PAN Board of Directors
Martin A. Bieber, CPA, spent most of his career as a healthcare executive. He retired as President and CEO of the Kennedy Health System in Southern New Jersey in October, 2013. During his eight years at Kennedy he led the repositioning of this 800 bed health system to be recognized as one of the better quality providers in its market, while substantially improving its financial performance, at a time of historic challenge. Previously, he served as Sr. VP and COO of St. Francis Hospital, the Heart Center for 14 years on Long Island, and 12 years at Beth Israel Medical Center in New York City. Mr. Bieber is a Member of the Board of Trustees of Bancroft, a leading nonprofit provider of specialized services for individuals with autism, brain injuries and other intellectual or developmental disabilities serving the Delaware Valley region.
Miriam Atkins, MD, is a medical oncologist at Augusta Oncology in Augusta, Georgia. She completed her fellowship in hematology/oncology in 1996 at Brooke Army Medical Center at Fort Sam Houston, Texas, and attained the rank of Major while serving eight years in the United States Army. Prior to leaving the Army, Dr. Atkins was the Associate Director of the Adult Bone Marrow Transplant Unit and a member of the Clinical Faculty in Brooke, Virginia. Dr. Atkins worked for Texas Oncology for two years before joining Augusta Oncology in 2000. She currently holds a board seat on the Community Oncology Alliance and is a member at large for the executive committee of this organization.
Deanna Banks is a trusted advisor in the healthcare industry with more than 25 years of experience as a human capital consultant and diversity thought leader. A Principal with Furst Group, a leading retained executive search firm, her practice comprises leading hospital systems, academic medical centers and health insurance and managed government programs. Ms. Banks partners and consults with boards of directors and chief executive officers on executive recruitment and retention, succession planning and organizational and leadership development. She leads cultural diversity initiatives by educating leaders and organizations on successfully attracting, promoting and retaining ethnically diverse executives. Ms. Banks has given presentations on executive development and other leadership topics at the University of Pennsylvania’s Wharton School of Business, the American College of Healthcare Executives, the National Association of Health Services Executives and the Bluford Healthcare Leadership Institute. She serves on the boards of several nonprofit organizations and has a Bachelor of Science degree in business management from the University of Maryland.
Wendy Bullington, PharmD, is an internal medicine pharmacist at the Medical University of South Carolina (MUSC) in Charleston, SC. She completed her PharmD at MUSC and then completed a two-year Pharmacotherapy Specialty Residency. She is board certified in Pharmacotherapy and spends the majority of her time dedicated to direct patient care. She is very involved with the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation, serving on their Strategic Action Planning Team and the Medication Adherence Strategic Planning Committee. She is currently a Champion for the Partnerships for Sustaining Daily Care Initiative. Her primary interests are cystic fibrosis and non-tuberculosis mycobacterial diseases..
Jonas A. de Souza, MD, MBA is a medical oncologist and Medical Director, Office of the Chief Medical Officer at Humana. Previously, he was Assistant Professor of Medicine at the University of Chicago. He is originally from Brazil and attended the University of Texas Houston for his internal medicine residency. He then pursued a medical oncology fellowship at The University of Chicago and holds a Master in Business Administration from the University of Chicago Booth School of Business. His research is focused on patient-centered outcomes and value-based healthcare, including the financial toxicity due to cancer and its treatments, value-based reimbursement models and personalized value.
Constance Garcia, MA, has a broad background innovating the delivery of health care services to high risk, hard to reach populations in a variety of settings including inner city hospitals, community-based health centers and the New York City Department of Health. She pioneered the establishment of primary care medical homes in senior citizen centers, public schools and homeless shelters and has held senior positions at CIGNA and Aetna managed care corporations, where she was responsible for launching their Medicare line of business. Ms. Garcia served as consultant in planning a 200-bed hospital and making operational an ambulatory care center in Caracas, Venezuela, where she lived with her family for seven years. Ms. Garcia currently serves as Lecturer in the Department of Health Sciences at Lehman College of the City University of New York.
Jeffrey King, JD, MBA, is General Counsel of Sentara Healthcare, an integrated healthcare system comprised of 12 hospitals, a health plan, medical groups, outpatient centers, nursing homes and assisted-living centers, home health, hospice, medical transport and a college of health sciences. Sentara Healthcare has almost 30,000 employees and approximately $7 billion in assets and $5.3 billion in annual revenues. Prior to joining Sentara, Mr. King practiced with the law firm of Haynes and Boone, in its Dallas and Austin offices. He has degrees from the Duke University School of Law and the Fuqua Graduate School of Business at Duke.
Grant D. Lawless, RPh, MD, FACP, is Associate Professor of Clinical Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Economics and Policy, in addition to graduate Program Director for the Master of Science degree in “Healthcare Decision Analysis” at the University of Southern California. Previously, he served as Executive Director for National Accounts Managed Care, Director of Healtheconomics and Outcomes Research at Amgen, Executive Director for Managed Care Marketing, Vice President for Medical and Pharmacy Affairs, and Chief Medical Officer for Highmark Blue Cross Blue Shield in Pittsburgh, PA. Dr. Lawless’s professional experience is in both Internal Medicine and Emergency Medicine. He is Board Certified and Fellow in Internal Medicine, Quality Assurance and Utilization Review, as well as Addiction Medicine. He is also a Registered Pharmacist with specialty certification in Nuclear Medicine.
Nancy McGee, JD, MPH, DrPH, is senior healthcare executive with over 20 years of experience providing leadership and guidance to organizations to help them achieve goals related to providing patients access to innovative, lifesaving and prolonging, products and services. She currently serves as a Principal in the Healthcare and Life Sciences practice of Heidrick & Struggles, where she works with companies to create executive teams that allow leaders to grow and demonstrate their unique talents. Dr. McGee is also an Adjunct Associate Professor in the Public Health Leadership Program at UNC Chapel Hill, Gillings School of Global Public Health. Previously, she was Executive Vice President at Avalere Health. Dr. McGee earned her DrPH from the University of North Carolina, her MPH from Columbia University, and her JD from Hamline University. She is a Board Member of the Public Health Foundation, UNC Chapel Hill Gillings School of Global Public Health and an Alumni Board Member with Columbia University, Mailman School of Public Health.
Susan C. Rucker is a seasoned executive with over 30 years of experience managing high-performance teams and growing businesses. Ms. Rucker has held senior management positions at the Raymond A. Mason School of Business at the College of William & Mary, KPMG, Unisys, and Tatum LLC. In addition to managing client service delivery, Ms. Rucker has also managed information technology, recruiting, human resources and accounting and finance functions. Ms. Rucker is the CFO at the Raymond A. Mason School of Business at the College of William & Mary, and also has an independent consulting business where she does executive coaching and strategic consulting for businesses. She serves on the boards of three nonprofit organizations. Ms. Rucker is a certified Professional DynaMetric Programs administrator. She holds a Bachelor of Business Administration degree in Accounting from the College of William and Mary.
Dr. Gary Thomas, MD, MBA is a Board Certified and Fellowship trained Neurologist at the Penn State Milton S. Hershey Medical Center in Hershey, Pennsylvania. There he is an Associate Professor and the Director of the Penn State Comprehensive MS Center. He also serves on the Penn State University Faculty Senate. Dr. Thomas is actively involved in MS education at the medical school as Neurology Clerkship Director and the Neurology residency program and in community educational programs in partnership with the MS Society and the MSAA. He serves on the Board of Directors of the Central and Western Pennsylvania MS Society and serves on their clinical Advisory Committee. Dr. Thomas is a member of the Consortium of MS Centers (CMSC) and has served on Committees for that organization as well. Dr. Thomas is a member of the American Academy of Neurology (AAN) and serves on the AAN MS section. Dr. Thomas is an active clinician with a busy MS practice.
Kenneth D. Wells, MD, has over 20 years of health care experience, spanning occupational medicine, medical management, public health, family medicine, health education and pharmacy. He currently serves as Corporate Medical Director for the Apache Corporation as well as Medical Director for Wortham Insurance. Dr. Wells is the founder of Alken Health Resources and serves as a member of the board of directors of CHRISTUS Health System. Dr. Wells has held advisory positions with The Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, The University of Texas Health Science Center in Houston, The University of Texas College of Natural Sciences Advisory Council, The Houston Technology Center, and The Agency for Health Care Policy and Research. Dr. Wells holds a masters degree in management from Northwestern University, a medical doctorate and masters in public health from the University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston, and a bachelor's degree in pharmacy from Texas Southern University.