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JayLenoJay Leno

Acclaimed TV late night show host, admired stand-up comedian, best-selling children’s book author, much-in-demand corporate speaker, lovable TV and movie voice-over artist, pioneering car builder and mechanic, and philanthropist…it’s no wonder that Jay Leno is widely characterized as “the hardest working man in show business.”

Jay Leno’s late night television ratings domination included more than two decades of “The Tonight Show with Jay Leno,” winning every consecutive quarter of his hosting over the past 19 years. After resuming hosting the 11:35 PM program following its one-time interruption, he made it once again the consistent and uninterrupted ratings leader for late night, once again leading all of the ensuing quarters handily, under the supervision throughout of executive producer Debbie Vickers. He has been honored by the Television Academy with an Emmy for “Outstanding Comedy, Variety or Music Series.” “The Tonight Show with Jay Leno” has also taken home the trophy for “Favorite Late Night Show” in the annual TV Guide Awards determined by voting viewers, and he was recently installed in the Television Academy’s Broadcast Hall of Fame.

As if night-time dominance were not enough, Leno has also succeeded in the newest entertainment arena, “Jay Leno’s Garage,” of which he is a producer as well as star. The NBC creation, which is viewed on CNBC, gained an international following on the Web, not to mention an Emmy Award and two additional nominations for Outstanding Special Class–Short-Format Nonfiction Programs. Leno, himself, is the recipient of the People’s Choice Award and other honors, including the Harris Poll selection as most popular star on television. Other personal highlights include his induction into the Academy of Television Arts and Sciences’ Broadcasting Hall of Fame, his 2014 reception of the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts’ Mark Twain Prize for American Humor, the Hasty Pudding Award at Harvard University, an honor whose sole prior comedy/talk host recipient was Johnny Carson, and an honorary doctorate from his alma mater, Emerson College. Like Mr. Carson, Groucho Marx, and an elite group of entertainment figures, he has been invited to have his papers installed in the Library of Congress. He also received a star on Hollywood’s Walk of Fame (asking that it be placed in front of the Ripley’s Believe It Or Not Museum since is where he was arrested for vagrancy when he first arrived in Hollywood). He also has set several land speed records and became the first person to drive the pace car of all major NASCAR events.

Having passed the torch of Tonight Show succession to Jimmy Fallon, Jay Leno has increased his customary busy schedule of comedy performances in top venues around the United States and occasionally abroad, continues his web venture relating to his passion for automobiles and is in consideration of the many other applications of his time and talents which have been offered or which he is personally evolving. He interrupted these pursuits to make his first trip to Israel for the honor of presenting the Genesis Award, Israel’s equivalent of the Nobel Award, to Michael Bloomberg.

Jon AcuffJon Acuff
Bestselling Author and Business Speaker

Jon Acuff is the New York Times Bestselling author of five books including his most recent, Do Over: Rescue Monday, Reinvent Your Work and Never Get Stuck. He was also voted one of the best speakers in 2015 by the Meeting & Convention Planners.

For 19 years, Acuff has helped some of the biggest brands in the world tell their story, including The Home Depot, Bose, Staples, and the Auto Trader team. Most recently he’s spoken to hundreds of thousands of people across the country at events for companies such as Microsoft, Whirlpool, and Comedy Central. Featured regularly on national media, Acuff has appeared on CNN, Fox News, Good Day LA, and several other key outlets. He’s also written for Time, the Harvard Business Review, Fast Company, Reader’s Digest, and MSNBC.

In addition, Acuff is a big proponent of social media, with blogs that have been read by 4 million people and more than 290,000 Twitter followers. In 2010, he used his influence with his tribe to build two kindergartens in Vietnam. Jon Acuff lives with his wife Jenny and two daughters in Franklin, TN.

JohnSgangaJohn P. Sganga
President & CEO, Innovatix and Essensa; Senior Vice President, Alternate Site Programs, Premier Inc.

John Sganga launched Innovatix in 1993 to offer group purchasing services to non-acute healthcare providers. Today, he leads Premier’s non-acute healthcare strategy and business unit and serves as President and CEO of Innovatix and Essensa, both of which became wholly-owned subsidiaries of Premier in 2016. Sganga has led both organizations through explosive growth, with Innovatix and Essensa surpassing $8.2 billion in combined contract volume in 2016.

He has close to 30 years of healthcare experience, half of which has focused on alternate site purchasing. Before joining Premier, Sganga served as Executive Vice President of GNYHA Ventures. He was also the Senior Director of Financial Operations at Columbia-Presbyterian Medical Center and worked for Ernst & Young’s Management Consulting Service. Furthermore, Sganga has been instrumental in bringing GPO services to the non-healthcare sector, including signing exclusive agreements with Minor League Baseball (MiLB) and professional hockey leagues (AHL and ECHL), as well as creating a groundbreaking relationship with the City of New York to serve their community-based organizations.

Sganga has served on the Executive Board of the Metropolitan Health Administrators’ Association (MHAA) since 1992 and was President from 1995 to 1996. He is a Fellow of the American College of Healthcare Executives (ACHE), where he won a Young Healthcare Executives’ Regents Award in 1995, and served on the Board of the New York Association of Ambulatory Care from 1994 to 1995.
In 1999, Sganga was recognized as one of Crain’s New York Business “40 Under Forty,” and was also awarded the New York University Alumni Torch Award for outstanding contribution in the field of public service. The Metropolitan Health Administrators’ Association (MHAA) awarded him the 2004 Award of Distinction for his commitment to healthcare on a regional and national level. In 2008, Sganga was selected as a finalist for the Ernst & Young Entrepreneur of the Year® Award, New York Metro Area Healthcare Division.

Sganga continues to be a strong advocate of INCLUDEnyc, where he served on the Board of Directors. He also holds a position on the Board of Directors for Shop Well with You, a not-for-profit organization and body-image resource for women surviving cancer, their caregivers, and healthcare providers. Mr. Sganga has served on the Edgemont Community Council Board of Directors for five years, where he currently holds the office of Treasurer. In 2015, Mr. Sganga was appointed to a four-year term to the Board of Ethics of the Town of Greenburgh, NY.

John Sganga holds a Master’s degree in Public Administration from the Robert F. Wagner Graduate School of Public Service at New York University, with a concentration in Health Services Management.

Craig McKassonCraig McKasson
Chief Financial Officer, Premier Inc.

Craig McKasson is the chief financial officer and senior vice president for Premier Inc. He has responsibility for the financial affairs of Premier, including strategic financial planning, internal and external financial reporting, budgeting and forecasting, financial operations, tax compliance and planning, treasury services, and investor relations. He also oversees Premier’s insurance management services division.

McKasson previously served as vice president of finance and corporate controller, beginning in 1997. In this capacity, he oversaw Premier’s accounting department and managed corporate financial reporting.

Before joining Premier, McKasson was a licensed certified public accountant and a consulting manager at Ernst & Young LLP, where he provided audit, tax, and consulting services for various privately held development companies, as well as multistate publicly traded organizations in the life sciences, retail, and technology sectors.

McKasson is a member of the Board of Directors for the Fowler College of Business at San Diego State University. McKasson also serves as treasurer and on the Board of Directors for Saint Vincent De Paul Villages Inc., a not-for-profit organization providing care and rehabilitation for the homeless.

McKasson has a master’s degree in accountancy from San Diego State University and a bachelor’s cum laude in business administration with an emphasis in accounting from the same school.

Educational Session Speakers

Manju T. BeierManju T. Beier, Pharm D., BCGP, FASCP
President and Founder, Geriatric Consultant Resources LLC

Dr. Manju T. Beier is President and founder of Geriatric Consultant Resources LLC, a firm established in 1995 to provide clinical expertise in the field of geriatric pharmacotherapy and clinical pharmacology to geriatrics professional organizations and health care plans. She has extensive experience targeting complex polypharmacy issues and addressing medication management in older adults.

Previously, Dr. Beier was Chief Scientific Officer for a molecular diagnostics company based out of Seattle, Washington. She holds an academic appointment as Adjunct Clinical Associate Professor of Pharmacy at the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, Michigan since 2000. She is currently a Board Certified Geriatric Pharmacist (BCGP). Dr. Beier has been serving on the national Epocrates Senior Clinical Board since 2011 as the only pharmacist with expertise in geriatrics. Her combined expertise in geriatrics and in drug-drug and drug-gene interactions make her uniquely qualified in the domain of personalized medicine, pharmacogenomics, and polypharmacy.

Dr. Beier received her B.S. Pharmacy and Doctor of Pharmacy degrees from the University of Utah in Salt Lake City, Utah. She also holds a B.S. degree in Foods and Nutrition from Lady Irwin College, New Delhi, India. Dr. Beier is actively involved with the American Society of Consultant Pharmacists (ASCP) including serving two terms on the Board of Directors.

Representative Buddy CarterRepresentative Buddy Carter

Earl L. “Buddy” Carter is an experienced businessman, healthcare professional and faithful public servant. As the owner of Carter’s Pharmacy, Inc., South Georgians have trusted Buddy with their most valuable assets: their health, lives and families for more than thirty years. While running his business, he learned how to balance a budget and create jobs. He also saw firsthand the devastating impacts of government overregulation, which drives his commitment to ensuring that the federal government creates policies to empower business instead of increasing burdens on America’s job creators.

A committed public servant, Buddy previously served as the Mayor of Pooler, Georgia and in the Georgia General Assembly, where he used his business experience to make government more efficient and responsive to the people. Buddy is serving his second term in the United States House of Representatives and is a member of the Committee on Energy and Commerce. As the only pharmacist serving in Congress, Buddy is the co-chair of the Community Pharmacy Caucus and is dedicated to working towards a healthcare system that provides more choices, less costs and better services.

A lifelong resident of the First District, Buddy was born and raised in Port Wentworth, Georgia and is a proud graduate of Young Harris College and the University of Georgia, where he earned his Bachelor of Science in Pharmacy. Buddy married his college sweetheart, Amy, 38 years ago. Buddy and Amy now reside in Pooler, Georgia and have three sons, two daughters-in-law, and three grandchildren.

Susan CatalanoSusan Catalano
Managing Partner, JQLaCorte

Susan Catalano is the Managing Partner of JQLaCorte, a full service LinkedIn consultancy providing comprehensive LinkedIn-based marketing, business development, and employee advocacy programs for businesses. She consults with companies and professional services firms on the innovative use of LinkedIn to achieve measurable business results such as generating leads, boosting SEO results, improving visibility to clients and prospects, and promoting staff expertise.

Susan Catalano has over 15 years of experience in talent management for Fortune 500 corporations, as well as sales and marketing programs for companies and individual business owners. She regularly presents to national organizations and corporate and business audiences.

Robert ClarkRobert Clark
Managing Principal, LucidPointe

Robert Clark is Managing Principal of LucidPointe, a boutique digital agency specializing in online marketing, email marketing, and marketing automation strategy and execution. He has over 30 years of experience advising businesses from SMB to Fortune 50 companies, nonprofits, associations, and industry groups on marketing, sales, operations, strategy, and information technology.

Robert Clark regularly presents to national organizations and companies of all sizes.

Anna Katrina DaveyAnna Katrina Davey
CEO and Founder, Cultural Confidence

Anna Katrina Davey is CEO and Founder of Cultural Confidence, helping people and organizations succeed across cultural boundaries. She works with Fortune 500 and other companies, providing customized cross-cultural business training, as well as with attorneys, providing crucial culture expert witness services. She furthermore works regularly with universities as well as with non-profits facilitating intercultural workshops within a variety of global programs.

Prior to founding Cultural Confidence, Davey worked as an intercultural advisor for the German Development Service (now GIZ) in Hanoi, Vietnam. Upon relocating to the USA, Davey also served for four years as President of SIETAR Austin, the Society for Intercultural Education, Training and Research. Since giving her Paris TEDx Talk, Davey has become a sought-out professional speaker on a variety of intercultural topics.

Born and primarily raised in Trieste, Italy, Davey is a dual citizen of Italy and the USA, also holding a German diplomatic passport. She has lived and worked on three continents, traveled over 50 countries, and, along with being fluent in Italian, German and English, she has also studied Vietnamese, Spanish, Latin, and Ancient Greek. Davey holds a Master’s degree in Geography and Cultural Anthropology from the University of Freiburg, Germany and received professional training in Intercultural Communication from the German government’s organization for human resources development.

Leigh Davitian, JDLeigh Davitian, JD
Founder/Chief Executive Officer, Dumbarton Group

Leigh Davitian is the founder/CEO of the Dumbarton Group and Associates, a healthcare law and policy firm located in Washington, DC that strategically advises clients on federal and state legislative and regulatory initiatives impacting a wide range of specialties within the healthcare industry. She provides legal and policy analysis, and direct lobbying to her clients, which include think tanks, skilled nursing facilities, long-term care pharmacies, diagnostic imaging providers, physician groups, and group purchasing organizations.

Davitian frequently speaks to national audiences—including professional trade associations, corporations, small businesses, pharmaceutical companies, and universities—on such topics as Medicare and Medicaid coverage and reimbursement trends, Medicare enrollment requirements, healthcare fraud and abuse, anti-kickback statutes, False Claims Act, and patient privacy laws and regulations. She has a Juris Doctor and began her career at the Department of Justice, Office of the Attorney General, in Washington, DC.

Liya DavydovLiya Davydov, PharmD, BCPS, BCGP
Senior Director, Clinical Pharmacy Services, Innovatix

Dr. Davydov currently serves as a Senior Director of Clinical Pharmacy Services (with a focus on the specialty/home infusion segments) at Innovatix. Prior to joining Innovatix, she worked as a Clinical Pharmacy Manager at Fidelis Care New York, a managed Medicaid HMO in New York State. Before working at Fidelis Care New York, she held a Clinical Pharmacy Manager position at St. John’s Episcopal Hospital. Dr. Davydov earned both her degrees, a Bachelor of Science in Pharmacy and Doctor of Pharmacy from St. John’s University. She also completed an ASHP-accredited Pharmacy Practice Residency at Mount Sinai Medical Center in New York, is Board Certified in Pharmacotherapy, and is also a Board Certified Geriatric Pharmacist.

Alex FairleyAlex Fairley
Director, Facilities, Construction & Environmental Services, Premier

Alex Fairley directs the Capital and Construction Services program at Premier. In this role, he works with members to extract value from the contracts and relationships Premier has with its facilities, construction, and environmental services suppliers.

Fairley began his career managing major healthcare construction projects. He later helped start a new company delivering innovative approaches to waste management to hospitals.

Jason FerriJason Ferri
Senior Director, IT Field Specialist, Premier

In his role as Senior Director and IT Field Specialist, Jason Ferri supports Premier’s members, suppliers, and field representatives, and serves as a subject matter expert for the information technology portfolio of GPO contracts.

Ferri’s prior experience includes programming and supporting healthcare applications. He also has over 18 years of IT consultative solution sales, focusing on technology solutions and services within the telecommunications and healthcare markets. Ferri holds a BSBA from Kutztown University.

Dr. William C. Hallett, Pharm.D., MBA, CGPDr. William C. Hallett, Pharm.D., MBA, CGP
President and CEO, Guardian Consulting Services

Dr. William C. Hallett is the founder of Guardian Consulting Services, Inc., which is dedicated to providing consultant pharmacist services to nursing homes, adult day programs, assisted living facilities, and group homes for the disabled. His company currently provides clinical consultant pharmacist services for more than 40,000 patients in over 250 healthcare facilities and programs throughout the Northeast and Mid-Atlantic.

As a speaker, Dr. Hallett frequently addresses medication use issues, including lecturing extensively on medication use in geriatrics, psychotropic medication use, and long-term care survey issues. He has served on faculty at Mercy College, Dobbs Ferry, NY as a clinical instructor in Pharmacology and currently serves as a Board Member for the New York Chapter of The American Society of Consultant Pharmacists.

Dr. Hallett received his Bachelor of Science in Pharmacy from St. John’s University, went on to earn his Masters in Business Administration from Adelphi University, and completed his Doctor of Pharmacy studies through Shenandoah University. Most recently, Dr. Hallett was re-credentialed as a Certified Geriatric Pharmacist by the Commission for Certification in Geriatric Pharmacy (BCGP).

Patricia KienlePatricia Kienle, RPh, MPA, FASHP
Director of Accreditation and Medication Safety, Cardinal Health Innovative Delivery Solutions

Patricia Kienle is the Director of Accreditation and Medication Safety for Cardinal Health Innovative Delivery Solutions. She has served on the Board of Directors of the American Society of Health-System Pharmacists and as President of the Pennsylvania Society of Hospital Pharmacists. She is a Fellow of ASHP, was named Pharmacist of the Year by PSHP, and the recipient of the Distinguished Achievement Award in Hospital and Institutional Practice from the American Pharmaceutical Association Academy of Pharmacy Practice and Management, and the Distinguished Leadership Award from ASHP. She is a current member of the USP Compounding Expert Committee and chairs the Subcommittee on Hazardous Drugs.

The author of numerous publications on pharmacy safety, including The Chapter Answer Book, Kienle received her pharmacy degree from the Philadelphia College of Pharmacy and Science, and a Masters in Public Administration from Marywood University in Scranton, Pennsylvania. She completed an Executive Fellowship in Patient Safety from Virginia Commonwealth University and is an Adjunct Associate Professor at Wilkes University in Wilkes-Barre, Pennsylvania.

Patricia Kienle is a frequent presenter to professional groups, with special interests in promoting medication safety, compounding sterile preparations, accreditation, and regulatory issues.

Brad Kile, PhDBrad Kile, PhD
President, Dumbarton Group, LLC

Brad Kile is president of the Dumbarton Group, LLC, where he provides services to non-profit and corporate entities to assist them in navigating health care legislative and regulatory policy changes. He is active at both the federal and state levels as an advocate in the areas of long-term care and government-funded prescription medication benefits. He has extensive knowledge of state-level policies and the implications of federal policies on the development and delivery of state-based health care.

Dr. Kile received his PhD in health care policy from Florida State University. He earned a Bachelor’s degree from James Madison University and a Master’s degree from the American University in Washington, DC.

Meri MaguireMeri Maguire
Investigator, U.S. Dept. of Health & Human Services, Office for Civil Rights

Meri Maguire is a licensed Texas attorney and Certified Information Privacy Professional (CIPP/US). She received her B.A. from the University of Texas at Austin and her J.D. from the University of Houston Law Center. As an attorney, she has represented manufacturers, oil and gas companies, hospitals, healthcare companies, and medical office buildings in litigation and bankruptcy proceedings. She has also represented insurance companies and insureds with respect to first- and third-party claims under general, professional, and E&O/D&O liability policies.

Currently, Maguire is an investigator for the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Office for Civil Rights (OCR). As an investigator, she conducts compliance reviews, provides technical assistance to covered entities, and investigates complaints (i.e., alleged violations of laws) over which OCR has jurisdiction.

Joseph G. MarekJoseph G. Marek, RPh, BCGP, FASCP
Corporate Director of Pharmacy Services, CommuniCare Health Services

Joseph Marek is Corporate Director of Pharmacy Services for CommuniCare Health Services and is the current President of the American Society of Consultant Pharmacists (ASCP). He currently oversees the clinical, operational and financial aspects of pharmaceutical and comprehensive medication management services at CommuniCare.
Dr. Marek has practiced as a consultant pharmacist, clinical services manager, and director of pharmacy services primarily in LTC/PAC for most of his career. He has extensive experience in pharmacy operations, medication management, and comprehensive integrated pharmacist services. Prior to CommuniCare, he had several operational, clinical, and managerial roles during his 20 years at Omnicare.

Charlie McConnellCharlie McConnell
Director, Customer Segments, US Foods

Charlie McConnell has nearly two decades of experience collecting and sharing actionable insights and trends in the food service arena. He regularly shares his knowledge at highly regarded industry events, including the Cheers Beverage Conference and the Culinary Institute of America National Conference.

McConnell is currently the Director of Customer Segments at US Foods, the second largest foodservice distribution company in the United States. In this role, he leads the development of the go-to-market strategy for customer segments that include senior care centers, hospitals, K-12 schools, and colleges and universities. Prior to working at US Foods, McConnell helped Sara Lee and Unilever better understand the dynamics of the foodservice marketplace. He started his career at The NPD Group, a leading foodservice market research firm.

Charlie McConnell has a Master’s Degree in Hospitality Management from Cornell University’s Hotel School and a B.A. from Kenyon College.

Justin MurrillJustin Murrill
Head of Corporate Responsibility, AMD

Justin Murrill is the Head of Corporate Responsibility at Advanced Micro Devices (AMD). In this role he oversees AMD’s strategies, goals, and programs related to environmental and social issues across the company, including human rights, “science-based” climate targets, public reporting, and employee engagement.

Prior to his role at AMD, Justin was the Director and Co-Owner of Culture Technologies, Inc.; Organizational Development Associate for the US Green Building Council; and Senior Trainer for A Nurtured World. He has trained thousands of individuals and hundreds of institutions on organizational and/or personal sustainability.

In 2017, Justin was recognized by Environmental Leader as a “Top 50 Environmental Leader” honoree in the US commercial sector. He holds a Master’s degree in Organizational Leadership and Ethics from St. Edwards University, professional Sustainability (CSR) Practitioner certification from the Center for Sustainability and Excellence (CSE), and is a published author on topics including the voluntary carbon market, organizational change, and corporate responsibility.

Avani PatelAvani Patel
Manager of Pharmacy Operations, Commcare Pharmacy

Avani Patel is the manager of pharmacy operations at Commcare Specialty Pharmacy. In this role, she supports data entry technicians and scheduling technicians, and also serves as Commcare’s subject matter expert in 340B operations. Patel has over 15 years of experience in a pharmacy operations role, with 5 years of that in specialty pharmacy.

Ramesh RajagopalanRamesh Rajagopalan, Ph.D.
Senior Member of Faculty and Associate Program Director, MS Business Analytics (MSBA), McCombs School of Business, The University of Texas at Austin

Ramesh Rajagopalan has a unique blend of academic and industry experience. He has made significant impact at various companies, including Dell, Deloitte, and IBM, in a number of business-critical areas including advanced analytics, cloud computing, supply chain management, and information technology.

Dr. Rajagopalan has consistently excelled in his professional career spanning over 20 years, beginning with i2 (now JDA) and then with IBM, Deloitte, SmartOps (now SAP), and most recently with Dell. He has been recognized as a versatile leader with broad-based experience in (1) driving customer success through a variety of service and solution portfolios, (2) transforming omni-channel customer insights into business value, and (3) building innovative programs in marketing analytics to deliver significant business impact. His work was recognized with VP awards on multiple occasions for “outside the box” innovation, and leading high-impact analytics initiatives with revenue impact of $200-$300 million.

A rich blend of corporate and academic experience makes Dr. Rajagopalan’s background truly distinct.
He is a seasoned academician with over a decade of undergraduate and graduate teaching, research, scholarship and service in large, small, private and public university settings. Dr. Rajagopalan is currently a senior member of the faculty at the University of Texas McCombs School of Business, where he serves as the Associate Director of the top-ranked Master of Science in Business Analytics (MSBA) program.

Shara SiegelShara Siegel
Director, Government Affairs, Innovatix

Shara Siegel is the Director of Government Affairs for Innovatix. In this role, she manages the daily operations of the Government Affairs program as well as advocacy on behalf of its non-acute care membership. She analyzes federal healthcare policy and policy proposals, develops advocacy positions, and serves as policy expert on specific topics.

Previously, Siegel was a policy associate at The New York Academy of Medicine, where she provided strategic direction on key policy initiatives. Prior to that, she was a health policy analyst at RTI International, an international research institute, where she performed quantitative and qualitative research and analysis, mostly for the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services.

Siegel received an MS in Public Policy and Management from Carnegie Mellon University following her completion of the Coro Fellowship Program in Public Affairs. She earned her bachelor’s degree with honors from Washington University in St. Louis.

Troy TrygstadTroy Trygstad, PharmD, MBA, PhD
Executive Director, CPESN USA

Troy Trygstad is a community pharmacist, a health economist, and a pharmacy visionary who continues to encourage pharmacy industry leaders into new and innovative ways of thinking. He possesses over fifteen years of experience with multi-disciplinary care teams and intervention development under alternative payment and support models.

Dr. Trygstad is the Executive Director of CPESN USA, a clinically integrated network of community-based pharmacy networks that endeavors to improve the quality and effectiveness of enhanced services provided by participating pharmacies and align them with the workflows and payment reform incentives of physicians, their support staff and other healthcare providers. He also serves as the Vice President of Pharmacy Provider Partnerships for Community Care of North Carolina, an organization providing wrap-around population health management support for nearly 2,000 primary care practices.

In addition, Dr. Trygstad proudly practices in a community pharmacy setting on nights and weekends, and serves as a board member for the American Pharmacists Association Foundation and the Pharmacy Quality Alliance, as well as Editor-in-Chief of Pharmacy Times.

George WatsonGeorge Watson
Principal, Four D Consulting

George Watson is a leadership and management consultant who focuses on the development and delivery of training, executive coaching, as well as organizational and team development. Over the past seven years, he has traveled internationally to work with managers and their teams within the oil and gas industry. He also has experience helping small businesses with organizational alignment and team development initiatives.

Watson has over 20 years’ experience as a public speaker, trainer, and coach. He has a Doctor of Ministry in Leadership and pursued post-doctoral studies in Bowen Theory (Emotional Systems Theory) to better understand the emotional patterns and predictive reactivity in teams and organizations during times of change and stress.

A member of the Houston Organizational Development Network, Watson in the past served on the membership committee for the Association for Talent Development, Houston Chapter. As a credentialed mediator, he previously volunteered at the Montgomery County Dispute Resolution Center.

Bethany WoosterBethany Wooster
Field Specialist, Wireless Solutions, Premier

In her role as Field Specialist for Wireless Solutions, Bethany Wooster supports and cultivates Premier’s supplier partnerships and serves as a subject matter expert for members, sponsor organizations, and field staff. Wooster’s experience prior to joining Premier includes over 10 years of wireless experience in several roles, including technical support, performance assurance, training, and national account management.

Marilyn YagerMarilyn Yager
Senior Policy Advisor, Alston & Bird

Marilyn Yager is a senior policy advisor in the Washington, D.C. office of Alston & Bird. She provides policy and political insight on a variety of health care issues and assists clients in developing, designing, and implementing their legislative and regulatory strategy.

Yager has more than 30 years of senior management, policy, and government experience in both the public and private sectors. Her public sector experience includes several roles in the Executive Branch, serving as both chief of staff to the White House chief of staff and deputy assistant to the President on health and budget in the Office of Public Liaison. She also served as professional staff on the Senate Labor and Human Resources Committee for Massachusetts Senator John Kerry and spent five years as a legislative aide in the House of Representatives.

Marilyn Yager also has considerable experience in government affairs, having served as executive director of the Renal Leadership Council, director of health policy at Vanderbilt University Medical Center, and director of federal relations for the Massachusetts Hospital Association.

Aisling Warde ZaccarelliAisling Warde Zaccarelli
Vice President, Government Affairs, GNYHA Ventures

Aisling Warde Zaccarelli joined GNYHA in 2005, and has since focused exclusively on federal legislative affairs. Since 2011, she has dedicated her time to GNYHA’s business issues in particular.

Immediately prior to GNYHA, Zaccarelli served as a policy analyst for the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) in the Office of Legislation based in Washington, D.C., where she acted as a liaison between the agency and Congress. She began her federal service in 2002 when she was selected as a Presidential Management Fellow and rotated to various offices within the CMS, as well as to the White House Office of Management and Budget (OMB).

Prior to pursuing her MSPH in health policy from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill’s School of Public Health, Zaccarelli was the Research Coordinator for a Harvard Medical School laboratory based in the Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center in Boston, MA. She earned her Bachelor of Science in Biology, Honors Program, from Villanova University in 1997.

Lara ZuehlkeLara Zuehlke
Director of Content, Pierpont Communications

Over the past two decades, Lara Zuehlke has wrangled those 26 letters of the alphabet in every way imaginable. From magazine editorial and content strategy to integrated marketing and digital engagement, she understands how to identify the story and share it through every type of channel to reach the right audience—at the right time.

An award-winning writer, Zuehlke works with B2B and B2C organizations seeking to better define and more boldly tell their brand stories through integrated marketing, PR, and digital campaigns. Over the years, she has worked with a broad portfolio of clients—ranging from start-ups and nonprofits to private companies and Fortune 500 firms across diverse verticals. With a deep background in personal development, Zuehlke also regularly speaks and provides training for organizations in the areas of brand storytelling, content strategy & development, and leading and working with creative teams.

A third-generation Aggie, Zuehlke received a bachelor’s in journalism from Texas A&M University. Her work has garnered more than a dozen industry awards, and in 2015, she was named the Gene Barnwell Waugh Mentor of the Year by Women Communicators of Austin.