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.

Jane PleasantsJane Pleasants, Chair
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 fifteen-year anniversary as having been one of the founding board members.  She continues to actively participate in SMI initiatives.

 

Steve GundersenSteve Gundersen, Chair Elect
BD

Steve Gundersen has been employed by BD for his entire career. During his tenure, he has held various commercial and general management leadership positions. Steve has been accountable for commercial strategy related IDN, GPO, Supply Chain, e-commerce and Distribution. He has led BD Preanalytical Systems (Vacutainer brand) sample collection diagnostic business. Most recently, he served as the President, BD Canada. During that time he was responsible for the integration of two significant acquisitions (CareFusion, CR Bard) into BD.

Currently, Steve is the Vice President and General Manager of the US Region. He is accountable for the Company’s comprehensive commercial strategy and execution. His primary focus is to align BD resources toward unique and transformative partnerships with leading healthcare providers. He is a member of the BD US Leadership Team and the BD Executive Leadership Team.

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. 

 

Dennis BlackDennis Black, Treasurer
BD

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.

 

Nancy PakieserNancy Pakierser, Secretary 
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.

 

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.

 

Marisa FarabaughMarisa Farabaugh
Advent Health

 Marisa Arvesu Farabaugh graduated from University of Florida with a BS in Industrial and Systems Engineering. Her first role was in manufacturing for The Hershey Company where she worked in various roles including Industrial Engineer, supporting both domestic and international locations. During this time, she also completed her MBA at The Pennsylvania State University. Marisa transitioned to healthcare in 2008, when she joined UF Health in Florida as a Senior Management Engineer. In this role she led various multi-disciplinary projects for the organization.

Marisa joined Wake Forest Baptist Medical Center in 2011 as Director, Supply Chain Operations where she oversaw personnel and the flow of supply materials throughout the organization. Over the next few years, she grew in responsibilities over support services and supply chain departments and was promoted to AVP of Resource Management.

In 2016, Marisa was asked to transition into WFBMC Strategy department where she led the Mergers and Acquisitions team. During this time, Marisa was responsible for all aspects of the organization’s shared services partnerships, joint venture management, divestitures, and acquisitions, including their largest acquisition, High Point Medical Center.

In 2018, Marisa had the opportunity to step back into supply chain and support services operations, while also maintaining reporting and responsibility up through Strategy. Marisa is currently the system’s Chief Supply Chain Officer, where she oversees all aspects of strategy and operation for Supply Chain and Support Services departments. She also is responsible for the management of organizational joint ventures and provides project management oversight for system level projects.

Marisa is involved in several community-based non-profits in her area. She currently serves as a board member for the SECU Family House and the YMCA. Since 2017, she has been a Rotarian as a part of Reynolda Rotary.

 

Gary Fennessy

Gary 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).

 

Tom Harvieux

Tom Harvieux
BJC Healthcare

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-forprofit 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. 

 

Lisa HohmanLisa Hohman
Concordance Healthcare Solutions

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.

 

Tom LubotskyTom Lubotsky
Allina Health

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. Tom currently serves as Vice President Supply Chain at Allina Health in Minneapolis. 

Previously he served as the Chief Supply Chain Officer at Advocate Health Care.  In this role, Mr. Lubotsky was 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 set 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.