Thomas C. Dolan, PhD, FACHE, CAE

Thomas C. Dolan, PhD, FACHE, CAE, is president and chief executive officer of the American College of Healthcare Executives. Before his appointment as president and CEO, Dr. Dolan served as ACHE’s executive vice president. Prior to joining ACHE, he held a variety of teaching, research and administrative positions at St. Louis University, the University of Missouri-Columbia, the University of Washington and the University of Iowa. Board certified in healthcare management as a Fellow of both the American College of Healthcare Executives and the American Society of Association Executives, he has served as chair of the Association of University Programs in Health Administration, the Association Forum of Chicagoland, and the Institute for Diversity in Health Management. Dr. Dolan currently serves as chairman of the American Society of Association Executives and is also on the board of the International Hospital Federation.

Carson F. Dye, FACHE

Carson Dye is a partner with Witt/Kieffer who conducts CEO and senior executive searches. With more than 30 years of healthcare consulting and management experience, Mr. Dye helps organizations with executive search and assessment. He is certified to use Hogan Assessments in leadership evaluation and also serves on the faculty of the graduate program in health administration at The Ohio State University. Board certified in healthcare management as an ACHE Fellow, Mr. Dye has written four books, including the Health Administration Press book Leadership in Healthcare: Values at the Top.

John Ferman

John Ferman is principal of Health Policy Alternatives (HPA) in Washington, D.C. He joined the firm in 1991 following 16 years with the California Healthcare Association, where he was the executive vice president. He has managed state and federal government relations programs, financial management services and the research and policy development functions. In addition, Ferman has worked on numerous federal and state issues for HPA clients. His focus has been on acute, post acute, mental health and other institutional provider issues. Ferman has worked with integrated delivery systems to keep them apprised of developing federal policy issues and to assist them with their strategic planning process. John has had extensive experience with numerous federal legislative and administrative issues involving Medicare, Medicaid and health reform subjects. He has assisted clients in shaping policy proposals and developing supporting rationale.

Joseph Grenny

Joseph Grenny is a co-founder of VitalSmarts, currently serving on its board of directors, and a coauthor of and contributor to eight books including three New York Times bestsellers: Influencer: The Power to Change Anything, Crucial Conversations: Tools for Talking when Stakes are High and Crucial Confrontations: Tools for Resolving Broken Promises, Violated Expectations, and Bad Behavior. Mr. Grenny previously served as president of California Computer Corporation and as an executive for the Covey Leadership Center. He is a seasoned executive and business strategy expert on topics ranging from leadership and interpersonal communication to organizational change and effectiveness. He has been cited in dozens of newspapers including the New York Times, Los Angeles Times, Washington Post and the Wall Street Journal. He also has appeared on more than one hundred radio and television programs including CNN, Bloomberg, CNBC and the Today Show

Zachary Hafner

Zach Hafner is a Vice President of Kaufman Hall and a member of the firm’s strategy and financial and capital planning practices. Mr. Hafner works on a national basis with hospitals and healthcare systems. Prior to joining Kaufman Hall, Mr. Hafner worked as a senior consultant at Tiber Group, where he developed comprehensive hospital, system, and service line strategic plans and with UnitedHealthcare as a project manager in network management, structuring hospital and physician contracts and supporting new product development. Mr. Hafner is a regular speaker on healthcare strategic and financial planning topics for organizations including Healthcare Financial Management Association, American College of Healthcare Executives, and the New England Society for Healthcare Strategy.

Alan Kaplan, MD, FACHE

Alan S. Kaplan, MD, FACHE currently serves as the VP & CMO for the Iowa Health System, which is a $2 billion, integrated health system operating in seven major markets throughout Iowa and western Illinois. Additionally, Dr. Kaplan serves as the President & CEO of Iowa Health Physicians comprised of 270 providers operating in 70 clinic locations.  Dr. Kaplan has general accountability for physician integration, quality, and healthcare transformation across the system.  Prior to his current role, Dr. Kaplan served as the VP, Chief Medical Officer & Operations for Edward Health Services Corporation in Naperville, IL for 14 years. Dr. Kaplan is residency trained and board certified in emergency medicine and has 14 years of clinical practice experience. Dr. Kaplan received his medical degree from Rush Medical College in 1985. He earned a Master of Medical Management at Carnegie Mellon University in 2000. Dr. Kaplan currently serves as Vice President of the Board of Directors for the American College of Physician Executives.

William F. Martin, PsyD

Dr. William “Marty” Martin, PsyD, is associate professor and director, DePaul University Chicago’s Master of Science in Human Resources program. He is also an organizational consultant with doctoral-level training in psychology and front-line experience in human resources management, operations and information technology. Dr. Martin’s previous roles include director of human resources at The Johns Hopkins Hospital and manager of Employment & Training/Development at Tulane University Hospital & Clinics. Prior to working at Tulane University Hospital & Clinics, Marty served as director of Employee Assistance Program/Worksite Wellness at Xavier University of Louisiana.

David B. Nash, MD, FACPE

David B. Nash, MD, FACPE, is the newly appointed Founding Dean of the Jefferson School of Health Policy and Population Health on the campus of Thomas Jefferson University in Philadelphia. Dr. Nash also is the Dr. Raymond C. and Doris N. Grandon Professor of Health Policy and this endowed professorship is one of a handful of such chairs in the nation. The appointment as the Founding Dean culminates a nearly 20-year tenure at Jefferson. Dr. Nash is a board certified internist and founded the original Office of Health Policy in 1990. Thirteen years later, the Office of Health Policy evolved into one of the first departments of health policy in an American medical college. In 2008, the board of Jefferson University approved the creation of the new school. The Jefferson School of Health Policy and Population Health represents the first time a health-sciences university has placed four masters programs under one roof, namely a Masters in public Health, Health Policy, Healthcare Quality and Safety and Chronic Care Management. The goal of this innovative school is to produce a new kind of healthcare leader for the future.

Kevin E. O’Connor, CSP

Kevin E. O'Connor, CSP is the principal of Kevin O’Connor & Associates Ltd. and a faculty member at Loyola University Chicago as well as Columbia College in Chicago. He specializes in working with business professionals who have been promoted to leadership and sales positions where they now lead and influence their business peers. Since 1976, Kevin has presented to more than 3,150 audiences and coaches 125 professionals around the country. Kevin is the author of four books including Present Like A Pro: A Field Guide to Mastering the Art of Business, Professional, and Public Speaking and a contributor to four more.

James E. Orlikoff

James E. Orlikoff is president of Orlikoff & Associates Inc., a consulting firm specializing in healthcare governance and leadership, strategy, quality, organizational development and risk management. He is the senior consultant to the Center for Healthcare Governance and is the national advisor on Governance and Leadership to the American Hospital Association and Health Forum. He was named one of the 100 most powerful people in healthcare in the inaugural list by Modern Healthcare magazine. Mr. Orlikoff has consulted with hospitals in six countries, working extensively on improving the relationships between boards, medical staff and management. He has written 15 books and more than 100 articles and has served on hospital, college and civic boards. Currently he serves as a member of the Virginia Mason Health System board in Seattle and is chair of its Governance Committee and is on the board of Pitzer College in Claremont, Calif.

Charles D. Stokes, FACHE

Charles D. Stokes, FACHE, is chief operating officer of Memorial Hermann Healthcare System, an integrated health system known for world-class clinical expertise, patient-centered care, leading-edge technology and innovation. Prior to this role, Mr. Stokes was president of North Mississippi Medical Center (NMMC), a 650-bed tertiary hospital located in Tupelo, Miss., and the 2006 Malcolm Baldrige National Quality Award recipient. He has previously served as administrator, Emergency Medical Services and Ambulatory Care, at Charity Hospital in New Orleans and vice president, Operations, at St. Luke’s Episcopal Hospital/Texas Heart Institute in Houston. In the past 14 years, Mr. Stokes has served as executive vice president and chief operation officer for three different healthcare systems in Louisiana, Arkansas and Alabama. He currently serves as a preceptor on the faculty at the University of Alabama in Birmingham.

Cecelia K. Wooden, EdD

Cecelia Wooden, EdD, is a partner at Wooden & Associates, Inc., a strategic communications management firm in Louisville, Ky. Dr. Wooden's clients include Fortune 100 companies, healthcare and nonprofit organizations. Her consulting services focus on core value identification, performance management, strategic planning, leadership development and executive coaching. Dr. Wooden is faculty for the ACHE Leadership Development Program and the Leaders Conference, a program for emerging leaders. She is senior faculty for the Master of Arts Program in Strategic Communication and Leadership at Seton Hall University in New Jersey. She is associated as a solutions architect for Lore International Institute, a Korn/Ferry company, developing and delivering programs for international clients. Dr. Wooden has 22 years of consulting experience with the Center for Creative Leadership in North Carolina. She is the lead faculty for the California Health Leadership College of Berkeley, Calif., and the Massachusetts Health Leadership College in Boston, Mass., which are C-suite leadership programs affiliated with the California Hospital Association and Massachusetts Hospital Association, respectively.


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