SMI Board of Directors

Board of Directors

 SMI is governed by a Board of Directors comprised of 12 persons, equally representing provider and industry partners.

Susan SchuetteSusan Schuette, Chair 
Avanos Medical, Inc.

Susan is Vice President, Corporate Accounts for Avanos Medical, Inc.. Avanos (previously Halyard Health) 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, Avanos 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 Avanos (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.

 

Jane PleasantsJane 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 BlackDennis 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.

 

Karen Conway, GHXKaren Conway, Membership Committee
Global Healthcare Exchange (GHX)

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.

 

Donna DrummondDonna Drummond
Northwell Health

 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 also 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.

 

Gary FennessyGary Fennessy
Northwestern Memorial Healthcare

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.

 

Matt GattusoMatt Gattuso
Owens & Minor / Halyard Health

Matt Gattuso is Vice President of Sales, Americas, for Owens & Minor / Halyard Health, Global Products Business. Most recently, Matt served as Executive Vice President, PDII & President, PDI Infection Prevention. In that role, Matt oversaw PDII's Healthcare and Sani-Professional® organizationsand accelerated the Company's evolution as an infection prevention solutions provider, drove enterprise-wide commercial strategy and had overall responsibility for its financial performance. 

Previously, 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.

Formerly, 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).

 

Laurel JunkLaurel Junk
Kaiser Permanente

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.

 

Tom LubotskyTom Lubotsky
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.

 

Nancy PakieserNancy Pakierser
TECSYS

 Nancy Pakieser is the Senior Director, Industry Development for the Healthcare sector at TECSYS. TECSYS is a leading provider of software solutions for inventory visibility across a health system and the continuum of care.

In her role at TECSYS, Nancy supports ongoing development projects, maintains account and industry relationships and identifies business development opportunities that all support the changing supply chain management function. Nancy started her career in a clinical capacity, as a Radiologic Technologist, in both acute care and outpatient settings. She has had a wide range of marketing experience on the vendor side, including supply storage systems, medical device, therapy delivery and software solutions. She has carried the lessons of her clinical experience with her into business. It has shaped her ongoing professional drive to always bring products and services to the market that supports the enhanced delivery of care to patients.

 

David ReedDavid 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.