Board of Directors
SMI is governed by a Board of Directors comprised of 12 persons, equally representing provider and industry partners.
Susan Schuette, Chair
Susan is Vice President, Corporate Accounts for Halyard Health. Halyard is a medical technology company focused on preventing infection, eliminating pain and speeding recovery for healthcare providers and their patients. Headquartered in Alpharetta, Georgia and doing business in over 100 countries, Halyard is committed to addressing some of today's most important healthcare needs, such as preventing healthcare- associated infections and reducing the use of narcotics while helping patients move from surgery to recovery. In her role, Susan is responsible for leading the Corporate Account Team in strategy development, execution and business relationships with the largest integrated health systems in the United States.
Susan is a senior executive with extensive experience in driving corporate business strategy with critical customer partnerships within healthcare. Susan has held a number of key leadership roles throughout her career. Prior to joining Halyard Susan was the Vice President of National Accounts for Ecolab with responsibility for the organizations GPO, Government and Distribution strategy for the Healthcare sector. Susan also served as Vice President, National Accounts for Hill Rom. In this capacity, Susan had leadership responsibility for several teams managing the long term contractual relationships and business partnerships with the organization’s most strategic customers including the integrated health system.
Additionally she has held Vice President and Director level sales roles at SEI LLC, R2 Technology and ALARIS Medical Systems. ms, purchasing coalitions, third party payers, group purchasing organizations (GPOs) and government agencies.
Susan holds a Bachelor of Science Degree from the University of Wisconsin-LaCrosse.
Susan has been a member of the Board of Directors of Strategic Marketplace Initiative (SMI) since 2010. She also serves on the Federation of American Hospitals Exposition Advisory Committee where she was Vice Chair and Chairman of the Capital Equipment Sub Committee for the 2009 and 2010 Expositions.
James Francis, Immediate Past Chair
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.
Jane Pleasants, Secretary
Duke University Health System
Jane is the Vice President, Supply Chain for Duke University and Duke University Health System. She joined Duke to establish a procurement infrastructure for the newly formed Health System which included developing a robust portfolio of self-contracts for medical supplies, drugs, equipment and services, implementing an enterprise-wide materials management system, providing leadership in aggressive cost reduction, and integrating procurement activities. She has responsibilities for end to end supply chain management which includes all materials and logistic functions in the Health System. In addition to Health System supply chain responsibilities, Jane also provides procurement and sourcing leadership for the academic and medical center campuses at Duke University, one of the few shared service organizations supporting academic medical centers, universities, and health systems. Her global procurement and sourcing activities most recently included the sourcing and procurement of the furniture and equipment for the Duke Kunshan University Campus located in China’s Yangtze River Delta Region, bordering Shanghai.
Her early supply chain career began in a small rural hospital in North Georgia. Since that early beginning, Jane has led supply chains at three academic medical centers; Vanderbilt University, University of Rochester, and Duke University, all shared services between the medical center and academic enterprises.
Duke University Health System enjoyed recognition in 2016 as one of Gartner’s top 25 healthcare supply chains and Jane was honored by the Bellwether League as she was inducted in the 2016 Bellwether Hall of Fame. Jane recently celebrated along with others SMI’s ten-year anniversary as having been one of the founding board members. She continues to actively participate in SMI initiatives.
Dennis Black, Treasurer
Becton, Dickinson & Company
Dennis has over 25 years of experience within the medical device industry and has worked in a variety of different roles. He joined BD, a leading medical technology company, in 1998 and currently works within the BD Solutions and Services group. Dennis is focused on developing and implementing a variety of supply chain solutions and related services. Other responsibilities include implementing FDA’s Unique Device Identification (UDI) regulation within BD and collaborating with select customers on initiatives to reduce healthcare costs. Dennis currently serves on the GS1 Healthcare Global Leadership Team; the GS1 US Executive Leadership Committee; and as a co-chair on the AdvaMed UDI Team. He actively participates in various industry work groups within Strategic MarketPlace Initiatives (SMI), Global Healthcare Exchange (GHX), AdvaMed, and the Association for Healthcare Resource & Materials Management (AHRMM) to help solve a variety of healthcare challenges.
Keith Johnson, Membership Committee
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 over 22 years to his wife, Mary, and have two sons Chris and Adam, who both reside in the Atlanta area.
Matt Gattuso is Executive Vice President, PDII & President, PDI Infection Prevention. In this role, Matt oversees PDII's Healthcare and Sani-Professional® organizations. In this senior leadership role, Matt will continue to accelerate the Company's evolution as an infection prevention solutions provider, drive enterprise-wide commercial strategy and have overall responsibility for its financial performance.
Most recently, Matt was the Vice President and General Manager for the Strategic Channel Solutions team at Medtronic. Matt’s team was responsible for leveraging strategic relationships, portfolio breadth and creative contracting techniques to drive premium growth and gain a competitive edge in critical delivery channels. His team has direct contracting responsibility for over $3 Billion in annual sales and represents the full portfolio of the Minimally Invasive Therapies Group.
Previously, Matt was the President of Health Systems where he led the team since 2010. Previously, Matt served four years as the Vice President and General Manager for the Monitoring and OR Products Division. Matt joined the organization in 1996.
Matt has been a member of the Foundation Board of Directors for the American Association of Perioperative Registered Nurses (AORN) since 2010. He is also a Board Member of the HIDA Educational Foundation and the Massachusetts Business Roundtable. He holds a bachelor's degree in marketing from the Isenberg School of Management, University of Massachusetts (1993).
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.
Laurel is currently Chief Supply Chain and Procurement Officer overseeing the entire Buy to Pay process at Kaiser Permanente. This includes sourcing, procurement, supplier relationship management, supplier diversity, supply chain sustainability, purchasing, supply chain management, logistics/warehousing, accounts payable, payroll, and travel & expenses. Laurel joined KP in 2009 as Vice President, Supply Chain.
Laurel is a founding member and initial chair of the Healthcare Transformation Group (HTG), a voluntary supply chain coalition that includes Mayo Clinic, Geisinger Health System, Intermountain Health, and Sisters of Mercy. This healthcare provider coalition is actively engaging in the support of positive change throughout the healthcare industry. Most recently, Laurel was awarded the 2015 Service Excellence Award by University of Southern California’s Marshall School of Business and was also named the 2011 Contract Professional of the Year by the Journal of Healthcare Contracting.
Kaiser Permanente was recognized as a 2016 “Champions of Supplier Diversity” honoree by MBN USA Magazine as a company whose chief procurement officers and supplier diversity professionals demonstrate long-standing commitment to increasing corporate-wide supplier opportunities for minority businesses as well as was named #1 on Diversity, Inc.’s list of companies most exemplifying the values of diversity and inclusion. In 2014, Kaiser Permanente was also the first healthcare provider/health plan to join the Billion Dollar Roundtable (BDR) recognizing those firms spending at least $1B with small and minority-owned businesses.
Laurel has a Bachelor of Science degree in Computer Science from the University of Minnesota-Institute of Technology and an MBA from Duke University.
Advocate Health Care
Mr. Lubotsky is a broad based healthcare executive with over 30 years in leadership roles among integrated delivery systems including clinical services and ambulatory development, physician practices, and healthcare alliances.
His current position serves as the Chief Supply Chain Officer at Advocate Health Care. In this role, Mr. Lubotsky is responsible for the overall leadership of Advocate Health Care’s supply chain operations including sourcing, clinical resource management, procurement, logistics and operations, business performance and technology development. This position sets the strategic vision, core strategies, organizational framework, and operating plan for supply chain including managing key relationships among suppliers, distributors, clinicians, group purchasing, and associates. A critical focus extends to developing the supply chain intelligence capability to drive evidenced based use of supplies, equipment and technology.
Mr. Lubotsky’s experience also includes seven years in account management and operating roles at Premier, Inc., a leading healthcare group purchasing alliance whose core business purpose centers on accelerating clinical improvement and supply chain performance. Mr. Lubotsky was responsible for the overall leadership/general management of strategy and goal deployment, performance management, supply chain improvement planning, field operations, customer relationship management and business partner relationship support.
Mr. Lubotsky is a Fellow in the American College of Healthcare Executives (ACHE), a professional member of the Association for Healthcare Resource & Materials Management (AHRMM) and an active member of the Strategic Marketplace Initiative (SMI), a professional forum of leading healthcare systems and suppliers working collaborative toward addressing supply chain related issues and challenges.
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.
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 son, Matthew.
Joe is a visionary leader with a credible track record leading award-winning supply chain transformations and new business development efforts at multibillion dollar organizations. Joe is personally inspired to minimize the suffering of the vulnerable and deeply driven to meaningfully transform healthcare. He is committed to elevating the healthcare supply chain profession, enabling healthcare organizations to dramatically improve access, quality, service and affordability.
Joe is currently the EVP of Operations for Pensiamo, the industry’s only cognitive supply chain company offering transformative spend management solutions to providers, insurance plans and healthcare suppliers. Joe has responsibilities for Category Management, Sourcing, Value Analysis, Purchase-to-Pay, Client Implementation and Account Management.
Most recently, Joe served as Intermountain Healthcare’s Vice President of Supply Chain & CPO, achieving the number one ranking in Gartner’s 2016 “Healthcare Supply Chain Top 25.” In this role, Joe had responsibilities for all aspects of the supply chain for the company’s $2 billion annual expenditures, including Sourcing, Category Management, Value Analysis, Purchase-to-Pay, Logistics, Materials Management and Supplier Collaboration. While at Intermountain, Joe also served as the Vice President of Support Services where he led Clinical Engineering, Food & Nutrition, Environmental Services, Linen Services and Sustainability.
Joe has master’s degree in Supply Chain Management from Michigan State University and a bachelor’s degree in Business from the University at Buffalo. In 2013, Joe was recognized as the “Contracting Professional of the Year” by Healthcare Contracting News. Joe has a passion for helping others achieve their highest potential and he is currently pursuing his ICF Coaching Certification.