on development and implementation of clinical quality and efficiency programs including electronic health care record (EHR) systems, core measure compliance, implementation of a clinically integrated network and physician contracting. In this position, Rich draws upon experience in predictive analytics, risk modeling, process engineering, and Lean methodology.

Rich obtained his B.A. and M.D degrees from The Johns Hopkins University and completed his surgical residency at the Massachusetts General Hospital. Rich practiced academic cardiothoracic surgery for more than twenty years before entering his current position, and has been a faculty member at the University of Iowa, Virginia Commonwealth University, Texas Tech Health Sciences Center, Southern Illinois University and Duke University. 

Rebecca Fish MBA '00

Department of Health and Human Services, Senior Policy Advisor to the Deputy Assistant Secretary of Health

Rebecca Fish has senior health care experience working in both the public and private sectors.  In her current role, Rebecca serves as the Senior Policy Advisor to The Deputy Assistant Secretary of Health and Director of the National Vaccine Program Office (NVPO) within the Department of Health and Human Services.  She leads the NVPO Vaccine Policy and Strategy Team and her responsibilities include development of the U.S. Adult Immunization Plan and oversight of immunization provisions related to the Affordable Care Act.  She also has worked within the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid services developing new strategies for drug reimbursement policy (AWP reform), evaluating competitive bidding demonstration projects, and addressing Medicare Part D issues. 
Prior to joining HHS, Rebecca worked at GlaxoSmithKline as the Global Head of Medical Countermeasures.  She also served as the Executive Director of Vaccine, Antibiotic, and Biodefense Policy at GSK and managed GSK's vaccine business with the Centers for Disease Control.  Rebecca was recognized by GSK CEO Sir Andrew Witty for "extraordinary steps" to resolve shortcomings in the vaccine business which "provided significant value to GSK and the public."  Rebecca held similar marketing roles at Merck & Co. Inc., where she was employed for 8 years and managed federal and city/county/state vaccine business.  She has managed customer segments with approximately $1 billion in annual sales goals.

Rebecca graduated with a high honors degree in Psychobiology from Mount Holyoke College and received her M.B.A. from Duke University's Fuqua School of Business.  She recently completed a Fellows program in Biosecurity through the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center.  Her paper entitled A New Business Model for Global Health Security was selected as a program award winner.  Rebecca was also asked to participate in the "Next Generation" biosecurity event at the White House.

Jeannie Garner

Jeannie Garner MBA '84

ZS Associates, Inc, Senior Qualitative Market Researcher

Jeanne Garner is a Senior Qualitative Market Researcher with ZS Associates, a global sales and marketing services firm, with over a decade of strategic, qualitative consulting experience.   Jeanne has performed primary and secondary research for leading pharmaceutical companies, biotech firms, clinical operations organizations and the investment community across the spectrum of therapeutic areas amongst the full range of healthcare constituents from global Thought Leaders to community physicians, allied health, patients and payers.  Jeannie has moderated primary research in many of the leading global markets, including US, Western Europe, Japan, South America and Eastern Europe.    While active in the free-lance consulting field for a number of years, Jeannie also has experience in finance and systems application for a major package goods/consumer health care concern.  Jeannie earned her undergraduate AB degree from the University of Georgia and completed her MBA at the Fuqua School of Business.  Jeannie lives in Lawrenceville, NJ with her family.

Larry Gladstone

Larry Gladstone MBA '94

hMetrix, Chief Business Development Officer

Larry has spent the last 25 years growing and building healthcare businesses as an operator, owner, investor and investment banker.  Immediately following graduation from Fuqua, he was the 12th corporate employee at MedCath, the Welsh Carson backed heart hospital company and later founded and ran National Vascular Care, a specialty surgery center company backed by Weston Presidio, that was sold to Fresenius Medical.  Larry was also a General Partner in the venture capital firm Kitty Hawk Capital and led healthcare M&A for Marks Baughan & Co.  Larry currently serves as Chief Business Development Officer of hMetrix a healthcare data analytics firm and is also the owner of Clinical Difference an online medical education business. 

Lucy Lee

Lucy Lee MBA '04

H.O.P.E Management, Principal

Lucy is a principal and co-founder of H.O.P.E Management, a specialty consulting firm. H.O.P.E combines the business and clinical aspects of healthcare to create unique solutions and business models that improve the operational and financial performance of hospitals and healthcare providers. Lucy is currently leading the Clinical and Business Intelligence group, which is comprised of strong believers in the innovative use of data and technology in hospital management.  Prior to H.O.P.E, she was a partner at Apex Healthcare Consulting and a project manager at CSC Consulting, Global Health Solutions.   Lucy has touched many aspects of healthcare arena.  She was a volunteer, clinical instructor, nurse and care unit manager before she became a consultant.  Lucy obtained her Bachelor in Medicine from Beijing Medical University and graduated from Fuqua in 2004, and is certified in Health Sector Management.

Lucy is an enthusiastic traveller.  She and her family have visited over 20 countries spanning three continents.  Lucy lives with her husband and three daughters, Grace-Rae (13), Aubry (1) and Avery (1) in Edison, NJ. 

Duane Lisowski MBA '98

Hospital Physician Partners, Chief Revenue Officer

Mr. Lisowski is currently serving as the Chief Revenue Officer at Hospital Physician Partners (HPP), one of the nation's largest Emergency Department and Hospitalist management companies. Duane is  a results-driven, accomplished healthcare leader with over 20 years of experience in increasing revenue and profits for healthcare organizations through the delivery of process improvements and complex software/business intelligence solutions. Prior to HPP Mr. Lisowski was responsible for the development of Accretive Health's Shared Service operations in Chicago, where he built the operation from the ground floor to 300 FTEs and $3.5B in Net Patient Service Revenue (NPSR).  Mr. Lisowski was also instrumental in building Accretive Health's offshore operations in India from 5 FTEs to 500+ FTEs and $2.8B in NPSR.

Prior to Accretive Health, Mr. Lisowski played a key role in helping the Advisory Board Company's Revenue Cycle and Self Pay Compass products achieve 2100% revenue growth over a two year period.  During his tenure as a General Manager, Duane was able to secure an additional $6.5M in cross sales for other business intelligence products, maintain a 92% renewal rate, and secure a 98% client satisfaction score.

Mr. Lisowski received his undergraduate degree, a Bachelor of Arts in Economics, from Lake Forest College and a Masters of Business Administration degree with a focus in Health Service Management from the Fuqua School of Business at Duke University.

Rick Minicucci

Rick Minicucci MHA '71

Nixon Peabody LLP, Partner

Mr. Minicucci is an attorney and a partner in Nixon Peabody LLP.  His practice includes the general representation of hospital and health care clients in many me dico-legal areas. His practice base is national and concentrates on the representation of academic medical centers and graduate medical education (GME) clients, including medical schools, and residency and fellowship training programs. Mr. Minicucci's practice includes advising clients on matters related to: HIPAA; corporate and regulatory compliance; institutional and residency program structure, organization and accreditation; compliance with the requirements of JCAHO, the Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education (ACGME) and Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education-International (ACGME-I), and other accrediting authorities; and advice on a broad range of issues affecting all medical specialties, subspecialties and academic medical centers.

Mr. Minicucci heads the firm's Graduate Medical Education practice and has served on the firm's governing body.  He represents institutions and programs in their accreditation appeals and hearings before ACGME appeals panels. He has represented hundreds of residency and fellowship training programs throughout the United States and his clients include many of the world's finest medical institutions.  He has helped forge a new legal subspecialty, the representation of graduate medical education institutions, and has been recognized by his peers as an expert in handling regulatory and accreditation compliance matters. 

He has appeared before many ACGME appeals panels, written scores of ACGME appeals briefs and has a long history of successfully representing many academic medical centers and their residency and fellowship training programs in accreditation disputes with Graduate Medical Education's governing administrative body, the ACGME. 

As a service to his clients and others in the GME arena, Mr. Minicucci founded and is Editor-in-Chief of Accreditation Alert®, a firm publication with a wide client and non-client subscription base, including the vast majority of the nation's medical schools and academic medical centers. Accreditation Alert® was the first periodical dedicated exclusively to analyzing accreditation developments and trends in GME training programs. In addition to editing Accreditation Alert®, he is one of its main contributors.

Mr. Minicucci's successful representation of the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine in its appeal of the ACGME's summary withdrawal of accreditation of the Osler Medical Residency received worldwide and national attention including his presentation at Oxford University of his paper, "Accreditation Politics in Graduate Medical Education: Rescuing the Accreditation of The Johns Hopkins Osler Medical Residency."

Over the course of his legal career, Mr. Minicucci has been a featured lecturer on many health-related topics at educational seminars, including those sponsored by the National Health Lawyers Association, American Academy of  Healthcare Attorneys, American Health Lawyers Association, Association of American Medical Colleges, Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education, National Association of College and University Attorneys, Greater New York Hospital Association, Association for Hospital Medical Education, among other professional associations.

Mr. Minicucci is also experienced in other areas of health care law, including hospital mergers and reorganization, antitrust and its impact on health providers, medical staff appointments and disciplinary matters, medical staff and corporate bylaws, physician and  hospital contracting, medical waste issues, compliance with federal and state regulations, patient-oriented legal problems, risk management, and malpractice prevention.

For four years Mr. Minicucci was Director of Administration for a three-hospital, 1700-bed complex. In this capacity, he was responsible for institutional planning and development, management services and programs, HMO feasibility analysis, and regulatory compliance. As Director of Health Planning for a comprehensive health planning agency, Mr. Minicucci developed a health facility plan for a population in excess of one-half million. He was responsible for evaluating new facility and service proposals, developing area ambulatory primary care plans, and aiding in the formulation and evaluation of ongoing and special projects.

Mr. Minicucci has earned several distinctions, including being named by his peers to The Best Lawyers in America; The Best Lawyers in New York; Who's Who in American Law; Who's Who in America,  Who's Who in the World, Super Lawyers, among others. In 2011, he was recognized with the Health Care Industry "Good Scouts" award, given by Greater New York Counsels, Boy Scouts of America.

Mr. Minicucci is admitted to practice in New York and Tennessee, and to the U.S. Supreme Court.

University of Memphis, J.D.
Duke University, M.H.A.
Rutgers University, B.A.

Anne Patterson

Anne Patterson MHA '85

INC Research, Project Manager II

Anne recently joined INC Research as a Project Manager in the Wilmington, NC office with a focus on late phase and registry studies.  Prior to that, she was the Clinical Research Officer at New Hanover Regional Medical Center (NHRMC) for 11 years.  In this role she was responsible for the research administrative function beginning with the creation of the role and ultimately providing administrative approval for approximately 750 research studies during her tenure.  Anne's career at NHRMC also included roles as the Transition Services Executive (post-merger integration) and a Vice President of Operations.  She also served as the Practice Administrator for an OB/GYN physician practice, and various hospital administrative roles at the Medical University of South Carolina and at HCA Colleton Regional Hospital.  Prior to her administrative career and during graduate school, Anne worked as a Registered Nurse at Duke University Medical Center in the post-cardiac surgery intensive care unit. 

Anne graduated from Duke University with a Master of Health Administration and from Niagara University with a Bachelor of Science in Nursing (Magna Cum Laude).  She is a Fellow in the American College of Healthcare Executives, a Certified Clinical Research Professional, and recently earned certification as a Project Management Professional.

Robert Paz

Robert Paz MBA '08

Eli Lilly and Company, Director Finance Consolidation and R&D - Lilly BioMedicines

Following graduation from Fuqua, Rob accepted a position to work at Eli Lilly and Company.  Currently, Rob is a Director of Finance for the Lilly BioMedicines Business Unit and serves in consolidating Global Business Unit Performance and is the CFO for Development within the Business Unit.  Additionally, he facilitates business development transactions as they evolve and manages the financial integration following deal execution.  Prior to this position, Rob was a director in the Mergers and Acquisitions group, a Six Sigma Black Belt and worked as the Debt Capital Markets Analyst in Treasury.  Prior to Fuqua, Rob worked for five years as a Molecular Biologist at Pfizer and for one year at Affymax.  He has a BS in Human Biology from the University of Wisconsin-Green Bay and a MS in Microbiology from Miami University.

Kenneth Pittman

Kenneth D. Pittman MHA '86

Chief Operating Office, Director of Administration, Campus Health Services, University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill

Ken Pittman currently serves as Chief Operating Officer/Director of Administration for the Campus Health Services of the University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill, an 80,000-visit, 200-employee multi-specialty outpatient healthcare organization. He has previously served as a hospital turnaround CEO for financially and operationally challenged hospitals in Texas, Georgia and Alabama; COO of a 300-bed community hospital in eastern North Carolina; and a hospital management consultant with Premier Inc. He has also served as an Adjunct Instructor for the East Carolina University School of Business.

Ken is a Fellow of the American College of Healthcare Executives and is a member of the Triangle Healthcare Executives Forum. Ken is also a member of the American College Health Association. In addition to his membership on the Fuqua Healthcare Alumni Advisory Board, his Duke service and involvement includes the James B. Duke Society, the Congregation at Duke University Chapel and the Iron Dukes. Through the years, he has served his community as President of the Chamber of Commerce, the Community Council for the Arts, the local chapter of the American Red Cross, and the Boys and Girls Club.

Ken and his partner James,a clinical psychologist, reside in Durham with their two daughters. The eldest is a 2014 graduate of Elon and the youngest is a junior at NC State. 

Karen Remley

Karen Remley MBA '97

Anthem BCBS of Virginia, Chief Medical Director

Dr. Karen Remley is currently the Chief Medical Director for Anthem BCBS, the largest health insurer in Virginia.  In that role she is responsible for medical policy, management and the health of the insured population.  Most recently she was the Founding Director of the M. Foscue Brock Institute for Community and Global Health at Eastern Virginia Medical School in The interdisciplinary Brock Institute was the focal point of educational, clinical, public health, and research enterprises that coordinate existing and proposed community outreach programs, locally, regionally and internationally.
Serving under both Gov. Tim Kaine and Gov. Bob McDonnell as Health Commissioner, she was the principal public-health advisor to the Governor, the Secretary of Health and Human Resources, the Virginia General Assembly and the State Board of Health.  She also supervised one of the state's largest agencies, which includes 119 local health departments organized into 35 health districts throughout the Commonwealth.

Dr. Remley's career has touched on all aspects of the health and health-care continuums. A clinician for more than 25 years, she practiced pediatric emergency medicine in several settings. Committed to improving health for all, she has been involved in safety-net care provision, both as a volunteer clinician in a free clinic and in board leadership roles. She also held leadership roles in the international sector at both Operation Smile and Physicians for Peace, as well as with NATO in improving NGO and military collaboration. Wanting to understand the complexities of front line care provision from a hospital perspective, she was a member of the administrative leadership team at Sentara Leigh Hospital.

Dr. Remley received her undergraduate and medical education at University of Missouri, Kansas City and then went on to Washington University in St. Louis for her internship and residency. She is board-certified in pediatrics and pediatric emergency medicine. She received her master's in business with a health management certificate from Duke's Fuqua School of Business and is one semester away from completing her MPH at University of Massachusetts, Amherst.

Kevin Schelenski

Kevin Schelenski MBA '09

Axia Ltd., Engagement Manager

Kevin Schelenski is an Engagement Manager for Axia Limited, a Healthcare, Life Sciences, and Consumer Goods consulting firm based in Boston, MA. Over his career, Kevin has led several high-impact, strategic engagements including a comprehensive financial and operational turnaround for a major academic health system, go-to-market strategy design, customer segmentation strategy design and subsequent strategy implementations for leading medical device and healthcare services corporations, and operational planning and cost management for pharma and biopharma companies. Kevin has direct experience in a breadth of financial, operational, and policy driven areas such as patient flow, patient experience, strategic sourcing, operating room and procedure suite optimizations, ambulatory clinic management, network development, funds flow, clinician compensation models, diagnostic services, health system performance management, etc. etc.

Prior to joining Axia, Kevin worked for the Carlisle and Gallagher Consulting Group in Charlotte, NC specializing in the development and deployment of top-line growth and customer acquisition/retention initiatives within financial services.

Kevin holds a bachelor's degree in economics from Yale University and an MBA from the Fuqua School of Business with a certificate in Health Sector Management.

Todd Schwarzinger

Todd Schwarzinger MBA '06

Morgan Stanley, Executive Director, Healthcare, Investment Banking Division

Todd Schwarzinger is an Executive Director in Morgan Stanley's Healthcare Investment Banking group, based in New York. Mr. Schwarzinger is responsible for client coverage in the medical technology sector, providing a broad range of investment banking activities, including mergers & acquisitions and capital raising services. He has over 8 years of experience working with life sciences and healthcare companies globally. Prior to re-joining the US Healthcare team in 2012, Mr. Schwarzinger spent 5 years as a member of the Morgan Stanley European Healthcare Practice, based in London. Prior to Morgan Stanley, Mr. Schwarzinger worked as a consultant for Accenture, focused on Supply Chain Management in the Pharmaceutical sector.

Mr. Schwarzinger received an MBA from Duke University's Fuqua School of Business and a BS in Finance from Miami University.

Rina Shah MBA '10

LabCorp, Director, Leadership Development Program
Shane Stoyer

Shane Stoyer MBA '08

The Lewin Group, Senior Consultant

Shane Stoyer is a Managing Consultant with The Lewin Group, a premier national health care and human services consulting firm. He has 20 years of experience in health care, with a focus on operations management, linked database development and analytics. He is a certified Project Manager (PMP) and a member of the Healthcare Information and Management Systems Society (HIMSS).

With The Lewin Group, Mr. Stoyer manages the ASPE (Assistant Secretary for Planning and Evaluation) Medicaid Prescription Drug Simulation Project under the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. Since early 2014 he has been heavily involved in supporting State Health Benefits Exchanges across the US. He worked as the Operational Lead for Escalations on the Massachusetts Health Insurance Exchange remediation project, in addition to contributing technical, policy and operational expertise. He also served as the Program Manager for a cross-functional team providing operational support and stabilization for the Hawaii Health Connector.

In his previous work with Optum, Mr. Stoyer was a project manager and manager of operations within the Government Services division. He was part of the leadership team of the Multi-Payer Claims Database Project, responsible for database operations, data migration and transformation validation, technical design and implementation, and the creation of de-identified datasets and related procedures. Mr. Stoyer was the operations manager on the North Carolina Medicaid Decision Support System Project where he coordinated all support and maintenance activities, implemented numerous quality assurance and control measures, and oversaw the evaluation and change management processes. He also provided technical supervision and the knowledge transfer on SAS, SQL, data warehousing, and business topics to the State's Medicaid staff.

Mr. Stoyer graduated from Bates College with a BA in Economics. He earned his MBA, along with a Certificate in Health Sector Management, from Duke's Fuqua School of Business (Weekend Executive). He lives north of Durham in rural North Carolina, along with his wife Katherine and daughter, Rainer.

Sam Taggard

Sam Taggard MBA '09

Cigna Corporation, Director of Operations

Vice Chair, Health Care Alumni Advisory Board

Sam Taggard is a Director of Operations within Cigna's Total Health and Network Organization.  In his current role, Sam's focus is to deliver enterprise strategic capabilities.  Previously he was a Business Development Project Manager, developing new businesses and strategic partnerships.  He also assisted in the creation of Cigna Ventures, Cigna's corporate venture capital fund.  During his initial role at Cigna, Sam helped lead National Contracting vendor implementations to support enterprise cost and quality initiatives.

Prior to joining Cigna's HealthService Leadership Program in 2009, Sam practiced Physical Therapy in a variety of clinical settings while at Beth Israel Deaconess and HCA's Portsmouth Regional Hospital.

Sam attained a BS in Economics and Finance from Bentley College as well as a Doctor of Physical Therapy and Master of Business Administration from Duke University.

Wendy Webster

Wendy Webster MBA '04

Duke University Medical Center, Divisional Administrator

Wendy Webster is a Divisional Administrator at Duke University Medical Center in the Department of Surgery and brings more than 15 years' experience in health care operations management of teams in the provider and hospital settings. Recognized for her leadership in clinical operations and strategy, she consistently creates performance and cultural transformations.

Additionally, Wendy is active in the triangle community and has lead non-profit organizations such as Girls on the Run of the Triangle and The Junior League of Raleigh.

Wendy received her undergraduate degree from Baylor University and her master's degree from East Carolina University followed by a master's in business administration from Duke's Fuqua School of Business.