Board of Directors
Ms. Drummond serves as SMI’s Board Chair.
Ms. Drummond is a member of the senior leadership team at Northwell. She is primarily responsible for the leadership of the following shared services: supply chain, pharmacy, central sterile and central biomedical services. She is the chair of the board of directors of our central sterile joint venture with Synergy Health plc. The Vivo Health retail and specialty pharmacy’s, with over $100 million in annual revenue, also report to Ms. Drummond.
She has previously served as chief procurement officer, responsible for leadership of the supply chain, including contracting, purchasing, accounts payable and supply expense management.
A certified public accountant, Ms. Drummond joined North Shore-LIJ in 2002 as vice president, material support services. In that role she established a financial reporting and analysis team to execute a proactive procurement strategy of continuous improvement and increased support. In addition, in managing accounts payable, she implemented processes to enhance the monitoring and reduction of expenses.
Before coming to North Shore-LIJ, Ms. Drummond held a number of positions with J.P. Morgan & Co., Inc. where she worked for 15 years. Prior to that, she was employed by Deloitte, Haskins & Sells.
Ms. Drummond holds a Bachelor of Science degree in accounting from Saint John’s University, Queens, NY.
Steve Gundersen serves as SMI’s Immediate Past Chair. Steve recently retired from BD (Becton Dickinson & Co.) where he was employed for his entire career.
During his tenure, he held various commercial and general management leadership positions. Steve was accountable for commercial strategy related IDN, GPO, Supply Chain, e-commerce and Distribution. He led BD Preanalytical Systems (Vacutainer brand) sample collection diagnostic business. Most recently, he served as Vice President and General Manager of the US Region where he was accountable for the Company’s comprehensive commercial strategy and execution. His primary focus was to align BD resources toward unique and transformative partnerships with leading healthcare providers. He was a member of the BD US Leadership Team and the BD Executive Leadership Team. Prior to that, Steve served as President, BD Canada. During that time he was responsible for the integration of two significant acquisitions (CareFusion, CR Bard) into BD.
Throughout his career, Mr. Gundersen has actively participated in healthcare industry organizations that focus upon optimizing patient care and reducing total cost. Steve served on the Board of Directors for MEDEC Canada. MEDEC advocates to increase patient access to innovative medical technologies that yield valuable health outcomes. Steve has served on the Board of Directors for Strategic Marketplace Initiatives before, from its inception until 2015; he previously was SMI Chairman of the Board from 2011-2014.
Tom Harvieux serves as SMI’s Treasurer.
Tom Harvieux joined BJC in April 2018 as Vice-President and Chief Supply Chain Officer, where he has executive responsibility for supply chain strategy, leadership of 370 teammates, and $1.7B non-labor spend management for BJC. BJC is a $5B St Louis based health system with 15 hospitals located in Missouri and Southern Illinois. Tom has a strong passion for customer service while advancing the clinically integrated supply chain and supplier partnership models.
Prior to joining BJC, Tom served as the Vice-President of Corporate Supply Chain Management for Sanford Health in Sioux Falls, South Dakota where he had responsibility for $1.1B in non-labor spend and executive leadership of a team of 425.
As a $4.5 billion integrated health system, Sanford Health is the largest rural, not-for-profit health care system in the nation, covering nine states. Tom also spent four years as the Director of Supply Chain Operations for Fairview Health Services in Edina, Minnesota. Before entering the health care field, Tom retired from the military where he held numerous supply chain leadership roles.
Tom holds a Master’s Degree in Logistics Management from the Florida Institute of Technology.
Karen Conway serves as SMI’s Board Secretary.
Conway is executive director of industry relations and value for GHX, where she works internationally with standards bodies, government agencies, industry analysts, academic researchers, trade associations, hospitals, healthcare systems and suppliers to optimize clinical and business performance through supply chain excellence.
Conway is a recognized expert and speaker on the topic of unique device identification and the benefits that can be delivered across healthcare through real world evidence on the performance of medical-surgical products and the ability to better source, procure and utilize products that improve both the cost and quality of patient care. She also writes and lectures on the topic of the Accountable Healthcare leader, drawing from the concepts outlined in the 2013 global leadership book, Leading from the Edge, which she co-authored with the former chief talent officer of Cisco. Conway was also a contributing author to eBusiness in Healthcare, published by Springer in 2008.
Conway serves as national chair of the Association for Healthcare Resource and Materials Management (AHRMM), which is the supply chain membership group within the American Hospital Association. She is a member of the GS1 Global Healthcare Leadership team and serves on the healthcare advisory board for CAPS Research, a partnership between the Institute for Supply Management and Arizona State University. Conway is also active in the Strategic Marketplace Initiative (SMI) and the Medical Device Supply Chain Council. Conway completed coursework for a master’s of science degree in the Science of Healthcare Delivery from Arizona State University in February 2017.
Alan Mavis serves as SMI’s Membership Committee Chair.
Alan Mavis joined Baxter in 1991 and has over 30 years experience in the medical industry focused on Sales Leadership and Strategic Account Management.
In his current role Alan manages the executive level relationships with some of the nation’s leading health systems across Baxter’s Hospital Products, Advanced Surgery, and Renal businesses. He serves as the single point of contact for IDN Account Leadership and works collaboratively across Baxter to drive value and synergy for his health systemsto ensure the customer experience is positive, ease of contracting and continued partnership, and alignment of mutual goals. Alan has participated on several IDN Supplier Councils focused on provider/suppliercollaboration.Prior to joining the IDN team, Alan held several commercial roles within Baxter’s Hospital Products business including Sales Representative, National Sales Trainer, Region Manager, and Area Vice President. Alan has been part of the SMI family since 2013.
Alan holds Bachelors of Science degree in Marketing from Miami University in Oxford, OH.
Christine Arme leads the Key Account organization for the US and Canada Medical Solutions Division within 3M Healthcare Business Group. This includes responsibility for large healthcare systems, group purchasing organizations and formerly, channel distribution within US and Canada. The Medical Solutions Division is the largest division within 3M.
Christine has been in health care for 30+ years and has experience in both start-up and scaled growth stage healthcare organizations in a domestic and international capacity. Her healthcare career includes leadership roles with companies such as McGaw (B. Braun), Pyxis (BD), Bridge Medical (Cerner) and various other healthcare start-up companies, providing experience in IV/pharmacy products, software/EMR, capital equipment, infection prevention, medical disposables and wound care. She also possesses proficient skills in integration of teams due to acquisition.
Christine has a Bachelor of Science degree in Business and a minor in speech communications from the University of Minnesota.
Memberships, Councils and Boards
- Healthcare Industry Distribution Association (HIDA) PPE Council
- HIDA Healthcare Supply Chain Collaborative Leadership Committee
- Strategic Marketplace Initiative (SMI) SNS Work Group
- SMI Supply Chain Resiliency and Transparency Council
- SMI Steering Committee
- Professional Women in Healthcare
- Board member Saint Paul Festival and Heritage Foundation
- SMI Board
Marisa Farabaugh is senior vice president and chief supply chain officer for AdventHealth. In this role, she provides strategic direction toward new and sustainable supply chain efficiencies including aligning people, process and technology, optimizing sourcing, driving cost and control initiatives, and maintaining a culture of efficiency and effectiveness. Additionally, Farabaugh is responsible for system-level governance and strategy within the ancillary spaces to include pharmacy, radiology, laboratory services, respiratory care and construction services.
Farabaugh has an extensive background in the management of multi-functional teams, resource utilization, financial analytics,processes engineering, and mergers and acquisitions. She previously served as vice president of general services and chief supply chain officer for Wake Forest Baptist Health in North Carolina. Her experience also includes positions with University of Florida Health and The Hershey Company.
Farabaugh earned a master’s degree in business administration from Pennsylvania State University, and a bachelor’s degree in industrial and systems engineering from the University of Florida.
Mr. Fennessy is the Vice President of Corporate Supply Chain with administrative oversight and strategy development for Supply Chain across the Northwestern Medicine network.
Prior to his current responsibilities, Mr. Fennessy served in various executive management positions within hospital operations and the finance division at Northwestern Memorial Hospital. Mr. Fennessy received his Bachelor of Science degree in Business Education from Western Illinois University (1977) and his Masters of Business Administration from DePaul University (1984). He is a member of the Healthcare Financial Management Association and American College of Healthcare Executives and serves on various community board committees that include his role as a Finance Chair and Board Member of the UCAN.
Lisa Hohman is the current CEO of Concordance Healthcare Solutions. Lisa began her career in the distribution industry in 1992, working in a variety of roles prior to joining Seneca Medical in 2000. Lisa began her tenure at Seneca Medical as a Sales Manager and soon transitioned to leading the development of internal departments such as Supplier Relations, Sales Support and Item Maintenance; each department added efficiency and profitability to the company and helped to support its growth throughout the Midwestern region.
During Lisa’s tenure at Seneca Medical she oversaw Procurement, Operations, Customer Service, Sales Support, Sourcing and Supplier Relations and was named the Chief Strategy Officer for the organization, in addition to joining the governing board. Through the dedication and innovation of board members like Lisa Hohman, Seneca Medical merged with Kreisers and MMS – A Medical Supply Company to form Concordance in 2016.
In 2019, Lisa was named the CEO of Concordance and now focuses on leading the development of the company’s short- and long-term strategy. She is working to effectively increase corporate communication both internally and externally while maintaining awareness of the competitive market landscape, expansion opportunities and industry developments that may affect Concordance. Lisa is currently the HIDA HEF Board Chair, as well as a SMI Board Member and was awarded the 2019 PWH Leadership of Distinction Award.
Mary Beth Lang serves as Chief Pharmacy Officer for Kaiser Permanente. In this role she oversees the National Pharmacy Program and a workforce comprised of over 15,500 professionals and associates nationally. Mary Beth had joined Kaiser Permanente in March 2019 as the VP, Chief Supply Chain and Procurement Officer. She is a recognized for consistent success in developing clinically driven supply chain analytics, processes, and procedures to streamline health care operations, and enhance margin performance.
Prior to joining KP, Mary Beth was Executive Vice President for Cognitive Analytics and Computing for Pensiamo, Inc., and the Vice President of HC Pharmacy Central, Inc., at UPMC in Pittsburgh, PA.
Lang obtained her Doctor of Science (DSc) in Information Systems and Communications from Robert Morris University, where she researched physicians’ perceptions of changes to provide care delivery under healthcare payment reform. She holds a Master of Public Policy and Management in healthcare from Carnegie Mellon University and a BS in Pharmacy from the University of Pittsburgh. She is a licensed, registered Pharmacist in the state of Pennsylvania. In addition, she has completed two certificate programs, the UPMC Data Analytics program from Carnegie Mellon University Heinz College of Information Systems Management and CRMP, Certified Materials & Resources Professional, certificate from the American Hospital Association.
Robert Rajalingam is President of U.S. Medical Products and Distribution and maintains responsibility for all commercial activities across the business.
In his role as president of U.S. Medical Products and Distribution, Rajalingam has end-to-end responsibility managing the business, which is a leading provider of medical products and supply chain services.
Prior to this role, Rajalingam was president of U.S. Sales, Medical Solutions, and led the Acute, Non-Acute & Inside Sales, Laboratory, Channel Partners Group, Enterprise Contracting and Government sales teams.
Before this, Rajalingam led the Medical Segment strategic selling organization, including the Strategic Accounts, Enterprise Contracting, Government, Channel Partners Group, and Customer and Market Insights teams.
Rajalingam came to Cardinal Health from Smiths Medical, where he was vice president and general manager of the Vascular Access Business Unit. Prior to joining Smiths Medical, he was the vice president of Global Marketing for Medtronic Peripheral Vascular, where he helped lead the integration of Covidien’s Peripheral business.
During his time at Medtronic, Rajalingam held leadership roles in product marketing, market development, market research, portfolio management, pipeline marketing and business development. He started his career as a biomedical engineer in the company’s Cardiac Rhythm Disease Management business.
Rajalingam earned bachelor’s degrees in biomedical engineering and economics from Duke University and a master of business administration from Stanford University’s Graduate School of Business. He previously served on the board of the American College of Phlebology Foundation and volunteered as a Year Up mentor. In April 2022, Rajalingam was appointed to the board of directors for Nonin Medical, a company that designs and manufactures noninvasive patient monitoring devices for healthcare professionals and individual users.
Mark Welch is the Supply Chain Senior Vice President for Novant Health where he oversees all non-labor spend, supply chain logistics, operations, procurement, sourcing, and clinical supply chain engagement. In addition, Welch is key leader for MNS Network LLC, a collaboration of three large integrated networks working together to reduce supply chain cost by leveraging volumes, spend, and experience.
Since beginning with Novant Health in 2005, Welch has served in various roles, including the roles of Vice President Supply Chain Operations, Vice President Novant Health Logistics Center, and Vice President Strategic Sourcing.
Under Welch’s leadership, Novant Health has reduced contracted supply chain general ledger expense 8 – 15% annually, with the total supply chain savings impact over the past seven years exceeding $500 million. With a focus on supplier diversity, Welch’s team surpassed the $1 billion dollar spend mark in 2019 and is on track to hit the $2 billion mark in the next five years. Welch continues to be a thought leader and innovator in the industry by leading projects that collaborates with industry partners in new ways that bring transparency and trust to the sourcing cycle. Welch is always focused on ways to bring value by optimization to the warehouse system in a way that benefits Novant Health and brings value to industry partners. Welch and team are working on ways to optimize procurement patterns that will allow for less touch and redundant orders of like items and bring those items into Novant Health at a single receiving point allowing for cost reduction in several areas like PO processing, shipping, receiving, and invoicing. This process also provides for better quality controls and protects the system of rogue purchasing.
Welch began his career in the healthcare industry in 1995 for a community hospital in his hometown in Ohio. In 2000, he took on a new role serving as an Administration Officer for a community hospital in West Virginia where his responsibilities included management of radiology and ancillary services, operations, as well as supply chain.
Welch also served as executive chair for Vizient’s largest integrated supply chain network, which advises the Vizient executive team on programs, processes and strategy needs for success. He earned his Business of Administration degree from Ohio State University and master’s degree in Healthcare Administration from Pfeiffer University.