Ernest R. Anderson Jr.B.S., M.S., FASHP, FMSHP
Mr. Anderson has over 35 years of leadership/management experience in all aspects of health-system pharmacy including inpatient, outpatient, managed care, sterile products and ambulatory care. Mr. Anderson served as vice-president, System Pharmacy Services, Steward Health Care and Director of Pharmacy, Lahey Clinic. Mr. Anderson exemplifies service and leadership at the local and national level through the Massachusetts Society of Health-System Pharmacists, where he is on the MSHP Foundation Board, the American Society of Health-System Pharmacists, where he has served on various Councils, Section Advisory Groups and committees and the Association of Community Cancer Centers, where he is past President and Board Member.
David KvanczM.S., R.Ph., FASHP
David A. Kvancz is a strategic pharmacy leader and senior healthcare executive with 30 years of experience in home care and infusion pharmacy, inpatient and outpatient pharmacy, specialty pharmacy, ambulatory services, and clinical pharmacy services. Most recently, David served as Vice President, National Pharmacy Programs and Services, for Kaiser Permanente (KP), in Downey, California as the Chief Pharmacy Officer at Cleveland Clinic. Throughout his career Mr. Kvancz has designed and implemented innovative and contemporary pharmacy facility redesigns, pharmacy workflow systems, staff pharmacist practice models, inpatient medication use systems, and leading-edge technologies. Mr. Kvancz has served in multiple leadership positions of local, state and national health system pharmacy organizations including chair of the Practice Managers Section of the American Society of Health-System Pharmacists (ASHP) and President of the Arizona Society of Health-System Pharmacy (AzSHP). He previously served as the chairman of the Premier GPO National Pharmacy Executive and Advisory Committees as well as a member of the VHA and UHC pharmacy committees. David has published several articles and has delivered numerous presentations at local, state and national meetings covering topics across clinical practice models, mobile decentralized services, pharmacist workflow, and facility planning and design.
Thomas ThielkeM.S., FASHP
Thomas Thielke served as vice president of Professional and Support Services at the University of Wisconsin Hospital and Clinics (UWHC) in Madison, where he also served as Director of Pharmacy for nearly 20 years. At UWHC, he was responsible for overseeing the home care pharmacy division, consulting pharmacy services, long term care pharmacy services, seven outpatient pharmacies, managed care pharmacy services, and all inpatient pharmacy services. He was a clinical professor at the University of Wisconsin-Madison School of Pharmacy. Mr. Thielke served two terms as Vice President of the Hospital Pharmacists Section of the Federation of International Pharmacists (FIP) and its President in 1998-2002. An active member of pharmacy associations, he is a past president of ASHP and a former chair of the ASHP House of Delegates, a past president of the Wisconsin Society of Health-System Pharmacists, and founder and former chairman of the Board of the Pharmacy Society of Wisconsin. Mr. Thielke has received numerous awards and honors, including the Harvey A.K. Whitney Lecture Award, the Donald E. Francke Medal, the McKesson Medication Safety Leadership Award, the Winston J. Durant Lecture Award, the Wisconsin Pharmacists Association Innovative Practitioner of the Year, and is a two-time recipient of Wisconsin’s Hospital Pharmacist of the Year. He has made more than 100 presentations at various state, national, and international pharmacy conferences and is author of numerous professional publications.
Pharmacy Operations & Patient Safety
Mr. Schneider is a seasoned general manager and marketing manager – VP/Marketing at Baxter Healthcare, SVP at Baxa Corporation and ForHEalth Technologies, CEO at Ariel Corp/NASDAQ NM, Division GM and Officer at Motorola, Director of Marketing at Digital Equipment Corp. Extensive experience in high tech and Healthcare product launches, business development, and product turnarounds. Expert in patient safety aspects of healthcare Information Technology, infusion safety, hospital pharmacy. Member of the FDA/AAMI/HTSI Infusion Systems Safety Steering Committee. Management team at Q Core Medical Successful Client engagements for NanoHorizons, Chase Manhattan Bank, Accenture, Lucent Technologies, Cardinal Health/Pyxis, NanoHorizons, McGraw-Hill, AT&T Universal Card Service, Mercury Computer Systems, and many others. Specialties: Product strategy and market positioning; marketing/sales process integration and improvement.
Robert SmagliaM.S., R.Ph.
Mr. Smaglia is a successful senior healthcare executive with more than 25 years experience in developing and managing in the high growth home infusion industry. He is a systems oriented leader with exceptional operations experience in taking two home care companies from inception to a market leading national presence. His professional experience includes roles as VP of Operations and VP/GM of such companies as: Clinical Care America, Critical Care Systems and Chartwell Home Infusion. He was a Home Infusion surveyor for The Joint Commission. His other professional roles include: Healthcare Safety Consulting, NH Board of Pharmacy Task Force on Compounding Rules, ASHP Advisory Group for home infusion and Adjunct Faculty at Massachusetts College of Pharmacy.
Charlotte A. SmithM.S., R.Ph.
Ms. Smith is a consultant in the area of pharmaceutical waste management, new business startup management, and Senior Regulatory Advisor, PharmEcology Services, a business unit of Waste Management Healthcare Solutions, Inc. (WMHS), a Waste Management company. She founded PharmEcology Associates, LLC in 2000 and sold the company to WMHS in 2009. She co-founded Capital Returns, Inc., a nationally known pharmaceutical reverse distributor in 1991. Ms. Smith is a registered pharmacist who received her BS in Pharmacy and MS in Continuing and Vocational Education from the University of Wisconsin. She is a member of the Pharmacy Society of Wisconsin, the American Society of Health-System Pharmacists, and the International Pharmaceutical Federation (FIP).
Todd C. CozzensPartner, Leerink Transformation Partners
Mr. Cozzens is a managing partner at Leernik Transformation Partners based in Boston. He has more than 25 years of experience in the health care technology and information systems industry focusing on investing in early and growth stage health care technology and service companies and advises companies currently under investment. Most recently he was a partner at Sequoia Capital. In April of 2012, Cozzens joined Sequoia Capital, the legendary Silicon Valley venture capital firm known for its investments in Apple, Google, Oracle, Cisco, LinkedIn, and recent IPO’s like Kayak and ServiceNow. Prior to joining Sequoia, Cozzens founded and led high acuity information system leader Picis, where it was Cozzens’ original strategic vision of information systems for the high-acuity care areas of hospitals that drove the company to a 50% annual growth rate over a ten-year span and to over 2300 hospital clients, 750 employees, and 27% EBITDA. Picis was backed by Goldman Sachs and Brown Brothers Harriman. He was named Entrepreneur of the Year by Ernst & Young in 2005 and by Marquette University in 2009. In August of 2010, Picis was acquired by Optum, the health services business of United Health Group. Mr. Cozzens was promoted to CEO of a new business unit, Optum Accountable Care Solutions, bringing together the companies’ broad and deep technology and services to enable providers to embark on new models of care as health care is transformed in the post-reform years. Prior to Picis, he held several senior executive positions with Marquette Medical Systems (now GE Healthcare). He is a graduate of Marquette University and the Harvard Business School Executive Program for Management Development. He is on the board of directors for Health Catalyst, MedExpress, Natera, PerfectServe, Zirmed, and chairs the boards of AirStrip and SVBio. Cozzen’s also has recently served in an advisory capacity to Optum, TPG, TelCare, and the Carlyle Group.
Aleks NikolichM.S., M.B.A.
Mr. Nikolich brings over 20 years of experience in management, technology, and innovation. He is the President and Founder of CaraFlow, a Healthcare IT company that provides mobile software solutions to over 300 hospitals. Before founding CaraFlow, Aleks served as Vice President for Direct Supply, the largest provider of e-commerce services to extended healthcare. He has also held positions with General Motors, Raytheon, and Baxter Healthcare. Aleks holds three degrees from Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) and an MBA from Marquette University.