Board of Directors

Board of Directors


James Francis, Chairman

Mayo Clinic

Jim Francis has more than twenty-five (25) years of experience in leading high performing supply chain organizations.  As an executive, Jim is recognized for his expertise in strategy formulation and execution, shared services, operations and his development of highly effective teams.  Jim joined Mayo Clinic in 1999 and is responsible for enterprise-wide supply chain strategy and operations. In 2013, Mayo expended more than $2.8 billion on supplies, purchased services, and capital medical equipment.  Consisting of the world-renowned Mayo Clinic, Mayo inspires hope and contributes to health and well-being by providing the best care to every patient through integrated clinical practice, education and research. Mayo consists of 26 acute care hospitals and more than 130 practice sites.  In addition to these responsibilities, Mayo provides sourcing and contracting services to the Upper Midwest Consolidated Services Center, LLC, a regional supply network that consists of 41 integrated delivery networks with more than 140 hospitals in 18 states and $4 billion in purchases.  Prior to his current position, Jim was vice president material services at BJC Healthcare in St. Louis. 

Mr. Francis earned his Bachelor of Arts and his Master of Science degrees from Southern Illinois University in Carbondale, Illinois. He received his Master of Health Administration degree from Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis, Missouri. He is a Fellow in the American College of Healthcare Executives and a member of the Association of Healthcare Resource Materials Management.  He is a past recipient of an "Up and Comer" award from Modern Healthcare and "Material Manager of the Year" by Healthcare Purchasing News.   In addition to these recognitions, the Mayo Clinic supply chain organization has been recognized by Gartner as one of the Top 25 Supply Chains in Healthcare in 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013, and 2014.   Mr. Francis is a member of the Board of Directors of Strategic Marketplace Initiative (SMI) and Bellwether League, Inc. and serves on the Advisory Board of Intelligent Insites.  He is a past member of the Board of Directors of Novation, LLC, the supply company of VHA and UHC.  He participates in various other professional and community activities. 

Stephen Gundersen, Immediate Past Chair

Becton, Dickinson & Company

Steve has been employed by Becton, Dickinson and Company for 21 years. During his tenure, he has held various positions in sales, marketing, national accounts and sales management. He has had extensive involvement in corporate strategy development in the areas of Distribution, Integrated Delivery Systems, Alternate Site and Group Purchasing.

Currently Steve is Vice President. His organization is accountable for negotiating and implementing agreements with GPO’s, large Reference Laboratories and the Federal Government. In addition, Gundersen is a member of the BD U.S. Leadership Team. The Team, comprised of senior business leaders, defines strategic direction, establishes policy, and manages corporate resources.

Steve Huckabaa

Avera Health

Steve Huckabaa joined Avera Health in August 2012 as Vice President for Supply Chain Management.  His current role covers Centralized Purchasing, MMIS, Hospital Materials Management Operations, Avera Distribution Center, Print Management Services, System-wide Courier Services, Collaboration Services, PACE (Avera GPO Services) and a few other responsibilities.

Avera Health, the health ministry of the Benedictine and Presentation Sisters, is a regional partnership of health professionals who share support services to maintain excellent care at 300+ locations in eastern South Dakota and three surrounding states.  Avera is a robust, progressive network of 43 hospitals (owned, leased, managed and affiliate) providing a cross-section of full health services, managed care insurance as well as nationally recognized e-Care services in seven states through 14,000 employees with net revenues of $1.60B.

During his 20+ years in healthcare Steve has held various positions as an executive on the provider side and group purchasing side in sales management.  He also has experience on the provider side in corporate development along with independent consultant experience in pharmacy wholesaler, closed-door pharmacy and state-run diversity programs.

Prior to healthcare Steve spent 20 years in the United States Air Force with specific responsibilities for on foreign and domestic contracting and contract law.    

Steve and Sheree have been married 38 years. He holds a Master’s of Science in Health Care Administration and a Bachelor of Arts in Theological Studies with a minor in business management.

Brent Johnson

Intermountain Healthcare

Brent Johnson is Vice President of Supply Chain & Imaging Services, Chief Purchasing Officer for Intermountain Healthcare based in Salt Lake City, Utah. He is responsible for the $1.5 billion non-labor spend of the company that supports 24 hospitals and130 clinics. In his responsibilities he directs over 600 employees that support the corporate functions of warehousing, strategic sourcing, purchasing, material systems, couriers, travel services and central laundry.

Brent has a passion for supply chain management and has over 25 years of senior management and consulting experience applying best practices. He has developed the supply chain strategies for three major companies that produced significant results.

Brent has an MBA from the University of Utah. He resides in Centerville, UT and has four children and thirteen grandchildren.

Bruce Johnson


Bruce is the President and Chief Executive Officer of GHX. GHX brings together healthcare providers, manufacturers, distributors, and group purchasing organizations in collaborative and connected community to improve efficiencies, visibility, and accuracy in the healthcare supply chain. He has been in this position since 2007, and with the company since 2000.

Before joining GHX, Bruce spent 12 years at GE Healthcare in a variety of general management roles in sales and marketing. Additionally, he serves on the board of Colorado Uplift and Strategic Marketplace Initiative.

Bruce earned a bachelor’s degree in electrical engineering from the University of Nebraska at Lincoln and his master’s in business administration from Northwestern University’s Kellogg Graduate School of Management.

Keith Johnson

Coloplast Corporation

Keith Johnson has over 25 years of healthcare sales, sales management, and operations experience. He joined Coloplast, a global leader in Ostomy, Continence, Wound, and Skin Care in 2001 where he is currently the Vice President of U.S. Sales for Ostomy, Wound and Skin Care based in Minneapolis, MN. Before joining Coloplast, Keith spent 15 years with such companies as Kinetic Concepts, General Medical (now part of Owens & Minor) and Everest & Jennings.
Keith earned his Bachelor’s of Science degree in Marketing from the University of Florida and also more recently, obtained his CMRP certification in 2010. He is also an active member for the Minneapolis chapter of Habitat for Humanity and a member of the Builders Circle.

Keith has been married for 22 years to his wife, Mary, and have two sons Chris, 27 and Adam, 25 who both reside in the Atlanta area.

Nancy LeMaster, Secretary

BJC HealthCare

As Vice President Supply Chain Operations for BJC HealthCare, Nancy is responsible for creating the strategic vision and the general management of all supply chain management related activities and the system’s Best Practice Exchange teams. BJC HealthCare is a regional IDN based in St. Louis, MO that is comprised of academic, community and rural hospitals, physician practices, home care, behavioral health and occupational health programs. The system has an annual supply spend of $740 million and a capital equipment spend of an additional $60 million.

Nancy’s health care career began 24 years ago in the strategic planning department at Hermann Hospital in the Texas Medical Center. She was responsible for a variety of planning and marketing functions at the former Jewish Hospital in St. Louis prior to the merger that created BJC. At the system’s inception she was asked to create and direct the Best Practice Exchange Teams (formerly known as Performance Improvement Teams). Nancy holds a Bachelors of Arts degree in business education from the University of Northern Iowa and a Masters of Business Administration from the University of Houston.

Vance Moore

Mercy / ROi

Vance is the President of ROi, an operating division of the Sisters of Mercy Health System based in St. Louis, Missouri. He joined the Sisters of Mercy / ROi in April of 2002 after 17 years in healthcare with Baxter, Allegiance, Cardinal Health and the healthcare division of the UPS Logistics Group. His career has included operational and sales roles in healthcare manufacturing, distribution, consulting, third party logistics, and provider operations. At ROi, he is responsible for leading a supply chain management organization that includes group contracting, clinical and operational consulting, pharmaceutical repackaging, custom procedure tray manufacturing, print operations, as well as, distribution and transportation management. 

Vance graduated with a Bachelors degree in Industrial Management from the University of Arkansas and currently lives in the St. Louis area.

David Reed

Cook Medical

David Reed is currently Vice President of Operations and Vice President of Healthcare Business Solutions for Cook Medical Incorporated, a pioneer of many of the devices now commonly used worldwide to perform minimally invasive medical procedures. With over 30 years of life science industry expertise including time as a Sales Representative, National Sales Manager and Vice President of Sales, Mr. Reed has spent the last ten years in an operational role at Cook Medical overseeing the start up and implementation of the North American customer and distribution services business. Included within the scope of this Cook entity are the areas of customer service, sales operations, and supply chain activities. Additionally he leads Cook’s Healthcare Business Solutions team which focuses on the business and supply chain processes within healthcare. Mr. Reed holds an MBA from California Miramar University and serves as a member of the Indiana University Kelly School of Business Supply Chain Academy Advisory Board.

Susan Schuette, Nominations


Susan is Vice President, National Accounts for Ecolab. In her role, Susan has leadership responsibility for Ecolab’s GPO, Government and Distribution strategy for Healthcare. 

Susan has greater than 20 years’ experience in the health care industry.  Prior to joining Ecolab in 2014 Susan served as Vice President of National Accounts for Hill Rom for eight years.  Additionally, Susan has held key leadership positions with R2 Technology, a medical software company as Vice President Business Development and ALARIS Medical Systems where she had overall responsibility for ALARIS’s National Accounts organization.

Susan sits on the Federation of American Hospitals Exposition Advisory Committee and served as Vice Chair and Chairman of the Capital Equipment Sub Committee for the 2009 and 2010 Expositions.

Carol Stone, Treasurer

C.R. Bard, Incorporated

Carol Stone started her thirty year career in healthcare at Johnson & Johnson in 1980 where she held numerous positions in Operations, Finance, Information Systems, Sales and Marketing. Prior to leaving J&J in 1995 to join C.R. Bard, Inc., Carol was Marketing Director, Managed Care and lead an interdisciplinary team across J&J to develop strategies and programs for the managed care market that tied together J&J’s Consumer, Pharmaceutical and Medical/Surgical sectors. Carol joined Bard as Vice President, Corporate Marketing for C. R. Bard, Inc., located at their worldwide headquarters in Murray Hill, New Jersey, where she is responsible for marketing support for their Corporate Account program, Corporate Identity, Corporate Communications, Corporate Sales Administration, global E-commerce and Business Technology. 

Carol is a graduate of Rutgers University with a Bachelor of Sciences degree in Biology and Chemistry. She sits on the Board of Global Healthcare Exchange, a healthcare industry portal to facilitate the exchange of business transactions and information, and she also sits on the Board of the Independent College Fund of New Jersey which provides industry support to New Jersey’s colleges of higher education. She is a member of the Business Marketing Association of New Jersey, the National Association of Professional Women and a recipient of the YWCA’s TWIN Award (Tribute to Women in Industry). 

Carol is a life-long resident of New Jersey and currently resides in North Branch with her 18 year old son, Matthew.

Deborah Templeton, Membership

Geisinger Health System

Deborah Petretich Templeton, R.Ph., M.H.A., is the Vice President for Supply Chain Services at Geisinger Health System in Danville, PA. She is responsible for all Corporate Purchasing, Logistics, Patient Transport, Linen and Supply Chain Operations for all Geisinger facilities. She and her team was awarded the Healthcare Purchasing News Materials Management Department of the Year Award in 2008, and well as a Premier Innovations award for the work in the area of Healthcare Supply Chain Data Standards. They were named in the Gartner top 25 healthcare supply chains for 2010. She is also on the Editorial Advisory Board of Healthcare Purchasing News. 

Deb has over 26 years of healthcare management experience including pharmacy, project management and supply chain operations. Deb received her undergraduate degree in pharmacy from Duquesne University in Pittsburgh, PA maintaining licensure in both Pennsylvania and Florida and a Masters Degree in Healthcare Administration from the University of Scranton. Deb served as the co-chair of the Education and Enablement Subcommittee of the Healthcare Supply Chain Standards Coalition and is past president of the Large Hospital Consortium.

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